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It's October Fest With These Fun and Exciting Events!

Extend the fun of October fest to your kids and family with events that will unleash your child’s creative side, bring in the Halloween fun earlier than usual, and bring back nostalgic Disney memories. From Disney: Magic of Animation to Universal Studios Singapore’s Halloween Fun For Everyone, there won’t be any reason for you to bond and have fun this month!

Disney: Magic of Animation

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Photo credit: Disney

Have you ever wondered how Disney does all its magical animations that capture the hearts of millions globally? Now is your chance to get a glimpse of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ artistry and creativity with Disney: Magic of Animation, opening at ArtScience Museum on 26 October.

The exhibition features original artworks from the highly-anticipated film Frozen 2; Steamboat Willie (1928), the first Disney cartoon with a synchronised soundtrack; classic films including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and The Lion King (1994); and favourites from recent years such as Frozen (2013), Zootopia (2016), and Moana (2016). There will be over 500 exceptional art pieces, including original drawings, paintings, sketches, and concept art curated by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library.  

Wander around these three galleries:

  • “Creating Believable Characters: Bringing Drawings to Life” showcases how Disney animators pioneered new animation techniques, original story sketches and animation drawings from some of the earliest Disney films, and has a physical recreation of the iconic steamboat from Steamboat Willie (1928).
  • “The Magic Begins: Continual Research and Development” highlights the bold technological innovations, which Disney animators in the 1930s used to capture nuances of people and animals’ movements and idiosyncrasies more accurately.
  • “Producers of Magic: Creating Diversity in Expression and a Wider World” features background paintings and concept art from films including Lady and the Tramp (1955), Sleeping Beauty (1959) and One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961). It also charts the scientific advances that Disney has become known for, highlighting some of the new production technologies developed by the studio, enabled by advances in global communications in the 1940s to 1950s.

Date: 26 October 2019 to 29 March 2020
Venue: ArtScience Museum, 10 Bayfront Avenue
Fee: Child (2-12 years old), Students, and Senior Citizens (65 years old and above): S$14 for Standard ticket and S$12 for Singapore residents / Adults: S$19 for Standard ticket and S$16 for Singapore residents / Family package (2 kids and 2 adults): S$54 for Standard ticket and S$45 for Singapore residents
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Pretty Sweet 45 at Plaza Singapura

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Photo credit: The Dessert Museum’s Facebook page

Celebrate Plaza Singapura’s 45th anniversary with “Pretty Sweet 45,” a series of dessert-themed in-mall activities, sweet deals, and exciting giveaways worth more than S$150,000. The festivities will also see the debut of The Dessert Museum in Singapore—an interactive pop-up with a highly visual combination of sugar and selfies. 

Read all about the deals and activities waiting for the whole family here.

SpookyTown 2: The Masquerade Hunt

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Photo credit: KidZania Singapore

Have an early Halloween celebration with KidZania’s “SpookyTown 2: The Masquerade Hunt,” the sequel run of last year’s successful debut of KidZania Singapore’s Halloween night event. This year’s version picks up where last year’s story ended so if you were at SpookyTown 1, then it’s a must-see for you and the kids. 

Like a true sequel, new characters will be introduced—Quinn, the grumpy leader; Ginn, the hysterical doll; and Tinn, the oblivious monkey—to help guests embark on The Masquerade Hunt and find the missing Mayor Fabiola. 

SpookyTown 2 features a series of bizarre events that surround a fictitious town and its citizens with activities such as sensory walk-throughs, musical performances, masquerade mask-making, carnival booths, themed role-play, and more. It’s definitely a night of hunting and thrilling fun for the entire family! 

Date: 25 October to 9 November
Time: 6:30pm to 10pm
Venue: KidZania Singapore, Palawan Kidz City, 31 Beach View
Fee: S$43 (Advanced Purchase until 11:59pm on day before selected date) / S$48 (On-site Purchase)
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Octoburst 2019!

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Photo credit: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Check out Club Med Octoburst! 2019, a children’s festival organised by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, which will surely be enjoyed by the young and the young-at-hearts. There will be a tote bag colouring corner where kids aged 5 to 12 can design their own Club Med tote bag, and a station where mums and dads can strike cool poses for the camera and snap happy shots with their little ones. 

There will also be free performances and activities for children of all ages, immersive theatre pieces, and a musical parade. If you’re lucky, your family might just be chosen to experience a short getaway at the award-winning Club Med Bintan resort, the perfect city hideaway. To participate, simply take part in a lucky draw at the Club Med activity booth and stand a chance to win a three-day, two-night stay for four. 

Date: 4 to 6 October
Time: Varies per activity
Venue: Esplanade — Theatres on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Drive
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Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition Singapore 2019 Family Days

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Photo credit: Patek Philippe

Geneva watch manufacturer Patek Philippe has always put families at the centre of what it does. With this, its Watch Art Grand Exhibition Singapore 2019 will feature Family Days on 6 and 13 October, which will provide families with educational opportunities to explore the world of fine Swiss mechanical watchmaking.

Upon arrival, kids will be treated to a welcome kit before they are sent on a “Time Treasures” hunt that will allow them to create their own watches inspired by the exhibition. Other activities include a Watch Tattoo station and a colouring station. If your kids are curious about how a mechanical clock is made, there is an opportunity for them to imagine themselves as a Patek Philippe watchmaker through a mechanical clock making kit for children. Families also get a chance to meet Master watchmakers and artisans from Patek Philippe Geneva and take home a memory of the exhibition by taking a photograph in the photo studio dressed where they can dress as watchmakers.

Date: 6 and 13 October
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands
Fee: Free. Redeem tickets here
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CATalysts – A Promenade Theatre Performance

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Photo credit: Science Centre Singapore

Perfect for kids who love Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) or want to learn more about it, CATalysts is a first-of-its-kind STEAM-themed performance produced by Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) and co-organised by KidsSTOP. It will feature a live interactive theatre experience that uses creative drama to promote STEAM concepts among young learners. Kids will be asked to wear headsets and interact with actors from one scene to the next. 

The experience allows kids to learn fun science facts while playing and using theatre as an instrument. Some of the performers are local talents including Patricia Gabriel (as Win), Xuan (as Jo), and Eleanor Tan (as Dr FeelBad). The whole experience ends with a Splashes of Emotions workshop.

Date: until 10 October
Time: Varies per day
Venue: KidsSTOP, Science Centre Singapore
Fee: S$25 per person. Book here.
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Singapore Maker Extravaganza

Singapore Maker Extravaganza is for every maker and creator out there! If you and your child have a do-it-yourself spirit and dream of showcasing your masterpiece to a set of audience, head to Science Centre Singapore Annexe Halls 1 – 3 from 18 to 20 October for this wonderful opportunity!

Themed around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals laid out by the United Nations General Assembly, the Singapore Maker Extravaganza will use STEAM as a means to address specific goals including quality education, good health and well-being, clean energy, reduced consumption and production, decent work and economic growth, and innovation and infrastructure.

Date: 18 to 20 October
Time: 10am to 6pm
Venue: Annexe Halls 1 – 3, Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Rd
Fee: S$8 per child and $10 per adult. Book here.
Click here for more information.

Voilah! France Singapore Festival

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Photo credit: Embassy of France in Singapore

The Embassy of France in Singapore presents Voilah! France Singapore Festival, a rich calendar of France-Singapore programmes which will immerse visitors in the multi-faceted aspects of French culture. Highlights of the celebration will be rendered in various art forms—musical performances by French and Singapore musicians such as renowned superstar cellist Gautier ​Capuço and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and an enthralling show presented by the Gardens by The Bay and French performance group ​Cie Remue-Ménage called “​The Bear’s Mouth”; creative showcase by French artists like Julien Nonnon who will present Revisiting Diard an​ d Duvaucel, a digital artwork that illuminates the buildings and facades along Armenian Street; and French storytelling with more than 25 movies to be shown.

Those who love to write also get access to the annual ​Singapore Writers Festival where acclaimed writers will share their perspectives on the role of language in the formation of identities and communities.​ There will also be several exhibitions on art, design, and culture and food workshops and tastings.

Date: 3 October to 17 November
Time: Varies per activity
Venue: Varies per activity
Click here for more information. 

Caltex Fuel Your School Tech Jam

Do you have a techie child? Don’t miss out on the Caltex Fuel Your School Tech Jam 2019! Now on its third run, the program organised by Science Centre Singapore and Caltex aims to empower kids through technology. Children aged seven years old and up can participate.This year’s theme is “A.I. for Lifestyle” and kids will be taught how to use Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) to solve everyday problems through activities like: 

  • Your Future Friend: where kids will use A.I. chatbot to detect emotions from one’s speech
  • What Do I Eat?: which features an instrument that recognises junk food consumption and shares advice on eating habits
  • Zero Waste Hero: where kids will use A.I. to develop solutions to reduce wastage

Not only that, if your child participates, he will also get permanent access to the Tech Jam E-content which has over 10 activities on AI.

Date: 26 to 27 October
Time: 10am to 6pm
Venue: The Marquee, Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Rd
Fee: S$9 per child and $11 per adult
Click here for more information.

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Fun

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Photo credit: Universal Studios Singapore

Take your Halloween celebration to the next level with Universal Studios Singapore’s “Halloween Fun for Everyone.” The whole family will get a chance to meet the Minion Monsters and win goodies and treats, as well as snap photos with FrankenBob, Mummy Stuart, and Dracula Kevin in Hollywood. Fans of Sesame Street will also get the opportunity to meet their favourite characters including Elmo, Abby, Grover, and The Count all dressed up for the Halloween festivities!

Other activities include Trick or Treat with Sesame Street at Pantages Hollywood Theatre, a musical-filled show about friendship and kindness, and a whole lot of fun at the newly-unveiled Halloween carnival which transforms into an eerie, haunted version once night falls.

Date: Until 31 October
Venue: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway
Fee: S$69. Book here.
Click here for more information.

Horror Haunt: Asian Dark Hour – The Revenge Of The Unsettled

If you have a penchant for the truly scary, this one’s for you. Steel your nerves as Cathay Malls returns this Halloween to terrorise you with the stuff made from your worst nightmares. Bringing to life horrifying tales from Asian folklore, “Horror Haunt: Asian Dark Hour – The Revenge Of The Unsettled” is here to take you to the dark side, with frights aplenty that hit just a little too close to home.

This year, Cathay Malls is recreating macabre Asian tales of horror with the Asian Dark Hour haunted house to drive your terror limits to the extreme. It features iconic antagonists from the greatest Asian horror films of all time such as The Ring, Shutter, and Dark Water, as well as urban legends including the Pontianak and Chinese vampires.

For those who enjoy tempting fate, take a photo of yourself with the creepy installation at the entrance and upload it to Instagram (public mode) with the tag @cathaylifestyle and hashtag #cathayhorrorhaunt to stand a chance to win S$50 Leftfoot vouchers. We can’t promise you won’t see something..or someone else.. in that picture! Contest ends on 31 October. 

Date: 16 to 18 October (Wed to Fri), 5pm to 10pm / 19 to 20 October (Sat and Sun), 2pm to 10pm
Venue: The Cathay, External Atrium

Date: 23 to 25 October (Wed to Fri), 5pm to 10pm / 26 to 27 October (Sat and Sun), 2pm to 10pm
Venue: Cineleisure, Level 4

Fee: S$10. You can also present a minimum S$5 same-day receipt from Cathay Malls or ticket stub from Cathay Cineplexes
Click here for more information.

Featured photo credit: The Dessert Museum’s Facebook page

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