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Beach Party, Night Festival, National Day, and More—What To Do This August 2019

Doesn’t it spark joy when you plan for activities to do with the family in between work and school? It’s a great feeling! The kids will have yet another memory box to fill with fun moments with you. Whether it’s in a museum, a park, or by the beach—get ready to fill your calendar with these events happening this August.

Singapore GrillFest 


Photo credit: Sentosa

Treat the whole family to the ultimate beach party with Sentosa’s GrillFest, Singapore’s only food street by the beach. There will be 27 food and beverage establishments set to offer a scrumptious range of tasty delights and a 3m-tall tepee BBQ pit on the beach, with premium barbecued meats and dishes cooked to perfection by Chef Jeremy Cheok of Slake.

Kids can savour Gelatissimo’s GrillFest Gelato Bomb—five scoops of Gelato served on a waffle basket with macaroons, colourful sprinkles, finished with a drizzle of chocolate or caramel sauce—while dads sip on the exclusive and refreshing Siloso Saison Pale Ale by Brewerkz. Mums who enjoyed the 2018 run of this event will once again be treated to the Sentosa GrillFest Gourmet Market, which features raw ingredients of their choice for preparation by chefs onsite. End the night by either relaxing under the glow of the beach lights serenaded by roaming performers, or watching a movie by the beach.

Date: 9 to 12 August
Time: 4pm to 11pm
Venue: Siloso Beach
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Heritage Hurray!


Photo credit: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Celebrate Singapore’s 54th year of independence and gain a better appreciation of the country with Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Heritage Hurray!, which showcases Singapore’s rich culture. Discover talented crafters and quirky artisans at the pop-up community art market. Go on a mini-shopping spree and buy yourself some trendy homeware and handicraft items. Kids will also learn a lot of new skills with an extensive list of workshops they can choose from—from toy painting, sketching, to doodling and clay sculpting. 

Heritage Hurray! will also feature The Stories of Our Nation, comprised of heartwarming storytelling sessions of some of the country’s most loved tales such as What’s Inside The Red Box by Phua San San and Balestier Heritage Trail—National Day Edition!. This tour will allow you to explore the history and origins of Balestier, including the stories behind its iconic landmarks and developments.

Date: 9 and 10 August
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Fee: Free
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“Mao” Faber Durian Night

Do you have a love-hate relationship with durian? Change that purely into love with “Mao” Faber Durian Night where the picturesque Mount Faber becomes a place for a great durian party. There will be durian-themed games (prizes are up for grabs!), food and delicacies, as well as live brand performances. Because the durians are from Pahang highlands, you’re sure to taste only the finest. Durian expert Collin Chee will also talk about the fruit and will share some tips on how mums can pick the best quality durian. Don’t worry about your transportation as there will be a free shuttle bus to and from Faber Deck and Harbourfront MRT Station! 

Date: 10 August
Time: 6pm to 10pm
Venue: Faber Deck at Mount Faber (near Carpark B)
Fee: Free
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Soar Into Summer


Photo credit: Universal Studios Singapore

Curious how your favourite characters look like when they’re all dressed up for summer? Universal Studios Singapore’s Soar Into Summer gives you Hello Kitty with her other half, Dear Daniel, in their best summer party outfits so be ready for the cutest photo op. Not only that, if the kids are fans of the Minions, they’ll get to meet them in person too! For the little boys, a talking Megatron from the hit Transformers film will hold an interactive meet and greet. Make sure to inject more fun and get the most out of your visit by enjoying the park’s rides and attractions.

Date: 18 August
Time: 10am to 8pm
Venue: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway
Fee: S$41 to S$79
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PassionArts Festival


Photo credit: People’s Association

Organised by People’s Association, PassionArts Festival 2019 will once again bring art closer to everyone. Now on its 8th year, the festival is themed “Our Home, Our HeARTs,” inspiring residents to use art in expressing love and sharing aspirations. There are five themes for celebration: Season of Painting, Story Land, Starry Starry Night, Art Kaleidoscope, and Pop-up Art!

The highlight of the celebration is the Garden of HeARTS where an estimated 30,000 individuals will participate to create 200 gardens filled with thousands of hearts in various sizes. Large-format facade arts will also be installed on seven HBD blocks, surprising everyone with vibrant colours and images. On 10 August, the Whimsical Arts Wonderland will treat kids for the second time around—with its mass art jamming, Malay traditional workshop, and different crafts workshops.

Date: Until 25 August
Time: Varies per activity
Venue: Varies per activity
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Singapore Night Festival


Photo credit: National Heritage Board

Enter an enchanting world as Bras Basah.Bugis transforms into a spectacular wonderland with Singapore Night Festival 2019. The festival features activities that will let everyone experience arts, heritage, and culture like never before. Be in awe when iconic landmarks light up brilliantly, turning everyone’s night into a magical memory. There will also be animated storytelling sessions as well as a myriad of surprises. Internationally-renowned Fuerza Bruta will perform during the festival. Watch its 360-degree sensory theatre party and get ready for a high-energy, action-packed aerial acrobatics performance.

Date: 23 to 31 August (performance nights will be on 29 to 31 August)
Time: 7:30pm to 12am
Venue: Bras Basah.Bugis
Fee: Ticketing charges apply for selected programmes
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Get up close and personal with one of the world’s oldest predators—the dinosaurs! Science Centre Singapore brings DinoQuest, an immersive adventure that will make your kiddos understand the science of palaeontology and the mysterious Australian polar dinosaurs.

DinoQuest is curated by famous palaeontologist Emerita Professor Patricia Vickers-Rich. It features some of the most awesome multimedia technology that will make the experience close to real life. Here, your child will find our more about Timimus, a tyrannosauroid discovered in 1994, plus all the other discoveries in Dinosaur Cove, then get to name his own dinosaur, and go through seven thematic zones that will take him to prehistoric times. 

Date: Until 31 August
Time: 10am to 6pm
Venue: The Annexe, Science Centre Singapore
Fee: S$18 (adult) / S$15 (child) / S$52 (family)
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National Day and Singapore’s 54th Bicentennial Celebration at National Gallery Singapore


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Be proud of your Singaporean heritage as National Gallery Singapore presents programmes throughout the month of August in celebration of the National Day and Singapore’s 54th Year of Independence. Enjoy free admission to all exhibitions until 12 August and 50% discount in the succeeding days until 31 August.

A host of exciting activities awaits you and your kids including Family Art Workshop-Floating Art Mobiles, where you can learn about moving sculptures while creating your own hanging art mobiles; Stories in Art: The Midas Touch, a storytelling session featuring a king who turned everything into gold including his daughter; Sound Makers by Little Creatures, for kids who want to create rhythms and beats using everyday objects; Life Circuit by Urich Lau and Teow Yue Han, a two-day audiovisual performance that explores intersections between video art, music, and performance; A Somatic Series by Vincent Yong, a unique somatic movement workshop that will let you experience visual and performance art of the ’60s to the ’90s; and a lot more! There will also be film screenings, talks, and panel discussions on topics like modern and contemporary art and the rise of artistic collectivism in Asia.

Can’t go? Worry not. The Gallery website features interactive and hands-on activities for kids such as creating artwork, which they can access at Gallery Kids at www.nationalgallery.sg/discover-learn/gallery-kids. Inspiring resources from curators, artists, and programmers can also be read on Perspectives at www.nationalgallery.sg/blog.

Date: Until 31 August (In preparation for the country’s annual celebration, the Gallery will be closed on 2 to 4 August and 8 to 10 August)
Time: 10am to 7pm
Venue: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road
Fee: Free until 12 August
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Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture

It’s the perfect time to immerse yourself in art and culture with Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture, an exhibition of the works of Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei, who is known for dressing up Chinese celebrities and creating Rihanna’s trailing yellow gown, which she wore at the 2015 Met Ball. The showcase will be at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) and will feature Guo Pei’s famous works including her intricate Chinese bridal gowns and other sculptural, dramatic pieces that caught the world’s attention and perfectly capture Chinese art and tradition.

There will be also be pocket activities. On 28 August, from 7:30pm to 8:30pm, exhibition curator Jackie Yoong will join you as you explore the inspiration behind Guo Pei’s masterworks, including influences she had while growing up in Beijing surrounded by Chinese imperial art and mythology. This special curator tour happens after the museum is closed to the public and requires guests to register for S$40 per person. On 31 August, ACM will hold a workshop where you can create your own pouch with designs from Chinese art. There will also be an interactive drama performance about the influence of Chinese art in the world.

Date: Whole month of August until 15 September
Time: 10am to 7pm (Daily except Fridays); 10am to 9pm (Friday)
Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place
Fee: Adults: S$12 (Singaporeans & Permanent Residents) / S$20 (Foreign Residents & Tourists); Children & Seniors: Free (Singaporeans & Permanent Residents) / S$15 (Foreign Residents & Tourists) 
Book tickets here.
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SEA LIFE Malaysia


Photo credit: LEGOLAND Malaysia

LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort recently opened SEA LIFE Malaysia, a LEGO-themed marine sanctuary that your family will surely enjoy if you’re looking for a quick trip out of Singapore this month. The attraction features more than 13,000 marine life from 120 species and 11 different habitat zones including stingrays, zebra sharks, black tip reef sharks, seahorses, jellyfish and more. Yours kids’ jaw will undoubtedly drop with SEA LIFE Malaysia’s Rainforest, the Stingray Bay, and the fascinating Ocean Tunnel that provides a 180-degree view of the underwater world. There will be magical storytelling, interactive displays, and a hands-on encounter at the Rock Pool zone that will teach them not only to appreciate the ocean and its rich marine life but to take care of it too.

Time: 10am to 6pm
Venue: Medini, Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
Fee: Price varies. 
Book tickets here.
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