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The Best Events For The Whole Family This May 2019

With two public holidays lined up this month (more time to spend with the kids!), May is sure to excite families with a whole slew of events. Ranging from plays and musicals to festivals and experiential exhibitions, here are our picks for this month!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

To introduce drama to the little ones, arts company for the young ACT 3 International will be bringing well-loved children’s tales by children’s book author Eric Carle to theatres. Presented by Canada-based Mermaid Theatre, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites (namely Little Cloud and The Mixed Up Chameleon) will be performed through visual effects, shadow puppetry and music—a just-under-an-hour show perfect for children aged 3 to 6!

Date: 30 Apr to 12 May
Time: Various Timings
Venue: Victoria Concert Hall
Fee: From S$18
Click here for more information.

22 Stories

Alice Flamingo - 22 Stories

Do your children have a favourite tale or two—or 22? Take them to visit local theatre company AndSoForth’s immersive new exhibit, 22 Stories, which seek to bring beloved classics to life. Four hours of fun and adventure await as participants journey through four story realms—Land of Nights, Wonderland, Storyland, and Grimsneyland—each showcasing familiar names such as Ali Baba, Little Mermaid, and Alice in Wonderland. The two sets of characters also alternate every week, so do bring the children down more than once to enjoy the entire loveable cast. Plus, Instagram-loving families can pose as they please at the innovative backdrops in each of the four themed areas.

Date: 1 May to 30 Jun
Time: Every Friday (5:30pm to 9:30pm), Saturday and Sunday (10am to 2pm, 5:30pm to 9.30pm)
Venue: 200 Pandan Gardens
Fee: S$38 per person (Family pack for four at S$140)
Click here for more information.

Update as of 27 June 2019: 22 Stories will be extending their shows all through July. The timings for the 22 Stories shows in July have been altered—shows will run on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm and 4:30pm to 8:30pm. 

Sprout Farm-to-People Festival


Singapore’s largest farm-to-table festival has returned for its second edition at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, showcasing more than 90 brands from the local sustainable agriculture community, as well as the food and beverage scene. Taking up an entire hall, Sprout visitors can look forward to activities across six zones including tea-making workshops, an indoor kids’ area with interactive activities, and the all-new “Sprout & Learn” cooking masterclasses led by chefs of Michelin star fame—Labyrinth’s Han Li Guang and Saint Pierre’s Emmanuel Stroobant.

Date: 11 to 12 May
Time: 10am to 8pm
Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre Hall 403
Fee: Free
Click here for more information.

Singapore International Festival of Arts

Peter and the Wolf SIFA

Now a staple in the local arts scene, the Singapore International Festival of Arts will be back for the 42nd year running. Among the list of exciting international and local acts, the cross-cultural festival will also see some kid-friendly exhibitions and shows in its line-up—timeless classic Peter and the Wolf will be recreated using mix-media videography and puppetry to enthral young audiences, a hammock-cum-ferris wheel installation known as De Relaxeratte where one can lie down and listen to stories from Singapore and The Netherlands, as well as a free concert at the Botanic Gardens to end off the festivities.

Date: 16 May to 2 Jun
Time: Various timings
Venue: Various venues
Fee: Selected events are free
Click here for more information. 

SSO Classics in the Park – Mother’s Day Concert

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Photo credit: Singapore Botanic Gardens

Celebrating moms from all walks of life, this free concert led by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and associate conductor Joshua Tan is a must-go for picnic-loving families. Grab a spot in the luscious Botanic Gardens and listen to an all-Singapore cast of performers including violin star Chloe Chua and singers Martin Ng and Jonathan Charles Tay. Head down half-an-hour earlier for pre-show performances by Symphony 924’s Young Talents Alyssa Goh, the String Sisters, and Lauren Yeo—after all, music is the best way to share your love for the number one woman in your family.

Date: 12 May
Time: 6pm
Venue: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage @ Botanic Gardens
Fee: Free
Click here for more information. 

My Melody Run

My Melody Run

Photo credit: Pink Apple Pte Ltd

Bring the kids out for a day of running fun with Sanrio mascot My Melody, as she debuts her run in Sentosa on 12 May! Along with the 5-km run that will net all participants exclusive goodies, a parade of inflatable desserts and carnival games will also be put up on that day for children and parents alike to enjoy. A My Melody Run medal will be awarded for the run’s completion to show everyone you were there—bragging rights for My Melody’s first-ever run on our sunny shores!

Date: 12 May
Time: From 8am
Venue: Sentosa Island
Fee: From S$65 per person
Click here for more information.

[email protected]: Eid’s Almost Here!

Asian Civilisations Museum

Photo credit: Asian Civilisations Museum

Hari Raya Puasa may only be next month, but that’s not stopping the Asian Civilisations Museum from starting the celebration early. Child-friendly monthly event [email protected] will be holding activities such as Malay folktales sharing and a silkscreen tote bag workshop for kids to immerse themselves in the Malay culture.

Date: 25 May
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
Fee: Free
Click here for more information. 

Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder


Having been awarded the 2018 Children’s Museum Award, it’s no surprise that one of their biggest events revolving around children will be back this year—the Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder, the interactive exhibition’s second time in the museum. Let the kids compose their own tunes with Chance Operations, use 300 table tennis balls to create wind-chime tunes, and enter a bridge emulating wonder, time and space in 11 artsy installations. Definitely not a spectacle to be missed!

Date: 25 May to 29 Dec
Time: 12pm to 5pm
Venue: The National Gallery Singapore
Fee: Free for Singapore citizens and permanent residents, $20 for foreigners
Click here for more information. 

Precious Moments x Care Bears Pop-up Café

Precious Moments x Care Bears Cafe

The ever-rotating theme at Kumoya Singapore has brought us beloved characters such as Pusheen and My Little Pony, but the current Precious Moments x Care Bears Pop-up Café will be the first to combine two franchises into one. A world’s first, the café has been transformed into a dreamy wonderland full of whimsy, with huggable Care Bear toys situated around the seats for children to snuggle up to as they feast on character-inspired dishes. Bonus: the collaboration also features café-exclusive decorations and merchandise!

Date: 18 Apr to 30 June
Time: 12pm to 9pm
Venue: Kumoya Singapore
Fee: Various, depending on the dishes ordered
Click here for more information.

Philips Carnival

Photo credit: Philips

Photo credit: Philips

The three-day sale—where attendees can enjoy discounts of up 60 percent and daily hourly specials on best-loved Philips products—will also feature a series of educational talks on breastfeeding and post-natal nutrition, heart health, and sleep; pop up Sleep Experience Center where doctors will be conducting free consultations on sleep issues and treatment options; live demonstrations of celebrity chef Angela May’s recipes for guilt-free meals prepared with a suite of Philips’ kitchen innovations; and a host of activities for kids. 

Date: 18 to 20 May
Time: 9am to 6pm
Venue: Philips APAC Center, 622 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319763
Fee: Entry to the Carnival is free but pre-registration is required for some talks/activities
Click here for more information.

Singapore Lyric Opera Children’s Choir’s “How Far I’ll Go” Concert

Photo credit: Singapore Lyric Opera

Photo credit: Singapore Lyric Opera

The Singapore Lyric Opera Children’s Choir will bring audience with them on a journey of learning and self-discovery through performances of various classics, including “Everybody Rejoice” from the movie The Wiz and Grammy award-winning song “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana. The concert will be conducted by Chorus Mistress Rose Loh with Aloysius Foong accompanying on the piano. It will also feature guest singers from St Margaret’s Secondary School and Raffles Girls Primary School.

Date: 25 May
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Victoria Concert Hall
Fee: S$30 and S$20

Featured image’s photo credit: Singapore Botanic Gardens

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