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by Susan Simon-Goh
12 months ago

National Day is just around the corner! And what better way to celebrate than with the ones you love most in your life. We’ve compiled a list of 10 fun-filled activities that the whole family can enjoy. Best of all, some of these activities are completely free!


1. Walk into the wild at Rainforest Lumina

Be transported into a magical world that will captivate the imagination of everyone in the family, as the Singapore Zoo transforms into an enchanting, luminous rainforest in front of your eyes.

Meet the mysterious Creature Crew, journey along the Luminous Pathway, heed the Call of the Wild or bask in the glow of the Shimmering Islands. Your whole family will be mesmerised by the lighting, special effects and music of this alternative zoo.

Time: 7.30pm – 12midnight (Last entry at 10.30pm)
Location: The Singapore Zoo
Price: Adults $22, Children $16 (ages 3 to 12)

For more information, click here.


2. Catch the Fireworks

The highlight of every NDP is undoubtedly the impressive fireworks display at its climatic conclusion. But did you know that this explosion of colour also creates the perfect backdrop for snapshots of your children?

Get to your preferred fireworks viewing spot early, though, as many others will also be vying for that vantage point.

Time: Approximately 9pm
Recommended Locations: Waterfront Promenade, Marina Bay Sands Boardwalk, Marine Barrage, Stadium Waterfront
Price: Free

To make the most of your evening out, consider bringing a picnic basket with you so you can enjoy a relaxing dinner with the family as the sun sets.


3. Check in at Gardens By the Bay

Take your family to the Gardens on 9th August for a full day of fun – with games, films, sports and other family-friendly activities for the young and old.

Limber up with some yoga, order a poem, catch some screen time at the Pop Up Cinema, try your hand at the Escape Room, or check out the Gardens’ other highlights, such as the Singapore Garden Festival 2018 and Garden Rhapsody – an enchanting light and music show that will dazzle children and parents alike.

Date: 9 August
Time: 8.00am – 11.00pm
Location: Gardens By the Bay (Supertree Grove and Cannonball Room)
Price: Programmes are free

For more information, click here.


4. Dive into the Deep Blue at the S.E.A Aquarium

Get face-to-face with the fearsome Hammerhead Shark, Reef Manta Ray, Giant Pacific Octopus and over 100,000 other marine animals at the S.E.A Aquarium.

Learn about the diversity of marine life at the aquarium and be sure to catch the graceful (and brave) divers in action during feeding time – your children will love this!

Time: 10.00am – 7.00pm (Times vary slightly, depending on the date)
Location: Resorts World Sentosa
Price: Adults $39, Children $29 (ages 4 to 12)

Book your tickets online to save yourself time in the queue.


5. Take your kids on a national heritage (and food) tour

Walk, talk (and munch on) Singapore’s culture. Explore sites steeped in history such as the usual suspects of Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Little India and Fort Canning, or you can opt for the lesser-known Bukit Timah or Tampines Heritage Trails. To keep things interesting, be sure to stop for traditional food and snacks at every location!

Recommended Stops:
Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam, Fort Canning, Bukit Timah

For more information, click here.


6. Explore Sentosa

You can’t go wrong with a trip to Sentosa, if you don’t mind the crowd. Some of our favourites include the fast-paced Luge and Skyride, 4D Adventureland (where videos come to life in 4 dimensions), the exhilarating MegaZip, as well as the wet and wild Adventure Cove Waterpark.

In case you need more information about Sentosa, find it here.


7. Deceive your senses at the Trick Eye Museum

Who says that museums can’t be fun? The Trick Eye Museum is Singapore’s most interactive and innovative art museum, and promises loads of entertainment for everyone in the family.

Children absolutely love the optical illusions and creative visual effects on display. And with over 100 unique installations, you’ll have lots of photo-taking opportunities – as well as chances to teach your kids a thing or two about perspective, dimensions and creative effects.

Time: 10.00am – 9.00pm
Location: Resorts World Sentosa
Price: Adults $25, Children $20 (ages 4 to 12)

Save 15% when you buy your tickets online.

8. Visit the “We’re Singapore” Exhibition at SDC

Celebrate  – and learn from  – 14 fellow Singaporeans who’ve made a difference in their communities at the Singapore Discovery Centre’s special National Day exhibition. And while you’re there, you can also explore the rest of SDC – free.

Time: 9.00am – 6.00pm (Closed on Mondays)
Location: Singapore Discovery Centre
Price: Free for Singaporeans and PRs (from 12 July – 18 November 2018)

For more information, click here.


9. Overcome your fears at the Science Centre

Explore the fascinating “Phobia 2: The Science of Fear” exhibition to discover what fears and phobias really are. Don’t worry, it’s 100% child-friendly – you’ll just have a really fun afternoon learning about the psychology and physiology of fears, and how you can better manage them.

An exciting, educational journey for both parents and children!

Time: 10.00am – 6.00pm (Last admission at 5.15pm)
Location: Science Centre Singapore (Hall B)
Price: Adults $6, Children and Senior Citizens $4

For more information, click here.

10. Watch the National Day Parade

The next best thing to being at the NDP is to watch it. Catch the live telecast on TV, say the pledge and sing along to your favourite Singapore songs – without having to step out of your living room, unless you’re off for snacks or a bio break.

Plus: bonus points if you’ve displayed our national flag proudly outside!

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