Children’s Season Goes Beyond Museums

Published on 22 May 2017

Image: Asian Civilisations Museum

NHB Children’s Season Singapore celebrates 10 years! What’s so special about this year’s festival?

By PAMELA HO

Singapore is the place to be for children and families this June. Think pop-ups of favourite family hangouts in the 1970s and 80s, learning about vintage toys and maybe even making your own, and watching well-loved cartoons and children’s classics from around the world… From interactive exhibits and story-telling sessions to hands-on play, the National Heritage Board’s (NHB) Children’s Season Singapore is going all out this year. After all, 2017 marks its 10th anniversary!

“For the very first time, we will go beyond museums to encompass all aspects of art, culture, heritage and education,” reveals Festival Director Angelita Teo. “We’re excited to have Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, and the Esplanade as new festival partners. Our aim is to offer children and families a slew of programmes and activities to choose from!”

And if you’re a festival noob, fret not. Grab the Children’s Season Singapore passport and brochure, plot your ‘destinations’ and at each stop you visit, don’t forget to collect a ‘chop’ on your passport. Visit at least three stops and there’s even prizes to be won! So if you’re racking your brains about what to do with your family this June, this is it. To start you off, here are five must-dos…

Young Children Concert 2017 – The Little Adventurer of SCO: Listen to the Musical Weather Forecast!

Credit: Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

From sunny skies and light drizzles to thunderstorms and typhoons… the young musicians of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra will recreate the sounds of nature through their music. Delightfully themed on the weather, this concert is a great way to introduce different instruments and musical techniques to children – and hey, adults too!

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Yarn-bombing of the Heritage Institutions

Image: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Various Heritage Institutions

What is yarn-bombing? Think graffiti… but instead of spray paint, think colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn! For the first time, the NHB’s Heritage Institutions – including the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Malay Heritage Centre and Indian Heritage Centre – will be yarn-bombed and transformed into colourful spaces – a project led by local artist Kelly Lim.

GosTan Back (A Time-Travelling Adventure on Wheels)

Image: National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

Follow a young boy’s adventure as he travels back in time to save the future! Held at NMS’ History Gallery, GosTan Back is a special theatrical experience that lets children learn about Singapore’s history and artefacts – there’s loads of hands-on fun too. This specially-designed inclusive programme welcomes those with special needs, and allows all to enjoy the museum together.

Singapore International Children’s Film Festival

Image: National Gallery of Singapore

National Gallery Singapore

If adults can have an international film festival, why not children? After all, kids love the movies as much as we do! Curated just for the little ones, this film festival will feature shows on dreams and stories from various cultures around the world. How similar or different are they from our own?

Camp Fest

Image: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Singapore Zoo/ Night Safari/ River Safari, Wildlife Reserves Singapore

If you’ve never camped with your kids, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. The festival hits the forests of Mandai for the first time, and invites you to spend a weekend at the Z oo and River Safari to learn more about our fascinating animal friends. Choose between two camping options: the flooded forest of the Amazon or under the stars to the roar of the lion!

The festival runs from 27 May to 25 June. For more information and ticketing details, click here.

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