18 festive, funny, furry, informative or just plain FUN activities to enjoy around the Lion City this February 2018. Bring on the Year of the Dog!
Started in 2012 as a three-week festival of world-class theatre for young people in Hong Kong and Singapore, this year’s SG installation of KidFest boasts six productions – including What The Ladybird Heard, Ugly Duckling, The Gruffalo’s Child and Dinosaur Zoo (after February 1) – over four weeks in two different venues.
Feb. 1-4 (What the Ladybird Heard, Ugly Duckling), 5 shows daily
KC Arts Centre Home of Singapore Repertory Theatre, 20 Merbau Road, Robertson Quay, 239035
Feb. 7-11 (The Gruffalo’s Child, Dinosaur Zoo), 5 shows daily
Victoria Theatre, 11 Empress Place, 179555
NEXT: Watch a festive cat fight →
And by cat fight, we mean, the 11th International Lion Dance Competition, which promises “heart-stopping moments” from troupes from China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore and more. They’ll all be pitting their skills for the title of King of the Lions! (Get any and all of your questions about lion dance answered here.)
Feb. 2-3, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Carpark at Banda Street (off Sago Lane)
P.S. Too overwhelming to manage with LOs? Consider the PAW Patrol-themed Lion Dance with Chase and Marshall at City Square Mall (L1, Main Entrance) Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. instead.
NEXT: Craft for a cause! →
Happy World Wetlands Day! In SG, you can celebrate the eco-holiday Feb. 3, 4 and 10 at various outdoor activities organised by the National Parks Board. Craft with Us (A Hands-on Activity) is free, open to all plus a great way to give your child a nice dose of fresh air and sunshine with a side of creativity.
Feb. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Singapore Botanic Gardens (Visitor Services at Tyersall Gate)
NEXT: Usher in paws-perity in Chinatown →
Who let the dogs out? Singapore, it would seem – for its first-ever canine-themed carnival in honour of the Year of the Dog. The so-called Ushering “Paws-perity” @ Chinatown festival will include a doggy costume competition where owners can dress pets in their four-legged CNY finery (register here). Prepare to join the pup-arazzi!
Feb. 3, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Kreta Ayer Square
(image: Sara Lyle Bow)
NEXT: Be awed by aerobatic flying displays →
Zoooooom! The two Public Days of the Singapore Airshow (a.k.a., Asia’s largest aerospace and defence event) will wow little and big kids alike with jaw-dropping aerial shows, and the opportunity to get up close with aircraft on display, meet pilots and snap photos with the Airshow mascots: Captains Leo and Leonette. (Note: Tickets won’t be available at the show site, so buy yours ahead here.)
Feb. 10-11, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC), 9 Aviation Park Road, 498760
NEXT: Take your pet on the Best. Date. Ever. →
What’s so special about this event? Well, you can stage a wedding for your furry friend and another furry friend (like, with bride and groom costumes, wedding photos, Marriage Certificates and everything!). Then, enjoy a gourmet picnic dinner and screening of last year’s biggest movie under the stars.
Feb. 10, 12 to 9:30 p.m.
CHIJMES Lawn, 30 Victoria Street, 187996
NEXT: Pick the freshest flowers for V-Day or CNY →
Consider Chinatown’s Flower Market your one-stop shop for all your auspicious Lunar New Year blooms. Or, grab a bunch of festive flowers or plants such as pussy willows, tangerine shrubs and Money Trees to make an unconventional Valentine’s Day gift. Hey, maybe you’ll even get “lucky”!
Curious about why these plants have such meaning? Here’s a quick petal primer.
NEXT: Learn about SG’s cabaret girls with hearts of gold →
Friends of the Museums‘ weekly Monday Morning Lectures are always interesting. Our favourite topic for the month of February: “Lancing Girls of a Happy World” by speaker Adeline Foo, who spent 14 months researching and writing about the fascinating lives of “lancing” (or “dancing”) cabaret girls in mid-century Singapore.
Feb. 12, 11 a.m.
Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, 179555
NEXT: Take your love to new heights this Valentine’s Day →
If you haven’t taken a ride on the Singapore Cable Car Sky Network yet, what are you waiting for? (Your expat bucket list isn’t going to cross itself off!) And if you’re gonna do it, why not splurge on a private dining car for a truly over-the-top Valentine’s Day date?
Feb. 14, 5 p.m.
Mount Faber Cable Car Station, Faber Peak Singapore
NEXT: Count down to CNY (and nab HUGE deals!) →
Take in a night of live performances at the Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party, topped off by fireworks and firecrackers at the stroke of midnight on CNY Eve.
Don’t forget to hit the Festive Street Bazaar to haggle for some of the best bargains of the year.
Feb. 15, 9:30 to 12:30 a.m.
New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
NEXT: Tour the grounds of the President’s residence →
This open-to-the-public Nature Guided Walk during the Istana Chinese New Year Open House is one of only five chances throughout 2018 to nose around the gorgeous property surrounding the Singapore President’s official residence. Look out for signs on The Istana grounds to find out how to register.
Tickets range from $2 (children, 3 and up) to $4 (Singaporeans and PRs, 13 and up), $10 (foreigners, 13 and up) plus family-of-four packages: $12 for Singaporeans and PRs, and $30 for foreigners.
Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., hourly walks (each of 15 people)
The Istana, Orchard Road, 238823 (Near Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station)
NEXT: Have a fling with some fantastic merch →
You’ll want to set aside lots o’ time to comb over Singapore Fairs’ Spring Fling Fair‘s thoughtfully curated, high-quality treats, arts and crafts, men’s and women’s fashion and accessories (including jewellery), décor and more!
Bonus: All of the goods are designed or sourced by small, local businesses. Consider it money well spent.
Feb. 19-28, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, 039596
NEXT: Show your love through (hawker) food →
For the American Women’s Association of Singapore‘s heart-warming, yet eye-opening Food and Charity Tour, you’ll get to check out a complex where many popular local foods like noodles, bean curd and satay are prepared – and get to sample some of them!
Then, head to the Food Court with a Heart, Dignity Kitchen, where members of Singapore’s disadvantaged communities come to learn how to cook hawker foods and manage stalls. You’ll have lunch here (at your own expense) to taste the fruits of their labour.
While the tour costs $70 for members and $88 for guests, your guide will donate 50 percent of her fee to Dignity Kitchen.
Feb. 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (approximately)
Newton Food Centre Car Park
NEXT: Get to know mysterious spirits of ancient China →
If you haven’t already ODed on date nights by this time of the month (wait, did we just say that?!), here’s a unique idea: Attend a Friends of the Museums‘ Fridays with Friends! evening lecture. This particular one – titled “Earthly Treasures, Mysterious Spirits and the Afterlife: Grave Goods from Ancient China” – is by Dr. Vidya Schalk, an author, speaker and council member of the South East Asian Ceramics Society (SEACS), as well as a FOM docent at several world-class SG museums.
NEXT: Experience the Mardi Gras of Asia →
It’s back: Singapore’s annual Chingay Parade, the largest street performance and float parade in Asia! The parade begins at the F1 Pit Building and snakes its way the heartlands. And it’s as close as you can get to Carnivale, without hopping on a plane! Read more here.
NEXT: Don’t cry for her, Argentina →
Surely, you’ve heard the rags-to-riches-to-ruin tale of Evita – Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron. But, if you’ve never seen Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Evita, you won’t have a better chance to enjoy it in SG than with this one: It’s the original Broadway and West End production, winner of more than 20 major awards, and directed by legendary Broadway director Harold Prince.
Feb. 23 to Mar. 11; Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun. 1 and 6 p.m.
Mastercard Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, 4 Bayfront Ave, 018973
NEXT: LOL with comedy star Russell Peters →
Canadian funnyman Russell Peters is bringing his Deported World Tour to the Red Dot. Last time Peters toured Asia – in 2015 and 2016 – he sold out venues. This time, he plans to bust out even more fresh material.
Tip: The tour will also feature one of American comedy legend David Letterman’s favourite comics, Jake Johannsen.
Feb. 24, 8 p.m.
Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, 397691
NEXT: Celebrate SG’s favourite drag racer’s b’day! →
SG’s reigning Queen of All Drag Queens, Kumar has led an accomplished life: from being a top student in school to a top signaller in National Service and top Drag Queen at the Boom Boom Room.
For all of those reasons, but mostly because of his iconically irreverant brand of entertainment, you don’t want to miss his Kumar50 show, marking his 50th awesome year of life. Nab your tickets now – there are only 13 shows in total!
Feb. 28-Mar. 11; Tues.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 3 p.m.
Capitol Theatre, 17 Stamford Road, 178907
NEXT: Treat the tykes to top-notch musical theatre →
By Sara Lyle Bow, January 2018
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