10 best places to hang out with the kids this March holidays

Art-Zoo at Marina Bay.
PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - The March school holidays are swinging by real soon, and if you don't plan to head overseas with junior, here are some neat events in Singapore to tick off the list.

1. Art-Zoo at i Light Marina Bay

When: March 3 to 26

Admission: $15 for Art-Zoo. i Light Marina Bay is free

This year's i Light Marina Bay event includes Art-Zoo, an inflatable zoological park where kids can bounce around in while mum and pop take a break. The colourful inflatable playground includes installations of both alphabets and animals in a fantasy landscape.

After all that bopping around, families can wander along the bay area to see the stunning light up of the art installations for free.

Must-see installations at iLight at Marina Bay 2017

  • Passage of Inner Reflection by Raffles College of Higher Education.
  • Ocean Pavillion by Luke Jerram
  • Re-locating Locality by Lasalle College of the Arts
  • Danny Rose Logo
  • The Body of the Sea
  • Sustainable light art festival i Light Marina Bay returns this March to set the Bay aglow with 2 0 sustainable light art installations taking centre stage at the Marina Bay waterfront.
  • Running from 3 to 26 March, the fifth edition of Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival will also feature, for the first time, three themed festival hubs framed to create a festive atmosphere for a comprehensive experience.
  • Held since 2010, i Light Marina Bay is a showcase of light art installations created by artists from Singapore and around the world.
  • Installed around the Marina Bay waterfront , the light art installations are designed with energy - saving lighting or environmentally - friendly materials to reinforce Marina Bay’s position as a sustainable precinct and serve as reminders to encourage festival goers and the general public to adopt sustainable habits in their everyday lives
  • The festival also features a range of fringe activities for visitors to enjoy, bringing vibrancy to the public spaces in the precinct
  • This year, the festival will see three distinct event hubs complementing the light art installations.
  • Held at The Promontory @ Marina Bay, The Float @ Marina Bay and the Bayfront Event Space, the three festival hubs will be anchored respectively on themes of sustainability, imaginative play and lifestyle.
  • Secret Galaxies by ASM Projection
  • The Urchin by Choi + Shine
  • The Colorful Garden of Light by TILT
  • Waves by NUS Department of Architecture
  • Social Sparkles by Toer
  • You Lookin At Me by Tropism Art & Science Collective
  • Twenty light art installations by Singaporean and international artists will light up the Marina Bay area at this year's annual sustainable light art festival.
  • The i Light Marina Bay, in its fifth edition, returns with dazzling hues at three hubs from March 3 to 26.
  • A media preview on Wednesday (March 1) night showed colourful lights playing off structures at the Marina Bay area including the ArtScience museum and the Merlion.
  • The festival opens on Friday (March 3) with the unveiling of an art installation called Ocean Pavilion, which is made up of more than 25,000 repurposed Evian water bottles.
  • It was put together by 300 primary and secondary school students and volunteers from the Yellow Ribbon Project.
  • This year's overall theme is Light & Nature, with three hubs focusing on related themes.
  • The Fantastical World of eco.me focuses on sustainability-themed activities, Art-Zoo on imaginative play and GastroBeats on food and music.
  • Admission to the Marina Bay Waterfront is free, although charges apply for some attractions.
  • The light shows are on from 7.30pm to 11pm, ending an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Other than light shows and exhibits, festival-goers can also visit a recycling and upcycling marketplace, an urban farming showcase and a giant inflatable playground.
  • There will also be live music performances.
  • Festival curator Randy Chan previously told The Straits Times that this year's festival "explores the relationship of light with nature and the city - a theme that fits in with the backdrop of the garden city we live in".
  • The event, which is presented by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), promotes sustainability and the importance of being environmentally friendly.
  • The 2016 edition saw 742,000 visitors.
  • The March school holidays are swinging by real soon, and if you don't plan to head overseas with junior, here are some neat events in Singapore to tick off the list.
  • When: March 3 to 26.
  • Admission: $15 for Art-Zoo. iLight Marina Bay is free.
  • This year's iLight Marina Bay event includes Art-Zoo, an inflatable zoological park where kids can bounce around in while mum and pop take a break.
  • The colourful inflatable playground includes installations of both alphabets and animals in a fantasy landscape.
  • After all that bopping around, families can wander along the bay area to see the stunning light up of the art installations for free.
  • Whether you're a photography buff or are just planning to soak up the city skyline after a night out with the family, iLight Marina Bay is one event you should check out.
  • The annual festival will feature 20 sustainable light art installations from local and international artists.
  • Stunning to look at no doubt, but it also serves as a great way to teach the young about sustainable living.
  • Light Network by Felix Raspall, Carlos Bañón and Mohan Elara
  • Ataraxia by Nanyang Polytechnic
  • Dande-lier by COLOURS
  • Home by Anna Galas
  • Horizontal Interference by Katarzyna Malejka and Joachim Slugocki
  • Hybycozo by Yelena Filipchuk
  • i Light You So Much by Eko Prawoto
  • Kaleidoscopic Monolith by Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Moonflower by Lee Yun Qin
  • Northern Lights by Aleksandra Stratimirovic

Whether you're a photography buff or are just planning to soak up the city skyline after a night out with the family, i Light Marina Bay is one event you should check out.

The annual festival will feature 20 sustainable light art installations from local and international artists. Stunning to look at no doubt, but it also serves as a great way to teach the young about sustainable living.

2. Tsum-sational adventure carnival at Capitaland Malls

The Tsum Tsum carnival at Plaza SingapuraPhoto: AsiaOne

When: March 3 to April 2

Admission: Free

Missed the bouncy Tsum Tsum parade from Bugis Junction to Plaza Singapura on March 3? Not to worry, there's still plenty of Tsum-sational fun for your kids to explore during holiday week.

Cutest parade ever? Disney Tsum Tsums are arriving!

Posted by AsiaOne on Thursday, 2 March 2017

A Tsum Tsum-themed carnival being held across 14 CapitaLand malls will fulfill the dreams of all Tsum Tsum fans. Admission to the Tsum Tsum booths is free for all, but those who manage to hit a minimum spend at Capitaland's malls will be entitled to take part in various workshops, games and activities. Some of the highlights include a Tsum Tsum photobooth at The Star Vista, a Ninja Castle obstacle challenge at Junction 8 and Sembawang Shopping Centre, and a Tomica Disney Tsum Tsum stacking contest at Tampines Mall. Some of the prizes up for grabs include Tsum Tsum EZ-Link cards and a Tsum Tsum gold bar worth $269.

Members of Capitaland Malls' CapitaStar programme can also redeem Tsum Tsum huggables when they hit the $180 minimum daily expenditure. Members who collect all six pairs of plush toys could also win a five-night trip to Japan for four.

Tsum Tsum carnival at all Capitaland malls this March

  • Missed the bouncy Tsum Tsum parade from Bugis Junction to Plaza Singapura on March 3?
  • Not to worry, there's still plenty of Tsum-sational fun for your kids to explore during holiday week.
  • A Tsum Tsum-themed carnival being held across 14 CapitaLand malls will fulfill the dreams of all Tsum Tsum fans.
  • Admission to the Tsum Tsum booths is free for all, but those who manage to hit a minimum spend at Capitaland's malls will be entitled to take part in various workshops, games and activities.
  • Some of the highlights include a Tsum Tsum photobooth at The Star Vista, a Ninja Castle obstacle challenge at Junction 8 and Sembawang Shopping Centre, and a Tomica Disney Tsum Tsum stacking contest at Tampines Mall.
  • Some of the prizes up for grabs include Tsum Tsum EZ-Link cards and a Tsum Tsum gold bar worth $269.
  • Members of Capitaland Malls' CapitaStar programme can also redeem Tsum Tsum huggables when they hit the $180 minimum daily expenditure.
  • Members who collect all six pairs of plush toys could also win a five-night trip to Japan for four.

Check out the Tsum Tsum-themed atrium here. Too cute! #tsumsational

Posted by AsiaOne on Thursday, 2 March 2017

3. Singapore Festival of Fun

Photo: Bruce Airhead

When: March 11 to 19

Admission: Free for all except Magners Singapore International Comedy Festival ($50)

Here's one mega week-long event for the entire family. Come March 11, Clarke Quay will be transformed from reveller's party-pit to a family-friendly playground.

March 11-12, 2pm onwards: Kicking off the week is Nickelodeon Fiesta, where junior can go on a scavenger hunt, challenge other kids to a giant board game and attend a meet-and-greet with Nickelodeon characters like SpongeBob Square Pants and Ninja Turtles.

March 14-19: Adults can join in on the fun with a line-up of acrobatic acts at StreetFest. This includes shows from magician Ryan Shadow, unicycle champion Jamey Mossengren and bizarre one-man-act Bruce Airhead.

March 14-19, 8pm onwards: There's nothing like laughter to ease up the day's worries. Magners Singapore International Comedy Festival will be bringing in a hilarious line-up of comedians from the US, Canada, UK, New Zealand, India and Malaysia. Single tickets are from $20-$30, while a four-day access to all shows costs $98.

4. Chestnut Nature Park

Photo: The Straits Times

Admission: Free

Nature lovers rejoice! The newly opened Chestnut Nature Park (North) has added double the dosage of hiking and biking trails for outdoor enthusiasts.

It is currently the only park to have separate trails for bikers and hikers. The park also includes kiosks for visitors to rent and wash mountain bikes.

For those who prefer exploring on foot, the trails stretch up to 5.6km and even links to Zhenghua Nature Park and Dairy Farm Nature Park.

5. Singapore Design Week

When: March 3 to 12

Admission: Exhibitions are mostly free, but workshops are ticketed.

Get crafty with the kids at a DIY Vintage Sign workshop or learn to create your very own herb garden in a glass bottle.

These workshops are part of the annual Singapore Design Week where artists, designers, architects and industrial players come together to showcase their works.

6. Disney on Ice

When: March 15 to 19

Admission: $25-$120

Hang out with Mickey Mouse, Elsa, Woody and a host of other classic Disney characters as they twirl around on ice this March.

The show will surely be a treat for the kids as they watch their favourite cartoon characters come alive on the skating rink.

7. Bake up a storm with kiddo

Admission: Workshop fees apply

Instead of enrichment classes and tuition, why not learn how to bake freshly-made bread or a mousse cake with your child?

Who knows? Your child may turn out to be the next Junior Masterchef!

8. SmartKids Asia 2017

When: March 17 to 19

Admission: Free

Here's another nifty way to get your kid excited about learning something new.

Held at Singapore Expo Hall 6, SmartKids Asia partners The Straits Times and National Library Board to bring reading and art alive.

Kids will get to watch theatrical plays, scribble away in a colouring contest or pull out their acting and singing chops in a talent time competition.

9. Blossom Bliss

Photo: Gardens by the Bay

When: March 3 to 24

Admission: $20 for adult, $12 for child

Gardens by the Bay is bringing back the cherry blossoms in time for the sakura season.

The floral display will include last year favourites such as the pale pink Prunus Accolade on top of new undisclosed varieties at the Flower Dome.

10. Dye-Nosaur Gardens

Life-sized dinosaurs in Singapore at Gardens by the Bay

  • It may not be Jurassic Park, but this Singapore version is the next best thing.
  • Rexy, the red Tyrannosaurus, will rule Gardens by the Bay during the Children's Festival from March 10 to April 2.
  • Standing 9m tall, it is one of the biggest of the 11 dinosaurs that have been set up at the Dye-Nosaur Gardens at the Supertree Grove.
  • The display "brings visitors into an imaginative habitat of dinosaurs and prehistoric plants", according to the Gardens by the Bay website.
  • The dinosaurs, which can move and roar, will be lit during the evening light show, A World of Wonder Garden Rhapsody, at 7.45pm and 8.45pm daily.
  • This is the third Children's Festival at the Gardens.

When: March 10 to April 2

Admission: Free, charges for rides apply

If the family isn't quite into flowers, why not visit the dinosaurs? Gardens by the Bay will also be hosting a dinosaur-themed festival for children in March at the Supertree Grove. 

View large outdoor installations of dinosaur structures or go on a dino egg hunt around the park and stand a chance to win prizes. There will also be an interactive storytelling session, carnival rides and craft workshops throughout the month. Charges apply for each event. 

debwong@sph.com.sg

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