Take them to the Singapore Night Festival 2018 and watch landmarks such as the National Museum of Singapore, Peranakan Museum and National Design Centre transformed into dazzling spectacles against the night sky. Don’t miss the array of street performances by local and international acts, either. From Aug 17 to 25, 7.30pm to midnight. Visit www.nightfest.sg.
The Sands for Singapore Charity Festival is back for its sixth year
, this time with offerings co-created with local charities and social enterprises. At the ﬁrst-ever Festival Hub, sample awardwinning dishes made by celebrity chefs and signature restaurants together with the disabled and disadvantaged, watch performances by youth buskers and local bands, and take part in fringe activities such as art jamming and drone ﬁshing. Sign your tween up for the Play it Forward Junior charity challenge, too. From Aug 24 to 26. Visit www.marinabaysands.com/SandsForSingapore
Treat the kids to Cantonese-style comfort fare at TsuiWah, which has opened its ﬁrst South-east Asian outlet in Singapore. The famous cha chaan teng (tea cafe) has 70 outlets in Hong Kong, Macau and China and uses only olive oil and natural sea salt.
Among the must-try noodle dishes are the king prawns in XO sauce with tossed noodles ($11) and Kagoshima-style pork cartilage with tossed instant noodles ($9.50). Don’t miss the bread items, too – two of our favourites are the pork chop bun ($7.50) and crispy bun with condensed milk ($4). Visit www.fb.com/TsuiwahSingapore.
My Melody has her own cafe in Singapore, finally. It’s about time, isn’t it? After all, her Sanrio friends Hello Kitty and Gudetama already have theirs. Expect all things pink and strawberries at this hooded bunny’s paradise. Your kids will adore the kawaii garden interior and be busy spotting My Melody’s friends, such as My Sweet Piano (that’s the pink sheep) and Risu (the little squirrel).
Famed food artist Shirley Wong, better known as Little Miss Bento, has curated the menu. It comprises ﬁve My Melody-inspired mains, six desserts and seven beverages. Don’t wait too long to take your kids here though. This pop-up cafe will end on Dec 31. Visit www.fb.com/MyMelodyCafeSg.
Dive in and follow The Rainbow Fish as he learns the happiness that comes with sharing. Presented by Act 3 International, this stage production by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings together three classic Rainbow Fish tales. Expect black light theatre, shadow puppetry and catchy music. Best for ages three to eight. From Aug 20 to 29, at Victoria Theatre. Visit www.act3international.com.sg.
What happens when Mr Men and Little Miss visit Singapore? Expect a riot of colours at Kumoya pop-up cafe which is “hosting” them. Its walls feature customised illustrations of these cool British characters exploring iconic sights, such as the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands and the Esplanade. Little Miss Princess has even put on a sarong kebaya!
Expect Western and Singapore delights on the menu, such as Little Miss Princess Pretty Pink mac and cheese ($18.90), Mr Strong chilli crab pasta ($21.90) and Mr Bump Knock-out nasi lemak ($23.90, pictured). Once again, they’re all designed by Little Miss Bento. Visit www.fb.com/KumoyaSingapore.
The Theatre Practice’s inaugural M1 Patch! A Theatre Festival of Artful Play features productions your little ones will enjoy, such as Utopiazoo, where a little horse travels to a faraway valley but ﬁnds himself an outcast when he arrives (Mandarin with English subtitles). Look out for fringe events that include storytelling, singalong sessions and outdoor screenings. From Aug 1 to 31, with ticket prices ranging from $32 to $38. Visit www.practice.org.sg/en/M1Patch.
Skip over to Japan Park Singapore for the best of 47 prefectures from the Land of the Rising Sun. If sampling all that tasty food and enriching performances is not enough, visit one of the travel booths for ideas on planning your next holiday. From Aug 4 to 5, at Suntec Convention Centre. Tickets start from $15 (including $5 in credits). Kids below 12 enter free. Visit www.jpsg.asia.
TEXT MARY LIM & ELISA CHIA