What to do this weekend

Balloon Bonanza @ BBB
Balloon sculptures are taking over the Bras Basah and Bugis area (hence “BBB”) with a giant  elephant stamp, huge pirate ship and more awaiting passersby. Balloon artists will also be trawling the streets so don’t hesitate to ask for your very own scuplture.
Date and time: Nov 12 – 13
Venues: Bugis Junction, Iluma, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts Building, National Library Building, School of the Arts, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum
Price: Free. Log on to http://www.nhb.gov.sg/brasbasahbugis/ for more.

Nearly New Baby & Kids Sale
Preparing for a new baby in the house? Or just looking for some new clothes for your kid? Then go the eco and budget-friendly way at this sale for gently-used children’s items, organised by the American Women’s Association.
Date and time: Nov 12, 9.30am – 12pm
Venue: 96 Waterloo Street, SCWO
Price: Free admission. Log on to http://www.scwo.org.sg/index.php/members-events/216-nearly-new-baby-a-kids-sale for more.

What to do this weekend

Olympics of Orchids
No, they won’t be doing any high-jumps or decathlons but the orchids are definitely the stars of the show here. Expect displays made up of beautiful species from all over the world. Since orchids are pretty low-maintenance, stop by the marketplace to purchase some  to add colour to your home.
Date and time: Nov 13 -Nov 20, 10 am – 9pm
Venue: Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands
Price: $9 – $20. Log on to http://www.20woc.com.sg/site/ for more.

What to do this weekend

Animation Nation 2011
This is definitely not your usual Spongebob Squarepants affair. Works to be screened include The Green Wave, an animated documentary focused on the aftermath of the 2009 Iranian elections and Sky Song, about a postman delivering a package to the moon. The highlight is a retrospective of works by anime director Satoshi Kon, whose “death on Aug. 24, at 46, of pancreatic cancer, robbed world cinema of one of its most acute, probing artists” according to TIME Magazine.
Date: Nov 11 – 13
Venue: National Museum
Price: Free – $10. Log on to http://sfs.org.sg/animation/2011/index.html for more.

What to do this weekend

ABBA Mania
Even though we didn’t grow up in the ‘70s, ABBA’s music is pretty much burned onto our brains — thanks to the constant rotation of their greatest hits CD on our player (thanks, mum). This tribute concert is back in Singapore for the second time, with good ‘ol ABBA tunes  like Voulez Vous and Winner Takes It All. Bring your parents along for this one.
Date and time: Nov 11, 7.30pm; Nov 12, 1.30pm, 7.30pm; Nov 13, 7.30pm
Venue: Grand Theatre, Marina Bay Sands
Price: $50 – $125. Log on to http://www.marinabaysands.com/Singapore-Entertainment/Shows/ABBA-Mania/ for more.

What to do this weekend

MAAD Pyjamas
You’ll get to buy one-of-a-kind crafts while listening to local bands perform, watch stamp making or book sewing demos and attend a button making workshop. This is one place to ignite your creative senses.
Date and time: Nov 11, 5 – 12am
Venue: Red Dot Design Museum, 28 Maxwell Road
Price: Free admission. Log on to http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=171105696311662 for more.

Vanessa is a freelance writer and can be found at thesewingwriter.tumblr.com.