Photo: Hoong Wei Long
Esplanade National Day Celebrations
August 6-10, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Drive, tel: 6828-8377, www.esplanade.com/nationalday
Head down to the waterfront for a plethora of free dance and music performances by local artistes. There’ll also be talks, workshops and a local bazaar, where you can buy food and crafts from local entrepreneurs.
August 7, National Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, tel: 6653-8900, www.sing50concert.sg
This concert will feature over 70 of Singapore’s best home-grown talents, including singer-songwriter Stefanie Sun, hip-hop artist Shigga Shay and jazz pianist Jeremy Monteiro. Tickets cost $20 each (free for children under two years); buy them at sportshubtix.sg.
Families for Life Picnic
August 7-8, Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, tel: 6514-5959
There’s something for everyone at this picnic, which features fun-filled carnival activities, an aerial display by the Black Knights (the official aerobatics team of the Republic of Singapore Air Force), food trucks, bouncy castles and more. Families who register online at www.familiesforlife.sg will also receive a picnic bag.
Gardens by the Bay Celebrates SG50
August 7-10, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, tel: 6420-6848
Visit the Gardens’ Singapore Stories exhibition, which showcases tales of Singapore through flowers. Your little ones will also be enthralled by the Garden Rhapsody music and light show. Plus, all Singaporeans enjoy a 50 per cent discount on admission tickets to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest during Jubilee Weekend, with free entry for seniors aged 60 and above.
SG Heart Map Bus Tours
August 7 and 10, various locations
Hop onto SG Heart Map buses to visit some of Singaporeans’ most beloved places, from parks to hawker centres. There’ll be different tours for each district; for instance, the North-East tour will take your family to places such as Punggol Waterway Park and Tampines Round Market. The tours are free but be sure to register online at www.heartmap.sg.
Plus! Download the SG50! mobile app for a comprehensive guide – from venue to transport information – to the Jubilee Weekend activities that will take place all around the island. Users will also be able to access a host of special SG50 retail and F&B promotions on the app. Free from both iTunes and Google Play.
This article was originally published in Simply Her August 2015.