Creative activities and family outings in September
With the relaxation of safe management measures from 19 Aug, we are all looking for ways to get out and find new creative inputs. Here are a few mind-expanding ideas for you and your children to consider this September.
Literary Trails by National Library Board
Take some gentle exercise together and see the world through fresh eyes as you explore National Library Board’s interactive literary trails at West Coast Park (the start point is near McDonald’s) and East Coast Park (set off next to East Coast Lagoon Food Village), which run until 31 Oct. Scan QR codes on a series of art installations along the trail to help a digital character reassess his life. There’s a third trail in the National Library building in case the weather turns nasty. Each trail takes about half an hour to complete and all you need is a smartphone. Learn more about the Literary Trails here.
Take a multimedia night walk on the wild side with a visit to this collaboration between Singapore Zoo and international production house, Moment Factory. Pull the vines aside, step through the luminous arch and watch the rainforest come to life as you are guided by virtual animals through a dozen multisensory zones with immersive play. First entry is 7.15pm and last entry is 11.15pm. Book your tickets to Rainforest Lumina here.
Footwork Twinkle Toes 2021
Watch your child discover the joy of creative movement and get in a little whirling and twirling yourself at da:ns festival’s dance-play workshops for children aged 3-6 years. The programme embraces an eclectic mix of dance styles – from Bollywood and K-pop to hip hop and ballet – and runs from 4-12 Sept on Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Esplanade Rehearsal Studio. Get information and booking details for Twinkle Toes 2021 here.
Being cooped up at home is something we have all had to get used to recently, and it is just as hard for little ones as it is for adults. This live theatre performance is designed to tickle the senses of children as young as 15 months to 4 years, and it teaches them to find joy indoors. Cosy up in your own tent house with your child and watch the adventures of the curious Collector as she goes out and about collecting objects, and then puts them to use when the rain keeps her indoors.
To make this outing even more fun, you will also be given exclusive access to explore The Artground’s new arts space, Fungus Humongous, for 45 minutes before each performance. Space is limited and some performances are already sold out, so hurry and book your tent at House here.
The SSCC Experience (Online)
Help your child discover their singing voice with two half-day choral music-making workshops led by Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir (SSCC) conductors. They will learn about singing and choral techniques, vocal music notation and solfeggio, which is a method used to teach aural skills, pitch and sight-reading of Western music. Participants also get a chance to experience a day in the life of an SSCC singer and be part of a virtual choir performance. Get details and booking information for SSCC Experience (Online) here.
(Photos: National Reading Movement, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, da:ns festival Footwork Twinkle Toes, The Artground, Singapore Symphony Orchestra)