Things to do, watch, listen: June school holidays edition
The June school holidays are just around the corner, and there is no shortage of programmes that the kids can partake in for a dose of arts and culture.
From a sustainable light festival, a new children’s ballet, to a stamp design competition, here are some of The A List picks that could help make it a fun and fulfilling month for the whole family.
1. i Light Singapore 2022
After a two-year hiatus, i Light Singapore returns for its eighth run this year from 3 to 26 Jun in Marina Bay. First held in 2010, it is Asia’s leading sustainable light festival featuring visually captivating light art installations created by Singapore and global artists. All the artworks are designed with energy-saving lighting, and/or environmentally-friendly materials, to spark conversations about our lifestyles and consumption behaviour to build a more sustainable future.
The festival runs from 7.30pm to 11.30pm daily with extended hours to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free.
Get the latest updates on the festival’s line-up of artworks and programmes here.
2. Write And Burn!
Write And Burn! is the third instalment of Poetry Festival Singapore’s annual performance poetry challenge, open to all students aged 15 to 18 in Singapore. Taking place on 28 May, ignite your teenager’s interest in poetry as finalists showcase their entries in the last round of this challenge.
Admission is free, register to attend Write And Burn! here.
3. STAGE Camp by Singapore Repertory Theatre
Specially organised for the June holidays, this year’s edition of Singapore Repertory Theatre’s STAGE Camp will feature Grimm classics like Hansel & Gretel and The Shoemaker and the Elves. There are English and Mandarin camps catered for 4 to 6 years old (PLAY Stage) and 7 to 12 years old (THEATRE stage). Through the five-day camp helmed by professional teaching artists, your young actor will be trained to develop their confidence, creativity, and communication skills in your chosen language.
Learn more about STAGE CAMP here.
4. Interactive Theatre: Dhobi Ramanujan and the Unfortunate Mix-up!
This interactive theatre event is part of Children’s Season 2022: Get Curious! Our Early Settlers. The 40-minute interactive theatre programme held on 18 Jun at the National Museum of Singapore’s Gallery Theatre will feature Rama, a young dhobi who washes other people’s clothes with his Uncle Ganesan. Take a step back in time and learn about Singapore’s heritage and the dhobis – Indian washermen who laundered clothes.
Register for Dhobi Ramanujuan and the Unfortunate Mix-up! here.
5. Riddles in the Raindrops
Can musical instruments produce sounds of water trickling? Embark on a journey in Young Children’s Concert 2022’s Riddles in the Raindrops, which is based on the book Musical Adventures with Quek Quek, and explore the world of Chinese orchestra plucked-string instruments. There are two shows on 4 Jun, and there will be pre-concert activities available.
Find out more about Riddles in the Raindrops here.
6. Whose Hill is This?
Follow two bears on a journey through nature, with soundscapes painted by organists in Whose Hill is This?, an organ concert presented by Victoria Concert Hall on 18 Jun. Attendees can also learn more about the pipe organ through various exhibitions and demonstrations at the atrium.
Find out more about Whose Hill is This? here.
7. Peter and Blue’s School Holiday
Peter & Blue’s School Holiday is a new children’s ballet that features eye-catching and fun costumes and engaging live storytelling. Its whimsical choreography and playful storyline will get the little ones excited, and help spark imagination in their impressionable minds. The show is on from 2 to 5 Jun at the SOTA Studio Theatre and is part of a four-part ballet series created for young dance lovers.
Get tickets to Peter and Blue’s School Holiday here.
8. Remember Rainforest
Remember Rainforest is a dance-theatre production made for kids, with the environment in mind. It touches on the issue of deforestation, encouraging young ones to think about the need to protect Mother Earth. The 30-minute production is available to stream online until 31 Dec.
Get tickets to Remember Rainforest here.
9. Draw My Stamp Story Art Competition 2022
Exercise your child’s creativity while helping them learn about the importance of design in Singapore stamps through the Draw My Stamp Story Art Competition 2022. The contest, open to Primary 3 to Primary 6 pupils, encourages participants to use drawings to tell a story while incorporating Singapore stamps in their artwork in a cohesive and imaginative way.
Register by 20 May and submit entries from 28 to 29 Jul.
Find out more about the Draw My Stamp Story Art competition here.
10. Last Kopek Raya
This year’s Hari Raya Open House, or Last Kopek Raya, at the Malay Heritage Centre will be the last edition before the centre goes through a revamp, and it plans to go out with a bang. Last Kopek Raya runs from 27 to 29 May and will feature live performances, art installations, craft workshops, and storytelling sessions that the whole family can take part in. This includes workshops on block printing, die-cut Raya envelopes, and a performance featuring the Djoko Mangkrengg Performing Arts group.
Find out more about Last Kopek Raya here.
11. Wan Qing Dragon Boat Festival 2022
Celebrate Chinese arts, culture, and heritage this Dragon Boat Festival, which is commemorated this year on 3 Jun. The Wan Qing Dragon Boat Festival 2022 runs from 21 May to 3 Jun at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and will feature art installations, festive Chinese drums and DIY paper dragon boat workshops for children, as well as storytelling sessions in both English and Mandarin. Admission to the memorial hall is free.
Get more details on the festival programme here.
12. Big Eyes, Big Minds
The 11th edition of the Singapore International Children’s Film Festival runs from 28 May to 26 Jun at National Gallery Singapore. Big Eyes, Big Minds is the first and only children’s film festival in Singapore and seeks to educate, enrich, and inspire kids aged two to 18 through film. There are films for every age group, and tickets go for $14.90.
Find out more about the festival schedule here.
(Photos: i Light Singapore, National Heritage Board, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, National Library Board, Singapore Repertory Theatre, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore Ballet, Arts Fission, Malay Heritage Centre, Big Eyes, Big Minds)