Families for Life Celebrations to kick off on 29 May 2016 at the Civic District in conjunction with Car-Free Sunday SG
The May edition of Car-Free Sunday SG takes on a special significance with the launch of the Families for Life Celebrations 2016 that comprises a myriad of family-friendly activities such as the Families for Life Walk, Breakfast Picnic @ Empress Lawn as well as an evening “Drive-in” movie screening and picnic at the Civic District on 29 May 2016.
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Held every last Sunday of the month from February to July, Car-Free Sunday SG is an initiative in which roads within the Civic District and parts of the Central Business District (CBD) are closed to traffic, transforming the area into a walkable, cyclist-friendly, and activity-filled precinct for families and friends.
What’s in store
In the May edition, organisers and the Families for Life Council are presenting special programmes and activities to encourage families to bond and spend quality time together.
Families for Life Celebrations
Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan Jin will flag off the first activity for the day – the Families for Life Walk – in front of the National Gallery Singapore at 7.30am. This will be followed by a breakfast picnic at Empress Lawn featuring heritage hawker delights from 8.00am. In the evening, from 5.00pm, Empress Lawn will host an outdoor movie screening of “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” as well as music performances by celebrity couple Alfred Sim and Tay Ke Wei.
Participants of the Families for Life Celebrations also stand to receive free giveaways, win prizes, and have their family portrait taken by roving photographers. Attractive prizes await families who are spotted as the “Largest Family Contingent” and “Best Dressed Family”.
Other new activities
Besides the Families for Life Celebrations, SportSG will attempt to set the Singapore record for the “Most Number of People Bouncing Basketballs”. Participants will receive a free basketball each.
Other new activities by Car-Free Sunday SG partners include: Tchoukball, Kin Ball and Speedminton sports try-outs; the Civic District Tree Trail, which takes you through the majestic and interesting trees in the precinct; sketching with professional artist Chankerk; and arts appreciation and crafting sessions at the National Gallery Singapore.
Families are encouraged to upload photos of themselves using an active mode of transport (e.g. cycling or skating), on their Instagram account with the caption ‘#carfreefamilies at #carfreesundaysg’. One lucky family will win up to four EZ-link cards with $25 stored value each.
Road closure and general information
St Andrew’s Road, Stamford Road and Esplanade Drive (the loop within the Civic District) will be closed to traffic from 7.30am to 12noon, and Shenton Way, Robinson Road and Fullerton Road (the loop within the CBD) will have lanes closed from 7.30am to 10.00am. Together, these will form a 5km-long car-free route for the public to enjoy and engage in activities.
Connaught Drive will be closed from 7.30am to 7.00pm to host a variety of community sporting events and activities.
Members of the public are encouraged to take public transport or cycle to the event venue. They can refer to ura.sg/carfreetocity for information on the cycling routes and public transport options to the venue. Participants can bring their own bicycles or rent one on site from one of Car-Free Sunday SG’s partner bicycle rental companies. Rentals can be made on the day (subject to availability) or booked prior to the event via http://ura.sg/carfreesundaysg and collected on site.
Personal mobility devices, including motorised ones, such as hoverboards, are allowed at Car-Free Sunday SG. To ensure a pleasant experience for all, participants are reminded to be considerate towards other users while using the shared spaces.