Embark on an adventure with stories from all corners of the imagination! Lots of fun going on this Octoburst! – A Children’s Festival. Check out www.esplanade.com/octoburst to find out what’s in store for you!

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Fill your day with parent-child workshops, free programmes and craft galore. Get your tickets to enchanting ballet at “The Nutcracker“, join Larry on an adventure in “The Secret Life of Suitcases” or enter the belly of the wolf and experience the tale of “Little Red Riding Hood“. That’s not enough! Get outdoors to catch the giant “ANTS” scurry around and join them in search of crumbs and yums!

Don’t miss this fun and exciting range of programmes, all happening 7-9 Oct 2016 just for kids!


Octoburst! Drawing Competition and Colouring Fun
Date: 7 Oct 2016 Fri
Time: 8.30 – 11.30am
Venue: Esplanade Concourse

Dance Appreciation Series: Introduction to The Nutcracker
As a lead up to Singapore Dance Theatre’s 2016 season finale performance of The Nutcracker, we have condensed this classic ballet into an hour-long special for young audiences!

The Nutcracker brings audiences on a journey of adventure and courage and introduces familiar and well-loved characters like Clara, the Snow Queen, the Sugar Plum fairy and her Cavalier.

Join us and learn more about the magical world of dance and ballet! There will also be a meet-and greet-session with the cast after the performance. Come dressed in your favourite costumes!

Presented by Singapore Dance Theatre, In Collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Date: 8 Oct 2016 Sat
Time: 1pm & 4pm
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall

The Secret Life of Suitcases
Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying and generally putting things in order – everything in its place, a place for everything.

But one day, a suitcase suddenly appears at his door…A suitcase with a tiny label and a tiny label with Larry’s name on it. And this suitcase has a mission.

Join Larry in The Secret Life of Suitcases as his world gets turned upside down by a fantastical flying suitcase, taking him further than he ever thought possible. Follow Larry’s journey as he discovers the thrill of adventure and the joy of coming home again.

This funny and enchanting puppet show was originally co-produced by the Unicorn Theatre, London.

By Lewis Hetherington & Ailie Cohen (UK)
Date: 7 to 9 Oct 2016
Time: 7 Oct, 2pm & 5pm | 8 & 9 Oct 11am & 2pm
Venue: Esplanade Theatre Studio
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Little Red Riding Hood
My, my, what a big imagination you have!

Retrace Little Red Riding Hood’s path in the woods with two little ones as they play a game of ‘what-if’ and pretend! They run and chase each other, taking on different roles but both eager to take on the role of Mr Wolf …or is that…Miss Wolf?

Join the duo as they turn the pages in a light-hearted story filled with new discoveries at every turn. Enter the belly of the wolf and experience the tale of Little Red Riding Hood like never before.

By La Baracca – Testoni Ragazzi (Italy)
Date: 7 to 9 Oct 2016
Time: 7 Oct 4pm | 8 Oct 11am | 9 Oct 1pm
Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio
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Parent-Child Workshop: Animate-a-Story!
Tell a story through animation! Learn the basics of animation in a fun artist-led workshop.. Find out how you can use brainstorming and storyboarding techniques to weave a story, before drawing and colouring in your illustrations. After the workshop, the artist will use the illustrations to create a short animated clip which will be sent to you.

by Weaving Clouds
Date: 7 Oct 2016
Time: 2.30pm
Venue: Esplanade Annexe Studio

Parent-Child Workshop: Dip & Dye
Scrunch, twist and dip to create vibrant patterns and effects on a cotton tote bag. Your creativity is the limit! Learn how to use the traditional method of tie-dye to hand-make your very own customised bag.

by Anthony Tan
Date: 8 Oct 2016
Time: 10am & 2.30pm
Venue: Esplanade Annexe Studio
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Parent-Child Workshop: Sculpt-a-Story
Create interesting paper sculptures of animals or nature, inspired by well-loved stories and fables. Learn more about paper sculptures and the different techniques in creating relief artwork as you get crafty in this hands-on workshop.

by Composite Art & Design
Date: 9 Oct 2016
Time: 11am & 3.30pm
Venue: Esplanade Bay Room
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Ants (Free event)
The ants go marching one by one…but not for long! These giant ants mean business as they scurry around, gather a colony of worker kid-ants and go into nooks and crannies searching for crumbs!

Join the task-focused insects in Ants, an exciting and interactive roving act that brings children together as they discover, play and collaborate.

By Polyglot Theatre (Australia)
Date: 7 to 9 Oct 2016
Time: 1pm & 5.30pm (Courtyard Green) / 2pm & 4pm (Forecourt Garden)
Venue: Courtyard Green / Forecourt Garden
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Visit www.esplanade.com/octoburst to find out more!