Before we know it, the year 2015 has whizzed by, and we are just a day shy of the new year! What will 2016 be like for us, as parents? To be sure, the days are long but the years are short, so let’s treasure each year as it comes, along with the parenting joys and struggles that it brings.

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Singapore Art Week

Singapore Art Week 2016

Be prepared for a slew of fun, interactive family-friendly activities that will be happening as part of Singapore Art Week 2016, a nine-day festival which runs from 16 to 24 Jan, celebrating various genres of visual arts across Singapore.

Artist Jack Tan will explore and exaggerate Singaporean myths through Flag and Lantern Installation & Children’s Parade, featuring eight Singaporean Youkais (mythical folkloric characters). Each participant will be given a lantern kit with a character from the 8 youkais. Families will tour around Gillman Barracks with their personalised lanterns while singing folkloric songs.

Date: 22 Jan 2016
Reporting time: 6.30pm
Parade: 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Reporting Venue: Art Outreach, Block 47 of Gillman Barracks

To sign up, contact info@arnoldiiartsclub.com or call 6734 5168 to sign up for the free event.

Visit Asia’s first Children’s Centre for Creativity by Playeum

Playeum Singapore

The Children’s Centre for Creativity is a dedicated creative space just for children and families. Opened by award-winning non-profit organisation Playeum, the Centre has four curated spaces where children may stimulate their creativity through experimentation.

Date: Tuesdays to Sundays
Time: 10am-6pm
Venue: Block 47, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks

Ticketing:
Child (ages 1 to 12): $20
Accompanying adult: FREE
Additional adult: $10

For more information, visit www.artweek.sg

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Chinatown New Year Celebrations

Chinatown new year light up 2016

Swing into the Year of the Monkey with the spectacular celebrations lined up for this Chinese New Year celebrations at Chinatown. Themed “Year of Prosperity & Success” and <<桃满花香牛车水, 灵猴迎春贺新岁>>, some of the key highlights for Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebration and Events in Singapore 2016 include: Street light up, International lion dance competition and Chinese new year countdown. For a list of activities happening during that period, go to Chinatown New Year Celebrations 2016

Date: 16 Jan – 8 Mar 2016
Venue: Various parts of Chinatown

For more information, please visit: www.chinatownfestivals.sg

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KidsFest 2016

Kids Fest 2016

KidsFest has become a key event on the children’s theatre scene these past few years, and this year’s round up of shows promises to deliver many more hours of fun for the family! Past favourites like the Gruffalo, Room on the Broom will be staged, along with new productions Snow Child, I Believe in Unicorns, Little Red Riding Hood and Aliens Love Underpants.

Performances will be held at the beautiful School Of The Arts (SOTA) Drama Theatre, and you can look forward to special meet-and-greet sessions with the performers, photo booth fun and free face painting at selected performances.

Date: 20 Jan  – 14 Feb 2016

Check out www.kidsfest.com.sg for more information and ticket sales.

Take part in our Snow Child Tickets Giveaway

Related post: Interview with Matthew Gregory, Executive Producer of ABA Productions and Founder of KidsFest

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Fun Family Runs

Running with the family has never been easier, with many marathons now including “Fun Runs” for the kids. Here are a few that are coming up in the first quarter of the new year. Stay healthy as a family!

Looney Tunes Fun
30 January 2016
For more details, go to looneytunesfunrun.com.sg

Safari Zoo Run
27 & 28 February 2016
For more details, go to safarizoo.run

Safari Zoo Run 2016

My Little Pony Friendship Run
28 February 2016
For more details, go to mylittleponyrun.com.sg

My Little Pony Friendship Run Singapore 2016

Bounce Off (Height requirement for participants: 130cm and above)
12 March 2016
For more details, go to www.bounceoff.com.sg

Carnival Run
19 March 2016
For more details, go to www.carnivalrun.com.sg

Recommended read: Let Kids Run

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Family Vacations

8 Tips For Travelling With Kids

Now is a good a time as any to start planning your family’s next vacation. Be sure to check out the school holidays and long weekends in 2016 to take advantage of those precious dates and public holidays!

Related post: Family Holiday Destinations: Where to Stay in Penang, Family Friendly Holiday Resorts Near Singapore

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Children’s Season

Fans of museums will be excited to explore Singapore’s own cultural heritage during the annual Children’s Season from May to June. This year’s programs are not listed yet, but you can be sure there’ll be lots of fun and interactive installations, events and craft activities to look forward to!

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National Day

The National Day Parade 2016 will return to the National Stadium for the first time in 10 years. Yes, that iconic roof at the Singapore Sports Hub will see thousands of Singaporeans dressed up to celebrate our nation’s 51st birthday on 9th August, and you can bet it will be a party to remember.

By Dorothea Chow

Stay tuned for more events in Singapore you and your family can look forward to!

This post will also be updated as the year goes by. Visit The New Age Parents for our monthly events update.