The National Day weekend is definitely something most of us are eagerly looking forward to. As we celebrate our nation’s birthday, here are a few ideas for you to make it extra meaningful for your family.
#1 Watch the National Day Parade live
What better way to showcase our national pride and educate our children on the history of Singapore than to be at the National Day Parade (NDP), in the flesh? If you’re one of the lucky few who applied for tickets to this year’s parade and got it, be sure to treasure every moment of the evening! And with an all-new and exciting variety show format, it looks set to be a very interesting program this year!
#2 Watch the fireworks for free
If you can’t watch the parade live, you can still enjoy the beautiful fireworks that always fill the night sky with their magical light! You need to do a bit of research to find a good location for a picnic spot, that will allow you a decent view of the sky over the marina area. The Marina Barrage and Marina Bay Sands Boardwalk are some of the better options around. Enjoy the cool night breeze and a satisfying home-made feast, while waiting for the action to begin!
#3 Put together a time capsule
Want to stay at home instead? Stay true to this year’s NDP theme of “Many Stories… One Singapore” by getting each member of your family involved in a simple photo-journalistic project. Here’s how it works:
Each person is to take a photo of somewhere in Singapore that has held special meaning for them this past year. It could be your children’s school, or the garden at Grandma’s, or even the kopitiam near your flat which knows your order by hard. Then, pen a story – journal style – about what this place means to him or her. Collect all your photos and stories into a folder for safe-keeping, to be taken out and read anytime over the years to come.
Or you could also try out these National Day Craft activities with your little ones.
#4 Paint your faces
Be outrageous for a day! Paint each other’s faces in patriotic themes and parade your artwork about for the whole day. Whether you are going to town or just downstairs to the minimart, wear your face with pride. And take lots of photos to remember this day!
#5 Become tourists for a day
As the song goes, “You can take a little trip around Singapore Town in the Singapore City Bus, to see Collyer Quay and Raffles Place, the Esplanade and all of us!” Hop on to the City Sightseeing bus and get ready to see Singapore like you’ve never seen her before! Cameras and sun block are a must for this activity.
#6 Re-watch and re-learn all the old NDP songs
There is no theme song for this year’s National Day Parade but we found a beautiful cover by local band The Sam Willows.
Which is your favourite NDP theme song?
#7 Go on a National Heritage Trail
There’s no better way to explore Singapore than on a trail route. Take your pick from eight walking trails and a river cruise, designed to introduce you to Singapore’s history, architecture and culture. Savour the cultural and architectural richness of the Peranakan, Kampong Glam and Museum trails, enjoy the outdoors on the Bukit Timah Trail, step back in time with the Fort Canning and Civic District trails, and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Little India and Chinatown trails!
By Dorothea Chow, edited by Michelle Ang