The return of Children’s Festival among free activities for kids at Gardens by the Bay this September school holidays

Children’s Festival featuring Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens at Supertree Grove has trail map activities at no charge, while the Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom exhibition allows kids aged 12 and below free entry

After a hiatus of one year, Gardens by the Bay‘s annual Children’s Festival returns to Supertree Grove in time for the September school holidays. Children’s Festival featuring Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens will run from today until October 3, and features giant inflatable art sculptures of the six characters of Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens: Bruno Bear, Little Kong, Cheerful Caterpillar, Radiant Rhino Beetle, Super Speedy Snail and the Lovely Ladybirds. Minister for Education Chan Chun Sing officially opened Children’s Festival featuring Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens today.

Launch of Children's Festival featuring Art-Zoo Wonder GardensFrom left: Gardens by the Bay Chairman Niam Chiang Meng and Minister for Education Chan Chun Sing with young beneficiaries of Extra•Ordinary People at the launch of Children’s Festival featuring Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens

An accessible space for all families

With the focus on making Gardens by the Bay accessible to families, Children’s Festival featuring Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens is free. No pre-booking of admission time slots is required. Kids can pick up a trail map to complete the activities that involve each of the six Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens characters at their own pace to receive a souvenir. For families who want to experience even more activities, there is also a series of Little Critters’ Wonder Workshops priced at $16 per child on weekends.

Beyond Children’s Festival featuring Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens, Hustle & Bustle, the organisers of the ongoing Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom exhibition will also be extending free entry to children, allowing families more opportunities to bond with their kids amidst nature, as well as expose them to art from an early age. The Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom exhibition features large-scale glass sculptures by renowned American artist Dale Chihuly.

Dale Chihuly Glass in Bloom White Tower

From September 5 until October 3, each adult with a valid Outdoor Gardens and Gallery ticket can redeem the same ticket for up to two children aged 12 and below at no charge. Tickets for children can be redeemed at the exhibition’s ticketed entrance points at Entrance A (Meadow Carpark), Entrance B (Meadow Bridge), Entrance C (World of Palms) and Bayfront Pavilion Entrance. A valid student card is required for proof of identity. More information on this initiative is below.

In addition, in a collaboration with Extra•Ordinary People, a charity that supports children and individuals with special needs, more than 4,000 people in the community – including children from eight Special Education schools – have transformed used plastic bottles into sculptures inspired by Chihuly’s artworks. These sculptures have been assembled into community art installations which are on display at the exhibition grounds in the Outdoor Gardens.

Safe play in the outdoors

Last year’s Children’s Festival was postponed because of the pandemic, while this year’s Children’s Festival featuring Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens was originally planned for the June school holidays. With Singapore moving out of Phase 2 Heightened Alert, the Children’s Festival can finally make a comeback during the September school holidays.

The entire Children’s Festival featuring Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens is held in the outdoors and to avoid overcrowding, the Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens characters are spread out across the vast Supertree Grove. For health and safety reasons, as well as to minimise interaction between visitors, the inflatable art sculptures cannot be jumped on.

Childrens festival gardens by the bay Art-zoo

The design of Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens was influenced by research about children and play done in collaboration with DesignSingapore Council.

Gardens by the Bay Senior Director of Programming and Events Chua Yen Ling said, “After various obstacles brought on by the pandemic, Gardens by the Bay is glad to be able to bring back our well-loved Children’s Festival. It has been a challenging time for everyone, perhaps more so for children who have had to forgo some of the joys of being a child in order to adjust to the restrictions of the pandemic period. We hope kids can have some much-needed fun in the outdoors with the adorable Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens characters set amidst nature.”

Date: 4 September to 3 October 2021
Time: 10am – 7pm
Venue: Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay
Admission: Free access. Fees for workshops apply.

For more information, visit gardensbythebay.com/childrensfestival.





Children’s Festival featuring Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens

Gardens by the Bay presents Children’s Festival featuring Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens – an outdoor trail featuring larger-than-life inflatable art sculptures!

Join Art-Zoo characters Bruno Bear and Little Kong as they reunite with their Wonder Gardens friends – Cheerful Caterpillar, Radiant Rhino Beetle, Super Speedy Snail, and the Lovely Ladybirds – and create many new memories at the Supertree Grove! Pick up your complimentary trail booklet and discover the fun stories our Art-Zoo friends have to share. Complete the trail activities and get to bring a piece of the Wonder Gardens home.

During the weekends, don’t miss the Little Critters’ Wonder Workshops where the little ones get to showcase their creativity with activities such as personalising their very own face mask, upcycling banners to create a face mask holder, using pre-loved fabric and buttons to create a tic-tac-toe set, discovering the wonders of shrink art, creating an insect-themed terrarium, or simply enjoying the sensory experience of making their own slime toy! Activities are suitable for children aged four to 12 years old and each child can be accompanied by one adult to enjoy some family playtime together.

Date: 4 September to 3 October 2021
Time: 10am – 7pm
Venue: Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay
Admission: Free access. Fees for workshops apply.


Meet the characters of Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens

Bruno Bear

Children's Festival by Gardens by the Bay 2021 Bruno Bear

Curious and creative, Bruno Bear can’t wait to visit his friends and enjoy the sights, scents and sounds of the Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens.

Little Kong

Children's Festival by Gardens by the Bay 2021 Little Kong

The life of every party, Little Kong loves exploring new places – especially where there is plenty of flora, fauna and fun!

Cheerful Caterpillar

Children's Festival by Gardens by the Bay 2021 Cheerful Caterpillar

Cheerful Caterpillar is the leader of all creatures at the Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens! She loves inviting visitors to the Gardens where she hangs out and plays all day long.

Radiant Rhino

Children's Festival by Gardens by the Bay 2021 Radiant Rhino Beetle

Beetle Radiant Rhino Beetle is very proud of his horn and takes great care to keep it clean. In the daytime, he likes to sleep among the fallen logs littered around the Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens and stay out of the sun.

Super Speedy

Snail Super Speedy Snail loves feasting and his favourite foods are plants and mushrooms. Unlike other snails, he is also fast and enjoys speeding around the Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens after each meal.

Lovely Ladybirds

Children's Festival by Gardens by the Bay 2021 Lovely Ladybirds

Fun-loving and cheery, the Lovely Ladybird siblings love to play hide-and-seek together. However, it’s always easy for them to find each other – because they’re all so brightly coloured!




Little Critters’ Wonder Workshops

Caring for the environment is not all fun and games – sometimes it’s arts and craft! Designed for kids aged four to 12*, join our exciting Wonder Workshops and flex your creative muscles. Personalise and bring home your very own face mask, learn a thing or two about the value of upcycling, and more!

Workshop Activities:

  1. Animal-themed Shrink Art
  2. Bee-zy Tic Tac Toe set
  3. DIY Mask
  4. DIY Slime
  5. Insect-themed Terrarium
  6. Upcycled Envelope Pouch

*Each child can be accompanied by one non-paying adult only.

Date: Saturday, 4 September to Sunday, 3 October (Saturdays and Sundays only)
Time: 10am to 12pm & 2pm to 4pm (Workshops are conducted at 30 mins intervals)
Admission price: $16 (Excludes service fee of $0.40)




Snap and Win Instagram Contest

Snap a photo with one of your favourite Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens pals at the Supertree Grove during the Children’s Festival between September 4 and October 3, and tag @gbbchildrensfest and two friends you would like to share the experience with, to stand a chance to win a Friends of the Gardens membership worth $180. Prizes will be awarded to the five most creative posts.

#GardensbytheBay #GBBChildrensFest #ArtZooWonderGardens


Free entry for children to Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom

Hustle & Bustle, the organisers of the ongoing Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom exhibition will be extending free entry to children aged 12 and below to the Outdoor Gardens and Gallery areas, allowing families more opportunities to bond with their kids amidst nature, as well as expose them to art from an early age. The Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom exhibition features large-scale glass sculptures by renowned American artist Dale Chihuly.

From September 5 until October 3, each adult with a valid Outdoor Gardens and Gallery ticket can redeem the same ticket for up to two children aged 12 and below at no charge.

More information on this initiative is here. Terms and conditions:

  • Valid for Adult Outdoor Gardens & Gallery ticket purchased from 5 Sep to 3 Oct 2021 and for visits from 5 Sep to 3 Oct 2021.
  • Each valid Adult Outdoor Gardens & Gallery ticket can be used to redeem up to two complimentary Child Outdoor Gardens & Gallery tickets.
  • Complimentary ticket redemption is valid for entry into Outdoor Gardens & Gallery only.
  • Complimentary tickets must be utilised within the same day.
  • All redemptions must be done at Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom ticketed entrance points located at Entrance A (Meadow Carpark), Entrance B (Meadow Bridge), Entrance C (World of Palm) and Bayfront Pavilion Entrance.
  • A valid student card and proof of adult ticket(s) purchase must be presented to be entitled to complimentary admission.

Photos Credit: Gardens by the Bay.


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