We’re bursting with excitement for Octoburst! 2019 – A Children’s Festival. In conjunction with Children’s Day in October, we give special focus to the little ones with Octoburst! – a festival that encourages play and family fun, with both free and ticketed performances and hands-on workshops.

esplanade octoburst childrens festival 2019

Date: 4 to 6 October 2019
Time: Various Timings
Venue: Esplanade

This year, everyone can join our PIParade in celebration of Children’s Day on 4 Oct. Led by Esplanade’s lovable children’s mascot PIP, and the talented boys and girls from Kinderland Marching Band and Maha Bodhi School Symphonic Band who will be playing familiar tunes, everyone is invited to troop down the waterfront to enjoy more free performances at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre.

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Designed and curated specially for the young (and the young at heart), this year’s Octoburst! continues to be a celebration of fun, friendship and imagination with our line-up of interactive performances from around the world. Travel with friends on a journey of the senses from two different perspectives in Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) by Polyglot Theatre (Australia) & Papermoon Puppet Theatre (Indonesia). Delve further into the world of creative storytelling through puppetry and imagination with Tailor Made by Train Theatre (Israel) and uncover the importance of dreams and friendship in A Ladder to the Stars by Visible Fictions (UK) through a symphony of light and sound.

So, come on down to make some friends, experience the joy of the arts and create fun memories together at your favourite giant durian this October!

Free Programmes – Highlights

Octoburst! 2019: PIParade
by Kinderland Preschool Marching Band & Maha Bodhi School Symphonic Band
Also featuring the Kinderland Preschool Stage Ensemble (Singapore)

Date: 4 October 2019, Fri
Time: 5pm (approx. 45mins)
Starting Point: Esplanade Forecourt Garden
Ending Point: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

piparade octoburst 2019

PIP wants YOU to be a part of his children’s parade!

Gather your friends and family and celebrate Children’s Day at PIParade alongside our young performers from Kinderland Preschool Marching Band, Kinderland Preschool Stage Ensemble and Maha Bodhi School Symphonic Band.

Join PIP and his friends in a celebratory parade down the Esplanade Waterfront to the Outdoor Theatre dressed in your favourite PIP-inspired colours!

Don’t forget to check out the Festival Corner for a parade craft you can bring along with you to join in the festivities.

Octoburst! 2019: Von Tuur Salon (UK)

Date: 4 to 6 October 2019, Fri – Sun
Time: 11am – 2pm & 3pm – 6pm (15min per session)
Venue: Esplanade Basement 2 Foyer

octoburst 2019 von tuur salon

The Von Tuur Salon is here to indulge you in the very best of sound-escape therapy. Intrepid explorers Gouda and Goudi have travelled the world and returned with many adventures for you to enjoy with your family and friends.

Leave behind the humdrum of the everyday and be swept away on an arctic adventure, a minicity-break, or a jungle expedition! Whether you need a relaxing getaway or an adrenalinefuelled thrill ride, the Von Tuur’s will inspire your imagination!

Performed by Samuel Jameson and Emma Nutland

Recommended for ages: 4 – 12 years old
Admission Age: 4 – 12 years old

Pre-registration required. Registration opens on 28 Sep 2019, Sat. Limited capacity.

Octoburst! 2019: A Drop in the Ocean (Singapore)

Date: 4 to 6 October 2019, Fri – Sun
Time: 11.30am, 3pm & 5.30pm (30 min)
Venue: Dance Village, library@esplanade




A Drop falls into the ocean, wondrous and free, excited for what a journey it would be. But the ocean is still, in search of life. The whale is calling. Fishes are searching. The Drop is elated, becoming one with the ocean. What a journey it has been!

A Drop in the Ocean is an immersive baby theatre performance for ages 6 to 18 months. This is a debut showing developed by Ian Loy, in collaboration with Ellison Tan, Myra Loke and Serene Tan under Esplanade’s Theatre for Young Audiences Associate Artist programme.

Performed by Ian Loy, Ellison Tan & Myra Loke
Live music by Serene Tan

Recommended for ages: 6 – 18 months
Admission Age: 6 – 18 months

Pre-registration required. Registration opens on 28 September 2019, Sat. Limited capacity.

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