This year-end holiday season, the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH) presents the Wan Qing CultureFest x Children’s Season 2021. Wan Qing Culturefest is SYSNMH’s last signature event for the year and it celebrates Chinese arts, culture and heritage. The festival will also be held in conjunction with Children’s Season this year. Jointly presented by the National Heritage Board and the Museum Roundtable, the annual Children’s Season aims to provide cultural and educational experiences that will inspire and engage the young, on Singapore’s collective heritage.

Visitors can expect an array of fun onsite programmes including dramatised storytelling, child-friendly craft activities, engaging workshops and an interactive heritage hunt. They can also take their pick from a number of self-guided activities. The fun and learning can also continue at home through our specially curated bilingual activity kit.

Wan Qing CultureFest x Children's Season 2021

The festival will also feature interesting online content via our Facebook page and Instagram page.

Young audiences can join Xiao Qing, SYSNMH’s little mascot, and her brother on a time-travel adventure to learn about modern women’s changes in fashion, roles and status.

Date: 20 November to 31 December 2021
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Admission: Free

Visit here for more information.

Programme Details:

1. Flutters of Hope
(Supported by NParks & Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum)

Date: 20 November – 31 December (Closed on Mondays)
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Format: Installation
Admission: Free, no registration required

Butterflies (Order Lepidoptera family) are insects with brightly coloured wings and a fluttering flight, and there are over 320 species in Singapore. They have a four-stage life cycle, and are commonly found in parks, gardens and forests. In Chinese culture, the butterfly symbolises happiness as it sounds like fudie (福叠) which means “accumulated blessings” while a pair of butterflies symbolises eternal love. The Mandarin term for butterfly is also a homophone of “seventy to eighty years of age” (die, 耋) and hence, it is a symbol of longevity.

A collaboration with NParks & Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Flutters of Hope features five species of butterflies that are commonly found in Singapore mounted on the front façade of the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. It depicts the delicate moment in a butterfly’s life cycle when it has just emerged from its pupa and before it takes off into the sky. The installation symbolises the memorial hall’s hope that Singapore will emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic transformed for the better and reminds visitors to keep faith even as we undergo changes in our daily lives.

The installation will be on display from 20 November to 31 December 2021 and is part of the memorial hall’s Children’s Season 2021 programmes.

2. Craft Station: Butterfly Brooch Making

Date: 20 & 21 November
Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm
Format: Onsite, Drop-in
Admission: Free, no registration required

Try your hand at making a butterfly brooch with different materials at this drop-in station. Get inspired by our butterfly installations at our veranda to create your very own butterfly brooch!

3. Craft Station: Make yourself a Beaded Bracelet

Date: 20 & 21 November
Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm
Format: Onsite Drop-in
Admission: Free, no registration required

Always wanted to design your very own beaded bracelet? Bring your creative ideas to life at our drop-in station! Choose from a range of different sizes of coloured beads and ornaments to create your masterpiece.

4. Behind the Scenes “Conserva-tour”: Perspectives from the Curator and Conservator

Date: 20 November 2021
Timing: 10.30am – 12.00pm
Format: Guided Tour (English)
Admission: Free. Register via Peatix.

The “conserva-tour” provides an opportunity for participants to explore behind-the-scenes stories of the garments on display through a tour led by Tan Yan Ni, curator-in-charge of the special exhibition and Geraldine Sim, textile conservator. In this tour, you will be guided through the exhibits, learn about their historical significance, the material used, the decorative elements, the challenges of conservation and more. You will also be given tips on how to care for heirloom garments and textiles that you can apply at home!

5. Craft Station: Fold a Flower Origami

Date: 20-28 November 2021 (Closed on Mondays)
Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm
Format: Onsite Drop-in
Admission: Free, no registration required

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding dating back thousands of years. Did you know that the word Origami is derived from two Japanese words: Ori (folded) and Kami (paper)? Learn how to make a flower origami with our easy step-by-step instructions.

6. Cheongsam Storyline
(Supported by Wordforward)

Date: 20, 21, 23, 25 November 2021
Timing: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Format: Storytelling
Admission: $10 per pair. Purchase tickets here.

Come join little Darla, a fashionista in the making on this entertaining and educational journey through time! With the help of her mother, Darla will be sharing the evolution of modern Chinese women’s fashion through different notable female figures! Look forward to an engaging storytelling session full of fun audience interaction, hands-on art activities, and even a mini fashion show!

Note:
• Recommended for children aged 5 years and above.
• Parents will be required to purchase a ticket if they wish to accompany their child.

7. “Modern Women of the Republic” Children’s Activity Booklet

Date: 20 November – 12 December 2021 (Closed on Mondays)
Timing: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Format: Self-guided onsite activity
Admission: Free. Available in English and Chinese.

Collect your activity booklet and let the young ones explore the evolution of modern women’s fashion with Wan Qing Yuan’s young virtual mascot, Xiao Qing.

Note:
• Suitable for children 5 years old and above.




8. “Be a Little Fashionista” Heritage Hunt Upsized
(Supported by River Valley High School)

Date: 20 November – 12 December 2021 (Closed on Mondays)
Timing: 10.00am – 11.00am; 11.30am – 12.30pm; 1.30pm – 2.30pm; 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Format: Self-guided onsite activity
Admission: Free

The “Be a Little Fashionista” heritage hunt is back and better than ever with a fun-filled kit to keep the little ones busy! Grab the kit and go on a hunt with Xiao Qing to discover Chinese fashion, culture and history through a series of interactive activities. The activity is co-designed with students of River Valley High School.

Register here:
• For the week of 20 November to 28 November: here
• For the week of 30 November to 05 December: here
• For the week of 07 December to 12 December: here

Note:
• Suitable for children 5 years old and above, highly encouraged with adult participation for family bonding.
• Limited kits available
• Visitors can redeem 1 kit per ticket for 2 participants.
• Walk-ins are welcomed.

9. Children’s Season 2021: Fantastic Critters & Where To Find Them

Date: 20 November – 12 December 2021 (Closed on Mondays)
Timing: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Format: Self-guided onsite activity
Admission: Free

Go on a hunt for Fantastic Critters at the museums during the December school holidays! Starting from 20 November 2021, collect your copy of the Fantastic Critters Activity Booklet at any of the participating museums, and complete the activities listed in the booklet to collect specially designed critter stickers. Collect all 15 critter stickers to redeem limited edition prizes from the Museum Roundtable. The Fantastic Critters Activity Booklet also includes a listing of holiday programmes at the museums for you and your family to enjoy, so get ready to grab your copy in November!

Note: Suitable for children 5 years old and above.

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10. Get Crafty with Xiao Qing: Traditional Costume

Date: 20 November – 31 December 2021 (Closed on Mondays)
Format: Drop-in activity and online resource
Admission: Free

Get crafty with Xiao Qing and learn more about Chinese traditional costumes through this DIY paper cube activity. This is available at the memorial hall or you can download online and DIY at home!

Note: Suitable for children 5 years old and above.

11. Fun with Chinese Activity Kit – Xiao Qing and Traditional Costumes

Date: 20 November – 31 December 2021 (Closed on Mondays)
Timing: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Format: Take-home kit for purchase
Fee: $9.90 per kit ($7.90 per kit if you complete “Get Crafty with Xiao Qing: Traditional Costume” and show it to our visitor services staff at the reception counter.)

Looking for ways to engage the little ones to learn Chinese in the comfort of your home? Have fun learning Chinese with Xiao Qing as you unravel the world of traditional Chinese costumes through a century-old wooden chest filled with her grandmother’s clothes collection of the past.

Note:
• Suitable for children 5 years old and above.
• Bilingual kit in English and Chinese.
• Available at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.

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12. Stitch Your Own Pouch
(Supported by Mdm Ng Bee Hong)

Date: 24 November 2021
Timings: 10.30am – 12.00pm, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Format: Workshop
Admission: $10 per pair. Purchase tickets here.

It’s time for some family bonding! Express your creativity and stitch your own pouch with basic sewing techniques. Gain insights into the auspicious meanings of motifs commonly found in Chinese traditional costumes worn by women in the past.

Note:
• Suitable for children aged 7 years and above.
• Sharp objects including scissors will be used. Adult supervision is required.

13. Create Your Own Scented Wax Sachet

Date: 26 November 2021
Timing: 10.30am – 11.30am, 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Format: Workshop
Admission: $10 per pair. Purchase tickets here.

Did you know Two Girls Florida Water is one of the earliest cosmetics used by women in the past and this brand can still be found in medicinal halls today? It contains lavender, which is known for stress-relieving. Create fuss-free organic lavender wax sachets in this hands-on aromatherapy workshop and enjoy some bonding time with your little one.

Note:
• Suitable for children aged 7 years and above.
• Warm liquid wax will be used. Adult supervision is required.

14. Tips & Secrets for Videography and Vlogging
(Supported by JEI Creative)

Date: 27 November 2021
Timing: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Format: Workshop
Admission: $10 per pax. Purchase tickets here.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will get to learn the basic techniques of photography and video production through a lecture, demonstrations and interactive sessions. Challenge yourself and create a video documenting your experiences with your own equipment at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to learn how to vlog from the award-winning photographer, videographer and short film director Yu Jiang.




15. Craft Station: Flower Key Chain

Date: 27 & 28 November 2021
Timing: 11.00am – 4.00pm
Format: Onsite Drop-in
Admission: Free, no registration required

Did you know that the flower motifs on our special exhibition’s artefacts have different symbolism and meaning? Get some inspiration before creating your keychain by visiting our “Modern Women of the Republic: Fashion and Changes in China and Singapore” exhibition! Found a motif you like? Challenge yourself to recreate it in the form of a keychain!

16. Craft Station: Rainbow Wool Pendant

Date: 27 & 28 November 2021
Timing: 11.00am – 4.00pm
Format: Onsite Drop-in
Admission: Free, no registration required

Get creative at this fun drop-in activity where you will get to make a rainbow wool pendant with different coloured wool. Hang your masterpiece on your bag as an accessory or use it as a decorative piece for your home!

17. Chinese Fan Painting
(Supported by Event Arts)

Date: 28 November 2021
Timing: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Format: Workshop
Admission: $10 per pair. Purchase tickets here.

Get ready for a fun afternoon of arts and crafts in this hands-on workshop! Learn more about the symbolism and meaning of different motifs such as peonies as you paint them onto traditional Chinese fans.

Note:
• Suitable for children aged 7 to 12 years. Adult supervision is recommended.
• Parents will be required to purchase a ticket if they wish to accompany their child.

18. Hand Print Your Own Scented Card
(Supported by STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery)

Date: 1 December 2021
Timing: 10.30am – 12.00pm, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Format: Workshop
Admission: $10 per pair. Purchase tickets here.

Did you know many flowers like Chrysanthemum and Osmanthus carry auspicious meanings in Chinese culture? These flower motifs were commonly found in women’s clothing in the past. What’s more, some of these flowers have medicinal benefits. Pick up cool printing techniques in this printmaking workshop and create your very own collection of scented prints with different types of flowers and herbs!

This workshop is held in collaboration with STPI – Creative Workshop and Gallery.

Note:
• Suitable for children aged 7 years and above. Adult supervision is recommended.
• Parents will be required to purchase a ticket if they wish to accompany their child.


It is the year-end November & December holidays. We have compiled a list of November-December School Holidays Activities for Kids. Click on the image below to find out more.

November December School Holidays Activities for Kids

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