#1 Get the kids and head out to Toybox by Hasbro
When: Until 17 February from 10 AM to 10 PM
Where: Palawan Green
What: Hasbro, the creators of your favourite childhood games, has set up toy heaven at Palawan Green. With giant versions of seven of their most popular brands like Monopoly, My Little Pony, Cluedo, Nerf, and Play-Doh, you can fully unleash your inner child or at least enjoy a drink while the actual kids run wild.
You’ll find us at the Super Claw – an oversized version of the typically infuriating claw machine that takes your money but never seems to acquire toys – because this time we get to be the claw, rather than control it from outside.
Entry is free, but you need ‘credits’ to participate in any of the activities. Visit their website for more info!
#2 Celebrate the New Year in Chinatown
When: 5 – 6 February
What: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Street are getting all fancy to best welcome the arrival of the Pig. Lined with light and lanterns, Chinatown will be wonderfully vibrant as performers take the stage and lion dancers roam the streets.
We’re most looking forward to the food and munching down on pineapple tarts and bak kwa.
#3 Or welcome the Year of the Pig at the River Hongbao
When: 3 February to 10 February, event times are from 2 PM to 11 PM
Where: The Float@Marina Bay
What: Singapore’s iconic Chinese New Year festival is back! For eight days you can celebrate the Year of the Pig with tons of mega-sized lantern displays, fireworks, exhibitions, and live performances. Even better, there’s plenty of food to go around and an amusement park with arcade and carnival games, like bumper cars.
We’re all about all of this, the most classic of Singaporean CNY events.
#4 Dream Funtasia at the Chingay Parade
When: 15 February to 16 February from 8 PM to 9 PM
Where: F1 Pit Building
What: If you love colours, floats, and street performances, you’re in luck because the Chingay Parade is back! Singapore’s Mardi Gras, working the theme of “Dreams Funtasia”, will this year feature a 270-metre long painting created by three artists to showcase Singapore’s past, present and future in honour of the Singapore Bicentennial.
We’re excited about the lights, lasers, pyrotechnics and fireworks display.
Tickets range in price from $28.50 to $50 and can be purchased on their website.
#5 Eat your way through the best food Singapore can offer
When: 22 February to 24 February
Where: The Coliseum, Resorts World Sentosa
What: Start preparing your bellies! Foodie heaven is back for another round. The MICHELIN Guide Street Food Festival is once again featuring a line-up of treats from 15 of Singapore’s finest, like Ola Cocina del Mar and Tai Wah Pork Noodle.
How can we say no to this?
Tickets start at $30, but you can go VIP for $200. Check out the food line up and purchase tickets here.
#6 Go Run for Hope
When: 17 February at 7 AM
Where: Singapore Sports Hub, OCBC Square
What: Exercise and be a do-gooder at the same time! For the 26th time, the Four Seasons and the National Cancer Centre have partnered up to organise Run for Hope. The event aims to raise awareness and support for cancer research. There are two routes – one is 3.5km and the other 10km.
We’re going to love burning off all those extra CNY calories while being a force for good.
Race entry will cost you anywhere between $33 – $123. You can learn more or register here.
#7 Discover Lucy Liu, the artist
When: 24 February, from 10 AM to 7 PM daily
Where: National Museum of Singapore
What: It turns out that Lucy Liu – yes that Lucy Liu, the one from Kill Bill and Charlie’s Angels – is quite the artist. She and her ‘visual penfriend’, Shubigi Rao of Singapore (the two had never met in person before this art show), are now presenting their works in the exhibition, ‘Unhomed Belongings’. Through the use of found objects, their combined works look to examine cultures, histories, identities and relationships.
This just gave us a whole new reason to love the superstar.
P.S.: The Light Shows
Both Light to Night and i Light Singapore are still running. They will continue until 24 February. You can find more details in last month’s edition of ‘What to do in Singapore’