August 9 marks THAT time of the year again for Singaporeans: A day of music, parades, delicious eats, and great deals, topped off with a spectacular fireworks show! If you’re an expat who recently moved to the island city-state, don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to join in the fun and celebrate its independence and nationhood – it’s Singapore’s 51st birthday after all!
According to Channel NewsAsia, this year marks the return of the National Day Parade (NDP) to Kallang after a decade, and to commemorate this, Singaporeans can expect the largest indoor fireworks event at the National Stadium. The two-and-a-half hour pyrotechnics display will be five times bigger than those set off during the opening and closing of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games!
In the meantime, before the dazzling fireworks show, expat parents can kick-start the festivities at KidZania Singapore and Sentosa, with these FIVE (5) exciting events and promotions:
1. Family Fun at KidZania Singapore!
Palawan Kidz City, Sentosa. 31 Beach View #01-01/02 Singapore 098008
5 – 10 August 2016 (Mondays to Fridays only)
Celebrate the Nation’s 51st birthday with engaging games such as Donkey, Old Maid, and Snap; and activities like doing arts and crafts or taking part in a kid-sized National Day parade at the interactive indoor theme park! Plus, if you happen to be a Singapore citizen and local resident, you get to enjoy discounted walk-in ticket prices for your kids till September – now that’s a steal! If you’re still not convinced, here’s why you should pay KidZania Singapore a visit!
For more information about KidZania events, visit http://www.kidzania.com.sg/events-and-promotions/.
2. Staycation at Sentosa
How about a staycation at Sentosa over the weekend instead of an overseas trip? Just take leave on August 8 to enjoy a long, relaxing weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city, minus the jetlag and expensive ticket prices! Currently, there are THREE (3) staycation packages, all of which are either valid till 31 March 2017 or 31 December 2016, so expat parents might want to consider booking your next family vacation at Sentosa:
- Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
- Book online through Accorhotels.com, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +65 6708 8310 for phone reservation.
- Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa
- Email to email@example.com or call +65 6825 3886 to make your reservation.
- Siloso Beach Resort
- Visit Siloso Beach Resort website for more information and to make reservations.
3. Merlion Magic Lights!
30 July – 28 August 2016
What would Singapore National Day be without the Sentosa Merlion sharing in the fun and festivities? Throughout the month, local residents and tourists can make their way to the Plaza catch the Merlion Magic Lights! show, which utilise 3D mapping technologies to present a dazzling display of lights and sounds. The free admission is just icing on the cake.
4. BBQ Under The Stars
Port of Lost Wonder, Palawan Beach
9 August 2016
Why not add a splash of magic to your night by dining under the stars at the Port? The venue provides an excellent view of the National Day Parade live and an equally brilliant spread of barbecued meats and sweet treats at the desert bar. Get your tickets online today!
5. The Havixbeck Youth Symphonic Band
9 August 2016
Fancy jazzing to some National Day tunes? The Havixbeck Youth Symphonic Band, winner of the Best German Youth Orchestra, will be stopping by Singapore as part of their Fantasia 2016 concert tour – see them perform for FREE on Singapore National Day! The band is founded in 1973 and is one of the few highest degree Youth Concert Bands in Germany today.
For more information about Sentosa events, visit http://www.sentosa.com.sg/augustcelebrations.
So, are you ready for a fun-filled weekend with your family at KidZania Singapore and Sentosa? Don’t forget to leave home early as there’s bound to be lots of traffic! To the rest, how will you be celebrating Singapore National Day 2016?