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18 Kid friendly activities and events to celebrate Chinese New Year 2021

18 Kid friendly activities and events to celebrate Chinese New Year 2021

Updated:
February 25, 2021
Images from: Sunny City Kids, Universal Studios Singapore

Looking for things to do with the family this Chinese New Year 2021 in Singapore?

There won't be any big celebration events this year but there's still plenty to do in Singapore.

So read on to find out the best places to go and things to do during this festive period.

And continue to watch this space for more updates on the best CNY 2021 activities for the family!

Type of Activities

Attractions

1. Usher in the Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

2. Spring in the Sea - S.E.A. Aquarium

3. Dahlia Dreams - Gardens by the Bay

4. Wild about 牛 Year - Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Museums & Exhibitions

5. Moo Moo Park

6. Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2021

7. 2021 Museum Roundtable Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign

8. Asian Civilisations Museum - Open House

9. Special seasonal artwork at the Digital Light Canvas

Events

10. Huayi 2021 Chinese Festival of the Arts

11. Chinatown Street Light Up

12. Chingay Parade 2021

13. River Hongbao 2021

Other Activities

14. Chinese New Year Celebrations with Dream Cruises

15. Sky Lantern Release Virtual Experience

16. Wooden Craft Activity - National Museum

17. Gallop Stable Pasir Ris - CNY Special on Pony Feed

Food

18. Aqua Gastronomy

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Attractions

1. Usher in the Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

Image: Universal Studios Singapore

Welcome the Chinese New Year with a fun day out at Universal Studios Singapore.

Meet the Majestic Dragon as well as your favorite characters such as Po from Kung Fu Panda, the Minions, and Sesame Street friends. They'll all be dressed in their festive best!

Then let loose on one of the exciting rides and tuck into festive bites all around the park!

When: 7 Jan-28 Feb

More info

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2. Spring in the Sea - S.E.A. Aquarium

Image: S.E.A. Aquarium

Usher in the New Year with 100,000 marine animals at the S.E.A Aquarium.

Follow the trail of hidden gold ingots to win a prize and meet fascinating marine creatures and sea life like the Scrawled Cowfish, Slingjaw Wrassse, and Vase Coral.

Strike up a pose at the mythical sea dragon installation, complete the dragon mural by sticking scales on it, and enjoy free festive treats with purchase of every One-Day Ticket with the SG Resident Promo!

When: 9 Jan-2 Mar

More info

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3. Dahlia Dreams - Gardens by the Bay

Image: Gardens by the Bay

Featuring auspicious elements and symbols, this popular flower display ushers in the new year with good luck and prosperity.

Stroll through a field of about 1,400 pretty dahlias of mixed varieties, all grown in-house for the very first time by Gardens by the Bay's own horticulturists.

You'll also see a host of Lunar New Year floral favorites such as azaleas, chrysanthemums and cambiums.

When: 15 Jan-21 Feb

Where: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay

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4. Wild about 牛 Year - Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Image: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Join Wildlife Reserves Singapore to celebrate Lunar New Year with their star animals.

Local residents enjoy 30% off admission tickets and there'll be lots of festive activities!

Auspicious greetings at animal presentations - Your favorite animals such as the Sea lion, Capybara, and Cockatoo will be revealing festive greetings, lucky numbers, or soaring through the air with auspicious red packets.

Festive Animal Enrichments - See animals such as the Ankole Cattle and Cattle Egret enjoy festive treats prepared by the keepers.

Zoo-diac predictions - Learn about your zodiac predictions for the new year.

牛 (niú) Year New Friend Trail - Go on a trail to help three animals gather ingredients to make a festive ‘Lou-HAY’ platter. Sign up for My Animal Buddy and complete the trail to redeem an ice cream!

Get to know the 牛 niú friends through fun online activities on MAB and unlock your 牛 (niú) year fortune.

When: 12-26 Feb

Where:

  • Singapore Zoo
  • River Safari
  • Night Safari
  • Jurong Bird Park

Details

Museums & Exhibitions

5. Moo Moo Park

Image: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Get ready for Asia's first drive-through exhibition!

The carpark at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre will be transformed into a space where you can enjoy artworks on display by foot or in an electric car.

Created in collaboration with the MeshMinds Foundation and 8 local artists, the exhibition is inspired the Year of the Ox and focuses on sustainable development goals such as air pollution, sustainable mobility, and endangered habitats.

Interactive and immersive technologies are used to transform digital drawings into 3D installation art, selfie filters, and augmented reality murals.

When: Jan 22 - Mar 28

Where: Level 6 carpark at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straight Boulevard, SIngapore 018906

Tickets:

  • Walk in: $5 per pax
  • Chaffeured Drive Thru: $10 per pax

More info and to book tickets

6. Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2021

An exciting lineup of family friendly activities awaits you at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.

Highlights include:

  • Children's Lion Dance Workshop: 20-21 Feb
  • Festive Chinese Drums Workshop: 20-21 Feb
  • Zodiac Animal Coaster Painting: 20 Feb
  • Zodiac Animal Clay Painting: 21 Feb

Featuring two large 'Foo Dou' Guardian Lions, the memorial hall's annual thematic installation, Double Prosperity, will also make for great family photos!

When: 5 Jan - 28 Feb

Where: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874

More info

7. 2021 Museum Roundtable Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign

Image: National Heritage Board

The Museum Roundtable Lunar New Year Hongbao campaign returns with exclusive red packet designs for 32 participating museums and galleries.

From 22 Jan-19 Feb 2021, visitors will be able to receive limited edition red packets with unique designs at each of the participating museums and galleries.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Museum Roundtable, the National Heritage Board is also organizing a special QR Code Scavenger Hunt in conjunction with the Museum Roundtable Lunar New Year Hongbao campaign.

Stand a chance to win limited edition anniversary box sets of all 32 red package designs when you scan the QR code included with each set of red packets.

When: 22 Jan - 19 Feb

More info on the Hongbao campaign and list of participating museums

8. Asian Civilisations Museum - Open House

Enjoy $6 admission* to ACM across Lunar New Year weekends!

Don't miss the triple bill of special exhibitions now on – Faith Beauty Love Hope, Perfect Stranger, and thINK.

When: 11, 12, 13, 14, 26, 27, 28 Feb

Time: Daily (10am-7pm), Fridays (10am-9pm)

Where: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555

*SG/PR  children (ages 6 and below), students & seniors enjoy free entry to all  of ACM’s permanent galleries and special exhibitions.

Details

9. Special seasonal artwork at the Digital Light Canvas at Marina Bay Sands

Enjoy a seasonal artwork "Crystal Fireworks with Nature's Rhythm" at the Digital Light Canvas from Feb 5-21.

You'll be able to use your smartphones to set off three-dimensional fireworks made up of hundreds of thousands of light points.

When: 5-21 Feb, daily from 11am-9pm

Where: Digital Light Canvas, B2-50, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (next to Rasapura)

You'll need to purchase tickets if you want to enter into the Digital Light Canvas.

Events

10. Huayi 2021 Chinese Festival of the Arts

Image: Esplanade

The Esplanade presents the 19th edition of Huayi, a pinnacle arts festival that celebrates Chinese New Year with the community.

This year's edition will feature an exciting line-up of theatre, dance, and music programmes from Chinese artists from Singapore and around the world.

Families can look forward to kids friendly programmes such as puppetry perormances and craft workshops.

When: 19 Feb-14 Mar

Where: Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981

More info

11. Chinatown Street Light Up

This year's street light up will feature sculptured lanterns of the Ox, gold coins, golden ingots, flower, and greetings.

Be wowed by the enthralling designs of the street light up which combines tradition with contemporary designs.

When: 23 Jan - 12 Mar 2021

Time: 7pm-12am

Where: Along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, and South Bridge Road

More info

12. Chingay Parade 2021

Image: Chingay Parade Singapore

Due to the COVID situation, there won't be a physical parade this year.

Instead, over 2,000 performers and 150 organizations have joined hands to create a new digital programme, themed "Light of Hope" .

It will be Singapore's first digital Chingay and will be aired live on television, online, and social media channels on 20 Feb, 8-9pm.

CGI effects will be used to inject new life into local dragon dance and pole act performance.

These will be presented together with a 100 lion dance performance involving local and overseas troupes from over 10 different counties and cities, some as far as San Francisco, to reflect the spirit of overcoming challenges together.

When: 20 Feb

More info on the Chingay Parade website.

13. River Hongbao 2021

Image: River Hongbao 2021

For the first time ever, the River Hongbao will be held at Gardens by the Bay.

This years highlights include:

  • Giant Lanterns - 24 giant lanterns featuring icons such as a peacock, butterflies, and the 12 animal zodiacs will be scattered throughout the outdoor gardens.
  • Lion Dance Exhibition - View a collection of lion dance artefacts, some dating back to the 1950's and learn all about the lion dance culture and tradition in Singapore.
  • Nightly Screenings - There won't be live performances this year but you can still catch a whole lineup of exciting programmes online by local talents and artistes such as the crowd favorite Getai Night.

You can also tune in to musical performances and stoytelling sessions online.

When: 10-16 Feb

Where: Gardens by the Bay

More info

Other Activities

14. Go on a cruise to nowhere with Dream Cruises with special Chinese New Year themed celebration activities

Image: Dream Cruises

Hop onto the World Dream ship and set sail for a refreshing Seacation with the family.

Get ready for the year of the ox and experience fun traditions of China, Japan, and South East Asia on board such as:

  • Chinese Opera Sharing by renowned Opera Singer Yimo*: Admire the beauty of Dan (female role) and the extraordinary art of Chinese Opera
  • Traditional Dragon Dance with God of Fortune Appearance (10th – 16th February only)
  • Chinese Good Luck Knot Tutorial
  • Make A Wish Lantern Workshop
  • Japanese Daruma Painting: The Daruma doll is a symbol of good fortune in Japan, create your own lucky emblem and be blessed for the whole year
  • Lucky Daruma Otoshi* Challenge with Circus Acrobat team IMFERA
  • Thai Boxing Experience

*selected sailings only

Image: Dream Cruises

You'll also be treated to an amazing Chinese New Year fireworks display on 11th Feb.

Savor a rich selection of Chinese New Year specialty dishes and bring the family together for a lavish reunion banquet on Chinese New Year's eve.

When: 27 Jan-18 Feb

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15. Sky Lantern Release Virtual Experience

KKday brings Taiwan's iconic Pingxi Sky Lantern Release experience right to your home.

Make your wishes for the new year come true with your very own personalized wishes written on the Sky Lanterns by KKday's guide in Taiwan.

You'll get to witness a live stream of your eco-friendly lantern being released and floating across the skies of Taiwan.

Order experience from KKDay

16. Wooden Craft Activity - National Museum

Image: National Museum Singapore

Create your own hanging wooden craft to decorate your home this Lunar New Year.

It's yours to bring home to ring in the Spring Festival!

The activity is part of the National Museum Singapore's lineup of programs for the Lunar New Year.

When: 13 Feb

Where: Glass Atrium, Level 2, National Museum of Singapore

Duration: 15 minutes

Time: slots available from 10:30am-4:10pm

Tickets: $10 (each ticket includes admission for 1 parent-child pair and a set of craft materials.

Register

17. Gallop Stable Pasir Ris - CNY Special on Pony Feed

Image: Gallop Stable Pasir Ris

Gallop Stable Pasir Ris will be open throughout Chinese New Year.

From Feb 12-14 only, buy 2 Pony Feed and get 1 free!

Where: Gallop Stable Pasir Ris, 61 Pasir Ris Green, Singapore 518225

Food

18. Aqua Gastronomy - Spring Edition

Image: Resorts World Sentosa

Don't miss this final edition of Aqua Gastronomy at the S.E.A Aquarium.

It's a one of a kind dining experience where you'll be dining in one of the underwater pavilions or whimsically decorated tables as you admire the magnificent sea creatures in the Open Ocean Habitat.

The Spring Edition brings to you a celebratory underwater feast hosted by the Dragon Emperor and joined by the Golden Ox.

Indulge in a legendary five-course spread, auspiciously named after the five types of good luck - Fortune, Prosperity, Longevity, Joy, and Wealth.

When: 14 Jan - 28 Feb

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