17 Kid friendly activities and events to celebrate Chinese New Year 2023

17 Kid friendly activities and events to celebrate Chinese New Year 2023

February 5, 2023

Looking for things to do with the family this Chinese New Year 2023 in Singapore?

Here's a list of activities to ring in the Year of the Rabbit with joy and excitement!

This festive Chinese New Year is sure to be filled with plenty of fun, fanfare, and celebration.

The celebrations will be in full force again this year 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 2023 activities for the family!

Events & Things to Do for CNY 2023

1. River Hongbao

2. Bay Spring Carnival

3. Spring of Abundance at The Seletar Mall

4. Chinatown Street Light Up

5. Hop Into Fun - Universal Studios Singapore

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

7. Dahlia Dreams - Gardens by the Bay

8. Chingay 2023

9. Chingay @ Heartlands

10. Wan Qing Festival Of Spring 2023

11. 兔 gether an art installation exhibition at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Center

12. LEGO Prosperity Burrows

13. Hare-Py Lunar New Year at Mandai Wildlife Reserve

14. Collect all 39 of the Rabbit Hongbao Designs from the Museum Roundtable

15. CNY activities at LEGOLAND Malaysia

16. Chinese New Year celebration at Our Tampines Hub

17. Live Performances at Singapore SportsHub


1. River Hongbao

Image credit: Gardens by the Bay

Singapore's biggest Chinese New Year Festival returns with a whole lineup of exciting programmes!

Highlights include the ever popular lantern displays where more than 18 lantern sets will transform Gardens by the Bay into an enchanting magical garden.

This year's star attraction is the "Dance of Spring" lantern set. Don't miss out on this visual treat of a spectacular 30-metre long lantern set that will be glowing brightly amidst the Dragonfly Lake.

Image credit: River Hongbao

Look out for nightly festive shows where you'll witness performances from Chinese cultural troupes, Getai singers and Mediacorp artistes - all on the main stage.

Families can have a fun day out at the carnival where you can hop on rides such as the double carousel and bumper boat, or try your hand at some fun carnival games.

Image credit: River Hongbao

Get ready for a delicious feast as the mouth-watering food stalls have returned, so you can satisfy your cravings with your favourite snack.

From savoury to sweet and everything in between, come enjoy the delectable treats available!

Date: 20-28 Jan 2023

Admission: free

Location: Gardens by the Bay

More information

2. Bay Spring Carnival

The Bay Spring Carnival at the Bayfront Event Space is your destination this festive season!

Continuing on from the Great Bay Fiesta, the Bay Spring Carnival has been upgraded with even more thrilling activities to welcome the Lunar New Year.

Enjoy an enchanting cherry blossom garden filled with fairy lights, over 30 exciting rides and games, and scrumptious festive treats.

There will also be daily live performances from rising local talents such as Jeff Ng, Jason Yu, and veteran guzheng artist Neo Kek Soon.

Ice Magic: The Great Fantasy on Ice has been extended till 29 Jan 2023 so it's your last chance to experience this amazing Winter Wonderland right in sunny Singapore.

Date: 13-29 Jan 2023

Location: Bayfront Event Space, 12A Bayfront Avenue Singapore 018970

Get 10% off carnival credits when you purchase online from Trip.com

3. Spring of Abundance at The Seletar Mall

Ring in the Chinese New Year with exciting and joyous activities at The Seletar Mall!

Gather your family together for some festive fun as The Seletar Mall brings you lots of activities and promotions to make the most of your celebrations.

From now till 29 Jan, usher in the Chinese New Year at the enchanting Spring of Wonder atrium event, complete with blooms which are perfect for gorgeous photo ops!

Get ready to have some fun with activities such as Tree of Fortune Laser Tag, Fortune Ring Toss, Yusheng Ball Pit and more.

Simply spend a minimum of $38* in a single receipt to redeem a pass to participate. S3 Rewards Members can redeem 2 passes* with the same minimum spend.

Come down to The Seletar Mall on 30 Jan, 11am and enjoy the spectacular lion dance. Watch as the lions light up the mall with their dazzling acrobatic performances and bring good luck to everyone.

From 22 Jan to 5 Feb, up your luck in the new year by giving the sure-win Fortune Claw Machine a try and leave with attractive mall or tenant vouchers! Spend a minimum of $108* for a token to play.

S3 Rewards Members only need to spend a minimum of $88* for a token, limited to the first 100 redemptions per day.

Don’t forget to enter the Prosperous Spring Draw from now till 5 Feb, where prizes worth over $5,000 are up for grabs. Prizes include Elistar Diamond Necklace (worth $2,848), OSIM Smart DIY Massage Chair (worth $1,348) and more! Spend a minimum of $68* for a chance to enter the lucky draw. S3 Rewards Members get double the chances!

Get your hands on an exclusive Prosperity Rabbit Plushie and spread joy! Spend a minimum of $208* to redeem this Prosperity Rabbit Plushie (while stocks last). S3 Rewards Members only need to spend $188* to redeem!

The festive season is also a great time to give back. From now till 5 Feb, donate a minimum of $5 to SPCA's (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) donation box at the B2 Information Counter and receive a pair of rabbit figurines as a token of appreciation. All proceeds go towards the care of rabbits under the SPCA.

If you're not an S3 member yet, receive 1,000 bonus points when you sign-up from now till 5 Feb with the promo code <TSMCNY23> (limited to the first 1,000 new sign-ups). Accumulate points when you spend and exchange these points for in-mall rewards such as eVouchers, carpark credits, and enjoy exclusive promotions & privileges.

*Terms and Conditions apply.

Click here for more information

4. Chinatown Street Light Up

The Chinatown Street Light-Up returns for the Year of the Rabbit!

You can view the light ups from 7pm-12am daily from 3 Jan till 19 Feb 2023 along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, South Bridge Road, Upper Cross Street.

⁠This year will also see the return of physical activities so be sure to check out the Countdown Party, Festive Fair and Food Fair, as well as weekly stage shows.

Countdown Party: 21 Jan, 10:30pm, Kreta Ayer Square (21 Banda St Singapore 050005)

Festive Fair and Food Fair: 1-21 Jan, 6pm-10pm, Sago Street/ Smith Street/ Pagoda St/ Trengganu St/ Temple St

Weekly Stage Show: 7, 8, 14, 15 Jan, 7-9pm, Kreta Ayer Square

Trade Fair @ People's Park: 23 Dec 2022 - 21 Jan 2023, 10am-10pm, Open space in front of OG People's Park Complex

More information

Explore the street light ups in a FunVee Open Top Double Decker Bus

5. Hop Into Fun - Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios gets ready to usher in the new year with festive meet and greets, an exciting Lo Hei event on the weekends, beautiful cherry blossom trees, and daily Ang Bao giveaways.

Take awesome pictures in meet and greets with DreamWorks Animation's Po and Tigress from Kung Fu Panda, DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek, Princess Fiona, Puss and Kitty, as well as Alex, King Julian and Gloria from Madagascar.

Sesame Street’s Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, Oscar and Abby, as well as Woody and Winnie Woodpecker join in the fun too, all dressed in their festive best.

Make sure you stop by Optimus Prime and Megatron, who will be offering you their Chinese New Year greetings in Mandarin!

Then get ready for an unforgettable show from Illumination's beloved Minions. You'll be dazzled by Kevin who will be rocking his custom bunny suit. There will be plenty of opportunities to take some epic selfies with the Minions too.

The festivities continue into the night with a special Lo Hei event with the Sesame Street Friends and the Dance of the Dragon where a neon dragon, dancers, and drummers will light up the night in majestic fashion.

Date: 13 Jan - 5 Feb 2023

Location: Universal Studios Singapore

Get tickets to Universal Studios Singapore

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

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at the S.E.A. Aquarium amidst festive aqua-themed decorations and 100,000 marine animals.

Walk through the auspicious Trail of Fortune and discover 8 auspicious animals including the foxface rabbitfish - there's something new every step of the way.

The highlight this year? Singapore's only Underwater Dragon Dance is back after a 3-year hiatus!

Meet Ru Yi the Mermaid who will captivate you with tales of marine creatures and teach us how we can protect their homes better.

Before heading home, don't forget to capture some memorable photo moments in meet-and-greets with the lovable Manta Mascots.

Date: 13 Jan - 5 Feb 2023

Location: S.E.A. Aquarium

Get tickets to S.E.A. Aquarium

7. Dahlia Dreams - Gardens by the Bay

Image credit: Gardens by the Bay

The popular Chinese New Year floral display is back from 13 Jan!

This year, 100 rabbits will be taking centrestage surrounded by over 2,000 popular Chinese New Year blooms including 40 unique varietries of dahlias from Europe, celosias, chrysanthemums, cymbidiums, guzmanias, marigolds, oncidiums and pussy willows.

You'll also find an awe-inspiring 6 metre tall River Hongbao lantern set of a majestic magnolia tree crafted into the shape of the Chinese character for "rabbit" (兔, tù).

The spectacular spring display also features charming interpretations from Aesop's fable " The Hare and the Tortoise", along with traditional elements like paper cutting, lion dance, and festive goodies that define the season.

Date: 13 Jan - 26 Feb 2023

Opening hours: 9am-9pm

Location: Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay

Get tickets to Gardens by the Bay


8. Chingay 2023

Image credit: Chingay Parade Singapore

The Chingay Parade is back at the F1 Pit, featuring an amazing lineup of cultural performances set against a street style container art backdrop created by youths!

See the iconic Chingay floats as well as 17 mini floats that have been created by the community.

Date: 3 and 4 Feb 2023

Time: 8pm

Location: F1 Pit Building

Tickets: from $20

PAssion Card members get 20% discount

Get tickets

9. Chingay @ Heartlands

Experience the electrifying vibe of the Chingay Parade at 6 heartland locations islandwide.

Catch the Chingay Truncated Show, Chingay Floats Caravan, Chingay Mini Floats display and roving Chingay performers.

Chingay @ East Coast 2023

Open Field next to Blk 19 Bedok South Road

Sat, 11 Feb 2023

Chingay @ OTH

Our Tampines Hub

Sun, 12 Feb 2023

Chingay 2023 @ Chua Chu Kang GRC & Hong Kah North SMC

Keat Hong Square

Sat, 25 Feb 2023

Ang Mo Kio GRC, Kebun Baru And Yio Chu Kang SMCs Chingay @ Heartlands 2023

Fernvale Square

Sun, 26 Feb 2023

Chingay @ Nee Soon

MPC @ Khatib

Sat, 4 Mar 2023

Celebrations @ Tanjong Pagar

Discover Tanjong Pagar Community Green

Sun, 5 Mar 2023

More information

10. Wan Qing Festival Of Spring 2023

Image credit: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Celebrate the year of the Rabbit at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and take part in the Wan Qing Festival of Spring!

A lineup full of fun programmes and activities await visitors of all ages.

Join in lion dance and festive drumming workshops, go on a temple tour or heritage trail, sit down to storytelling sessions, and get crafty with fun projects for the little ones.

For some great Lunar New Year memories, capture your OOTDs at the Bunny-ful Blessings lawn installation.

Date: From now till 19 Feb 2023

Location: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

More information on programme lineup

11. 兔 gether an art installation exhibition at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Image credit: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre welcomes the Year of the Rabbit with an amazing rabbit-themed art installation exhibition at its Roof Garden.

Titled 兔 gether, the art installation features an array of imaginative works by local design studio Whisky and Foxtrot LLP, based around a cast of characters from Chinese mythology who are depicted celebrating local CNY customs.

Head down and you'll be able to capture some ultra-cute family snaps!

On certain Saturday evenings, you can also experience an enthralling light show detailing the story of Tu Zai's journey home to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Exhibition Date: Till 31 Mar 2023 from 10am-10pm daily

Light shows: 7 Jan, 14 Jan, 28 Jan, 25 Feb and 25 Mar, 7.30pm to 8.30pm

Admission: free for both the exhibition and light shows

More information

12. LEGO Prosperity Burrows

Celebrate the start of a new year with an adventure at the LEGO Prosperity Burrows event at Suntec City.

Join LEGO for this fun-packed bunny themed event filled with games, challenges, and lots of photo opportunities including a 5-metre giant LEGO bunny!

Every family will be given a Starter Kit to participate in the Prosperity Carrot Hunt onsite.

Complete themed challenges such as spring cleaning with a specially curated LEGO Cleaning Machine at the Spring Clean Tu-gether station, and a festive hop at the Harmonise Tu-gether station where you'll need to hop as fast as you can to activate the lights!

Complete all 3 challenges to redeem a LEGO polybag (while stocks last).

Look out also for the life-sized mascots (14-15 Jan, 28-29 Jan, 2pm-6pm) roaming around the mall to receive some LEGO red packets!

Date: 12 Jan - 5 Feb 2023

Time: 10:30am - 9:30pm

Location: Suntec City Atrium (Tower 1 & 2)

More information

13. Hare-Py Lunar New Year at Mandai Wildlife Reserve

Image credit: Mandai Wildlife Reserve

Welcome in the Year of the Rabbit with the Mini Rex Rabbits at Mandai Wildlife Reserve.

Watch the bunnies feast on delicious "lo=hay" platters prepared by their care team at Buddy Barn in Singapore Zoo's Rainforest KidzWorld.

Join in interactive sessions where you can interact with the furry friends as well as their keepers.

Then get ready for a fun day out at the Animal Playground where you'll discover educational games and activities that will teach you all about how to care for rabbits.

Image credit: Mandai Wildlife Reserve

The Animal Ambassadors from Singapore Zoo and River Wonders' Animal Presentations will be joining in the celebrations too!

Get ready to receive auspicious greetings from Capybara at River Wonders’ Once Upon a River, as well as the Sea Lion, Coatimundi and everyone’s favourite canines from Splash Safari, Rainforest Fights Back, and Animal Friends.

Complete the celebrations with sweet treats and a Lion Dance performance where you will also be able to take photos with the God of Fortune!

Date: 21 Jan - 5 Feb 2023

More information on Lunar New Year activities on Mandai Wildlife Reserves' website,

Get tickets: 

14. Collect all 39 of the Rabbit Hongbao Designs from the Museum Roundtable

Image credit: National Heritage Board

The National Heritage Board's Museum Roundtable Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign is returning for its 9th edition!

From 6 Jan - 3 Feb 2023, visitors can head down to any of the 39 participating museums, heritage institutions, and galleries to grab a pack (while stocks last) of the exclusive red packets with designs featuring the Year of the Rabbit.

Joining the Hongbao Campaign this year will also be the Museum Roundtable's newest member, the Children's Museum Singapore.

Image credit: National Heritage Board

In addition, for all the avid collectors out there, the National Heritage Board will be producing a limited edition collector's album.

Each collector's album contains two complete sets of 39 red packet designs, as well as a limited edition design created exclusively for the National Heritage Board - that's 80 pieces of specially designed red packets all preserved in a custom-made album.

All 350 of this highly sought-after item was sold out within hours of its launch in 2022, resulting in a larger quantity of 450 albums being produced for this year's release.

The Collector's Album will be available for sale at $88 (nett) per album.

To secure one for yourself, you can pre-register online (encouraged) at https://mrhongbao.eventbrite.com for a purchase slot on 14 or 15 Jan 2023, or opt to do a walk-in purchase on 20 January 2023. Act fast before they run out again!

Pre-registrations start from 9 January 2023, 10am.

More information

CNY activities at LEGOLAND Malaysia

Image credit: LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort

Expect an extravaganza of lucky surprises at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort this year!

From 13 Jan - 5 Feb 2023, guests will be treated to amazing activities, cultural performances, and celebrations, all with a touch of LEGO's DNA of learning through play.

Image credit: LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort

Activities that you can look forward to include: 

  • Brand-new cultural performances curated for the Lunar New Year season such as the Chinese New Year Dance-off, the Zodiac Dance Along, The Story of Monkey King, and more
  • Traditional Lion Dance and High-Pole Lion Dance performances, only on January 22, 2023
  • Take a shot at the Wheel of Fortune and you may walk away with some great prizes
  • Meet and greets with the mischievous Monkey King, Cheng Du Opera, and Ollie the Dragon in his New Year outfit
  • Build-A-Rabbit activity
  • Learn about traditions with Chinese Yo-Yos, Jian Zi activities, and Lunar Ribbon Dance

Get tickets to LEGOLAND Malaysia

Chinese New Year Celebration at Our Tampines Hub

Image credit: Our Tampines Hub

Hop on over to Our Tampines Hub for a Chinese New Year celebration that will bring you some festive cheer!

Witness the lively lion dance performance and meet up with the God of Fortune for even more good fortune in 2023!

Date: 28 Jan 2023

Location: Festive Mall at Level 1 and Basement 1, Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk Singapore 528523

Lion Dance: 1pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm

Meet God of Fortune Mascot: 12pm, 2pm, 6pm

More information on Our Tampines Hub's Facebook page.

Live Performances at Singapore SportsHub

The Singapore Sportshub is set to serve up some breathtaking performances this weekend and next!

Be dazzled as the Singapore Nanxian Dragon and Lion Sports Association opens teh Chinese New Year festivities in style with its thrilling Cai Qing performance.

Watch performers show off unbelievable skill with Diabolo, Juggling, and Crystal Ball tricks.

Admire the powerful Wushu movements and routines with fists and weapons presented by Xuan Sports.

Feel your heart thump to the beat with the ZingO Drum Group's drumming sets.

And lastly, strap yourself for an electric experience watching the LED Lion and Dragon Dance light up the night!

Performance timings

Nam Sheng Cai Qing:

  • 28 Jan: 4pm-4:15pm

Diabolo, Juggling & Crystal Ball Show:

  • 28 Jan: 1pm - 1:20pm
  • 4 Feb: 1:20pm - 1:40pm


  • 28 Jan: 2pm - 2:10pm
  • 29 Jan: 6:30pm - 6:40pm
  • 4 Feb: 2pm - 2:10pm
  • 5 Feb: 2pm - 2:10pm

ZingO Drums:

  • 28 Jan: 5:45pm - 6pm
  • 29 Jan: 5:40pm - 6pm
  • 4 Feb: 9:30pm - 9:50pm

LED Lion & Dragon Dance:

  • 28 Jan: 7pm - 8pm
  • 4 Feb: 7pm - 8pm
  • 5 Feb: 9pm - 10pm

Location: Stadium Waterfront at Singapore Sports Hub

More information on showtimes

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