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15 Kid friendly activities and events to celebrate Chinese New Year 2022

15 Kid friendly activities and events to celebrate Chinese New Year 2022

Updated:
March 6, 2022

Looking for things to do with the family this Chinese New Year 2022 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 2022 activities for the family!

Type of Activities

Events & Attractions

1. River Hongbao 2022

2. Leap into Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

3. Tang Yuan Workshop - Sweet Bonding Packages at Universal Studios Singapore

4. Spring in the Sea at S.E.A. Aquarium

5. Dahlia Dreams - Gardens by the Bay

6. Disney x XM - Joy of Festival

7. Have a Tiger-ific Lunar New Year at Singapore Zoo

Museums & Exhibitions

8. Museum Roundtable Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign

9. Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2022

10. Nian Hua: Of Deities, Guardians, and Auspicious Art

11. Tigers Sculptures Display at Kreta Ayer Square

Other Activities

12. Chinatown Street Light Up

13. Chinese New Year Chinatown Walking Tour

14. KidsSTOP Chinese New Year Programme

Food

15. High Tea in the Deep Sea - Auspicious Edition

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Events & Attractions

1. River Hongbao 2022

Image: Gardens by the Bay

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

Highlights of the onsite festival includes the ever popular lantern displays including an 18 metre tall God of Fortune, nightly festive shows, and family friendly amusement rides and carnival games.

In the Virtual River Hongbao, you can also tune in online to enjoy live shows such as Tuan Yuan Making, Feng Shui Tips, and Fortune Predictions.

Look out for the giveaways and contests where you'll get the chance to win loads of attractive prizes such as shopping voucher and ang baos!

Admission is free but you'll have to pre-book your timeslots online before visiting.

Nightly Festive Shows

Date: 30 Jan - 6 Feb 2022

Location: Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay

You can book your slots online on the River Hongbao 2022's website.

2. Leap into Fun at Universal Studios Singapore

Image: Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios gets ready to usher in the new year with a whole lineup of fun activities!

Take awesome pictures with the Master Tigress from DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda who is making her first appearance in Singapore along with Po and the Yang Warriors.

Look forward to lots of meet-and-greets, such as with The Minions from Illumination's Despicable Me, your favorite Sesame Street friends, and Shrek, who will all be dressed in their festive best.

Make sure you stop by Optimus Prime and Megatron to give them your well-wishes, and hear them reply to you in mandarin in real time!

Join in a Tang Yuan Workshop where you'll learn the art of making Tang Yuan as well as how to mould them into adorable designs.

Date: 13 Jan - 13 Feb

Location: Universal Studios, Resorts World Sentosa

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3. Tang Yuan Workshop - Sweet Bonding Packages at Universal Studios Singapore

Image: Resorts World Sentosa

This Lunar New Year, learn to make Tang Yuan at this workshop at the StarBot Café in Universal Studios Singapore.

Led by instructor Samantha Mantou, you'll learn how to make this festive delicacy from scratch and shape them into auspicious and lovable designs.

Packages are available for 2-5 pax and include tickets to Universal Studios Singapore, as well as $15 in retail and F&B vouchers.

Dates: Feb 1-6, 10-13

Duration: 75 minutes

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4. Spring in the Sea at S.E.A. Aquarium

Image: Resorts World Sentosa

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger at the S.E.A. Aquarium with colorful festive decorations, memorable photo moments, and meet-and-greets with the lovable Manta Mascots.

Walk through the auspicious Trail of Fortune which has been decorated with festive red lanterns, dashing oriental motifs, and magical fairy lights.

While you're on the trail, keep an eye out for the Sand Tiger Shark, Red Lionfish, Weedy Sandragon, Tiger Cowrie, and Alligator Gar, each symbolizing strength, luck, and longevity.

Image: Resorts World Sentosa

From 10 Jan - 15 Feb, sign up for the Chunlian Workshop (Spring Festival couplets) where you'll learn how to create your own tokens of good fortune from a Chunlian master.

Go behind the scenes of the aquarium in the High Tea in the Deep Sea exclusive bundle. The experience starts off with a guided tour of the S.E.A Aquarium including its secret areas, after which you'll tuck into a delicious afternoon tea spread of fine beverages and pastries.

Date: 9 Jan - 2 Mar

Location: S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa

Get tickets to S.E.A. Aquarium

5. Dahlia Dreams - Gardens by the Bay

Image: Gardens by the Bay

The popular Chinese New Year floral display is back from 14 Jan!

This year, for the first time, a stunning River Hongbao lantern, Spring Fragrances will take centre stage on the flower field.

Three Chinese moon gates, two rabbits, and huge narcissus blooms adorn the lantern, which is surrounded by 2,000 dahlias, vibrant azaleas, chrysanthemums, and cymbidiums.

You'll also find adorable tiger cubs on display along with auspicious decorations such as giant coin pouches and couplets representing good fortune and prosperity.

Date: 14 Jan - 20 Feb

Opening hours: 9am-9pm daily

Location: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay

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6. Disney x XM - Joy of Festival

Image: Gardens by the Bay

Mickey and Friends have landed at Gardens by the Bay!

The Joy of Festival with Mickey and Friends is XM Studio's first ever pop-up shop at Floral Fantasy Gift Shop.

You'll find plenty of festive photo opportunities with 4-metre tall statues display of your favorite Disney characters.

The highlight is the Mickey - Year of the Tiger statue, with Mickey standing on a cliff of coins and holding up a baby tiger cub as a symbol of positivity and good fortune for the coming year.

Purchase a set of Mickey and Friends The Joy of Festival collectibles and you'll receive a complimentary set of Mickey and Friends themed red packs!

Image: Gardens by the Bay

Date: 25 Jan - 23 Feb 2022

Opening hours: Daily 10am-8pm except 31 Jan - 6 Feb from 10am-10pm)

Location: Floral Fantasy Gift Shop, Gardens by the Bay

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7. Have a Tiger-ific Lunar New Year at Singapore Zoo

Image: Mandai Wildlife Reserve

Celebrate Lunar New Year with the star animals of Singapore Zoo and look forward to an exciting lineup of festive activities!

Auspicious Greetings at Animal Presentations - Your favorite animals will reveal festive greetings for the season at the animal presentations.

Zoo-Diac Trail - Find out what the year brings for your zodiac and your fortune for the coming year and get expert advice for making the most of the year.

Tiger-ific Roving Ranger Challenge - Want to test your knowledge of tigers? Seek out the Roving Rangers, complete a challenge, and you'll get to redeem a token.

Lunar New Year Tiger Speed Challenge - Compete to build the LEGO Mr Tiger in the fastest time and stand a chance to win a prize.

Auspicious Greetings at Animal Presentation (Image: Mandai Wildlife Reserve)

More information on programs on Mandai Wildlife Reserve's website.

Date: 1-15 Feb 2022

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Museums & Exhibitions

8. Museum Roundtable Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign

Red packet designs from National Gallery Singapore, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, and ArtScience Museum (Image: National Heritage Board)

In celebration of the Year of the Tiger, museum goers can look forward to collecting limited edition red packets from 35 participating museums.

You'll be able to collect a set of eight pieces of red packets when you visit the museums, with designs themed according to each participating museum.

In addition, two online giveaways will be hosted on the ‘I Love Museums’ Facebook page, where you'll stand a chance to win a full set of red packets or a limited-edition collector's album!

Date: 7 Jan - 4 Feb

More information on National Heritage Board's website.

9. Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2022

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH) celebrates the Year of the Tiger with an exciting month long lineup of programmes, workshops, and festive installations.

This week, you can catch a special exhibition Nian Hua: Of Deities, Guardians and Auspicious Art, a collaboration with the Three Gorges Museum in Chongqing China. The exhibition showcases Lunar New Year prints, known as nian hua from different parts of China.

On the lawn of the museum, you'll find the festive installation Blessings Come A-Knocking, featuring two artworks by Hong Kong artist Ng Tik Ka, in which he uses his signature style of depicting pop culture figures in the traditional style of new year prints.

Don't miss the chance to collect the limited edition red packets as well!

To redeem, just follow SYSNMH's Facebook page and show it to the reception counter (Limited to first 50 visitors per day and while stocks last).

Date: 11 Jan - 13 Feb

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

More information on the programmes on SYSNMH's Facebook page.

10. Nian Hua: Of Deities, Guardians, and Auspicious Art

A collaboration with the Three Gorges Museum in Chongqing China, Nian Hua: Of Deities, Guardians, and Auspicious Art is a special exhibition that showcases Lunar New Year prints (known as Nian Hua) from different parts of China.

With their bright colors, auspicious symbols, and distinctive iconography, these woodblock printed images have left a lasting impression on many, particularly during the festive seasons.

While they've decorated Chinese villages and cities for centuries, you'll find them less common nowadays.

This exhibition at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall will feature close to 80 artefacts from different provinces of China that were produced during the Qing dynasty and Republican period.

Get a look at the rarely documented attitudes and values of the common people of China in the past, as well as how customs and beliefs have evolved over the years, especially in Singapore.

On display are also some works by our local artists who have given a contemporary spin to this art form.

Date: 21 Jan - 25 Sep 2022

Time: 10am-5pm

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

Admission: Free for Singaporeans and PRs

More info

11. Tigers Sculptures Display at Kreta Ayer Square

A collaboration between Chinatown Festivals with Temenggong Artists-in-Residence and the World Wide Fund for Nature (Singapore), local artists were invited to paint different tiger sculptures to raise awareness on tiger conservation.

The 12 tiger sculptures are currently on display at Kreta Ayer Sqaure from now till 15 Feb 2022.

Other Activities

12. Chinatown Street Light Up

The Chinatown Street Light-Up looks amazing this year!⁠⁠

The streets of Chinatown have been beautifully decorated with sculptured lanterns featuring tigers and tiger cubs.

⁠You can view the light ups from 7pm-12am daily, from now till 2 March, along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, and South Bridge Road.

Be sure to check out the walking streets as well where you'll see lots of shops selling Chinese New Year goods.

13. Chinese New Year Chinatown Walking Tour

Explore the backstreets of Chinatown and discover hidden Chinese New Year elements in this walking tour offered in conjunction with Chinatown Festivals.

You'll hear lots of interesting stories of the historic spaces, find out about hidden symbolisms and their significance, and learn ancient wisdoms.

You'll even get to try out festive food and drinks that will bring you luck and prosperity for the new year!

Dates: 22, 29 Jan

Location: 335 Smith Street Singapore 050335

Duration: 2 hours (about 2km)

Tickets: 

  • $37.74 per pax
  • $262.91 for private group of 5

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14. KidsSTOP Chinese New Year Programme - Tigers' Reunion

Image: KidsSTOP Singapore

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with Jo at KidsSTOP Science Centre Singapore this coming Chinese Ne Year.

Join Jo and Baby Tiger on an exciting quest to find Mama Tiger.

Take part in fun-filled activities to learn more about a tiger's diet and habitat.

You'll also get to make some delicious glutinous rice balls!

Dates: 

  • 29 Jan (5-6 years old)
  • 30 Jan (7-8 years old)

Tickets: $65 for 1 child and 1 adult (includes admission to KidsSTOP)

Register by 26 Jan.

Registration

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Food

15. High Tea in the Deep Sea - Auspicious Edition

Image: Resorts World Sentosa

By popular request, High Tea in the Deep Sea has been extended with an Auspicious Edition at Ocean Restaurant.

Enjoy the magical ambience of the deep sea while tucking into a delicious afternoon tea.

The 12-item menu comprises seven savoury bites and five sweet treats, and has been specially crafted with premium ingredients with symbolic meanings.

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger by digging into tasty and auspicious dishes such as Lucky Bites (Canadian Lobster kueh pie tee with special sauce), Flavours of Fortune (steamed handmade siew mai with premium abalone), and Flourishing Friendships (imperial cocounut with osmanthus and bird's nest).

Get double the fun with the Behind The Panel Tour Bundle, where you'll enjoy a guided tour of the S.E.A. Aquarium and learn all about how aquarists care for marine life in this unforgettable family friendly experience.

Date: From now till 3 Feb 2022

Book on: Klook | KKday | Resorts World Sentosa

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