13 activities to look out for this April – including an international circus carnival that kids would love!

It seems like just yesterday that we were counting down the minutes to 2022, and now, we’re already onto the start of the second quarter of the year. Time seems to be moving very quickly, but we are certainly excited for what the new month is going to bring to us!

This April, get ready for a slew of exciting events that you can enjoy with your family and friends. Some of these activities are also kid-friendly, so bring your little ones with you as you embark on a fun month!

1. Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Credit: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

It’s been a while since we’ve last heard the Singapore Symphony Orchestra perform on stage with the full orchestra present. This April, you can catch live performances at the Esplanade Concert Hall and be entranced by the beautiful music that is about to fill your ears.

The first on the line-up in April is superstar violinist Ray Chen who will be performing in two concerts with the first being the SSO GALA: Ray Chen Plays Sibelius on 8 April, and the second being Ray Chen in Recital on 9 April. This is followed by Khatia Buniatishvili Plays Tchaikovsky on 14 April, and the Stradivari Quartet on 16 and 17 April. The line-up continues with more well-known musicians and you’re certainly in for a treat!

Address: 1 Esplanade Drive, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore 038981
Available from: 8 April onwards
Admission fee: From S$15 per person

2. Carnival of the Animals

Credit: Circa

In Singapore, it’s not often that we get to see circus carnivals unlike other countries. Thankfully for us, Carnival of the Animals, an international circus carnival, is coming to Singapore for the first time ever, bringing to us whimsical tales of creatures from both land and sea. Watch as the creatures tumble, fly, leap, and spin their way through the different worlds of the animal kingdom.

The circus will only be playing for one weekend, so be sure to book your tickets early and give your kids the experience of a lifetime!

Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956
Available from: 14 to 17 April 2022 only
Admission fee: From S$68 per person

3. Asian Film Archive

Credit: Asian Film Archive

Travel to Bangladesh through films that will be showing at the Oldham Theatre as part of the Asian Film Archive.

Rehana Maryam Noor is a film that focuses on the life of Rehana, a single mother and medical college educator in Bangladesh. One day, she witnesses a possible case of sexual assault between a senior colleague and a student, and the film follows her on her quest to expose the perpetrator for the incident. At the same time, she has to deal with complaints made against her young daughter’s troubling behaviour in school. This film is available from now till 23 April 2022.

Live from Dhaka is another Bangladeshi film that is quite unlike the others you’ve probably come across. The film is set in grainy black-and-white, and it is meant to show the struggles of the working class in the Bangladeshi capital. The film is centred around Sazzad, a stock trader in bustling Dhaka. When the market crashes, Sazzad loses all of his money and he struggles to find a job because of his disability. On top of these issues, he faces the continuous harassment of loan sharks, an unhappy girlfriend, and a drug addict brother. This film is available only on 17 April 2022.

Address: 1 Canning Rise, Singapore 179868
Available from: Now till 23 April 2022
Admission fee: From S$9 per ticket

4. Quasimodo, A Musical Story

Credit: SISTIC

Sing’theatre is proud to present Quasimodo, A Musical Story, a timeless and classic musical that is based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo with songs from Notre Dame de Paris. 

Be transported to Paris and discover the tale of Quasimodo, the kind hunchbacked bell-ringer of the Cathedral, who fell in love with Esmeralda, a captivatingly sensual Bohemian girl. Unfortunately, he is not the only one who has his eyes set on her, as both morally conflicted Priest Frollo and the unfaithful Captain Phoebus are also fighting for her attention.

The musical stars Hossan Leong, George Chan, Vanessa Kee, TJ Taylor, Joash Zheng, Preston Lim, and Gabrielle Rae Sammy, and you’re definitely in for a beautiful story that you can watch with your little ones.

Address: 1 Sarkies Road, Alliance Française Theatre, Singapore 258130
Available from: 15 to 24 April 2022
Admission fee: From S$55

5. Xplr Me

This April, instead of just spending the month on fun and games, why not pick up a new hobby, learn a new skill, or take up classes to increase your knowledge? Xplr Me (pronounced as Explore Me) is an online platform that connects students to tutors, life coaches, mentors, and even tour guides from all over the world.

Suitable for all age groups, Xplr Me is a great way for you to learn from others from the comfort of your own home. You can take up academic classes, or opt to pick up a new skill that you’re interested in such as photography, graphic designing, chess, and more. Need a private counselling session? Xplr Me has got your back too. Most of the classes require you to pay a fee depending on the type of course you choose, but you can still send in a request if you would like to enjoy the class for free instead!

Enrich your life by starting with Xplr Me this April.

Admission fee: From S$10 per person 

6. Community Gallery Tours

Credit: National Heritage Board/Facebook

Feel just like a tourist when you go on one of the Community Gallery Tours organised by the National Heritage Board and explore Singapore like never before. Discover Kreta Ayer’s history and heritage as you join the walking tour to have a deeper insight into the lives of the samsui women, opera singers, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, and coolies.

After your tour around Kreta Ayer, move on to discover the past of Geylang Serai, one of Singapore’s oldest Malay settlements. You’ll able to find out more about the area’s history, along with the festivals that used to be celebrated there.

This would be a great opportunity for your kids to have a better understanding of Singapore and their ancestors. Plus, it will certainly be a meaningful journey; this may even spark their interest for history!

Address: 28 Kreta Ayer Road, Kreta Ayer Heritage Gallery, Singapore 088995 | 1 Engku Aman, #01-05, Geylang Serai Heritage Gallery, Singapore 408528
Available from: Kreta Ayer: 16 April 2022, 2pm to 3.30pm and 2.30pm to 4pm | Geylang Serai: 17 April 2022, 2pm to 3.30pm and 2.30pm to 4pm
Admission fee: S$5 per person

7. Easter Egg Hunt 2022

Credit: Children’s Museum Singapore

The little ones are in for a treat this April because we all know that this is the month of Easter! And when there’s Easter, that means that there will be an Easter Egg Hunt that the kids can participate in!

This year, the Easter Egg Hunt organised by Children’s Museum Singapore will be held at Fort Canning Park, and eggs will be hidden throughout the park for families to find. As you complete the challenges along the way, you’ll also get to learn more about the park’s history. While you may be engrossed with finding the eggs, don’t forget to also take a moment every once in a while to admire the nature around you! After all, with school and work taking up a huge part of our lives, it’s not often that we get to be out in nature these days!

Address: Fort Canning Park, Meeting Point at Children’s Museum Singapore
Available from: 16 and 23 April 2022, 9am to 10am and 11am to 12pm
Admission fee: S$16 per child (includes one accompanying adult per child)

8. Indian New Year Open House 2022

Credit: Indian Heritage Centre

Instead of heading to the usual museums around Singapore, why not discover more about the traditions of Singapore’s Indian communities through the Indian New Year Open House 2022 held at the Indian Heritage Centre?

The museum offers great insights into the Indian culture with its community display of Indian musical instruments. You can also get your hands dirty by taking part in the various craft activities and art workshops that are meant to give you a better understanding of the Indian cultural heritage.

Address: 5 Campbell Lane, Indian Heritage Centre, Singapore 209924
Available from: 9 and 10 April 2022, 10am to 5pm
Admission fee: Free, but some programmes are chargeable

9. Madame Tussauds Singapore

Credit: Madame Tussauds Singapore

Madame Tussauds Singapore, home to many wax figures of famous celebrities all over the world, is proud to unveil a new wax figure this April. This wax figure belongs to Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray, and it is her world-first figure!

If you’ve never been to the world’s most popular wax attraction before, perhaps this would be a good enough reason for you to check the place out and take some memorable photos with your loved ones. You may not be meeting celebrities any time soon, but at least you’ll be taking photos with a figure that looks exactly like them, right?

Psst, some of them look so real, you may not even be able to tell they’re not real!

At the same time, you can experience the Marvel Universe in 4D and check out the K-Wave Zone where you can instantly be transported to South Korea.

Address: 40 Imbiah Road, Sentosa, Singapore 099700
Available from: 30 March 2022 onwards
Admission fee: From S$22 per adult

10. Humble Beginnings

Credit: T’ang Quartet

Unwind in the evening with Singapore’s T’ang Quartet, one of the most well-known and accomplished string quartets in Southeast Asia, who will be holding its first concert this April at Victoria Concert Hall. The Humble Beginnings concert is just one of the concerts in the quartet’s programme that marks its 30th anniversary, and in addition to the concerts, the quartet will also be releasing a commemorative coffee-table book called T’ang At 30.

Catch the talented quartet in its brand new programme that starts in April and be mesmerised by the sound of music. We promise that it will be a night you won’t forget!

Address: 11 Empress Place, #01-02, Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore 179558
Available on: 22 April 2022 only, 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Admission fee: From S$28

11. Jurong Bird Park Easter Wonderland

Credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Another place that will be joining in the Easter festivities is Jurong Bird Park with its brand new Easter Wonderland which starts at its largest walk-in aviary, Waterfall Aviary. Turning into an Egg-chanted Forest for the event, the Waterfall Apiary is where you will hunt for Easter eggs! Do keep a lookout for the Golden Egg, because the two lucky winners who find it will be entitled to take home exclusive merchandise such as pins and keychains.

Move right along to the Birdz of Play and challenge your kids to the Whimsical Wonderland Maze. Then, head on over to the Penguin Coast to say hi to our favourite Antarctica friends, the penguins, as well as admire some of the sustainable art pieces made by the beneficiaries of Extra*Ordinary People. You can also look forward to special arts and crafts workshops and challenges at Jurong Bird Park.

We’re sure that the wonderland will be a hit amongst the little ones, especially since there will be a long line-up of fun activities awaiting them!

Address: 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925
Available from: 1 April to 3 May 2022
Admission fee: S$34.20 per adult | From S$22.50 per child

12. NLB x BreadTalk Group

Credit: National Library Board

Reading no longer has to only take place at school, home, the library, or the bookstore thanks to the latest collaboration between National Library Board (NLB) and BreadTalk Group where you can access NLB books in eateries across Singapore.

All you would have to do is purchase any beverage at selected Food Republic and Food Junction outlets, or purchase any item at selected Toast Box or BreadTalk outlets, to redeem a free mini-book keychain via a gachapon machine. This QR code located within the mini-book keychain will be your ticket to NLB resources – four eBooks about food.

And from 25 April onwards, you will be able to spot 3D, life-like installations of dining tables at the various food courts under BreadTalk Group. These tables will showcase local and international crowd-favourite dishes along with a QR code that leads you to a food-related eResource. It would be best that you head there on the weekends because you will be able to redeem free local food-themed bookmarks! We’re sure the kids would love this!

Mini-book keychain redemption

  • Address: Food Junction – Century Square | Food Junction – NEX | Food Republic – 313@Somerset | Food Republic – Westgate
  • Available from: Now till 10 April 2022 (Limited to first 50 redemptions per outlet per day, while stocks last)

Local food-themed bookmark redemption

  • Address: Food Republic – 313@Somerset (modern-food themed) | Food Republic – City Square (Peranakan/Nyonya cuisine theme) | Food Republic – Wisma Atria (Nostalgic-food theme)
  • Available from: 25 April to 24 May 2022 (Limited to first 30 redemptions per outlet per day, from 12pm onwards)

13. Hong Kong: Through The Looking Glass

Credit: Hong Long Tourism Board

The latest Hong Kong: Through The Looking Glass miniature exhibition allows you to be transported to Hong Kong, where you get to take a sneak peek into Hong Kong’s story and history through the miniature replicas of buildings and neighbourhoods of iconic locations in Hong Kong.

This two-week exhibition is held as part of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s 25th anniversary, and it is the first time it has come to Singapore after successful runs across cities in China and Japan.

Bring your little ones along and marvel at the 40 miniature figures of old, new, and beloved Hong Kong locations that also tell of the precision, patience, and passion of talented Hong Kong artists.

Those who attend the exhibition will receive a complimentary “Arts in Hong Kong” colouring book, while stocks last, so do be sure to head there early to redeem one!

Address:  3 Temasek Boulevard, Level 1 & Level 3, #03-342, Suntec City East Atrium, Singapore 038983
Available from: 4 April (1pm to 9pm) | 5 to 17 April 2022 (10am to 9pm)
Admission fee: Free