June holidays commences! Here’s a family-friendly guide to all things fun happening this weekend around town.
With the June holidays in full swing, you might have to share your weekend fun with the kids (or other people’s kids). From film festivals for adults and children, art exhibitions and activities at museums, slumber parties at bookshops, the school holidays doesn’t mean that it’s only the young ‘uns having fun.
Enjoy the best of Mexican film
The Embassy of Mexico, along with NUS alumni and The Projector have curated several Mexican films that will give viewers a peek into one of the most culturally colourful nations in the world. Featuring genres such as thriller, horror and romance, don’t miss out on productions such as April’s Daughter by Michel Franco and Abel by Diego Luna.
Mexican Film Festival, 7-13 June, The Projector, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower 6001 Beach Rd Singapore 199589
Carousell comes to live in at this market
Used to buying your stuff on Carousell through quick dealings? Come put a face to the seller at the Carousell Creative Market at The Centrepoint. There’ll be over 30 vendors selling art, handicraft, wellness products, fashion and wearable accessories, home decor and airplants. Join in on one of the floral jamming and leather crafting workshops happening on the day!
Carousell Creative Market, 9-10 June, The Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Road, Singapore 238843
Hardcore gamers, here’s one for you. The inaugural Asia Game Festival features a thrilling line-up of games, animations and music. For starters, and listen up PUBG fanatics, the CPL championships will showcase a PUBG first ever 100-man battle royale. If seeing 100 people bash it out isn’t your thing, there will also be impressive line-up of other video games including triple-A titles, indie games, and tabletop games. At the end of each evening, J-pop artists will take the stage and aim to have everyone grooving to their top hits. At the AGF, there’s something for everyone so save these dates!
Asia Game Festival, 9-10 June, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, Singapore 039593
Always Moving: The Batik Art of Sarkasi Said
With the exhibition on its last month, check out the batik works by Sarkasi Said from the 1990s to the present. The exhibition follows the personal development of Sarkasi’s style and traces the history of his practice, from his days as a street artist, to becoming a prominent batik artist. This self-taught artist is also known in the arts community as the “baron of batik” and has engaged in the art form for much of his life. Like batik, which is rich in meaning, culture, symbolism and stories, Sarkasi’s abstract approach towards batik art is a personal response to the evolving cosmopolitan landscape, and the tensions that lie between traditional symbols and the loss of their transmission.
Always Moving: The Batik Art of Sarkasi Said, Until 30 Jun 2018, NUS Museum, National University of Singapore, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119279
Hang out with dinosaurs
With the latest Jurassic World flick out in the cinemas this June holidays, here’s a little bit of pre-film fun you might want to indulge in this weekend. Dinosaurs come to life at the Jurassic World exhibit in Plaza Singapura with multi-sensorial experience of sight, sound and touch through a series of fun and interactive activities, including some VR play, Jurassic World Lego sets & group building activity, a Natural History Museum Show & Tell and Sandpit Dino Fossil Excavation & Workshop. The main attraction? A startlingly realistic 1.83m-tall and life-sized sculpture of the movie’s star velociraptor, Blue, weighing 170kg. Then catch the film, of course. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Adventure Experience, 25 May-17 Jun, Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
Hang out with more dinosaurs
Yet another to bring the kids to, the dinosaur stars from Jurassic World will make an epic debut at Universal Studios Singapore™ as the theme park presents Jurassic World: Explore & Roar where guests can expect a variety of dinosaur adventures including an all-new live action show, cutting-edge augmented reality experience, and an interactive raptor training programme. Get your cameras out, you’ll definitely want photos with these prehistoric fiends (or friends).
Jurassic World: Explore & Roar, 2 Jun-22 Aug, Universal Studios Singapore
This used to be my playground
June holidays are in full swing so bring the kids and whole fam to this one! It’s time to get sentimental and wax nostalgic about the iconic Singapore playgrounds at this exhibition. From the iconic dragon playgrounds of the 1970s to today’s modern, inclusive and community-built versions, playgrounds have played a part in our collective experience of growing up in Singapore. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930 – 2030, this year’s Children’s Season at the National Museum invites young visitors to explore different types of play experiences at the museum. Families can look forward to a fun line-up of interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, storytelling sessions, family workshops, engaging performances, and more!
The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930 – 2030, Until 30 September, National Museum of Singapore, 3 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
For Cuban-style partying
Our favourite Spanish tapas bar Esquina is teaming up with Bacardi House Parties to produce a day of non-stop eating, drinking and merrymaking. Kick off the party with the rum classics such as mojitos (we heard it’s being served in a huge bucket) and cuba libres. Indulge in Cuban specialties like Ropa Vieja and Tortilla de Patata. In classic Cuban style, show up in colourful outfits and don’t leave your party spirit at home!
Little Havana Fiesta, 10 June, Esquina, 16 Jiak Chuan Rd, Singapore 089267
Books Actually is doing an all-nighter
8 – 9 June
For years, this cult fave in Tiong Bahru has been in pursuit of a permanent home and has faced many challenges in the face of the retail industry in Singapore. Bringing back an annual tradition, the 24 Hour Bookstore event this year will see readings and book launches happening all night, but it will also be a fundraising drive for that forever home.
The 24 Hour Bookstore event, 8-9 June, BooksActually, 9 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168645
A film festival for the young at heart
Film festivals doesn’t just mean indie flicks that leave you confused, the films showing at the Singapore International Children’s Film Festival will be lighthearted enough for the whole family and leave you in a good mood for the weekend. It’s the last screening weekend so better get them tickets.
Singapore International Children’s Film Festival, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957