Kids’ shows in Singapore in 2019


Kids theatre shows Singapore 2019Image adapted from (clockwise from top-left): Imaginique, Polyglot Theatre, Esplanade, ABA Productions Singapore

It’s no secret that children have an insane amount of energy and curiosity, which is why they often get bored in the blink of an eye. Clearly, going to the same old playground or watching repeat telecasts of Disney shows simply isn’t enough to keep these kiddos occupied.

Before you go crazy Googling for things to do to keep the young ones happy, here are 9 exciting theatre shows, musicals, concerts and interactive performances to catch before the year ends! 


1. Air Play – circus theatre with giant flying balloons


air play siblings and balloon
Image credit:
Imaginique

Where circus meets street theatre, Air Play guarantees to leave the wee ones laughing out loud. Follow two siblings on their adventure as they turn everyday objects into unbelievable sights, including a confetti-filled night sky and the biggest snow globe you’ll ever see. They’ll also be using stunning sculptures and having close-up interactions with the audience!

air play balloon in crowd
Image credit: Imaginique

Let your imagination run wild as gigantic balloons, flying umbrellas and giant kites float over you, taking creativity to the next level. 

Date: 17th – 22nd December 2019
Time: Tue 8PM (Imaginique Gala Show) | Wed – Sat 3PM & 8PM | Sun 3PM
Venue: Esplanade Theatre
Price: $70 (adults), $40 (children). Get your tickets here.
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2. The Gingerbread Man – action-packed musical


the gingerbread man pamphlet
Image credit:
Singapore Repertory Theatre

The Gingerbread Man, a new action-packed musical, follows the story of giant cookie Ginger who accidentally breaks his mother’s oven. Setting his mind on winning a new oven for her, Ginger joins a race and comes face to face with Sly Fox who can’t wait to get a big bite of him.

Find out what happens when teamwork, friendship and a few farm animals come together to help Ginger in this delightful show.

Date: 23rd October – 17th November 2019
Time: Mon – Fri 10AM | Sat – Sun & PHs 11AM & 2PM
Venue: KC Arts Centre
Price: From $26. Get your tickets here.
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3. Emily Saves the Orchestra – songs and dance with audience participation


emily saves the orchestra castImage credit: Platypus Theatre

Emily Saves the Orchestra is a heartwarming children’s concert full of song and dance brought to you by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. As 10-year-old Emily tries to defeat Cacophonous, the monster that wants to reign in chaos, kids will be able to lend a helping hand by singing along with her.

emily saves the orchestra danceImage credit: Platypus Theatre

Other than learning how to overcome various obstacles using teamwork, kids will also learn about musical concepts like instrument families and ensembles through popular excerpts such as The Nutcracker and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Date: 16th – 17th November 2019
Time: Sat 2PM & 4PM | Sun 2PM
Venue: Victoria Concert Hall
Price: $25 or $32. Get your tickets here.
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4. A Ladder to the Stars – puppet show with songs


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Image credit:
Esplanade

A Ladder to the Stars tells a tale of a little girl who wishes to dance with the stars on her birthday. Watch how her wish unfolds when the star, moon, sun, wind and rain all come together to fulfill her dream.

a ladder to the stars girl
Image credit: Esplanade

Told through a mix of music and puppetry, A Ladder to the Stars showcases what determination and teamwork can achieve. Suitable for those aged 3 and above, this is a heartfelt journey you won’t want to miss.

a ladder to the stars
Image credit: Esplanade

Date: 4th – 6th Oct 2019
Time: 10.30AM, 2PM, 4.30PM
Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio
Price: $25. Get your tickets here.
Website


5. Peter Pan in Serangoon Gardens – local remake of the fairytale


peter pan pamphlet
Image credit:
Wild Rice

Regardless of our age, we’re no strangers to how stressful growing up in Singapore can be at times. Cue Peter Pan in Serangoon Gardens – a localised remake of the classic tale that features Wendy and her brothers flying away from the pressures of school and into Neverland.

With a cast that includes an adorable and talented bunch of kids, as well as popular local actress Pam Oei, this charming production is the perfect year-end show.

Date: 21st November – 22nd December 2019
Time: Tue – Fri 7.30PM | Sat 2.30PM & 7.30PM | Sun 2.30PM
Venue: The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @ WILD RICE Funan
Price: From $25. Get your tickets here.
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6. Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) – special seat tiers that let you join the action


cerita anak boat
Image credit:
Polyglot Theatre

Dive into an incredible sea voyage with Cerita Anak (Child’s Story), a wholesome experience complete with songs, shadow imagery and realistic sound effects that can only be found in the depth of the ocean. 

cerita anak sea voyage
Image credit: Polyglot Theatre

Best of all, “Passengers” on board the boat on stage get to be part of the action when the ocean comes to life. This seating category is great for kids who just can’t sit still, so pair up with your child and enjoy the full immersive experience together!

Alternatively, sit back and relax as a “Villager”, where you’ll watch the show unfold from your seats. 

Date: 4th – 6th October 2019
Time: 10.30AM, 2PM, 4.30PM
Venue: Esplanade Theatre Studio
Price: $30 (Passenger), $20 (Villager). Get your tickets here.
Website


7. The Snowman – a magical Christmas adventure


the snowman castImage credit: ABA Productions Singapore

A dazzling live show about a young boy and his snowman that comes to life on Christmas Eve, The Snowman will whisk you through a night of adventure as the pair meets dancing reindeers, penguins and Father Christmas!

the snowman dance and cast
Image credit: ABA Productions Singapore

With a plan to escape from the villain Jack Frost and return home in time for Christmas morning, this exciting show is a must-watch for all families. 

Date: 12th – 15th December 2019
Time: Thu – Fri 7pm | Sat – Sun, 11AM, 3PM, 7PM
Venue: Esplanade Theatre
Price: From $48. Get your tickets here.
Website


8. Little Music Explorer – orchestra show with life-sized Pikachu appearance


little music explorer pamphletImage credit: Macpherson Philharmonic Orchestra

Set sail on a musical exploration to learn about the different instruments and sections of an orchestra, as the kids tune in to harmonious melodies of woodwinds, percussions and brasses. Beyond learning how music plays a part in their range of feelings, kids will also be delighted by the appearance of a life-sized Pikachu! 

Date: 13th October 2019
Time: 2PM & 4PM
Venue: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
Price: $23 (Adult) and $20 (Child). Get your tickets here.
Website


9. CATalysts – rescue mission and Science experiments for cat-loving kids


catalysts pamphlet
Image credit:
Science Centre Singapore

Unlike the common sit-down theatre show, CATalysts is an interactive theatre performance that’s purrfect for young inquisitive cat-lovers. Wearing a comfortable wireless headset that’ll play the original soundtrack and actors’ voices, kids will be going on an exciting rescue mission to save Madame Curie, a cat who has been “catnapped” by the unhappy inventor Dr FeelBad.

catalysts playgroundImage credit: Science Centre Singapore

After venturing through different rooms and exhibits together with the actors at KidsSTOP™, the kids will also get hands on in the Splashes of Emotions workshop, which involves Science experiments that will have them uncovering different mystery liquids, colours, and how they represent different emotions. 

Date: 24th September – 10th October 2019
Time: Tue – Fri 10AM, 11AM & 3PM | Sat & Sun 10AM, 11AM, 3PM & 4PM
Venue: KidsSTOP™, Science Centre Singapore
Price: $25. Get your tickets here.
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Kids’ events in Singapore in 2019


No matter how busy the daily hustle gets, one thing most parents look forward to is spending quality time with their kids during the weekends. Seeing how fast kids grow up, it’s important to spend as much time as possible with them before they turn into moody teens.

Be it theatre shows, musicals, concerts or interactive activities, mark your calendars and start booking your tickets to catch at least one of these before the year ends!