TALE AS OLD AS TIME
Beauty and the Beast gets a live action update in its latest lm remake, with a stellar cast that includes Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston and Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts. The lm also features a remarkable soundtrack featuring the likes of Ariana Grande and John Legend. Combined with moving performances and stunning cinematography, the movie will have you rooting for true love to prevail. The Disney classic hits silver screens on 16 March, 2017.
Through “A World Full of Stories,” on from now till 30 April, 2017, at The Children’s Centre for Creativity at Gillman Barracks, Playeum wants children to experience play-time away from technology. Little ones get to create their own artwork, and make new friends over craft-making and storytelling. Tickets from $22; entrance is free for one accompanying adult, additional adults at $10.
If you’re looking to shake up your senses thoroughly, Impossible, a visual extravaganza featuring six of UK’s leading illusionists in an electrifying stage performance, will do the job nicely. After a successful premiere at London’s West End in July 2015, the show travelled to sell-out shows across the UK and Dubai, before making its first Asian stop in Singapore. From 10 to 19 March, 2017, at Kallang Theatre. Tickets from $38.
Set in the lush greenery of HortPark, Gardeners’ Day Out on 18 March, 2017, promises a fulfilling day out for the whole family. Events include the Gardeners’ Market, Food Bazaar, free talks and demonstrations, as well as kids’ activities such as storytelling and handicraft- making sessions.
Coppélia is a classic ballet hit with kids, thanks to the lively choreography by renowned French choreographer, Arthur St. Léon. With added input by the Singapore Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director, Janek Schergen, this three-act ballet is a story about a village youth, Franz, and his infatuation with a life-sized mechanical doll, Coppélia. The fun begins when his betrothed, the beautiful Swanilda, decides to masquerade as the doll to fool him. From 16 to 19 March, 2017. Tickets from $35.
A SMASHING GOOD TIME
Celebrating Junior’s first birthday? Why not commemorate it with a “cake smash” photoshoot? Perfect for a family of up to four, this one-hour photoshoot package gives you three 5” x 7” prints, one 8” x 12” print, and web optimised soft copies of your selected images (digitally enhanced). BAZAAR Junior readers enjoy a special rate of $350 (usual price $450) if you book in March. The package can be utilised up till 31 December, 2017.
The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice returns to enthrall kids as they catch their favorite Disney characters—from classics like Toy Story and The Little Mermaid, to newer lms like Frozen and Finding Dory—whizzing past on skates. From 15 to 19 March, 2017, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets from $25.
SPIN A YARN
Colourful puppets, stunning effects and non-stop action form the heart of this touching musical on familial love. In Itsy – The Musical, a courageous grandpa risks his safety to save his grandson from mortal danger inflicted by Itsy Bitsy spider and his eight-legged army. Along the way, he meets and assembles his motley crew of rescuers, including Jack and Jill, the Three Blind Mice and Humpty Dumpty. Will his grandson make it back to a normal life? From 24 March to 2 April, 2017 at Victoria Theatre. Tickets from $55.
OH! Open House is an art walk that the whole family can enjoy. From 4 to 19 March, 2017 (weekend tours only), this guided walk heads to Holland Village where you will get to see specially created works by local artists within people’s homes. The 45-minute tours will span Chip Bee Gardens, HDB ats at Holland Drive and the Hakka Cemetery, so be sure to put on comfy shoes, and pack drinks and snacks for the kids. Expect to revel in the community’s hidden stories, like a terrace house that has been transformed into a strange museum. Tickets from $27.50.
After a sold-out show in 2014, I Theatre is bringing back The Ant and the Grasshopper. Exploring the evergreen themes of hard work, friendship, generosity, and the importance of balancing leisure and work, this colourful and vibrant children’s adaptation serves as a meaningful story for kids, with plenty of teachable moments for parents to share. Till 19 March, 2017, at SOTA Drama Theatre. Tickets from $32 (family packages available).
DINNER IS SERVED
Down the rabbit hole she goes! With origins stemming from London’s underground dining subculture, this pop-up dining event from 17 March to 1 April, 2017, is back with a whimsical twist. Brought to you by the creative team at ANDSOFORTH, this musical and theatrical evening will be a gastronomic experience to remember. Suitable for kids from six to 12. Tickets from $98.
SEE THE LIGHT
Spanning three festival hubs at The Promontory @ Marina Bay, The Float @ Marina Bay and the Bayfront Event Space, i Light Marina Bay 2017 is a free light art festival that explores the relationships between light, nature and the city. Highlights include the Northern Lights installation by Aleksandra Stratimirovic, five light art installations designed by local tertiary students and Art-Zoo (an inflatable playground comprising gigantic animal structures, theatre and “live” music performances). From 3 to 26 March, 2017.
HOP TO IT
Based on the Beatrix Potter classic, A Peter Rabbit Tale, on from now till 14 April, 2017, is an entertaining and educational musical by the Singapore Repertory Theatre. This thoughtful production, reimagined by playwright Sarah Brandt, features the mischievous rabbit going overboard during one of his escapades. Fearing his Mum’s wrath, Peter decides to flee. While exploring new places and faces, he realises the importance of family and learns what freedom brings. Tickets from $25 on weekdays, $35 on weekends (family packages available).
Get your water bottles ready, put on some sunscreen and embark on an art journey with a difference. On from now till 30 June, 2017, this free exhibition at Gillman Barracks was inspired by the 24km route march taken by army recruits before completing their National Service. “Lock Route” presents 16 outdoor artworks by 15 renowned and emerging international and Singaporean artists, including Gerald Leow, Sheryo+Yok, Acit Salbini and Stephanie Jane Burt.
BALLOONING AROUND TOWN
Thinking of popping by the town area for a spot of shopping with the little one? Make it a point to head down to Paragon. Not just for the Toys R Us or the rows of adorable kids clothing stores, but also for the fun activities they have lined up this March holidays. From 11-19 March, Paragon will hold balloon sculpting activities at 2pm to 4pm, right by the playground area on the fifth level (where all the Junior stores are located). Something for the kids while you get your shopping fix.
CHOC FULL OF THINGS TO DO
SmartKids Asia is back from 17 to 19 March 2017 at Singapore Expo Hall 6 for its sixth installation since it started in 2012. This year, SmartKids Asia partners The Straits Times Schools team to introduce two new additions to the educational event. They are bringing you a plethora of things to do from meet-and-greet sessions with My Little Pony and Pororo to talent shows, lucky draws and giveaways. SmartKids Asia is open from 17-19 March, 10am to 9pm. Find out more at the link below.
By Chia Sihan