7-15 April: Pinocchio: A Whale Of A Tale!, the puppet musical
Pinocchio: A Whale of A Tale! is a colourful, imaginative and delightful musical puppet show that reimagines the story of Pinocchio with the help of lively songs and meticulously handcrafted puppets and props. This adaptation utilises a variety of puppets to bring the wooden boy to life on stage. Featuring Japanese Bunraku-style puppets, marionettes, rod puppets, and more, kids will love the immersive, theatrical experience. From 7 to 15 April at The Pavilion at Far East Square. Tickets are $40 each and free seating. www.sistic.com.sg
12 April: Rampage, the movie
If your kid loves Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock, catch Rampage. Primatologist, Davis Okoye (played by Johnson), shares an unbreakable bond with an intelligent albino gorilla, George. Things head south when a genetic experiment goes wrong, causing the gentle ape to mutate into an enormous raging creature. To make matters worse, a wolf and crocodile have also undergone similar changes. While the apex predators battle one another while wreaking havoc on the city, Okoye teams up with a genetic engineer to save the beast that was once his friend. Get ready for serious action mid-April.
18-29 April: CIRCUS 1903, the circus extravaganza
Go back in time with your family to the golden age of circus and catch CIRCUS 1903 from 18 to 29 April at the Mastercard Theatre at Marina Bay Sands. The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists, have joined forces with award-winning puppeteers from War Horse to present a unique turn-of-the-century circus extravaganza. Be prepared to be mesmerised by spectacular puppetry that put life-sized ‘elephants’ in the ring, and death-defying circus acts from all over the world. Tickets from $65. www.sistic.com.sg
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26 April: Avengers: Infinity War, the movie
You’ll need lots of popcorn while watching the ultimate cosmic faceoff. Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War sees a new danger emerge. Thanos, whose goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones and use them to inflict his twisted will on everything, must be defeated. But are The Avengers and their superhero allies willing to sacrifice all to save the universe and humanity? Catch it when it opens in cinemas on 26 April.
5 May: Star Wars Run Singapore
Get active with your little one when the Star Wars Run Singapore returns for the second year with the night run happening on 5 May. It features new elements and a different event venue — the F1 Pit Building and the Marina Bay area. To cater to fans of all ages and fitness levels, a third category of a 540m Young Jedi Dash has been added, allowing kids (ages 4 to 9) to run with a parent. Runners from the competitive 10km and non-competitive 5.4km categories can pick from two routes — the Light side, or the Dark side, which feature engagement zones that will bring the Star Wars experience to life with music and light projections. Runners in the 5.4km non-competitive category will also be part of a first-of-its-kind flag-off where the Light and Dark side participants will start off in opposite directions. Prices start from $50. www.starwarsrun.sg
10 May: Isle of Dogs, the movie
Stop-motion animated comedy, Isle of Dogs, is set in a near-futuristic Japan where all pet dogs of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump — Trash Island. It tells the story of 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi, who ventures onto the island alone in search of his dog, Spots. There, five local mutts help and protect him from the Japanese authorities who have come to retrieve him. Movie opens 10 May.
12-25 May: Flora & Ulysses, the play
Can a little squirrel change the human heart? When Flora saves Ulysses after he is sucked up through a vacuum cleaner, neither could predict the amazing changes that will ensue. Together they embark on an adventure full of quirky characters and bursting with heart. This is an eccentric, endearing saga about the possibilities of hope and the promises of a capacious heart. An eccentric, endearing saga about the possibilities of hope and promises of a big heart. When Flora saves Ulysses after he is sucked up through a vacuum cleaner, neither could predict the amazing changes that would ensue. The unlikely pair embark on an adventure full of quirky characters and bursting with heart. Great for all ages, Flora & Ulysses plays from 12 to 25 May at Gateway Theatre Black Box. Tickets start from $27 with family packages available. www.sistic.com.sg
24 May: Show Dogs, the movie
In Show Dogs, uber-macho Rottweiler police dog, Max, goes undercover as a show dog in the world’s most prestigious dog show along with his human FBI partner to investigate the kidnapping of a baby panda by animal smugglers. Hilarity ensues when Max undergoes a makeover, which includes ballet lessons and Brazilian waxing! Kids will love the lovable cast of talking canine characters, including hero Max, who’s voiced by rapper, Ludacris. Catch it in cinemas on 24 May.
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31 May: Doraemon: Nobita’s Treasure Island, the movie
This is a must-watch for anime or manga fans. Doraemon: Nobita’s Treasure Island sees the beloved blue robot cat and friends set sail on an adventure on the high seas in this animated film. Inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 novel, Treasure Island, there are fights on the ship, Shizuka gets kidnapped and a storm impedes the gang’s journey on the Caribbean Sea. When the adventurers finally find Treasure Island, they soon find out there’s more than meets the eye. Movie hits screens 31 May.
31 May: Duck Duck Goose, the movie
Peng, a bachelor goose that is grounded by an injury, finds himself saddled with two lost ducklings as they are left to fend for themselves in the scary world outside. Duck Duck Goose is a funny and touching computer-animated feature, which shows how the trio embark on a beautiful but dangerous journey to find their respective flocks. It gets exciting when they try to evade their nemesis, an eccentric cat named Banzou. Get ready to quack up on 31 May.
And if you have events of your own happening, check out…
Party planners, Dreams & Doodle
Whether it’s a birthday party or a celebration to commemorate your child’s first month, Dreams & Doodle is a comprehensive one-stop source for all your party needs. An off-shoot company of wedding planning consultancy, Inside the Knot, it offers a suite of services including party planning, styling and decorating venues or dessert tables, as well as rental of eclectic and beautiful props from its vast inventory for those who prefer to be more hands-on. And if you want something unique and customised, check out its DreamBoxes. Essentially a curated box with all the necessary materials for guests to create their own craft projects. DreamBoxes can be customised to include age-appropriate activities for both adults and children, adding an original spin to any event. Especially for BAZAAR Junior readers, Dreams & Doodle is giving a 10 per cent discount on all its services. Quote HARPERSDND2018 when you purchase any of its services. Discount must be claimed by 31 December 2018. www.dreamsanddoodle.com
Photographers, Fion Boon Photography
If you’re looking to immortalising precious moments of your newborn, Fion Boon Newborn Photography is a good starting point. Personally mentored by one of Melbourne’s top newborn photographers, Lorna Kirkby, Fion specialises in photographing babies between six and 15 days old. Using only natural light, her style focuses on neutral tones for props and sets for simple, organic and slightly rustic feel to the images. For parents who want a fun and memorable family activity with their one-year-old, Fion also offers Cake Smash photography services, which include family portraits. www.fionboon.com