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Singapore: where family fun is taken seriously

A family posing for a photo at an event in Singapore
Image: Singapore Tourism Board
By Tripadvisor10 Oct 2022 4 minutes read

Plan a trip to Singapore that your family won’t forget. Whether you’re traveling with tiny tots or older teens, there’s a slew of exciting events and activities waiting for you all year round. We guarantee good times all around—from screaming your heart out at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights to strolling down Orchard Road to take in the Christmas lights and festive vibes.

Here are some highlights to get you started.

Family-friendly events in September

Art Encounters at Plaza Singapura


When: 17 Sept–24 Oct 2022

This long-running traveling exhibition series, housed in repurposed shipping containers, takes you on a journey that showcases local artist Ashley Yeo’s laborious artmaking process and extensive craftsmanship. Watch the artist work on a wall mural live or get your kids to try their hand at decorative paper cutting and making their own candle holders.

Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween Horror Nights 10 Singapore poster
Image: Resorts World Sentosa

When: 30 Sept–5 Nov 2022

Halloween Horror Nights is back at Universal Studios Singapore for its 10th edition, with new spine-chilling experiences including three haunted houses, two scare zones, and a laser-tag challenge. Enjoy a macabre meal paired with ghoulish entertainment with the Die-ning with the Dead experience, or head backstage to witness the spooky magic at the Monsters & Manifestations tour.

Family-friendly events in October

Singapore Biennale

Singapore Biennale 2022 Co-Artistic Directors; From left: June Yap, Nida Ghouse, Ala Younis, and Binna Choi
Singapore Biennale 2022 Co-Artistic Directors; From left: June Yap, Nida Ghouse, Ala Younis, and Binna Choi
Image: Singapore Art Museum

When: 16 Oct 2022–19 Mar 2023

Rediscover ways of seeing and relating to the world at the 7th edition of the Singapore Biennale, a large-scale contemporary art exhibition. Over 50 local and international artists and collaborators will present their works at various venues across the island.

Avatar: The Experience


When: From 28 Oct 2022

Step into the magical world of Pandora, inspired by the blockbuster movie Avatar. This interactive journey takes you through five different zones with bioluminescent environments, mythical creatures, and flora. Get a first look at Ilu, a new marine creature from the upcoming Avatar: The Way of Water. Or fly your own banshee through the Hallelujah Mountains.

Episode Junior: The Halloween Kids Blitz

When: 30 Oct 2022

Get ready for a day of music, magic, and mischief at Episode Junior's Halloween Kidz Blitz, held at Gardens by the Bay. Throw on your wackiest, spookiest and most creative Halloween costumes and stand a chance to win some frightfully awesome prizes. The little ones will be in for a treat with impressive roving acts like stilt walkers, balloon sculptors, and jugglers. The family can go head to head with a pumpkin sweep contest and a vampire-eating watermelon contest, too!

Family-friendly events in November

Doraemon Exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore

When: 5 Nov 2022–5 Feb 2023

The Doraemon Exhibition, featuring the beloved and iconic Japanese character invented 50 years ago, is the first global showcase outside of Japan. Create new memories as you browse the works of contemporary artists featuring the different sides of Doraemon. Don’t miss original drawings from the legendary manga artist Fujiko F Fujio.

Christmas on a Great Street

Orchard road christmas light ups in Singapore
Image: Marty Windle / Getty Images

When: 13 Nov 2022–2 Jan 2023

Singapore’s shopping street, Orchard Road, is decked out in twinkly lights and all manner of festive ornaments every Christmas. Enjoy an evening stroll along the two-mile stretch, starting from Tanglin right up to Dhoby Ghaut, to take in this dazzling spectacle. Don’t forget to check out the outdoor giant projection with augmented reality features and a family-friendly carnival, too.

Pikachu Weekend at Gardens by the Bay

Poster for the Pokemon Air Adventures event
Image: The Pokémon Company

When: 18–20 Nov 2022

Who can resist the chance to catch Pokémon, especially a rare one? The Pikachu Weekend will feature an exclusive Pokémon GO Safari Zone at Gardens by the Bay. Get your family ready and catch ‘em all. If you’re lucky, you might just catch the Maractus, unique to this event.

Christmas Odyssea at Jewel

Jewel water vortex light show illuminated at night
Image: Lucas Law / Unsplash

When: 4 Nov 2022–2 Jan 2023

This year, join in the festivities at an underwater-themed Christmas celebration at Jewel Changi Airport, inspired by a beloved mega-blockbuster movie. Besides a special Light & Sound show display at the iconic HSBC Rain Vortex (designed by renowned water-feature designer, WET), be dazzled by the 52-feet-high Prudential Christmas Tree and interactive aquatic displays at Jewel’s Canopy Park.

Jumptopia Festive Village

An aerial view of the Jumptopia Village event.
Image: Kiztopia

When: 22 Nov 2022–3 Jan 2023

Kids will literally jump for joy at the sight of the giant bouncy castles at this massive playground at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre. No one will be left out at Jumptopia—there are play zones for toddlers and older kids to get in on the action. Arts and crafts and other fun activities will keep them entertained for hours.

Family-friendly events in December

Singapore Comic Con

When: 10–11 Dec 2022

Meet big-name comic creators and illustrators, snap up toys and collectibles, and reunite with other gamers and cosplayers—the Singapore Comic Con is back to celebrate the best of Western and Asian pop culture. Make this a family outing and come dressed as your favorite superhero or video game character. Kids below 12 enter for free.

Christmas Wonderland

Christmas Wonderland light ups and installations at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
Image: Christmas Wonderland

When: 2 Dec 2022–1 Jan 2023

Get in the holiday mood at Gardens by the Bay’s Christmas Wonderland—a massive fairground with dazzling light displays, market stalls, and carnival games. With Christmas carols in the air and good cheer all around, this is the perfect spot for the whole family to get together. The little ones will enjoy meeting Santa in his grotto.

Star Island Singapore Countdown 2022

Kids playing in a ball pit at Star Island countdown
Fireworks display at Star Island countdown
Image: Star Island Singapore Countdown

When: 31 Dec 2022

Ready to ring in the New Year in spectacular fashion? Join other revelers at the Star Island Singapore Countdown 2022 at Marina Bay featuring a 70-minute fireworks musical extravaganza, which features larger-than-life pyrotechnics, dazzling lights, immersive sound, and world-class entertainment. Look forward to live DJ performances, a food village, and other fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. 

Family-friendly events in January 2023

Chinese New Year 2023

Singapore, Chinatown, lantern decorations and giant rooster for the Year of the Rooster
Image: John Seaton Callahan / Getty Images

When: 1 Jan–19 Feb 2023

Chinese New Year is a great chance for you to learn more about the rich Chinese culture and traditions. Get into the festive spirit at Chinatown, all lit up with sparkly lights and beautifully designed lanterns. Sample some traditional goodies, pick up a souvenir or check out other exciting celebrations across the city.

River Hongbao 2023

Singapore, Marina Bay, River Hongbao carnival for the Lunar New Year of the Horse, entrance gate and traditional red lanterns.
Image: John Seaton Callahan / Getty Images

When: 20–29 Jan 2023

Held as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations, this family event draws in crowds every year. Make your way to Gardens by the Bay to see giant lanterns, catch live stage performances and hop on amusement rides.