Searching for ideas on how to spend the weekend as a family? Here are nine things you can do together at the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Celebrations, happening over two weekends, from June 29 to July 1, and July 7 to 8, 2018.

Create your own art pieces

Get crafty at the art labs with your kids. Students will guide you as you create your very own masterpiece. There are over 30 different activities happening at three locations!

Try Chinese painting using your fingerprints, paint a mug without using brushes, make mini clay food magnets and even attempt the ancient art of Japanese marbling, suminagashi.

When: June 30-July 1, 2018
Where: Bukit Panjang Plaza (12.30pm-5.00pm), United Square (1.00pm-5.00pm), Jurong Regional Library (1.30pm-5.30pm)

Be a dancing king or queen

Every child that has watched movies like High School Musical, Step Up, Hairspray and so on, has probably dreamed of being part of a mass dance. Now they can! Join the students at Bukit Panjang Plaza and groove together, or revel in a mix of ethnic and modern dance gigs, put together by students from primary and secondary schools.

When: June 30-July 1, 2018, 12.00pm-6.00pm
Where: Bukit Panjang Plaza

Immerse in Singapore’s diverse cultures

Enjoy traditional music and dance by our very own students. For children, this would be an eye-opening and educational experience to see and hear instruments such as the Angklung, Sapalele and Kulintang, which they might not have even heard of! There will also be performances in collaboration with the Singapore Wind Symphony and Sambiesta, a local percussion group.

When: June 29 (6.00pm-9.00pm), June 30 (6.00pm-8.30pm), July 1 (5.00pm-8.00pm)
Where: Concourse and Outdoor Theatre, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Fire up your imagination

Remember what it was like listening to a storytelling session as a child and having your imagination all fired up? Head down to the National Gallery to listen to a dramatised reading of a play script, and you might just have a show playing in your head. The original scripts, “Good Enough” and “National Language Class”, were co-devised by students and local playwright Chong Tze Chien. You can also hear about the students’ learning process and experience.

When: June 29, 5.30pm-7pm, and June 30, 2pm-5.45pm
Where: Singapore Courtyard, National Gallery Singapore

Watch fables come alive…with a twist

If imagining a show is not for you, you can watch a drama production for real, put together by students from primary and secondary schools. In particular, on June 30, Kids Play! will feature primary school students’ creative interpretation of fairytales and fables.

When: June 30, 2018, 1pm-4.30pm
Where: Programme Zone, Jurong Regional Library

Interact with electronic music

Here’s your chance to be part of a gig – Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School students will be manipulating and performing music based on sounds chosen by the audience. A single sound can evolve into something completely unexpected. Zhenghua Secondary School’s Drums Ensemble will also be improvising rhythms based on the audience’s facial expressions.

When: July 1, 2018, 2.30pm-6.00pm
Where: Padang Atrium, National Gallery Singapore

Experience how art can inspire music

Inspired by three pieces of art currently on exhibit at the National Gallery, student-musicians of Hougang Secondary School will be performing a special musical response, featuring the gamelan with electronic music.

When: June 30, 2018, 2.30pm-3.00pm and 4.30pm-5.00pm
Where: Padang Atrium, National Gallery Singapore

Catch LIVE performances

Tune in to Youth Station, a live showcase of original songs, written and performed by students, under the mentorship of industry professionals. Also, check out pop band and beatbox performances at the Evolution! talent quest, as the students compete for the top prize.

When: [Youth Station] July 7, 3.30pm-6.00pm and [Evolution!] July 8, 4.00-6.00pm
Where: Singapore Plaza, Level 1, National Library

Be inspired by art

Art pieces by students are amazing because we catch a glimpse of the perspective of a child. Visit the SYF 2018 Art Exhibition, featuring more than 400 works by students on the theme Artist and Citizenship, and get your child’s creative juices churning too!

When: July 4-August 3, 2018, 10am-10pm
Where: Supreme Court Terrace, Level 4, National Gallery Singapore


Article & picture from Schoolbag