Happenings - Film

NATURE

Christmas Toyland Floral Display

Gardens by the Bay has turned into a Christmas wonderland. Towering over the floral display is the 11m-tall Christmas Pyramid, decked with toys.

WHERE: Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome, 18 Marina Gardens Drive MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Till Jan 5, 9am - 9pm ADMISSION: Free entry, usual charges to Flower Dome apply TEL: 6420-6848 INFO: www.gardens bythebay.com.sg


CONTEST

Samsung KidsTime Authors' Award

This award is open for submissions till Jan 4. Send in your published and unpublished picture books for a chance to win $2,000 cash. You will get a chance to transform your works into mobile apps on the Samsung KidsTime mobile platform. Up to 10 winners from each Asean nation will be named.

INFO: To submit entries, go to www.bookcouncil.sg/awards


PETS

8th Annual Pet Food Drive 2015

This event aims to raise 25,000kg of food for Action For Singapore Dogs, Cat Welfare Society and Causes for Animals Singapore. Buy selected brands of pet food at a Pet Lovers Centre outlet or call 1800- PETFOOD (1800-7383663). Till Dec 31.

INFO: Go to www.bit.ly/plf-petfooddrive15


TOURS

Healing Garden Tour

The Healing Garden features more than 400 varieties of plants used medicinally. It is laid out thematically relating to parts of the body such as the head, and the respiratory and reproductive systems.

WHERE: Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, 1 Cluny Road MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Jan 2, 9am (in English) & 10am (in Mandarin) ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6471-7361 INFO: Register at Visitor Centre 15 mins before tour starts

Rainforest Tour

Discover the tropical rainforest with the volunteer guides on this one-hour tour.

WHERE: Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, 1 Cluny Road MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Jan 9; 9, 10 & 11am (in English), 4pm (in Mandarin) ADMISSION: FreeTEL: 6471-7361 INFO: Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis at the Visitor Centre. Register 15 minutes before the tour starts.


KIDS

Kids Craft: My Fireworks @ Esplanade

Craft materials are provided for parents and their children to create fireworks-themed artwork.

WHERE: Festival Corner, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Today - Sun, 1pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6828-8377 INFO: www.esplanade.com

Christmas Past, Present And Future - A Pantomime

This pantomime is inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, which tells the story of old miser Ebenezer Scrooge. For children aged eight to teens.

WHERE: Act 3 Drama Academy,126 Cairnhill Road MRT: Newton WHEN: Till Jan 16, 9.30am - 12.30pm or 2 - 5pm (selected dates, week-long workshop) ADMISSION: $380 a child TEL: 6735-9986 INFO: Go to www.act3international.com.sg

Year 2016 Enriching Social Skills Classes For Children

Classes in social etiquette, character education and personal development for children aged four to 19.

WHERE: 01-252, 107 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh MRT: Braddell WHEN: Every Sat, starting from Jan 9, various times ADMISSION: From $352 a person for 10 sessions TEL: 8228-9686 INFO: Go to www.krystalcharm.com/ Year2016-Classes


OTHERS

National Museum Of Singapore: Christmas Open House

The National Museum is offering free entry to all galleries and family-friendly activities.

WHERE: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: City Hall/Bras Basah WHEN: Today, 10am - 7pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6332-3659 INFO: www.nationalmuseum.sg

SG50 Speech Marathon

To commemorate Singapore's golden jubilee, the YMCA Toastmasters Club and Singapore Mandarin Toastmasters Club are jointly holding the YMCA SG50 Speech Marathon to celebrate Singapore's multilingual and multicultural society and raise funds for YMCA's Community Service Programmes. The event will have 1,200 speakers from all walks of life take the stage and speak on a variety of topics for 50 hours without pause.

WHERE: YMCA of Singapore, Level 4, 1 Orchard Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Starts from 3pm today and ends at 6pm on Sunday ADMISSION: Free, participants to make minimum payment of $10 in the form of donation pledged to YMCA of Singapore INFO: Call Mr Earnest Chen on 9681-1587 or e-mail earnestlyspeaking@gmail.com

Marina Waterfront Bazaar

This shopping event will feature artisan handicrafts, collectibles, fashion apparel and accessories, party novelties and light gadgets.

WHERE: Marina Bay waterfront promenade MRT: Promenade/ Bayfront WHEN: Thu, 3pm - 3am ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.facebook.com/BazaarsINSingapore

Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens By The Bay


Enjoy the Christmas light sculptures at the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay. PHOTO: LIM YONG TECK FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

The event grounds this year are almost double the size of last year's. Highlights include more than 50 Italian Luminarie light sculptures and a European-style festive market with food, crafts and entertainment. New attractions include an Ice Palace and traditional carnival rides.

WHERE: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Till Jan 3, various times ADMISSION: Free, usual charges apply to Flower Dome INFO: www.christmaswonderland.sg or www.facebook.com/ChristmasWonderlandSingapore


LAST CALL

A Lighter Side Of History: A Family's Journey Into The World Of Aromatic Arts

Perfume-maker Johari Kazura shares his experience growing up in Kampong Glam above a perfume shop set up by his grandfather in 1933.

WHERE: The Salon, Level 1 National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: City Hall/Bras Basah WHEN: Today, 2.30 - 3.30pm ADMISSION: Free with registration INFO: To register, e-mail your name & contact number to nhb_nm_lectures @nhb.gov.sg. Go to www.nationalmuseum.sg

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2015

The Singapore Art Museum and Yellow Ribbon Project present A New Horizon, which featuresthe individual and collaborative artworks of inmates.

WHERE: Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road MRT: Bugis/City Hall/Bras Basah WHEN: Till Sun, 10am - 7pm (Sat - Thu), 10am - 9pm (Fri) ADMISSION: Free for Singapore citizens & permanent residents. Foreign visitors pay $10 (adult) & $5 (those aged 60 & above with valid ID & students with valid student pass) TEL: 6589-9580 INFO: www.facebook.com/yellowribbonproj

Hippo Charity Art Workshop

Buy a limited-edition mini papier-mache hippo coin bank for $50 at The Fullerton Shop. Each purchase comes with an acrylic painting workshop by Studio Haroobee. All proceeds raised from the workshop go to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

WHERE: The Fullerton Heritage Gallery, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Road MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Till Sun, 3 - 5pm (Fri), 2 - 4pm (Sat & Sun) ADMISSION: $50 (with purchase of papier-mache hippo) INFO: All painting materials will be provided. Each workshop is limited to 25 participants. Go to www.bit.ly/ HippoArtWorkshop

Visual Arts Graduating Cohort 2015

This exhibition features works by graduating Year 6 Visual Arts students from the School of the Arts Singapore, including the inaugural batch of International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme students. WHERE: Sota Gallery, Level 2, School of the Arts Singapore, 1 Zubir Said Drive

MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah WHEN: Till Sun, noon - 8pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6338-9663 INFO: www.sota.edu.sg & www.facebook.com/Sota.SG

Compiled by Callyn Chow & Chris Tan

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