Activities galore at Sports Hub's National Day Fiesta

Ms Beverlyn Ong with her three children - four-year-old Charlyn (behind mum); Benjamin, seven; and Ashlyn, eight. Ms Ong has registered them for a series of activities being held at Singapore Sports Hub.
Ms Beverlyn Ong with her three children - four-year-old Charlyn (behind mum); Benjamin, seven; and Ashlyn, eight. Ms Ong has registered them for a series of activities being held at Singapore Sports Hub.ST PHOTO: ZHANG XUAN

Singaporeans used to visit the National Stadium to catch the National Day Parade (NDP), and it is where Ms Beverlyn Ong will be heading on Aug 9 to mark the occasion.

While it is not the venue for this year's parade, a series of activities will be held in and around the site as part of the Singapore Sports Hub National Day Fiesta.

Ms Ong, a 37-year-old commodity manager, found out about the fiesta while looking for an interesting way to spend the National Day holiday.

"I don't have time to plan a holiday...so I was hoping to enjoy a fun day out with my family here," said the mother of three. She registered her children for a series of activities, including an obstacle course and a batik and tile-painting workshop.

The event attracted close to 12,000 participants when it was launched for the first time last year, said a spokesman for the Singapore Sports Hub.

Organisers are expecting another big turnout this year, with most activities which require pre-registration being fully booked.

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

I'm excited we can do the activities together as a family, rather than just stay at home, watch television or go to a shopping mall. It is a special experience.

MS BEVERLYN ONG, on Singapore Sports Hub's National Day Fiesta.

There will be a range of free activities, including a local-themed mass dance workout and tours of the National Stadium. Adrenaline junkies can also try out parkour, rock climbing and e-sports.

Those who prefer more leisurely pursuits can relax and watch the live screening of the NDP held at the Marina Bay floating platform this year. The parade will be streamed live at the Sports Hub's OCBC Square, where free popcorn will be distributed. A crafts market nearby will also offer crafts for sale and performances by local musicians. The activities will be held from noon to 9pm on National Day.

Ms Ong hopes to catch a glimpse of the fireworks with her family.

"I'm excited we can do the activities together as a family, rather than just stay at home, watch television or go to a shopping mall. It is a special experience," she said.

•More information is available at www.sportshub.com.sg/NDFiesta.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 04, 2018, with the headline 'Activities galore at Sports Hub's National Day Fiesta'. Print Edition | Subscribe