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This year, Singapore’s National Day falls on a Monday, which means you and your family get to enjoy a long weekend of bonding and celebration—a ceremonial parade will be held on 9 August in lieu of the actual event, which has been postponed to 21 August. While festivities may feel muted as we are striving hard to navigate our way out of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is extra meaningful to celebrate 9 August, given the opportunity to teach the young ones the importance of resilience and adaptability in a global crisis.

It needn’t be all serious however. There are ways to make this weekend fun-filled while keeping your family safe. Here are some National Day family activities to get you started:

1. Let’s get cooking

Go local at home and cook up a storm in the kitchen! Teach the kids’ your favourite recipes from grandma or try out simple-enough recipes like chicken rice so even the youngest can help out.

Want to really get in the mood for NDP? Try these Red and White recipes—no one will argue against having a yummilicious cookie or customised ondeh ondeh!

2. Volunteer your time

Want to demonstrate what it means to be a caring member of the society? You can check out volunteering opportunities for the family. From helping out in soup kitchens to delivering packed meals to underprivileged households, there is loads that one can do to help bring a smile to a fellow resident’s face. If time allows, make this a regular family activity instead of an ad-hoc one as many social service agencies are currently facing a shortage of helpers.

Note: Check with respective social service agencies on the type of volunteers they are accepting during Phase 2HA and the safety distancing measures in place.

3. Have a karaoke party

With equipment rental and super affordable and extensive song libraries now available, the bathroom warblers in the family can take their love for song to a new level during the National Day weekend. Dedicate the first hour of your KTV bash to songs written or performed by Singaporean artistes to keep it on theme. While you’re at it, why not dress everyone in red and white too?

4. Take a trip to the National Museum of Singapore

During the National Day weekend, you can participate in a scavenger hunt, attend interactive story telling sessions and participate in educational workshops to learn all about the history and culture of Singapore. As slots are limited, remember to register here before heading down. You can also look forward to a dramatic light-up of the museum facade from 7pm to 11pm nightly. Note that you will keep to groups of two from now till 18 August.