Got the back to school blues? You’re not alone! Thankfully, there are plenty of fun-filled activities and celebrations to look forward to this month. Here are some highlights:

Set down roots with FamilyTrees

Had a new addition to the family? Commemorate their birth by planting a tree with FamilyTrees, an initiative by the National Parks Board and Families for Life. It’s a great way to both support Singapore’s green movement, and to leave a lasting legacy for your kids. Find out more about FamilyTrees and look out for the dates in January!

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Move it move it at Madagascar the Musical

Remember Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo from the movie Madagascar? Between 18 and 28 January, these loveable characters are taking the stage at the Esplanade, in a musical that tells the story of how they escape the Central Park Zoo and end up in Madagascar. So get ready to move it, move it with them! Tickets start at $48 and can be booked here.

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Hit the slopes and sea with Trifecta by the Ride Side

If your family is having some ski slope-withdrawal syndrome, Trifecta by the Ride Side can help scratch the itch. Located conveniently at Orchard, this new sports centre might not be snowy, but it does offer the first virtual reality ski simulator in Asia, with speed simulation and directional movements that mimic mountain terrain. And for those who prefer the sea? Try the 9.34m-long Citywave® surf pool with wave heights that vary from 0.9m to 1.5m — perfect for both beginners and advanced surfers alike.

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Be dazzled at the Light to Night Festival

The Light to Night Festival returns between 19 January and 8 February at the National Gallery Singapore! Themed “reimagine”, the festival offers an array of art installations and light projections inspired by history and our national collections, for the whole family to enjoy. Admission is free!

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Take an energy and water tour

Starting January 2024, Gardens by the Bay will be offering a tour through its premises to explore how water and energy sustainability has been integrated into its design. It’s an opportunity to learn more about resource depletion, climate change and water scarcity — and as a plus, Singapore residents who participate are given free entry to the Cloud Forest.

Tours are conducted every Saturday and Sunday from 8.30am to 9.30am.

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Celebrate Pongal

Held between 15 to 18 January 2024, Pongal is a four-day harvest festival celebrated by the Tamil community in appreciation of the sun god. Learn more about the festive season with a fun craft activity! You can also join the celebrations at Little India, the Indian Heritage Centre, or your neighbourhood community centre. It’s a great opportunity to get to know the neighbours, or introduce the kids to the festivities of a different culture!

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