Families for Life Celebrations 2017

Spend Family Time at Families for Life Celebrations 2017 in conjunction with Car-Free Sunday SG!
There is something for everyone – whether your family is into sports, food, arts & cultural or simply enjoy chilling out!
Register today to receive a goodie bag and a chance at our "sure-win" lucky dip to win prizes worth a total of $30,000!

Registration has closed for Families for Life Celebrations 2017.
Thank you to all who have signed up!

We accept walk-ins to join us at the event, please register on-site at the Walk-In Registration Counter and receive a small token from us.


Families for Life Celebrations 2017 activities infographic
*The organiser reserves the right to modify, alter or change the programme.

Families for Life Celebrations 2017 Highlights

  • Families for Life Duathlon

5km non-competitive and non-timed event that includes a run-and-cycle route along the Civic District’s closed roads. Flagging off at 8.15am, the run begins at National Gallery Singapore, followed by cycling along Amoy Street back towards the National Gallery Singapore.

  • Family Walk

Take a leisure walk down Civic District's closed roads to Telok Ayer and Amoy Street with entertainment and activities to participate in along the way. Flagging off at 8.30am, the Family Walk is a great way to bond with your extended family, if your family is spotted as the “Largest Family Contingent”, you will win $500 worth of dining vouchers! Come dressed in similar outfits or accessories to be easily identified!

There are 2 routes to choose from –  The 1 km Family Walk will be along St Andrews’ Road, Stamford Road, Esplanade Drive and ends at Fullerton Road. For those who wish to challenge themselves, there is also the 5km walk that will bring you to Telok Ayer and Amoy Street to enjoy the heritage activities by Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan.

  • Breakfast Picnic

Join us for a tantalising morning picnic at the Padang from 8am - 12.30pm. There will be hawker delights with delicious local fare, organic produce at the Farmers’ Market, freshly-brewed coffee from Coffee Bandits Food Truck. Keep a look out for the Families for Life Mobile Cafe for complimentary snacks and drinks!

  • Family Sports and Games

A Family That Plays Together Stays Together! Play together at the inflatable sports zone such as Basketball Hoops, Soccer Goal Kicks, Archery or the Giant Obstacle Course. Team up and challenge each other at the Human Foosball, Nerf Shoot Out, or gigantic versions of Ping Pong and Jenga. Get active and sweat it out at the Family Fitness Party with Zumba, KPopXFitness and Laughter Yoga. There are also lots of bouncy castles for the little ones too!

  • “Drive-In” Movie Screening & Picnic

Wind down and chillax as the sun sets and spend quality family time with an evening picnic from 4.30pm - 9.30pm. Get creative and design your own unique family cardboard car to enjoy a “drive-in” movie screening of Despicable Me 2. Groove to the tunes by music duo Jack and Rai and get your free popcorn from the Families for Life Mobile Cafe to complete your movie experience.

  • Volunteerism and Charity Drive

Take this opportunity at the Celebrations to learn about how you can contribute through acts of kindness and volunteering and play an active part to reach out to the disadvantaged and look out for each other at the SG Cares booth.

People with special needs are part of our community and should have equal access to opportunities and good quality of life. The Purple Parade is a movement that supports the inclusion & celebrates the abilities of persons with special needs. Bring home exclusive Purple Parade merchandise at their Charity Drive at the Celebrations.

Families for Life Celebrations 2017 Event Map


Families for Life Celebrations 2017 Programme Guide 


Check out the highlights from last year's Families for Life Celebrations 2016


Family Time Promotions and Offers

 Family Time special promotions and offers

Check out the List of Promotions and Offers for families to enjoy as part of the Family Time Weekend starting from Fri, 26 May. Simply click and download the Family Time logo on the Promotions and Offers page and present it for special promotions and offers at the participating merchants from Fri, 26 May to Sun, 25 Jun 2017 to enjoy Family Time Precious Time!

Terms and Conditions of Families for Life Celebrations 2017

Frequently Asked Questions on Families for Life Celebrations 2017

In Conjunction With
Car-Free Sunday SG logo

In Partnership With
Health Promotion Board logo   Nparks logo   URA logo

In Support of Sports Promotion
Sport Singapore and Active SG logos

Supported By
Tote Board logo

Held In
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Families for Life Duathlon

Families for Life Duathlon logo 

Flag-off Time: 8.15am
Venue: St Andrew's Road, in front of National Gallery Singapore

Families for Life Duathlon route map 

Can’t decide which activity you and your family love better – running or cycling? Why not participate in both and join us at the first-ever Families for Life Duathlon!

The Duathlon is a 5km non-competitive and non-timed event. It will flag off with the run segment (2.5km) at St Andrew's Road, in front of National Gallery Singapore. The cycling segment (2.5km) will start at Amoy Street and ends in front of National Gallery. The route will be on closed roads.

Register as a family (maximum 10 family members in 1 entry) at only $15 per adult or child participant. Each participant will be entitled to one Families for Life Duathlon pack inclusive of an event T-shirt and a finisher medal. (Rental fee of bicycle is included in the registration fee).

Plus stand a chance to win family staycations at Resorts World Sentosa, dining vouchers and more in the "sure-win" lucky dip! 

Registration has closed for Families for Life Duathlon.
Thank you to all who have signed up.

The Duathlon Pack Collection will be on Sat, 20 May and Sun, 21 May 2017 at Velocity Mall (Wing Atrium) from 10am - 8pm.

Contests and Giveaways

Facebook Contest 2: Which family’s yours?

#ContestAlert Stand a chance to win a FFL Cooler Bag and $50 worth of dining vouchers*!

Simply tell us:
1. Which picture best describes YOUR family.
2. Which activities do you look forward to at FFL Celebrations 2017.

 #Hint: Read our photo captions!
Don’t forget to like our Facebook page! #FFLC2017 #IChooseFamilyTime

Contest period: Thu, 18 May to Wed, 24 May
Terms & Conditions apply.

All winners have been notified via Facebook Messenger.
Thank you to all who participated in this contest!



Facebook Contest 1: How will you better spend family time this year?

#ContestAlert How will you better spend family time this year?

Submit YOUR pledge in the comment section of the Facebook post with the hashtag #IChooseFamilyTime and stand a chance to win our FFL picnic cooler bag plus $50 worth of dining vouchers*! Feel free to share a photo of your family in action too! Don’t forget to like our Facebook page.

Contest period: Tue, 9 May to Mon, 15 May.
Terms & Conditions apply.

Congratulations to our winners!

All winners have been notified via Facebook Messenger.
Thank you to all who participated in this contest!

Follow us on Facebook @familiesforlife.sg to be updated more Contests and Giveaways!

"What is Your Family Type"
Family Personality Quiz and Giveaway

Congratulations to our 5 lucky winners!

All winners have been notified via email from engage@familiesforlife.sg.
Thank you to all who participated in the quiz!

What type of family are you? Quiz  

Quiz closed on Mon, 1 May 2017
Terms and Conditions apply

Other Events and Activities

Children’s Season 2017

Children's Season Singapore 2017  
Date: Sat, 27 May – Sun, 25 June 2017
Venue: Various Museums across Singapore
Website: Children’s Season 2017

The National Heritage Board’s annual Children’s Season Singapore returns in 2017, presenting cultural and educational experiences that will inspire, engage and educate our young audience. This year’s edition goes beyond museums and will encompass all aspects of art, culture, heritage and education.

With a wide range of programmes, exhibitions and engaging family activities for children of all ages, Singapore will be the place to be for children and families to create special memories together this June!

Highlights this year include Join the Dots! at the National Museum of Singapore, where you can pick your favourite mode of traditional transport and embark on a trail to discover popular family hangouts and heritage enclaves from the 1970s and 1980s; as well as Ghost Nets of the Ocean - Au Karem ira Lamar Lu at the Asian Civilisations Museum, a spectacular marine-themed exhibition, inhabited by marine creatures made with ocean debris and recycled plastic materials that raises awareness on conservation and the dangers of ocean pollution.

Children's Season at the National Museum

National Museum of Singapore Children's Season 2017 

Date: Sat, 27 May 2017 - Sun, 30 Jul 2017
Venue: National Museum Singapore
Website: Children's Season at the National Museum

Be transported to a wonderland of discovery and play at the National Museum this Children’s Season! Look forward to pop-ups of favourite Singapore family hangouts of the 1970s and 1980s, and a new interactive roving theatre that will take you around the museum’s galleries and spaces. Families can hop on their favourite mode of transport and go on a trail to “join the dots” and experience “connections” of friendship, family, monuments and memories through interactive exhibits and installations, sensorial stations, hands-on play, story-telling sessions and more! Young Cinema will also present well-known animated cartoons and children’s classics from the world.

Children's Biennale: Dreams & Stories

National Gallery Singapore Children's Biennale 

Date: Sat, 20 May – Sun, 8 Oct 2017
Venue: National Gallery Singapore
Website: Children's Biennale: Dreams & Stories

Calling the young and young at heart! The first edition of the Children’s Biennale, a four-month-long festival organised by the Gallery, invites you to discover art in a whole new way. Explore dreams and stories through site-specific installations, interactive artworks and a stimulating line-up of music performances, film showcases and art-inspired programmes designed especially for kids and families.

In conjunction with the local Children’s Biennale, talented local musicians will take you on a journey through dreams and stories in Resonates With on Sun, 28 May at the Padang Atrium at 2pm, 3pm & 4pm.

Or start exploring how different kinds of work are depicted in art. Then, pick up an activity sheet and get to work at the Drop-in Activity: Artworks at the Keppel Centre for Art Education from 10am to 6pm.

Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth

Singapore Art Museum Imaginarium 2017 

Date: Sat, 6 May – Sun, 27 August 2017
Venue: SAM @ 8Q
Website: Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth

The Singapore Art Museum welcomes you back to the 7th edition of our family focused exhibition Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth. Taking a closer look at the surroundings and environments we reside in, we see how people, flora, and fauna, adapt to their ever-changing surroundings. With the technological progress we have made, we now have better insight into far-flung locations, and are better connected than before, but are we really any closer to appreciating earth’s many marvels? Through inspiring and engaging artworks, Imaginarium 2017, the introduces explorers to new ways of seeing and experiencing the world around us.

Keep Clean, Singapore!

NEA Keep Clean Singapore 

Date: Sun, 28 May 2017
Time: 8.30am – 10am
Venue: Start: In front of UOB Plaza along Boat Quay (Raffles Place MRT Exit G)
End: In front of National Gallery (closer to The Arts House)

‘Keep Clean, Singapore!’ is an annual clean-up exercise to inculcate greater ownership of the environment, where everyone takes action and leads by example to keep our public spaces clean. Bring your families to take part in a 'Keep Clean, Singapore!' clean-up along the Singapore River to show your support for a truly clean Singapore! Sign up now! Limited slots available.

Army Open House

Army Open House 2017 logo 

Sat 27 May – Sun 28 May 2017
Time: 9am – 8pm
Venue: F1 Pit Building
Website: Army Open House

The Army Open House 2017 (AOH17) is coming to the City. Bring your family down to a visual spectacle of armoured vehicles and even get to ride in various 'Battle Rides', test your marksmanship at the 'Battlefield Zone', visit the Static Displays, Carnival, NS50 showcase and other interactive games and activities! As well as be entertained by dynamic performances!

Esplanade Presents - Songs We Grew Up With

Esplanade's Songs We Grew Up With 

Date: Mon, 1 May  Wed, 31 May 2017
Venue: Esplanade Concourse & Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Esplanade Presents - Songs We Grew Up With

There is something precious about the songs we grew up with – they become the soundtrack to our lives. So, what is your favourite song?  Join the free performances at Esplanade and relive some of the best music in the past few decades! Every week in the month of May will cover a different decade, featuring hits and icons from the 1950s through to the 1990s.

Special Performances on Family Time Weekend

At Esplanade Concourse:
CLO & Louisa Kan 
Fri, 26 May 2017
6.45pm & 7.30pm

CLO and Louisa Kan have carefully selected songs that will throw you back further than any hashtag will. To all the 80s and 90s babies out there, be ready to get your karaoke going because it’s going to be an evening of nostalgic covers with the likes of Rick Asley, Cher, Bon Jovi and Prince.

Marian Carmel
Sat, 27 May 2017  |  6.45pm & 7.30pm

Look forward to covers of songs from Michael Jackson, Toto, Stevie Wonder, Billy Paul and Elton John with Marian’s own twist! With bright and mellifluous vocals, Marian Carmel is a Singer-Songwriter who takes influence from soulful R&B tunes that are reminiscent of Emily King, Lianne La Havas, and Erykah Badu. Her originals are born out of catharsis and often hold melancholic undertones.

Jia Pah Lang
Sun, 28 May 2017  |  5.15pm, 6pm & 6.45pm

Benjamin Hum & Friends will be performing a series of Channel 8 theme songs and familiar Xinyao tunes.

At Esplanade Outdoor Theatre:
Juni & JEEP Band
26 May, Fri  |  7.15pm, 8.30pm & 9.45pm
28 May, Sun  |  7.15pm & 8.30pm

Featuring MICappella members Juni on lead vocals and Peter on vocal percussion, as well as Super Band alumni Estella on vocals and keyboard, and Jee Yon on guitar. Their tight grooves and lush harmonies are the highlight of the quartet’s performances.

NParks Family Friendly Activities

Singapore Botanic Gardens gate 

Date: May - Jun 2017
Venue: Various Locations

Check out the wide variety of activities which you and your family can participate in for a fulfilling day at the parks and learn more about nature! 

Family Events on Family Time Weekend

At Civic District:
Empress Lawn Raintrees
Civic District Tree Trail
Sun, 28 May 2017 |  9.30am - 11am
Venue: Raffles Landing (white Raffles statue behind Asian Civilisations Museum)
Free admission, register in advance

The Civic District Tree Trail takes you through Singapore’s historic Civic District where you will be marveled by many majestic and interesting trees, some of which have stood tall for many generations and witnessed the transformation and progress of Singapore through the years. Join us as we take you through part of the trail starting from Raffles Landing to CHIJMES.
Things to bring: Drinking water, umbrella/cap/hat and mosquito repellent. Do wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis and will close when slots are full. Successful registrants will be notified by 24 May 2017.

Nparks Pioneers Trail
Pioneer Trail Along Ann Siang Hill and Telok Ayer Green
Sun, 28 May 2017 |  10am - 11am
Venue: Tanjong Pagar MRT Station, Entrance of Exit G
Free admission, register in advance

Learn about the trade and ways of life of Singapore's early immigrants in this walking trail around a quiet enclave amidst the hustle and bustle of Chinatown. Visit places of worship and old shop houses built in the 1800s. Spice up your walk with a close look at interesting fruit and spice trees planted along the way and visit the old well at the foot of Ann Siang Hill.
Things to bring: Water, umbrella and mosquito repellent. Do wear comfortable clothes, preferably long pants and covered shoes. Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis and will close when slots are full. Successful registrants will be notified by 25 May 2017.

At Botanic Gardens:
Heritage Tour
Sat, 27 May 2017 |  9am to 11am

A great introduction to the history of the Singapore Botanic Gardens in a 1-hour walking tour of Heritage Trail. Learn about the moments that lead to the boom of the rubber industry and how orchids are intertwined with Singapore.

Learning Forest Tour
Sat, 27 May 2017 |  9am to 11am

Join in the free tour of The Learning Forest which features a network of boardwalks and elevated walkways that allow visitors to explore habitats ranging from a freshwater forest wetland to a lowland rainforest. Visitors can learn about freshwater forest wetland ecosystems at the Keppel Discovery Wetlands and walk among a collection of some of the tallest tree species in Southeast Asia at the SPH Walk of Giants.

Race Against Time – Science behind a Botanic Garden Tour
Sat, 27 May 2017 |  10am to 10.45am

Find out about the scientific work behind the Singapore Botanic Garden in this 45-minute session.

At Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve:
What’s in my Water?
Sat, 27 May 2017 |  9.30am to 11am

What's that swimming in the water? A fish, a worm, an insect or a crocodile!? Join an interesting morning walk getting to know the creatures and plants that lives in and around the water edges of Sungei Buloh.

At Nex Shopping Centre, B2 Event Plaza:
Festival of Biodiversity 2017
Sat, 27 May - Sun, 28 May 2017 |  10.30am to 10.30pm

Back for the 6th year, the Festival of Biodiversity will showcase Singapore’s impressive and unique array of island biodiversity. This event celebrates Singapore’s natural heritage and bring about greater awareness of the biodiversity that Singapore has. Visitors can look forward to a range of interactive workshops and exhibitions at this year’s Festival.

At Bukit Timah Nature Reserve:
A Walk with Your Neighbours: The Macaques of Bukit Timah
Sat, 27 May 2017 |  5pm to 6.30pm

If you would like to learn more about your community and the interesting world of your neighbouring macaques at Bukit Timah, join this walk led by experts.

About Family Time Weekend

In a survey conducted by Families for Life in 2016, it was found that approximately half of the 700 respondents spent more than 36 hours a week with their immediate family members. However, 1 in 10 spent 6 hours or less with their immediate families a week and 50% spent 2 hours or less a week with their extended families.

The Families for Life Council endeavours to provide as many platforms as possible for families to spend time together. With this in mind, we are happy to bring to you, our brand new Family Time Weekend, happening from Fri, 26 May 2017 to Sun, 28 May 2017! We have lined up a host of exciting family-bonding activities for both young and old.

Here’s how you can create your very own #IChooseFamilyTime Weekend!

Family Time Weekend infographic