Didn't manage to get tickets to the NDP? Fret not, there are still plenty of exciting things you can do during this long national day weekend.
1. Take part in the bicentennial festivities!
2019 marks the 200th year since Sir Stamford Raffles first set foot on our sunny island. What better way to celebrate this national day than by participating in the bicentennial celebrations?
This event calendar is your one-stop guide to all things bicentennial - from museum exhibitions to roadshows. And if you have yet to be part of The Bicentennial Experience at Fort Canning Centre, head down to this event with your children! The Bicentennial Experience offers a multimedia sensory experience that will mesmerise and entertain the kids while educating them about Singapore's history. It's an event not to be missed! The Bicentennial Experience runs from 1 Jun to 15 Sep 2019.
2. Bring the kids on a heritage trail!
Also a part of the bicentennial festivities, attend a heritage trail and make it a family event. The bicentennial event calendar is full of interesting and educational heritage trails all over Singapore. A notable heritage trail is BALIKSG, which takes you back in time using augmented reality technology. Walk along the Singapore River and explore the areas around Fort Canning Hill with the free BALIKSG trail app (available on both the App Store and Google Play). Watch history come alive at specific historical locations while sharing these fun and educational moments with your family.
3. Join in the National Day Fiesta!
Celebrate our 54th birthday on 9 August 2019 with a day of play at the Singapore Sports Hub where a multitude of fun, hands-on and interactive activities await you! Event highlights include craft workshops (hands-on monogramming, screen printing, leather making, wax sealing), “The Temasek Story” storytelling session, and the OHANA games by Vivo Kinetics, all of which are tailor-made for families to participate in. Registration for most activities are free, and free picnic mats and Fiesta bags will be given out while stocks last! Click here to embark on an entertaining time of family bonding this national day.
4. Watch the NDP in your neighbourhood
Watch screenings of the NDP in your neighbourhood this year for a change and celebrate the kampong spirit alongside our independence day. Take this chance to interact and strike up conversations with your neighbours – bond over your favourite food in the area and perhaps even trade recommendations with one another! If you’re not open to talking to strangers however, simply soak in the collective effervescence of being amidst your fellow people on the day that our country turned independent. Check out this list and this list for places screening the NDP live (not exhaustive).
5. Watch the parade on TV
If you don’t reside near any of the aforementioned neighbourhoods, throw a house party instead and invite close friends and family for a time of food and fun. Watch the parade on TV in the comfort of your home and sing along to national day songs together. Let this year’s celebration be extra special as we commemorate our 54th birthday as well as 200 years since Singapore’s discovery.