Family Outdoor: Mid-Autumn Activities in Singapore

I have been contemplating whether to write this post. As we know Mid-Autumn for 2014 is well over. And most of the activities I’m going to mention below is also over. So why blog about something that is over? What good does it serve the readers?

Well, I look back at the main theme of thelittlemom.com is to record the activities I did with my kids and hopefully from there offer some suggestions to other busy parents. So I decide to still post this, as I wish to record what we did. Besides, the activities I mention below has been around for the past two mid-autumn. So I hope, they will still be hosted next year, and this will serve as a reference.

Street Light-up at Chinatown
We all know that Chinatown is the place to visit during CNY. But do you know that for the past few mid-autumn, Chinatown has also setup street lights and stalls for mid-autumn? It’s definitely not as big and grand as CNY, but there are quite a number of stalls selling lanterns and mooncakes. The main Eu Tong Sen Street also have some lights display.

This year theme is on flower. 百花盛開.
This year theme is on flower. 百花盛開.

The best day to go is on the day of the official light-up. It’s usually two weekends before the actual mid-autumn. But you can check out their official website just to be sure. On the day of the light-up, there will be stage performances and fireworks along Eu Tong Sen Street, right in-front of the Lucky Chinatown Macdonald.

Sorry for the poor picture quality, its taken using my iPhone. Anyway, they setup large screens by the side in case you cannot see the stage.
Sorry for the poor picture quality, its taken using my iPhone. Anyway, they setup large screens by the side in case you cannot see the stage.

Not all performance will interest the kids, but we did catch some interesting ones, like Dragon Dance, sand art and drum performance.

Tip: The firework is set off at around 9pm. If you are not interested in the stage performances, you can arrive slightly later, walk around the stalls before you park yourself at Temple Street to catch the fireworks. And trust me, the crowd is much lesser compare to CNY eve.

Mass Lantern Walk
Mid-autumn for kids is about walking around with their lanterns and maybe burning of candles (age dependent). For the past two years, Chinatown has been organizing Mass Lantern walk. The walk usually starts from Kreta Ayer Square, which is the area behind the Tooth Relic Temple, and ends at the central stage which is in-front of Lucky Chinatown Macdonald. It’s not a very long walk and road are closed to ensure the safety of the public.

It’s usually held on the Saturday before the Mid-Autumn. You can check out the flag off time at their official website.

Tip: Fireworks is also set off after this event at around 9pm. There are also stage performances, which we did not catch. But we did saw some lion and dragon dance after the walk (much to the boy delight). And because we were in the “fence-off” area, we manage to get quite close to the performers. The boy manage to touch the “lion-head” which turn around and “look” at him. LOL

Lights Display @ Gardens by the Bay
This is the 2nd year we went down to Gardens by the Bay to catch the lights display. And they have different theme every year. Last year, the theme was fairy tales. And this year, it’s show casing different countries.

Can you recognise the different countries?
Can you recognise the different countries?
There is a huge section show casing lights from Taiwan. Giving us a glimpse of their Chinese culture there.
There is a huge section show casing lights from Taiwan. Giving us a glimpse of their Chinese culture there.
The Chinese 12 zodiac is a must at all Chinese festivities.
The Chinese 12 zodiac is a must at all Chinese festivities.

There are also some street food stalls setup at the end, so if you need a quick bite or replenish your fluid after the walk, you can check out the stalls.

Tip: If you are driving, the nearest car park is The Meadow carpark. We didn’t know last year and parked at the main area, so we took a long walk before we reach The Meadow. However, I notice that this year they lined the lights such that it brings you nearer to the main area. So maybe the walk is lesser. To be safe, check out the display area on their website before embarking on the trip.

So how did you celebrate mid-autumn this year? Are there any free activities for mid-autumn you will like to share with us? Leave a comment and let us know.

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4 thoughts on “Family Outdoor: Mid-Autumn Activities in Singapore

  1. It’s never too late to post! I’ve not brought my kids to any of these activities for Mooncake Festival. Maybe I should keep an eye on them next year. Thanks for sharing! The photo of the Chinatown Streetlights is beautifully taken! 🙂

    1. Thanks for the compliment. My boy is really into Lion and Dragon dance, so we are always on the lookout for these cultural activities. 🙂 Hopefully next year I can post earlier and let you all know. 🙂

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