Octoburst! 2014 + A Giveaway!

We are big fans of the Esplanade, especially their performances and activities for kids. Just last Friday, I took Anya and her friend to watch the shadow puppetry show ‘The Cat Who Grew Fat & Other Fables’ as part of Moonfest 2014. We are now looking forward to the annual Children’s Festival held in conjunction with Children’s Day known as Octoburst!


This year, Octoburst! is from 3 to 6 October and will include performances, workshops and activities, both free and and ticketed. Here are some highlights of Octoburst! –

Octoburst! Children’s Drawing Competition & Colouring Fun

If your kids like to colour or have a talent for drawing, register them for some colouring fun or a drawing competition. They may get their artwork displayed on the Esplanade Community Wall from 4 Oct to 2 Nov!

For the drawing competition, an A3-sized drawing paper with a special Esplanade stamp will be provided on the day of the competition. Participants are required to bring their own drawing materials. Only crayons, pastels and/ or colour pencils are allowed. Colouring sheets will be provided for Colouring Fun. Participants have to bring their own colouring materials.

Date: 3 Oct 2014, Fri
Time: 8.30 – 11.30am
Venue: Meeting Point at Esplanade Concourse
Details: Colouring Fun for children between 2 & 4 years old; On-the-spot Drawing Competition open to children between 5 & 12 years old (Category A: 5 & 6 years old, Category B: 7 – 9 years old, Category C: 10 -12 years old)
Registration: Pre-registration is required for both Colouring Fun and Drawing Competition and can be done online.

Parent-Child Workshops

Pinhole Monster


When I was a kid, I made a pinhole camera and was amazed to see the image projected inside! Find out what you and the kids can make with items from around the house, cardboard pieces
and a monster-sized imagination. Tap into the creative minds of your little ones in this workshop that blends science and art by creating a “Pinhole Monster”, a pinhole camera that projects the view from the outside into a black box.

Date: 4 Oct 2014, Sat
Time: 2.30pm (2hr 30mins, with breaks)
Venue: Esplanade Bay Room
Details: Recommended for children aged 6 – 12.
Tickets: $28 for one pair of tickets, available from SISTIC

Kamishibai Storycrafting

Octoburst! Gather around and listen closely as master storyteller Kamini Ramachandran weaves tales of wonder and magic through the Japanese art of kamishibai, a visual form of storytelling. After the storytelling session, take on the role of a storyteller for the day. Children and their adults will get a chance to illustrate their own story by making kamishibai story cards and also spin their own fantastical tale.

Date: 5 Oct 2014, Sun
Time: 2.30pm (1hr 30mins, with breaks)
Venue: Esplanade Bay Room
Details: Recommended for children aged 4 – 8.
Tickets: $28 for one pair of tickets, available from SISTIC

Kirigami Pop-Up Card Making

Learn kirigami, the Japanese art of paper cutting and folding by magically transforming a plain piece of paper into a 3D pop-up card filled with intricate shapes, unique designs and vibrant colours.

Date: 6 Oct 2014, Mon
Time: 2.30pm (2hr, with breaks)
Venue: Esplanade Bay Room
Details: Recommended for children aged 5 – 9.
Tickets: $28 for one pair of tickets, available from SISTIC

Dance Appreciation Series: Introduction to Ballet Classics by Singapore Dance Theatre

Octoburst! For all aspiring ballerinas! Singapore Dance Theatre brings you around the world by bringing to stage the different sides of classical ballet from Germany, France, Spain, Poland and India. Told through narration and dance excerpts, this hour-long performance specially created for young audiences will feature some of the world’s most enchanting classical ballets like Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Nutcracker and La Bayadère!

Date: 3 Oct 2014, Fri
Time: 1pm & 4pm (1 hr, no intermission)
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall
Tickets: $10, available from SISTIC
Details: Recommended for ages 2 and up. Admission for children aged 2 and up. Children who come dressed in their favourite character costumes will get a chance to take photographs with the cast after the show!

Something Very Far Away
A Unicorn Production (UK)

Octoburst! Octoburst!

The performance I’m looking forward to the most is Something Very Far Away.  It is a moving tale about an ordinary man who loves two things beyond all others: the cosmos and his wife Tomasina. After a sudden and tragic loss, he looks to the stars for answers and journeys deep into space to keep the thing most precious to him alive.

The show uses puppetry, music, sound and live animation to create a unique and beautiful performance that will enchant children and adults alike. Check out the production trailer here!

Date and Time: 3 Oct 2014, Fri, 2pm & 5pm; 4 & 5 Oct 2014, Sat and Sun, 10am, 12pm & 5pm
Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio
Tickets: $28 each, available from SISTIC
Details: Recommended for 6 years and up. No admission for children aged 4 and under.

I have a pair of Something Very Far Away tickets for Friday, 3 October 2pm, to be won by one lucky reader!

To qualify, simply do the following by  16 September 2014, 2359H (Singapore time):

1. Like the ‘In the Wee HoursFacebook page.
2. Like the ‘Octoburst!Facebook page.
3. Like, share and comment on this Facebook post telling me which Octoburst! performance/ workshop/ activity you are keen to check out and why! Tag a friend when you share the post and make sure your post is public.

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