Octoburst! 2016 – 10 Things We’re Looking Forward To

It’s October and we all know what that means. No, not Oktoberfest and the accompanying beer and sausages. We’re looking forward to Octoburst! at the Esplanade! There’s a whole range of ticketed and free performances and activities and here are some of the ones that caught our eye.

1. Little Red Riding Hood

Retrace Little Red Riding Hood’s path in the woods with two little ones as they play a game of ‘what-if’ and pretend! Join the duo as they turn the pages in a light-hearted story filled with new discoveries at every turn. Enter the belly of the wolf and experience the tale of Little Red Riding Hood like never before.

7 Oct 2016 : 4pm; 8 Oct 2016 : 11am; 9 Oct 2016 : 1pm
For ages 3 and up. Buy tickets at $20 each here.

Little Red Riding Hood

Colouring Fun for children between 2 and 4 years old. Fill the colouring sheet provided with bright and beautiful colours. Bring your artwork home with you and put it up for all to see. Participants have to bring their own colouring materials.

On-the-Spot Drawing Competition open to children aged between 5 and 12 years old and divided into three categories: Cat A: 5 & 6 years old; Cat B: 7 – 9 years old (Lower Pri); Cat C: 10 – 12 years old (Upper Pri)

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.

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the competition to the top 3 entries and 10 merit winners in each category. All participants will each receive a Certificate of Participation. All winning entries will be displayed on Esplanade PIP’s PLAYbox, Level 4, from 8 Oct – 30 Oct 2016.


Octoburst! Drawing Competition and Colouring Fun

3. Tumbling Tower and Giant Bowling

How high can you stack the blocks before they tumble to the ground? How many giant pins can you knock down with just one roll of the bowling ball? Will it be a strike? From 11am to 7pm at Courtyard Green.



Tumbling Tower and Giant Bowling

4. The Secret Life of Suitcases

Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying and generally putting things in order – everything in its place, a place for everything.

But one day, a suitcase suddenly appears at his door…A suitcase with a tiny label and a tiny label with Larry’s name on it. And this suitcase has a mission.

Join Larry in The Secret Life of Suitcases as his world gets turned upside down by a fantastical flying suitcase, taking him further than he ever thought possible. Follow Larry’s journey as he discovers the thrill of adventure and the joy of coming home again.

7 Oct 2016: 2pm & 5pm; 8 Oct 2016: 11am & 2pm; 9 Oct 2016: 11am & 2pm
For ages 4 and up. Buy tickets at $20 each here.


The Secret Life of Suitcases

5. Octopost

Here’s your chance to send someone you love a handwritten postcard. Grab a postcard, design it any way you like and pen your message down. Don’t forget to drop your completed postcard into the Octopost post box, especially created by visual artist, Budi Agung Kuswara.



6. Draw me a Story

Through storytelling and illustrations, Chen Zhao Jin, a familiar name to many, brings laughter and fun to the whole family with entertaining tales. Performed in Mandarin with English synopsis provided. 7 – 9 Oct, 3.15pm, library@Esplanade


Draw Me a Story《说说画画》

7. Parent-Child Workshop: Animate-a-Story!

Tell a story through animation! Learn the basics of animation in a fun artist-led workshop.. Find out how you can use brainstorming and storyboarding techniques to weave  a story, before drawing and colouring in your illustrations. After the workshop, the artist will use the illustrations to create a short animated clip which will be sent to you.

7 Oct 2016, 2.30pm. For ages 7 and up. Buy tickets at $38 for each parent-child pair here.

Parent-Child Workshop: Animate-a-Story!

8. A Pipe-Ful Play Garden

This is the perfect place to have some fun in the sun! Back again this year, this activity is about constructing an ever-growing pipe-maze that everyone can participate and play in. Don’t miss this interactive community artwork that encourages teamwork, learning and family bonding through play! From 11am to 7pm at Courtyard Green.


A Pipe-Ful Play Garden

9. Book Stop

Bring along a pre-loved children’s book to exchange for a new read at the Book Stop. Spend some quiet time reading your new treasure or pick a book to bring it back home with you. 7 Oct, 2 – 6pm; 8 & 9 Oct, 11am – 6pm, TributeSG Corner


Book Stop!

10. Ants

The ants go marching one by one…but not for long! These giant ants mean business as they scurry around, gather a colony of worker kid-ants and go into nooks and crannies searching for crumbs!

Join the task-focused insects in Ants, an exciting and interactive roving act that brings children together as they discover, play and collaborate.

7 – 9 Oct, Courtyard Green: 1pm & 5.30pm, Forecourt Garden: 2pm & 4pm


Are you excited yet? We are! See you there!

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