With the school holidays coming up, Parents are starting to think..What can I do with the kids these school holidays. Well, the Coolest event for this March is definitely iLight Marina Bay 2014. (Do read to the end of the post for a special Giveaway).
Organized by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the Marina Bay area is filled with 28 specially curated light installations. Themed “Light+HeART”, the line-up includes 13 installations created by local artists.
If you are looking for something to do this March Holidays, this is IT! iLight Marina Bay is a great family event which not only engages children, but more importantly it is FREE! The whole event gives the whole family a great workout, as just to find the installations, you will need to walk all around the Marina Bay Waterfront. From the Esplanade all the way to OMB, expect to find the various light installations all around the walking route around the waterfront. The Bay is also full of nightlife, as there are bands playing on the weekend, which add immensely to the whole atmosphere.
And just when you are asking, where is the nearest food outlet, you will walk smack right into Pasar Bella. The iconic “atas” or upmarket market from Turf City.
Located right in the centre of the Marina Bay Sands Main Entrance, Pasar Bella is a cauldron of atmosphere! Expect to find cakes, sandwiches, roasted pigs, and lots of Beer, as you sit back and soak in the atmosphere. There was even a full Jazz Band with a Brass section, when we visited the market on the weekend. As the Crooner sang “Fly me to the Moon”, we felt like we were transported to Europe (Of course, we are not taking into account the cool weather that Singapore lacks…). But, the atmosphere was definitely really cool!
If you are wondering if iLight Marina Bay 2014 is worth the family visit, here are a list of attractions which my kids enjoyed:
Kid Friendly Installations which your kids might like:
Called “The Pool”, this installation is a group of giant concentric circles created from interactive circular pads. Kids step onto the pad, and with each tap, the colour of the pad changes. My children enjoyed running around, and so did every family, who had their kids with them. When you get to the Pool, head for the centre of the pool, and look for one of the pads, which is actually the “ MASTER RESET” button. With each tap, every other pad will follow this master switch, and the rest will just follow the colour of the Master switch. Have fun finding the Magic Reset Button!
Called “Jou-Jou-Ours, these Teddy Bears are made by a designer from Taiwan. Art is not just about technology, but it should remind one about his/her childhood memories of hugging your teddy bears. This is exactly what this exhibit set out to do. The kids had no problem with this open invitation, and they enjoyed hugging these big light balloons.
Located just outside the side entrance of the Marina Bay Sands, the Wishing Tree represents the hopes and dreams of visitors wishing for the best of the city. Built by Singapore sculptors, kid will enjoy writing their wishes and swinging their wishes up the tree. Wishes are anchored together by LED Lights, and parents will need to teach the kids, how to “lasso” their wishes up the tree. The Kids had great fun here!
The kids seemed to love this installation! Called “The Cloud”, this installation located just at the grandstand, involves lots of switches and bulbs. The children will love pulling at the switches, as each pull will turn on and off the light bulbs involved in this installation.
The Mimosa which is located in the Marina Bay City Gallery is built to mimic the Mimosa plant. Using mini light panels to represent the Mimosa plant, the “Petals” of each panel will open and close in response to the visitors’ hand movements. Using technology, it is quite intriguing to see the Mimosa plant responding to your heat and hand signatures. If the kids don’t like it, Daddies would love trying to find out how the “light plant” works!
For families who have that little bit of extra to spend, you can take a ride along the Marina Bay, and catch the lights from a different perspective. We were invited for a ride, and the cool breeze along the bay was truly relaxing. Singapore has come a long way from the dirty river banks of the Singapore River. In my opinion, I would have to say that we have a City skyline nicer than the ones in Hong Kong (But I am always naturally bias ). Boat Tours are available at $12 per person, with tickets available for purchase at the Festival Information Kiosks.
i Light Marina Bay 2014 runs nightly from March 7 to March 30, 7.30pm to 11pm, around the Marina Bay waterfront promenade. Admission is free. For more information, visitwww.ilightmarinabay.sg.
There are FREE Guided Tours From Mar 7-30, 2014, from Every Friday-Sunday. Tours will run at 730pm, 830pm and 930pm. Registration closes a day before on the Festival website or 30 minutes before the tour begins.
Do click on FREE Guided Tours of iLight Marina Bay to register!
And before we go, We have just received Special Tickets on the River Explorer.
For a Special view of the whole iLight Marina Bay, get onto the water and absorb the breath-taking views of the Marina at night.
We are giving away 2 Pairs of tickets on the River Explorer!
Boat Tours Details
7 – 30 March Every Friday – Sunday | Departing every 30 minutes from 7pm to 11pm
Marina Bay City Gallery pier
All you need to do to WIN is:
1. Comment on this blog post, and tell us what you like iLight Marina Bay 2014?
3. Share this blog post on your Facebook Wall with the Caption “FREE Boat Ride for iLight Marina Bay” (Do ensure that you TAG me or Ed Unloaded, so that I know that you have done it.) Editors decision on Winners are final.
(Closing Date 20 March , 2359hrs)
And the Winners for the Giveaway are:
1. Jenny Tan
Will be conducting the Winners shortly about the collection of their prizes. And do stay tuned for our next Giveaway!