The 19th edition of Singapore HeritageFest (SHF) returns over four weekends from 2 to 29 May 2022, with even MORE physical activities compared to the previous two years!
Presented by the National Heritage Board (NHB), SHF 2022 will commemorate Singapore’s vibrant travel history and rich natural heritage with more than 120 on-site and online heritage experiences that beckon Singaporeans from all walks of life to explore the lesser-known stories of our local heritage and culture. What makes it even more special is this year also marks the 75th anniversary of Singapore Airlines (SIA), 50th anniversary of Sentosa Development Corporation, 50th birthday of the Merlion statue and 10th anniversary of Gardens by the Bay.
And yes, you read it right – there are a whopping 120 experiences – both free and paid – to choose from! This year’s programme line-up includes heritage and cultural trails, hands-on workshops, video documentaries, tours, exhibitions and digital programmes that illuminate the evolution of travel to and within Singapore, and uncover hidden aspects of the flora and fauna native to the region.
With so many programmes in store, I have picked out the best family-friendly activities for you over the next four weekends. So just follow my guide and you are good to go! 😁
NOTE: All SHF 2022 programmes will be open for registration from 21 April 2022, 12PM.
Fire-fighting – No Flame Too High [FREE!]
7, 14 May • 10am to 11.30am & 1pm to 2.30pm
Venue: Singapore Aviation Academy (1 Aviation Drive, Singapore 499867)
Fee: Free with registration *Suitable for all ages
Singapore Aviation Academy, the training arm of Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, has been the nation’s training ground for some of the most dynamic and challenging professions in aviation for more than 60 years. Meet the people who keep our airport safe round the clock and learn about their journey as an Airport Fire-fighter at the World’s Best Airport.
Experience a day in the life of an airport fire-fighter through interactive station activities and a visit to our fire-fighting simulators and foam-tenders. You will get to practise target shooting with a charged water hose and even save a casualty!
Wheels On The Bus: Go Green, Go Buggy! Insect Farm Tour
7, 14, 21, 28 May • 10:00am (1hr 15 min)
Venue: Insectta, 60 Jalan Penjara, Singapore 149375
Fee: $20 per pax | Up to 15 pax per sessionn
An insect farm right in the heart of Singapore?! That’s right, Insectta is Singapore’s first black soldier fly farm located in the middle of Queenstown, Singapore.
Curious to find out more about how an insect farm works? Now you can get right into the heart of the action with our farm tour! You will get to learn more about the superheroes of our insect farm: the black soldier fly, try your hand at insect farming activities, and learn how insect farms are revolutionizing sustainable agriculture. End your tour with a fun chicken feeding activity!
Every participant signed up via SHF will get a free packet of edible veggie seeds to bring home after this special edition of the tour!
The Local Tree Project – A Visit To Our Local Sawmills With Roger&Sons
7 May • 10am to 11am • 11am to 12pm • 1pm to 2pm • 2pm to 3pm
Venue: 31 Sungei Kadut Street 4, Singapore 729055
Fee: $10 per pax
Discover what goes on behind the scenes of how local timber is turned from trees felled from urban development in Singapore at our sawmills. This tour is part of The Local Tree Project, an initiative started in 2019 by Roger&Sons that salvages trees that have been felled for urban development. It rehabilitates these abandoned logs by turning them into durable, future-proof objects and furniture.
Air Traffic Control – We Guide You Home [FREE!]
7, 14 May • 10:00am – 11:00am • 01:00pm – 02:00pm
Venue: Singapore Aviation Academy (1 Aviation Drive, Singapore 499867)
Fee: Free with registration
*IMPORTANT: Entry for registrants aged 13 and above*
Singapore Aviation Academy, the training arm of Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, has been the nation’s training ground for some of the most dynamic and challenging professions in aviation for more than 60 years. Get up close with the people who keep our skies safe and efficient round the clock and learn about their journey as an Air Traffic Controller at one of the world’s busiest airports. Experience an exclusive day and night view from the ‘control tower’, through our specialized training simulator.
Mount Faber Heritage Tour
7 – 8, 14 – 15, 21 – 22, 28 – 29 May • 10:00am (2-hour tour)
7 – 8, 14 – 15, 21 – 22, 28 – 29 May • 12:00pm (2-hour tour)
Fee: $30 (adult), $25 (child)
Enjoy a guided tour around Mount Faber Park to Faber Point, the highest point on Mount Faber Hill and get to know the rich history surrounding the mural wall and the mini Merlion. You may plus venture to the back-of-house for an exclusive tour of how the Singapore cable car operates. Conclude the tour with a round-trip ride on the Singapore Cable Car Mount Faber Line.
Little India Heritage Trail — Street Corner Heritage Galleries Edition
7, 14 May • 10:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: Indian Heritage Centre & Little India Precinct
Fee: $10 per pax | Up to 15 pax per session
As part of Singapore HeritageFest (SHF) 2022, go on this new edition of the Little India Heritage Trail which also features the Street Corner Heritage Galleries featuring various heritage businesses in the precinct! Listen to anecdotal stories shared by these first- and second-generation heritage business owners and trace the evolution journey of this vibrant cultural precinct.
Wheels On The Bus: Bee One Happy Family
7 – 8, 14, 21 – 22, 28 – 29 May • 11:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: Bee Amazed Garden (91 Lor Chencharu, Singapore 769201)
Fee: $50 per pax *Suitable for age 5 and above
Bzz.. would you like to be a friend of the bees? For this edition of Wheels on the Bus, explore the theme of natural heritage through the art of beekeeping culture at Bee Amazed Garden. Bee Amazed is a local and unique farm that’s not only a tourist destination but the perfect place for family bonding. In this interactive tour, you will get to learn all about the behaviour of honey bees in Singapore and learn to differentiate what a good honey is.
Tour of Fullerton Hotel
7, 14, 21, 28 May • 10:00am • Fullerton Hotel
7, 14, 21, 28 May • 02:30pm • Fullerton Hotel
Fee: $5 per pax; $3 (for senior citizens and students only)
Go on this 1-hour tour to explore the unique architectural features of this impressive Neoclassical building and uncover the many stories of people who had worked in this historic building. Designed to house the General Post Office and other government departments, The Fullerton Hotel has been a witness to several events significant in Singapore’s history – in the colonial, war, and independence years.
Lost Relic of Little India Puzzle Hunt
8, 15, 22, 29 May • 10:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: Indian Heritage Centre & Little India Precinct
Fee: $30 per pax
Embark on an exciting gamification tour experience to one of Singapore’s most notable neighbourhoods – Little India – a destination for tourists and locals alike. Scour the streets of Little India, solve various location-based puzzle challenges, and uncover the Lost Relic of Little India, while discovering the rich heritage and culture of this vibrant precinct.
Remake of East Coast Tour of the 1980s
Sat, 14 May | 8.30am to 12.30pm • 2pm to 6pm
Sat, 21 May | 8.30am to 12.30pm • 2pm to 6pm
Fee: $36 (adult), $20 (child below 12)
Revisit the tour route for the East Coast Tour of the 1980s. Initially marketed to the Australian and New Zealand markets, the tour will visit key landmarks such as the temples of Serangoon Road and also the Changi Chapel and Museum, where we reflect and appreciate the bravery and resilience of the prisoners-of-war and the civilians during World War II. Participants will get to stop at Changi Point for a taste of Singapore Hawker Culture (own arrangement) and enjoy the sea breeze.
*Admission fee to Changi Museum and Chapel – not included. Free admission for Singaporeans/PR.
Lower Khatib Bongsu Trail
14 – 15, 28 May • 07:15am – 12:15pm • Khatib Bongsu
Meeting point: Sembawang Park
Fee: $115 per pax; $75 (age 12 & below) *Suitable for age 4 years and above
Khatib Bongsu is one of Singapore’s largest mangrove riverine ecosystems. Participants will kayak along the river trail that explores Section 5-8 of this river: Old Trees Ways, Perepat Hunt, Albizia Lagoon, and The Seletars. The alluring part of Sungei Khatib Bongsu lies in our curiosity to explore our almost forgotten natural river.
Home Away From Home
15 May • 10:00am & 11:30am
Venue: 3 Ladyhill Road
Fee: $5 per pax
Currently used by Swiss university EHL Hospitality Business School as their Singapore campus, 3 Ladyhill Road, has been used in many ways since being expanded as the stately mansion of a wealthy merchant in the 1930s. Among the roles it assumed was as a home-away-from-home during the Malayan Emergency, when it was a hostel for children of British military families stationed upcountry. Discover this little known aspect of the property’s history, as well as the site’s wider history through a tour of the mansion and its expansive grounds conducted by Jerome Lim.
Traveller Character Tours
21 May • 10:30am & 02:00pm (30min duration)
Venue: National Museum of Singapore
Fee: $8 per pax
Travel back to the 1920s as a character of Singapore’s thriving cosmopolitan port city — exploring business opportunities, touring the streets, or simply just seeking a new life. You will even get the chance to step into the shoes of a wealthy investor as a merchant invites you to invest in Singapore.
Jalan Bahar Clay Studios Open House: Reconnect with Clay, Dragon Kiln and Nature! [FREE!]
21 – 22, 28 – 29 May • 11:00am – 04:00pm
Venue: Jalan Bahar Clay Studios (97L Lor Tawas, Singapore 639824)
Explore on your own the Dragon Kiln and Ceramic Gallery located within the Jalan Bahar Clay Studio and discover the rich history of the longest existing dragon kiln in Singapore.
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THESE PROGRAMMES!
Ride & Discover [FREE!]
Somerset: 28 April – 25 May
Clementi: 28 April – 25 May
Bayfront: 5 May – 1 June
Kent Ridge: 28 April – 25 May
Did you know that there was once a zoo in Punggol? Also, do you know which hotel in Singapore was once a court venue for war crimes trials in the post-World War II period? Hop on board a train and embark on a learning journey to uncover the lesser-known facts surrounding Singapore’s travel and tourism, and natural heritage such as the Goodwood Park and Singapore Zoo through Singapore HeritageFest (SHF) 2022’s Ride & Discover programme – a content series which reimagines MRT stations as exhibition spaces.
29 Apr – 5 Jun 2022 • National Museum of Singapore’s Opening Hours
Venue: Stamford Gallery, National Museum of Singapore
The Singapore HeritageFest presents Homeground – a life-sized installation that explores the intersections of the festival’s two themes of travel / tourism and natural heritage.
Reflecting on the simple joys of travelling, the installation features a life-sized train inspired by the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) train that used to run from Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. It also features video content of how the former railway line has now been transformed into a Railway Corridor – a corridor where community nodes are established and for communities to appreciate our nation’s rich and diverse natural heritage. Homeground will also feature drop-in activity and content by students from the NAFA Youth Panel.
Definitely an Insta-worthy spot!
Merli-Go-Round to Singapore HeritageFest [FREE!]
2 – 29 May • Flexible Timings
The Merlion turns 50 this year! As part of our celebrations, you are invited to join him on an adventure through some of Singapore’s most storied precincts and uncover hidden tales of Singapore’s colourful history and heritage. The “Merli-Go-Round to Singapore HeritageFest” game, housed within STB’s VisitSingapore App, invites you to Chinatown, Kampong Gelam, Katong-Joo Chiat and Little India to meet and snap a picture with Merli and share your photo memories by tagging STB and SHF’s social platforms. Participate in activities located around the cultural precincts and win limited edition Merli merchandise!
1. Merli-Go-Round to Singapore HeritageFest game (online and on-site)
The Merli-Go-Round game will feature products and experiences in Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Gelam, and Katong-Joo Chiat. Connect with Merli as you discover precinct facts and enjoy experiences and offerings across retail, dining, tours, and attractions. Participants who complete their quests in at least two precincts can redeem Merli merchandise from the following venues, using coins accumulated through the game:
Chinatown: 20 Trengganu Street, #03-01, Singapore (Hotel 1888)
Kampong Gelam: 55 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199471 (CUBE Boutique Capsule)
Katong-Joo Chiat: 111 East Coast Road, Singapore 428801 (Rumah Kim Choo)
Little India: 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924 (Indian Heritage Centre)
2. Weekends with Merli
Stand to win even more exclusive Merli merchandise through limited-time Merli-Go-Round game activations in Little India and Chinatown. Visitors can take their chances at a special Merli claw machine and Spin-the-Wheel game, enjoy films featuring Merli and friends, or take Instagram-worthy images with Merli at the Indian Heritage Centre or Chinatown Street Market on these dates:
7-8 May 2022 | 14-15 May 2022 | 21-22 May 2022 | 28-29 May 2022
3. Spot the Merli
Can’t get enough of Merli? Try and spot Merli across different places of interest in our various cultural precincts! Go on a hunt to collect more coins and snap pictures with precinct-themed Merlis across Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Gelam and Katong-Joo Chiat, to increase your chances of winning Merli merchandise such as plushies and notebooks.
Re-live the Memories of Sentosa Cable Car [FREE!]
2 – 29 May • During Mount Faber Opening Hours
Venue: Mount Faber Peak
Have you seen Singapore’s first-generation cable car cabin launched in 1974? Or been on board the special edition glass bottom cabin, which was installed in 1999 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Singapore Cable Car?
On display at Mount Faber Peak: a first-generation cabin launched in 1974 and a special edition glass-bottom cabin which was installed in 1999 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Singapore Cable Car. Learn more about the history of Mount Faber and the historical sites surrounding the foothill, from the pictorial storyboard at Mount Faber Peak. Re-live and recreate new memories when you snap a photo of yourself and your family with the heritage cable car cabins.