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Children's Day is officially celebrated in Singapore on 1st October every year, and for next weekend there are many child-oriented activities happening in Singapore. At Esplanade there will be a whole range of ticketed shows as well as FREE performances and activities.

I managed to grab some tickets to see the ballet Sleeping Beauty, performed by Singapore Dance Theatre as part of Esplanade's Dance Appreciation Series. Aimed at educating children, excerpts of the ballet will be performed and educational elements such as visual explanations of common terms in ballet will be explained. And we get to meet the dancers after the show!

Between 30 September and 3rd October,2010 the free activities include a drawing competition for children aged 5-12 and a non-competitive colouring activity for the younger kids (2-4 year olds). Free story-telling sessions will be held in the Jendela (visual arts space) and the concourse will be busy with Japanese Storytelling (Kamishibai) and lots of performances such as Peter and the Wolf by the Kreutzer Wind Ensemble, and Taro the Dragon Boy by ACT 3 Theatrics.

For a full schedule of all the activities and performances, go to the Esplanade website and download the schedule under Stage Me a Story! Free Performances!


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