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Shows to take the kids to this summer

Summer’s here, and it’s a long-awaited break that calls for doing loads of fun stuff with the kids! The good news is that, from June to August, Singapore will see some much-anticipated and interesting shows both on screen and on the stage. Here are just a few of the highlights.

 

IN CINEMAS

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But … where are the Minions? You’ll have to see the film to find out! (Photo: Universal Pictures)

Despicable Me 3

Gru’s adventure continues, and this time his encounters involve a new villain, Balthazar Bratt, and plenty of sibling rivalry from twin brother Dru.

When: 15 June

Transformers: The Last Knight

A direct sequel to 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, this next film sees a war commencing between the human race and the Transformers.

When: 22 June

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Your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man is back! (Photo: Cathay Cineplexes)

Spider-Man Homecoming

Another upcoming superhero film, this one is the second reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise. Peter Parker is trying to balance ordinary high school life with fighting crime as his alter ego Spider-Man, when a new threat, the Vulture, emerges.

When: 6 July

Cars 3

The third film in the Cars franchise follows a determined Lightning McQueen who is in training for a second chance to race after suffering a terrible crash.

When: 24 August

 

ON STAGE

Peter & Blue’s Birthday Party

This performance tells the story of Peter, his dog Blue and his cat Calico, embarking on another magical adventure, and ending with a blast at a huge birthday celebration. After each show, kids will get the chance to meet with the dancers.

Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio

When: 8 to 11 June

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A beloved story returns to the Singapore stage. (Photo: Sistic)

Hansel and Gretel

Be wowed by the Orchestra of the Music Makers and an international and local cast of singers as they bring you the classic story of Hansel and Gretel, which young and old will both enjoy, in the form of a semi-staged concert performance.

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall

When: 16 and 17 June

MOB-PROMS: Land of Hope & Glory

This concert combines a talented group of young musicians and professional artistes, who take you through a celebratory concert similar to the finale of the annual BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

Where: Victoria Concert Hall

When: 24 June

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Pluck has played to full houses in 2012 and 2015, so expect the same this year. (Photo: Sistic)

Pluck and the Magical Banyan Tree – Harp Musical

Go on an adventure with Pluck, the fairy protector of music, to find out why people are forgetting how to make music in the Harp Kingdom of Enchantia.

Where SOTA Drama Theatre

When: 25 June

Pinocchio: A Whale of a Tale!

Find out what mischief Pinocchio gets up to which led him to be swallowed by a whale and how the quick witted wooden puppet, who wants to be a boy, learns from his mistakes with the help of his little friends at this musical puppet show.

Where: The Pavilion at Far East Square

When: 8 to 30 July

Cirque Du Soleil Kooza

Kooza pays tribute to Cirque Du Soleil’s roots by combining thrilling, heart-stopping acrobatic performance with the art of clowning.

Where: Under the Big Top Tent, next to Marina Bay Sands

When: 13 July to 13 August

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Nothing like some classic Disney to remind us all that anything is possible. (Photo: Sistic)

Disney in Concert: A Dream is a Wish

Watch in joy as your favourite Disney stories, such as The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Frozen, Aladdin and more, come to life, in the production that combines live singing, footage and orchestral music.

Where: Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands

When: 14 and 15 July

The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio

The world-famous puppet story will be retold in a unique way in this production, with characters such as crickets, cats and foxes leaping off the pages and onto the stage, and actor and puppeteer Patrick Lynch pulling the strings to bring you the true story of Pinocchio.

Where: Drama Centre Black Box

When: 25 July to 6 August

Voices of the Amazon

Presented with live music, song and dance on stage, fusing ballet, contemporary and capoeira, this unique production follows the story of Beleza, a water spirit from the Amazon river, whose search to cure her dying sister takes her on a journey deep into the forest.

Where: Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands

When: 28 and 29 July

Koko the Great

This adventure story, part of the Esplanade’s PLAYtime! 2017 theatre series, follows Koko the Great in a kampong that’s alive with colours, animal puppets, sing-a-longs, dance-a-longs and other surprises. Note: a sensory-friendly version of the production will be staged on 23 and 26 August.

Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio

When: 11 to 27 August

 

Looking for more fun things to do with the kids over summer?

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