We've got a long weekend this coming Lunar New Year, and we think this is the perfect time for some family bonding activities!
At The Golden Concepts, we believe that our elderly loved ones shouldn't be left out of the holiday fun - so we've done our research and found these elderly-friendly activities spanning the period before, during and after the long holiday weekend!
Pre-LNY: Gearing up for the festivities by visiting Chinatown (6 - 27 Jan)
At the heart of all Lunar New Year celebrations is Chinatown, with gorgeous street light-ups, nightly stage shows and street bazaars. The street bazaars are the best place to get your household decorative items for prosperity and luck!
Image credit: http://chinatownfestivals.sg
If you find the bazaar too congested, the nightly stage shows at Kreta Ayer Square would be a great way to spend a portion of the evening together. After that, why not go around the periphery of Chinatown (Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road) to check out the festive lights?
LNY Long Weekend: Relax at the Istana (29 Jan)
Did you know the Istana (official residence and office of the President of Singapore) is open to the public just 5 times a year? Well, one of those times is the Lunar New Year, so take the chance to enjoy guide tours within the Istana grounds!
Image credit: Timeout Singapore
For a small ticketed fee, we recommend the Nature Guided Walk for a relaxing time out exploring the Istana. Its sprawling grounds are especially suitable for any elderly who may be wheelchair-bound.
During the LNY season: Glorious Gardens and Free Festival Shows
From 20 Jan - 19 Feb, the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay plays host to Dahlia Dreams, featuring exquisite hues of dahlias and begonias alongside a Chinese garden-inspired 3-tiered pagoda! A perennial favourite of elderly ladies in particular, Gardens By The Bay is especially conducive for those who may require wheelchair use.
Image credit: Gardens By The Bay
Hosted by Esplanade - Theatres On The Bay, Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts has become one of the key arts festivals and a part of the New Year celebrations. Check out free programmes over 2 weekends such as musical performances throughout the Esplanade compound.
For other interesting free activities around Singapore, check out our list of Elderly-Friendly tours in Singapore.
Visiting Singapore over this period and looking for somewhere to stay? Consider booking one of these Elderly-Friendly Hotels.
Looking for something else to do this long weekend? Try out hiking in some of these scenic nature trails.