August 4th, 2017
As the nation celebrates her 52nd birthday bash, it is a good juncture to pause and think about how we can raise young patriots who are grateful for what they can enjoy now and be aware of how it was all achieved. Beyond stunning fireworks and chicken rice, there is a myriad of ways we can inspire our next generation and allow them to keep the flag flying high.
Embark on a heritage walk
There is nothing better than a walk down memory lane when it comes to educating your child on the nation’s progress. Let history and national pride come alive as you traverse the banks of the Singapore River, or tour the many historical sites and gems that bear witness to the rise and fall of our nation. From the Victoria Concert Hall to the Sultan Mosque, take a leisurely tour at your own pace, or register for the Monumental Walking Tours, which are specially curated by heritage enthusiasts.
Raid an old-school toy shop
Your child won’t get a dose of national pride from Toys ‘R’ Us, and with technology and console games, many of the toys Singaporeans used to played run the risk of fading into obsecurity. Make your kids put their tablets down for a game of Old Maid, or test your reflexes with a chaptek or traditional paper ball. Walk down the aisles and explain to your kid how each toy is played, revealing a childhood from a bygone era that your child can marvel at. Try Sin Tat Toys Import & Export Trading for starters.
Attend the Parade
Cliché as it may be, every true-blue Singaporean should at least attend the National Day Parade once. Not only does it have far-reaching roots in our short history, its catalogue of heartwarming songs, display of unity, and highlights of the very best of our country is enough to stir up national pride in your little ones beyond the glory of fireworks. It also makes for a great session of family bonding too.
Sport it with sports
For a less typical way to spend National Day with the family, national pride can also be fostered by sweating it out. The Sports Hub National Day Fiesta celebrates the occasion with fitness and entertaining activities that are sure to put you in the mood. Besides a carnival with bouncy castles and race simulators, kids can also have a dip in the pool at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, or Zumba along to their favourite National Day songs. To end it off, enjoy the live telecast of the National Day Parade with a mass family picnic.
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