SG50 Family Picnic at the Istana

As all of you are aware, Singapore turns 50 this year. There’s so much to celebrate – all the things that we’ve been through, all the things that make Singapore a unique country, and most importantly, our hopes for a better future.

This year, there will be a lot of exciting events lined up to celebrate SG50. The first event that we attended was the SG50 Family Picnic at the Istana last Saturday. This event was organized by Families for Life. Formerly known as the National Family Council, Families for Life (FFL) is a non-profit organization focused on building strong families.

In order to help Singaporeans make time for their families, FFL has revamped its annual Families for Life Celebrations from a month-long to a year-long program which includes regular picnics held at heartland parks. In fact, the picnics already started in Oct last year. Families can also take part in sand sculpting, popiah wrapping, kite flying and outdoor movie screenings together.

Back to the SG50 Family Picnic @ The Istana – for the first time, the Istana opened its gate for families to come together for a picnic. More than 2,000 Singaporeans spent their first weekend of 2015 enjoying a picnic at the beautiful Istana (are you there too?). I was completely amazed by the huge crowd!

Edison is a big fan of picnic. I love picnic too, but I don’t like to risk getting attacked by red ants on the grass, or having a ball smacked on my head. But this time, the venue was at the Istana, so for sure – it’s super safe. I was praying for good weather and thankfully, the weather was lovely!

SG50 picnic bag

Families who have pre-registered for the event were entitled to a Families for Life – SG50 picnic bag with some useful items such as picnic mat, first aid kit, rain coats and umbrella, just to name a few.

Food baskets with light snacks are sold at $10 each. All sale proceeds will go to the President’s Charity. We were too lazy to pack our picnic food, so we bought the food basket at the event for convenience.

Upon arrival at the huge Japanese Garden inside the Istana, the boy was jumping with joy when he saw the bouncy castles and play equipments set-up all over the lawn. It was the size of 5 indoor playgrounds combined, as he said. The next minute, he disappeared from my sight.

“Yay! I play with my girlfriend!”



Then, I found myself a shady spot under the tree to lay my picnic mat, relax and soak in the sunlight. The Hubby was busy playing his paparazzi role to take pictures of the President.

Best place for picnic in Singapore


It was a fun-filled evening with plenty of activities for families that include terrarium making and performances from local bands. President Tony Tan also joined the families in the terrarium making.



We had great fun at the event, and certainly look forward to another exciting event from Families for Life.

The beautiful Istana

Useful Info:

  1. FFL Monthly Picnic Venues and Dates: free admission, but registration is required.

“U Picnic” Event at Marina Barrage + Tickets Giveaway

Not many people know that I like picnicking. It is fun, whether at the beach or in a park at a local attraction. We used to picnic quite often when Little Edison was much younger. However, this activity has slowed down this year due to our busy schedules.

Our first picnic attempt was at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. We packed all our food nicely in a picnic basket, we brought a big picnic mat and we were all prepared for a leisurely day out in the sun.

It was a great outing, except one careless mistake that I made. I landed my butts on a colony of ants, which resulted in me being attacked by them! After this incident, I become extra careful in choosing the right location before I lay my picnic mat.

Besides Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, we also tried picnicking at East Coast Park and Sentosa. Both of them are ideal locations for picnic, except that it can be quite challenging to find a car park space at East Coast Park during the weekend.

Marina Barrage was opened in year 2008, and it’s another exciting venue for picnicking. There is a large open space for the kids to run, fun water play area and a huge open ground for picnic and kite-flying.

Event Poster

This coming October, U Family invites families and picnic fans to a revelry-filled evening of unique local flavours and tastes, games and entertainment, at the scenic roof garden Marina Barrage.

Key activities at the U Picnic event include (at the Marina Barrage on 6 October 2012):

  • Children will get a chance to participate in the record-setting Mass Freeze Frame. The child who holds the pose without moving for the longest time wins.
  • Various on-site contests on event day for families, such as Best Dressed Family Contest, “Best Family Moments” Photograph Contest, Best Picnic Display and U Picnic Family Challenge.

International food along with local delights will be featured at the U Picnic. Participants will get to feast on Spanish cuisine as well as traditional food like Nasi Briyani and satay.

This event is organized by U Family and supported by NTUC Fairprice. Additional information can be obtained at

  • WHEN: Saturday, 6 Oct 2012
  • WHERE: Marina Barrage
  • TICKETS: NTUC Member – $15 per ticket * | Public – $30 per ticket *
  • * Each ticket admits 4 people (any combination of adults & kids)

On the U Picnic day, each ticket also redeems a complimentary U Picnic Basket packed with goodies (picture below) and U Picnic mat worth more than $30 upon check-in at Marina Barrage.

U Picnic Basket
Complimentary U Picnic Basket (Note: products may vary)

Unfortunately, the tickets for this popular event have been sold out. But the good news is …

I have TWO U Picnic tickets (worth $30 each) to giveaway to my blog readers. You can also redeem your complimentary picnic basket and picnic mat on the event date. Remember that one ticket admits 4 people.

Contest Details:

  • All you need to do is – Leave a comment here with your name and e-mail address.
  • Two winners will be picked randomly.
  • Contest ends on Saturday, 29 Sep 2012, 11.59 pm (SG Time).
  • Open to Singapore residents only.
  • Winners will be announced on Our Little Smarties Facebook Page on Sunday, 30 Sep 2012.
  • E-tickets will be sent to the winners via e-mail.

Good Luck! 🙂

Update on 6 Oct 2012:

Our two lucky winners are Jaime Chan and David Ng!