Those of you who were successful in balloting for National Day Parade (NDP) tickets, you will be watching the parade at a new venue this year — the Singapore Sports Hub !

Updated on 18 July: 

Win National Day Parade Tickets from ‪#‎NDPatSportsHub‬

Take part in their Instagram contest & stand a chance to win Preview 2 or ‪#‎NDP2016‬ tickets!

1. Get creative and snap a photo with a finger heart with Sports Hub as your backdrop. See the photo below.

Sports Hub Finger Heart

2. Tag Sports Hub (@sgsportshub) along with hashtags #sgsportshub and #NDPatSportsHub. (Remember to make your profile public.)

3. The most creative entry will win tickets for each draw.

Draw dates are 23 July and 2 August.

Check their Facebook page for announcement of winners!


The last NDP was held at the old National Stadium in 2006, 10 years ago! Subsequently, the old stadium was torn down to make room for the now state-of-the-art, world-class fully integrated sports, entertainment and lifestyle destination known as the Singapore Sports Hub. For the past decade, NDP was celebrated at Marina Bay floating platform and the Padang.

This year’s NDP theme is Building our Singapore of Tomorrow. Attendees can expect to see “Futuristic” 3D projections, indoor fireworks display and midair stunts by performers suspended from the roofThis year, everyone can celebrate National Day without worrying about rain due to the flexible roof.

But wait! Don’t stay away from the Singapore Sports Hub.

It is business as usual between now and National Day (9 August). The Kallang Wave Mall, F&B outlets and Sports Hub facility will open and close at their usual hours. Click on this sentence if you want to know if the facilities are available!

Kids & Families Activities @ Sports Hub

We were given a special tour of the Sports Hub by our tour guide, uncle Chow Wing Fong who shared with us what fun things we could do with our kids. Let me tell you: there are PLENTY…and they are FREE! 

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1. Sports Hub Library

Doing research on our local athletes? This is the place to come to. Opened in 2014, the Sports Hub Library is a one-stop resource centre on everything pertaining to sports, coaching, diet and health-related materials. There is a small selection of kids books and all books must be returned to this library as it is run by CIVICA and not related to our National Library branches.

Suitable for anyone interested in sports or doing research on sports history in Singapore.
Minimum Age: no age limit
Rates & Registration: FREE membership for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents
— register at counter
Address: Singapore Sports Hub

Why You Should Visit It:

This library is a gem and probably one of Singapore’s best-kept secret. The library is quiet and well-equipped with games to entertain the kids. My kids were really excited with the array of interactive games that they can play on the two TV stations /xbox consoles. And the library host regular workshops and activities for kids and adults.

If you are heading down anytime before National Day, they have a special National Day edition Wall of Well Wishes where you can pen your congratulatory message to our nation.

2. Singapore Sports Museum

Did you know that we have a sports museum? This is the only sports-dedicated museum in Singapore that documents the sporting history of Singapore as well as the history & development of the National Stadium. This museum was first established in 1983 at the old National Stadium, but was closed to make way for renovations. It reopened again in 2014 at its current venue. Cyclist enthusiast will appreciate a visit to the Shimano Cycling World next to the sports museum.

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Suitable for anyone interested in sports or doing research on sports history in Singapore.
Minimum Age: no age limit
Rates & Registration: FREE entry for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents
— register at counter
Address: Singapore Sports Hub

Why You Should Visit It:

There is a sense of history in the making at this museum. At the entrance, you are greeted by a wall of the Hall of Famers in our Singapore sports history. You cannot help but feel in awe of their achievements. If you have a bub who is athletic or an aspiring national sportsman/woman or Olympian star, this is one place that is sure to infuse a sense of possibility and achievement.

3. Splash-N-Surf

If the heat gets to you, head to this area (above NTUC Fairprice) where you can learn to surf, float on a lazy river or play in the water playground.

Kids Water Playground Suitable for kids 3 to 12 years old.
Rate: Free admission
Lazy River Suitable for people of all ages to relax by leisurely floating along the river.
Rate: $2 per person (unlimited hours)
Stingray (and Clinics): Stingray is suitable for kids who want to ride the waves.
Rate: $35 to surf ; Surf Clinic Rates: $38 onwards
Address: Kallang Wave Mall (third level)

Why You Should Visit It:

The heat..kids and water… Need any more reasons? I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Water Tours @ Water Sports Centre

For the tweens (9 years old and above), they may want more stimulations. Why not take them out on the daily Water Tours? You can choose to go on Kayak, Pedal Boat, Pedal Bike and on Sundays, the Canoes.

There are 4 time slots for the water tours. Each water tour is guided and lasts about 2 hours.

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Date: 20 June to 13 August 2016
Water tours are also available on these exclusive Saturdays — 6 and 13 August
Minimum Age: 9 years old and above
Venue: Water Sports Centre
Rates & Registration: $8 for children under 18 and youths
$12 for adultsWalk in and register for the tour on the day itself at the Water Sports Centre.

Why You Should Visit It:

Because it is fun. Because it is really quite peaceful. Because you can talk and chill out. Because it is quite a work out and will burn off the excess energy that our tweens and teens have. I highly recommend this mode of activity if you want to have a heart to heart talk with your child, spouse or partner.  The river provides a serenity conducive to having conversations and your passenger is a captive audience once you are out in the water. ;-p

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