Build, play, learn, and bond with your kids in a free HacKIDemia workshop.

Check out the frugal events lined up for this week. Get a free outfit, watch fireworks by the river, and attend free hack workshops with your kids so they (and you) can learn how to make cool gadgets and crafts for Christmas. (Remember that this is just a partial list and that there are tons of free activities throughout Singapore, especially at parks, museums, libraries, and community centres.)

Wednesday 10 Dec

  • Singapore Makers Festival, various times from now until 14 Dec – The Singapore Maker Festival 2014 is an inaugural umbrella event celebrating the Maker movement in Singapore. There will be workshops to advocate hands-on learning and promote ‘do-it-yourself’ activities, and displays to celebrate local talent and inventiveness. Kids can take part in workshops and camps to learn about robotic design and racing, print 3D models, and make toys and crafts for Christmas. (venue: ArtScience Museum)

Thursday 11 Dec

  • Desigual SemiNaked Party, 9am – Be one of the first 100 to arrive at the Desigual store in your swimwear and walk away in a free outfit. Bathrobes for the first 100 participants will be provided. The outfits are maximum two garments, including one top and one bottom piece from the items on sale. Coats, shirts and dresses are considered top pieces. Trousers and skirts are considered bottom pieces. (venue: Desigual at Orchard Central)

Friday 12 Dec

  • Christmas by the River Lights & Fireworks Festival, 7.30 – 9pm – In its 2nd year, fireworksChristmas by the River will have a spectacular display of fireworks (in front of Clarke Quay Central at 9pm), while the banks of Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, and Robertson Quay are all decked out with 8m-tall lit Christmas trees. There will be roving mascots and a choir singing Christmas carols starting at 7:30pm. This event will also take place on 26 Dec. (venue: Clarke Quay Central)

Saturday 13 Dec

  • Krispy Kreme New Outlet Opening, Krispy Kreme will be opening their 4th outlet at Great World City. In keeping with tradition, Krispy Kreme will reward the first customers in the queue on opening day with the golden ticket, which means a year’s supply of one dozen doughnuts a week. Silver and bronze ticket winners walk away with six months and three months worth of a dozen doughnuts a week, respectively. The next 100 in the queue will receive a dozen doughnuts per week for a month. Note: There are instances in which being frugal conflicts with living a healthy lifestyle. Ideally, frugality and health should be aligned. I leave it up to you to decide whether obtaining a ticket is one of those instances. (venue: Krispy Kreme Great World City)

  • Voices for Animals Adoption Drive, 1 – 5pm – Studies have shown that there are great emotional and social benefits that come with pet ownership; there are even studies demonstrating that infants who grow up with pets are less likely to develop allergies as adults. Pet ownership, however, does come with great responsibility. But one thing that is not required is a big price tag. Instead of spending thousands buying one from a pet shop or a breeder, you should consider adopting one from an animal welfare organization. Voices for Animals’s adoption drive will have close to 70 dogs looking for home, the majority of which are HDB approved. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up with a new member of the family for Christmas. (venue: Mutts n Mittens, 11 Pasir Ris Farmway 2)
  • Merry Medleys, 5 – 7pm – VivoCity is holding a caroling competition to celebrate its 8th anniversary. Individuals and teams will compete for a change to win prizes totaling over $23,000. Come hear your favourite Christmas carols, support our local talent, and be part of the voting audience. (venue: VivoCity Amphitheatre, Level 3)

Saturday 13 Dec – Sunday 14 Dec

  • HacKIDemia Holiday 2014, 13 & 14 Dec 3.30pm – Discover, play, and hack your way to the coolest holiday stuff. Kids, age 4 through 16 (ages 4 – 12 must be accompanied by an adult), can participate in free workshops to play music on fruit, make a light-up greeting card, and print 3d snowflakes. There are multiple venues, with one occurring alongside the Singapore Maker Festival, and registration is required through their website. (venues: National Design Centre, Art Science Museum, and Little Arts Academy)hackidemia2013

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