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The Civic and Central Business District will be transformed into a cycle-friendly, walkable and activity-filled public space with something for everyone at the next Car-Free Sunday SG on 30 October 2016. The streets will come alive for families, joggers and cyclists who can look forward to activities ranging from fitness group exercises, kid-friendly activities to a breakfast picnic.

Roads will be closed from 7.30am to 10am. The walking, running and cycling route will now include Esplanade Drive, forming a 5km car-free stretch – comprising St Andrew’s Road, Stamford Road, Esplanade Drive, Fullerton Road, Shenton Way and Robinson Road. Connaught Drive will also be closed from 7.30am to 7pm to host a variety of community sporting events and activities.

Note: Flag off along St. Andrew’s Rd will start at 8am instead of 7.30am. However, sports try-out stations at Connaught Drive and Esplanade Park will start as per normal



Event details


Mr Lee’s Bike Train

St Andrew’s Road [Starting point]

If you live in Bishan, you may have come across this interesting trail of happy people pedalling together.

This Car-Free Sunday, Mr Lee will be bringing his unique handmade human-powered bicycle train to Padang to conduct rides for everyone. Children and the elderly will enjoy priority in the queue.

Look out for him at the starting point along St. Andrew’s Road, in front of the National Gallery. Each cycling tour will begin at every 30 minutes interval.

8.00am to 10.00am

Cycling without Age Trishaw Rides

St Andrew’s Road [Starting point]

Powered by volunteers from Cycling Without Age, here’s a chance for the elderly and less-abled to experience the 5.5km road closure route, in a trishaw!

Cycling Without Age is offering free rides on their custom built trishaw in 30-minute blocks. Look out for their booth near the starting point!

Priority will be given to the elderly and less abled friends.

8.00am to 10.00am

The Mobility and Car-Lite Booth

Next to Victoria Concert Hall

This is a new showcase of foldable bicycles, cargo bikes, adult kick scooters and accessories that cater to urban mobility. Come and test ride the Swifty Scooter, Tern Link C8, Dahon Route, Tyrell IVE, etc and stand to win lucky draw prizes.

8.00am to 12.00pm

Outdoor Yoga with Yoga Seeds

Esplanade Park

Kickstart your Sunday with a morning Hatha Yoga session at Esplanade Park. Register now

7.30am to 8.30am

HPB-ActiveSG Fitness Party

Empress Lawn

Get Active with HPB & ActiveSG! Come and sweat it out with family-friendly workouts like Zumba® and Piloxing! It’s a great way to bond with your family and friends

Participants are entitled to free 100Plus beverages. Register here!


Zumba®  - 8.00am to 8.50am

Piloxing  - 9.00am to 9.50am

ActiveSG Membership and Programme Promotion

Esplanade Park

Check out what ActiveSG, an all-encompassing and inclusive national movement for sport, brought to you by SportSG, has lined up for you.  Free lifetime membership for Singaporeans and PRs, and be spoilt for choice over a variety of sports and fitness programmes. 

All 1st time sign-ups will receive a $100 Free ActiveSG Credits.

8.00am to 11.30am

Speedminton Try-outs

Connaught Drive, Esplanade Park

Speedminton® is a new racket sport originated from Germany that combines Badminton, Tennis and Squash all together into one sport! Speedminton® trains your hand and eye coordination, and also allows you to play a fun racquet game Anywhere and Anytime (rain or shine); at the beach, at the park, on the football field or even at the backyard.

A fun activity for kids and adults to pick up, particularly beginners picking up the sport. 

8.00am to 11.30am

Ultimate Frisbee Try-outs

Connaught Drive, Esplanade Park

Want to pick up Ultimate Frisbee but don’t have a disc? Fear not! Join in and learn simple throws, basic rules, tips and more from Ultimate Frisbee players.

8.00am to 11.30am

Bike Polo Try-outs

Connaught Drive, Esplanade Park

Bicycle Polo, a mixed team sport that combines low-impact aerobic workout (cycling) with the challenge of a game of polo.


If you would like to experience something offbeat and interact with other outdoor sports lovers this Car-Free Sunday, come join us at our Singapore Bike Polo sport station to learn some ball and bike drills!

(All gear provided, just bring along your bicycle.)

8.00am to 11.30am

Dodgeball Try-outs

Connaught Drive, Esplanade Park

Dodgeball is simple game, played worldwide by young and old. 6 players on each side of the court aims to eliminate all opponents by striking them with dodgeballs or catching a ball that is thrown by opponents.

Big on Teamwork, Big on Fun, Big on Social acceptance, come join us and see the fun from a whole new perspective. Free "workout" with compliments from the regular players.

8.00am to 11.30am

Tchoukball Try-outs

Connaught Drive, Esplanade Park

Tchoukball (pronounced chukeball) is a unique non–contact yet competitive sport which allows every participant to be able to enjoy and play together, regardless of gender, size or ability. It is known as a Sport For All.

This sport develops motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination and improves fitness and agility.


Tchoukball advocates a cooperative spirit between both teams, playing down the individual achievement (pride) and emphasising on the collective gains. Join us at Car Free Sunday!

8.00am to 11.30am

ActiveSG Functional Fitness

National Gallery Steps, St. Andrew’s Rd

Suitable for anyone of any fitness level, functional fitness exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. Come join in the fun and have a great workout.

8.30am to 9.30am

ActiveSG Kids Imagination Playground

Heroes Lawn, Esplanade Park

Let your children explore and invent their own playgrounds with giant building blocks! They can build tunnels to crawl under, bridges to balance on, mountains to climb over, build castles and play pretend for the day while developing cognitively, socially and physically and acquiring a range of motor skills!

7.30am to 11.30am

ActiveSG Kids Obstacle Course

Heroes Lawn, Esplanade Park

Car Free Sunday SG is back!

Join us at ActiveSG’s Kids Obstacle Course activity area and let your children run, jump, crawl and test their agility, balance and hand-eye coordination through the various stations available.

Suitable for children and parents to participate and have fun!


7.30am to 11.30am

Outdoor Fitness Rack brought to you by Kompan® and ActiveSG

Connaught Drive, Esplanade Park

Ever wonder how to use outdoor fitness corners or looking for a multi-purpose fitness rack that allows you and your friends to get a full body workout together?

ActiveSG and Kompan® have a solution for you! Come down this Sunday to Connaught Drive to learn simple exercises conducted by Fitness Trainers and start getting your daily workout in!

(Suitable for all ages and fitness levels)

7.30am – 12pm

Armour@The Bay Charged Run

Income at Raffles (Collyer Quay)

Join the Charge Run as we take on the Central Business District with a refreshing, breezy run led by Under Armour Singapore athletes and charity runners Yellow Fellows, who race to create awareness and raise funds for the voluntary welfare efforts of the Singapore Cancer Society. Register here!

7.30am – 9.00am

A Taste of Heritage at Telok Ayer

Telok Ayer and Amoy Street

Enjoy breakfast in a historic setting at Telok Ayer and Amoy Street! Multiple F&B outlets are opening early for Car-Free Sunday SG, such as the Chong Wen Ge Café inside Thian Hock Keng Temple and My Awesome Café inside the former Chung Hwa Free Clinic.

8.00am onwards

Food trucks

Connaught Drive

Enjoy a wide array of delectable offerings from local food trucks.

7.30am to 11.30am


Connaught Drive

Energise your day with a nutritious cup of MILO from the iconic MILO van!

9.00am – 12.00pm

HPB Healthier Food Zone

Connaught Drive

Enjoy delicious soya goodness with F&N NutriSoy and a refreshing cup of the freshly brewed F&N NutriWell.

Come and try healthier and great tasting beverages, including the newly launched NutriWell Snow Fungus with Wolfberry!

7.00am – 12.00pm

Pioneer Trail Along Ann Siang Hill and Telok Ayer Green

Tanjong Pagar MRT Station

Learn about the trade and ways of life of Singapore’s early immigrants in this walking trail around a quiet enclave amidst the hustle and bustle of Chinatown. Visit places of worship and old shop houses built in the 1800s. Spice up your walk with a close look at interesting fruit and spice trees planted along the way and visit the old well at the foot of Ann Siang Hill.


Register here!

9.30am to 11.30am

Thian Hock Keng Tour

Telok Ayer St

Thian Hock Keng is one of Singapore’s oldest and most important temple for immigrants from southern China’s Fujian province. Completed in 1842 and standing on what used to be the shoreline, it is dedicated to the worship of Ma Zu Po, the Goddess of the Sea. While most of the building materials came from China, the temple incorporates cast-iron railings from Scotland and tiles from England and Holland. In 1973, it was gazetted as a National Monument. The restoration project received the 2001 Architectural Heritage Award and the Honorable Mention in the 2001 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award.

Conducted by Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan. Register at

9.45am to 11.00am (Meet at main entrance)

Kids’ Zone – Family Activities

Esplanade Park (Heroes Lawn)

Join in the pebble-painting activity and turn a simple pebble into an ornamental art piece! There will also be other family-friendly activities such as sketching, colouring and bouncy castles.


Learn more about plants and their uses in different cultures by taking part in the “Plants & Culture” plant propagation activity.

7.30am to 12.00pm

Civic District Tree Trail

Civic District

The Civic District Tree Trail takes you through Singapore’s historic Civic District where you will be awed by many majestic and interesting trees, some of which have stood tall for many generations and witnessed the transformation and progress of Singapore through the years. Join us as we take you through part of the trail starting from Raffles Landing to CHIJMES.

Register here!

To explore the entire 3km tree trail on your own, download the DIY trail e-guide on NParks’ website.

9.30am to 11.00am

Go Local Tour and Breakfast

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Standing majestically at the mouth of the Singapore River, the Fullerton Building witnessed the transformation of Singapore from a colonial outpost to a first-world metropolis. Discover the rich history of our newly minted National Monument and gain exclusive access to preserved areas within The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Limited to 20 persons, the one-hour tour is inclusive of a Heritage Local Breakfast in The Courtyard following the tour.

Enjoy the unique experience at S$23 nett per adult and S$10 nett per child.

Purchase tickets at

9.00am to 10.00am – The Fullerton Monument Tour (Meeting Point: The Fullerton Hotel's Concierge)

10.00am to 11.30am – Heritage Local Breakfast at The Courtyard

Singapore Horn Sounds @ VCH Atrium

Victoria Concert Hall Atrium

Singapore Horn Sounds is a collection of some of the finest young horn players in Singapore, sharing their love for horn-playing through their accessible and educational activities! This October, join them at the Victoria Concert Hall Atrium, Home of the SSO, for Car-free Sunday where they will share the history of the hunting horn as well as showcase pieces rearranged for a Horn Octet such as Strauss’ Radetzky  March and Shostakovich’s Waltz No. 2.

9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am


Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

A dedicated space just for young arts lovers and their families to discover and participate in imaginative play. This children’s arts space includes a reading corner and outdoor play area, and hosts a range of activities including storytelling sessions and self-guided craft activities.

PIP’s Club Facebook Page

11.00am to 6.00pm

Visual Arts

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

In an increasingly cosmopolitan world, we are no longer confined to our own practices and milieus. At the same time, we also find it essential to understand what binds us to our homelands – our roots, history and culture.

This quarter, tapping the pulses of artists around the region, we journey with Mit Jai Inn (Thailand), Jompet Kuswidananto (Indonesia) and Bui Cong Khanh (Vietnam) as they delve deep into their examinations and searches for identity within our changing societies and within the spiritual self.

More details at:

10.00am – 8.30pm

Building Highlights Tour

National Gallery Singapore, Padang Atrium Entrance

Join us for a morning tour of our historical buildings led by our volunteer docent every last Sunday of the month.

9.30-10.30am (English)

9.45am-10.45am (English)

10.00am – 11.00am (Mandarin)

Rangoli Floor Mural by Band of Doodlers

National Gallery Singapore (Padang Entrance)

Band of Doodlers is a community of artists who transform blank spaces into works of art that are filled with drawings and illustrations. Catch them in action doodling a colourful rangoli floor mural in celebration of Deepavali!  


Bhangra Dance

National Gallery Singapore (Padang Atrium)

A celebratory dance form that is usually performed on special occasions like Deepavali and other happy celebrations, Bhangra is also a traditional dance form that originated from the Northern part of india. 
Known to be a highly colorful and energetic dance, Bhangra has managed to capture many with its roaring beats of the Dhol Drums and vibrant dance moves.


Drop-in Craft

National Gallery Singapore, Keppel Centre for Art Education

With an art kit and theme inspired by the Gallery's collection, this activity invites parents and children alike to interact creatively through art-making.

11.00am to 6.00pm

The Parliament in Singapore History Exhibition

Level 2, The Arts House

The Arts House presents a fresh narrative of the varied career path of its building. This new display charts the history of The Arts House from 1827 to 1999; from witnessing the birth of a nation to the development of a legislature that contributed to Singapore’s growth and progress as a parliamentary democracy. Through rare archival images and spoken words of pioneer Parliamentarians such as Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, Dr Goh Keng Swee and Mr S Rajaratnam, the exhibition captures the spirit of our nation-building journey.

As the oldest government and public building in the Republic, the most significant years of The Arts House must have been those between 1965 and 1999. During that period, this neo-classical colonial building was the seat of independent Singapore’s Parliament, where important historical milestones were planted. It was here where our political pioneers and nation builders deliberated key issues that were to chart the path of Singapore’s development, and to define the style of our politics.  

10.00am to 10.00pm