Dongzhi, or Winter Solstice, Festival is a meaningful celebration of hope during the depths of winter as families look forward to the warmer, brighter days of Spring.

The Chinese words “冬至” translate to “the extreme of winter” and the festival falls on the day of the year with the shortest daytime and longest nighttime in the northern hemisphere.

On this day, families traditionally get together to enjoy a warm, hearty meal. Tangyuan, glutinous rice balls cooked in a sweet gingery broth, are usually eaten as they symbolise reunion and unity.

Inspired by this spirit of family togetherness, Little Day Outing to Yue Hwa: Dongzhi Family Experience lets your family bond through a Chinese calligraphy and craft workshop, and a fun tangyuan-making game that tests your teamwork as a family.

At the workshop conducted by teacher Jade Chang from HiArt, you’ll learn how to write the words that represent family togetherness – 团圆 – in Chinese calligraphy. And with a few creative touches, turn your writing into a mixed media masterpiece that can be brought home to be proudly displayed! Each family will work on one artwork together. One calligraphy brush and magic calligraphy water practice paper will also be presented to every family, courtesy of Yue Hwa.

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Take teamwork to the next level in the game segment, where your family will be making tangyuan together. To dramatise the long hours of darkness during Dongzhi, the tangyuan chef will be blindfolded while the rest of the family help by giving verbal instructions! The family with the most number of tangyuan that pass inspection will win a $50 voucher from Yue Hwa!

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Will your tangyuan be round and perfect enough to pass our inspection?

Here’s wishing you all the best, and lots of fun!

Come join us on this special outing held at Yue Hwa Chinatown, the emporium of Chinese wonders. Housed in the former Nam Tin Hotel and conveniently located near Chinatown MRT station, Yue Hwa is Singapore’s only department store specialising in Chinese silk, food, tea, cheongsams, antiques, and gifts. Just walking around the store is an adventure in itself!

Purchase your tickets now

There are three types of tickets available:
– A family ticket – $20 (This is applicable for a maximum of 4 family members)
– An additional adult or child ticket – $5 (This can only be used in conjunction with a family ticket.)
Child tickets are for children aged 4 to 12. Children older than 12 years old will need to purchase adult tickets.

Choose from one of these dates:
– 9 December 2017, Saturday, 4-6pm
– 10 December 2017, Sunday, 4-6pm

Ticket holders will be contacted with details on the meeting point and what to bring on the Monday before each session. Do note that the workshop requires a minimum number of people per session to be held. In the event that this minimum is not reached, Little Day Out will issue a refund to all ticket holders. Otherwise, all tickets sold are non-refundable.

Yue Hwa Chinatown is located at:
70 Eu Tong Sen Street
Singapore 059805

About Chinese calligraphy teacher Jade Chang
Jade graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a Diploma in Fine Art. A practicing artist who mainly uses Chinese ink, her artwork explores the potential of pushing the boundaries of ink by blending the medium with various materials to achieve unexpected effects.

About HiArt
HiArt offers a holistic art programme for children of different age groups. At HiArt, students do not only learn how to draw and paint, but are also encouraged to think creatively, develop their problem-solving skills and build up their self-confidence. With its focus on children’s respective abilities based on their age groups, HiArt is committed to providing high quality art instruction that empowers children with essential life skills to achieve success in life and in school.

Participants of Little Day Outing to Yue Hwa: Dongzhi Family Experience will enjoy 50% off the registration fee when you sign up for a 10-session art class course at HiArt Tiong Bahru branch. This promotion is valid from 24 Nov to 25 Dec 2017.

For enquiries, feel free to email us.

Select your preferred timings and fill in the number of tickets you require in the boxes below now!