S.E.A. Aquarium hosts Chinese New Year celebration; features underwater dragon dance, mermaid storytelling

The underwater dragon dance has returned after a three-year hiatus.

Benjamin Chew

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Published: 16 January 2023, 1:53 PM

The return of Singapore’s only underwater dragon dance and storytelling sessions by a mermaid are some of the activities one can expect at Resorts World Sentosa’s S.E.A Aquarium, from now till Feb 5.

Titled Spring in the Sea, the series of programmes is meant to celebrate Chinese New Year. 

Here are some highlights visitors can look forward to:

Trail of Fortune

Upon entering the aquarium, visitors will be given an activity sheet in the shape of a clam. 

As they journey through the Trail of Fortune, they can fill up the activity sheet by collecting eight embossed stamps of the eight “auspicious” marine animals. These include the Butterfly Fish, Poison Arrow Frog and Foxface Rabbitfish.


Visitors can redeem two chocolate coins at the ticketing booth once they have collected all the stamps. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/BENJAMIN CHEW


These stamps can be collected at several unique displays scattered throughout the aquarium, which have embossing machines installed on them.

Each display is set up near the exhibit of an auspicious aquatic animal and provides some background information on them.


The auspicious marine animals are said to symbolise different blessings such as longevity, abundance and harmony. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/BENJAMIN CHEW


At the end of the trail, visitors can also pledge to protect the ocean by writing their promise at the bottom of their activity sheets. Thereafter, they can paste it on the Wall of Well Wishes located in front of the Shark Seas habitat.

The Sea Dragon Rises

Those who venture into the Open Ocean Habitat can catch The Sea Dragon Rises – the underwater dragon dance performance which has returned after a three-year hiatus.

The Sea Dragon Rises takes place daily at 3.30pm.


The Open Ocean habitat includes over 40,000 marine animals, across 120 different species. GIF CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/BENJAMIN CHEW

Underwater Tales

Ever wanted to meet a mermaid? Visitors can join Ru Yi the Mermaid for a quick storytelling session as they end off The Fortune Trail outside the Shark Seas habitat.


The storytelling session includes tales meant to educate the audience on the importance of recycling. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/BENJAMIN CHEW


One of the books introduces the concept of the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) to readers and encourages them to reduce trash in the ocean by recycling their trash and using reusable bags as an alternative to plastic.

Ru Yi will share her tales on weekends and public holidays at 12.30pm and 2pm.

Festive Meet-and-Greet

To end off the journey, S.E.A Aquarium’s Manta Ray Mascots will make an appearance for visitors to grab a quick photo.


Manta Mascots like Manja will make an appearance daily. GIF CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/BENJAMIN CHEW


The Meet-and-Greet sessions will take place at 1.30pm and 4pm on weekdays and 1.30pm, 3pm and 4pm on weekends and public holidays.

S.E.A. Aquarium’s Bountiful Wonders package is available at $46 per adult and $36 per child aged four to 12.

The package also includes a S.E.A. food and beverage voucher and a S.E.A. Aquarium retail voucher – both worth $8 – and an admission ticket.

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