10 fun things to do in Singapore during October school holidays

Your autumn break with the kids just got a whole lot easier...

And just like that the kids are finishing school for half term and there’s another holiday to fill with cool camps, a ton of crafty boredom-busters and some affordable activities. So if you’re not one of the lucky ducks jetting off on a quick and easy vacay, you’re going to need some ideas for keeping the kiddos busy during the autumn break…

1. If the kids have started their squabbling before the holidays have even begun, you’ll definitely all relish the kind of peace and quiet a trip to the movies will buy you. Catch the latest blockbusters while indulging in a handful or ten of popcorn: The LEGO Ninjago Movie, people…

2. Small humans are rather notorious for loving an indoor soft play centre, but choose wisely and plump for one with a cafe: the perfect chance for you to snatch a mum-time moment with a good book and a cup of coffee. 

3. With Halloween around the corner, it’s never too soon to break out the craft kit and work your way through our ghoulishly good list of spooky crafts.

4. Going to a restaurant or cafe in Singapore with kids can be a bit of a hit and miss affair, but throw in the promise of something fun for the kids and, bingo, they’re suddenly on board. One fool-proof strategy? The theme cafe. Side order of superhero, anyone?

5. If you have kids who love animals, then you’re going to need our list of where to spot Singapore’s weirdest and wildest residents for a day or two of exploring the greenest pockets of the island. Pack a picnic and a sense of adventure. And probably some mozzie spray.

6. Yes, you can totally fold your bottom into a cupboard. If you’re after wet day winners that don’t involve too much effort, we’ve got you (and your bottom) covered.

7. Alternatively, make your own slime and playdough: it’s parenting suggestions like this that will elevate you to ‘best ever’ status quicker than you can say ‘galactic glitter playdough’. If the DIY efforts don’t pan out, try your hand at rock art instead. Also cool.

8.  There’s never a dull moment at Singapore Science Centre: Bring out the inner geek in the whole famalam by checking out stupendous exhibits including Butterflies Up Close and Professor Crackitt Mirror Maze, the largest mirror maze in Asia.

6. Looking for a way to occupy sloth-like teenagers? Challenge them to an escape room experience: teamwork, logic and a big dose of mystery is just the thing to keep teen boredom levels at bay during the holidays.

7. We’ve long been fans of hopping onto the colourful monorail to Sentosa and wearing the kids (and us) out with a Universal Studios Singapore kinda day, and with Halloween Horror Nights 7 for the teens, and the scary-but-not-scary Sesame Street Trick or Treat show happening now, a Halloween season scream fest is guaranteed.

8. Cooling off at a free water playground is a sure fire school holiday winner, even more so when you get to combine it with flower domes, Mid-Autum Festival celebrations, great local eats and scooting opportunities galore: yep, we’re talking about you, Gardens by the Bay.

9. More Halloween fun happening, and this time at perennial fave, SEA Aquarium. Spooky Seas is back and the Sea Witch has a lot to say for herself…

10. End your busy week with a wild storytelling session: check out our favourite libraries around Singapore, or head over to an awesome little bookstore to stock up on cool reading fodder for bookworms of all ages.


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