In a blink of an eye it’s school break time again! Fear not: We’ve got you covered with our checklist of ideas for easy boredom busters, adventures into the great outdoors and activities that aren’t going to whack a child-sized hole in your wallet. Yep, we’ve come up with not one, not two, but 16 things to do with the kids in Singapore during the March school holidays that’ll definitely have you scoring high on the parent cool-o-metre.
1. Small humans are rather notorious for loving an indoor soft play centre, but choose wisely and plump for one with a cafe. It’s the perfect chance for you to snatch a mum-time moment with a good book and a cup of coffee in between demands for racing down slides and being buried in ball pits. Our pick? Check out The Art of Speed On The Road II at Playeum, Children’s Centre for Creativity where kids age eight to 12 years can explore the concept of speed and physics centred around STEAM learning through interactive activities. And it’s free!
2. With Easter around the corner (wasn’t it JUST Xmas?), it’s never too soon to break out the art kit and work your way through our egg-cellent DIY Easter-themed crafts. We’re also thinking that these pretty snazzy Easter hats are well worth putting some effort into – get the entire family on board for a friendly ‘best milliner’ competition.
3. Spongebob, PAW Patrol and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are taking over Clarke Quay from 10-11 March with oodles of slime, games, prizes and meet-and-greets. The Nickelodeon Fiesta is back, folks, and it looks set to be a ton of fun. If your kids are too old for cartoon capers, make sure you pop by Street Fest, happening from 13 to 18 March, where you can expect great street eats and cool performances – including a man who can fold himself into a tiny box!
4. 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: A Wrinkle in Time and Sherlock Gnomes look especially fun for the whole fam.
5. It’s no secret that we love encouraging our own tiny tribe to think about the environment and get on board with making sustainable changes to their everyday lives. And with Earth Hour coming up on 24 March, we’re pretty stoked to see Compass One dedicating the whole of March to recycling campaigns the kiddos can get on board with. Turn old tee-shirts into tote bags, create your own biodegradable soap and get involved in all the fun workshops happening for the old and young alike. Round of applause to Compass One!
6. 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 minions and, bingo, they’re suddenly on board. One fool-proof strategy? A themed cafe – junior’s favourite cartoon characters and superheroes served with a side of fries!
7. Eager to check out the greener pockets of the Lion City (yes, we do have some!) with your little animal lovers? Then you’re going to need our list of where to spot Singapore’s weirdest and wildest residents . Pack a picnic – and a sense of adventure – and probably some mozzie spray as well. For the less adventurous, there’s always the pet cafes to hang out at, or why not try a visit to a farm?
8. Forget going to the gym, keep the kids busy, and you in shape, by folding yourself into hide ‘n’ seek spots around the house. Dive into our fun list of wet day winners that don’t involve too much effort, and go old-school with easy activities to try at home.
9. 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.
10. There’s never a dull moment at the Singapore Science Centre. Bring out your inner geek as you check out stupendous exhibits including, Butterflies Up Close and gigantic robotic animals at Robot Zoo. Don’t forget to pack swimmers for a cool off in the water playground once your done being inspired by science. There’s a whole March holiday programme lined up, so dive into our mini-guide for all the Science deets before heading over.
11. 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. And give them this list of the hangouts around Singapore that are teenager-approved. In fact, join them in a few of those activities to keep the parent-grumpy teen bond going strong.
12. 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. Those rollercoasters and street performances never get old, plus the park is even more colourful right now with the arrival of TrollsTopia! Hang out with Poppy and Branch and immerse yourselves in a new Trolls VR game: Just a few of the troll-ffic experiences lined up as part of the fun that’s been created especially for the school holidays.
13. 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, great local eats and scooting opportunities galore. Yep, we’re talking about you, Gardens by the Bay.
14. Hop on a bum boat and take your sense of adventure (and the kids!) over to Pulau Ubin for the day. Cycling, exploring, nature spotting and hiking are guaranteed to wear those small legs out!
15. Catching a flight out for a short vacay? Head to Changi Airport’s T3 airport to catch your lovable Sesame Street characters at a massive inflatable playground and ball pit, or shop for Elmo- or Cookie Monster-inspired merchandise at a dedicated store. If you’ve got time to spare, head to T4 for a pop-up exhibition where you can challenge junior to a round of old-school games like five stones or pick-up sticks. No time to check everything out? No worries, they’re around until July 1!
16. 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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