There are dinosaurs in Singapore, people! We’ve come straight from all the roar-some activities happening over at the Gardens by the Bay, and if you’re looking for fun things to do with the kids these school holidays, this is IT. We’re talking dino-mite parent-child workshops, skyscraping dinosaurs, free art and craft stations and a fun trail for kiddos to follow where they’ll learn a thing or two about dinosaurs. They’ll also snap up a prize when they complete their mission! Dip into our mini-guide to the Dye-Nosaur Gardens Children’s Festival and head on over, stat…
1. Help Brachy the dinosaur and his prehistoric mates find their missing colours: there are seven colours to track down at coloured blocks around the Gardens. Grab your chops at each station and when you’ve finished the trail head to the Collection Booth to claim your prize. Kiddos and grown ups will love learning all things dino on this fun and informative adventure.
2. Prepare to be wowed when you stumble across life-sized technicoloured dinos dotted around the Super Tree Grove area. Jurassic new pals to hang out with include an enormous red T-rex, a striking blue brachiosaurus and a bright green stegosaurus. They are really not too hard to spot!
3. Bring your keen little paleontologists to one of the Lab Before Time workshops run by our friends over at The Learning Lab, where you’ll brush up on your fossil finding techniques and make a gorgeous take-home keepsake. Pick from the Dinosaur Terrarium & Excavation workshop or the Fossil Making and Excavation sessions (or do both if you can: our kids loved them).
4. Did somebody say bouncy castle? We say take a break from the dinos and throw the kids into the bouncy adventure playground to burn off some of that never-ending energy.
5. The good ole days of the carnival are far from extinct at this year’s Children’s Festival: from ball tossing to fishing, wheel of fortune to ring throwing, there’s a fun game and a giant stuffed dinosaur prize up for grabs for the whole gang.
6. Free art and craft activities? Hurrah! Get the kiddos making their own sand art bookmarks, pipe cleaner structures and shrinkie keychains before getting their faces painted: dino-style of course.
7. We’re all about finding a great children’s book and like nothing more than a good read-aloud sesh with our small bookworms. Head deep into dino territory around the Supertree Grove to join the interactive storytelling sessions, suitable for all ages. The program will run from 13-17 March at 4.30pm and 6.30pm daily.
8. After all that fun, your gang is going to be seriously hungry. Look out for the cool pop-up eateries, where you’ll find everything from freshly baked dino cookies to homemade quiche, delish cupcakes and the classic kids’ fave dish, chicken nuggets.
Photography (top image): Fely Jacinto. Additional photography: Tracy Tristram