School’s out, so that can only mean one thing – it’s time to head outside and have tons of fun! Check out our list of great activities to do during this holiday break right here.
The holiday season is the perfect time for the family to get out and about and explore what Singapore has to offer. You could check out a new ‘hood, learn a new skill (like the great sport of tennis) or get the adrenaline pumping with some kickass adventure sports together. Well, we’ve got a handful of suggestions perfect for things to do with the kids to do during the holidays. Yes, the coronavirus is still hanging over our heads, but we’ve listed out some ideas of what’s happening on the Little Red Dot… the decisions are up to you! Have fun!
1. Sign up for a camp (or two!)
Instead of spending the entire holiday break looking at a screen, why not sign the kids up to learn a new skill, make new friends and have fun under the sun at a camp? With tons of exciting and enriching camps around – from sports and the outdoors to performing arts and even science – we’re sure the young ‘uns will find just the right one for them.
2. Visit your favourite theme park
Make full use of the kiddos’ time off from school by heading to a theme park! Personally, we’re keen on taking the sproglets to Universal Studios Singapore (USS) at Sentosa. Who wouldn’t want to spend all day riding roller coasters, eating junk food and taking pictures with your favourite movie characters?
The best part? USS is having an exclusive promotion this holiday period till 12 April 2020 for Mastercard members: purchase a one-day ticket and get a six-months season pass to the park for FREE. We’re definitely taking full advantage of this…
3. Go on a family staycay
Thanks to COVID-19, you might have to shift that travel itinerary of yours to (hopefully) later in the year, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t treat the family to a night or two at a fancy schmancy hotel downtown. Pack the luggage and go on a lush family staycation during this holiday! Whether you plan to live right in the heart of the city or in a boutique hotel in an unexplored neighbourhood, there’s plenty of new activities to do and experiences to be had.
4. Let’s play!
There are some amazing discounts to enjoy if you’re still up for some indoor play during the current climate. The kid-sized city of Kidzania has tons of exciting activities this holiday season. For the whole month of March, adults get to enter KidZania for free with every usual-priced Kid ticket. Plus, if you’re a B•KidZanian CitiZen, you get 25% off usual-priced admission, too! Don’t miss out on the range of activities the edutainment park has to offer from 14 to 22 March, like making your own cardboard house, learning the fundamentals of playing the piano, violin or cello. Cool!
Meanwhile, animal lovers should look into Pororo Park from now till 23 March to learn all about marine animals. Go on an adventure and explore the animals that live on the sandy beach, shallow and deep waters of the sea… who knows what you’ll find? Fun times ahead, for sure!
buds at Shangri-La also has a great selection of activities for the little ones. The kiddos can enjoy free activities in the hotel’s party room while you mummas and papas sit back with a cup of joe. And, the older kids can choose to get groovy with tunes, unleash their creativity or make their own bath bombs to make bathtime extra special – hooray for tons of fun.
5. Attend an orchestral performance or play
Instead of being cooped up at home, listen to some music and enjoy a theatrical performance at one of the several productions in town. It’s also the perfect opportunity for the little ones to inspire your little thespian to get into the performing arts, too! This March, journey around the world with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO), or soar through the sky with Singapore Repertory Theatre’s (SRT) new play, Fly High.
Alternatively, you could head to The Artground to enjoy a performance of Letters Come Alive! by RolyPoly Family. Watch what happens when the letters of the alphabet take on different shapes in this whimsical and acrobatic dance performance. It’ll certainly help the little ones learn their A-B-Cs!
6. Visit these exhibitions
Museums are usually one of our favourite places to visit with the kids every weekend. Why? Because there’s always so much for the kids to see, do and learn. So, you can bet we’re always on the lookout for the best exhibitions in town – especially the ones which are only here for a limited time.
If you’re a big Disney fan like us, you’ll know by now that the Disney On Ice performance is unfortunately cancelled in light of COVID-19, which is a major bummer. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still see your favourite Disney characters in town! Bring the kids to the Disney: Magic of Animation exhibition while it’s still here. You’ll get to see the original drawings from animators who have conceived and brought our favourite characters to life. Plus, there’s even a section for the kiddos to try their hand out at drawing, too.
Be sure to also bring the tots to Arts In Your Neighbourhood (AYN) this month! It has plenty of interactive exhibitions and activities in the ‘hood of Bukit Panjang – think roving art installations, performances and more.
7. Level up your skills at a workshop
Make the week off fruitful by enrolling in the little ones in a workshop to learn a new skill or build on an existing one! Whether they enjoy shredding in inline skates, baking a sweet treat for the family, learning how to make a puppet from scratch, painting their own dinosaur or simply want to build an insect house for the cool six-legged bugs in their backyard, we’re sure the littlies will be learning something new during the break. Psst, may we suggest checking out this workshop that combines CSI forensic science and pastry-making?
And, there’s even a toddler art workshop for the sproglets to practise their coordination and gross and fine motor skills through sensory play. The possibilities are endless!
8. Cuddle up and listen to some stories
Do the tykes enjoy a good story? If so, take advantage of the several storytelling sessions happening during the holiday! You could head to The Moon for its storytelling and craft session to hear a touching rendition of If All The World Were…, a story about a young girl’s love for her granddad by Joseph Coelho.
Or, you could listen to illustrator and author Patrick Yee read from his picture book, The Story of the Redscarf and learn about life in the past. Make sure you stick around and get a chance to dress up in ‘50s costumes of Samsui women, ma jies (nannies) and coolies!
Psst, if you’re a fan of Sherlock Sam, be sure to join Woods in the Books at The Sherlock Sam Kaypoh Kids Championships! This party has everything – trivia, colouring, games and a chance to get your books signed by the writers, A.J. Low.
9. Hang out at Sentosa
One of our favourite places to go as a family on the weekend is to Sentosa, so you can bet we’re definitely taking the opportunity to do so when the kids are on holiday. The island has a whirlwind of fun activities for the kids, and plenty of others that are equally fun for us adults, too. Plus, going during the holidays means that there is a slew of amazing promotions and deals on offer – such a steal!
If your kiddos are adventurous like ours, pop by Sentosa 4D Adventureland or Skyline Luge Sentosa to get your fix. But if you’ve got munchkins who aren’t up to the challenge, there’s still plenty of fun to be had at the Trick Eye Museum or Madame Tussauds Singapore. And, who says you can’t learn something new when you’re out? Sentosa also has six attractions where the kiddos can discover more about its history, marine life and nature, too. Running out of options? If so, you’d better bookmark our handy guide to Sentosa.
10. Spend some time outdoors
Being outdoors is not only great for reducing the kids’ screen time, but it also gets them out of the house. Plus, Singapore has lush greenery everywhere we go, so it’s certainly not hard to find a park for the kids to run around or for us to picnic at. Our kiddos also love visiting their favourite outdoor playgrounds around the city, which always guarantees a sweaty afternoon of entertainment. The best part is being able to cool off after at one of the many water play areas for more fun – the perfect solution for a hot, sunny day. If you need more suggestions on what to do outdoors, check out our massive guide here!