Things to do with the kids during the September school holidays in Singapore

We’re officially in holiday mode and, to prove it, we’ve rounded up a host of ideas to keep you and the young 'uns entertained...

Whoop whoop, September school holidays are here for the local schools! Yay for the kids, but perhaps the thought of rustling up a fun-packed itinerary is leaving you rocking in the corner with the stress of it all. If you haven’t had time to book a short island getaway or you’re not jetting off to one of our fave family-friendly destinations, don’t worry, parents. We’ve got plenty to keep the kids occupied, from our HoneyKids FunFest with Forum The Shopping Mall event to various festivals and exhibits happening around the island. Here’s your round-up of things to do with the kids during the September school holidays in Singapore.

1. Have a FunFest with the kids

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Here at HoneyKids, we’re dedicated to making sure families have tons of fun, which is why we’ve got a fab event lined up: HoneyKids FunFest with Forum The Shopping Mall! Running on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th September from 12pm until 6pm, it’s the perfect boredom-buster for the school holidays for kids aged from three to 12. From singing and dancing to crafts and drama, there’s an activity to suit every child – and there are only a few spaces left!

2. Power those braincells with science!

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Take a step inside a pair of inflatable lungs, courtesy of the Singapore Science Festival. Photography: Amy Potter.

Makers, creators, mad scientists and techies, rejoice – the Singapore Science Festival is happening from now until 14 September. Learn the science behind baking cookies, enjoy a session with famed American magician Jason Latimer, get up close to a pair of inflatable lungs and contribute to Singapore’s biggest ever slime installation! Check out the official guide to the festival to make sure you don’t miss a trick. 

3. Burn off some energy at an indoor play centre

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High energy fun in sweet, sweet AC – we salute you, indoor play centres! Photography: Amy Potter

Other than enjoying an ice-cream date or heading to one the best (and free!) water play areas in Singapore, a fully-air conditioned indoor play centre is one of our surefire ways to beat the heat on our sunny isle. Let the littlies run wild for a few hours while you (hopefully) sit back and drink a coffee.

4. Enjoy a LEGO adventure

From 9–15 September over at Waterway Point, aspiring space travellers or deep-sea explorers can find themselves lost in the wild and fascinating world of LEGO City & Friends. Intrepid kids will undergo a series of test stations while navigating obstacles such as fast-moving asteroids or elaborate animal rescues. The result? They’ll be exclusively certified as an Astronaut or Sea Life Rescuer – how cool is that?! Children can choose between blasting off to Mars while making stopovers at space stations or coming up with ways to rescue their animal friends at the LEGO Friends sites.

5. Practise your sand castles

What kid doesn’t love a frolic in the sand? Head over to Sentosa for the day and wow the little ones with the epic sculptures on display – all Star Wars-themed, may we add – at this year’s Sandsation event. There’ll be sand sculpting workshops for kids, among other cool goings on

6. Try out the newly opened Nestopia

While we love a bit of climate-controlled indoor play, sometimes it’s the outdoor play that really sends the kids wild! So clap your hands because Nestopia, the newly refurbished outdoor play area by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, is now open. Littlies will adore the 17 different play sections, two of the longest slides on the island and a thrilling 7.5-metre-high tube slide, as well as three giant nests, netted obstacle courses and climbing structures to go all Spiderman over.

7. Holiday fun at Kiztopia

Singapore’s largest indoor playground, Kiztopia, has a host of awesome activities for kids to let off steam. There’s a laser tag zone, a driving range for the little Formula One fans and a ball pit to bounce around in. It’s all taking place at Marina Square Central Atrium until 25 September, so be sure to get involved.

8. Catch a movie

A trip to the cinema always goes down a treat with our littlies. And, on Thursday 12 September, the world’s best-selling children’s history brand is hitting the big screen: Horrible Histories! Delve into the history of the Romans (and a bucket of popcorn) – you might even learn a thing or two in between all the LOLs!

9. Rev up your engines for F1

All aboard the F1 Power Up Truck! Photography: Singapore Grand Prix via Facebook

OK so the F1 grand prix isn’t happening during the September holidays but there will be an F1 Power Up Truck making a pit stop at Wisma Geylang Seria Family Carnival on 9 and 10 September. The final stop open to the public will be at Pasir Ris East Community Club on Saturday 14 September. Drop by so you and your little one can have a spin on the F1 simulators, plus enjoy educational exhibits and a cool new VR experience. Hit the race track on board Max Verstappen’s Red Bull, go behind the scenes or explore the Circuit Park – all in 360°! Don’t forget to get your tickets and noise-cancelling headphones to protect those little ears for the real thing in a couple of week!

10. Spend a day at Changi

It’s not every day you head to your local airport to enjoy the facilities when you’re not even jetting off on holiday! Lucky for us here in Singapore, we’ve got the amazing Changi Airport on our doorstep, which we’re huge fans of. And this school holidays, there are some super-cool activities to suss out with your littlies. Up until 13 October 2019, you can head to Singapore’s very first Family Lounge presented by PlayStation in Terminal 3 and try your hand at a range of PlayStation games. Then there’s the Flavours of China indoor playground that looks good enough to eat! Inspired by China’s popular cuisine, kids will love the food-themed area where they can run through the obstacle tunnel and slide down the noodles slide into a colourful hotpot soup ball pit!

11. Head to the Gardens

Explore Gardens by the Bay, then chill under the Supertrees with an ice-cream cone. Photography: Hayley Durack of Polkadot Photography

We’re constantly on the lookout for green spaces and pretty parks to bring the kids to, so a day at Gardens by the Bay is always a winner. And, from now until 15 September, head to the Flower Dome to enjoy this year’s Orchid Extravaganza, which celebrates Singapore’s pop culture with a creative spin on familiar icons. It’s certainly flower power with a twist! 

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