Singapore school holiday and public holiday dates for 2019 plus activity and travel ideas to ace the break

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Get a head start on planning family vacays for next year with our list of school holidays and public holidays...

Yes, we know at this point you’re just trying to make it to the end of the year in one piece, but life’s always better when you’ve got a holiday to look forward to, especially when you don’t have to use your annual leave to take it. Whether you’re the type for a staycation in Singapore or you fancy a ski trip in Asia, there are plenty of opportunities for family adventures next year. Get out your calendar and start plotting your year of vacations with our list of public holidays and school holidays, plus a few handy ideas for how to spend them…

LONG WEEKENDS

19 April – Good Friday (Friday)
19 May – Vesak Day (Sunday) (20 May is a public holiday)
5 June – Hari Raya Puasa (Friday)
9 August – National Day (Friday)
11 August – Hari Raya Haji (Sunday) (12 August is a public holiday)
27 October – Deepavali (Sunday) (28 October is a public holiday)

OTHER PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

1 January– New Year’s Day (Tuesday)
5 February
– First Day of Chinese New Year (Tuesday)
1 May
 – Labour Day (Wednesday)
25 December – Christmas Day (Wednesday)

SCHOOL TERM HOLIDAYS

MOE Primary, Secondary and JC schools: 
16-24 March – March holidays (between Term 1 and 2)
1-30 June – June holidays (between Semesters 1 and 2)
7-15 September – September holidays (between Terms 3 and 4)
16 November-31 December – December holidays (End of Primary and Secondary School Year)
23 November-31 December – December holidays (End of JC school year)

International school holidays vary, check individual school websites for exact dates.

SCHOOL ONE-OFF HOLIDAYS

7 July – Youth Day (The following Monday, 8 July will be a scheduled school holiday)
9 August – National Day 
6 September – Teachers’ Day
4 October – Children’s Day (for primary schools only)

Once you’ve got these dates pencilled in, it’s time to start planning. If you’re not keen on travel, there are loads of places to take the kids in Singapore – here’s 100 of the best indoor spots, for starters – including museums, swimming pools and shopping centres, but if you’re dying to get off the island and away from all the trappings of daily life, we have a few ideas for you…

Spend that long weekend chilling at island getaways aplenty where the kids get to do their thing in the resort kids’ club while you kick back with a good book on the beach. Or, if leaving the country is all too hard, check into a hotel for a staycation with the kids and enjoy catered meals, a pool, and most importantly, someone else doing the washing up.

Plump out for the school holidays with the many offerings of holiday camps. But once the kids are done with that, you’re still left with the rest of the month, or – gasp!– months. Why not hop on a direct flight to Japan or Laos or schedule that ski trip you’ve been talking about? Animal lovers will appreciate Asia’s ethical wildlife encounters, and nature fans will love the many farm stays and nature parks on offer. Or, just retreat to a peaceful forest resort and channel your inner chi.

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Don’t forget to check out our travel tips before you jet off

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Here’s to a 2019 packed with fantastic travel plans!

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