It’s the June school holidays once again, and your kids will be home for a long period of time.
Not sure how to keep them occupied? Scroll through the gallery for activities, festivals, movies, shows and more for your young ones this holiday season.
This school holidays, your little ones can transform into real life cowgirls and cowboys – with the chance to ride and feed ponies for free!
Be among the first 150 shoppers to spend a minimum of $30 in a single receipt at UE Square on June 2 to redeem a pony ride and feed pass valid from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. You can find out more on their Facebook page.
Your little ones can experience Mowgli’s wild jungle adventures come to life with the June holiday workshops organised by Act 3 Drama Academy.
Set against the exciting tales of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, your little ones will learn important life lessons and moral values through storytelling and drama exercises. Kids aged three to four years old will enjoy Kaa’s Hunting, a five-day workshop which uses upbeat songs, dance and movement to build confidence in your little ones.
The workshops run on various dates from June 7 to 27. Prices start at $40 per child.
Enjoy the wide array of performances planned, feel the rhythm of traditional Javanese percussion and be mesmerised by Wayang Sandosa, a modern form of Indonesian shadow puppetry. You can also jam out with your little ones to pop tunes by local and Indonesian performers at the Empress Lawn and take part in crafts and dance workshops, too.
The Asian Culture and Music series will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 29, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 30, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 1. Admission is free.
Introduce your babies to a fun Mandarin world with A Wonderful Concert, which uses interesting stories, art and crafts activities and games to teach your six to 18 month-old. You can also improve your tween’s language skills with the Evolution of Chinese Characters workshop, where they will learn about the evolutionary history of Chinese characters and ancient typography through speech and drama activities and more.
The workshops run from June 4 to 8, and prices start at $375 per child. Enjoy a 15% group discount if you register 4 or more children together. DBS and POSB credit card members enjoy a 10% discount, too.
Inspire your little ones to dream big with Children’s Festival: Small Big Dreamers.
Presented by National Gallery, the festival encourages visitors to imagine and reimagine the world through experiential art and active play. Your little ones will love the immersive installations by artists such as Lee Wen, We Make Carpets, teamLab, Mark Justiniani and more.
The festival runs daily from June 9 to September 9, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at various locations around National Gallery. General admission applies.
Adrenaline junkies rejoice! In celebration of its 50th anniversary this year, DBS is extending their annual DBS Marina Regatta over two weekends. DBS has partnered with Under Armour to introduce Battle Bay Extreme, the most technically challenging obstacle course in Southeast Asia.
Try your hand at tackling obstacles such as tilting hexagons, inverted walls and wire crawls – across 3 levels of difficulty.
If you want a more relaxing weekend with your little ones, head to the DBS Creators’ Market to chill out at the communal kitchen or attend wellness activities. Or stroll over to the Bayfront Event Space to check out Thailand’s largest contemporary pop-up market, Artbox – back for its second and largest edition.
The DBS Marina Regatta will be held at The Promontory@Marina Bay from May 26 to 27 May and June 2 to 3, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The animated movie Duck Duck Goose tells the heartwarming tale of two orphaned ducklings, Chi and Chao, who get separated from their flock.
They meet freewheeling bachelor goose Peng and the trio embark on a journey to reunite Chi and Chao with their flock.
Duck Duck Goose is now showing in theatres.
Take a break this school holidays and discover the arts from a refreshing angle with your little ones instead.
The Esplanade will be transformed for Flipside 2018, which features around 200 performances and activities.
Highlights of the 10-day festival include a sonic experience in the dark, a giant puppet coming to life and an interactive electronic music piece you and your little ones can compose.
Flipside 2018 will be held from May 25 to June 3. Ticketed and free programmes by international and local artists are available.
Enjoy the last weekend of the June holidays with your little ones at the Peranakan Museum’s #FilterLife festival.
This fun two-day festival features Peranakan-inspired performances and activities, as well as gallery tours of Peranakan culture. You can even dress up with your little ones and take a photo at the vintage photo studio.
The #FilterLife Weekend Festival will be held on June 23 and 24, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Art lovers of all ages can enjoy a creative day out this school holidays.
Goodman Open House – Re: Imagined is a family-friendly arts festival which features the eco-friendly theme of environmentally sustainable fashion.
You and your little ones will be immersed in over 20 workshops and performances by Goodman’s resident artists and arts groups, explore open studios and tours, check out exhibitions and shop at the sustainable lifestyle market.
Goodman Open House is held at Goodman Arts Centre on May 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Parents may remember the old animated cartoon series Here Comes The Grump.
It featured the story of a young boy who joined forces with a princess to save her kingdom from a grumpy wizard.
Now, a film based on that same series has been released! So why not take your little ones down to the cinemas to check it out this school holidays?
Build your little one’s confidence by enrolling him in speech and drama classes at the Julia Gabriel Centre this school holidays.
Your tots will love the Cookalicious Food Festival. The workshop teaches your three to four year olds speech and drama through a rich diet of language with the use of poems, rhymes and stories.
The programmes run from June 4 to 8, and prices start at $375 per child. Enjoy a 15% group discount if you register 4 or more children together. DBS and POSB credit card members enjoy a 10% discount, too.
Jurong Bird Park promises to make the June holidays a fun time of enrichment and learning for your little ones.
Check out the wide array of programmes planned, such as Colour Explorers, where you and your little ones can embark on a colourful journey to learn more about birds through games. Bonus game stations are available on the weekends, too. There are also plenty of other activities planned, including a display of feathers, doodle wall, puppet show, meet and greet sessions and more.
Colour Explorers will be held daily around the park from May 26 to June 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroesm.
If you sign up for a one-year membership from May 26 to June 24, you can get it for the price of a one-day full-priced ticket and enjoy a complimentary iced tea, too.
Using state-of-the-art technology, this cutting-edge exhibition allows you and your tots to immerse yourselves in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from its introduction with Iron Man (2008) to its most recent release, the highly-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
The exhibition runs from June 9 to September 30.
Standard tickets are priced at $14 (children, students and senior citizens), $19 (adults) and $54 (Family package: two kids and two adults).
The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts celebrates its 80th anniversary with an Arts Festival 2018.
Your little ones will love the wide array of art and creative workshops and outdoor screenings of short films by NAFA students. If you get hungry, there’s a plethora of food and beverage stalls, too.
The NAFA Arts Festival runs from now until June 3, at 80 Bencoolen Street. Admission is free but some activities have a nominal fee.
NParks’ annual Festival of Biodiversity is organised in collaboration with the Biodiversity Roundtable.
Let your little ones celebrate Singapore’s biodiversity and learn more about conserving our natural heritage through fun games, crafts, interactive booths and exhibitions.
The festival will be held on June 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the open space between Tampines MRT and Tampines Mall.
Embrace Mother Nature with your little ones on the unique island of Pulau Ubin.
In collaboration with the Friends of Ubin Network (FUN), Nparks presents Pesta Ubin, featuring a slew of exciting actitivies on Pulau Ubin over four weeks.
Don’t miss out on Ubin Day, which will mark the end of Pesta Ubin on June 24.
Pesta Ubin will be held at Pulau Ubin from May 26 to June 24.
The charming, whimsical tale of Peter & Blue’s Forest Adventure is perfect for your little ones.
Back by popular demand, Singapore Dance Theatre will be performing this hour-long children’s ballet production.
Combining the magic of fairy-tale and delicate dancing, this production tells the story of Peter, his dog, Blue and his cat, Calico, as they embark on a magical adventure. There are children’s activities such as meet-the-characters and photo-taking sessions, too.
Watch the ballet at SOTA Studio Theatre from May 31 to June 3, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are priced at $30.
Teach your little ones to face their fears with Science Centre’s latest exhibition, Phobia²: The Science of Fear!.
Fear comes in all forms and understanding your fears is the first step towards overcoming them.
Phobia² promises to inspire and empower visitors over the fears that hold them back, including the fear of insects, being buried alive, public speaking, sitting for exams and the fear of missing out (FOMO).
Science Centre Singapore will be holding the exhibition daily at Hall B, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission applies.
Do your little ones know how Singapore’s early immigrants lived? Sign up for Sara Goes Gardening, a walking trail in Chinatown where you will visit places of worship and old shophouses and check out interesting fruit and spice trees planted along the way. You’ll take a look at the old well at the foot of Ann Siang Hill, too.
Sara Goes Gardening will be held on May 30, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The trail will start at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden.
It costs $9 per child (includes $3 “Sara Goes Gardening” Workbook) and $6 per accompanying adult.
Your little dog lovers will love Show Dogs, which is set in a world where humans and sentient dogs co-exist.
Max, a macho but lonely Rottweiler police dog, has to go undercover as a show dog in a prestigious dog show with his human partner Frank to prevent a catastrophe.
Show Dogs is showing in theatres now.
Take a family portrait with your little ones at the Mari Amek Gambar (Come Let’s Take A Photo) exhibition at the Peranakan Museum.
Discover the stories of Jawi Peranakans as you embark on interactive character tours in the galleries. The exhibition will be held on June 3, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Teach your little ones the importance of kinship, filial piety and respect through Super Mommy.
This heartwarming and entertaining Mandarin musical makes its global debut at Resorts World Sentosa, after multiple sold-out runs in Taiwan last year. An eminent local cast, including Jaspers Lai, Lin You Fa, Chriz Tong and Benjamin Josiah Tan, takes on characters set in a three-generation household, who grapple with real life issues, such as the vulnerability of family ties, treatment of domestic helpers, work-life balance and dementia.
Super Mommy runs from May 18 to June 22. Tickets start from $38.
Treat your whole family to a night of extraordinary performances by a talented and diverse cast from all over the world.
Due to overwhelming demand, 3 additional weeks of shows have been added to the Singapore season of The Lion King.
Transformed into a dazzling Broadway experience with some of the most recognisable music in the world, it’s no wonder this beloved Disney film is the world’s #1 musical.
Catch The Lion King at the Mastercard Theatre at Marina Bay Sands from June 27 to August 26. Ticket prices start at $65.
Ever wondered what’s the history behind your favourite playground?
For the first time ever, the National Museum of Singapore and the Housing & Development Board are collaborating to present The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930 – 2030, an all-encompassing exhibition about the development of Singapore’s playgrounds in the past, present and future.
The feedback from this exhibition will guide the conceptualisation of the National Museum’s first-ever permanent playground in 2019.
The exhibition runs from now until September 30 at Stamford Gallery. Admission is free.
Head down to the Peranakan Museum for a mid-week break with the whole family this school holidays.
Introduce your little ones to the nostalgic era of film photography and take part in child-friendly photography workshops. There will also be crafts sessions, inspired by Peranakan colours and photographic techniques.
The event will be held on June 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Experience the ultimate space adventure at White Sands Mall’s A Starmazing Space Adventure.
Join the mass stargazing session on June 16, which will be held at the open field beside the mall in Pasir Ris (bring your own telescopes and binoculars). There will also be space talks hosted by astronomy clubs at Pasir Ris Public Library (sited within the mall) as well as handicraft workshops.
Mini stargazing sessions will also be held on June 17 and 23, from 7 p.m. onwards. The activities run from May 25 to June 30.
Your little ones will get the chance to meet their favourite cartoon characters in person at Cartoon Network’s Animate Your Life festival.
Held at Gardens By The Bay, Bayfront Plaza will be transformed into a fairground, with carnival games, creative workshops, inflatable obstacle courses, and more. There’ll also be countless opportunities to hang out and take selfies with some of the Cartoon Network’s coolest stars.
The carnival will be held from now to June 10. It is open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday to Thursday and from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday to Sunday.
Tickets are priced at $18+GST per adult and $12.50+GST per child aged 2 to 12 years old.
Bring out the artist in your little one at the Faber-Castell Art Festival, which aims to make art accessible to all ages – from children to teens, adults and the elderly.
Look forward to a slew of exciting art-ivities, including colouring competitions, trick-eye stations, hands-on classes, art exhibitions and more.
The festival will be held at the Marina Square Central Atrium from now until June 3, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Get fit and have fun together with your little ones this June holidays!
Organised by KidZania Singapore, families can enjoy sports like soccer and tennis at the KidZ & Sports event.
Play, learn and bond together through exciting activities, such as sports challenges, cheerleading parade, world cup radio show and more.
KidZ & Sports will be held at Palawan Kidz City from now until June 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Tickets start at $25.
This school holidays, toddlers and parents are invited to experience an immersive installation at the National Museum.
Through the Story of the Forest, our little ones are encourage to interact with the dancers and explore the space even after the performance is over.
Tot’s Thursdays will be held at the Glass Rotunda, Level 2, from 10.30 a.m. to 11.15 a.m. The programme for children from 12 months to 2 years old will be held on May 31 and June 7. The programme for children from 7 to 12 months old will be held on June 14 and 21.
Storybooks will be coming to life this June holidays at Gardens By The Bay.
This year, the Gardens’ annual Children’s Festival takes on the theme of The Magic Faraway Tree and promises an enchanting experience for you and your little ones. Recreating four lands from the series: Land of Enchantments, Land of Tea Parties, Land of Toys, and Land of Nursery Rhymes, this is Asia’s first-ever Enid Blyton-themed event.
The festival will be held at the Supertree Grove from now until June 10, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Additional charges may apply.
By Felicia Wong / This story first appeared on Young Parents, May 2018.
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