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.
Start out the June holidays with Singapore’s first kid-focused running event! Back for another year, introduce your kids to a world of healthy and active living. This year, there’ll be other activities for your kids to enjoy. Plus, stand to win a $100 Cold Storage voucher by achieving the highest score in their Cold Storage Kids Run game!
Sign up and find out more information here.
Cold Storage Kids Run
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Palawan Green, Siloso Beach Walk, 098498
There’s no better time than now to impart the importance of wildlife, the fragility of nature and the love of animals in your children. Bring your kids to KidZania Singapore during the holidays to learn more about wildlife welfare issues and conservation efforts by ACRES in an exhibition (June 1 to 12) or catch a movie screening at $10 in the City’s Theatre. Some movie titles include Monkey Kingdom, Racing Extinction and more, and it’s all for a good cause too, as proceeds raised from the movie screenings will go to ACRES’ fundraising efforts. Your kids will also get up close and personal with animals on selected Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays where they get to witness the display of intelligence, agility and responsiveness from various animal friends and interact with feathered animals. Apart from that, other fun activities include animal origami and photo crafting, a safari-themed City Parade and wild animal rides by ZOOMOOV.
From May 18 to June 30, 10am to 6pm daily (closed on selected Wednesdays) at KidZania Singapore, Palawan Kidz City, 31 Beach View #01-01/02, Singapore 098008. Regular admission charges apply. For more info visit www.kidzania.com.sg.
Organised by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and held in conjunction with Children’s Season – the annual kids festival organised by the National Heritage Board for kids aged 3 to 12 years old – the Wan Qing Dumpling Festival is a festival you won’t want to miss. Spend some time making crafts at the craft workshop, participate in dumpling making sessions or enjoy music and drama traditional and contemporary performances!
Plus, as part of Children’s Season 2019, there’ll be other cultural heritage elements included in the programme such as treasure hunts within the museum’s galleries, storytelling performances, drawing classes and more. Don’t miss this wonderful festival!
P.S.: Did we mention it’s free too?
Wan Qing Dumpling Festival
1 – 2 June
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Rd, 327874
Explore the galleries of the National Museum this June with your kids and discover the exciting stories of highlighted artifacts through different themes such as Colours, Shapes, Transport, Animals and Values with the museum’s new publication for families: Get Curious! – The Official Interactive Family Guide to the National Museum of Singapore. Plus, visit the basement level to play on bouncy castles and traditional toys of the past, as well as character tours and engaging workshops where they’ll get to create their own artwork and wind-up toys, installations and much more.
1 to 30 June
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
National Museum, 93 Stamford Rd, 178897
You want your kids to know the importance of conservation and sustainable living, but you don’t want them to be bored by the message. Solution? Bring them to DBS Marina Regatta, whose theme this year is The Race Against Time. The three-day event will feature fun and immersive activities, including a massive 23,000 sq ft maze by the bay. If you want to put your skills to the test and bond with your child at the same time, register for a slot (it’s free) to take on the maze — you’d have to navigate through several eco-themed obstacles that will test both your brains and your agility, and you have to complete as many challenges as you can in 12 minutes. Register here.
You’d also be able to enjoy major #throwback, with classic childhood carnival games such as giant Jenga and claw machines to entertain the kiddos and you. Of course, there will also be dragon boat races (they start at 9am on the weekend), performances by buskers such as Adia Tay and JQ & Zul, and stalls harking delicious food and beverages such as Halal kebabs, carrot cake, churros and rainbow tea.
Best part is, recycled, re-usable, and natural materials will be used in various ways across the event, and reusable cups, bottles, and containers will also be available. All F&B stall owners will also be provided with reusable crockery and tableware, as well as biodegradable recyclable containers for takeaways. A great way to let educate your family on responsible consumption.
DBS Marina Regatta
31 May to 2 June
3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Promontory@Marina Bay, 11 Marina Blvd, 018940
Instill the love of books and reading in your children from young, by bringing them to these fun storytelling events led by McDonald’s very own Ronald McDonald and supported by professional storytellers as well as Junior and Teen Reading Ambassadors from the National Library Board. The interactive sessions will also include hands-on activities.
Part of the Happy Meal Readers Programme, the fast food restaurant has also begun offering the option to opt for a book instead of a toy to accompany your child’s Happy Meal purchase. June 2’s storytelling session will be held at the Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 outlet, while the one on June 9 and June 16 will be held at the Choa Chu Kang St 51 and Bishan Park outlets respectively.
Every Sunday, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. You need to register with the participating outlet.
McDonald’s Weekly Storytelling Session
Indulge in nature and go back in time at the rustic island of Pulau Ubin, which is home to Singapore’s last ‘kampung’. A whole line-up of events has been planned for Pesta Ubin, whose theme this year is Supporting Ubin Businesses. The activities are free but some require registration. From kayaking along mangrove rivers or its granite quarry to exploring its trails to special evening nature walks and a tour of Chek Jawa, there are plenty of fun and fulfilling activities to make it a meaningful day out.
While you’re there with your family, make sure to keep to its theme by purchasing a drink from one of its provision shops or from the iconic Ah Ma’s Drink Stall, and have a meal at its coffee shops and restaurants. Rent a bicycle from its kiosk to do your own island exploration, or if you have a big group, you can find vans (10 pax max) at a taxi stand near the jetty — they serve as the taxis of Ubin.
From May 18 to June 30 at Pulau Ubin. Take a 15-minute bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal at Changi Village (51 Lorong Bekukong, Singapore 499172) to Pulau Ubin. It costs $3/person, an additional $2 per bicycle. For a list of activities, visit here.
18 May – 30 June
This interactive visual arts play space, designed by illustrator and mother of two Gracie Chai, allows kids to have fun through items from everyday life, and lets them see ordinary objects around us in a different light. The little ones can crawl through a washing machine, slide down a bed, jump into a laundry basket and more. How fun. The Artground also has a few ticketed events for the June Holidays that might prove fascinating to your children, such as BEAM by The Artground’s Artist-in-Residence, Stan, which is in collaboration with Tiny Feat and The Finger Players. The performance ($20, June 22, 23, 29 and 30, from 2pm to 2.45pm) is about a girl, a light beam and a series of adventures. After the performance, children will get to create their own mobile light kit to carry on their own adventures.
23 May – 15 Sept
90 Goodman Road, #01-40 Blk J, 439053
Let your child reach for the skies to infinity and beyond at this year’s rendition of the annual Children’s Festival. The Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay will be transformed into a spectacular carnival that is based on the upcoming Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 film, as part of a three-year collaboration between Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia (Disney). There will be family-friendly games and activities inspired by Buzz, Woody and the gang and carnival game booths.
Highlights include a first-ever Toy Story 4 themed marble run track in Singapore, which will run twice every hour. Watch the marble as it weaves around two Supertrees and travels along the track that spans approximately 150 metres. The ride will be accompanied by familiar tunes from previous Toy Story films. There’s also the Star Adventurer, where the young ones can race in self-driving cars in order to recharge Buzz Lightyear; and Bo Peep’s Adventure, an obstacle course for children to test their speed, agility and endurance. Don’t forget to stay for the Toy Story 4 inspired-edition of the Garden Rhapsody — a signature light and music show by Gardens by the Bay.
Children’s Festival 2019
15 – 30 June
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, 018953
With the theme Embracing Wonder, you can be sure that the artworks and displays at this year’s Gallery Children’s Biennale will be nothing short of magical. Boasting 11 interactive and multi-dimensional artworks by 13 Singapore and Southeast Asian artists, with some pieces encouraging imaginative play, they aim to spark curiosity, encourage openness to discover diversity, and imagine new possibilities. There’s Stardust: Soaring Through the Sky’s Embrace, where you cross a 16-metre bridge and peer down into what looks like an endless rock formation that glimmers and glows.
There’s Every World, where you enter five frosted domes made of paper cut-outs to experience the magic of five different landscapes, including underwater, underground and English and tropical gardens. There’s The Other Wall, where you enter two traditional Burmese homes plated entirely in gold and get a rare glimpse into a typical Burmese childhood. It’ll be a lovely afternoon of discovery, creativity and exploration for both you and your little one.
Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder
25 May – 29 Dec
National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, 178957
The main event grounds of SAFRA Punggol will be transformed into a stunning tropical forest for their special June holiday event to engage the kiddos’ senses while they play and learn. There will be specially curated workshops according to different zones – the Literacy zone, Arts zone, Science zone and Gourmet zone. Participate in the Singapore Bicentennial Storytelling Competition at the Literacy zone, a Wire Sculpting Workshop and 3D Pen Art Workshop at the Arts zone, a Forensic Science Workshop and Robotics Workshop at the Science zone, a Tropical Forest Art Bento Workshop and Fondant Cupcakes Decoration Workshop at the Gourmet zone and many more.
Other activities include kite building and an Iconic Dragon Playground Bouncy Castle. There’s also food and drinks to be had, as well as stage performances, so make it a fun day out for you and your family. Admission is free but you have to register for the workshops (registration closes on May 27, 11.59pm).
SAFRA Punggol Weekend Fun (June Edition)
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
9 Sentul Crescent, 828654
Children can sometimes find it hard to navigate or understand their emotions. This three-day camp ($395+) by The Dimple Loft, which is founded by actress Joanne Peh, aims to help with that. This session, which follows the theme of Pixar film Inside out, will explore the emotion of empathy through creative processes such as devising alternative storylines, designing an imaginary world and exploring/creating dialogue. They will prepare for an exclusive scene for Inside Out, which they will present on their last day.
It’s not something parents can join in, but the school is known for its efforts in promoting imagination, nurturing curiosity and providing an environment for creativity to thrive, so you can be assured your child will have a ball of a time.
Suitable for kids 5 to 8-years-old.
Filmic Arts Camp: Inside Out 2
3 – 5 June
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kara Moments, 617 Bukit Timah Road, Level 2, 269718
Dance, play and fill your tummies at this family-friendly arts festival. The one-day event will have over 20 different workshops and performances by Goodman’s resident artists and arts groups based on the themes of Music, Dance and Play. Workshops include rubber stamp carving, wind-chime-making and magnet-making, while performances include music from the Singapore Lyric Opera’s Children Choir and the Philharmonic Youth Winds, a puppetry production, and a jam-along Music Jamboree featuring live musicians and ethnic instruments playing old and new songs.
There’re also storytelling sessions, caricature drawing, a mini food and art marketplace, and the opportunity to visit the intimate spaces of the artists’ studios to better understand the art-making process. Sign us up!
Admission is free but you have to register for the workshops.
Goodman Open House: The Play-full Edition
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053
A new fun edutainment playground is set to launch on June 15, so why not check out this newest entertainment option during the holidays? This park marks the company’s first venture into Southeast Asia outside of China. With 18 different play areas spanning an 18,000 square feet space in Marina Square, this adorable adventureland, which emphasises on active play, even has its very own Intellectual Property (IP) registered characters. They include Mark the monkey, Chichi the chick, Tiger, Raby the rabbit, Bell the bear and Pepe the pig, and every character — there are 11 — has its own personality and profession. Your little ones will have ample opportunity to cultivate their social, emotional, and motor skills as each play zone is designed with specific learning objectives in mind. Fun facilities include an indoor driving school, role play rooms, Augmented Reality (AR) studios with arts and sports content, and even its own themed café.
Single Entrance tickets ranging from $28 to $48, depending on duration of play.
From 15 June
#01-09 to 15, #01-26 to 29, Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, 039594
Let your kids run around at Superfly Monkey Dragon’s Parkour and Flips Kids Camp. Not only will they learn to focus their energy at these holiday camps for active bodies, but also discover their own abilities and potential, too. Choose from either a Parkour Camp or Singapore’s first Learn 2 Flip Kids Camp.
Parkour and Flips Kids Camp by Superfly Monkey Dragon
3, 4 and 6 June
Dhoby Ghaut Amphitheatre, 9 Penang Rd, 238459
Have a grand time at The Grand Camp! Sample from a variety of fun and interesting classes at The Grand Camp, a one-day programme by The Grandstand. There are separate camps for ages 3 to 6 and 7 to 12-year-olds. Programmes include drumming, martial arts, LEGO building and more.
The Grand Camp
10 – 20 June
200 Turf Club Rd, 287994
Enroll your kids in NPark’s Young Naturalist Camp, where they’ll get to enjoy a series of fun-filled and educational indoor and outdoor learning of the wetlands and nature conservation issues through worksheets, nature walks and hands-on activities.
Registration is required.
Young Naturalist Camp
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Visitor Centre, 301 Neo Tiew Cres, 718925
Perfect for families, young and old, enjoy this free concert at the Singapore Botanic Gardens in a celebratory closing to SIFA 2019.
Festival Closing Concert with Singapore Symphony Orchestra
6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, 1 Cluny Rd, 259569
Check out the speech and drama classes at the Julia Gabriel Centre this school holidays for kids from aged 6 months to 12 years – they’ll not only spend their holidays having fun, but continuing to build their skills, too! Find out more here.
Holiday Programmes at Julia Gabriel
10 to 14 June
Does your kid love birds? If so, head to Jurong Bird Park to experience 2 days of fun-filled adventures on their Bird Quest Camp, where they’ll experience intimate bird encounters and care for these feathered animals!
Or, check out their Sleep with the Penguins Family Camp, where you’ll get to have a sleepover with the birds and be entertained by a series of mind-stimulating activities that involve family fun and participation!
Camps at Jurong Bird Park
13 and 14 June
Jurong Bird Park, 2 Jurong Hill, 628925
Together with her siblings and friends, Sara visits the Supermarket Garden in the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. Join Sara to learn fascinating facts and hear interesting stories about banana, peanut, soya bean, sugarcane, sweet potato, and many yummy fruits and vegetables in this special garden. Learn about plants which you can eat and pick up tips on being a nutritional winner by eating delicious greens to stay strong and healthy, too!
P.S: See other installments with Sara here!
Sara Goes to the Supermarket Garden (A Guided Tour)
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
1 Cluny Road National Parks Board, 259569
Singapore Dance Theatre will be performing this hour-long children’s ballet production this year! The charming, whimsical tale of Peter & Blue Go Around the World is perfect for your little ones. Interweaving the magic of fairy-tale and delightful dancing about the ever-inquisitive Peter, his dog, Blue, and his cat, Calico. Join this cheeky and playful trio as they embark on a magical adventure across the world. There are children’s activities such as meet-the-characters and photo-taking sessions, too.
Peter & Blue Go Around the World 2019
30 May to 2 June
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Esplanade Theatre Studio, 1 Esplanade Dr, 038981
Cluny Court’s monthly storytelling session is in collaboration with The Storytelling Centre Limited, a Singapore-based non-profit company that advances the art of storytelling through focused programmes and activities. For the month of June, check out Dragon Boy featuring flying dragons, magical pearls and greedy wicked men! Join our Young Storyteller and discover how a brave little boy saved the day.
12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Rd, 259760
StoryFest: International Storytelling Festival Singapore will be returning for its third edition!. Once again, it’ll showcase the best in artistic and applied storytelling in Singapore and from around the world, with the theme of “Make Believe”, featuring a variety of local commissions and international performances, storytelling workshops and free and interactive programmes that are suitable for both adults and families.
Buy your tickets here.
StoryFest 2019: International Storytelling Festival Singapore
21 – 24 June
The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Ln, 179429
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.
Faber-Castell Art Festival
21 – 30 June
Marina Square Central Atrium, 6 Raffles Blvd, 039594
An original musical puppet show inspired from the classic The Jungle Book, “The Jungle Adventure” is the tale of Mowgli and his journey to find who he is and where he belongs. Take a romp into the mysterious jungles of Southeast Asia with Mowgli and his animal friends through interactive play, and learn the importance of wildlife conservation.
With an action-packed plot, captivating characters, and spirited music, “The Jungle Adventure” is set to be an exhilarating and dynamic theatre experience for all. Buy your tickets here.
The Jungle Adventure: A Romp on the Wild Side
29 June to 7 July
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Pavilion at Far East Square, 28 China Street, Far East Square, #01-01, 049570
Sign your kids up for Camp Asia Summer Camps! Take your pick of week-long sports, creative, tech-Savvy or enrichment programmes. Plus, this year its introducing a brand new Multi-Adventure camp (nine to 12 year olds) including archery, rock climbing and weekly excursions.
Camps are held from Monday to Friday. Register now!
Camp Asia Summer Camps
17 June to 31 July
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Stamford American International School, 1 Woodleigh Lane (off Upper Serangoon Road), 357684
Aviva Superfundae is a one-of-a-kind funival where you can indulge in some unique, quirky and all-out fantastic all-day play with your family. Experience play at its best via its games and activities which effortlessly fuse structured and free play. Join in our celebration of play – sunshine and happiness guaranteed!
Find out more here.
Aviva Superfundae 2019
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, 018953
Travel back millions of years to the Cretaceous period and join palaeontologist Professor V and her assistant Rex on an immersive adventure to uncover the mystery behind the elusive Australian polar dinosaurs.
Discover how different fields of science work together in a real-life dinosaur expedition at Science Centre Singapore’s latest exhibition, DinoQuest, spanning across seven thematic zones that promise a multi-sensory experience like no other. Embark on the quest to find out if you have what it takes to be a Dinosaur Detective!
Buy your tickets here.
1 June to 30 August
Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road, 609081
The perfect time to start learning a new skill is during the holidays – especially one where you and your kids can enjoy hours of cool fun while gliding on ice. This June holidays, learn all you need from Singapore’s only national ice skating programme, SKATESTAR at The Rink. Specially developed with Singapore Ice Skating Association (SISA) and Singapore Ice Hockey Association (SIHA), this Learn-to-Skate programme aims to develop love of ice skating for people of all ages, and is only available at The Rink.
Find out more about the programme here .
Learn-to-Skate (LTS) Programme
The Rink, 2 Jurong East Central 1, Level 3, JCube, 609731
By Felicia Wong / This story first appeared on Young Parents, May 2018, Updated by Melodi Ghui May 2019
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