Let your kids have a blast – and enrich themselves – this school holiday with these art, culture and sporting activities.
Where: SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen Street, tel: 6589-9580.
When: Mon-Thur, Sat & Sun, 10am-7pm; Fri, 10am-9pm. Till July 19
What: Singapore Art Museum’s annual contemporary art exhibition for children is back. This year, expect a series of interactive art installations by Singaporean and regional artists that will spark your children’s imagination, as the exhibition has been specially curated to cater to how children learn and play.
Turn your kids into young architects at We Built This Estate!, an artwork consisting of huge, colourful Tetris-shaped blocks that they can use to create their own housing estates.
Another work, Green II: Interstellar Overdrive, centres on energy sources. Far from dull, it comes alive when you pedal stationary bikes hooked up to objects like a constellation of stars and text on the wall.
Or, stroll down memory lane at Dream House, which taps on recollections of childhood treats, with Hansel and Gretel-like gingerbread houses filled with candy that your kids can “pick” and “plant” in a giant garden.
How Much: $10 for adults, $5 for students, free for kids under six. Free for Singaporeans and PRs (with IC).
Where: #01-01, 81 Lorong Chencharu, tel: 6257-8858.
When: Open daily, visit website for vendors’ opening hours.
What: Opened last December, this multi-facility leisure park offers a variety of activities for the family. Let your child experience longkang fishing, an old-school way of fishing, in a shallow pond – using just a plastic tank and a fishing net.
Or, reel in your own seafood, as the park offers 24-hour prawning and fishing. Get active with the family at the Uber Sports futsal field or go wild with a game of paintball at Red Dynasty Paintball Park. Enjoy stunning views of the lake from The Lakehouse or stroll along the open-air promenade.
Then, wind down with a meal at any of its string of F&B outlets, like Chinese seafood restaurant Long Jiang Chinos, Thai BBQ outlet Mookata, or savour French, western and local fare at Taste Garden.
How Much: Admission to the park is free. Refer to website for activity charges.
Where: Australian International School, 1 Lorong Chuan. For enquiries, contact Camp Asia, tel: 6593-3691 and visit website for other camps offered.
When: July 27-31 (ages six to eight), 9am-3pm; July 20-24 and Aug 3-4 (ages nine to 11), 9am-3pm
What: Unleash the artist in your child with Camp Asia’s Passion for Art, a five-day camp designed to school your child in art history, appreciation and techniques like sketching and print-making.
Students will learn about everything from Neolithic cave paintings and Egyptian art to minimalist and pop art. They will make self-portrait collages and life drawings, critique each other’s work and take part in an exciting scavenger hunt. At the end of the camp, their masterpieces will be showcased in a “gallery opening” at the school, which parents are encouraged to attend.
How Much: $625
Where: Level 3 Jcube, 2 Jurong East Central 1, tel: 6684-2374.
When: A four-day camp, running from May 25 to July 2. Visit the website for the full schedule and other events.
What: An alternative to your traditional summer camp, the Learn-to-skate Holiday Ice Camp is the perfect way for Junior to have fun while mastering his moves in the skating rink.
There are four difficulty levels in the intensive programme: The beginner’s level teaches safety basics like how to fall and get up safely, and how to skate with the proper posture and balance. The more advanced levels for kids with skating experience will include learning to skate backwards and executing one-foot glides.
The four-day camp comprises a 45-minute lesson and a two-hour practice session daily. You can even request for a certificate of completion at the end of it.
How Much: $171.20
Even more great activities to keep the kids busy this summer!
By Priscilla Kham, Simply Her, June 2015