Are you stumped for ideas on what to do or where to bring your kid during the school holidays?
Don’t fret. We promise there’re plenty of opportunities for them to expend their energy, engage in new experiences and get crafty too. Not to mention, there are activities for the whole family to spend quality time together.
Here are 11 things you can do to keep them busy, active and entertained.
It’s never too early to start practicing yoga, and while you can introduce this to your kids via exercises at home and YouTube tutorials, there is nothing better than working with an experienced practitioner.
Sophie at So Yoga runs kids classes at various locations and her classes are suitable for kids between 6 and 9 years old. Best of all, they are affordably priced at $20. She also runs family yoga classes on occasion, which is a great way to bond with the kids over a restorative practice.
Kate Porter Yoga Studio
#01-27 Laguna Park
5000G Marine Parade Road, 449290
Do you have a budding MasterChef in your home? Treat them to a “Junior Chef”cooking class at ToTT. Suitable for ages 5 to 12, ToTT runs cooking classes where parents and kids can cook together. Think dishes like takoyaki, Harajuku crepes, confetti cupcakes, cookies and chocolate log cakes — all things the little ones will enjoy eating too.
They will learn to prepare at least three dishes per class, using the state-of-the-art tools and equipment that ToTT is famed for. The kids go home with recipe print-outs and an apron. Classes are held on weekdays and weekends, at their Century Square and Suntec outlets.
For a full schedule, take a look here.
ToTT @ Century Square
#02-14, 2 Tampines Central 5
Tel: 6219 7077
ToTT @ Suntec
#02-427, 3 Temasek Blvd
Tel: 6238 1578
The month-long school holidays are a good time to explore volunteer work. The Food Bank Singapore is an organisation that collects unused and unwanted food from homes and organisations, and donates it to the needy.
Get involved by adopting a bank box as a family, and collect unwanted food items from within your neighbourhood, friends and community. Food Bank Singapore Junior’s Club also recruits junior volunteers. The kids will be involved in collection and donation drives, food sorting and more. The experience and learning will be priceless.
The Food Bank Singapore
#01-02/04, Tanjong Pagar Distripark
39 Keppel Road
Tel: 6831 5395
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
To keep your hyperactive young ones actively engaged, look no further than the gymnastics camps at The Yard. Their two locations (Dempsey and Jurong) will run five-day intensive three-hour-long camps which are a mix of fun and training across various ages.
Choose from single-activity camps and multi-activity camps and expect them to dabble in Gymnastics, Trampoline, Parkour, Ninja and Freestyle programmes. The camps see kids going from drills to skills, strength to strength, with continuously monitored progress and challenges.
All five-day campers will receive a goody bag and a certificate of completion.
The Yard – Jurong
10 Science Centre Rd, 609079
Tel: 6816 8022
The Yard – Dempsey
72 Loewen Rd, Dempsey Hill, 248848
Tel: 6914 9660
In a pre-digital age, we remember spending our school holidays amidst books and make-believe. Encourage your kids to be book lovers by making regular visits to the public libraries.
Queenstown Public Library, Central Public Library and the Tampines Regional Library are among the several that have a children’s section, complete with height-appropriate shelves, reading nooks and areas dedicated to toddlers, school-aged kids and even teens. The libraries regularly hold storytelling sessions and reading-related activities, so get involved.
Check here for a full list of libraries and events.
Explore the galleries of the National Museum this June with your kids with its Children’s Special! Discover the exciting stories of highlighted artifacts through different themes. 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
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
The 9th edition of this popular children’s film festival features eight collections of imaginative short films from over 30 countries. Each unique collection is curated for a specific age-group, ranging from charming shorts for tots to edgy animation for teens, including 2019 Oscar-nominated films, One Small Step and Late Afternoon, as well as Zog from the Oscar-nominated producers of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom.
Tickets are required for admission for ages 1 and up, available through www.bigeyesbigminds.com.
Singapore International Children’s Film Festival – Big Eyes, Big Minds
27 May to 16 June
National Gallery Singapore, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, 8 College Ave West, Level 2 Education Resource Centre, 138608
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
Text: Priyanka C. Agarwal / Updated by Sandhya Mahadevan, November 2018