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. She also runs family yoga classes on occasion, which is a great way to bond with the kids over a restorative practice.
920 ECP, 449875
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, 529509
Tel: 6219 7077
ToTT @ Suntec
#02-427, 3 Temasek Blvd, 038983
Tel: 6238 1578
The 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, 089065
Tel: 6831 5395
Does your kid love birds? If so, head to Jurong Bird Park to experience two 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
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 also hold storytelling sessions and reading-related activities regularly.
Check here for a full list of libraries and events.
If you’re looking for age appropriate activities for your kiddos, the National Gallery Singapore has a slew of activities lined up for kids of all ages. Your tweens can join a photography workshop focusing on perspective, lines and lighting in architecture while younger kids can spend an afternoon tinkering with arts and craft related to the themes in The Oort Cloud and the Blue Mountain. Check out the schedule here.
National Gallery Singapore
1 St Andrew’s Rd, 178957
Enroll your kids in NPark’s Nature Rambling at the Children’s Garden, where they’ll get to explore the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden through investigative experiments and surveys, create a biodiversity craft and pot their very own dish garden.
Registration is required.
Nature Rambling at the Children’s Garden
9 am to 1 pm
Jacob Ballas Childrens Garden, 481 Bukit Timah Rd, 259769
Text: Priyanka C. Agarwal / Updated by Muneerah Bee, November 2019
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