Check off this list of activities for the kiddos this June holidays. Best of all, they’re all FREE!
1. Sandcastle building
Every Saturday and Sunday from 3:30 p.m to 7:00 p.m., Castle Beach welcomes all families to connect with nature (and each other) in a massive sand building activity at East Coast Park. You can either BYOB (bring your own buckets) or borrow the ones provided.
East Coast Park Svc Rd, Carpark E2
2. Walking tours
Singapore has come a long way in a short time – becoming a fusion of ultramodernity and rich heritage. A group of passionate students from Nanyang Technological University host free Singapore Footprints walking tours. Under their guidance, you and your kids can trace the island’s short but extraordinary history.
3. Farm tours
At The Animal Resort, let the youngsters learn about caring for farm animals. While animal food is available for purchase, admission is free.
81 Seletar West Farmway 5, Singapore 798061
4. After-Hours Art
Let the kids stay up past their bedtimes at the Singapore Art Museum, where admission charges are waived for all visitors every Friday between 6 and 9 p.m.
Awesome exhibitions include the upcoming Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea plus the ongoing Once Upon This Island.
71 Bras Basah Rd and 8 Queen St, Singapore 189555
5. Road Safety Community Park
Did you know that East Coast Park is home to the Road Safety Community Park?
A fond memory for most Singaporeans, this miniature traffic environment serves as a fun simulation of our streets. Kids can play pretend as a pedestrian or motorist. Open 24 hours.
East Coast Park Svc Rd, Carpark B1
6. Stargazing sessions
Weather permitting, the Singapore Science Centre hosts free stargazing sessions at the Observatory every Friday from 7:45 to 10 p.m. Astronomy buffs will be thrilled to see star clusters and planets.
There are also free talks every second Friday of the month.
21 Jurong Town Hall Rd, Singapore 609433
7. Water playgrounds
Children and adults alike can splash around at I12 Katong’s rooftop wet playground on Level 4. Or, check out the mall’s cinema, which features the latest Captain America installment (okay, okay, the movie isn’t free – but the air-con is!).
112 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428802
8. Public libraries
While iPads are tempting entertainment choices for kids these days, try this novel idea instead: Visit one of the dozens of public libraries across the island for a storytelling session. Led by skilful raconteurs, the story times happen every day, at no cost. Check venues and times online.
9. Fire station tours
Does your little guy dream of being a firefighter someday? Take him down for a visit to a local fire station where he can learn about a day in the life of a firefighter in Singapore.
Most fire stations host visitors every Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. Kids can also take pictures in a big Red Rhino fire engine or wearing a fire vest.
By Joshua Tan, The Finder, May 2016