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 9 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.
*COVID Update: Kindly check their Facebook page regarding class schedules and new social distancing measures to ensure a safe experience for everyone!
So Yoga, 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.
*COVID Update: ToTT is still up and running with new safety measures, read about them here.
For information on their 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 collecting 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, 218 Pandan Loop, XPACE, 128408. Tel: 9855 4805
Does your kid love birds? If so, head to Jurong Bird Park to experience wildlife tours, feeding activities and even camps! Here’s a chance to have intimate bird encounters and care for these feathered animals!
*COVID Update: Overnight camps are currently unavailable. But there are still a bunch of things to do – head to their website here for more details.
Activities 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. (*Yes, their summer camps are back!)
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.
*COVID Update: Be sure to book your visit online and check the crowd levels before you head down!
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 crafts related to the themes in The Oort Cloud and the Blue Mountain.
*COVID Update: For safety reasons, please remember to check ahead and make your advanced bookings when necessary to adhere to the capacity requirement.
Check out the schedule here.
National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, 178957
The Art of Birding Exhibition is an event taking place now till 11 October at SG’s Botanic Gardens. It’s a free-for-all and you get to discover the vibrant world of our feathered friends through the lens of SG’s artists.
Enroll your family into the many activities offered by NParks SG! Registration is required – so book your slots fast!
Inspired Arts, a children’s art school founded by our very own Expatpreneur 2020 eAwards Winner Hamish Betts, is now hosting their very own themed holiday camps! Explore visual arts activities like mixed media, painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, weaving and more. They also have ‘Immersive Theatrical Camps’ that span across 4 days between a breakout room and dinner theatre.
Some examples? The “We Built a Zoo” animal camp, “All That Crawls” insect and gardens camp, “Secret Agents Toolkit” camp, “Trick or Treat” Halloween camp, “Once Upon a Time” fairytale camp, Christmas camps and many more!
That’s not all! Their camps are flexible for each child as well. Participants have an option to attend a full day or half-day camp — you can even customise it across 1-4 days.
Inspired Arts, 446A Joo Chiat Rd, 427659. Tel: 9146 9428.
Text: Priyanka C. Agarwal / Updated by Muneerah Bee, November 2019/ Updated by Jashleen Kaur, August 2020 / Updated by Willaine G. Tan, September 2020. Images: from the respective establishments’ social media pages.
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