It seems like we just celebrated the new year yesterday and here we are, on the cusp of the first block of school holidays. Yes, it’s just a week to the marvellous March holidays, and if you’re that parent scratching your head about what to do with your kids during the break, here are some ideas to get you excited!
1. Be an entrepreneur at Sentosa KidzFlea
Children aged 7 – 12 years old will get the chance to become PLAY-trepreneurs by manning a stall at the award-winning Sentosa KidZ Flea during the March Holidays. This unique experience will equip your child with basic business know-how, and promote the values of empathy and compassion by encouraging him/her to donate part of the proceeds to charity. Make money for a good cause, and have fun while you’re at it!
Date: 12 – 19 Mar 2016
Time: 3 – 8pm
Venue: Merlion Plaza
Cost: $28 for a weekday booth and $40 for a weekend booth (packages for multiple days available)
*all booths for 13 March have been reserved.
For more information, go to Reasons to visit Sentosa this March 2016
2. Be a social butterfly
What are is a proper handshake and do you introduce yourself to a new friend? Krystal Charm Etiquette Academy is conducting a series of fun and inspiring social skills development workshops just for kids. They will be learning about personal Grooming, deportment, table manners and dining etiquette.
Elegant Etiquette Workshop
Date: 19 March 2016
Ages: 5 to 10 years old
Cool Character Workshop
Date: 19 March 2016
Ages: 5 to 10 years old
For more info on their March holiday workshops and register, go to http://thenewageparents.com/children-etiquette-character-education-classes/
3. Grooving to their own beat
Grow with Music Camp returns to help children explore the world of music through exciting and fun activities. Led by Dr. Alyssa Koay and trained Dalcroze specialist Jerison Harper Lee, the campers will groove to rhythms and learn to improvise musically through the Dalcroze method, be inspired by history’s great composers through drama and even become little instrument makers!
Date: 16 – 18 March 2016
Time: 9.30 am – 1pm
For more info on their March holiday workshops and register, go to http://thenewageparents.com/learn-music-fun-way-march-holiday/
4. Go digging at Diggersite
Posted by Edwin Lim on Saturday, February 6, 2016
For the little ones who love their excavators and cranes, this is the place to go! Recently opened Diggersite has a bevy of authentic Caterpillar Diecast Scale Models for kids to operate ($7 for a 5min ride, or 3 rides for $18), while dressed up as the cutest little construction workers imaginable. This activity is also great for developing that much needed hand-eye coordination while having lots of fun!
All stations and digger rides are suitable for adults and children, but the rides are best recommended for children aged 2 years and above. All children under 6 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Do be prepared to queue, especially for the more popular rides.
Post-rides, there is an indoor play area with cluster of colourful plastic balls and two outdoor stations with an enclosed sandpit.
Venue: Raintree Cove, 1020 East Coast Parkway, #01-04, Singapore 449878
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily
Cost: $7 for each 5 minute ride ($18 for 3 rides). Admission is free!
5. Be a baker
Photo credit: Genius R Us
Fancy learning how to make ice-cream, cake pops, fruity cinnamon rolls and easter basket cupcakes? Learn how to whip these delectable desserts and pastries at Genius R Us March baking workshops.
TOTS Can Bake! Workshops for kids aged 2.5 – 5 years old (paying adult is required to attend with the child)
Kidz Can Bake! Workshops for kids aged 5 – 12 years old
Venue: City Square Mall, West Gate Kids Club
Duration: 2 hours
Time: 10.30 – 12.30pm, 1.30 – 3.30pm, 4 – 6pm
Cost: $45 for 1 child, $75 for 1 parent and 1 child
Workshop fees inclusive of all workshop materials, ingredients, packaging, recipe and Kidz @ Work photo in frame. Please note that class duration may vary depending on the recipe and the class size. Minimum of 4 pax to commence a class.
For more info on their workshops and register, go to thenewageparents.com/genius-r-us-schedules/
6. Be a fireman for a day at a SCDF Fire Station
Photo credit: FreeFuninSingapore
Every Saturday, kids are welcome to come for the Open House of selected fire stations islandwide, where they’ll learn more about the Singapore Civil Defence Force, the art and science of fire-fighting, explore a fire truck, try out equipment such as spraying special water guns, and even meet and greet some real-life firemen!
Venue: Alexandra Fire Station, Ang Mo Kio Fire Station, Bishan Fire Station, Bukit Batok Fire Station, Central Fire Station, Changi Fire Station, Clementi Fire Station, Jurong Fire Station, Paya Lebar Fire Station, Sengkang Fire Station, Tuas Fire Station, Woodlands Fire Station, Yishun Fire Station, Tampines Fire Station
Opening hours: Every Saturday from 9 am to 11 am.
7. Go for a test drive
Photo credit: The Karting Arena
Have a go at Singapore’s first electric karting track, a cool 500m long route with 11 turns. Non-licensed drivers would have a speed of 30 kmph and licensed drivers have a speed of 50 kmph.
Do note that drivers have to be at least 9 years old and 1.4m tall to qualify for the track. Individual sessions @ S$ 25.00 for eight minutes – approximately 7 to 12 laps.
Venue: 200 Turf Club Road,#01-01B, The Grandstand, 287994
Opening hours: 10am to 8pm
Cost: $25 for 8 minutes (approximately 7-12 laps)
8. Paint a masterpiece at heART Studio
Photo credit: heART Studio
Bring out the artist in your child with an art session at heART Studio! Whichever character tickles their fancy – Bing Bong, Droids, My Little Pony, Star Wars Spaceship Silhouettes, Baymax, and Alvin & The Chipmunks (just to name a few), they will be spoilt for choice! Children (aged 3yo and above) will have fun exploring different themes, learning different art techniques, and having the opportunity to try out various mediums. At the end of the day, they will be proud to bring home their very own treasured masterpiece.
Venue: 1 Charlton Lane #01-04 Singapore 539631
Duration: 2 hr 45 min
Cost: $75 per session
Sign up 3 lessons or more and be eligible for our 15% discount (Multiple lessons within the family is entitled for a 15% discount (limited to siblings only).
For more info on their March holiday workshops and register, go to http://thenewageparents.com/heart-studio-march-holiday-program/
9. Make a snow angel at Snow City
Photo Credit: Dorothea Chow/A Pancake Princess
Snow City is Singapore’s first permanent indoor snow centre and part of the Science Centre Singapore group of attractions. Young and old alike can have a first-hand experience of sub-zero temperatures, play with the snow, and have fun as a family. There’s also an exhilarating three-storey high (60m long) snow slope to whirl down, something you definitely wouldn’t find anywhere else in Singapore!
Children of all ages are welcome inside Snow City, and those aged 3yo and above will need a ticket. Winter jackets and boots come complimentary with your ticket, and there are a wide range of sizes available. You can also choose to rent gloves, waterproof pants and/or socks.
Venue: 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433
10am – 6pm (last admission at 5pm) daily
*** 10am – 7pm (last admission at 6pm) during school and public holidays
Cost: More details on Admission Charges here.
10. Be a botanist
Photo credit: MYOS
For older kids with a budding interest in nature, creating a terrarium together is a great way to give them the opportunity to learn the basics of plant care while creating a pretty centerpiece for their room or the home. Detailed terrarium care and tips will be covered in this workshop, and attendees can choose between creating an open or closed terrarium – all materials and tools provided.
Do note that there is a minimum age requirement of 12 years old due to the materials being used.
Venue: Blk 4 Upper Aljunied Lane #01-06 Singapore 360004
Duration: 2 hours
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register
11. Get active with new workouts
Let your child work up a sweat this holidays by experiencing a different dance workout each day! KpopX Fitness, Zumba® Kids and Bokwa® Kids have easy to follow steps and are a much better option to becoming little couch potatoes on the sofa at home.
Venue: Available at Hougang Sports Centre, Pasir Ris Sports Centre and Seng Kang Sports Centre
Duration: 1 hour
For more information or to register, visit https://www.myactivesg.com/start-out/children-youth/activesg-school-holiday-sports-programmes
12. Build a whole new world at Kaboodle Kids
Photo credit: Kaboodle Kids
At Kaboodle Kids, the philosophy of play is giving children the freedom to create and explore. This is the heart behind Imagination Playground, which consists of a huge collection of giant blue foam pieces that allow children the opportunity to express their ideas through constructing objects or scenes, playing games, making up stories, observing shapes, colours and textures, and working as a team, while developing their motor and problem solving skills.
Venue: 902 East Coast Parkway (Big Splash), Block B, #02-05B, Singapore 449874
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm daily
Cost: Children below 3yo pay $10 for unlimited play on weekdays or a 2-hour slot on weekends/public holidays. Children aged 3 years old and above pay a $25 fee instead.
13. Bring your kids to work at Trehaus Cowork
Photo credit: Trehaus Cowork
Got work to clear this school holidays and scratching your head on what to do with the kids? Why not bring them to Trehaus Cowork for the day! Trehaus Cowork is Singapore’s first co-working space complete with childcare and learning facilities, including a slew of exciting workshops and an engaging play area for little ones. Finally, you can find a conducive place to work in peace, knowing that your children are also having a good time and being well-taken care of.
Venue: 442 Orchard Road, #03-01, Singapore 238879
Mon to Fri 9am – 6pm
Sat 9am – 1pm
Cost: $50 per day for a one-off session (check out their membership rates as well)