The March school holidays are swiftly approaching, and many anxious young parents are probably wringing their hands, wondering “What are we going to do with the kids?” Maybe you’re one of them. Kudos to you for taking time off from your busy careers to spend time with your kids.
To help you plan your week, here are 4 free family activities you can consider bringing your family to during the week-long break. Enjoy!
1. Sentosa KidZ Flea
Calling all bargain hunters and flea market lovers! Enter a market place where kids have the final say in everything! Support the *Play-trepreneurs aged between 7 and 12 years old at the Sentosa KidZ Flea this March Holidays. Returning for the third year, Sentosa KidZ Flea provides a marketplace for Play-trepreneurs to sell toys and books, handmade accessories or provide customised services like manicure and face painting.
Sentosa KidZ Flea 2014
Date: 15th to 23rd March 2014
Time: 2pm to 7pm
Venue: Beach Plaza and Beach Station
Event Admission: Free (excludes island admission and parking charges)
*Play-trepreneur is derived from ‘Play’ and ‘Entrepreneur’; the young entrepreneurs get to enjoy some playtime while running their little businesses on Sentosa.
For more information, visit www.sentosakidzflea.com
2. A Changed World: Singapore Art 1950s – 1970s
A Changed World explores the development of Singapore art after World War II, showcasing how local artists expressed, through their art, their thoughts, opinions and feelings on the rapid socio-economic and political changes our country went through over the years. Children will gain a better understanding of Singapore’s history, brought to life in a fun and engaging way through stories. Parents are more than welcome to accompany their children on this exciting adventure of discovering how to interpret art in the context of history.
The Story a Painting Tells: Storytelling Sessions for Children
Sat & Sun | 15 & 16 Mar 2014
2.30pm & 4.30pm | 30 mins | National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery 2, Basement
Recommended for ages 7 and up
3. Words Go Round (WGR)
Words Go Round (WGR) is a Singapore Writers Festival initiative, under the National Arts Council Arts Education Programme. It was launched in 2011 to encourage a love for reading and appreciation for good literature among the younger generation.
Between 6-15 March 2014, older students can sign up for talks and workshops by Singaporean and overseas writers, to experience the joys of reading and writing. Meanwhile, younger kids can attend the storytelling sessions conducted in both English and Mandarin. If you register now, there’s still time to catch the sessions held this weekend!
Tap and Clap with Badang, Sang Kancil and Kucinta by Rosemarie Somaiah
Sat | 15 Mar 2014
3pm| 30 min | The Little Arts Academy, 1 Selegie Rd, Singapore 188306
Suitable for children aged 4-9 years
Join storyteller Rosemarie Somaiah in singing, tapping, clapping and celebrating stories of Badang the Strongman of Singapura, Sang Kancil the little mouse deer and Kucinta the cat. The fun and excitement of this session will help children connect with heritage stories from the region, trigger the imagination, develop listening skills and kick-start good literacy skills.
For more details, please visit www.singaporewritersfestival.com/wgr
4. Screensavers’ Day Out!
Want to cut down on TV-time for the kids, but not sure what else you can do to keep them occupied? Learn more about how to create healthy digital habits for your family while spending some time outdoors. Join Screensavers for a day of fun and learning with your child! Visit their exhibition for kids to enjoy the bouncy castle and other fringe activities like balloon sculpting and face painting. You can also complete the Screensavers Trail to receive a free goodie bag.
Screensavers’ Day Out!
Sat & Sun | 15 & 16 Mar 2014
11am to 7pm
21 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, Lot One Shopping Mall, Level 5 (Roof Garden)
Visit www.screensaverssg.com for more information
5. Hang out at AMK Hub
Ang Mo Kio (AMK) Hub celebrates the March Holidays with a Monster Bonanza from 14 March to 13 April 2014. Get ready for one month of delightful selection of treats for the whole family, including a series of exhilarating performances, fabulous promotions, and giveaways in store for shoppers! And it’s all in air-conditioned comfort, which is great for families who are trying to beat the heat of these few months.
Driving Fun For Your Little Ones | 15 – 23 March
Simply spend a minimum of $80* ($160* at FairPrice Xtra) for get a free pass to the Mini Driving School. (Limited to 100 passes per weekday and 200 passes per weekend). Kids can choose from a selection of luxury mini car models such as Audi, Ferrari and Lamborghini, and experience the thrill of driving through the circuit, lined with colourful images of traffic markings and more.
Monsters Rock! | 15 March – 13 April
Meet some roving thematic monster mascots as you make your way around AMK Hub. These friendly personalities will keep everyone entertained with their dance performances and definitely put a smile on your little ones’ faces!
Experience Magic With Colour-Changing Mugs | 14 March – 13 April
That’s not all! Spend a minimum of $150* ($300* at FairPrice Xtra) and you’ll receive a free colour-changing mug. These thermo-sensitive mugs will change to a vibrant splash of colours when a hot drink is poured into them! (Limited to 1 mug per shopper, while stocks last.)
By Dorothea Chow