Out of ideas on how to engage your little ones during the school holidays? Here are some of our suggestions
It’s finally that time of the year. Exams are over, textbooks are kept away and report cards are released. School is officially out for the December holidays and it is time for the best part of the year to commence.
Filled with fun activities, holidays, Christmas celebrations and more, there is so much to look forward to as a family. If you are trying to figure out how to spend the school break with your kids, we have a list of some of the best school holiday activities around the island for kids of all ages and interest levels. Keep scrolling for some fun ideas.
1. Sprinkle all the Way to Pinkmas at Museum of Ice Cream
Spend a perfect day with the family this year by celebrating Christmas, or Pinkmas, at the Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) this year. The attraction has been transformed into a pink Christmas wonderland with new unlimited festive treats and interactive installations. The Pinkmas experience includes a MOIC’s Pinkmas tree forest, crafting a take-home paper gingerbread house, and sampling all the flavours that celebrate the spirit of the season.
So throw on your most pink holiday looks as a family to create new memories this Christmas. Remember to stop by the MOIC Cafe & Bar for more icy treats, only available this festive season. Try the Pinkmas Sundae which features three ice cream scoops topped with delicious whipped cream and decorated with Christmas-inspired sprinkles. Other treats include a Gingerbread Milkshake and Eggnog.
When: From November 18 to January 8, 2023
Where: Museum of Ice Cream
2. Visit the Children's Museum Singapore
What: Singapore’s first museum dedicated to children is set to open on December 8 with two levels of thematic and exciting exhibitions aimed at encouraging joyful learning and play for our young ones.
Some highlights include an exhibition where kids can learn how trade and travel were conducted by ships by boarding a crafted ship and a gallery where children can pretend to be shopkeepers and customers while learning how trade and marketing used to be conducted in the past.
When: From December 8
Where: Children’s Museum Singapore
3. Attend an Immersive Baby Shark Event
What: Got a Tatling who can’t get enough of Baby Shark? Why not take them down to Pinkfong World Adventure, Singapore’s first immersive event with over ten game stations, motion interactive games, a soft playground and more?
Kids can travel around on a spaceship with Pinkfong, Baby Shark and their friends as they venture to different worlds.
When: October 7 to January 2, 2023
Where: Marina Square
4. Have Breakfast in the wild at the Singapore Zoo
What: If your kiddo is a massive animal lover, why not pop by the Singapore Zoo one morning to have a hearty breakfast while sitting through a 30-minute presentation featuring orangutans, macaws, tamandua, coatimundis, and reptiles?
Breakfast in the Wild will include lots of photo points and a free-and-easy interaction area.
When: Weekends and public holidays
Where: The Singapore Zoo
5. Visit the Singapore Writers Festival
What: The Singapore Writer’s Festival is back. This year, the premier multilingual literary arts festival in Singapore celebrates its 25th edition and celebrates with more than 200 programmes over three festival weekends.
While the festivities are winding down, you still have one final weekend to enjoy this year’s exciting line-up of experiences. It's perfect if you are trying to inspire your kids to read and write more.
When: November 4 to 20
Where: Various locations
6. Go on a Learning Journey About Bugs
What: We hope you and your kids aren’t squeamish because this one requires a strong stomach. If you have a kiddo who loves science, animals and insects, they will really enjoy a visit to Insectta, Singapore’s first black soldier fly farm.
Kids can see larvae ingest household and agricultural waste, learn how bugs can solve food waste issues and even feed chickens.
When: Selected dates
7. Visit the Affordable Art Fair
What: The Affordable Art Fair is back after a three-year hiatus with a slew of incredible artwork that is perfect if you have a budding artist or art critic on your hands.
Featuring over 75 local and international galleries from 21 countries, this year’s fair will showcase thousands of artworks from over 550 emerging and established artists. From contemporary oil paintings to life-size sculptures, there will be something to suit every taste.
When: November 18 to 20
Where: F1 Pit Building
8. Go on a Discovery Adventure of Joo Chiat
What: Need ideas on how to get your kids out of the house to burn some energy over the school holidays? We have just the solution. Join Otah & Friends on a discovery adventure of Joo Chiat as they unravel riddles and clues all while discovering all that Joo Chiat has to offer.
The journey will take you about three hours over just under two and a half kilometres and will have many rest breaks for tiny feet.
When: September 3 to December 31
Where: Joo Chiat
9. Take a Trip to the Past With Ana Tzarev
What: If you have a budding historian on your hands, you’ll want to listen up.
Artist and world nomad Ana Tzarev has lived an incredible life. The artist grew up in war-torn Croatia before moving to New Zealand and starting her own couture fashion line.
In her mid-fifties, she found a second career as a full-time artist and is now presenting a solo art exhibition in Singapore entitled Postcards For The Future. Featuring 47 new paintings and three sculptures, this is one exhibit you can’t miss.
When: November 19 to 27
Where: Art Space @ Helutrans
10. Visit the Jurong Bird Park
What: If you haven’t heard, Jurong Bird Park will be closing its doors on January 3, 2023, and will begin preparations to move to a brand-new home in Bird Paradise at Mandai Wildlife Reserve. Before it closes, the bird park will be celebrating the end of its 52-year-long legacy with A Flight To Remember.
Take a walk down memory lane with nostalgic dining experiences, limited-edition merchandise and dedicated tours just for you and your little ones.
When: September 3 to January 3
Where: Jurong Bird Park