50 awesome things to do this school holiday!

Keep your little ones busy and happy with fantastically fun things to check out in Singapore this year-end school holiday!

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You know that it’s good to let kids get bored now and again, but since you’re spending time with the kiddos this school break, why not make the most of it?

It won’t just be the breather they need to get ready for the new school year, you’ll also be creating fond memories together as a family.

If you’re wondering how to keep them engaged and entertained for nearly two months, we’ve got you covered with scores of fab events and activities you can check out with junior.

Whether it’s an interactive exhibition, family-friendly events and free mall activities, or outdoor play areas, we list them all!

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 Skyline Luge Sentosa Now that two new thrilling luge tracks have been added, you and your young ’uns can expects twists, turns and thrills as you race each other downhill. The new tracks, called Expedition and Kupu Kupu, promises a heart-stopping race through tunnels and steep slopes. Go in the evening and you’ll enjoy a different and cooler experience as bright colours bathe the tracks. Take the Skyride (four-person chairlift) to the starting point and you’ll enjoy a breathtaking views of the Singapore skyline. Prices for combo tickets to the Luge and Skyride range from $23 to $39. Luge rides are suitable for children aged 6 and above and 110cm in height or more. Open from 10am to 9.30pm daily.

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 The Sound of Music Introduce your mini-me to this beloved classic, which spawned favourite childhood songs like My Favourite Things and Do-Re-Mi! This award-winning theatre production is based on the heart-warming tale of a nun, who leaves an Austrian convent to become the wife of a stern governor and step-mother to his seven children. Tickets cost between $65 and $185. From 7 November to 3 December at the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands.

3. Arts in your Neighbourhood From contemporary dance performances and guided neighbourhood walkabouts to puppet shows and street art installations, the Arts in your Neighbourhood programme has them all! Get set to be wowed by the pyrotechnics in the dazzling acrobatic and fire dancing performance, called Boom! This fire show tells the story of how Jurong was transformed into one of the first industrial towns in Singapore. Maxx the Cat, a puppet show performed by The Finger Players, is about a young girl, Sam, and her adopted pet cat, Maxx, who journey through life’s many adventures and mishaps! Click here to learn where and when these performances will be staged. From 9 to 26 November.

4. Singapore Botanic Gardens Children’s Festival There’ll be many opportunities for your mini-me to get hands-on with the various arts and craft activities. In fact, junior would enjoy baking toothsome tea-time delights like cookies and muffins at the culinary workshops. Plus, they can also join a guided walk through the aromatic world of plants! From 11 to 26 November from 8am to 7pm at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Admission is free.

5. Playeum Workshop: Hats Off to You! With Christmas around the corner, your child will likely need a hat to complete his festive get-up. This workshop will teach junior how to add craft materials to an existing hat through upcycling. Trained instructors — called playmakers — will guide him through the whole process. Up the ante by purchasing a tinker kit ($10 each), which comes with a simple motor and two LED-lights, coin batteries and wires, that your kiddo can add to his cap! Happening on 19 November, 10.30am to 12.30pm, tickets cost $32 per child. Suitable for children aged 5 to 12. Craft materials will be provided.

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Daddy Cool 6-A-Side Football Tournament 2017 Calling all father and son football enthusiasts — The Centre for Fathering’s Daddy Cool Football showdown is here! Assemble your own dream team of at least five father-and-son pairs and pit your skills against other teams on the football pitch to see who will emerge victorious! Besides chatting and playing football, you’ll also be treated to fringe activities like musical performances ― there’s also lip-smacking food. Registration costs $100 for a team of 10 and $20 per father and son pair. Registration ends 15 November ― the event’s on 18 November from 11am to 6pm at the bJalan Besar Stadium. Suitable for boys between the age of 9 and 15.

7. Learn to make your own 3D Christmas Cards Bond with your kiddo as the both of you master traditional paper quilling techniques and create your own 3D Christmas cards! Learn to make intricate designs such as reindeer and Christmas trees as friendly instructors guide in this step-by-step workshop. Taking place over several weekends from 29 November till 5 December at Yu Hua CC, Changi Simei CC, Bukit Timah CC or Hwi Yoh CC depending on the week. The workshop costs $20 per PAssion-card member or $30 for non-members and $7 each for materials. Check out the People’s Association web portal for more information.

8. Future World This is one cool permanent exhibition to check out at the ArtScience Museum. Besides marvelling at the numerous digital installations, your sweetie can watch his adorable drawings come to life on the big screen at this kid-friendly showcase, plus enter an awesome “crystal universe” illuminated by 170,000 LED lights that change colour. A family package costs $36.80 (two adults and two kids).

9. Water Play at Compass One and Waterway Point Families living in the Northeast can now avail themselves of fab play areas in neighbouring malls. The Ninja Trail at Compass One boasts both a dry play area and a mini-water obstacle course. Or hop over to Waterway Point’s Happy Park, an outdoor play area featuring both wet and dry action.

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 Night Safari’s Twilight Encounters Spend an enchanting night exploring the Safari and checking out by the mesmerising glow-in-the-dark walking trails. Also, keep your eyes peeled for geometric animal light sculptures located along the routes and learn a thing or two about the Safari animals. Enjoy face-painting activities, along with a special black-light photo booth for your kid’s we-fie needs! From 17 November to 31 December on Fridays and Saturdays only. Tickets cost $45 per adult and $30 per child. From 7pm to midnight.

11. Marine Cove If you haven’t been to this huge play area at East Coast Park, you need to make tracks there, stat. Besides a host of new dining options, the sprawling new 3,500sq m playground includes a three-storey play tower and lots of climbing structures for younger kids.

12. Jurong Bird Park Listen to the cries of the macaw and watch the white-tailed sea eagle soar through the sky at Asia’s largest bird park. Your little ones would love to hear their feathered friends chirp up close, and feed the gregarious birds at the Lory Loft. Marvel at the 30m high waterfall at the Waterfall Aviary, and make sure to end your day at the impressive Birds of Play water-play area!

13. Air Force Museum Take your peewee on an educational journey where he’ll learn all about the history of the Singapore Air Force and how it safeguards our skies. They’ll be inspired by the air men and air women through the ages ― don’t miss the outdoor gallery where they can even get up close with fighter jets. Admission is free.

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Admiralty Park Playground This park, just next to Republic Polytechnic in Woodlands, boasts an astounding 26 different slides — the largest number in Singapore! There’s also an inclusive playground which includes a wheel-chair friendly swing and merry-go-round. Be sure to check out the Family Terracing play area ― here, you challenge your kiddo to see whom zip down the twin metallic tube slides first. At 23m long and 9m high, it’s the longest and tallest slide in any public park! Don’t forget to explore the first-ever family slide that’s wide enough to accommodate a family of four. Your mini-me will also dig the 34m long curved roller slide over at the Adventure Play section. (Photo: Channel NewsAsia and NParks)

15. Diggersite@ORTO If you’ve got a construction-obsessed little guy or gal, this is definitely the place to be. Diggersite@ORTO at Lorong Chencharu is packed with mini-construction vehicles like tower cranes, excavators and forklifts that budding builders can operate on their own (those under 6 years need to be accompanied by an adult). Knock down plastic bottles with a mini-wrecking ball, drive a forklift loaded with a wooden mallet, or use a digger to scoop sand into a bucket. Alternatively, dive into the sand pit full of digging toys, or hop onto the coal-mine cart ride that takes you around the compound. Don’t forget to slap on sunscreen, as the rides are mostly outdoors! Each ride, lasting 5 to 7 minutes, costs $5.