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.

 

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Pokémon, The Movie: I Choose You Bring your Pokémon-crazed young ’un to this exclusive premiere of the Pokémon movie as a reward for their effort in the year-end exams. They’ll receive a complimentary goodie-bag filled with a clear file, pencil case and a 3D combination puzzle cube and others. Pikachu will also make a special dance appearance, followed by a meet-and-greet opportunity! On 22 November from 6pm at Golden Village Suntec City. Purchase tickets, priced at $18, online or at Golden Village’s box offices. Regular screening of the movie will begin from 23 November.

17. Busy Tables Love sensory table-top play but not sure how to go about doing it? Head to Busy Tables at Rochester Mall and let your little ones engage in a free-and-easy play session. Besides doing craft activities, they’ll get access to hundreds of educational toys and learning resources. Entry costs $10 for kids under 1 year and $18 for kids aged 2 and above. The play session is 120 minutes on weekdays and 90 minutes on weekends.

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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Sungei Buloh is the perfect place to take your brood for a picturesque nature retreat. Take a walk along the Migratory Bird Trail to spot birds, flowers and fruit, as well as mangrove trees. You might also catch sight of mudskippers, otters, monitor lizards and perhaps, even a crocodile. Admission is free.

19. Children Little Museum Located in Kampong Glam, this little gem of a gallery displays toys and trinkets of yesteryear. Check out kites, chapteh, and other vintage paraphernalia in this quaint two-storey shophouse along Bussorah Street. The entrance fee is $2.

20. Camp Kido: Thanksgiving Special Let your child do hands-on crafts or embark on a whimsical adventure when he joins an interactive storytelling session at Camp Kido. Then reward yourselves by tucking into a scrumptious Thankgiving meal, including mocktails, after a day discovery and exploration. Suitable for kids aged 5 to 10. On 26 November, activities will be from 12pm to 6pm at Camp Kilo Charcoal Club. Free Entry for all.

21. Alive Museum Love optical illusions, or can’t resist snapping unusual photos of your brood? Then spend a couple of hours at this Suntec City museum and put yourself in more than 80 “masterpieces” where you might be attacked by a large croc, or have by Superman carry you “up, up and away”. Tickets cost $25 for adults, and $20 for kids aged 3 to 12.

22. Splash@Kids Amaze Have a splashing good time at Singapore’s first indoor water playground. Located at Safra Punggol, it’s suitable for kids aged 18 months to 13 years old. Prices start at $8 for kids aged 18 months to 13, and $2 for accompanying adults.

 

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Guess How Much I Love You Sam McBratney’s bestselling children’s classic comes alive in this interactive puppet performance. In this magical tale, your child will go on a journey of discovery as the father and son pair compare their love for each other. He will also learn about the delightful changing colours of the different seasons. Suitable for children aged 3 and above. Tickets are priced between $42 and $62. From 17 to 19 November at SOTA Drama Theatre.

24. Spartan Kids Race 2017 Sign your little ones up for an obstacle race that’ll build up their confidence! Your mini-dynamo will run, jump and get muddy at various stages of a race designed to build grit while making their way to the finish line. Suitable for children aged from 4 to 13. Choose between the 0.5km and 2km race categories. Happening on 18 November from 8am to 5.30pm at Palawan Beach, Sentosa. Tickets cost $68++ per child.

25. Singapore Maritime Gallery Let your mini-captain test his steering skills when he takes the wheel at the Ship Handling stimulator at the Singapore Maritime Gallery. Open from 9am to 5.30pm at Marina South Pier, it also features a ship spotter installation where junior can pan and tilt digital scanners to learn all about various vessels, plus, get a taste of navigating the high seas. Open daily except Monday. Admission is free.

26. Play and discover the science behind making bubbles It’s the school holidays but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Junior will be taught to observe, experiment, investigate and discover the science of creating bubbles. Along the wat, they’ll explore concepts related to elasticity, surface tension, chemistry and the interaction between light and geometry! The day-long course will take place at various community centres (CCs) on 24, 27 and 30 November from 9.30am to 11.30am at Bukit Timah CC, Marine Parade CC and The Frontier CC respectively. Check out the People’s Association web portal for more information.

27. One-Day Holiday Camp: Cardboard City This camp will show your child how to build their own city using purely recycled materials like cardboard boxes. Junior will get the chance to flex their creativity in architecture and design, while instructors will guide them on how to use electronics to liven up their creations. On Friday, 24 November or 15 December at Playeum, #01-23, 47 Malan Road, at Gillman Barracks, from 10am to 4pm. $80 per child between 5 and 12 years. Registration is required.

28. The Animal Resort Think you can’t have a rural adventure in Singapore? Think again! Head to The Animal Resort at Seletar West Farmway 5, and let the kiddos mingle with some of the cutest rabbits, ducks, chickens, plus a laidback horse. There’s plenty of space for little ones to play with the animals as well as feed them. Don’t leave home without insect repellent, though, as its resident mosquitoes make the experience all the more authentic!

29. KidZania Kids get a chance to do a dry run for their future careers at this huge indoor playspace at Palawan Kidz City in Sentosa. They will take on “grown up” roles like a pilot, a radio deejay or a chef, and get paid with in KidZo, KidZania’s own currency, which he can then use to purchase souvenirs. Costs $25 for tots aged 2 and 3, $58 for kids aged 4 to 17, and $35 for adults. Visit on 9 December for the Christmas Family Fun celebrations featuring festive-themed craft sessions and activities for the whole family. Be the best-dressed family and win exclusive prizes! From 6pm to 10pm. Buy your tickets today and enjoy early-bird discounts! Tickets cost $72 for an adult-and-child pair and $36 per additional person from now till 8 December. Thereafter, tickets cost $88 for an adult and child pair, $45 per additional person.

30. Kaboodle Love building larger than life structures? This indoor playground boasts a “build-it-yourself” space where little ones use their imagination and human-sized blue blocks (made of light and bendy material) to get creative. Kaboodle also organises regular arts and crafts sessions, Nerf gun shootouts and holiday events. From $15 on weekdays for kids aged under 3.

31. Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay Hop on for a Christmas Train ride or board the ferris wheel for a spin. Then challenge your kiddo to classic carnival games like a ring toss to see who will emerge victorious. If you haven’t completed your Christmas shopping, you can even purchase unique gifts at the festive market. Since no Christmas is complete without a hearty meal, tuck into gourmet dishes made by Michelin-starred chefs at affordable prices. At various locations within the Gardens from 1 to 26 December. Tickets are priced from $4.

 

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Disney’s Frozen: In Concert Live to Film Junior will enjoy reliving the epic adventures of Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Kristoff from the animated hit, Frozen in this concert. A “live” orchestra and choir will be preforming the music on stage, in sync with the film. Ticket prices range between $75 and $149. On 2 December at the Esplanade.

33. Make Your Own Floatation Device As part of Playeum’s Make-A-Thon series of workshops, your kiddo will learn different ways to make objects stay afloat on water. It can range from a floating car, boat or anything they can create with the recycled materials available. On 3 December from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Suitable for children aged from 5 to 12. Tickets cost $32 per child. Pre-registration is required.

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The Nutcracker by Singapore Dance Theatre Catch a charming ballet performance of The Nutcracker by the Singapore Dance Theatre. It tells the story of a young Clara who falls in love with the Nutcracker doll, who will mysteriously come to life as a prince. Together, the twosome will travel across the magnificent Land of Snow to battle the Mouse King. Tickets cost $35 to $75. From 6 to 10 December at the Esplanade.

35. Santa’s Little Helper On Christmas eve, little Albert gets a surprise when a big fat man dressed in red pyjamas tumbles down his chimney. While Albert — who’s nearly 7 — is far too old to believe in Santa Claus, this adventure will leave him thinking otherwise! A delightful Christmas classic made new again with puppets, music and interactive story-telling. Your brood will even get the chance to meet the cast afterwards. Tickets cost between $40 and $60. From 8 to 10 December at the SOTA Drama Theatre.

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Prudential Marina Bay Carnival Take your pick from more than 40 thrilling rides and carnival games from all over the world. From rollercoasters to water rides, the carnival is the place to be for families who have little dare devils. The festival also includes a mini-inflatable park fit for your little ones, along with trampolines and paddle boats for the adventurous. The carnival theme will also change every month, and special musical performances held on the weekends. From 8 December to 1 April 2018, open daily from 4pm to 11pm — except 31 December 2017, when it’s from 3pm to 2am. Entry is free for all, buy the ride tickets at the carnival. Located at the Promontory@Marina Bay and Bayfront Event Space.

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Santa Run for Wishes 2017 Besides getting a cardio workout, the Santa Run For Wishes will also give your child a chance to play Santa for a good cause and give back to the community. The Make a Wish Foundation grants wishes of children who suffer from life-threatening conditions. The runners’ race pack comes with an adorable Santa or an Elf outfit, complete with a hat and a finisher’s medal for all participants. Remember to stay on after the race to take part in the carnival games, too! On 9 December, 7.30am to 11am at the Promontory@Marina Bay. Choose between the 2km trail and the 5km run; either category costs $52 per adult, $42 per child (aged 4 to 11), $188 for a family package of two adults and two children.

38. Make your own Christmas Sleigh In this festive-themed workshop, your child will learn to fashion his own sleigh using hand-made ornaments and recycled materials. Junior can create a unique sleigh that’s big enough for all their presents or small enough for their pet — the sky’s the limit! Happening on 10 December at Playeum, 47 Malan Road, #01-23 at Gillman Barracks, 10.30am to 12.30pm, $32 per child. Suitable for children aged 5 to 12.

39. Picnic & Fireworks Viewing @ The Float Here’s a countdown event on 31 December you won’t want to miss. Enjoy front-row views of the mesmerising hourly fireworks displays while feasting on delectable nosh as you and your family welcome the New Year. The food will be sold at the Countdown Marketplace situated along the F1-tracks. There’ll also be “live” music performances by local acts to keep the party going through the night. Don’t forget to bring along your picnic mats, so as to get the most out of this unique and unforgettable evening under the stars! Get your early-bird tickets now online— until 1 December — at $5.50 per person and $20 for a party of four. Tickets sold on-site will cost $8 per person.

 

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My Little Giant: Kids’ Indoor Playpark Besides usual features like a ball pit, slides and padded obstacle courses, this indoor playground also boasts a miniature train that zips around the playpark. Then there are also arcade game stations, a miniature merry-go-round and a hockey table to keep them occupied, too. Open daily from 11am to 10pm on weekdays, 10am to 10pm on weekends. From Mondays to Thursdays, tickets are $10 per child under 3 years; $18 per child aged from 3 to 16; On Fridays, weekends and public holiday tickets are $15 per child under age 3 and $25 per child aged 3 to 16. Free entry for one accompanying adult; $4 for every additional adult cost $4. Located at 1, Venture Ave.

41. Adventure Camp with Dad Fathers get a chance to bond with their tween and create lasting memories as they team up to tackle various adventure-learning activities that include supporting each other as they scale the climbing walls to making their way along a rope bridge. This day-long camp gives Daddies are encouraged to give their children undivided attention all throughout the camp as you spend one-on-one time with junior before they embark on life as a teenager. The Adventure Camp, limited to 10 to 12 father-child pairs, it’s being organised by the Centre for Fathering, on 2 December from 9am to 9pm. Online registration is required and tickets cost $150 per pair.

42. South East Asia (SEA) Aquarium The Open Ocean section of the S.E.A. Aquarium, which houses more than 100,000 marine animals from over 800 species, will enthrall your sweetie. Keep your eyes peeled as gentle giants like the leopard shark, saw fish and manta rays glide right past. Next, let junior crawl into a kid-sized entrance and look up through a glass dome to inspect the moray eels! Tickets start at $18 for children aged 4 to 12 years old and $30 for adults.

43. Farm tour at Farmart Centre Sign up for an interactive guided tour and learn about quail farming, as well as local fish, goat, crocodile and vegetable farm attractions. Contact Uncle William at 9450-0752.

44. Madame TussaudsMingle” with Hollywood stars, musicians, politicians and athletes at Madame Tussauds Singapore. This exhibition is surprisingly kid-friendly ― junior can even shoot hoops with Yao Ming, tee-off with Tiger Woods and even “meet” the late Mr and Mrs Lee Kuan Yew. Book your tickets online at $25 for adults and $15 for kids.

 

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Mint Museum of Toys Revisit your childhood days with your little ones to view a world-class collection of over 50,000 vintage toys and childhood memorabilia at the Mint Museum of Toys. The latest exhibition at this Seah Street museum, The Golden Age of Animation, is on till 29 December. It showcases the transformation in the appearance of popular TV characters like Mickey Mouse and even Felix the Cat! While you get lost in the waves of nostalgia, your tot will have a “toy-ful” time there — a win-win for all! Tickets are priced at $15/adult and $7.50/child (2 to 12 years old).

46. Katapult Trampoline Park Burn off some of your kiddo’s energy and even cull your own calories here! Trampoline parks aren’t just great fun for the kids, it’s a fantastic workout for adults, too. Katapult boasts 30 linked trampolines where you can play dodgeball, free fall into a huge airbag, or do a slam dunk. Kids aged 4 and under require adult supervision. Prices start at $15 for an hour (non-peak rates) of jump-time.

47. Forest Adventure If your Energizer Bunny is a natural climber, he’ll definitely want to tackle the Forest Adventure Course at Bedok Reservoir. The Grand Course is made up of 44 different obstacles, while littlies can enjoy the Junior Course designed for children aged 5 to 10. It boasts 22 crossings, including two awesome zip lines! Prices are $36/child for the kid’s course and $50/adult for the grand course.

48. Bollywood Veggies This iconic farm at Neo Tiew Road is the perfect way to retreat from urban life with your little ones. You’ll learn just how the food that you eat is grown and harvested, plus, get to taste fresh produce as you explore the gardens. Find bitter gourd, custard apples, eggplant and more than 20 varieties of bananas. Head to Poison Ivy Bistro once you’ve worked up an appetite ― almost all the vegetables, herbs and spices served by the bistro are grown on the farm. The entrance fee is $2, you pay for what you eat at the bistro.

49. Clip ‘n Climb With 19 exciting climbing challenges for climbers of any level, you’ll be able to scale new heights with junior at Our Tampines Hub’s new family-friendly climbing area. Everyone will climb with peace of mind as an automatic belay system ensures the safety of your family members or friends. An individual walk-in ticket costs $25 for 90 minutes. You pay $6 for every additional 30 minutes after that.

50. Fire Station Open House Every Saturday morning, all fire stations in Singapore (except Jurong Island Fire Station) conduct an Open House for members of the public. From 9am to 11am, your munchkin will watch firemen jump into their fire-protective suits, learn about the different parts of the fire engine and even sit at the wheel of the “Red Rhinos”. Admission is free.

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