15 Must-book activities for September holidays

Quick! Plan what to do before school is out. Here’s fun ideas for chilling out and bonding with your brood!

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The September school holidays are like the calm before the impending storm of exams. But don’t let that stop you and kiddo from taking a well-earned breather from all that exam madness. Here’s where to go and what to do!

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1) Kids Fiesta Holiday Adventure

WHAT Get respite from the scorching heat by revelling in indoor fun ― jump on a bouncy castle, get busy in a kid’s gym, pick up magic tricks or mould objects in a mess-free magic sand pit — yay, no need to bring a change of clothes! To round off the day, take a spin on an electric unicycle, under the watchful eyes of a professional from The Wheelies, of course!
WHERE YewTee Point, from 5 to 11 September, noon to 9pm; Magic show is at 4pm on Saturday, 10 September; Juggling show on at 4pm on Sunday, 11 September; Indoor magic sand pit is suitable for ages 3 and above; bouncy castle is suitable for ages 5 and above; kids’ gym suitable for 18 months and above, kids 18 months to 4 years must be accompanied by parents; unicycle test ride suitable for ages 6 to 12.
HOW MUCH To redeem a free turn at any activity, spend $10 in a single same-day receipt at any outlet in the mall. The more receipts you produce, the more activities you can participate in!



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2) Spartan Junior Race Roadshow

WHAT Your tykes will enjoy the adrenaline-pumping challenge of taking part in a five-obstacle course that’ll give them a taste of what the fun Spartan Junior Race has to offer! Cheer them on as they carry sandbags, flip tyres and find their balance on a beam. And if they are among the first 200 kids to complete the circuit, they’ll receive a cool Spartan Junior wristband and a $10 Reebok voucher! Suitable for kids from 4 to 13 years of age. You can also sign up your little ones for the actual race ― happening in October – here!
WHERE Changi City Point, Open Plaza, Level 1, 3 to 11 September, 11 am to 7pm.
HOW MUCH Free. Also, be one of the first 200 shoppers to spend a minimum of $20, you’ll get a $10 discount code to register your kids for the actual race!

 

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3) KidZania

WHAT Learning through play is serious business at KidZania, where kids rehearse for their future careers in an all-kids empire! Encourage junior to dream big and take on the roles of pilot, newspaper journalist or actor. Inquisitive kids will love cracking cases as a crime-scene investigator! And just like in the real world, your child will get paid with KidZos — KidZania’s own currency — which they can save or use to purchase souvenirs!
WHERE KidZania, Palawan Kidz City, 31 Beach View, Sentosa; School holidays, Fridays to Sundays, eve of and on public holidays 10am to 8pm; Mondays to Thursdays 10am to 5pm; Monorail service is available from Harbour Front station in VivoCity. Alight at Beach Station.
HOW MUCH Book online for guaranteed admissions on your chosen day and at cheaper prices too. Toddler $23.75 (2 to 3 years old); kids (4 to 17 years old) $55.10; adults (18 to 59 years old) $33.25. Free entry for infants under 2.

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4) Laser Ops

WHAT Get tactical and challenge your kids to a thrilling laser tag competition to outlast, outwit and outplay each other (in a friendly manner, of course). Watch out and dodge “mines” and “bullets” to gain control of your opponent’s corner! Then, up the ante with a spouse versus children match and throw in a reward for the winners! Each player will have to don a safety vest, which comes with speakers and six vibration points — these work to simulate the sensations when one is being shot without the blood. Trainers will be on hand to ensure gameplay goes on without a hitch and change things up with various missions. Only those aged 7 and above can participate.
WHERE Sunday to Thursday 12pm to 9pm; Friday and Saturday 11am to 11pm;
HOW MUCH Peak time pricing applies when you visit after 6.30pm on a Friday and for a whole day on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. For one mission, $15 per person (off-peak), $18 per person (peak time); For three missions: $30 per person (off-peak time), $36 per person (peak time)

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5) South East Asia (S.E.A) Aquarium

WHAT Let your imagination run wild as you take in the submerged vistas filled with underwater sea creatures at the Open Ocean section of the aquarium. Keep your eyes peeled as gentle giants like the leopard shark, saw fish and manta rays glide right past. Let junior get up close with the moray eels when they crawl into a kid-sized entrance and look up through a glass dome! Then pop over to the Ocean Restaurant and feast on delectable dishes created by Cat Cora, Singapore’s first Iron Chef.
WHERE S.E.A Aquarium, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island. Monorail service is available from Harbour Front station in VivoCity. Alight at the Waterfront Station. Open every day from 10am to 7pm.
HOW MUCH For Singaporeans $28 for adults, $15 for children aged 4 to 12 years old and $15 for seniors 60 years and above. For visitors $32 for adults, $22 for children and $22 for seniors.

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6) Adventure Cove Waterpark

WHAT Hop on a float with junior and take on the wild twists, turns and unexpected dips on each of the waterpark’s thrilling rides. Start at the Tidal Twister, hold on tight as your float navigates the unpredictable swirls and curves before splashing out into the cool open waters of the pool! Children shorter than 122cm must be accompanied by a supervising adult.
WHERE Adventure Cove Waterpark, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island. Monorail service is available from Harbour Front station in VivoCity. Alight at the Waterfront Station. Open every day from 10am to 6pm
HOW MUCH $36 for adults, $28 for children aged 4 to 12 years old and $28 for seniors 60 years and above.

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7) Trick Eye Museum

WHAT If your tween is an Instagram wannabe, they’ll adore a visit to this destination where selfies are necessary! This “4D” museum uses optical illusions to create memorable photographs to tickle you when you look back. The different installations range from the awe-inspiring supernatural-themed levitation installation or the fantasy-laden fairytale installation (you could be “whisked away” on the back of the motorbike driven by a big bad wolf!).
WHERE #01-43, Waterfront@Resorts World Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway. Monorail service is available from Harbour Front station in VivoCity. Alight at the Waterfront Station. Open every day from 10am to 9pm
HOW MUCH Book your tickets online and get them at a discounted rate: $72 for two adults and two children or seniors; $56 for two adults and one child or senior; $21.25 for adults aged 13 to 59; $17 for children aged 4 to 12 years old; $17 for seniors 60 years and above.

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8) Bounce Inc

WHAT Clock in your weekly cardio fix as a family at Bounce Inc, an indoor trampoline park. One whole hour of jumping on the trampolines will leave the kids and you well and truly spent, just in time for a yummy meal! A dress code applies for all jumpers — flat-soled sport shoes must be worn. The minimum age for entry is 3 years of age. You should arrive at least 20 minutes before your session to complete the required registration forms and attend the mandatory safety briefing.
WHERE Cathay Cineleisure Orchard; 10am to 10pm on Monday to Thursdays, 10am to 11pm on Fridays, 9am to 11pm on Saturdays, 9am to 10pm on Sundays.
HOW MUCH It costs $24 for first hour, $19 for each additional hour thereafter. A student discount is available, priced at $19 for the first hour and $14 for each additional hour, available on all days and at all hours except weekends and public holidays. Entry prices exclude the Bounce official grip socks, sold at $3 for a pair, which are mandatory for all jumpers.

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9) Forest Adventure

WHAT Nurture your child’s inner daredevil and take on the treetop obstacle course at Forest Adventure. There are three available — a Grand course, a Kids course and a Mini course — so there’s something for kids of all ages. The Grand course can offer you and your child an exhilarating afternoon taking on the 35 obstacles spread across four different zones. If your child is 18 years and below or 1.4m and below in height, they must be accompanied by a parent. The Kids course is perfect for those 5 to 10 years old and at least 1.1m in height and includes a cool zip line! If not, safely train your peewee’s Spidey senses with the spider-net obstacle in the Mini course, where they wiggle through it just 1.8m above ground. Be sure to cheer your kid on as they finish each stage!
WHERE Forest Adventure. Bedok Reservoir. The Grand course is open 9.30am to 6pm Tuesdays to Sundays, closed on Mondays; the Mini and Kids courses are open on school holidays from 9.30am to 6pm, 1pm to 6pm on weekends.
HOW MUCH The Grand course ― $162 for two adults and two juniors; Kids course ― $130 for two adults and two juniors; Mini course ― $15 for three rounds. Booking = is recommended, call 8100-7420.

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10) Splash @ Kidz Amaze

WHAT The indoor water playground boasts five water slides, multiple play decks and an Enchanting Deep Sea splash pad. Your children can have a blast without having to worry about getting sunburn! Plus, children under 1½ years old get free entry!
WHERE Safra Punggol. 10 am to 9 pm on school holidays and public holidays, Fridays to Sundays; 10 am to 8pm on Mondays to Thursdays. Registration begins at 9.30am every day and is required before entry. Playtimes are in four-hour blocks with a limit of 400 each.
HOW MUCH $10 for Kidz Amaze members, $15 for Safra members, $20 for non-members. The family packages for two adults and two kids at $20 for Kidz Amaze members, $28 for Safra members, $40 for non-members. Entrance is free for kids below the age of 1½.

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11) Madame Tussauds Singapore

WHAT Fancy having your family photos taken with Angelina Jolie or Leonardo DiCaprio? Strike a pose next to the life-like wax figurines of these famous faces without burning a serious hole in your wallet (or getting jostled by their security details). Selfies are part of the experience.
WHERE 40 Imbiah Road, Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa Island. Monorail service is available from Harbour Front station in VivoCity. Alight at Imbiah Station. Open every weekday from 10am to 6pm; open every weekend from 10am to 7.30pm
HOW MUCH Online ticket prices begin from $25 for adults 13 years and above. Bundled promotions are available too. Check online for more details.

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12) Climb Central

WHAT Introduce junior to the art of — quite literally — scaling new heights or if you are game for it, join them and take on the climbing wall together. Sweat it out spend an afternoon improving your little one’s agility and coordination. Family of novices? Just sign up for an introductory course as a family — an instructor will be on hand to explain the safety measures and basic climbing methods to adopt. If you’d rather let your child have a go at it with a trained professional, there’s a course for that, too.
WHERE Climb Central, B1-01, Kallang Wave Mall, 11 am to 11 pm on Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 9pm on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Refer to Climb Central’s Facebook page for school holiday updates!
HOW MUCH Introduction for kids’ course for ages 5 to 12 happens on Sundays, 1pm to 2.30pm at $42 per child. Introduction for adults and families course is every first Sunday of the month, 3pm to 5pm at $42 per adult or youth with $22 per child (a maximum of two children). If you prefer to let junior climb on their own, you must be present to supervise: $60 for one adult accompanying two children; $38 for an adult and a child; $32 for an adult (prices inclusive of equipment —climbing shoes without socks and harness; any additional equipment you need is available at $7).

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13) Farmart Centre Singapore

WHAT Skip the crowds at the zoo and head to Farmart and get up close with farm animals like goats, bullfrogs, rabbits, fishes and hamsters. Let your little one realise their dreams of being a farmer as they go around feeding the animals at the Animal Corner. And once everyone has worked up an appetite, head to the eatery situated within the centre to feast on scrumptious hawker fare.
WHERE 67 Sungei Tengah Road. A free shuttle service is available to and from Lot 1 Shopping Mall in Choa Chu Kang. Farmart Centre is open from 10am to 10pm on Sunday to Thursdays; 10am to midnight on Friday, Saturday and public holidays. The Animal Corner is open from 9am to 4pm on school holidays; 9 am to 1 pm on weekdays; 9am to 6.30pm on weekends.
HOW MUCH Admission is free.

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14) Fidgets World

WHAT Besides being an indoor playground for your little ones, you can sign your child up for a variety of classes, too — choose between art and crafts and baking. Have junior try his hands at baking his own blueberry cheesecake and cookie pops! Inspire your kids to create an art work of their own — from moulding clay to channelling their inner Picassos on canvas. There’s even a makeover corner for your kids to get dressed up in costumes with face painting and nail art to complete the look! Parents can pop on over to the Fidgets café while junior gets arty.
WHERE Fidgets World, #03-10, The Grandstand. Open daily from 9am to 6pm. Baking classes last about one hour to an hour and a half.
HOW MUCH For unlimited play: $10 for children from 13 to 23 months, $22 for children from 2 to 10 years old and free for adults and infants below 1 year old. Your child must be 4 or older to participate in the baking classes, which costs an additional $31 per child; art and craft classes range from $12 to $16 each.

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15) KidsSTOP Edutainment Centre

WHAT Engage your little one’s imagination and creativity at four different exhibition zones at the Science Centre’s Omni Theatre building, each filled with interactive and engaging installations. There’s even a playground for them to go wild. The highlight of the exhibition area is the Discovery Zone where their inquisitive young minds are engaged in discovering hidden secrets about their surroundings and the human body. The centre is also organising a kidsSTOP Mystery II September Holiday programme for children aged 4 to 8 years old. Your munchkin will be tasked to put on their thinking cap and help unravel a mystery case! Their journey in solving the case will expose them to a variety of sciences — biology, physics and chemistry.
WHERE 15 Science Centre Road, open every day for two sessions (9.30am to 1.30pm then 2pm to 6pm).
HOW MUCH Registration for the September holiday programme is priced at $45 excluding GST and administrative charges. Admission charges to KidsSTOP for Singaporeans and PR on Weekdays: $2 for adults, $5 for children from 3 to 12 years old, free for senior citizens. For Singaporeans and PR on Weekends, public holidays and school holidays: $5 for adults; $10 for children and $5 for senior citizens. For tourists on weekdays: $10 for adults, $20 for kids and free for senior citizens; for tourists on weekends, public and school holidays: $13 for adults, $23 for children and $13 for senior citizens.

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