10 fun things for kids (some are free!)

Wondering what to do during the March hols? We’ve found educational (and cheap) things for you...  

Make an airport trip doubly exciting
Make an airport trip doubly exciting
11 Mar 2016

Make an airport trip doubly exciting

We’re not just talking about Star Wars exhibits at Changi Airport (which is long over). Did you know that each terminal has woodblocks — designed by artist Justin Lee — that your kids can make rubbings of on paper using crayons? Terminal 3 also boasts an Aviation Gallery at with model aircraft and folded planes. Take your kids there (and enjoy the restaurants) for a day…

Changi Airport, 60 Airport Boulevard

Wood Block Rubbing Stations

TERMINAL 1 - Viewing Mall, Level 3
TERMINAL 2 - Next to the Orchid Garden, Departure Transit Lounge South, Level 2
TERMINAL 3 - Next to the Fountain area, Level B2

Outside gate B1–B4 at Departure Transit Lounge North, Level 2

Get arty with your family!
Get arty with your family!
11 Mar 2016

Get arty with your family!

Check out the National Gallery’s Family Weekend activities — you can learn about art or do arty activities together (free admission to the Gallery). Or junior could try her hand at the Goodman Ceramic Studio courses, where she’ll paint and decorate pottery mugs (from $45 per course). If junior enjoys messing with arty farty-type activities, he or she can go to the Art Boot Camp for kids (if your child is a whiz at art, it could be useful for DSA-sec or IBA entry!).

National Gallery Singapore

1 Saint Andrew's Road, #01-01, 6271-7000

12-13 March 2016; 11am – 6pm

Goodman Ceramic Studio

#01-37 Block G Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, 9726-5210 
Tuesday to Saturday 9am–6pm

Art Boot Camp, 200 Turf Club Road, #02-01 Turf City, 6469-5525/6469-5535

Uncover secret arts right where you live!
Uncover secret arts right where you live!
11 Mar 2016

Uncover secret arts right where you live!

This season, Arts in Your Neighbourhood is focussing on Toa Payoh — Singapore’s second-oldest satellite town. Enjoy a fantastical theatrical performance and an art installation. Plus, you could pique an architectural genius in the making by bringing your child to appreciate Toa Payoh’s buildings and landmarks.

Arts in Your Neighbourhood — check events.


We’re called “the Garden City” for good reason
We’re called “the Garden City” for good reason
11 Mar 2016

We’re called “the Garden City” for good reason

Younger kids will enjoy the four Children’s Garden play zones — Adventure Trail, Rainforest Treehouses, Toddler Play Zone and Water Play Areas — at Gardens by the Bay. Or take your youngsters to Pulau Ubin, where the Chek Jawa intertidal flat with a boardwalk lets them see mangrove swamp that leads into a coastal beach, and the 20m Jejawi Tower with a panoramic view. Open daily from 8.30am to 6pm. If you can’t make it to Pulau Ubin, take your kids to Pasir Ris Mangrove Boardwalk to see the animals and unusual plants.

Parks can be checked out online.

 Talk to the animals…
Talk to the animals…
11 Mar 2016

Talk to the animals…

Urban kids often don’t have a clue about real animals (well, anything bigger than a dog). Your kids will love a chance to be around horses and ride them at Gallop Stable (Bukit Timah) or Hay Dairies (more than 1,000 goats of various breeds, actual milking sessions and a chance to feed kids (baby goats).

Gallop Stable, 100 Turf Club Road
Hay Dairies, 3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4, 6792-0931

Start the fun with power breakfast
Start the fun with power breakfast
11 Mar 2016

Start the fun with power breakfast

You do know that we’re offering breakfast and great activities on Saturday morning — 12 March — to be followed up with loads of activities in the carnival afterwards (and on Sunday)? Well check it out at SmartParents.com’s Breakfast Bonanza and Kids Fiesta pages. Also, while you’re at it, just walk along the bay to iLight Marina Bay. There’s a carnival, and 20 gorgeous light installations and games to take in, too. Obviously, this is best seen at night.

SmartParents Breakfast Bonanza

The Float @ Marina Bay Singapore

Adults pay $12, children up to 12 pay $8 and family packages are available

12 Mar 2016; 8am–11am

SmartParents Kids Fiesta

The Float @ Marina Bay Singapore

Fun pass costs $25* (U.P. $30)

12 & 13 March 2016; 4pm–10.30pm


i Light Marina Bay 2016
Till 27 March

Watch a free movie at the Botanics (and run free)
Watch a free movie at the Botanics (and run free)
11 Mar 2016

Watch a free movie at the Botanics (and run free)

Hotel Transylvania 2 will be shown over by Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Swan Lake. Along the way, let your mini-me explore the newly minted Unesco World Heritage site. Ramp up the anticipation by getting the kiddos to help you make and pack a picnic for the movie. Before the show, let them whoop it up at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, which has various activity sites among gorgeous plants. Bring insecticide and sunblock. 

Schools Out!: A Botanic Gardens Movie Series

Singapore Botanic Gardens, Lawn E; Vicinity of Swan Lake (Tanglin Gate)

12 Mar 2016; 7.30pm–9.30pm

Time-travel (without your passport)
Time-travel (without your passport)
11 Mar 2016

Time-travel (without your passport)

If you have a car, drive your kids to see Kampong Lorong Buangkok. While it is being upgraded — remember, actual families are living here, and of course they want their homes to look nice — it is still the last surviving kampung on mainland Singapore. Located near Gerald Drive (off Yio Chu Kang Road), it’s a reminder of Old Singapore… Another thing you can do is slather your kids in sunblock and hie them off to Sungei Road “Thieves market”. It’s hot, it’s crowded but it’s incredibly fun to poke around the second-hand goods that are for sale. It might also offer your kids a powerful lesson in gratitude — that they’re no longer living in a time when THIS was all they had…

Did you know great-grandpa did this?
Did you know great-grandpa did this?
11 Mar 2016

Did you know great-grandpa did this?

We love The Peranakan Museum! On the last day of school — 11 March — it’s putting up a street fair at the Armenian Street premises where you can take a look at Peranakan dancing and music. Plus, if you have Peranakan rellies, they may be featured in Great Peranakans: Fifty Remarkable Lives. During the hols, you could pop by and take a curator’s museum tour — call to find out more...

Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian St, 6332-7591 and nhb_pm_programmes@nhb.gov.sg

Opening times 10am–7pm, and 10am–9pm on Fridays.

Science up your holiday!
Science up your holiday!
11 Mar 2016

Science up your holiday!

Science Centre Singapore has loads of activities— a couple that we noted are PiDay (14 March — 3/14 in some notations), which is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. Pop over to the Science Centre and check out the activities. There’s also a bunch of workshops under FOSSASIA, including an introduction to Raspberry Pi and Android App development. Check the list of workshops

Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road, 6425-2500.

Open from 10 am–6 pm