Not sure what to do to pacify your children this March school holidays? We've put together a list of 12 top activities to do with your child so that you can make the upcoming week a fun and power-packed week that your kid will love!
FYI, did you know that admission to Sentosa is free from 10 to 18 March 2018 for all Singaporeans and local PRs? This applies to the Sentosa Express, those driving in and even those going to Sentosa on foot.
There is nothing children love more than playing! And this March, there are lots of places they can play! This includes the largest inflatable playground by the beach: FunFest 2018 with We Bare Bears at Palawan Beach Sentosa from 10 to 18 March 10am to 6pm. You can expect to see Cartoon Network's Grizz, Panda and Ice Bear around FunFest and take photos with over 300 We Bare Bears inflatables.
Other than FunFest 2018, there is of course the popular Art-Zoo Inflatable Playground, situated near iLight Marina Bay. Here are some highlights from last year's run.
You can bring your kids there to jump around, go for dinner and come back again for iLight Marina!
If you want to bring your kid to do something special, why not catch a play? The Singapore Repertory Theatre is bringing back The Nightingale, its refreshing take on the timeless classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
With its talented cast and fun dialogue that is sure to fascinate the little ones, this is the perfect play to bring your little ones to watch for the first time. Besides, you can even catch our very own Agent A in action. Find out more about the play here.
You can also consider going for a puppet show at the Esplanade Recital Studio here. With live music, minimal dialogue and puppets dressed in colourful batik, discover how Woof Woof helps the child overcome her fear. The Dog Who Goes Woof Woof is a heart-warming story of how friendship can be found in all forms if only the heart is open.
You can also opt to go for a complimentary Puppet Theatre show and discover the tale of fearless Savitri who must dream up an impossible task to outwit a demon if you spend $28 on Singapore Literature. Find out more here.
We all know that reading is very important because it forms the foundation for language, literacy and learning. However, it's not always that easy to get your child to pick up a book to read. So this March holiday, make reading extra fun for them by going for #BuySingLit activities, a festival by local authors to celebrate Singapore Literature. You can read more about #buysinglit here.
Meanwhile, here are some key activities you shouldn't miss...
1. Monsters in the Garden
In this fun storytelling session, children will embark on a journey with author Rilla Melati and five little monsters, and play a board game at the Supertree Grove in Gardens by the Bay. There are only spaces for 25 children so do email in to book your spaces now! Find out more here.
2. Adil's Book Birthday Party
If your child's birthday falls in March, you absolutely got to join this event! Submit your drawing of Adil from the Adventures of Adil series to firstname.lastname@example.org. Two winning entries will be selected and each winning child will get to celebrate his or her birthday together with 10 of their friends at an Adil-themed birthday party.
The book birthday party, which will last 90 minutes, will include:
Find out more details here.
3. Creative Arts Workshop with Ranger Anne
Love the Ranger Anne Series? In this two-hour session, children will understand more about wildlife conservation and the different animals through the Ranger Anne Series by local author Anita Sebastian. After reading the different stories, they will get creative with their hands in creating the animals through silhouette painting. Read more about the event here.
4. Go Trishaw Go
Travel back in time to 1960s Chinatown and embark on an adventure with little Wei, the protagonist of architect and author Francis Wong Hooe Wai’s (虎威) heartwarming new picture book. Discover and explore various historic religious monuments around Singapore – such as the Thian Hock Keng temple and the Jamae Mosque – as Wei pursues his naughty teddy bear through the pages. This fun-filled session, organised in partnership with Lingzi Media, will also include drawing sessions, the singing of nursery rhymes, and a game of “Spot the Building, Find the Teddy Bear”. Get more details here.
Esplanade is also organizing storytelling activities such as Holi Tales on 17 and 18 March 2018.
Paw Patrol, Spongebob Squarepants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming to town at Clarke Quay with the Nickolodeon Fiesta 2018. There will be 9 game booths to play and interact with these characters and even win some prizes. Find out more here.
Who says that makeovers are just for adults? March holidays can be a good time to catch up on the haircut before the next school term starts.
Going to the salon together can also be a pretty special experience as it makes them feel important and adult-ish.
It's a different story for teenagers. You may not get to dictate their beauty preference but sharing some of your beauty tips and even stylist recommendations early can help them prevent major beauty mistakes later on in their life.
For more ideas on children's styles, read the article here.
The school holidays are a good time to get them out of the city and explore the lesser known nature areas in Singapore. The National Parks Board is organizing a tour of Pulau Ubin that starts at the Ubin-HSBC Volunteer Hub and takes you through the spice trees around Jelutong campsite, Butterfly Hill, Pekan Quarry, Sensory Trail Ponds, Kampong House, Old Bin Kiang School site, Toa Pek Kong Temple and end at the Wayang Stage. You will hear about the use of spices in cooking and the interesting history of the different sites. Find out more here.
Alternatively, you can bring them to surrounding islands such as Kusu Island,
St John's Island
and Sister's Island for a picnic along a beach or even camping!
If you're not too keen to get so far out of Singapore, Botanic Gardens is always a good option. Did you know that admission to National Orchid Garden is FREE from 3 March 2018 to 18 March 2018 for students, Singaporeans, Permanet Residents and Work Permit Holders?
On 17 March 2018, they even organize free tours for you to understand more about the orchids within the garden. Find out more here.
Aside from the National Orchid Garden, the National Parks Board has put together a plethora of activities for you to get close and personal with nature. This includes a Biodiversity Investigative Workshop for Beautiful Butterflies and Moths of Singapore
There is also a One-Day Young Naturalist Camp that encompasses a series of fun-filled and educational indoor and outdoor learning of the wetlands and nature conservation issues through worksheets, nature walks and hands-on activities. Read more here.
For younger children, they even organized a Treasure Hunt for children on 10 March 2018 from 10am to 1130am.
Apparently, a giant prehistoric dinosaur has left its eggs in the Singapore Botanic Gardens and your child will be part of the treasure hunt to find these eggs. Read more details here.
Even if you're not to keen to spend the entire day day on the nature walks, you can consider creating a terrarium of your own with your child at this GWS Living Art Terrarium and Tea Workshop.
Soak in the fun with a weekend of water-themed play at the Sports Hub Community Play Day on 10 to 11 March 2018. You can learn to surf, sway your hips to Tahitian dance beats and get your kids to try out different sports. Find out more here.
One of the top places to visit during school holidays is the Zoo. It brings what they learn to life as they experience for themselves the roar of the lion, the majesty of the elephants and the mischief of the monkeys.
There are no special promotions for the zoo at the moment unfortunately but we did spot a 50% off promotion for Night Safari after 8.15pm from now till 31 March!
Alternatively, you can also bring them to the Palawan Amphitheatre for performances and interactions with parrots, macaques and birds for free at Palawan beach, Sentosa every day at 2pm!
To make a real difference this March, why not contact the SPCA to see what events they may have at hand and drop by to see how you can help together with your children?
West Symphonia will be performing music from Disney Classics at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on 10 March 2018 6pm to 7pm. So grab your Picnic mats, bring along your dinner and come enjoy a night of Disney magic with Tarzan, Pinocchio, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Pocahontas and more.
If you're not so keen on Disney, there's always Korngold, Mozart, Lenny and Satie at Gardens by the Bay with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra performing tuneful, catchy music for you and your children!
You can also go for the NAC-ExxonMobil Concert in the Park on 11 March 2018 where there will be an afternoon of quality performances at the Botanic Gardens. Read more here.
iLight Marina Bay starts 9 March 2018. Its a great place to stroll along after a sumptuous dinner to walk off your calories and take in the sights of the various sustainable light installations created by artists around the world. Creates fun family memories that the kids will love it too!
Hoping to develop your child's self confidence and imagination with Art? We would highly recommend you to check out Lyttle Space, art classes run by Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Design at Temasek Polytechnic Ly Yeow.
Her classes are fun, educational and most of all, uplifting for children!
Drawing aside, playing with balloons is always a winner with children. This March Holiday, balloon artists from many countries are coming together to transform Marina Square Atrium into a Balloon zoo featuring majestic elephants, zebras and a gigantic panda. Kids aged 3 to 12 can also learn to sculpt their own balloon animals.
Agent G brought her son to Marina Square last year and they had a great time so you may just see her there again this year! Find out more here.
If your child enjoys doodling, you can head to Parkland Green and ask for some free chalk. Unleash their creativity and have a go at the concrete floor outside the outlets.
Esplanade is also celebrating Holi Colours of Spring with Pebble Painting here.
Did you know that Pi Day falls on 14 March 2018?
The Science Centre is celebrating it with lots of activities such as the Memory Challenge and Irrational Toss of Numbers.
If you're keen, find out more here.
With SO MANY activities going on this March, we're certain that your child will definitely not get bored this holiday!