One more week, and school-going children of all ages will be able to breathe a sigh of relief. The first break since the start of school year is here! Never mind that parents may not be able to apply for a leave long enough to travel, there’s fun to be had right here in Singapore. Try not to break the learning momentum. Instead, fuel your child’s sense of wonder and discovery with these holiday activities.
Gardeners’ Day Out
Nature activities for families and children abound, and a few of them do not require pre-registration. Try nature storytelling and craft activities for children aged between four and eight, or fun recycling flower pots for those between six and 12. Little gardeners are also welcome to sit in at the various talks and demos. You and your child could bond while growing your own herb garden! Click on the link below for schedule and activity details.
When 16 March, 9 am to 6 pm
Cost Some are at a fee
More info http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=397
The Wright Stuff
Kids Invent is holding a two-day flight camp for all science enthusiasts. The camp is open to children aged eight to 14, but also welcomes those currently in P1. Inspired by the the Wright brothers, who were the first to create planes that could actually fly, the camp includes: aerobies and planes, frisbees, plane and launcher, hand-o-copter, paper helicopter, styrene planes and straw rockets.
When 21 & 22 March, 10am to 5pm
Where 167 Jln Bukit Merah
Cost $135 for one day, or $250 for two days (inclusive of materials and snack)
More info http://kidsinventsingapore.com/
Play Shop For Real
The Sentosa Kidz Flea Market is back, where budding entrepreneurs aged between seven and 12 set up shop and sell pre-loved toys, books and clothes, handmade accessories and provide services like manicure and even the good old funfair games! There will be performances, from fascinating magic shows to engaging puppet shows, too.
When 16 to 24 March, 2 – 7pm
Where Beach Station, Sentosa
Cost Free entrance for customers, excluding Sentosa entry.
More info http://www.sentosa.gov.sg/sentosa-kidz-flea-market-is-back-this-march-school-holidays/
Make your own Kai Kai and Jia Jia! In these two 90-minute sessions, children will learn to create, paint, and eventually bring home two happy pandas. Clay Cove offers pottery courses for children aged between five and 14 years old. Through clay modelling, your child will be able to develop the skill of three-dimensional visualisation.
When 18 & 21 March, or 19 & 22 March, various times
Where The Centrepoint # 05-01, 176 Orchard Road
Cost &80 per child for two sessions
More info http://www.claycove.com/sch_holiday_March.html
Have a Last Look into Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research
Before the 12-year-old museum closes to move to a bigger premise next year, let your child take an intimate look at creatures that used to fly, hop, swing, stomp, leap, crawl and slither. There’re dinosaur bones on tables and skeletons in the closet! Entry is free, but guided tours require advance reservation and are offered for a fee.
When Before 1 April, but guided tours are only from 18 to 22 March
Where Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, NUS
More info http://rmbr.nus.edu.sg/ To book guided tour https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xeAnZrGh7gMXxOOZpJdotIv6-B03ow1t8P6fm_Ck6mY/viewform?pli=1
Walk on the Wild Side
Observe nature at its best, right at the city fringe. You and your child might be able to view mousedeer, pangolin, colugo, wild pigs, monitor lizards, flying lizards, monkeys, even drongos, babblers, barbets, cuckoos, flowerpeckers, sunbirds, and an eagle or two. This is a good opportunity to relax while you learn.
When 18 March, 9 – 11am
Where Main entrance of Lower Peirce Reservoir Park
Cost $15 per child. One adult can accompany each child free of charge.
More info http://www.cicadatree.org.sg/livingearthwalks_wildside.html
Stories in Rhyme
ACT3 Drama Academy returns with a holiday programme for three to six year olds. This year, the one-week programme brings fun into language learning, while building memory and storytelling skills. Children are grouped according to their age, with teachers to assist the younger ones during toilet break and snack time. At the end of the programme the children will get to present what they have learned.
When 18 to 22 March, 3 – 5pm (the morning session is fully-booked)
Where ACT3 International, 126 Cairnhill Road
Cost $250 per child
More info https://www.act3international.com.sg/holidaymar2013.htm
Love Your Creepy Crawlies
Have you ever ventured onto the Pasir Ris mangrove boardwalk? Join guides from The Naked Hermit Crab on a tour as they share their love for the fascinating mangrove life. You and your child may be able to spot dog-faced water snakes, tree-climbing crabs or giant mudskippers.
When 23 March, 5 – 6.30pm
Where Pasir Ris Park, Carpark C
More info http://nakedhermitcrabs.blogspot.sg/2013/02/march-and-april-free-pasir-ris-mangrove.html
Mind Your Manners
The three-day camp aims to mould children into a well-mannered little people with all the right attitudes for different occasions. Children will take part in interactive hands-on activities which include discussions, games, stories and quizzes, all in the theme of manners. Classes are for four to seven year olds, and eight to 12 year olds.
When 19 to 21 March. Each class lasts for two hours.
Where Toa Payoh Library, Multi-Purpose Room
Cost $150 per child
More info http://mollymanners.com/claratan/march-holiday-camps-2013/
Play And Watch
Climb, sing, dance, jump, run, hunt, move and clamber into the world of verbs at The Magic Treetop. Sit on the floor and move your body to the rhythms as Yasmin, the main character, helps the Robins find their missing egg. Suitable for children aged two to four, the play is performed in Mandarin.
When 20 to 24 March, various times
Where Esplanade Recital Studio
More info http://www.esplanade.com/whats_on/programme_info/huayi_the_magic_treetop/index.jsp