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August 2014

15 Ways to Enjoy the September School Holidays

Three quarters of a school year has passed by and now the September holidays are here! Unfortunately we only have seven days to squeeze in all the amazing activities available during this time so we’ve done the research for you and sieved out those that we’d love to go to as well. Here are our picks for the week. Enjoy!



1. Check out Street Arts

When was the last time you screamed and cried with laughter? Be entertained by local and international buskers at the Sentosa Buskers Festival and get a hearty dose of comic therapy as well. Last year’s event saw a variety of performances from different cultures and children in the audiences had opportunities to learn fun circus tricks as well! Please check out the schedule on Sentosa’s website closer to the date so that you can plan your day out an catch as many acts as possible. Don’t forget to show your support by tipping the buskers when they pass their hats around!

When 6, 7, 13, and 14 Sep 2014, 4.30pm onwards
Where Palawan Beach and Beach Plaza, Sentosa
Cost Free (island admission & carpark charges will apply)
Details Here


2. Move to the Music!

A series of introductory dance classes as part of the da:ns Festival 2014, Footwork has workshops for little ones aged three to six (accompanied by mommy or daddy), as well as parent-and-child classes for little ones aged seven to 10. A Grandparent-&-Kids workshop is available too so kids can bond with gramps or grandma as they both get active. Footwork participants also get special deals of up to 15 per cent off at the Esplanade Mall. See a video of previous Footwork sessions here.

When 13 Sep, 11.30am-12.30pm Hip Hop; 14 Sep, 12-1pm Bhangra (for Parents & Kids) and 13 Sep, 10-10.30am Bollywood Baby; 14 Sep, 10.30-11.30am Pop Baby (for Twinkle Toes).
Where Esplanade Rehearsal Studio
Cost $24
Details Here


3. Barbecue by the Sea

The Port of Lost Wonder at Sentosa has ‘BBQ Under the Stars’ for families every first Saturday of the month. It’s a magical experience to eat alfresco by a giant pirate ship and this week, on top of the BBQ buffet spread, Pirate Ship water-play and a movie, families can also enjoy lantern making, a light-up and a short trail walk with their lanterns by the beach in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Don’t forget to bring your swimwear if you are planning to get wet! Complimentary for children below five years old.

When 6 Sep, 6.30-9.30pm
Where POLW, Sentosa
Cost $39 per adult, $15 per child up to 12 years old. Members enjoy 20 per cent off.
Details Here

4. Commune with Nature

The Freshwater Stream and Pond

This investigative biodiversity workshop introduces wildlife in soft mud, under rocks, and among reeds. Your child will also learn about the Common Greenback Frog, the Malayan Box Terrapin, and the damselfly. Children will go home with an art and craft piece, a wildlife sticker and a potted plant. Registration closes on 3 Sep. A guided tour on pond life is available on 13 Sep.

When 9 Sep, 9am-1pm
Where Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Cost $50 per child
Details Email [email protected] or 6471 9961 / 6465 0196 or click here.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGo to the Supermarket with Sara

The NParks guided tour for kids, ‘Sara Goes to the Supermarket Garden’, will bring your child on a trail to learn facts and stories about banana, peanut, soya bean, sugarcane, sweet potato and many more fruits and vegetables. Suitable for children from K1 to P6, every child will bring home a ‘Sara Goes to the Supermarket Garden’ book. Registration closes on 1 Sep.

When 6 Sep, 10-11am
Where Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
Cost $9 per child and $6 per accompanying adult
Details Email [email protected] or call 6471 9961 / 646 50196 or click here.

The Great Kapok Tree

This is a drama, rhythm and craft cum planting workshop. Children will pick up important values and learn about the importance of plants. They will make make their own rainstick and learn rainforest music. Each child also gets to bring home a potted plant. Suitable for children from K1 to P6. Registration closes on 5 Sep.

When 11 Sep, 9am-1pm
Where Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
Cost $50 per child
Details Email [email protected] or 6471 9961 / 6465 0196 or click here.

HeART for Nature

This art workshop helps children to express nature in various art forms. Suitable for children from five to eight years old, with parental supervision. The workshop will be conducted during good weather only. Registration closes on 9 Sep.

When 13 Sep, 9-10.30am
Where Dairy Farm Nature Park
Cost Free
Details Email [email protected] or [email protected] or click here.

WondersWork Lego Robotics Workshop Photo2

5. Be A Little Engineer

Whether your child loves anything to do with outer space or prefers to be an everyday hero, these workshops will have your him leaping into action, battling evil, or rescuing lives with Lego robots. And oh, they’ll pick up some computer programming skills as well! The class is 1.5 hours long for five to seven year olds, and two hours for eight to 12 year olds.

When 9 & 10 Sep (Battle of the Galaxy), 11 & 12 Sept (Rescue Heroes), various times
Where 177 River Valley Road, Liang Court #02-23
Cost From $220 for four sessions
Details Here

my little pony

6. Party with My Little Pony

Join Princess Twilight Sparkle and her pony friends to celebrate the magic of Friendship! Take part in the fun-fill pony activities like an Equestria Girls makeover at the Pony-fication station, pledge your allegiance and get your cutie mark, take a photo with My Little Pony Equestria Girls, spread the Magic of Friendship a d receive My Little Pony Polaroids, and have some popping Fun with My Little Pony Pop. It’ll be awesome, won’t it?

When 6 Sep (2-8pm) & 7 Sep (12-8pm)
Where Cathay Cineleisure Orchard (Near Main Entrance), 8 Grange Road, Singapore 239695
Cost Free
Details Here

7. Attend A Free Concert

Students from the St Joseph’s Institution schools showcase their musical talents at their annual concert in the park at the Botanic Gardens. Pack a picnic basket and a mat, then come on down to enjoy classical and contemporary melodies in the park. There will also be balloon sculpting and face painting for children.

When 13 Sep, 5-7pm
Where Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Cost Free
Details Call 6471 7361

8. Learn About Money

Children from six years of age can and go on a journey with a tour guide to learn about the evolution of Singapore’s currency at this Coin-Making Workshop. They will then learn the process of coin-making and get a hands-on experience in making one out of plaster.

When 9, 11, 14 Sep, 11am-1pm or 3-5pm
Where Singapore Coins and Notes Museum, 40 Pagoda Street, Chinatown
Cost $15 (usually $25) per child
Details [email protected]

Barter Trading Workshop

Children from four to 12 years old will learn the story of how Singapore came to be known as the Lion City and play a fun game of barter trading. Take on the role of a farmer, fisherman, craftsman or spice trader and learn how people traded in the olden days.

When 11 Sep, 3-5pm
Where Singapore Coins and Notes Museum, 40 Pagoda Street, Chinatown
Cost $15 (usually $25) per child
Details [email protected]

The Explorer Workshop

This is a combination of both Coin-Making and Barter Trading workshops. All workshops are subjected to a minimum of four participants. Adults are encouraged to accompany the children during the sessions. Accompanying adults are chargeable at $5 per person.

When 7, 13 Sep, 2-5pm
Where Singapore Coins and Notes Museum, 40 Pagoda Street, Chinatown
Cost $25 (usually $50) per child
Details [email protected]


9. Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival

Moonfest is in its 9th year and as part of the Chinese Arts Festival it showcases Chinese traditional performances, workshops and talks, including Chinese opera, ensemble performances, puppetry, lantern riddles, cross talk, Chinese chess and a lantern walkabout. This is a great way to expose your child to fun Chinese activities outside of school!

When 5-8 Sep
Where Esplanade
Cost Some free, some ticketed.
Details Here

Floral Lantern Making

In this art and craft workshop, children will learn to make pressed flowers to decorate their handmade lantern with. They will also get to taste mooncakes made from plant ingredients that can be found in the Gardens. Suitable for children from K1 to P6. Registration closes on 2 Sep.

When 8 Sep, 10-11.30am
Where Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Cost $30 per child
Details [email protected] or 6471 9961 / 6465 0196 or click here.

10. Explore Art

This interactive exhibition titled The Story Tree is for children aged four to nine and it will take them exploring with all five senses. On Saturdays, there is a Crafty Kids activity from 1 to 5pm where children can enjoy performances, embark on a journey across Asia with captivating storytellers, or make their own masterpiece to bring home.

When Until 2 Nov
Where Asian Civilisation Museum
Cost Free with museum admission
Details Here

Big Fun Kitchen & My Art Studio

11. Enjoy Food and Art

Big Fun Kitchen and My Art Studio collaborate to conduct one full day camp dedicated to cooking and art. Your child will get to bake the Cookie Monster’s favorite cookie, then make a pizza and have it for lunch. They will also learn about fruit art and paint on canvas using food dye and oil pastels. Suitable for children aged six to 16 years. A discount is offered for two or four children registering together before 31 August.

When 10 Sep, 9.30am-5pm
Where 277 New Bridge Road # 02-01, Singapore 088751
Cost $148/child
Details [email protected] or [email protected]

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12. Give Someone a Little Sun

Can you imagine nights without light? Dr Irene Lee, the inventor of portable solar lamps has a team of “light mules” who bring these cute lamps to countries where the children need them to study and to keep them safe. This year-end, they will be going to the Philippines, Myanmar, Peru, Bolivia, Nigeria and Cameroon. You and your child can donate a few and share a teachable moment at the same time.

Cost $20 each
Details Here

13. Thank Your Child’s Teacher

Bake-It-Yourself offers a cupcake decorating class with Teacher’s Day in mind. Suitable for children around six or seven years old, this part-demo and theory and part-hands on will get your child working with rolled fondant. Another class on cookies is available on the same day. The full class schedule and details can be viewed online.

When 5 Sep, 12.15-3.15pm
Where 9 Circular Road, Singapore 049365
Cost $108/child
Details Here


14. Let the Kids Go Mad!

Yes, at Fly Academy’s Kids Go Mad bootcamp, where they’ll spend two fun-filled days growing their confidence while getting a taste of the performing arts: music, dance and drama. Under the guidance of celebrity trainers, your child will be exposed to the different aspects of the creative arts, allowing them to express themselves through the fundamentals of performance and learn from each other through team work. Registration closes 1 Sep.

When 8-9 Sep, 9am-4:30 pm (Day 1) and 9am-6pm (Day 2)
Where Fry Bistro Level 3, 96B Club Street, Singapore 069464
Cost $390 nett, inclusive of lunch
Details Call Katrina at 6224 3188 or email [email protected]


15. And… Get Your Child a Sibling

At Cine-Kid that is! Le Petit Nicolas, the boy whom this movie is named after, has everything he needs. But one day, his world changes, as he learns that his mother is expecting a baby! This PG family comedy is in French with English subtitles. Come early to enjoy free samples of Tiong Bahru Bakery’s bakes.

When 7 Sep, 4pm
Where Alliance Francais
Cost $10 for public, $8 for members
Details Here

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15 Ways to Enjoy the September School Holidays