Congratulations! You (and the kids) have made it through the first school term of the year. That’s 10 whole weeks! You’re probably looking forward to the first school holiday of the year — the March holidays — as well as a break from routine, early waking, and uniforms. What to do then? How about one of these below?
Go on The Great Egg-Venture
A hundred giant eggs have been painted by local students and artists selected though a design competition. These will be scattered around the Sentosa Harbourfront precinct as part of the Giant Egg Hunt where people can participate to win attractive prizes. Come check out these giant Easter eggs (which measure 1.8 metres by 1 metre) at the local egg-hibition and take part in the biggest egg hunt in Singapore. There’ll also be Easter Fringe Activities with promotions and events for the Easter weekend.
Be a Kiddy-preneur
Tease out the little entrepreneur in your child at Sentosa Kidz Flea. For the fourth year in a row, this flea market by kids, for kids, comes back in time for the school holidays so that children aged seven to 12 years can have a taste of running their own business. Book a stall — if one is still available –- and sell new or pre-loved toys, books, accessories, handicrafts, etc. Or just come, shop and have fun watching performances. Sentosa Islanders and POLW (Port of Lost Wonder) members get to enjoy special prices.
When 14 to 22 March, 2-7 pm.
Where Sentosa Beach Plaza
Cost From $60 for five days
Be a Cool Chemist
KidsSTOP! at Science Centre Singapore is holding a Cool Chemistry workshop for children aged four to eight years. Through demonstrations, experiments and hands-on activities, children will learn about the importance of chemistry to a doctor, an engineer and a chef. They will get to experiment with solids, liquids and gases. Last but not least, they will also make their own soap!
When 17 March (4 to 5 years old) & 18 March (6 to 8 years old), 12 noon-2.30 pm.
Cost $42.80 including GST
Discover Singapore’s Water Story
Singapore is in constant quest for a diversified and sustainable supply of water. One of our water supplies comes from the highly-purified reclaimed water which we know as NEWater. which supplies up to 30 per cent of our water needs. Learn about the purification process at NEWater by joining the free educational tour – between 60 and 90 minutes – which can be booked online.
Go on an Ideas Voyage
To celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday, the Singapore Art Museum is holding a ticketed exhibition titled ‘Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas’. Imaginarium is an annual event in its fifth year. This year, the interactive artworks and hands-on activities are inspired by the crescent moon on the Singapore flag. Parents and children will embark on a journey of discovery as SAM curator Rachel Ng introduces the artworks. Suitable for families with children aged seven to 15 years old.
When 14 March, 7-8.30pm.
Where Lobby, SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen Street
Cost $19 for an adult and child pair, or $24 for 1 adult and 2 children.
Learn about Drama & Design
With Peter Rabbit & Where’s Wally? themes, Stage for Kids is hosting dramatic speech and theatrics sessions (in the mornings) and art master appreciation sessions (in the afternoons). Morning campers will learn through play-acting, dramatisation, poetry, fun and games, crafts, story-time, magic time, movement and dance and outdoor activities. Afternoon campers will learn about the design of places, items and people, in colors, shapes, in using various type of art styles and mediums. Each camp includes snacks and lunch. Suitable for children aged three to eight years.
When 16 to 20 March, 8.45am-12.45pm (morning camp) and 1.45-5.30pm (afternoon camp)
Where Goodman Arts Centre
Cost $240 per child half-day, $420 per child full-day. Special prices for siblings available.
Meet a Monster!
Gardens by the Bay is holding a Children’s Festival this month titled March Monster Mash. You can enjoy puppet shows, craft activities, comedic ballet, workshops, a movie screening, a monster parade and more. Your child can come dressed up as a monster and join in the fun. While workshops for organising a monster-themed party and making a monster costume are chargeable and require pre-registration, the festival itself is included in the Gardens’ admission charge.
When 13-22 March, 10am-9pm.
Where Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay.
Cost Free, except for $25 per person per workshop
Get Close to Creepy Crawlies
The Bugs and Slugs workshop will bring your children get up close and personal with insects, snails and slugs which are common residents of the SIngapore Botanic Gardens. They will learn fun facts such as what these creatures eat and why they are important to us. The talk will be followed by outdoor activities. It will also include hands-on activities where children will learn to make their own shield bug crafts and potted plants. Suitable for children from K1 to P6.
When 17 March, 9am-1pm.
Where Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Cost $50 per child, including materials
Details Here or call 6465 0196 or 6471 9961.
iExperience is conducting a series of iCreate Workshops which are specially designed to allow children to explore, innovate and create animated content. In these two-hour workshops, children will learn about character creation and story development during the process of creating animated content. This workshop will provide children between seven and 12 years old with hands-on experience to think creatively and independently. Pre-registration is required.
When 14 to 22 March 2015, 10.30am and 2.30pm
Where Infocomm Experience Centre (iExperience), B1-10/18 Explanade Xchange
What’s in My Sky?
Every year, migratory birds visit Singapore from October up to May. They can be spotted in places such as wetland reserves. It is an exciting chance for budding birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts to learn about different species present. Registration opens one week before the tour. Limited to 20 people.
When 21 March, 9.30-11am.
Where Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Wetland Centre
Craft an Origami Garden
Recycling is a way of life and it’s fun too! Combining the art of Japanese traditional paper craft and the creativity of giving new lives to reused materials, children will learn to create a replica of a natural landscape. Yes, your child will be making his or her own miniature garden to bring home. Suitable for children from K1 to P6.
When 20 March, 10-11am.
Where Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
Celebrate SG50 with Music & Fun
As part of SG50 celebrations, there will be free concerts held in various parks and gardens throughout the year. The first of these concerts will be held during this school holidays. Local talents performing include Kit Chan, Olivia Ong, Jack & Rai, Matthew and the Mandarins, Broadway Beng and Suhaimi Yusof. You can also enjoy performances by Catholic High School, MacPherson Primary School and Kebun Baru CC’s Elvis Presley Fan Club. There’ll also be fringe activities such as retro food stalls, game stalls and a bouncy castle. Perfect fun for the whole family, we think!
When 14 March, 4pm onwards.
Where Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Grand Lawns 1 & 2
Get Fit at Bootcamp!
Be awed by award-winning International Boot Camp Instructor, Ken Weichert (a.k.a SGT Ken) at the SGT Ken® Parent-Child Boot Camp. This highly effective, phenomenal physical fitness training programme utilises training techniques practised by the U.S. Military. Complete with aerobic conditioning and novel fitness drills, this parent-child class will definitely have you burning calories, working every muscle in your body and set your heart pumping to some fun music! Note: Children should be five years old and above and be accompanied by an adult. Both children and adults will be participating together.
When 19 March, 10-11am
Where Toa Payoh Sports Hall
At Goodman Ceramic Studio kids can attend a ‘Trial Throwing for Kids’ (for seven to 15 year olds) session and work with a potter’s wheel to create art out of clay. Younger ones may prefer to try ‘Pottery for Kids’, a fun and interactive programme designed for kids between five and 12 years old. Here they’ll learn how to mould animals in either fantasy, cartoon or realistic modes.
When 17-19 March, 10-11.30am; 2-3.30pm (Trial Throwing for Kids); 19-20 March, 2-4pm (Pottery for Kids).
Where Block F, Goodman Ceramic Studio
Cost $55 per session.
Details Here or book here.
Make & Speak
In this unique camp, co-organised by Science Centre and Kidz Parade magazine, children (10-12 years) learn to propose and build solutions for a sustainable life and learn how learn how technologies can be used to develop smart solutions. Children also learn to communicate about their projects, participate in discussions and write about their work for a chance to get published! Lunch will be provided.
When 16-17 March, 10am-4pm.
Where Science Centre Singapore
Cost $70 (Science Centre admission applies to non-members)
If characters like Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash and Applejack are familiar names to you, giddy on up to City Square Mall to watch these My Little Pony characters take to the stage in song-and-dance. Take a snapshot with them during the Meet & Greet sessions (from 14 to 22 March), by yourself at the My Little Pony photo spot at the City Green park, or strike a pose at Pinkie Pie’s SugarCube Sweet Shoppe with your favourite My Little Pony characters! Pony lovers will also be able to ride a real live pony and feed one by hand. Picture: courtesy of City Square Mall.
When 14–22 March, with performances at 2pm & 7pm (Mon – Fri); 1pm, 4pm & 7pm (Sat & Sun)
Where Level 1 Atrium, City Square Mall
Cost Free. Redeem a pass for the Meet & Greet session one hour prior to each show at the Level 2 Customer Service Counter with a minimum spending of $50 (maximum of three same-day combined receipts), while stocks last.
Details Here or here.
Explore Girl Power through Coding
Learn about basic programming concepts, develop crazy ideas, and build apps together! If you have a daughter aged ten to 15 years, sign her up for First Code Academy’s Girls Can Code AppJamming event, which aims to encourage and inspire teen girls to try out coding. This one-day workshop will be led by Michelle Sun, who used to be a Growth Hacker at a Silicon Valley startup Buffer. All participants will have to bring their own laptop and charger to the workshop. No prior programming experience is needed.
When 8 March, 1-5.30pm
Where The Hub Singapore, 113 Somerset
Details Sign up here.
Meet your LEGO® Friends
The LEGO® Friends have travelled from Heartlake City to throw their very own block party at LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort. Join Olivia, Emma, Stephanie, Mia and Andrea in their first musical performance in Asia! Dance and sing along as the girls showcase their famed musical talents and perform original LEGO Friends songs. There’ll also be additional activities during the March School Holidays (20-22 March) such as “Build a LEGO Cupcake” and a “Sing-a-long Karaoke” session with Andrea. There will also be a hair and make-up station to bring out the inner superstar with sparkling makeovers.
When 14 March-28 June, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm
Where Legoland Malaysia
Cost Entrance fees apply
Details At Legoland Malaysia’s Facebook page here.
Enjoy School’s Out Specials at AMK Hub
There’s serious fun going on in the north at AMK Hub with lucky draws, discounts, fun activities and exhilarating performances. Stand a chance to win Royal Caribbean Cruise gift vouchers worth $2,000! Kids can get bouncy at Megabounce (ages five and up only), borrow a book at the Mass Borrowing Session in collaboration with the National Library Board, and meet their favourite fairytale characters — make a wish with the Fairy Godmother, ask for treats from Little Red Cape, or get a reward if you bump into Alice and the Punctual Rabbit and guess the time correctly on his watch! AMK Hub will also be holding a series of exciting activities to commemorate Earth Hour on 28 March 2015.
When 13 March–12 April
Where AMK Hub
Additional text: June Wan