They say “You will never be like the ‘Little Engine That Could’ if you sit around on your caboose.” This holiday, get the kids off their cute cabooses to master a new skill, explore a new interest, or learn a new hobby. Who knows, your shy and soft-spoken child could end up commanding the stage, while the rambunctious one develops patience to garden. There’s an activity out there for every kind of child. Enjoy!


1. Go To the Farm

Kick off the annual mid-year break with a baa and a cock-a-doodle-doo. The Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market sells locally grown and handcrafted produce and artisanal food, with live music, animal corner and community workshops. There are 50 stalls to browse around so come early! Stalls close at 7 pm.

When 30 to 31 May, 2 – 9 pm
Where Nyee Phoe, 240 New Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718898
Web Click here.

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2. Bond with the Grands

A Lighter Side of History: Joint Picture Joint Hearts is a special programme under the National Museum of Singapore’s Children’s Season (Masak Masak) calendar. It aims to facilitate bonding and encourage love and respect between parent or grandparent and child through an art session guided by experienced art therapists.

Where National Museum of Singapore, Create Room, Level 3
When 30 May, 10 – 11.30 am (for 4 to 7 year olds), 12 noon – 1.30 pm (for 8 to 12 year olds)
Cost Free admission with registration. Pre-registration is required.
Web Click here.

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3. Celebrate Princess Lolly’s Birthday

It’s Princess Lolly’s 89th birthday, come celebrate with her! Inspired by best-selling book The Jelly Who Wouldn’t Wobble by Angela Mitchell, this drop-off workshop by ACT 3 International will see children between 4 and 8 years old fully immersed in artistic experiences. Parents are welcome to stay for the first 20 minutes of this two-hour session. Children, come dressed comfortably and be ready to express yourselves!

When 30 May to 9 June, 10.30 – 12.30 pm, or 3.30 – 5.30 pm
Where ION ART Gallery, Level 4 ION Orchard
Cost $35
Web Click here.

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4. Express Yourself through Words

ACT 3 Theatrics believes in “literacy through drama”, helping children to develop an ability to use English expressively and creatively, and teaching them to think, speak, write and act confidently with clarity. The school’s two holiday programmes are designed for different age groups: The Creative Chief Series (CCS) is for 5 to 8 year olds, and the Writing Master Series (WMS) is for 9 to 12 year olds. Both are conducted by renowned children’s theatre pioneer and author R. Chandran together with educator and actress Amy Cheng.

When 1 to 5 or 15 to 19 June, 10 am – 12 noon (CCS); 8 to 12 or 22 to 26 June, 9am – 12 noon (WMS)
Where 169B Goldhill Shopping Centre
Cost $350 (CCS); $450 (WMS)
Register Call Chandran at 9637 8354 or e-mail chandran@act3theatrics.com

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5. Wake the Leader in You

Somewhere within your child is a potential leader lurking and waiting to emerge. Given the chance and the right coaching, your child may find his voice and be a future leader. During this three-day camp, your child will go on a multi-sensorial journey and learn social communication skills through expressive art, and public speaking. Children are grouped according to age: 5 to 6 (Group A) and 7 to 9 years old (Group B).

When 3 to 5 June (Group A) or 8 to 10 June (Group B), 9am – 12 noon
Where 185B Goldhill Shopping Centre
Cost $320
Web Click here or call 6100 8874.

6. Make a Mailbox

Sending and receiving letters through the mail is very exciting. But have you ever wondered what postboxes look like in different countries? Children aged 7 to 12 years will learn interesting facts about postboxes and how mail is delivered. Children will also get to paint and decorate a tin mailbox to bring home.

When 3 or 10 June, 10am – 12 noon
Where Singapore Philatelic Museum
Cost $30
Web Click here.

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7. Learn the Ropes of Performing Arts

In a ‘Journey to Space’ children will devise a plot, cast a play, design costumes, create a set, learn about lights, and act. This week-long Drama Camp by Buds Theatre is suitable for children aged 6 to 13 years. Through theatre processes such as improvisation techniques, participants will gain personal awareness as well as a broadened knowledge of theatre. Older kids? Check out the Art Mania and Musical Theatre camps for teenagers!

When 1 to 5, 8 to 12, 15 to 19, or 22 to 26 June, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Where 180 Joo Chiat Road, #02-01, Singapore 427451
Cost $300
Web Click here.

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8. Say Meow, Cat Lover!

Is your child a feline follower? Come to the Cat Museum (which collaborates with the Cat Welfare Society) and join in the Lion City Kitty’s Kiddie Cats Camp! Here, children will learn all about these furry creatures, find out how to care for them responsibly, and do cat-inspired activities.

When 3 or 17 June (7 to 9 years old), 4 or 18 June (10 to 12 years old), 8.30 – 11.30 am
Where 8 Purvis Street, #02-02 Singapore 188587
Cost $25 including goodie bag and snack
Web Click here.

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9. Mine.Craft.Invent

Creeper alert! WondersWork, which has regular camps and workshops on Lego Robotics, is holding a two day camp for children to come up with Minecraft-themed inventions using different kinds of raw materials. There will be one teacher to every four children to ensure that each child gets enough help and attention. Suitable for boys and girls aged 7 to 12 years. Best of all, kids will get to bring their inventions home!

When 4 to 5 June, 12.30 – 5 pm
Where 177 River Valley Road, Liang Court, #02-23, Singapore 179030
Cost $338 (includes materials, tea break, and certificate)
Web Click here.

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10. Compose a Song

Is Junior always making up his own tunes to perform for all and sundry? Let him take it to the nation with Melody of Hope, songwriting contest organised by the Singapore Kindness Movement. Just compose and record a song with the theme “a nation of kindness starts with one”, submit it and get friends and family to vote for it. The Top 15 finalists get to perform on 19 September and three winners will win $1,000 each. Sweet! Open to budding songwriters and musicians aged 7 to 26 years.

When Deadline for entries is 30 June 2015
Web Click here.

11. Be a Lil’ Star

SAFRA’s annual talent time contest is coming again and if your little one is bursting with talent, hurry up and register by 22 May! Children aged between 3 and 12 years can take part, either by themselves or together with friends and family members. There are lots of prizes to win! Rope in the grandparents too, kids with a grandparent in their group will get an additional gift.

When 6 June, finals on 13 June
Where SAFRA Toa Payoh, Atrium
Cost From $8 per each person in a group
Web Click here.

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12. Explore The Deep

Only 10 per cent of the seafloor has been mapped so far. Discover what lurks beneath the oceans and marvel at the breathtaking specimens of over 40 rare deep-sea creatures, which will be exhibited for the first time in Southeast Asia. These are accompanied by 67 images of sea fauna and bioluminescent creatures, all of which, put toegther, remind us that we belong to a vast, living chain that is incredibly beautiful yet fragile.

When From 6 June to 18 October 2015
Where ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands
Cost Ticket prices will be released at the end of May
Web Click here.

13. Create Art in the Gardens

This is a drama, craft and planting workshop where children from 5 to 12 years can learn about the beauty of nature and be inspired to express their creativity through writing, songs, and the performing arts. They will also learn to appreciate the role that nature plays in our lives. Registration closes 30 May, or when all spaces are filled.

When 6 June, 9 am – 1 pm
Where Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
Cost $50, materials and refreshments included
Info Click here.
 

14. Get Artsy Crafty at the Museum

In conjunction with the on-going exhibition Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas, children from 7 years and above can get crafty at the museum as they imagine a future in different forms and colours through two art workshops by Let’s Make!: Weaving, and Felt Collage. Participants will need to use needles at both workshops so do ensure that your child can do this safely.

When 7 June, 10 am – 12 noon (Weaving), 28 June, 10 am – 12 noon (Felt Collage)
Where Singapore Art Museum
Cost $19 per child per workshop
Web Click here.

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15. Learn and Enjoy Mandarin

Chengzhu Mandarin Centre has themed week-long Mandarin camps for various age groups each holiday, from six months of age all the way to Primary three pupils. We like the unique opportunities these camps offer. This June, older ones from 7 to 9 years get to go into a recording studio to dub a cartoon show! For English holiday programs and adult-accompanied programs, check out the programmes at Julia Gabriel Centre.

When 8 to 12 June, various times
Where 35 Rochester Drive, #03-01 Rochester Mall, Singapore 138639
Cost From $345
Web Click here.

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16. Travel Around the World

Big Fun Kitchen and My Art Studio are going to embark on a culinary and art tour around the world and you are invited to come along! Children from 6 to 16 years old will learn about food and art culture in Singapore, England, Turkey or Mexico during their full-day workshops, dine on their own culinary creations, and bring their masterpieces home. All workshops include lunch, snacks, and tea breaks, and all participants get a goodie bag.

When 10 June (Singapore), 11 June (English), 15 June (Turkey) or 16 June (Mexican), 10 am – 5 pm
Where 277 New Bridge Road (10 & 11 June), and 71 Ubi Road 1, Oxley Bizhub 1 (15 & 16 June)
Cost $120. E-mail info@myartstudio.sg or info@bigfunkitchen.com before 28 May to register.
Web Click here.

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17. Be A Superhero

DODT, the hip people who are helping to revitalise the old-school art of silkscreen printing in Singapore, are doing something special for the little ones this June: a Superhero Summer Day Camp for kids where the young ones can learn kickboxing and pick up some self-defence skills (in good fun of course), learn silkscreen printing and get to print on their own tee shirts to take home. Lunch is provided. 

When 12 June 10am – 3pm (for 4 – 6 year olds); 15 June, 10am- 3pm (for 7 – 12 year olds)
Where Poomse Club @ Serangoon Gardens, 14 Maju Avenue
Cost $130 per child (inclusive of lunch and a kickboxing shirt), $240 for 2 if you sign up as a pair by 5 June
Register Click here.

18. Have Soapy Fun!

Did you know that natural handmade soaps protect your skin from harsh chemicals and are safe for sensitive and eczema-prone skin? Find out more at Soap Ministry’s workshop on soap making techniques for children from 4 years.

When Daily, at 11.30 am, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm (OC); and 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm (PP)
Where Orchard Central (OC) and Pioneer Point (PP)
Cost $48 (Basic), $86 (Basic Upsize), $100 (Junior Intermediate), $182 (Intermediate)
Web Click here.

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19. Make Costumes

An initiative by StartWell, Superhero Me is a values-based craft project that imparts ethics and life skills. During this school holidays, The Superhero Me Festival will be coaxing your child’s inner hero to come out through crafting, storytelling and imaginative play. Sign up for the Craft Talk for parents and children on 20 and 21 June, 1 – 3 pm, and watch the film in the website (link below) to get the full idea of how this gloriously fun project works.

When 15 to 30 June, 10 am – 7 pm
Where National Library Building Plaza, Level 1
Cost Free
Web Click here.

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20. Discuss Love

What is love? Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the music of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, Colourful Notes Music and Art Studio hopes to get children from 5 to 11 years old to discuss and celebrate live’s greatest emotion through craft, music adventure, baking, painting and games. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

When 16 June, 10 am – 4 pm
Where 28 Aliwal Street, #03-07 Aliwal Arts Centre, Singapore 199918
Cost $128
Web Click here.

21. Know Your Body

What are exo- and endo-skeletons? How do our vital internal organs function? Did you know that you can use your mathematical skills to measure your hair and your fingernails? Find out how to though fun activities at this half-day camp for children from 5 to 9 years. Registration closes 8 June.

When 17 June, 2.30 – 6.30 pm
Where SAFRA Tampines, Arena Room
Cost $31 for members, $35 for public
Web Click here.

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22. Let’s Bento!

It takes skill to make food look and taste good. Let your budding chef learn how to make a kirei bento set at the Tokyo Sushi Academy. All equipment and ingredients are provided, but kids have to bring their own bento box (a lunch box is fine) and apron. Suitable for children from 8 to 14 years old.

When 17 June, 11am – 12 noon (Chicken Karaage Bento), 24 June, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm (Hamburg Bento)
Where 133 New Bridge Road, Chinatown Point, #B2-17
Cost $60
Web Click here.

23. Gain Microscopy Skills

This is an investigative, planting and craft making workshop where your child can be a micro-plant detective and peer into the world of tiny things. Learn about magnification while studying various teensy-weensy plant parts. Participants will also create personal art pieces and a mini dish garden in this fun-filled workshop. Suitable for children aged 9 to 12 years.

When 17 June, 9 am – 1 pm
Where Singapore Botanic Gardens, Botany Centre, Classroom 1 & 2 (Level 3)
Cost $50, including materials and refreshment
Web Click here.

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24. Grow Your Own Edibles with Sara the Dinosaur

This is a tour and planting workshop guided by Sara, who with her siblings and friends, is visiting the Supermarket Garden. Join them and learn fascinating facts about the banana, peanut, soya bean, sugarcane, sweet potato and many more delicious fruits and vegetables. Children will pick up tips on how to be a nutritional winner as well as plant and bring home their own edible sprouts. Suitable for children from 5 to 12 years old. Registration closes on 12 June, or when spaces are filled.

When 19 June, 10 – 11.30 am
Where Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
Cost $33 (which includes $3 “Sara Goes to the Supermarket Garden” book and planting materials)
Web Click here.

25. Make Daddy a Terrarium Garden

Children will learn how to make that perfect gift for their daddies – one that requires minimal maintenance and can liven up daddy’s work space. Suitable for children from 5 to 12 years old. Registration closes on 13 June, or when spaces are filled.

When 20 June, 10 – 11.30 am
Where Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
Cost $30, materials included
Web Click here.
 

26. Toy with Gravity

Newton’s Acrobats? What’s that? It’s a new workshop at the Singapore Science Centre where children will make use of recycled materials to find out about how things tumble, wobble, rock and roll, and invent their own Newton’s Acrobatic team. Suitable for children from 8 to 12 years old. Other workshops on DNA, light, and colour are also available.

When 20 June, 10 am – 12 noon
Where Ecolab @ Science Centre
Cost $35 before GST
Web Click here.

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27. Find the Fun Side of Arts

As part of Esplanade’s celebration of Singapore’s golden jubilee, Flipside will showcase local and international artists in a variety of whimsical and unconventional performances for all ages. There will also be free performances at the Concourse on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

When 29 May to 7 June
Where The Esplanade
Cost Free, $35 per ticketed show
Web Click here.

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28. Have a Family Picnic

The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has been holding monthly Family For Life (FFL) picnics on the last Saturday of the month. Why not join in the fun this June? You can take a family portrait at a mobile café, make and fly kites, do some DIY activities, catch a movie screening, and maybe even bring home a prize. Singapore Citizens and PRs can register early for a chance to receive a special picnic bag.

When 27 June, 5 to 9 pm
Where Punggol Waterway Park
Cost Free
Web Click here.

All images courtesy of respective activity organisers.

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