The mid-year break is finally here! All together now, say “yay!” This year, we’ve broken down the activities into four categories to make it easier for you to decide. Ready? Here are the best Creative, Active, Smart, and Family activities for kids (and parents) to take part in this June. Enjoy!


GET CREATIVE WITH ART, COMPUTERS, FOOD & NATURE

1. Make Your Own Gelato at ACT 3 International’s Sweet workshop

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ACT3 International is transforming ION Art Gallery space into an exhibition for children. In it, children aged 4 to 8 years can will experience a sweet time through visual arts, workshops and storytelling.  This land of desserts is inspired by Roald Dahl’s whimsical children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The gelato-making workshop is only for children and lasts for two hours. Parents are to stay and watch for the first 20 minutes during the opening storytelling performances. ACT 3 International has other programmes in June for children from 7 months to 15 years old. Check them out at the ACT 3 International website.

Where ION Orchard, Level 4
When 28 May to 5 June, 10.30 am or 3.30 pm
Cost $40
Web http://act3international.com.sg/act-3i-festival-sweet/

2. Make Art at Avatars & Cloud Babies

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Organised by The Arts Fission Company, Avatars & Cloud Babies is a public art making event for children and families. Come join the simple and fun doodling session in which anyone (kids and adults) can just pick up colour markers and create abstract shapes called Cloud Babies that frolic in the sky. Have fun walking through the children’s art exhibition with its giant board game and standee avatars!

Where ION Art Gallery, Level 4, ION Orchard
When 8 & 9 June, 10 am – 10 pm (exhibition); 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm (public art making sessions)
Cost Free
Web www.artsfission.org

3. Be a Hello Kitty Engineer for the Day at the Sanrio Robotics Institute

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This unique showcase-cum-theme park comes to Singapore after successful runs in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Shanghai. Each admission ticket comes with a Gaming Card which can be used for experience purposes. If you buy a Robot K ($38) you can design a Hello Kitty robot and bring it home! This gaming device figurine entitles you to play one round at each of the five Interactive Gaming Departments, and accumulate gaming points (“Koins”) with which you can redeem parts and accessories for your Robot Kitty.

Where Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 403
When 11 to 21 June, 10 am — 8 pm
Cost $28 (adult), $14 (child/senior citizen), Robot K tickets: $38
Web  http://www.robotkitty.com.sg/

4. Create arty Superhero Characters

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In this Superhero Artcamp by InkFusion, children aged 8 years and above can learn basic manga drawing with colour pencils, rendering, and water-colouring. Younger ones between 5 and 7 years can learn fusion cartoon drawing with mixed medium colouring and make toys and stickers. Premium art materials and a light meal will be provided.

Where Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road #10-01, Singapore 238896
When 14 June, 10.30 am — 4.30 pm
Cost $148
Web http://inkfusion.com.sg/

5. Start Scratch-ing and App-ing at Computhink

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Give your child exposure to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) through computer programming at these classes by Computhink. Scratch classes are available for 7 to 9 year olds or 10 to 12 year olds, while coding for Mobile App classes are for children aged 10 years old and above. Each class lasts two hours.

Where The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, #04-10B, Singapore 287994
When Various times
Cost From $280
Web http://www.computhink.com.sg/class-schedules/

6. Experience Nature indoors at Playeum

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Playeum’s new exhibition, Hideaways, is a new immersive experience for children to explore, observe, and construct in nature. Here, children will get to view creatures and insects in their natural habitats, build an insect shelter, create musical instruments out of natural materials, and build imaginary habitat made of clay. See our review of Hideaways at Playeum here.

Where 47 Malam Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109444
When Until 30 October, Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am — 6 pm
Cost $20 per child, free for one accompanying adult
Web http://www.playeum.com/#!hideaways/cbqh

7. Design and Tinker with SaturdayKids

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SaturdayKids has new programmes this June! In addition to their regular Scratch sessions, they now have classes on HTML/CSS, Pykids or Python for Kids, Little Bits x Design Thinking, Graphic Design, and Makey Makey. These classes are suitable for children aged 9 to 12 years old. If your child is more interested in hardware, let him or her get crafty and build a game console with the Makey Makey electronic circuit! This class is suitable for children from 7 to 12 years old. Younger ones can get started with Scratch, where they will have fun while learning to code a game or two!

Where Orchard Central@181 Orchard Road #10-01, Singapore 238896
When Various times
Cost From $90
Web http://saturdaykids.com/holiday-camps/

8. Make Your Own Softie

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If your child likes soft-toy animals, she will love this workshop by Sew Into It! Children aged 6 years and above can customise the animal’s fabric design, learn to sew with a sewing machine, and bring their creation home! Options include Ollie the Owl, Frank the Fish, Pat the Pigeon, and Ellie the Elephant. The workshop lasts for about 2.5 hours. Other non-softie sewing classes are available as well.

Where 333 Kreta Ayer Road, #02-32, Singapore 080333
When 4 June, 10 am
Cost From $60
Web http://www.sewintoit.com.sg/#!workshops/c1k0h

9. Create Cupcakes with Daddy

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Real men do wear aprons! This Father’s Day, let dad and child bond by baking six chocolate banana cupcakes with fondant Avengers superhero toppings together. Each dad can attend with more than one child. You will get to bring home your cupcakes, so do save one for mom, too!

Where  Chantilly Culinary Studio, 21 Simon Road, Level 3, Singapore 545907
When  17 June, 10 am — 2 pm
Cost  $70 per dad and child pair, $15 for additional child
Web  http://chantilly.com.sg/fathers-day-special-avengers-cupcakes/

GET ACTIVE & LEARN SOME COOL,  NEW SKILLS

10. Power Up to become a LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™ Hero at Vivocity

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Join Lance and his team of knights to battle Jestro! Join the NEXO knights on their quest, get transported right to the heart of the evil Jester’s Volcano Lair, and experience what it’s like to be a knight in action! Kid NEXO knights will earn tokens of honour at battle stations such as NEXO KNIGHTS™ Virtual Training 101 and Volcano Lava Battle, complete multiple quests to win the Shield of Honour, and bring home a certificate with two event-exclusive shields that kids can scan to improve their in-game characters.

Where Vivocity, Court B
When 1 to 19 June, 10 am — 10 pm (opens at 12 noon on 1 June)
Cost Free
Web https://www.facebook.com/LEGOSingapore

11. Be a Private Eye

Children can train to be secret agents at this one-day camp at eXplorerkid at Downtown East! Kids 5 to 12 years will start by making their secret agent spy ID, move on to decoding activities, and hunt for items. Refreshments are included to help take the load off all that casework. Parents, you can also top up for additional play-time at the indoor playground after this, if the kids are still raring to go!

Where E!hub@Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Close, The Alley, #01-38, Singapore 519599
When 7 June, 10 am – 6 pm
Cost $60 (member), $80 (public)
Web https://www.explorerkid.com/activities_events/

12. Be a Radio DJ

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Find out if your little one has what it takes to be a radio DJ! Children will get to learn about elements of a radio programme, the equipment used, music formats, content development and scripting, and get tips on how to present. This two-day course by Singapore Media Academy is designed for 9 to 12 year olds. Other courses for younger ones from age 6 (Bubbling Talents Starters, Fun with Mandarin, and Little Reporters) are also available. Check the website for details.

Where 30 Merchant Road #04-13, Riverside Point, Singapore 058282
When 6 to 7 June, 10 am — 5 pm
Cost $513.60 (inclusive of GST) plus a $21.40 application fee
Web http://www.mediaacademy.sg/page/holiday-courses/list-of-courses

13. Seek answers to the Science in our Lives

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Is your child is intrigued by magic tricks, the mystery behind light-up LED greeting cards, or the physics of gas-trapping bubbles? He’ll find the answers to these at the Science holiday workshops at the Science Centre Singapore’s KidsSTOP Academy. There are workshops for kids as young as 4 years, and those for children 6 to 8 years. Each workshop lasts 2.5 hours.

Where KidsSTOP at Science Centre Singapore
When Various dates and times, from 31 May
Cost $45 excluding GST and administrative charges
Web http://www.kidsstop.edu.sg/holiday-programmes

14. Speak Up at a Kids Public Speaking Competition

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Get the kids to hone their body language, vocal emotions and speech-crafting skills while boosting their confidence in public speaking by taking part in this competition! It’s open to children aged 7 to 12 years, and the Top 3 winners will get to walk away with more than $10,000 worth of prizes! There’s no need to worry if kiddo’s inexperienced. The registration fee includes a two-hour public speaking workshop conducted by Speech Academy Asia.
Where Event Square @ Downtown East (semi-finals); Smartkids Asia, Suntec Hall 404 – 405 (finals)
When 25 June,  1 — 7 pm (semis); 2 & 3 July, 1 — 5 pm (finals)
Registration $10 (eXplorerkid Member) / $20 (Public)

GET SMART (YES, EVEN SMARTER THAN YOU ALREADY ARE)

15. Journey through Art

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Julia Gabriel schools have some of the best holiday programmes for toddlers and preschoolers, with activities and programmes for children from 6 months old. This June, kindergartners here can jump into the world of art in a five-day adventure inspired by James Mayhew’s books, where they will learn grammar and words through reading, writing and drama. Visit their sister company, Chengzhu Mandarin Centre for Mandarin-language activity options.

Where Forum or Tampines Mall
When 6 to 10 June, various timings
Cost $435
Web http://www.juliagabriel.com/our-programmes/holiday-programme/

16. Write with the Force

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Primary-level students will enjoy this five-day camp by LoveKids that includes speech and drama, public speaking, mind-mapping, composition writing, 2D Art, and even a performance to wrap it up on the last day. This workshop has a limited intake so sign up quick! Preschoolers are not left out. They can solve The Case of the Missing Lightsaber in a speech and drama workshop!

Where  24A Maju Avenue, Serangoon Gardens, Singapore 556696
When 30 May to 3 June or 6 to 10 June, 9 am — 5 pm
Cost  $750 (Includes lunch from Arbite Cafe, snacks and art materials)
Web  http://www.lovekids.com.sg/en/holiday-workshops/the-force-within-a-drama-writing-and-art-holiday-workshop

17. Dramatise Nature

This Arts in the Garden workshop series by NParks teaches children to appreciate the beauty of nature and be inspired through drama and art. This drama, craft, and planting workshop titled The Tree and The Vegetables is suitable for children from K1 to P6 levels. It leads children on a journey of discovery about how we rely on nature for food. Kids will also produce their own art and craft masterpiece, and plant a dish garden. Materials and refreshments are included.

Where Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens
When 11 June, 9 am — 1 pm
Cost $50
Web https://www.nparks.gov.sg/activities/events-and-workshops/2016/6/arts-in-the-gardens-series-v-the-tree-and-the-vegetables

18. Have Fun with Science and Chemistry

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There are lots of events happening this Children’s Season at the Science Centre Singapore! The Fun Science Chemistry Workshop will bring out the scientist in your child as he/she conducts experiments from the Young Scientist Card. This is suitable for children 9 to 12 years old. But younger ones are not left out! Other activities at the Science Centre Singapore (SCS) this Children’s Season – storytelling, fun spots and gallery trail – are free.

Where Faraday Lab, Level 3, Science Centre Singapore
When 3 & 10 June, 9.30 am — 12.30 pm
Cost $45 (excluding usual admission fees to Science Centre Singapore)
Web http://www.science.edu.sg/events/

19. Learn to be a Reporter

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Inquisitive little minds will have a treat at this camp! Children from 9 to 12 years will learn basic news reporting techniques from professional journalists, learn to capture photos and videos with journalistic values, and pick up comic drawing skills taught by a Thumbs Up! artist. Participants of this two-day camp will also visit the immersive virtual environment at MOSH! and the Alive Museum. Learning materials, lunch, and goodie bag are included.

Where SPH Media Centre Auditorium
When 3 and 4 June, 9 am — 6 pm
Cost $300
Info Email jchang@sph.com.sg or call Jade at 6319 3082

20. Get Good Manners with Molly

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Well-mannered children are such a joy to be around! Let your child learn to be one at this 3-day camp filled with hands-on activities including discussions, games, stories and quizzes on all topics of manners. Camps are groups into 4 to 7 year olds and 8 to 12 year olds.

Where Kembangan Plaza, Jurong East and Toa Payoh HDB Hub
When Check dates and times in their website
Cost $150
Web http://www.mollymanners.com.sg/blog/2016/04/june-holiday-classes-2016

21. Play Chess like a Professional

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Chess is a game that requires problem-solving and planning, skills that will be useful throughout your life. Children from 5 years can take part in the chess camps (two or three hours per day over five days) and complete one chess grade. There are four stages: Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate and Developmental.

Where  Singapore Chess Federation, Bishan Community Club
When  30 May to 3 June, 6 to 10 June, 13 to 17 June, or 20 to 24 June, 10 am, 2 pm, or 6 pm
Cost  From $170, excluding administration fee of S$20
Info Email hweekhim@singaporechess.org.sg, or call 6352 9690

GET FUN FOR ALL IN THE FAMILY AT PARTIES, FESTIVALS, & MORE

22. Go Native and Imagine at The Maritime Experiential Museum

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Combining performances, talks, workshops, and a host of fun activities all set to an exciting marine theme, this is one educational fair that is truly designed to inspire your kids and nurture their creativity. Where else can you meet authors, illustrators, other book lovers… together with creatures from the deep? You’ll get too watch fun-loving Fishy Friends sing and dance, and meet them after their performance to take pictures with them as keepsakes, listen to the captivating story of Sam the Shark, learn how to take care of our oceans, and more!

Where The Maritime Experiential Museum
When 27 May to 12 June, 10 am — 7 pm
Cost $5 (adult, Inclusive of 1 x $5 Imagine | Native Voucher), $3 (child, inclusive of 1 x Free Goody Bag)*Terms and conditions apply Separate admission pass for S.E.A. Aquarium required.
Web http://www.rwsentosa.com/language/en-US/Homepage/Attractions/SEAAquarium/ImagineNative

23. Discover Musical Maths

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The Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) is performing The Little Adventurer of SCO: Mathematics Equation in Music! Conductor Professor Quek Ling Kiong leads this exploration into the mystery of music scoring and how music notations can be turned into various math formulas. Presented in English, this concert is designed for children between 5 and 9 years old. There will be free pre-concert activities (rom 1.30 pm and 4 pm) like rhythm workshops and tambourine making workshops at the lobby so do go early!

Where SCO Concert Hall
When 28 May, 2.30 pm and 5 pm.
Cost $25
Web https://www.sco.com.sg/performances/young-childrens-concert-the-little-adventurer-of-sco-the-mystery-of-math-and-music/

24. Picnic with Families For Life at Celebrations at the Civil District!

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Join in Families for Life Council’s first picnic of the year at Celebrations at the Civic District! It’s held in conjunction with Car-Free Sunday SG, so get that EZ-Link card out and make your way down to enjoy fun-filled activities together. Register as a family on the Families for Life website (link below) to receive a Families for Life goodie bag (per family) and get a chance at the “sure-win” lucky dip with prizes ranging from family staycations to a set of special edition Families for Life preloaded NETS FlashPay cards, premium family picnic kits and many more! There are activities all day long to satisfy every interest: from a 1.5 km family walk and sport try-outs for the Active Family, to picnics and food trucks for the Foodie Family, to a “drive-in” movie and music performances by celebrity couple Alfred Sim and Tay Ke Wei for the Chillax Family, and arts programmes and walking trails for the Arts and Cultural Family. See the full list of activities at the Families For Life website and remember to register to get your family goodie bag!

Where Civic District
When 29 May, 7.30 am – 10 pm
Cost Free
Web http://www.familiesforlife.sg

25. Spend a Night at the Museum: Go on a Curator-led Tour at the SAM

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Parents and children can come together for a night of fun at the museum as Singapore Art Museum (SAM)’s curator brings you around to get close and personal with the artworks. You will also get to experience Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea at night! Suitable for children 7 years and above.

Where 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
When 1 June, 7 to 8 p.m.
Cost $19.20 for a parent-and-child duo, $12 for individual ticket
Web https://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/programmes/

26. Have Fun by the Bay at Aviva SuperFundae 2016

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Singapore’s first-of-its-kind family “funival” is back with lots of tempting treats and fun activities for the young and the young-at-heart! Superfundae 2016 will have more than 30 non-stop games and activities across five thematically-designed fun zones – Circus Centre, Speedy Zone, Dream Castle, Pirate Island, and Jungle World – plus mega candy cannon blasting Haribo dummies hourly, an outdoor movie screening, and over 30 other curated games and activities! We were there last year and it was great fun! Each ticket comes with a Superfundae goodie pack for children and for adults – a free beer or juice! Kids under 3 years enter free!

Where The Meadows at Gardens by the Bay
When 4 June, 10 am to 9 pm
Cost $19.90 per person. Bundle tickets available. Get 15% off as a SingaporeMotherhood reader! Book your tickets here and use the promo code asfd15eq. 
Web http://www.superfundae.com.sg/ | Video https://vimeo.com/157535253

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27. Get healthy at KiwiFest

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Zespri – the world’s biggest supplier of kiwi – celebrates the goodness of kiwi fruits at this fun festival! At Wake Up with Zespri you can have a picnic, sweat yoga class and pilates workout by popular instructors as well as play area and entertainment for the children.

Where   Empress Place, Jubilee Lawn
When    5 June, 8.30 — 11.30 am
Cost    Free. Prior registration required.
Web http://www.wakeupwithzespri.com/sg/

28. Dance the Flamenco!  Ola!

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Hola! Put your hands in the air and get those dancing feet going! Parents and kids (between 7 and 10 years old) can do the flamenco together at this year’s da:ns festival’s Footwork Flamenco workshops. Conducted by visiting Maestro Manuel Betanzos from the renowned Academia de Manuel Betanzos in Spain, this is a rare opportunity to learn from a master, and sure to be great fun for the family! Each one-hour class will include an introduction to the basics of Flamenco and its philosophy.

Where  Esplanade Rehearsal Studio, Main Level
When    11, 12 June, 2, 3 July, 12 noon to 1 pm (Parents & Kids Flamenco), 2 pm (Adults & Youth Flamenco)
Cost    $24 per pair
Web      https://www.esplanade.com/footwork

29. Get Arty Crafty with Mister Maker

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Join CBeebies’ Mister Maker on his first-ever live theatre tour in Singapore! This fascinating live show encourages both Mini Makers and grown-ups to sing, dance and make some noise. There’s a big ‘make’ to take part in and the audience will have lots of fun with the Shapes too!

Where D’Marquee @ Downtown East
When 10 to 12 June, various times
Cost From $35
Web http://bit.ly/1NvVYeC (public), http://bit.ly/1WQZuCC (NTUC Plus! & eXplorerkid Members)

30. Run with Dad at a Father’s Day Run

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The family that runs together stays together! Create beautiful memories at the Father’s Day part of the Mileage Family Day Run (the first part, the Mother’s Day Run, was held on 8 May). The Run is open to all (except infants who are less than 8 months old due to safety reasons), with various categories to cater to kids, singles, couples, parents with children, and parents with strollers. There’s a 5 km one for Mum or Dad with one child aged 13 or above, a 2 km stroller race (Baby must be aged 8 months and or above), and a 1 km run for children from 3 to 12 years old. Check the website (link below) for more categories. All runs are competitive.

Where   Pasir Ris Park
When    19 June, 7.30 am
Cost       From $30
Web      http://www.mileage.sg/events.html

31. Make Pizza and Pasta!

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Cooking isn’t just for big people; kiddos too can get to flex their culinary muscles and nurture their love for food and cooking with Doughworkz by PastaMania! This engaging, fun-filled programme lets mum or dad and little ones aged between 4 and 12 years don their chef’s hats and aprons and make pizza or pasta together! At the end of the two-hour session, participants will be given a certificate with a photograph too bring home. This June holidays, parents can treat their kids to a package of two classes, priced at $45. Participants may choose to attend one pizza-making and one pasta-making class.

Where PastaMania outlets (NEX, SengKang Sports & Recreation Centre, Singapore Management University & Jurong East Swimming Complex)
When 26 June, 7.30 am — 12 noon
Cost $28 per participant per class, $55 for one adult and one child
Web http://www.pastamania.com.sg/doughworkz/

Feature image: Karina Smigla-Bobinski – ADA – 2010 – Image courtesy of the artist, part of Imaginarium: Over The Ocean, Under The Sea at the Singapore Art Museum