The September holidays may be short, but they are a much-needed and very welcome break from school! Here’s to interesting activities, learning, and lots of fun!

Forget Pokemon GO. This September holidays, give the kids the gift of… real life. This may be a short school break (compared to the mid- and year-end holidays) but there’s still lots of fun to be had. Let the kids have one last blast of fun before they knuckle down to get ready for the end of year tests or exams. They’ll appreciate it, we’re sure!


Win Free Passes to Kaboodle Kids!

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Kaboodle Kids

Remember playing with blocks and building things with them when you were a kid? At Kaboodle Kids, children and the young at heart can go wild through imaginative play! Based on David Rockwell’s concept of “Imagination Playground”, children use calming blue foam blocks to create something. They’ll be inspired to play together in groups, hence developing cognitive and social skills as well!

Where 902 East Coast Parkway, Block B #02-05B, Singapore 449874
When 10 am – 6 pm (Check here for closure dates or call before visiting!)
Cost From $10 (unlimited play on weekdays for children below 3 years), to $25 (unlimited play for children above 3 years)
Web http://www.kaboodlekids.com.sg/

We have 20 tickets (worth $20 each) to Kaboodle Kids to give away! Win one for your child. Here’s what to do:

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4. Sit back, relax, and wait for us to get in touch if you’re one of the winners!

Terms and conditions apply. Closing date: 16 September 2016. Tickets are valid till 11 December 2016.

Note: One adult must accompany the child. A maximum of two adults per child are allowed at Kaboodle Kids creative studio. Additional adult entry at $10. For safety, please wear non-slip socks. You may purchase non-slip socks when you visit. Cash and NETS are the only acceptable modes of payment.

Get Unlimited Tech Classes with Saturday Kids

Saturday Kids Explorer Pass

Saturday Kids, the digital literacy school for kids, is introducing an Explorer Pass from September. With this pass (which costs $140 per month), children to help themselves to buffet-style learning and exploring of the various tech workshops at Saturday Kids. A child can join any class — such as making a wearable safety alarm, creating an interactive robot using dough, building a self-driving vehicle with LEGO WeDo, designing cartoon characters, creating loop animation (gifs), and story-telling with stop-motion animation. Sounds good? We think so too!

Exclusive for SingaporeMotherhood.com readers: register here before 31 August 2016 and get two weeks of free classes during the first two weeks of September!

Where Collision 8, High Street Centre, , #08-08, 1 North Bridge Road. Other locations at Orchard Central, Fidgets at The Grandstand, and One Kind House at Telok Kurau will be introduced soon
When Various times
Cost $140 per month (u.p. $90 per 2.5 hour class)
Web www.saturdaykids.com

Treasure Family Time & Support Integration at Enabling Village

Families for Life at Enabling Village

Come down to Enabling Village to enjoy fun and engaging activities for the whole family, young and old. There are food decoration classes by a SHATEC chef, a family talk, an indoor movie screening of Kung Fu Panda 3, bouncy castles for kids, and an art and craft corner. Make a donation at the donation booth and get a limited edition picnic basket and a Sharity keychain for $10. You might even be lucky enough to catch Sharity the Elephant for a photo-op!

Where Enabling Village, 20 Lengkok Bahru
When 3 September, 3 – 9 pm
Cost Free, with registration
Web https://www.familiesforlife.sg/unite-at-an-event/Pages/FTPT-EV-2016.aspx

Juggle & Race with Explorer Kids and Babies

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You would need to exercise good hand-eye coordination for this one! Children from 6 to 12 years old can learn to juggle from the professionals. After the two-hour workshop, they can have unlimited playtime at the indoor playground (top up $5). Have younger children? Sign them up to race instead. Babies from 8 months old to children 6 years old can compete. There are six categories grouped according to age. Registration ends 31 August.

Where eXplorerkid Downtown East or AMK Hub (Juggling), Downtown East (Race)
When 2 or 5 September, 2 – 4 pm (Juggling) and 10 September, from 10 am (Race)
Cost $40 for members (Juggling), S$16 for members (Race)
Web https://www.explorerkid.com/activities_events/spectacular_juggling_workshop and https://www.explorerkid.com/activities_events/baby_junior_race_2016

Uncover Heritage at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

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This storytelling-cum-guided tour lets children follow Sara, a Boitanicosaurus who finds her grandmother’s treasure chest, and is transported back in time through the artefacts in it. Children will learn about plants and people that have contributed to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Suitable for children of P1 to P6 levels.

Where Botany Centre
When 3 September, 10 – 11 am
Cost $6 per child, $6 per accompanying adult
Web https://www.nparks.gov.sg/activities/events-and-workshops/2016/9/storytime-with-sara-heritage-core-sara-goes-back-in-time

Make your own ‘Drive-In Cinema’

Parents, be transported back to your parents’ childhood and bring your child with you! Open only to 20 parent-and-child pairs, this family workshop teaches all in the family to make your own mini drive-in cinema! This free workshop is brought to you by the Amazing Art Shuttle.

Where National Museum of Singapore, Activity Space, Level 3
When 3 September, 2 and 3.30 pm
Cost Free
Web http://nationalmuseum.sg/programmes/programme-list/drive-in-cinema-workshop

Celebrate Singapore’s Biodiversity

NParks - Festival of Biodiversity

Singapore is home to more than 400 species of marine fishes. It also houses 250 species of hard corals. Come to the Festival of Biodiversity at the Singapore Botanic Gardens to explore and learn more about the rich variety of nature here. You can also take part in the many family activities, from arts and craft, to an Amazing Biodiversity Race.

Where Eco Lake Lawn
When 3, 4 September, 9 am – 7 pm
Cost Free
Web https://www.nparks.gov.sg/festivalofbiodiversity

Do Daddy-Daughter Ballet!

Fathers, bond with your daughters at this da:ns festival workshop. If you have one or two girls aged 7 to 10 and would love to have fun and laughter, discover the joy of ballet together in this hour long workshop. Alternatively, you and your little one can pick up tango – a bit more intense, but just as fun.

Where Esplanade, Rehearsal Studio
When 3 September, 12 noon (tango), 4 September, 12 noon (ballet)
Cost $24 per father-daughter pair
Web https://secure.esplanade.com/webs/booking/Booking.do?contentCode=pkballet

Attend a Science Masterclass or enjoy Tinkering!

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The Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Science Centre Singapore have collaborated to produce science kits (worth $120 each!) for hands-on learning and kids can benefit! At these camps, P3 and P4 students will learn about energy, while P5 pupils get familiar with forces, applying classroom concepts in daily activities. Younger kids aren’t left out: The Science Centre is also hosting a Tinker Fest for children aged three to nine years from 3 to 11 September, 10 am to 6 pm.

Where Einstein Room, Singapore Centre Singapore
When 6 September, 9.30 – 11.30 am (Energy), 9 September, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm (Forces)
Cost From $130, excluding admission charges
Web sciencecentreholdings.com.sg/WSQMB

Hunt for Pokemon at Happy Willow

Happy Willow

Oh no, not with your phone, so mums and dads, you can breathe that sigh of relief! At Happy Willow, kids will enjoy free craft and games based on the popular game, without worrying about traffic violations or building restrictions. There’ll be craft and games where kids can make their own Poke Balls and use them to catch creatures in Happy Willow’s very own Play Garden!

Where Happy Willow @ One-North & @ OneKM
When 5 to 9 September, 10.30 am & 4 pm
Cost Free with paid admission to Happy Willow. Pre-registration is required. Email play@happywillow.com.sg or call 6466 6300 (One-North) or 6341 6468 (OneKM).
Web http://www.happywillow.com.sg/index.php/let-s-be-happy

Be a Budding Entomologist at Playeum

playedImage: Playeum Facebook page

The Hands-On Budding Entomologists Holiday Camp conceived by Artist Isabelle Desjeux is one that kids who enjoy all things creepy crawly will love! During this four-day camp, children will get acquainted with the bugs (insects, spiders, worms, snails and more) living in the vicinity of Playeum, the Children’s Centre for Creativity. Through daily walks, photography, drawing and research, they will learn about the aspects of entomology and use these as inspiration while drawing, imagining and crafting. On the last day of the camp, parents will be invited to a mini-exhibition at 12:30pm.

Where Playeum’s Children’s Centre for Creativity
When 6 to 9 September, 10 am – 1 pm
Cost $290. Kindly note that you will need to purchase an admission ticket if you wish to stay at the Children’s Centre for Creativity after 1pm.
Web http://peatix.com/event/176755

See also: 6 Ways Kids can experience Nature indoors at Hideaways by Playeum, Children’s Centre for Creativity

Create Art with Heart Studio

Heart Studio

Paint a Pokemon, Dory, a Little Pony, and more! Whether you’re a Little Master (3 – 5 years), a Junior Master (5 – 6 years), or a Young Master (7 years and above), you can create a masterpiece or two (or three or more!) at Heart Studio’s September Holiday classes. The youngest ones will learn about themes and primary colours, while Juniors explore techniques and mediums. Older ones will focus on advanced painting techniques while creating their artwork.

Where 1 Charlton lane #01-04 Singapore 539631
When 6 to 10 September, various timings
Cost Call 6554 7563 or email info@heartstudiosg.com to enquire. Sign up by 21 Aug for a 10% early bird discount. Sign up for three lessons or more for a 15% discount. Groups of six children also get a 15% special group discount
Web http://heartstudiosg.com/holiday-programs/

Power Up your Pokémon Go on Skates!

Skate with us

Okay so you can’t get the kids to stop talking about Pokémon Go. But you can use the game to get them up and about! Skate With Us’s Power-Up Skate Camp is where children will get to discover their abilities, enjoy the great outdoors, maybe catch a Pokémon or two! Suitable for kids from 3 to 12 years old (non-skaters and skaters), this camp is designed for both skaters and non-skaters with zero skating knowledge. All Campers will get an exclusive SUPERHEROES Goody Bag!

Where Bishan Park, East Coast Park, and West Coast Park
When 5, 6, 7, & 8 September (choose two), 9.30 am – 12 pm (half-day) or 9.30 am – 5 pm (full day)
Cost From $198
Web http://www.skate-with-us.com/September_School_Holidays_2016_school_holidays_activities_singapore_for_kids.php

Solve a Mystery, CSI-Style

KidsSTOP

Be observant, pay attention to details and put your forensic science knowledge to good use. Together with KidsSTOP Investigation Department, children four to eight years old will find and use evidences found at the crime scene to solve the case. They will be grouped according to age. Each session is 2.5 hours long.

Where KidsSTOP, Science Centre Singapore
When 6, 7, 8 September
Cost $45 excluding GST
Web http://www.kidsstop.edu.sg/holiday-programmes

Get Sheepish with your Babes

ACT 3 September holiday workshop

The littlest ones — from seven to 17 months old — can have fun this holiday too! Together with mommy or daddy, they can go on a sheep-themed exploration adventure while experiencing drama through music and movement. They will also learn rhymes, colours and the concept of opposites. Other themed workshops for toddlers and children up to 7 years old are available, just check the ACT 3 International website for more details!

Where ACT 3 Drama Academy, 126 Cairnhill Road, ONE-TWO-SIX Cairnhill Arts Centre
When 7, 9, 14, 16 September, 10.30 – 11.30 am
Cost $50
Web http://act3international.com.sg/holiday-workshops-sept-2016/

Become A Storyteller with MYMCA

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This three-day camp by MYMCA will stimulate your child’s imagination and curiosity through various environments and activities. It includes a movie, playtime at Amazonia indoor playground, a treasure hunt, a race, games, and even a barbecue! And if all that isn’t enough, kids get together to perform in a skit as well! Suitable for children between four and 12 years old.

Where The Metropolitan YMCA, 60 Stevens Road
When 6 to 8 September, 9 am to 5 pm daily
Cost $245 for members, $265 for non-members
Web https://www.mymca.org.sg/Services/Programmes/Camps.aspx

Camp with Kidz Amaze Playgrounds

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Safra Toa Payoh

Children from six to 11 years of age can learn more about marine conservation at the S.E.A. Aquarium during the Ocean Commotion three-day camp with Kidz Amaze indoor playground in Toa Payoh. Do your kids prefer science and experiments? Let them have a Magical Night @ Splash@Kidz Amaze Punggol and work their imaginations in an experiential learning environment. Animal lovers can join in the two-day Magical Experiments and Animal Fun Camp with Kidz Amaze Jurong. There’s something for every kind of child!

Where Safra Toa Payoh, Safra Jurong, Safra Punggol
When 6 to 8 September, 9 am – 6 pm daily (Toa Payoh), 8 to 9 September, 9 am – 5 pm daily (Jurong), 9 to 10 September, 5 pm – 12 noon the next day (Punggol)
Cost From $150 (non-members) or $100 (members). Meals and refreshments are provided.
Info tpkidzamaze@safra.sg (Toa Payoh), kidzamaze@safra.sg (Jurong), splash@safra.sg (Punggol)

Get Dramatic in the Gardens

In this drama workshop titled “The Invisible King of the Jungle”, children will learn among the rich biodiversity in nature and grow in character. This time they will learn the importance of honesty and reliability. Suitable for children of K1 to P6 levels.

Where Jacob Ballas Childrens Garden
When 7 September, 10 to 11 a.m.
Cost $10
Web https://www.nparks.gov.sg/activities/events-and-workshops/2016/9/grow-with-nature-drama-series-the-invisible-king-of-the-jungle

Create a Culinary Centrepiece!

Chantilly

Chantilly Culinary Studio specialises in hands-on courses for adults and juniors. This September, choose between two parent-child classes: making a Chocolate Kit-Kat Cake, or making a Bento Set (or perhaps both?). Yum!

Where 21 Simon Road, Singapore, 545907
When 8 September, 10 am – 1 pm (cake) & 9 September, 10 am – 12 pm (bento)
Cost $70 per parent-child pair. Add $15 for another child
Web http://www.chantilly.com.sg/juniors

Enjoy Mid-Autumn Madness at The Esplanade’s Moonfest

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This mid-Autumn, get into celebratory mood with parent-child workshops at The Esplanade’s Moonfest! There is a workshop for learning about Chinese Opera, one on making DIY snowskin mooncakes, and one on lantern making. The workshops are conducted in English or Mandarin. Book now; tickets are selling fast!

Where Esplanade, Rehearsal Studio. Meeting point at Theatre Studio entrance Level 4.
When 10 to 11 September, various times
Cost $30 per parent-child pair
Web https://www.esplanade.com/festivals-and-series/moonfest-a-mid-autumn-celebration/2016

Make A Lantern at the Botanic Gardens

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at the Singapore Botanic Gardens! Children from K1 to P6 levels can make their very own lanterns decorated with plant materials. They will also learn  mooncake appreciation and find out about plant ingredients available in the Gardens.

Where Botany Centre, Classroom 1 & 2, Level 3
When 10 September, 10 – 11.30 am
Cost $30 per child, including materials
Web https://www.nparks.gov.sg/activities/events-and-workshops/2016/9/mid-autumn-festival-special-lantern-making-mooncake-appreciation

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