The mid-year school holidays in May? Who’d have thought this would happen? But unprecedented circumstances thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic means unprecedented school holiday dates, and the need for unprecedented activities to fill them with and keep kids occupied. Need ideas too? Here are some that we’re gearing up for. Join us!
‘Holiyay at Home’ with Superhero Me
This is a series of inclusive workshops for all children, including those with special needs. Held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, each online session has 30 to 45 minutes of interactive play and inclusive fun led by dedicated Superhero Me artists and captains trained in co-creating art with children and fostering interactions between children of different abilities. All sessions are complimentary, and best for kids aged four years and up. See https://tinyurl.com/SHMHoliyay for timings and to register for these free workshops.
- Exercise With Blob (Tuesdays 19, 26 May)
- Power Up Art (Wednesdays 20, 27 May)
- Showtime! (Fridays 22, 29 May)
Dance to a story with the Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre
Little ones need to move! Get your toddlers and preschoolers up to join the lovely Sun Hong from the Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre and dance along to a story (conducted in Mandarin) every Saturday morning. This online dance class is telecast live on Facebook at 10am on Saturdays so mums and dads can join in too. Overslept and missed it? Catch a repeat telecast the next day (10am, Sunday). www.facebook.com/SingaporeCDT/
Get Fierce with Evolve
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“You want to teach the next generation so they can learn a little bit faster and a little bit more so everything becomes that much better.” – Cobi Jones The Evolve Children’s Program helps to build life skills in children through the power of martial arts taught by World Champions. #EvolveMMA #EvolveKids #MartialArts #MuayThai #Boxing #Kickboxing #BJJ #Wrestling #MMA #Singapore
The mixed martial arts academy now has Live Zoom classes so everyone in the family can stay fiercely fit at home. These interactive group classes are taught by World Champions and include Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Wrestling, WarriorFit, and more. For younger ones, there’s the well-known Little Samurai programme, as well as BJJ for Kids and Preteens. Register for a free 30-minute trial class here. If you sign up after that, all the proceeds from your Zoom classes will be donated to Boys’ Town, a charity which helps troubled children and orphans. Get stronger while helping others? We’re all for it! https://evolve-mma.com/zoom-class/
Play Footy with the Premier League
Aspiring footballers, practice your moves here! Train like a professional footballer with Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford; you can even learn skills like how to do a chest pass and a shoulder pass. Mastered the physical moves? Try other Home Learning activities like Family Challenges, or rise through game levels as you conquer spelling and Maths challenges.
GO ON A VIRTUAL TRIP
Tour Sentosa with Sentosa Crossing
Are the kids missing Sentosa’s Luge? Good news, you can bring them there if you have Nintendo Switch, and are playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Sentosa Crossing will be open to visitors daily for three two-hour time slots (10am-12noon, 2-4pm, and 6-8pm) and you can register to visit during these times to take a virtual tour around The State of Fun!
Go to ClubMed at Home
We love Club Med and miss the endless fun and games that we can enjoy as a family there. If you’re having Club Med withdrawals too, bring it to you instead! Club Med at Home has activities to keep everyone entertained, such as origami tutorials, colouring templates, exercises, a playlist, and even Club Med’s signature recipes! Try making this egg cup together; it’s a perfect breakfast or tea snack! www.clubmed.com.sg/blog/clubmedathome
VISIT A MUSEUM
Be a Heritage Explorer at the Malay Heritage Centre
Calling all kids aged seen to 12 years old — come join in the Heritage Explorers Programme, where you can learn how to be a museum Designer or a Curator. Watch the video to find out what these very important people do, and how they do it. Then choose the profession that you are interested in, complete the task, and submit your “homework” to [email protected] to redeem badges when the museum opens to the public again.
(See also: FREE Post-HBL Fun and Activities for Kids)
Get Creative with the National Gallery Singapore
The National Gallery has lots of cool things that parents and children can do together. Take an audio tour with the Cheeky Gibbon on the Gallery Explorer app (download for free on iOS or Android). Then head to the Gallery Kids! website for art project ideas inspired by artworks by Singaporean and Southeast Asian artists, and get creative! Think using everyday household items to paint with, making your own gamelan instrument, and experimenting with light and shadows. Cool, huh? #SmallBigDreamersAtHome
Enjoy SG Culture at Home
With concert halls and theatres closed, where can you get your arts fix? At the A-List website, which has a plethora of activities to satiate culture vulture appetites. Check out their recommendations, or pick and choose from the options, which include Chinese chamber orchestra Ding Yi’s encore concert, evergreen Malay songs, plays by Nine Years Theatre, and more. There’s also a section for young ones, with storytelling, arts and crafts sessions by Playeum, and even a colouring contest. www.a-list.sg #SGCultureAnywhere
Explore the World’s Museums
How’d you like to have over 2,000 of the world’s museums in your hands? Now you can, with Google’s Family Fun with Arts & Culture. Discover what’s inside a black hole, hang out with a Jurassic giant in virtual reality, or even practice some Harry Potter magic. And for little ones, why not follow a pesky penguin through virtual tours of museum galleries? Oh, the places you’ll go! https://artsandculture.google.com/
Go on an Animal Hunt with the Wildlife Reserves Singapore
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Our white tiger certainly knows how to leap into fun. So can you and the little ones, with this fifth instalment of Animals We Love. Jump right in for some tiger-rific fun with our specially prepared play-based learning kits. ⠀ ⠀ Check out today’s IG story or our Activity Pack story highlight for the download link.
Who misses trips to the Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari, and Jurong Bird Park? We do too, but thanks to the indefatigable crew at these places, we can catch our favourite furry and feathery friends in the act through videos on Facebook. Over at the Wildlife Reserves website’s Resources section, check out ‘Animals We Love’, which has fun play-based activity packs for preschoolers, as well as primary school kids, that they can do at home. Look out for new activity packs every Thursday! #TheGreatIndoorsWRS #playtimeSZG
Spot a Code and win with Cartoon Network
If the kids enjoy watching Cartoon Network shows, tell them to keep their eyes peeled for a secret code. From now till 28 June 2020, between 9am and 12 noon, a code will be shown onscreen at any time. Spot it, and log in to the Cartoon Network website. The code changes everyday and the more of codes you enter, the higher your chances of winning CN goodies like a giant We Bare Bears plushie, or Powerpuff Girls and Ben10 toy sets. https://bestsummerever.cartoonnetworkasia.com/
LEARN SOMETHING NEW
Discover the Khan Academy
If your little one is hungry for knowledge, the Khan Academy is a great place for him or her to find out more on Maths, Science, Economics and Finance, Arts and Humanities, Computing and more! Download the app, or access it though their website for easier viewing of the lessons, which include content from partners like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, and the All-Star Orchestra.
Learn a new Language with Duolingo
How does Klingon sound? How do you greet in French? Kids (and parents too) can pick up a new language through this user-friendly app which teaches 94 different languages! The interactive lessons, with a mascot owl and its friends that give you a thumbs up and dances for every correct answer, are fun for little ones too. www.duolingo.com/learn
Staying home is a good time to teach the kids one of the most important life skills – how to feed themselves. These easy recipes were contributed by parents we know. Try them out!
Fruit Salad (by Jon Lee, 47, shop owner)
Peel and dice apple and pear. Take one or half an orange. Free and sprinkle the juice sacs. Squirt in some Japanese mayonnaise. Mix evenly.
French Toast Sandwich (by Nelly, 36, elderly carer)
Crack one egg and beat it. Dip two slices of plain bread in beaten egg. Fry each individually in butter. Pour condensed milk on one slice, and stack them up.
Steamed Egg (by Roni Tam, 41, stay home mum)
Crack 4-5 eggs into a measuring cup. Add the same amount of water (ie. 1:1) to the egg. Add some salt, and beat the mixture. Pour egg into a bowl through a sieve. Put the bowl into a steamer. Close the lid, keep it at high heat for four minutes. Turn off the heat, keep the lid closed for another 20 minutes.