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September School Holidays 2020: Home and Away Fun for Everyone (+ a Giveaway!)

With the MOE school calendar all topsy-turvy this year, you would be forgiven for losing track of the dates. But the kids surely haven’t forgotten that the September school hols are coming up! From 5 to 13 September, to be precise. Thankfully, we are able to get out a little more as compared to back in June, but do take the usual precautions, continue to social distance, and avoid crowds where possible. For those who would rather remain cautious and keep the kids home, don’t worry. There are September school holidays 2020 activities to suit every preference!

#STAYHOME FUN

1. Play Kopi King

September School Holidays 2020 - Kopi King

Origame, the makers of table-grabbing, food-snatching game Chope!, is back with a new game celebrating our staple beverages. Again fully designed and illustrated by Singaporeans, Kopi King is a fast and fun card game that recently gained traction on Instagram with parents of young children. Through it, kids learn more about our kopitiam culture while practising decision-making through play. Available online and at Popular Bookstores, NTUC FairPrice, and game shops islandwide. More details

Exclusive promotion for SingaporeMotherhood readers! From now till 13 September, quote promo code “PLAYORIGAME” to enjoy 10% off at Origame’s online shop. Furthermore, sign up as a member for free to get limited-edition Origame-exclusive promo packs.

:: GIVEAWAY! ::

Stand to win Kopi King or Chope! just in time for September school holidays 2020 family fun. We have one of each game to give away!

How to win:

1. Like and share our giveaway post on Facebook (make sure your share is set to ‘public’).
2. Tag two friends you wanna play the game with.
3. Like Origame’s Facebook page and follow its Instagram account.
4. Leave a comment when you’ve done the above.
5. Sit back and relax. We’ll be in touch if you win!

Closing date: 12 noon on 1 September

(See also: The Best Board Games for Kids, from Age 3 to Teens)

2. Deliveroo Brain Boxes

September School Holidays 2020 - Deliveroo

To help occupy the kids during the September school holidays 2020 while parents work from home, Deliveroo presents Brain Boxes. They come in five exciting food themes from Spaghetti to Ice Cream, with items from confetti dough to scented slime. From 4 September, redeem a Deliveroo Brain Box for free, while stocks last, when you order Family Bundles from Deliveroo Editions’ Katong outlet. Or stand to win one via Deliveroo’s Facebook giveaway on 29 August. More details

3. STPI Gallery’s Digital Activity Guides

STPI Gallery's Digital Activity Guides

Embark on a creative journey of print- and paper-making activities with your children. STPI Gallery releases a new Digital Activity Guide that guide you through innovative projects every fortnight. They’re easy to follow and will inspire the kids to go on and expand on their own ideas. Turn everyday household items into lovely works of art — they make great gifts too! More details

4. 21st Century Arkidtects: Building Our Future Homes

How do children envision homes of the future? Join Playeum and their friends from BeepLab for a virtual holiday camp to discover the joy of building. Children aged 7 to 11 years will explore architecture through three mornings of hands-on fun and artful play activities. Each participant will receive a box of materials ahead of the camp, which will take place via Zoom from 10.30am to 1pm on 9, 10, and 11 September. More details

4. Indian Heritage Centre CultureFest 2020

From 5 to 20 September, the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) presents the first digital edition of IHC CultureFest. Join in celebrating the diversity of Indian arts, culture, and heritage in Singapore through the epic Ramayana. There’ll be colourful cultural performances and art installations to explore. You and the kids can also take part in workshops, storytelling sessions, and cooking demonstrations. More details

(See also: Do Your Kids Know About These 11 Festivals Celebrated in Multiracial Singapore?)

5. TLC Children’s Festival

September School Holidays 2020 - TLC Children's Festival
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The Little Company by the Singapore Repertory Theatre presents a month of activities to entertain, inspire, and nurture growing minds. Explore virtual playground and participate in games, activities, talks, and workshops. Then catch four exciting performances via SISTIC Livestream at $20 each or $50 for all. PAssion Card members get a 10 per cent discount. It all happens at www.tlcfestival.sg from 5 September to 4 October 2020. More details

6. Singapore Philatelic Museum’s Virtual Exhibitions

All About Dogs, Singapore Philatelic Museum
Image: All About Dogs, Singapore Philatelic Museum

Have you heard? The Singapore Philatelic Museum is undergoing a major renovation and will reopen in 2021 as a child-centric museum. In the meantime, you can explore its past exhibitions from home. The kids in particular will love the special exhibitions featuring The Little Prince, DC Superheroes, Harry Potter, All About Dogs, and more. Check out virtual activities such as Stamp Jigsaw and Colouring Fun too. More details

7. A Narrow Escape: The Fearless Twins and the Magical Kaleido

Choose one of three ways to go on a time-travelling adventure with Toby, Tammy, and their Uncle Al in A Narrow Escape: The Fearless Twins and the Magical Kaleido, a Preservation of Sites and Monuments’ publication. Or do all three! Watch the online storytelling session above, print these colouring sheets, and have the book mailed to you. It’s now available at $10 (usual $16) and comes complete with extra stickers. More details

(See also: The Best Children’s Bookstores in Singapore)

8. [email protected]: Style for Every Story

Saturdays@ACM

The Asian Civilisations Museum’s monthly flagship family fun programme, [email protected] returns…online. From 29 August to 25 September, discover different styles of traditional outfits based on the museum’s collection. Download the templates provided and follow a video tutorial to create outfits for a paper doll. Then listen to The Emperor’s New Clothes in an audio storytelling. More details

HOLIDAY CAMPS & WORKSHOPS

9. Warriors Holiday Camp – Bollywood Adventures

September School Holidays 2020 - Warriors Holiday Camp
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Are your children missing outdoor time? Bollywood Adventures presents a day out in nature for kids aged 6 to 12 years. This 4 or 11 September, unplug your child from their devices and send them on a sensory farm tour. Highlights include roti jala making, dreamcatcher weaving, interaction with live quails, and good ol’ kampung play. $105 per child, $195 per pair; more details

(See also: 9 Farms In Singapore You Didn’t Know Existed To Visit During The Weekend)

10. Overnight HikeCamp – Forest School Singapore

September School Holidays 2020 - Forest School OHC
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Give your child the chance to develop physical and mental endurance in an exciting overnight adventure. In this Overnight HikeCamp, tweens aged 8 to 14 years will traverse the Southern Ridges from dusk to dawn. They will return home empowered with a new confidence to face any challenges ahead. Leaving the kids in the safe and capable hands of Forest School coaches, parents get a chance to recharge too! $208 per child; more details

11. September Bakeout – Genius R Us

September School Holidays 2020 - Genius R Us
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Let your kids learn kitchen skills while having lots of hands-on fun during the September school holidays 2020. Kid-friendly instructors at Genius R Us will lead baking workshops at their new premises at HomeTeamNS Khatib Clubhouse. Kids aged 2.5 to 12 years can learn to make anything from Mini Burger Cakes to Unicorn Cookies. Tots under 5 years to be accompanied by a parent. From $28 per child; from $40 per parent-child pair; more details

(See also: The First Dish I taught my Child to Cook)

12. September Holiday Programmes 2020 – KidsSTOP

September School Holidays 2020 - KidsSTOP
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Get your little scientist’s investigative juices flowing at KidsSTOP. Preschoolers aged 3 to 4 years, accompanied by an adult, have to solve The Missing Case of Crayons. While older kids from 5 to 8 years learn the science behind their favourite superpowers in Superhero Science. Exciting experiments include making edible crayons and magnetic slime! $53.50 per child; more details

13. Holiday Coding Camp – The Lab Singapore

September School Holidays 2020 - The Lab Singapore
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Sign your kids up for 22nd-century themed camps and the opportunity to pick up useful skills to make them future-ready. Children aged 5 to 16 years will get to unleash their creativity while learning coding and game design. The Lab Singapore tailors its holiday programmes to suit each age group, with varying session lengths and number of sessions. From $200 per child; more details

14. Kids Holiday Dance Camp – Recognize! Studios

Wondering how to get your kids to work off all that excess energy constructively? The Kids Holiday Dance Camp at Recognize! Studios could be the answer. It’s designed to keep kids aged 4 to 12 years up and moving, while equipping them with street dance skills. They’ll get to build self-confidence and learn to express themselves through the medium of dance too. From $150 per child; more details

15. Stage Camp by SRT – Singapore Repertory Theatre

Does your child struggle with learning Chinese? These school hols, let them discover how fun the language can be, with Stage Camp by SRT (Mandarin Edition). For an hour daily from 7 to 11 September, your child can practise their language skills while learning theatre techniques. The camp culminates in a presentation which will bring parents much pride and joy. See Little Red Riding Hood in a whole new light! $180 per child; more details

(See also: 5 Ways to Help Your Preschooler Learn English More Easily)

PLACES TO GO

16. ArtScience on Screen: An Ode to Invention

ArtScience on Screen

ArtScience Museum’s on-site film screenings are back! From now till 11 September, catch a series of four international short films featuring young inventors and their extraordinary creations. Film screenings take place every hour from 10am to 7pm (last screening at 6pm) daily in the museum’s Rainbow Room. With each slot limited to 10 visitors, it’s best to pre-book your (free) tickets ahead of time. More details

17. National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore

It’s a good time to visit — or revisit — National Gallery Singapore and kid-centric Keppel Centre for Art Education. Safe management measures are in place, and the gallery is offering its annual Gallery Insider membership worth up to $120 — free! Members get unlimited and priority access to all exhibitions, and up to 15 per cent discounts on dining and shopping. More details

18. Seeing Is Believing – Every Stamp Tells A Story! & A Little Magic

September School Holidays 2020 - SPM A Little Magic
Image: A Little Magic, Singapore Philatelic Museum

When was the last time you stuck a stamp on an envelope and dropped a letter in the mail? Your kids may never get to discover the fascinating philatelic world. There are stamps infused with scents, embedded with crystals, and woven with silk, or depict fairy tales from all over the world. During the September school holidays 2020, introduce them to these miniature works of art at our public libraries. Admission is free. More details

19. SINGAPO人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture

SINGAPO人 at SCCC

Enjoy a fun family day out at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s permanent exhibition, SINGAPO人. Immerse in a virtual feast of tasty local dishes and learn how our dialect groups influenced Mandarin and English. Then challenge your kids to a showdown of who can make the most cups of kopi or teh! Special interactive wristbands let you vote for your favourite dishes, play games, and learn more about our distinctive Chinese Singaporean identity. Admission is free. More details

*NEW* Gai Gai Tour at Faber Peak

Take a “Singapoliday” and (re)discover the rich heritage in our own backyard with One Faber Group’s Gai Gai Tour. Embark on a two-hour journey that will reveal a hidden side of Faber Peak. The Gai Gai Tour comes with fully guided content in the exclusivity of a private tour setting and a complimentary round-trip cable car ride on the Mount Faber Line (usual $33 per adult and $22 per child). Catch the Gai Gai Tour with the early bird price of $20 per adult and $15 per child. More details

*NEW* W Singapore’s Saturday (and Friday) BBQ Sizzle

Gather (up to five) loved ones for a weekend of indulgence at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove. Its Saturday BBQ Sizzle makes a special Friday appearance exclusively on 4 and 11 September, just for the September school holidays 2020. This communal sharing feast ($80++ per adult; $38++ per child) stars premium cuts and the freshest catch. Each grilled to perfection before your eyes, inspired by the South American barbecue culture, with the occasional Asian touch. More details

*NEW* Free Dish for Students at Tim Ho Wan

Attention, all students! Tim Ho Wan brings the Hong Kong experience to all students during the September school holidays 2020. From 5 to 13 September, dine in to enjoy a three-piece dish of custard buns for free! Whether you choose the fried or steamed version, you’ll be getting an exclusive preview of a new creation creation yet to be released in Tim Ho Wan’s menu locally. Simply flash your student card to get one portion per table, limited to 100 portions daily at each outlet. More details

20. Paw-fect Staycations at InterContinental Singapore

Paw-fect Staycations at InterContinental Singapore

Since leisure travel still isn’t in sight, consider a staycation during the September school holidays 2020. Hate leaving your child’s best furry friend behind? Then check into a Heritage Room or Suite at InterContinental Singapore. To mark International Dog Day on 26 August, it’s extending its five-star hospitality to four-legged guests till 22 September. From $350++ per night, the package includes $50nett in-room dining credits, 25 per cent savings at the hotel’s restaurants, and pampering amenities for pets. More details

(See also: Finding Serenity at the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore (Staycation Review + Giveaway))

*NEW* Family Together Package at Oakwood Premier AMTD Singapore

Or create treasured moments with the kids with a Family Together Package at Oakwood Premier AMTD Singapore. Stay in a stylish one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartment for a minimum of two nights. Perfect for foodie families, you’ll enjoy one customisable family dining set per day worth $140++. Pick your choices of main courses for adults, kids’ meals, a sharing dish, and two beverages. Other perks include daily breakfast and complimentary wireless internet for your Tik Tok videos and #staycay ‘grams. More details

*NEW* Playtime at Jewel and Changi Airport

From 4 to 13 September, jump to your heart’s content on the Manulife Sky Nets in Jewel, play hide-and-seek at the mazes, or immerse yourself in a virtual exploration of Changi Airport in Changi Experience Studio at 50 per cent off selected bundle packages. Any spend in Jewel also gets you free entry to the Canopy Park for two. More details

Over at Changi’s terminals, a minimum spend on $30 ($60 for supermarket spends) gets you two 30-minute play passes to the Cartoon Network-themed PLAY! indoor playground. If you spend at least $60 ($90 for supermarket spends) and pay by MasterCard, stand a chance to win Resorts World Sentosa stays and Universal Studios Singapore tickets! Catch a variety of family-friendly shows at Changi Airport’s ST3PS at Terminal 3 Basement 2, in between fun at the Sanrio-themed Playground and [email protected] Changi Rewards members get up to 10 free rides on the taller slide! More details

21. Ground Zero Run Virtual Challenge

Ground Zero Run Virtual Challenge 2020
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As it turns out, you don’t have to step outside to #runforhumanity in this year’s Ground Zero Run. The annual event to raise funds for Mercy Relief has converted this year’s run into a virtual challenge. You decide where (treadmill or park connector), when (at one go or break it up), and who (solo or as a family). Simply choose your distance category (10 km Race Against Time, 5 km Relief Aid Challenge, and 1 km Kids Dash) and complete your challenge within the race period of 6 to 27 September. Race entitlements still apply. More details

(See also: 13 Kid-friendly Nature Trails for Easy Hiking in Singapore)

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