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Jolly June: School Holiday Activities + What’s In, Out, and About for Families in Singapore

National Museum's June school holiday activities

There’s always something fresh and fun to do, see, and eat on our little red dot every month. From the latest playgrounds and pop-up events to world-class stage productions and new family-friendly menus, there’s plenty to keep you and the kids engaged. With Singapore currently under heightened alert COVID-19 measures, we’ve put together a list of exciting #stayhome June school holiday activities for the kids, plus fun things to do as a family. Staying home doesn’t have to mean climbing the walls. Read on to find out what’s happening (indoors) this jolly June!

#STAYHOME & SEE

Gallery Children’s Biennale 2021

Gallery Children’s Biennale 2021

Take part in the Children’s Biennale’s first-ever ‘phygital’ experience with National Gallery Singapore. Discover “Why Art Matters” through playful online art adventures involving interactive games, animated stories, and digital artmaking. There are activities for children from newborn to 12 years old. Complete the experience on-site when physical art installations open at the Gallery in September. Get started at www.childrensbiennale.com

(See also: Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019: Play by a river, explore a kampung, go underwater, and more!)

#StayHomeWithGB

June school holiday activities - #StayHomeWithGB

Gardens by the Bay presents a brand-new series of free online video tutorials with their horticulturists. Try your hand at DIY gardening projects, botanical crafts, and other June school holiday activities. Besides e-meeting the mysterious Plantkeepers, the kids can also enjoy #DisneyMagicMoments while making Belle’s Enchanted Paper Rose or a Winnie the Pooh Beehive Birdhouse! Visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/stayhomewithGB

Zooming with National Museum of Singapore

June school holiday activities - Zooming with National Museum of Singapore

Gather the whole family to participate in National Museum’s family-friendly June school holiday activities via Zoom. Give the kids a glimpse into what growing up in the 80s and 90s was like, join Timmy and Tammy as they go on a Singapore-themed quest, and discover magic in Grandma’s cupboard via livestream show-and-tell, interactive storytelling, and theatrical productions. You can also take part in a Risograph and scrapbooking workshops. From 2 to 26 June; more details here

Esplanade Presents: Pesta Raya 2021

June school holiday activities - Esplanade Presents: Pesta Raya 2021

This year’s Malay Festival of Arts is a special one — its 20th edition! Sadly, the pandemic has caused live performances and workshops to be cancelled. Still, we can find a range of digital programmes, including Sarung, an Indonesian dance film. More highlights include three short films by local directors, music and dance performances, and There Are Saga Seeds in Our Pockets, a lively storytelling session for kids. From 10 to 27 June; more details here

SustainableFest2021 @ Jurong Lake Gardens

June school holiday activities - SustainableFest2021 @ Jurong Lake Gardens

Love going on nature rambles but daunted by the heat, especially with face masks? Go on a guided tour with NParks and learn about Jurong Lake Gardens’ rich biodiversity without breaking a sweat. The kids can also register for a fun storytelling and craft session via Zoom. Plant enthusiasts, chat with Dr Wilson Wong as he shares about eco-friendly pest management in your home garden. From 26 to 27 June; more details here

(See also: Urban Gardening with Kids: How to Grow Fruits and Veggies at Home)

HOME-BASED LEARNING

Science Centre Singapore Online Workshops

June school holiday activities - Science Centre Singapore Online Workshops

Register your child for EduFun Online Workshops to keep them a step ahead in class. These weekly 1.5-hour sessions cover primary school topics such as Heuristic Science, Heuristic Maths, English, and Creative Writing in English. Other online workshops teach older kids to become a Curious Geneticist or Geospatial Scientist, while June school holiday activities for younger ones include experiments and crafts at Pepper’s Lab. Sign up at www.science.edu.sg

KooClass by KooBits

June school holiday activities - KooClass by KooBits

School’s out, KooClass is in! Sign your kids up for interactive animated maths lessons they’ll love. With over 100 hours of educational lessons and new classes released every week, students will not only learn to excel in maths, but develop a love for learning. In each lesson, they’ll watch a video, get hands-on practice, and unlock achievements. Sign up for your free trial of the KooBits Premium plan from 2 June; more details here

(See also: How to Raise a Maths-loving Child)

School Holiday Special with Librarians

June school holiday activities - School Holiday Special with Librarians

Spend the June school hols with NLB’s line-up of online activities and resources. For starters, the School Holiday Special with Librarians programme uses fun and short videos to guide children to make various objects or glean tips inspired by books on different themes and topics such as S.T.E.A.M. Weekly Storytime in English and mother tongues, DIY printables, quizzes, and virtual Song and Rhymes sessions for babies and toddlers are available too. Till 27 June; more details here

Awaken Joy and Travel Around The World Stay Home School Holiday Camp

School holiday learning isn’t just about academia. Canvass invites parents and kids to sign up for the virtual edition of their popular Awaken Joy Holistic Kids Camp. From Mondays to Fridays, learn the culture, language, art, and food in places from Hawaii to Africa via live mindfulness-based activities and parent-child bonding sessions. Camp fees include a travel pack with creative art materials for your child to use during the activities. Sign up at www.canvass.com.sg

EAT & SHOP

7-Eleven Launches the Impossible Burger

7-Eleven Launches the Impossible Burger

Not looking forward to preparing kid-friendly sustainable meals on the fly while juggling #WFH with the rascals underfoot? You’ll be glad to know that the award-winning Impossible Burger is making its debut at your neighbourhood 7-Eleven. The ready-to-eat Impossible Deluxe Burger sandwiches the plant-based patty, sautéed white button mushrooms, fresh spinach, and sour cream sauce between soft buns. $5.90 at 7-Eleven stores islandwide

(See also: 6 Kid-friendly Plant-based Recipes to Try)

Launch of Fairmont at Home, New Online Gourmet One-stop Shop

Fairmont Singapore and Swissôtel The Stamford’s new one-stop online shop features a curated selection of gourmet meals, premium groceries and exclusive wines. This June, whip up a family meal with restaurant-quality meats, seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables. If you prefer the convenience of takeaways, consider Szechuan Court’s oven-roasted duck, SKAI’s signature crab cakes, Prego’s Ravioli of Scallop, Norwegian Cod and Broccoli, or Asian Market Café’s signature chilli crab sauce, all delivered right to your doorstep. Shop now at www.fairmontathome.com

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse Debuts in Singapore

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse Debuts in Singapore

The home of the original ‘cruffin’ — that flaky sugar-dusted hybrid of croissant and muffin — is coming to Singapore! Yes, San Francisco’s famous Mr Holmes Bakehouse is set to land at Pacific Plaza this June. The 42-seater street-facing bakery-café boasts signature white and pink décor and rows of fresh bakes on display. Ready to try the donuts, croissants, and of course, the cruffins? Stay tuned for opening details at www.mrholmesbakehouse.sg

Lovemère Essentials Launch

Lovemère Essentials Launch

Calling all new mums and mums-to-be! Homegrown maternity and nursing wear brand Lovemère is launching its new collection, Lovemère Essentials, today. The range consists of relaxed basics tops and bottoms specially designed for pregnancy, nursing, and beyond. Handmade with love using environmentally friendly fabrics, the gentle and natural clothing range marries comfort, style, and function. From $49.90 at www.lovemere.com

(See also: Choose the Right Nursing Wear for a Successful Breastfeeding Journey)

UNIQLO Pokémon UT Collection

UNIQLO Pokémon UT Collection

In celebration of Pokémon’s 25th anniversary — yes, Pikachu is 25 years old! — UNIQLO is launching new Pokémon UT collections for the whole family. The Pokémon All-Stars collection for adults is sure to transport you back to your childhood. The kids’ range includes the more recent Galar Pokémon that’s part of theirs. There’s even a Dreaming Pokémon collection of sweat-wicking infant pyjamas just for babies! Gotta catch ‘em all? The collections drop on 21 June online and in-stores at UNIQLO

GET MOVING

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon Kids Virtual Race

June school holiday activities - Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon Kids Virtual Race

Help your child keep fit even while staying home joining them in the SCSM Kids Virtual Race. To take part, set up a Virtual Club account for yourself and your kid. Then simply complete four races of varying distances — at a nearby park or even on a treadmill at home. Upon finishing each race, participants will earn a digital badge and parents can share their achievements on social media with the hashtag #SCSMVC. Till 30 June; more details here

A Very Special Walk Challenge 2021

A Very Special Walk Challenge 2021

Follow the example of MP Tan Chuan Jin and help raise funds for the Autism Resource Centre. In light of the heightened alert restrictions, this year’s A Very Special Walk fundraiser includes a variety of virtual challenges. Set a goal in four categories: Active, Creative, Acts of Kindness, and Custom, and encourage friends and family to help you reach your goal by donating to the cause. From 1 to 21 June; more details here

(See also: Nothing but Pride for her Two Sons with Autism)

Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge

June school holiday activities - Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge

In a bid to spark interest in STEM from an early age, Amazon Singapore is teaming up with Science Centre Singapore to host the Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge. This virtual learning experience comprises an Onboarding Introductory Programme and the CoderZ Coding Challenge for students 9-12 and 13-16 years respectively. No prior experience is needed and it’s free to join. From now till 31 August; more details here

Barbie “You Can Be A Designer” Competition

Barbie “You Can Be A Designer” Competition

If fashion design is more up your child’s alley, let them demonstrate their creativity in this drawing contest. In conjunction with the launch of the new Barbie Extra doll, it’s open to fashionistas aged 5-12 years. The top 10 designs stand to win exclusive workshop passes from Fashion Makerspace, while the winning entry gets a one-day mentorship with Desleen Yeo of YeoMama Batik. Submissions close on 14 June; more details here

FAMILY FUN

Deliveroo x WOOSHI DIY Sushi Making Kit

Deliveroo has teamed up with Singapore-based sushi brand WOOSHI to roll out a limited-edition DIY sushi-making family kit to keep the little ones occupied at home. Choose from a medley of yummy ingredients such as salmon sashimi, tempura enoki, and furikake. Each kit also comes with two base ingredients: rice and nori, as well as your very own bamboo rolling mat. Now you can make your favourite sushi roll! Available from 15 June exclusively from WOOSHI’s Katong and Fusionopolis outlets on Deliveroo

Make Your Own PizzaExpress Pizza

Make Your Own PizzaExpress Pizza?

Take your June school holiday activities into the kitchen with the new Make Your Own Pizza DIY Kit from PizzaExpress. Each comes with the special PizzaExpress dough, tomato sauce, toppings of choice, as well as step-by-step instructions. As a bonus, the little ones get to learn what goes into their favourite food while having fun. You also get a free 11” USA Hamburger Pizza with a minimum $60 delivery order. Available till 13 June at pizzaexpresssg.oddle.me

(See also: 8 Awesomely Easy Rice Cooker Meals)

foodpanda’s The Greatest Supper Party

June school holiday activities - foodpanda’s The Greatest Supper Party

In a meaningful collaboration with Long John’s Silver and Superhero Me, foodpanda presents this limited-edition colouring book. It features the artworks of students from Kindle Garden, Singapore’s first inclusive preschool, and even includes QR codes which reveal easy recipes of dishes they created! Purchase Long John Silver’s All Chicken Bundle ($31.80) to receive The Greatest Supper Party as a gift, while stocks last. Available till 14 June via foodpanda

Art of Being Calm with ArtScience Museum

June school holiday activities - Art of Being Calm with ArtScience Museum

It’s important to find peace even in the uncertain world we live in today. Join the ArtScience Museum’s museum ambassadors in a series of videos that focus on the ABCs of finding serenity. You and the kids can pick up sleep hygiene tips and learn to regulate emotions through doodling. In the next episode to be released on 11 June, discover how colouring can even help uncover hidden feelings. For this and more, visit www.marinabaysands.com/museum

KKDay Virtual Tours

June school holiday activities - KKDay Virtual Tours

Since we can’t visit Japan or Taiwan for now, why not take a virtual family vacation instead? Cruise down Dotonburi river in Osaka and walk among the famous deer in Nara Park in Japan. Or release a sky lantern with your own wishes on it via livestream direct from Taiwan. Make it a truly immersive experience with Chia Te Bakery’s famous Sun Cake or Milk Cake — which can be delivered directly to your doorstep! Find these and more at www.kkday.com

(See also: 6 On-trend Activities to Boost #stayhome Family Bonding in Phase Two and Beyond)

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