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September School Holidays 2021: Outdoor & #StayHome Fun for Every Child

Is it just me or has this year literally zoomed past? The September school holidays will be here (4-12 September) in two weeks! While it may be tempting to lock the children in and put their noses to the grindstone — since year-end exams are the next biggie on the school calendar — we’d advise you to rein in that impulse mum, and let the kids play ‘cos they deserve it (and need it too). We’ve rounded up some in- and outdoor activities that young ones will love below, but do bookmark this page and come back regularly, as we will be adding more in the days to come.

Human X Nature 

Especially for young ones this September holidays, the NLB has added new kid-friendly surprises to its biodiversity exhibition, Human x Nature: Environmental Histories of Singapore. While it may not sound like it, the exhibition is a great way to spend a day with kids. First, pick up the kid-friendly exhibition guide. This contains simple facts, vibrant stories, and colourful illustrations that shed light on Singapore’s rich biodiversity heritage. Next, get some hands-on fun putting together the Malayan tiger origami set enclosed within. Keep your phone batteries loaded too, to access the curated AR tour via QR codes and watch the exhibits come to life right before your eyes!

Till 26 September, 10am – 9pm, level 10, Gallery, National Library Building. More details here.

Children’s Festival with Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens 

Bounce around with larger-than-life inflatables and Art-Zoo characters Bruno Bear and Little Kong as they reunite with their Wonder Gardens friends — Cheerful Caterpillar, Radiant Rhino Beetle, Super Speedy Snail and the Lovely Ladybirds, and create new memories at the Supertree Grove! Remember to pick up the complimentary trail booklet, complete the activities, and bring a piece of the Wonder Gardens home as well!

4 September to 3 October, 10am – 7pm, Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay. Free entry. Get more details here.

Little Critters’ Wonder Workshops

At these weekend workshops children aged 4 to 12 years can try personalising their very own face mask, upcycling banners to create a face mask holder, create a tic-tac-toe set using pre-loved fabric and buttons, discover the wonders of shrink art, create an insect-themed terrarium, or make their own slime toy. Sounds like fun!

Saturday, 4 September to 3 October, 10am – 7pm, Supertree Grove. Fees for workshops apply. Get more details here.

Mangrove Discovery @ Khatib Bongsu (School Holiday special)

Image: PAssion WaVe

Ready for adventure? Explore Sungei Khatib Bongsu, which has the largest mangrove forest in the north-eastern shoreline of Singapore, on water. As you paddle through the estuarine channels, marvel at Singapore’s lush nature and learn more about our flora and fauna. Seats are limited, so sign up fast! Do note that children have to be over 10 years old and able to swim with aid of a buoyancy vest in order to participate in this activity.

8 September, 10am – 2pm, PAssion WaVe @ Sembawang, $27 per person. More details and registration here.

(See also: Where to Kayak in Singapore: Trips, Courses, and more for Families and Kids)

Mini Holiday Camp: Ready, Get Set, Play! at the ArtScience Museum 

Kids 9 years and above, hop on an artistic adventure to draw and bring your ideas to life in this half-day video games-themed camp. Unlock levels starting with a facilitated tour through the Virtual Realms: Videogames Transformed exhibition to a workshop where you’ll get to see your drawings brought on screen and transformed into an actual game!

This camp is part of Gameplay, a two-week (3 to 17 September) special event that celebrates video games as an artistic medium.

7 & 8 September, 10.15am – 12.45pm, Rainbow Room, Basement 2, ArtScience Museum. Get more details here.

Explore all things Science

Learn about energy and sustainability in a Be An Energy Saver Gallery Hunt, explore physics or genetics through hands-on activities, and laugh along to the wacky That’s Gross Science Show. Little ones can make bottle airplanes and light-up astronaut cards, partner with parents for the Cook and Click Challenge, or go on The Pom-fect Journey to learn how pomegranates grow — all at KidsSTOPTM!

Don’t miss the newest Omni-Theatre show Dinosaurs of Antarctica (premieres 3 Septmeber) which brings you to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica to roam primitive forests with bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians. Prefer to explore online? Check out The Curiosity Shop on Lazada and its Let’s Explore Kits tailored to the MOE Science Syllabus.

From 3 September, various timings available at the Science Centre Singapore. Get more details here.

Camposaur & more at the Sports Hub 

The popular Camposaur Holiday Adventure Camp lets kids do a little of everything this September school holidays. Think multi-sports activities, team building games, arts and craft workshops, dance fitness programmes, and even a museum visit. Have an energetic 3 to 7 year old? The Kids Ultimate Multi-Sports programme will suit them to a tee, as they’ll get to explore a variety of sports like basketball, dodgeball, tennis, soccer, rugby, athletics and frisbee every Saturday from 4 September to 23 October.

Don’t worry, the littlest ones aren’t left out. Sign them up for the Tots and Kinder Play sessions, where they’ll develop stability, body, and object control under the guidance of coaches who specialise in early childhood physicality. 

6 to 10 September (Camposaur), 4 September to 23 October (Kids Ultimate Multi-Sports).

Clean up our Coasts

If you’ve thought about helping with the environment but didn’t know where to start, here’s an idea for the September school holidays. Geneco has partnered with Green Nudge, which organises coastal cleanups, to sponsor and rent 50 sets of the Coastal Cleanup Kit. This contains everything a family of five would need to do a DIY cleanup of the beach. Each kit comes with gloves, metal tongs, trash bags, weighing scale, mini first aid kit, cutter, shovel, and a coastal cleanup guide by Green Nudge. It can be rented for a week from Geneco’s PowerUp Rewards page, and redeemed through Green Nudge’s booking portal

House by The Artground

In this theatre performance, little ones get to peek into the home of a curious Collector who collects objects from her environment. Kids (and their adult companion) will get to ‘live’ and view the performance in their own little “house” as they follow the Collector’s journey of discovery and fun, rain or shine! Ticket holders will also be given exclusive access to TAG’s new arts space – Fungus Humongous 45 minutes before the performance they’ve purchased tickets for. This 30-minute show is for children aged 15 months to 4 years old.

When 3 to 12 Sept, Fridays – 10am and 11.30am | Saturdays and Sundays – 10am, 11.30am and 4pm | Wednesday and Thursday – 10.30am
Where The Artground, 90 Goodman Road, #01-40 BLK J
Cost $45 per parent-child pair
Tickets https://theartground.com.sg/programmes/

SRT Stage Camp: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Meet Goldilocks and the Three Bears — in Mandarin, this September school holidays. In doing so, kids get a chance to practice language skills and performance techniques in another language while developing confidence, creativity, and communication skills. Family and friends are welcome to join in and watch the performance on the last day. 

When 6 to 10 September, various timings (two hours each day) 
Where Aliwal Arts Centre — 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918
Cost $300 (Inclusive of GST)
Register www.srt.com.sg/stage-camp
More details Email [email protected] or call 6221 5585

Documenting Nature Workshop

In this three-hour workshop kids tour the gallery for a better understanding and appreciation of Singapore’s biodiversity and natural heritage, and learn techniques used by naturalists to document nature around us, including gyotaku painting and journaling. There’ll also be interactive games, bird watching with binoculars, and freebies for all participants. For ages 7 to 16 years only. 

When 7 September, 2.30pm – 5.30pm | 10 September, 2.30pm – 5.30pm | 11 September, 10am – 1pm
Where Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Cost $80 (excludes GST & SISTIC booking fee)
Register www.tinyurl.com/dnw2021

(See also: Where to Kayak in Singapore: Trips, Courses, and more for Families and Kids)

Singapore Diving Talent Search

Has watching Singapore divers Jonathan Chan and Frieda Lim at the Tokyo2020 Olympics inspired your little one? If so, sign them up for this two hour diving tryout session run by Singapore’s national team coaches, who are on the hunt for the next generation of diving stars. This is open to children aged 6 to 14 years (as on 31 December 2021), and no diving experience is necessary. However children must be able to swim 25 metres comfortably and unaided in deep water using any swim stroke.

During the two-hour session, kids will go through warm-ups, trampoline and gymnastic based skills, as well as tests to assess body shape, strength, and flexibility. In the pool, they will get an introductory diving session, attempt basic skills from the poolside and lower boards, and maybe even experience what it’s like to stand on the 10-metre high Olympic platform!

When 9 to 12 September, 8 – 10am, 10.30am – 12.30pm, or 3 – 5pm
Where Toa Payoh Swimming Complex
Cost Free (just pay the ActiveSG pool entry fee of $0.50-$0.60)
Register using this form

Overnight HikeCamp

For little tykes, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as doing something independently, without parents. The sense of accomplishment? Massive, and it lasts forever. Give your kids an opportunity to experience that heady high by doing this 12-hour overnight trek from dusk to dawn. Through it they’ll make new friends and develop endurance, adaptability, inner strength, and perseverance. Oh, and have lots of fun too, of course. For children aged 7 to 14 years. 

When 9 to 10 Sept, 8pm – 8am
Where From Southern Ridges to West Coast Park
Cost $208 per person
Register https://forestschoolsingapore.com

(See also: 13 Places to Tackle Bouldering and Rock Climbing for Kids)

Warrior’s Holiday Camp — Gardens by the Bay edition

Explore Gardens by the Bay and learn more about the plants there that give us food and life. This Bollywood Adventures camp is a fun-filled day of education and activities that will bring plant knowledge to life and encourage experiential learning. All camp materials, lunch, and an afternoon snack will be provided. Suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years.

When 8 or 9 September, 9am – 5pm
Where Gardens by the Bay
Cost $115 per person, $210 per pair (15% off for Gardens by the Bay members)
Register www.bollywoodadventures.com/
More info Email [email protected] or call 9452 6202

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

Warriors Holiday Camp – Countryside Creatures Edition

School’s out and it’s time to unplug, unwind and spend a day out in the countryside with the animals of Kranji. Visit a goat farm and a fish farm, meet a quail farmer and end the day with horse stable tours and joy rides. All activities are guided and supervised, with entrance fees, camp materials, transport, a Halal lunch, and an afternoon snack provided. Suitable for primary school children aged 6 to 12 years. 

When 10 Sept, 9am – 5pm
Where Various locations around the Kranji countryside
Cost $165 per person, $315 for two
Register www.bollywoodadventures.com/
More details Email [email protected] or call 9452 6202

HAVE A STAYCATION

Galactic Family Adventure at Four Seasons Singapore

Destination next: space, at this galactic family adventure where budding astronauts check in with a personalised rocket boarding pass, special treats, and a space activity kit. The highlight? In-suite space décor, a space-themed tent, galaxy night light and a delicious solar system welcome amenity for children, topped off with a complimentary Milkyway Shake at [email protected] or in the suite itself. The Galactic Space Adventure also includes daily breakfast for two adults and two children ages 11 and under, kid-sized bath robes and slippers, child-friendly amenities, early check-in (from 12pm) and late check-out (4pm), and 15% off spa treatments.

When Till 23 Dec 2021
Where Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
Cost From $620 per night
Book www.fourseasons.com/singapore/offers/galactic-family-adventure/ or call 6734 1110

#STAYHOME FUN

398.2 Storytelling Festival

There’s no need to venture outdoors to have fun this September school holidays. Kids can have a good time at home too, by sitting back, relaxing, and listening to folktales and fairytales told by Singapore’s talented storytellers at this online festival presented by the Storytelling Association – Singapore. And it’s free!

When 6 to 8 Sept, 7.30 – 8.30pm
Where Online
Cost Free
Register https://linktr.ee/398.2storyfest

(See also: Super-Fun No-Screen, At-Home Play Ideas your Toddlers and Preschoolers will Love)

The SSCC Experience

If your child is a constant warbler let them discover and hone their voice in this online programme of choral music-making workshops conducted by Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir (SSCC) conductors. Participants will get a chance to experience a day in the life of an SSCC singer and be part of a Virtual Choir performance! For children aged 8 to 12 years. 

When 6 to 7 Sept, 9am – 1pm or 2 – 6pm
Where Online
Cost $60 per participant
Register www.sso.org.sg/choral/sscc-experience (by 30 August 2021)

GO BEFORE IT ENDS

Sikhs in Singapore – A Story Untold

Numbering just 13,000, they are the smallest ethnic group in Singapore but by no means the least prolific. Find out more about the Sikhs and their lives and experiences here, view more than 450 artefacts contributed by the community here, and watch three short films on what it means to be a Sikh in Singapore. 

When Till 30 Sept
Where Indian Heritage Centre
Cost Free for Singaporeans and PRs
Web www.indianheritage.gov.sg/

Rainforest Lumina

The third and final season of this luminous night walk at the Singapore Zoo immerses visitors in a symphony of light, music, and interactive play while inspiring us to appreciate nature, protect wildlife, and conserve biodiversity. Get a taste of what to expect from Season One and Season Two

When Till 13 Feb 2022, 7.15pm – 12am
Where Singapore Zoo
Cost $14 (child), $18 (adult)
Web https://rainforestlumina.wrs.com.sg/

Ready for the September school holidays? We’ll be adding to this list as more activities and events are announced, so do bookmark this page and check again for more exciting things that your children can do this September school holidays.

Featured image: Singapore Swimming Association (SSA)

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