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March 2022: School Holiday Fun + What’s In, Out, and About for Families in Singapore
And just like that we’re in month three of 2022! Where did all the days go? And did you spend them well? Fret not. We’re here to keep you on the radar of all things fresh and fun to see, do, shop for, and eat – especially for families and kids – on our little red dot. From the newest playgrounds and pop-ups to world-class productions and family-friendly menus, there’s plenty to engage everyone in the family.
Since the first scheduled school holidays happen in March, we’ve also included our picks of activities, events, and shows that are created just for young ones. There’s lots to enjoy, from the Esplanade’s March On festival for children, to inclusive workshops at Enabling Village, awesome exhibitions, trips, and more!
GET OUT & ABOUT
National Geographic Kids Weird but True
Did you know that 420 million years ago, mushrooms grew taller than giraffes? And that palm trees are not really trees? If cool facts like these fascinate and thrill your little ones, they’ll love this exhibition by National Geographic Kids which reveals the strangest and weirdest facts in science, food, and pop culture. The first of four, this showcases interesting facts about the world around us through interactive stations. Learn about the weirdest in nature and flowers, to plants that devour meat!
22 February to 31 July, 9am–9pm, Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay. Admission to Cloud Forest applies. More details here.
Goodman Grows Weekend
How closely are art and nature related? Very much so, when you’re at Goodman Grows Weekend. Step right in for a truly eclectic arts experience in an urban community farm setting. It’s kid-friendly, with with over 15 hands-on activities and nature-inspired adventures. Learn to grow your own micro-greens, and go on an interactive trail celebrating Indian food traditions. Have the kids let their hair down at the Outdoor Dance Playground for some nature-inspired dance and play, or a fun, mindful movement-based session based on Shel Silverstein’s classic The Giving Tree. In addition, you can browse and buy handcrafted wares and eco-friendly items at the Down to Earth Market (12 March), and get a rare peak into the artists’ studios as well!
11 and 12 March, Goodman Arts Centre and online. More details here.
Create, learn, play, and discover all about contemporary art this SAMily Funday at the SingaporeArt Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark. Activities are designed for all ages, so there’s no need to leave anyone at home! Make origami mushrooms, design your own denim coaster, go on curator-led, or artist-led tours, and shake your booty in a dance-off movement workshop! It’s beginner-friendly so there’s no need to be shy, okay?
13 March, 1pm – 5pm, SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark. Admission is free! More details here.
Singapore Squash Free Trial Class
Get game, set, and match for a smashing good time at this trial class by Singapore Squash. It’s a parent-child programme so both you and your young ones can learn and play together. Who knows, your little one could possibly be a potential squash champ! Sessions last 90 minutes each, and are free with registration; just scan the QR code in the image above to book your slot. Session 1 – 10.00am to 11.30am | Session 2 – 11.30am to 1.00pm | Session 3 – 2.00pm to 3.30pm.
17 March, various timings, Kallang Squash Centre, 8 Stadium Boulevard, Singapore 397804. More details here.
Enabling Village March holiday programmes
Enabling Village is an inclusive community space dedicated to integrating persons with disabilities. This March, it’s hosting a series of inclusive activities/workshops for persons with disabilities, their caregivers, as well as the general public. Try Marquage (pronounced “mah-cash”) art, digital art on drawstring bags, crafts, and a habitat exploration curated by Playeum. Programmes are open to all, but persons with disabilities and their caregivers enjoy priority registration and subsidised rates.
12 to 19 March, Enabling Village, 20 Lengkok Bahru, Singapore 159053. More details here.
City Sprouts March holiday programmes
It’s a week of ‘Play, Learn, and Grow’ at social enterprise City Sprouts! There’s a Reggio Nature playgroup with a scavenger hunt and mud play, a Little Farmers workshop where kids can learn to grow edibles, a Bubz Bugs farm tour to learn about how earthworms and black spider flies help the environment, drumming sessions, tie-dye workshops, and more!
15 to 20 March, various timings, 102 Henderson Road. More details here.
Ocean Crafts with Green Market
Through interactive hands-on activities, kids aged 5 to 9 years can learn about amazing marine creatures that live below the waves, and what we can do to protect them. Kids get to bring home their very own masterpieces too! The Green Market is a bi-annual event celebrating sustainable living as a community.
19 March, 2–3pm, Choa Chu Kang Public Library. More details here.
Brickman® Wonders Of The World
Travel the world through 1.4 million LEGO® bricks in this interactive exhibition and see more than 50 LEGO® masterpieces of the world’s most iconic landmarks. Created by Ryan McNaught, the only LEGO® Certified Professional in the Southern Hemisphere, these include Canada’s CN Tower, the RHS TItanic, the Tokyo subway map, the Flying Scotsman, and St Basil the Blessed Church, among others. Get inspired, then build your own at the interactive Master Builder Zones within the exhibition.
24 March to 3 July, 10am – 8pm (last entry 6.30pm), Science Centre Singapore. More details here.
Snap and show to get an exclusive LEGO® Vehicle gift
A real Ferrari is cool, but a life-sized LEGO® Ferrari? Even cooler. What’s the coolest? See and snap a picture with the life-sized 3D LEGO® Speed Champions 1970 Ferrari 512M at the LEGO® Certified Store at Resorts World Sentosa on 12 to 13 March and 18 to 20 March, share your picture with the hashtags #LEGOSG and #BUILDTHETHRILLS and receive an exclusive LEGO® Vehicle gift at the LEGO® Certified Store!
The life-sized 3D version of the LEGO® Speed Champions 1970 Ferrari 512M build will be at RWS from 12 to 24 March, then at the LEGO® Certified Store at Compass One from 26 March to 3 April.
GO & SEE
March On at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Kds below 12, this one’s especially for you! March On is an annual festival that explores issues related to childhood through the arts. We’ve only highlighted three below, but do take time to go through the March On website as there are many more, from workshops to storytelling, music, presentations, and participatory programmes!
I Have Something to Say
Commissioned for this year’s festival, this play by Jean Tay uses music, movement and multimedia to explore bullying. Eight-year-old Zack has family, friends, and a happy school life. But when a bully turns his world upside-down, Zack has trouble finding someone who will listen. What does he do? Recommended for children from age 7, the play is inspired by stories, ideas and drawings shared by children in Singapore.
This collaboration between Barrowland Ballet, one of Scotland’s most exciting contemporary dance companies and Singapore dance collective The Kueh Tutus brings audiences on an immersive journey into the Scottish highlands to explore nature. Best for children from age 4, Family Portrait has captions and audio description, and allows for wheelchair access.
Genki Music from Japan
Move to the rhythm of Japanese taiko drums in this performance by HIBIKIYA and HIBIKIDS. See if you can spot the HIBIKIDS leader, a 9-year-old taiko drummer! Recommended for all ages.
9 to 13 Mar 2022, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Tickets and more details here.
Love books and want to #SupportLocal ? Textures, which spotlights Singapore Literature, is your jam. This year, escape into imaginative terrains and go cross-country to breathe new stories and adventures into familiar neighbourhoods. Bring the kids along for family-friendly activities such as visual installations and interactive workshops. Staying home? Watch storytelling videos and listen to podcast episodes that celebrate our very own SingLit!
4 March to 2 April, various neighbourhoods and online. More details here.
Around the World in 80 Days (A Children’s Book Workshop)
It’s theatre meets book club at Andsoforth Junior’s Around the World in 80 Days Book Workshop, where kids aged three to 10 years old are brought on a one-of-a-kind literary adventure inspired by the Jules Verne classic. They’ll visit replicas and reimagined places like an old theatre from London, a ship travelling from Egypt to Bombay, a jungle in Kolkata, a train from Hong Kong, and Japan’s oldest and largest coal mine, and meet workshop facilitators who will discuss characters from the book and moderate hands-on activities with the little ones. Children aged seven and below must be accompanied by an adult.
13 and 20 March, various timings. Tickets from $48 at www.andsoforthjr.com.sg
A little bit silly and a lot of fun, OddSocks is a simple but timely reminder that it’s okay to look different, act different, or be different. With fun, laughter, and a lot of socks, it celebrates the beauty in differences, and explores what it’s like to be the odd one out. This interactive show by Five Stones Theatre is inclusive so those with special needs can join in too! Best for children aged 3 to 10 years, and their families.
17 to 20 March, Black Box, Gateway Theatre. More details here.
Kids eat Free at Paradise
From 12 to 20 March, kids dine free at three family-friendly Paradise Group restaurants – Canton Paradise, Paradise Classic and Paradise Dynasty – with a minimum spend of $30. The kids’ menus feature well-balanced meals that come with a Fruit Tree Apple juice each. Do note that they are valid for dine-in only, and for children aged 12 and below, while stocks last. Craving for more? Enjoy 50% off signature dishes at Beauty in The Pot, Paradise Dynasty, Canton Paradise, Paradise Classic and Paradise Hotpot in March and April, with every $30 spend.
Kids dine free from 12 to 20 March. Other promotions from 1 March to 29 April for dine-in by Citi Credit or Debit Cardmembers and PGR members. Terms and conditions apply. More details here.
Embrace fit with a Nutty Party
Mum and dad bods rock but if you need a gentle nudge into healthier living, this Nutty Party Bundle by Deliveroo, An Açaí Affair, and Ritual Gym could help. Each bundle ($35) includes three Nutty Party bowls from An Açaí Affair (share them, of course!) which will fill you up without adding on empty calories. Furthermore, to help shift the CNY bulge, 30 Deliveroo customers who order this stand to win passes from Ritual Gym to kickstart their fitness routine. Each session lasts only 20 minutes, but will raise your metabolic rate and help you burn fat for up to 48 hours!
1 to 14 March 2022, on Deliveroo.
Thai Meow Tea at Cat & the Fiddle
Say “Sawadee-ka!” to Cat & the Fiddle’s Thai milk tea cheesecake, a decadent explosion of velvety condensed milk-infused cream cheese and Thai tea-infused cream cheese layered upon a buttery biscuit base that’ll jet you off to the Land of Smiles – taste-wise. What’s more, to celebrate Cat & the Fiddle’s 8th anniversary, all whole cheesecakes (excluding Fickle Feline, Fickle Feline 2.0 and Make Your Own Fickle) including this new Thai Meow Tea from its Halal-certified Asian Delights range, will be available one-for-one for online purchases on 14 and 15 March!
From $7.90 (slice), $58.90 (whole) online, and Cat & the Fiddle outlets island-wide.
Magnum Double Gold Caramel Billionaire
Feast upon Magnum’s most luxurious creation. Inspired by the iconic British sweet confection, Millionaire’s Shortbread, this limited edition offering is a decadent union of sumptuous salted caramel sauce, delicious double-swirled pecan and biscuit-flavoured ice cream, and Magnum’s signature exterior crafted by Belgian master chocolatiers. Double up on pleasure at the Magnum Pleasure Auction from 7 to 20 March. Bid for items using virtual Magnum gold coins earned by participating in in-game missions, and stand to win an exclusive painting workshop by Tiffany Lovage, or a baking workshop hosted by lifestyle influencer, Daryl Aiden Yow, founder of local bakery, Absolutely Batter.
From $4.20 (Impulse size) and $10.90 (Mini Multipack) at major super/hypermarkets, e-commerce platforms, and convenience stores.
Disney x Mayer Everyday with Pooh collection
Everyday is sunny when you have the Disney x Mayer Everyday with Pooh collection at home. Inspired by the iconic character and his pals at the Hundred Acre Wood, these sweet as honey appliances brighten up every space. We’d love to have them all, but are eyeing the following that will surely help make mum-life easier: the Sandwich & Waffle Maker ($79.90) for quick and easy breakfasts before school, and the Food Chopper ($59) for making healthy homemade nuggets. We’re also getting those Rechargeable USB Fans ($21.90) which are diaper bag and handbag essentials, don’t you think?
From $21.90 at Mayer Showrooms, e-Store, Marketplace and Selected Retailers – Audio House, Best Denki, TANGS, Courts, Gain City and Metro, while stocks last.
If you’re searching for gorgeous yet useful baby shower pressies for your pregnant #bff (or for yourself!) that don’t look like mass-produced commodities, try Minene. This contemporary design-led brand makes baby things look — well, designer. And we hear that they perform as well as they photograph so you get style AND substance in every product. Our picks: the Bath Support for Infants which lets you wash Baby with both hands while ensuring that he/she stays secure and comfortable; the lightweight, breathable, 100% cotton Anytime Anywhere Nursing Apron that’s perfect for our weather, and the super stylish Mini Zoe Stroller Bag whose edgy punk-rock facade belies its functionality as an organiser for on-the-go baby paraphernalia. What’s more, it hangs as beautifully from the stroller too!
02-111-112, Tanglin Mall. More details here.
TEMPUR ACTIVEbreeze bed system
Did you know that TEMPUR® was first created by NASA in the 1970s to cushion and support astronauts during lift-off? But with TEMPUR®’s new luxury ACTIVEbreezeo bed system, you don’t have to be a spaceman (or woman) to enjoy that out-of-this-world comfort. One would think it was specially created for our climate, with its premium cooling technologies that allow heat and humidity to cycle out of the mattress, ensuring deeper sleep throughout the night. Customise yours with preset positions to relieve lower back pressure, prevent snoring and ensure a healthy sleep posture. And if you need some help nodding off, the in-bed vibration massage function will help, we’re sure!
Try it at the TEMPUR® Suite at the Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, the TEMPUR® Sleep Sanctuary at 1 Nassim Road, or the TEMPUR® Experiential Centre at #08-05 Tan Boon Liat Building.
The Bub Fair: Bloom edition
Quality, design, and sustainability in kid and family products? Find them in this curated collection of 25 homegrown baby, kid, and family-friendly brands and online boutiques. The line-up includes Luna Play’s open-ended toys that encourage creative exploration, and sustainable wear from Bochechas and House of Holly. For the home, environmentally friendly bed linens by Sunday Bedding help make sleep a luxurious experience, while products from Inara Organics help calm and soothe delicate skins.
12 to 13 March, 10am–7pm, Gillman Barracks, 7 Lock Rd, Singapore 108935. Free with registration here.
TAKE A TRIP
Sail away on Spectrum of the Seas
Be the first to get a dose of Vitamin Sea on Spectrum of the Seas. The largest and newest Royal Caribbean ship in Asia boasts glorious new experiences never before seen in this region. Think virtual reality bungee trampolining on a Sky Pad, and an exclusive Suite Enclave, on top of signature RC experiences such as the FlowRider surf simulator, the North Star observation capsule, and RipCord by iFly, the first skydiving experience at sea. For an even more elevated experience, book the Ultimate Family Suite. This comes with its own in-suite slide, and even a cinema which doubles as a karaoke stage. You may never want to leave your suite!
From $299. Bookings are open for sailings from 11 April. Start your sea-cation here.
Take “The First Trip” at Cassia Bintan
With the VTL from 25 February, Singaporeans and residents here can travel to Bintan quarantine-free. If you’re not ready for flights with the family, how about a short ferry ride to a family-friendly resort here? Cassia Bintan, which is owned by the Banyan Tree group, has a “The First Trip” package, where you stay in a contemporary apartment with kitchen facilities (so it’s easy to make meals for the little ones if necessary). It also includes daily breakfast, a complimentary bicycle tour, a ranger trail experience and an Indonesian cooking class!
From $290 nett per night (weekdays) for one-bedroom apartments. More details here.
Have a Yacht-daycation
How about spending a lovely day at sea, snorkelling and swimming in the cerulean waters, and relaxing on the beach? Students of Happy Fish and their families can enjoy this promotion in partnership with Infinity Sails, where they’ll get to sail on a 40-foot catamaran to Lazarus Island. The yacht comes with on captain/skipper and one crew member so all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy spending time with the family. Remember to bring your own pre-marinated food for an onboard BBQ too!
The five-hour trip starts from $750 for five persons, inclusive of GST. More details here.
GOOD TO KNOW
Wear Blue for Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Colorectal cancer is among the top three cancers affecting men and women in Singapore. If you have a close relative who had colorectal cancer, doctors advise having a colonoscopy done 10 years before the age your relative had cancer. Similarly, if you are 50 years and above. The reason? Colorectal cancer can be prevented, and early detection is the key to better recovery and survival. Come 19 March, wear blue to help raise awareness for colorectal cancer, and the #My1stColonoscopy campaign, which is raising funds for low income beneficiaries to have theirs done. You can donate at Giving.sg and Give.Asia
World Hearing Day
When grandpa or grandma cannot hear their grandchildren calling, or ask you to repeat yourself, it could be time to bring them for a hearing test. That’s because, apart from impacting communication, connection, and quality of life, hearing loss can also accelerate the risk of cognitive decline, and increase their likelihood of developing dementia. World Hearing Day falls on 3 March – tomorrow! If you suspect that your loved ones have a hearing problem, try this free online hearing test, or sign up for a free hearing test to get checked.
Build the Thrills with LEGO® Playdate
The family that builds together races together and where better to do that than with LEGO? Tune in to the exclusive and exciting Family Game Night on LEGO YouTube as a family takes on challenges to build their coolest LEGO® vehicles! Vroom over to the LEGO® Facebook Page for updates!
Featured image: Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas
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