The March school holidays kick off in just about 10 days’ time. Some of you may be planning a quick family getaway overseas, and we don’t blame you! But if you intend to remain on our little red dot, there is also ‘march’ fun to look forward to. From engaging the kids with camps and playdates to bonding with them over music and theatre, here’s our pick of the most exciting experiences and meaningful March school holiday activities.
(See also: March 2023: Eat, Play, Shop & More for Families in Singapore this Month (+ Evorie giveaway))
1. Be a Junior Ocean Detective at S.E.A. Aquarium
Calling all kids aged 7 to 12 years old — the S.E.A. Aquarium needs your help! Enlist as a trainee detective and investigate the various relationships that exist between animals in the ocean. Armed with your case files, venture around the aquarium to solve five different cases. Follow the trail and obtain clues to unravel the mysterious happenings in the deep.
Led by a detective guide, you will work both your hands and your brains, and even get to investigate an area of the aquarium that normal visitors never get to see. Complete the investigation successfully to graduate as a Junior Ocean Detective — complete with your personal badge!
Where S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
When Daily from 11 to 19 March | Weekends from 25 March to 21 May
Cost $66++ inclusive of admission
Web www.rwsentosa.com (ticketing opens 3 March)
2. Children’s Reading Club at [email protected]
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the [email protected] is launching new programmes to engage the community even further. From 11 March, it invites children to enter a fascinating world of Chinese literature at a monthly Children’s Reading Club. Trained volunteers who are current or retired teachers, or grandparents, will engage four- to eight-year-olds and their caregivers in interactive Chinese storytelling and fun-filled activities.
Where #04-12, Chinatown Point
When 2pm – 3.15pm on 11 March (and 2nd Sat of every month thereafter)
Cost Free admission
(See also: 5 Librarian-recommended Singapore Children’s Books that encourage Individuality & Inclusivity)
3. LEGO® Friends BFF Playdate
Make a LEGO Friends BFF Playdate and let your children forge new friendships alongside eight new LEGO Friends. Experience a day in the lives of these diverse characters, including those with various skin tones and cultures, limb difference, Down syndrome, anxiety, vitiligo, and even a dog with a wheelchair. Enjoy arts and crafts in Liann’s bedroom, channel your inner chef with Leo, and join Nova for fun games. Complete these and more activities to redeem an exclusive LEGO Friends coin pouch.
Where #01-32, Anchorpoint Shopping Centre
When 12nn – 8pm on 17 & 18 March
Cost Free admission; registration required
4. Drop Off Culinary Camp at ToTT
Cooking is a great life skill all children should develop. This March school holidays, sign up for a hands-on cooking class with Chef Michele Ow at ToTT @ i12 Katong. She’ll teach you how to cook your favourite Japanese ramen, California roll, nigiri, and tamagoyaki. Or join Chef Claire Marie Chang at ToTT @ Suntec City for a baking class. Bake and decorate a colourful Rainbow Sprinkles Buttercream Cake. Alternatively, drop in for a fun Bake&Go Cookies family activity or playdate!
Where #02-09/10, i12 Katong | #02-427, Suntec City Tower 5
When 11am – 2pm on 17 March (i12 Katong) | 4.30pm – 7.30pm on 18 March (Suntec City)
Cost $168 per child
5. Experiencing Craft and Design through Weaving: A Hands-On Workshop for Families
Traditional crafts such as ketupat weaving are part of Singapore’s intangible cultural heritage. Now you have the opportunity to help keep this tradition alive! Besides exploring the cultural heritage with ketupat weaver Anita Tompang, you’ll also imagine design possibilities with designer Andrew Loh. Perfect for families with children aged 4 to 9 years, the workshop includes a hands-on session in which you’ll learn to weave your own projects.
Where Training Room 1 & 2, Level 2, National Design Centre
When 10am – 11.30am on 18 March
6. SSO Presents Concerts for Children: Journey Around the World
Music soothes the savage beast — and rambunctious child. Let conductor and presenter Jessica Gethin take you on a Journey Around the World with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Ideal for children from 4 years and up, you’ll get to explore the soundscapes of music from around the world. Experience the beauty of cultural diversity and witness how the language of music can truly connect people from different backgrounds.
Where Victoria Concert Hall
When 11am & 2pm on 18 & 19 March
Cost From $25
(See also: Family-friendly Ideas to Fill Long Weekends, School Holidays & Public Holidays 2023)
7. Esplanade Presents March On 2023
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay’s annual children’s arts festival returns over the March school holidays. Follow six-year-old Shan as she goes to school for the first time in The Beginning of Anything. Kids eight years and up can also experience Changeling, an exciting theatrical roleplaying game. Then immerse and collaborate in Come Back Home, the story of a lost child. Apart from these three headlining acts, look forward to more free and ticketed workshops and activities for kids and families.
Where Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
When 9 to 19 March
Cost Free & ticketed programmes
8. March School Holidays 2023 at Children’s Museum Singapore
What better place to celebrate the March school holidays than at the museum dedicated to children? Kids and parents can bond over a line-up of exciting programmes, including immersive storytelling sessions like The Adventures of Mousedeer. Then dig deep into Singapore’s past, present, and future in Spice is Niceand The Enchanted Garden Party. Father-child pairs are also invited to learn communication through play in a special Centre for Fathering workshop.
Where Children’s Museum Singapore
When 11 to 18 March
Cost Free admission; ticketed programmes apply
9. Disney On Ice: Mickey and Friends
Join Mickey Mouse and his friends, Minnie, Donald Duck, and Goofy on a magical journey to discover his favourite memory of all time. You can get in on the action and help them along too! As the gang ventures through Disney stories, you’ll sail away with Moana, let it go with Elsa, and fly to infinity and beyond with the Toy Story gang. And experience the mysterious magic of Fantasia as a Sorcerer’s Apprentice makes brooms come to life!
Where Singapore Indoor Stadium
When 11 to 19 March
Cost From $25
10. Five Footway Festival 2023
Relive the experiences and tales of our forefathers in the Five Footway Festival. Journey back to the Chinatown of years gone by and soak in the nostalgic atmosphere through myriad activities. Through live performances, tours, games, and food, show the young ones what life was like in early Singapore. Meet Feng Jie in Bukit Pasoh, make your own kite or chapteh, (re)discover traditional snacks, and more. These multi-generational activities are perfect for grandparents and grandkids to bond over.
Where Pagoda Street, Chinatown
When 10am – 8pm, 11 to 19 March
(See also: 15 Old School Games to Play with Your Grandparents)
11. Surf’s Up in Paradise at Marina Square
Marina Square’s signature March school holidays balloon extravaganza bounces back with a bang after a 3-year hiatus. The 6,500-sqm central atrium transforms into a Hawaiian-themed beachscape, complete with a 13-metre-tall Pineapple House. Besides endless photo ops amid massive balloon sculptures, look forward to fun activities too. Pop a balloon at the Dart Balloon game to redeem attractive prizes, or join a parent-child balloon-sculpting workshop. Thrill-seekers who ride the wave surfer simulator stand to win an Apple AirPods Pro too!
Where Marina Square Shopping Mall
When 11 to 19 March
Cost Free admission; some ticketed activities apply
12. March Holidays Family Fun at National Museum of Singapore
Drop by this March school holidays for an adorable showcase featuring preschoolers’ artworks in response to the National Museum’s artefacts. If you’re there on 11 March, the six-year-olds will present their own show-and-tell about them! You can also participate in drop-in craft activities, including one where you create shape viewfinders using air-dry polymer clay. Afterwards, have fun using them to spot artefacts in the galleries.
Where National Museum of Singapore
When 11 to 19 March
Cost Free admission
13. Robotics and Coding with Nullspace Robotics
Surprise your little geeks with Nullspace’s award-winning holiday camps and workshops this March school holidays. Introduce 6- to 8-year-olds to a variety of platforms from LEGO robotics to 3D pen-printing. Older kids from 9 to 12 years can apply gearing concepts to build their robots and compete for the title of Sprint Bot Champion. Explore these and more from the leading robotics and coding education provider for MOE’s GEP programme.
Where #03-07, Rochester Mall | #01-72 Kallang Wave Mall | 5B Figaro Street (Siglap)
When 13 to 17 March
Cost From $125 for a 2.5-hour workshop
14. Optimum Badminton Academy’s March Holiday Camp 2023
Could your kid be the next Loh Kean Yew? Introduce them to the game of badminton and find out. Optimum Badminton Academy’s popular holiday camps return with four different camps in two locations, spanning five two-hour sessions each. Complete beginners learn fundamental skills and rules of the game, while those who have already mastered the basics practise advanced strokes and strategise tactics. Fun team challenges await too!
Where Shelton College | OBA Arena @ Punggol, Marina Country Club
When 13 to 17 March
Web www. optimumbadmintonacademy.com
(See also: Raising Olympic Champions: A Guide for Parents)
15. Holiday Bootcamp 2023 at Eastpoint Mall
Eastpoint Mall’s popular Holiday Bootcamp for kids aged 7 to 12 years is back. Choose from five different sessions full of unique experiences. These include crafting, music, language, cooking, and fitness classes. You can even become a young urban farmer for a day. And for the very first time, a literal overnight bootcamp experience! You’ll learn to pitch your own tent — and sleep in it, bake cookies, and go on a fun supermarket hunt.
Where Eastpoint Mall (visit the Customer Service Counter on Level 2 for enquiries)
When 13 to 18 March
Cost $10 per ticket (Spend $50 in the mall by 12 March to participate)
16. Climb & Play at [email protected]
Scale new heights at Changi Airport Terminal 3 this March school holidays at the new [email protected] Featuring an 8-metre-high rock-climbing wall and 12-metre-long boulder wall, the family-friendly facility caters to all ages and skill levels. Newbies can count on coaches from The Rock School to guide them, while more experienced climbers can go it alone. There’s even a Rock Tots programme for toddlers and preschoolers as young as two years!
Where Basement 3, Changi Airport Terminal 3
When Daily from 4 March
Cost Early bird pricing from $25 per session till 10 March | Promo pricing from $28 per session from 11 March till further notice (discounted 5-session packages available)
17. PacificLight Crea8 Sustainability Competition 2023
PacificLight’s annual Crea8 Sustainability Competition once again invites students to put on their thinking caps for the environment’s sake. This year, the theme is ‘The Green Key’. Primary students are encouraged to turn waste into something useful by creating upcycled artwork with items that cannot be recycled, while older students are challenged to create a short video that educates and advocates climate positivity. Why not make full use of the March school holidays to brainstorm new ideas to make Singapore more sustainable?
When Till 7 April (primary & secondary)
18. Trip.com Presents Mattel Playhouse
If you haven’t taken the kids to Mattel Playhouse yet, what are you waiting for? This popular experience features all-time favourite Mattel characters, such as Barbie, Hot Wheels, and Thomas & Friends. Kids can’t get enough of thrilling experiences across 12 immersive activities. In fact, we hear there have been many little repeat visitors since it opened in January. The event ends its run on 9 April, so get there before it’s too late.
Where Let’s Play, #03-208/209, Marina Square
When Daily till 9 April
Cost From $28 per session
19. 29Rooms: Lost & Found
Immersive art experience 29Rooms has been a highlight at New York Fashion Week over the past few years. Now, the “creative playground for the Instagram set”, as the New York Times famously called it, makes its Asian debut right here in Singapore. Created in collaboration with artists, creators, and the community, 29Rooms: Lost & Found boasts 29 interactive spaces. Create your own whimsical adventure (and endless Reels) as you and the kids discover this sensorial and surprising wonderland together.
Where West Lawn, Gardens by the Bay
When 4pm – 10pm on Wed to Fri | 12nn – 10pm on Sat & Sun (till 16 April)
Cost $35 per adult | $30 for seniors | $26 per student | Free for children up to 5 years (discounted bundle prices available)
20. Rilakkuma Holiday at Changi Airport
There’s always more going on at our amazing Changi Airport than any traveller can handle. Thankfully for us, we don’t need passports to check it all out! There’s Jewel’s Disney 100 experience, the nostalgic T3 Underground Carnival, and the new [email protected], just to name a few. And now we can also chill out with the adorable Rilakkuma and friends on their beary relaxing holiday! Go on whimsical Rilakkuma-themed rides, pose at insta-worthy photo spots and bring home Changi-exclusive merchandise.
Where Departure Hall & Basement 2, Changi Airport Terminal 3
When Till 1 May
Cost Free admission; carnival credits apply
(See also: A Fabulous Family Getaway at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove (Review + Giveaway))
Featured image: Nullspace Robotics