The year-end school holiday runs from 19 November to 31 December. There are loads of year-end school holiday activities to keep the kids busy, but it’s what you choose to do that matters. Spend quality time with your children and engage them in enriching experiences that are worth your time — and money. Imagine going behind-the-scenes on Asia’s largest cruise ship or at one of the world’s largest aquariums. Or bonding over harvesting vegetables or making cartoon tangyuan together. But don’t stop at imagining — as the Nike slogan goes, just do it!
EXCITING INDOOR EXPERIENCES
1. Visit the Na’vi from Avatar at Changi Airport
Step into the world inspired by Avatar: The Way of Water, which will be in cinemas from 15 December. At Changi Airport’s T3 Departure Hall, immerse in a life-size Marui Pod, the Na’vi clan’s abode. Then participate in Mangrove Adventures and win prizes! Afterwards, head to Jewel’s Canopy Park, which transforms into an ocean of interactive bioluminescent light displays. Marvel at the mystical Avatar-themed HSBC Rain Vortex light show and bring home exclusive Avatar merchandise too.
Till 2 January 2023 at Changi Airport Terminal 3 & Jewel Changi Airport. More details here.
2. Mega Carnival at Downtown East
Head to Trip.com’s Mega Carnival for value-for-money fun for the whole family. For one ticket price, you’ll get to play over 20 unlimited games and rides across play zones spanning 50,000 sqf! Try immersive, heart-pounding Virtual Reality simulations at the VR station, or hit the arcade zone for old-school games. Then bounce your way through the inflatable gladiator ring and wheely fun obstacle course. Next, have a roaring good time at Jurassic Jamboree, with dinosaur-themed attractions and rides. When you need refuelling, head to the outdoor station, where a food truck — and more carnival games — awaits.
From 19 November to 5 February 2023 at D’Marquee Downtown East, from $28 per person (10% early bird discount till 18 November). More details here.
3. Otah & Friends: Rescue Luckee! A Live Action Game
This year-end school holiday, grab rescue ropes and don safety helmets! Otah & Friends are taking little participants on a quest through Camp Stardust in search of Luckee the Boar. This brand-new interactive storytelling adventure will ignite curiosity, encourage creativity, and demonstrate the importance of collaboration. Recommended for kids from 4 to 8 years, the mission is to help find and save Luckee. You might even meet larger-than-life mascots of Otah, Billy, and Luckee along the way!
From 21 November to 31 December at The Centrepoint, $40 per parent-child pair. More details here.
4. Golden Village Family Carnival: Puss In Boots: The Last Wish!
Join Puss In Boots and Kitty Soft Paws for a fun-filled movie day at the Golden Village Family Carnival. Besides the meet-and-greet, wholesome activities such as bouncy castle, slime buffet, and fishing game await the family. Each ticket includes a hotdog combo, $3 F&B credit, a goodie bag worth $60, and the chance to win prizes worth up to $3,200. Furthermore, you’ll be one of the first to catch the movie before the official launch date on 8 December!
26 November at Golden Village Bishan, from $39 per person. Ticketing here.
(See also: November 2022: What’s In, Out, and About for Families in Singapore)
IMMERSE IN ARTS AND CULTURE
5. Monumental Hunt in the Civic District
Put your thinking caps on and join Mongo the Monkey on a fun-filled puzzle adventure in the Monumental Hunt in the Civic District. Starting from the Asian Civilisations Museum, explore nine of Singapore’s National Monuments located around the Civic District. You’ll discover fascinating new facts about these monuments and solve puzzles to bring home limited-edition pins commemorating your victory.
10am – 1pm on Saturdays, $15 per child aged 7-12 years and $20 per adult. Ticketing here.
6. Little Adventurers at Indian Heritage Centre – Get Moving!
Traditional Indian dance, music, and theatre takes centrestage as Little Adventurers returns to IHC this year-end school holiday. In an interactive play space, children get to mimic the unique movements of classical Indian dancers while learning about rhythm. They’ll also have fun recreating scenes from Indian folklore, complete with theatre props. Sign up for interactive performances and workshops, and take part in a dancing puppet craft activity too.
From 19 November to 25 December at Indian Heritage Centre. More details here.
7. Wan Qing Year-End Holiday Programme 2022
Immerse in Chinese culture and take part in a host of exciting activities for the whole family. These include cultural workshops where (grand)parents and kids can bond over learning about genealogy or make cute tangyuan together. Join an interactive Mandarin storytelling and hands-on craft session about Guai Guai, a magical monster who needs your help. Children can also take home a free DIY calendar wheel craft kit to learn about the Winter Solstice.
Till 31 December at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. More details here.
8. Finding Wonders: Celebrating 10 Years of Think! Contemporary Student Artworks
Explore little wonders that exist in our daily lives in Finding Wonders: Celebrating 10 Years of Think! Contemporary Student Artworks. The hybrid exhibition marks the 10th anniversary of Singapore Art Museum (SAM)’s signature museum-based school programme, Think! Contemporary. It showcases more than 30 mix-medium artworks by 2,078 primary school students over the past two years. The virtual exhibition will run concurrently till 31 March 2023.
Till 31 December at the National Library Building Levels 7 & 8. More details here.
9. Make INKmaginary Toys with HP Instant Ink
This school holiday, parents and children can get creative together by building new toys with vibrant materials that you can easily print at home. Working with local artist Jeffrey Kong of Artisan Bricks, HP’s INKmaginary Toys aims to foster creative play and learning. This low-cost yet engaging way of play simply requires a printer, paper, and some toy bricks. Try all 15 INKmaginary Toys designs from the HP Printables website, which also offers more free playtime ideas, colouring pages, crafts, learning worksheets, and more.
(See also: Upcycled Craft Ideas for #stayhome Fun)
GEAR UP FOR A WORKOUT
10. Join PeopleUp 3-Days Ultimate Holiday Sports Camps
Does your child spend too much time on digital devices and not enough on physical activities? Then sign them up for one of PeopleUp’s 3-Days Ultimate Holiday Sports Camps for kids 5 to 12 years. They’ll experience three full action-packed days of quality play, sports, and learning. Activities include indoor tennis, aikido, rock-climbing, hip-hop dance, and inline skating. Besides getting exercise, they’ll also develop teamwork, learn life skills, gain confidence, and make new friends.
11. Scale to Space with Boulder Planet
Bootcamp at Boulder Planet is all about teaching kids about greening the planet by climbing to the stars. They will learn climbing etiquette and basic climbing techniques while having fun and playing games. Choose from the two-hour Planetary Camp or five-hour Galactic Camp, both perfect for 6- to 12-year-olds. The bonus? Climbing builds confidence, enhances problem-solving skills, and develops strength and motor skills.
Select dates from 5 to 21 December at Boulder Planet Sembawang (#B1-22/23 Sembawang Shopping Centre), from $55 per child. More details here.
12. Become a Little Samurai with Evolve MMA
Taught by world champions, Evolve MMA’s Little Samurai programme is for kids aged four and up. Through the power of martial arts, they will develop life skills, confidence, mental strength, discipline, and focus. Combining physical education, cardiovascular conditioning, and self-defence techniques, your child builds coordination, motor skills, and agility. They learn the art of leverage, mastering and executing techniques to help de-escalate potential conflicts for a bully-proof life. There are classes for mums and dads too!
Enrol at five outlets islandwide. Book a trial class.
13. Wheely Good Fun with United Skates
Singapore’s most progressive indoor skatepark just opened its doors over the weekend. Welcoming skaters of all levels, The Collective boasts a six-metre-high ceiling, ramps, obstacles, and a foam pit for aerial stunts. According to United Skates founder Nic Ferguson, The Collective will host workshops, clinics, and competitions, and work with SportSG to groom future Olympic athletes! In the meantime, sign up for two-day skate camps (6 hours each day) this December. Ready to roll?
Skate camps on 12-13, 17-18 & 29-30 December at #01-05 The Old Science Centre, 10 Science Centre Road. More details here.
FUN ON LAND AND AT SEA
14. Experience the Joy of Harvesting
Many Singaporean children think our food comes from the supermarket. Give them the opportunity to experience the joy of harvesting veggies at Ground-Up Initiative’s Kampung Kampus this year-end school holiday. It’s a great bonding experience for families with young children. Bring home your fresh, chemical-free harvest of bayam, lady’s fingers, xiao bai cai, wing beans, and kangkong too! You can also join a pay-as-you-wish guided tour of Kampung Kampus.
8.30am – 11.30am on 10 December at 91 Lorong Chencharu, $50 per person (discounts for 2 or more). More details here.
15. Spend a Night at the Airport
Changi Experience Studio’s sellout ‘A Night at the Airport’ camp is back for the third year running. Tackling the theme of sustainability this season, embark on an Amazing Race-style quest around the airport. Create eco-friendly festive ornaments, play airport-themed games, and cap the day off with a one-of-a-kind sleepover. It also includes $10 worth of T3 Underground Carnival credits. Embark on an action-packed adventure through three time zones, over 30 indoor rides, including a buzzing go-kart circuit!
From 19 November to 23 December at Jewel Changi Airport, $88 per child and $78 per adult. Book here via the iChangi app.
16. Become a Junior Ocean Protector
Experience an extraordinary day of wonder at S.E.A. Aquarium this year-end school holiday. Kids from 7 to 12 years get to venture back-of-house to discover how aquarists care for marine animals in its Junior Ocean Protector programme. The learning journey also includes a design-a-tote workshop, interacting with a dolphin, and an educational guided tour of the aquarium. Get up close with over 100,000 animals, from rays and sharks to mesmerising sea jellies, as you learn about conservation.
Select dates from 19 November to 31 December at S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa, from $248 per child. More details here.
17. Experience Royal Caribbean’s All Access Tour
Last month, Royal Caribbean brought back its All Access Tour. Conducted by the most senior officers onboard, it offers participants a behind-the-scenes look at spots such as the Bridge, engine control room, main galley kitchen, and the Save the Waves’ environmental centre. Ever wondered how much food it takes to feed an entire ship or how the ship produces clean water onboard? Or wanna interact with navigational instruments, enjoy treats in the galley kitchen, and see where the crew live and work? Now you can!
Exclusive for Spectrum of the Seas guests in upcoming sailings (kids sail free!). More details here.
YEAR-END SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES WORTH YOUR WHILE IN 2022
So, mums and dads, don’t just go through the paces this year-end school holiday. Instead of sending your kids for tuition classes all day long, take time out to be present with your children. You’ll reap the rewards of your investment in the future.
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Featured image: T3 Underground Carnival, Changi Airport