Jun 6, 2012

UPDATED: Kids Activities for June School Holidays 2012

(Daddy compiles)

We are about halfway through the June School Holidays, so I thought I had better 

The JUNE School Holidays are upon us! No need to wake up thaaat early in the morning to send Ash to school... BUT much as I love the thought of being able to squeeze in a few more minutes of sleep every morning, the holidays usually pose another set of problems for us parents.

HOW ON EARTH DO WE KEEP THEM OCCUPIED?

Luckily, there are always tons of holiday activities targeted at families with kids. And since I don't want to rack my brains in the midst of ranting monkies, I figured I better do my homework now and search for activities to tire enrich my kiddos this June School Holidays.

And so, presenting my June School Holidays 2012 KIDS Activities List... Hope that you will find it useful too!

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Gardeners' Day Out @ HortPark
9 June 2012; 9am - 6pm
HortPark 

Get your hands busy with the many activities lined up for one and all - ranging from tours around the garden to workshops on how you can grow your own vegetables. Highlights include a Gardening Bazaar, a Mobile Library by NLB Public Libraries, a Butterfly Garden Open House and Lifecycle exhibits. FREE admission.

Co-opaliciouz 2012
9 June 2012; 3pm - 8pm
Marina Barrage


Head on down to the Marina Barrage for a Family Day Out of FUN! Expect loads of carnival fun activities, mass storytelling sessions, song & dance performances, and even fireworks. FREE admission. For more details, click HERE.

National Runway Cycling & Skating 2012
17 June 2012; 8am
Paya Lebar Airbase 

Jointly organised by SAFRA National Service Association (SAFRA) and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), the National Runway Cycling & Skating 2012 event aims to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, as well as encouraging families to get together for a day of fun and family bonding. Families and non-competitive racers can take part in the Family and Leisure categories. Best of all, the Family and Leisure Cycling/Skating categories are free for all to participate! Click HERE for more information.

Family Day Out Carnival
23 June 2012; 11am - 6pm
Waterfront Promenade @ Marina Bay Sands

The great outdoor Carnival will feature exciting activities fun for everyone, young and old. Look forward to enriching bonding activities, exciting games, entertaining stage performances, and attractive lucky draw prizes! Don't miss the chance to win big in the Family Talent Time Competition or the Family Look-alike Fashion Show. FREE admission. For more information on other related events, click HERE.

Sentosa Red and Yellow Day 
23 June 2012; 12pm - 4pm
Palawan Beach, near Port of Lost Wonder

A carnival for families to bond together and to enjoy the beach with games, demonstrations and free* admission to POLW, our newest attraction (*Note: Admission into POLW after 4pm). Games stall will be free and there will be family team games to play to accumulate points for prizes. Throw in a free flow of Pop corn and Candy Floss for extra good fun too!

June School Holidays @ Forest Adventure
28 May - 24 June 2012
Forest Adventure (825 Bedok Reservoir Road)

Besides the main attraction of the Obstacle Course, little adventurers will be able to cuddle, pat & feed little farm animals too! Expect guinea pigs, rabbits (including rare earless rabbits) and lots of birds! Wow Experience will also be back with their all times favourite outdoor games such as the Zorb and Bloop balls as well as an exciting Combat Skirmish arena on the Forest Adventure ground. For more information and costs, click HERE.

A Trail of Colours (Guided Tour)
16 & 20 June 2012; 10 - 11am
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden 

Our beautiful Garden would not be complete without its colourful foliage and blooms! In this tour, children will learn about colours, the different parts and functions of a plant, especially its flowers and leaves. Suitable for children in K1 - P6 levels. For enquiry and registration, please call 6471 9961 / 6465 0196 or email nparks_sbg_edu@nparks.gov.sg. PRICE: $6 per child.

THE FESTIVALS

Children's Season 2012
18 May - 24 June 2012

Jointly organised by National Heritage Board and the Museum Roundtable, Children’s Season 2012 offers a plethora of children-centric programmes and engaging family activities that will inspire, engage and educate the little one. This year, Children’s Season will involve 21 museums throughout Singapore.


Click here for more information: http://www.museums.com.sg/cs12/

EVENTS HAPPENING THIS JUNE HOLIDAYS

- Art Garden 2012 at Singapore Art Museum (18 May – 12 August) - RECOMMENDED!

The much-loved Art Garden returns this May for the third year running with an engaging range of contemporary artworks by Singaporean and international artists that will appeal to you and your young ones. The only exhibition in Singapore dedicated to showcasing art suitable for children, works at Art Garden address topical and open-ended issues. Admission charges apply. For more information please visit http://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/exhibitions/details.php?id=95

- Style it the Army way at Army Museum of Singapore (18 May – 24 June)

Come 'Style it the Army way' or even style it your Army way. Is the Army only about pixelated prints? This time you get to tell us what your Army style is. Change into the uniforms, engage in battlefield fighting and test the mini armouries. Regardless of your age, style it and until you experience it, you will never know if it fits. $3 per child, $5 per adult. Recommended for children aged 6 and up. For more details on activity timings and admission charges, visit www.armymuseum.sg

- Who Wants To Be A Policeman? at Police Heritage Centre

8, 15, 22 & 29 June 2012 (Fridays)*: 10.30am, 2.30pm and 4.30pm 
16, 23 & 30 June 2012 (Saturdays)*: 9am and 11am 
*Visits are by appointment only. Duration of tour will be about 1 to 1.5 hrs.

This Children’s Season 2012, young visitors to the Police Heritage Centre can put on mini police uniforms and have their photographs taken! They can also enjoy exciting tours and take part in a fun colouring activity. Be the first 150 children to drop by and stand to receive free goodies! Free admission. Recommended for children aged 5 to 12 years old. For more details and to register, call 6478 2123 or visit www.spf.gov.sg/sites/spfheritage/intro.htm

- ter-ba-BOM! – A Heritage Hunt at Malay Heritage Centre, Visitor Centre 
(From 1 June: Fridays, 3pm to 6pm & Saturdays, 11am to 2pm & 3pm to 6pm)

ter-ba-BOM! returns with a new exciting heritage hunt around Kampong Gelam. This year, Heritage Hunters will take on the role of Haj pilgrims from colonial Singapore. Armed with a map, a shopping list and a dedicated tour guide, Heritage Hunters will navigate the streets of Kampong Gelam and locate the items they need for their sea travel to Mecca. Free admission. Recommended  for children and teens aged 7 to 13 years old. Limited to 16 participants per session. Email NHB_MHC_Programmes@nhb.gov.sg to sign up.

- Design Your Own Drama! at Reflections at Memories at Old Ford Factory
Memories at Old Ford Factory: Saturday, 23 June, 10am to 5pm

Put on your thinking caps, get your creative juices flowing and manage your very own drama troupe! Children will create their very own drama performance on any topic about life during the Japanese Occupation – from designing the storyline, developing characters and even dictating what costumes the performers wear. Through the activities, children will understand the hardships of war and better appreciate the peace and harmony enjoyed today. Free Admission. Recommended for children aged 5 years and up. To register, please email June_Pok@nhb.gov.sg

- Island Adventures! at National Museum of Singapore, Level 1 (26 May - 22 July: 10am to 6pm) - RECOMMENDED!

Find out what it was like to travel on a ship to an island called Singapura 200 years ago and what Singapore looked like back then. Participants will get a chance to explore and discover how Singapore has changed and developed over the years into the garden city it is today and make use of the many interactive showcases to incorporate their own creativity and aspirations into a collective historical narrative. 

$5 per participant (includes handling fees and educational materials). Free admission for children under 3 years old (not inclusive of educational materials). Free admission on Open House days: 19, 26 & 27 May, 23 & 24 June and 21 & 22 July 2012

- Children's Season at Asian Civilisations Museum (9 & 10 June; 9am to 7pm)

Join our storytellers on a magical journey through the museum galleries. Learn stories about special objects, go on a gallery trail to explore hidden and beautiful treasures, and collect our fun goodie bags. Watch out for colourful dance performances and creative craft workshops for kids featuring beautiful motifs from the Patterns of Trade special exhibition. Free admission. For more details, visit www.acm.org.sg

- It's a Child's Play! at the Peranakan Museum (16 & 17June; 9am to 7pm)

Be one of the first to explore the new special exhibition based on Emily of Emerald Hill, a local Peranakan play by Stella Kon. See exciting drama performances and make a print with designs inspired by Emily. Browse for quirky items at the flea market and be entranced by riveting storytelling, dances and live musical performances. Watch an engaging puppet demonstration and create your own puppet to bring home. You can also make your own tasty pineapple tart. Free admission. For more details, visit www.peranakanmuseum.sg

Festival of Biodiversity
26 May - 16 June

Celebrate Singapore's biodiversity through lots of exciting nature activities lined up for kids this June school holidays!


- Pasir Ris Mangrove boardwalk tour (30 June; 5pm; Pasir Ris Park)

There are fascinating mangroves at Pasir Ris Park! We went for a similar walk in April and enjoyed it LOTS! See our review HERE. We saw lots of crazy tree climbing crabs, delightful giant mudskippers, cool monitor lizards and nesting herons, even watersnakes! FREE. Suitable for kids and families. Pre-registration required. Click HERE for more details.

- HeART for Nature - FREE workshop for kids (9 June; 9.30 - 10.30am; Lower Peirce Reservoir Park)

This FREE art workshop helps children to delve deep into their hearts to express nature in various themed art activities like drawing, fingerprinting, origami, puppet making. The children will also learn about our natural heritage. Suitable for children aged 5 to 8 years (with parental supervision). Pre-registration online HERE.

- Fun walk along the Southern Ridges (16 June; 9-11am; Mount Faber Park, entrance of Henderson Waves)

Take your family on a leisurely stroll through the Southern Ridges, a soothing sanctuary of greenery that is steeped in history and home to some of nature's greatest gifts of flora and fauna. Highlights of the FREE tour include the Henderson Waves, Sembcorp Forest of Giants, Forest Walk and Singing Forest. Pre-registration required. Contact 6471-5601 or NParks_HortPark@nparks.gov.sg.

- Chek Jawa boardwalk tour (16 June; 9.30am; Chek Jawa Info Kiosk, Pulau Ubin)

The Naked Hermit Crabs will introduce you to Chek Jawa without getting your feet wet. There are monitor lizards, fiddler crabs, spiders, rare plants, wild boars, mudskippers and lots of fruit trees. If we are lucky, we might even spot the Oriental Pied Hornbill, White-bellied Sea Eagle and the giant Atlas Moth. FREE. Suitable for kids and families. Email nakedhermitcrabs@gmail.com  to pre-register.

ACE! Festival 2012
18 May - 10 June

Witness a wonderful melting pot of theatre productions, creative workshops and fascinating fringe activities that will entice the young and old! The theme this year is “Explorations” and everyone is invited to explore the arts; not just stories, but experiences, environments, cultures, sights, sounds and even smells.


ACE! Festival 2012 will take place at the new Goodman Arts Centre and Alliance Fran├žaise Theatre, and will feature a wonderful selection of local and international productions, events, happenings and unexpected surprises!

Act!: Look out for Just So? (18-31 May); a fun-filled musical with pearls of wisdom, Our Island (2-10 Jun); an international collaboration showcasing physical comedy at its finest and Hare Brain (29 May-3 Jun); a critically acclaimed re-telling of the classic Aesop’s fable The Hare and the Tortoise.

Create!: Let your imagination run wild with a selection of workshops designed to unlock the creativity in you. From pottery to creating batik designs to crafting recyclable pieces of art from trash – those little hands will be kept really busy!

Excite!: Fringe activities (8-10 June; 11am-5pm) serve to complement the festival activities. From roving magicians, balloon sculptures to fun station games, get in on the fun in ACE!’s carnival atmosphere!

Click HERE for more information and detailed listings on ACE! Festival 2012.

NTUC Income Kite Festival Singapore 2012 
Kite Weekend Extravaganza; 9 & 10 June 2012
480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh; 11am - 8pm

Come and join in the fun at the annual Kite Festival! There will performances by Singaporean and Malaysian kite masters and kite making workshops where you can learn how to make your very own 'Fringes Delta Kite'. FREE admission.

CARTOON CHARACTERS

Barbie I Can Be... Rock Star
26 May - 24 June 2012
City Square Mall, Level 1 Atrium


2 - 10 June: 
Barbie I Can Be... Rock Star Mini Concert (Mon - Fri: 7pm; Sat & Sun: 1pm, 4pm & 7pm)
Barbie I Can Be... Rock Star Meet & Greet* (Mon - Fri: 4pm & 7.30pm; Sat & Sun: 1.30pm, 4.30pm & 7.30pm) *With a min. spending of $50

16 - 24 June:
Barbie Makeover and Photo Shoot (11am - 8pm)
Parents can redeem a free makeover session and costume dress up for their kids with a minimum spending of $50.

Have fun with Thomas & Friends
28 May - 10 June
Parkway Parade


Have fun in the first ever Thomas & Friends Inflatable Playground and Party! Be sure to also take part in the Thomas & Friends Party where kids can learn how to make a 3D train, a pop up train card and a train controller hat. There is also a photo opportunity with Thomas & the fat controller. Kids can take home all the handicraft works and a photo memento in an exclusive Thomas & Friends photo frame. Simply spend $80 (max 3 same day receipts) to let one child participate.



Disney Princess Academy & Pageant
28 May - 16 June 2012
VivoCity & Alexandra Retail Centre


This June school holidays, girls (4 to 12 years old) can have an enchanting time celebrating childhood fantasies at the Disney Princess Academy and Pageant. Every little princess can take part in some truly regal activities that will bring their dreams to life. Details below.


Charlie and Lola's Best Bestest Play
31 May - 10 June 2012
DBS Arts Centre


Charlie and Lola’s best bestest play is a heart-warming story brought to life by the magic of puppetry and music, based on the hit television series and global phenomenon Charlie and Lola.

For showtimes and tickets, click HERE.

'Back To Oz' Live Show
1- 17 June 2012 (except Tuesdays)
Forum the Shopping Mall, B1

Showtimes: Weekdays - 3pm & 5pm; Weekends - 1pm, 3pm & 5pm


'Back To Oz' Workshops (1 - 17 June 2012 except Tuesdays; 2pm)
Kids will have the opportunity to make an adorable Tote-Tote basket to carry their very own pet puppet called Toto, or choose a Cowardly Lion mask to roar with courage! Limited to 25 kids per session on a first-come-first-served basis.

Discover Chuggington: It's Training time
5 - 24 June 2012; 1pm - 9pm
Downtown East
Details below


Hi-5 Live Show and Meet & Greet
6 - 18 June 2012
United Square

Showtimes: Mon - Sun (No shows on Tues); 1pm, 4pm & 7pm
Spend a min. of $30 in a single day receipt for a photo pass. Limited to first 60 families per session.


Meet & Greet Sessions at TOY UNIVERSE
6 - 24 June 2012
Takashimaya Square, B2


The Amazing Spider-Man 
9 - 17 June 2012 (No show on 11 June)
1pm, 4pm & 7pm daily

Madagascar 3
19 - 23 June 2012
1pm, 4pm & 7pm daily

Ben 10 & GenRex
7 - 18 June 2012
2.30pm & 5.30pm daily

Madagascar 3 Meet & Greet
7 - 17 June 2012
Marina Square

Meet & Greet Timings: 
Tues - Wed; 2pm & 7pm
Thurs - Sun; 1pm, 4pm & 7pm
Limited to first 50 families per session. No min. spending required.


Singapore Cable Car presents
Angry Birds Adventure Atop Mount Faber
June - December 2012

Hop aboard an Angry Birds-designed cable car which comes complete with sounds of Angry Birds chirping and pigs snorting, as well as an Angry Birds plush toy in the cabin. Keep those tiny hands busy through interactive games, creative workshops and handicraft sessions atop Mount Faber, including a life-sized Angry Birds game!


Find out more about the different activities for kids, as well as ticketing details, at our review HERE.

OTHER EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Emergency Preparedness-Ready Kids Programme 
and Road Safety Workshop for Kids
Various dates til 21 June 2012
See details and registration procedures below


Safari @ Changi
26 May - 24 June 2012; 12pm - 10pm
Changi Airport T3, Departure Check-in Row 11


This event features a giant Safari play area for kids to explore and challenge themselves to fun and interactive activities. They get to ride on the Safari animals and discover South Africa. Photo opportunities are available for the entire family alongside snippets of interesting information on the destination. Spend a minimum of $20 ($15 for Changi Rewards members) on a same-day single receipt at any airport outlets.

Holiday Fun at the Singapore Zoo
26 May - 24 June 2012


Primate Affair (26 May - 17 June; various timings)
This June School Holidays, Singapore Zoo celebrates man's closest cousin with fun activities showcasing our collection of 39 different primates (almost half of which are endangered). Have loads of fun as you learn about the differences among the various primates and especially for kids, don't forget to pick up your binocular freebie on the way in to complete your primate adventure (whilst stocks last). For more information click HERE.

Zoolympix (16 - 24 June daily; 10am - 4pm)
Zoolympix 2012 celebrates the survival of the fittest! Find out interesting traits of the primates and learn how it helps them to survive in the wild. Join the challenge and pit your skills against the agility, speed and dexterity of our primate cousins. Burrow into the life of a naked mole rat, match your brain power to that of an elephant’s or buzz around like a busy bee and more!

All participants of Zoolympix 2012 get to take home a souvenir in our Sure-win Lucky Dip and a chance at winning attractive prizes in our Grand Lucky draw! Register at Treetops Trail by purchasing your Zoolympix passport at $2 per booklet.

Sentosa Storytelling Comes Alive!
1 - 24 June 2012; 11am - 7pm
Sentosa

"Storytelling Comes Alive!", an international award winning event, combines reading, listening, acting and watching a play as multisensory experience. Besides Storytelling sessions, there are lots of interactive fringe activities to entertain everyone. Come on down for a fun-filled adventure of giant story books where characters come alive!

Story Times: Every Wed – Sun at 11:30am, 3:30pm & 5:30pm
Venue: Images of Singapore Forecourt, Imbiah Lookout
Admission: Free

Little Hands and Minds
1 - 24 June 2012; 11am - 7pm
Images of Singapore Forecourt & Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa

Engage the little hands and minds at the workshops where children can decorate and customise their very own Summer Sun Visor, Kids apron and Treasure boxes. $10 per activity.

*FREE activity for Sentosa PLAY Pass holders and NEW Islander Family Membership sign ups.
*50% off activity for Islander and Cove Members.
*20% off activity for Toys”R”Us STAR Card Members
*Terms & Conditions apply.

Storytelling @ Underwater World Singapore
2 - 24 June 2012 (Sat & Sun only)
11.45am & 3pm


For this year’s June Holidays, storyteller Denise Tan of Bookaburra Books will be at UWS to share a few stories with the children visiting the oceanarium. The storytelling sessions will be held at the Living Fossils hall set against the aquatic backdrop displays of ancient marine animals including the two-metre long Arapaimas. UWS admission charges apply.

Harry Potter - The Exhibition
2 June - 30 September 2012; 10am - 10pm
ArtScience Museum 


This June, the ArtScience Museum will be transformed into the magical world of Harry Potter featuring items and settings from the popular film series. Get up close and personal with your favourite costumes and props such as Harry’s wand and eyeglasses, Hermione’s Yule Ball gown, the Golden Snitch - all displayed in settings inspired by locations like Hogswarts, the Gryffindor common room and the majestic Great Hall! Read more about my sneak peek at the Exhibition HERE.

For more information and ticketing, click HERE.

Jurong Regional Library Anniversary Carnival
3 June 2012; 12pm - 8pm
Jurong Regional Library 

Join in the carnival and celebrate the anniversary of the library with a slew of activities including batik painting, pyssla beads, nail art and photo taking. FREE admission.

Talks & Craft
9 - 23 June 2012; 2.45pm & 4.45pm
Images of Singapore Forecourt, Sentosa

A 30 minutes talk on how to cultivate and foster the love for reading in a child and how the parent-child bond can be strengthened through reading together and including a short craft session. FREE Admission.

Captain Gravity 
15 & 22 June 2012; 2.45pm & 4.45pm
Images of Singapore Forecourt & Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa

Hosted by Sentosa's Luge Ranger, there will be a short introduction on Skyline Luge Sentosa followed by a Quiz (15mins, questions will be related to speed, gravity and etc). Expect an appearance by Captain Gravity for photo-taking opportunities too. FREE Admission.

SAFRA Sprint Kids 2012
16 - 24 June 2012; 10am - 7pm (Sat & Sun)
Parkway Parade 

Sprint Kids 2012 is the biggest ever Kids Sprinting Event in Singapore. Sprint your way to over S$10,000 in cash and prizes! Do also take part in our brand new category “Tots Sprint” specifically catered for the younger kids, age 1 to 2 years old! This event is open to all kids between the ages of 1 to 9 years. For more information and to sign up, click HERE.


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