Dec 24, 2015

12 Activities for Kids this Christmas Long Weekend 2015

It's the Christmas long weekend and the festive season is truly in full swing!

Expect toms of activities this weekend - see my previous listing of December School Holidays listing for more ideas: - but I've picked out 12 of the more interesting ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

1. Christmas Open House @ Singapore Philatelic Museum
25 Dec 2015 & 1 Jan 2016; 9.30am - 7pm
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Free Admission

2. Christmas Open House @ National Museum Singapore
25 Dec 2015; 10am - 7pm
National Museum Singapore
Free Admission

Celebrate the yuletide season at the National Museum with free entry to all our galleries - INCLUDING the Treasures of the World from The British Museum exhibition (which is otherwise chargeable) - and participate in the following fun, family-friendly activities:

Craft Activities for Children

“Wanna Build a Snowman?” 
10.30am – 5.30pm | Glass Atrium
Limited to the first 200 children. Recommended for children 3 – 5 years old.

“Love is an Open Doorrr-naments” 
10.30am – 5.30pm | Glass Atrium
Limited to the first 200 children. Recommended for children 3 – 5 years old.

“Reindeer Hats are better on People” 
10.30am – 5.30pm | Venue: Glass Atrium
Limited to the first 350 children. Recommended for children 5 – 8 years old.

“Fixer Upper a Xmas Tree” 
10.30am – 5.30pm | Glass Atrium
Limited to the first 350 children. Recommended for children 8 years old and above.

3. Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Open House
25 Dec 2015; 9am - 6pm
Free Admission

The public can enter the railway station using the main entrance along Keppel Road or through the side entrance along Spottiswoode Park Road. Read about our previous experience here:

4. Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
Now until 3 Jan 2016 (Festive Market, Ice Palace & Fairground ends on 27 Dec 2015)
7pm - Midnight daily
Gardens by the Bay
FREE Admission

Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair, Christmas Wonderland, returns to Gardens by the Bay! The fair will showcase more Italian Luminarie light sculptures, an expanded event ground, a European-style Festive Market, traditional rides and games, and a comprehensive repertoire of new attractions and entertainment for visitors of all ages. For more details on what to expect, visit HERE.

Nearly doubling in size compared to 2014's edition, visitors can embark on an experiential journey through four main areas – the spellbinding Luminaries which begin at the Golden Garden and extend throughout the festival site; the Festive Market at the Supertree Grove; The Fairground near The Meadow; and the Christmas Toyland floral display in the Flower Dome. Note that admission charges apply for Flower Dome.

5. A deLIGHTful Christmas @ Sentosa
Now until 3 Jan 2016
Various timings

Get ready for a bright Christmas at Sentosa this December holiday! The State of Fun is hosting a huge variety of activities throughout the festive period. Activities to keep not just the kids, but the whole family, entertained.

Symphony of Lights
28 Nov 2015 – 3 Jan 2016 (light shows till 25 Dec 2015)
Light shows: 7:30pm, 8:15pm, 8:30pm, 9:15pm and 9:30pm (Weekdays)
Additional shows: 9:45pm and 10:15pm (Saturday, Sunday, Eve of Public Holiday & Public Holiday)
Merlion Plaza to Beach Plaza | Free Event but island admission and car park apply.

Ignite the joy of Christmas and create magical memories with your loved ones. Be enthralled by a stupendous showcase of lights dancing to your favourite Christmas tunes and magnificent lighted displays that will illuminate your festive spirit.

Christmas Cheers 
23 – 26 Dec 2015 | 4pm – 9pm
Merlion Plaza | Free Event but island admission and car park apply.

Grab your buddies for an awesome fun time! Tap your feet to the Christmas melody of local bands while catching the sunset!

6. Santa's All-Star Christmas
Now until 3 Jan 2016; 10am - 9pm
Universal Studios Singapore
Admission charges apply (After 5pm entry tickets available)

It's that time of the year again to bring on the festive cheer. Come celebrate the joys of the season with loved ones and your favourite characters - the Penguins of Madagascar, Marilyn Monroe, King Julien and the Minions! Catch the Christmas Fireworks Spectacular (12, 19 to 29 December 2015) set to a festive score too!

7. Star Wars at Changi Airport
Now until 5 Jan 2016
Changi Airport

Look no further, Star Wars fans - Changi Airport is bringing a part of the galaxy far, far away to fans, travellers and visitors alike, with two of the film series’ iconic starfighters - X-Wing Fighter at T3 and TIE Fighter at T2 - landing in Singapore for the very first time. Children will be enthralled by the resident holiday favourite, a bouncy playground, located at T3’s Departure Hall (Check-in Row 11). Inspired by the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier, one of the filming locations of Star Wars, the Norway-themed playhouse features a four-metre high slide, an illuminating ball pit, a ski slope and even a rock climbing lighthouse station for juniors to conquer. For more details, visit HERE.

8. Christmas on a Great Street
Orchard Road Christmas Light-up
Now until 3 Jan 2016
Orchard Road

Let the twinkling delights of Christmas capture your imagination as you take a leisurely stroll along Orchard Road. This year, immerse yourself in a magical, surreal world along Singapore’s Great Street of fun, food and fashion. Feast your eyes on our colourful display of kaleidoscopic decor and designs.

Daily Snowfall at orchardgetway
Now until 3 Jan 2016: 7.30pm, 8pm, 8.30pm, 9pm & 9.30pm

9. Koalamania - A Furry Farewell Party
Now until 27 Dec 2015 (Weekends only)
Various Timings
Singapore Zoo
Admission charges apply

The koalas are heading home to Australia so Singapore Zoo is throwing a huge Furry Farewell Party for them this December! Check out all the fun and exciting activities in store for families:

Doll up for the Furry Farewell Party with funtastic face-painting and glamorous glitter tattoos.
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Rainforest Courtyard

Embark on a story trail around the park to find out who is leaving the zoo!
Time: 10am – 4pm (Saturdays Only)
Venue: Rainforest Courtyard

Meet and greet the mascots and snap wild photos with them!
Time: 10.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm (30mins)
Venue: Singapore Zoo Entrance Plaza

Visit the craft corner DIY your own jungle party essentials, like mini pinatas, animal party blowers, jungle crown and more.
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Pavilion next to Rainforest Kidzworld

Join the jungle magician as he charms you with magic tricks and ventriloquist acts!
Time: 11.45am & 2.30pm
Venue: Rainforest Kidzworld Amphitheatre

Go wild with whacky games around the zoo and pit yourself against the game masters to win prizes.
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Various locations in-park

Handcraft a postcard for the koalas and Koala Mail will deliver it to the zoo when they are back home!
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Australian Zone

Get up close and have a feel of the scaly reptiles and incredible invertebrates.

Incredible Invertebrates 
Time: 2pm (30 mins)
Venue: Exit of Fragile Forest

Slithery Scales 
Time: 3pm (30 mins)
Venue: Snake House

10. Free admission to National Orchid Garden 
Now til 3 Jan 2016 
9.30am - 7pm daily 
National Orchid Garden 
FREE Admission 

Enjoy free admission to National Orchid Garden from 14 November 2015 to 3 January 2016 for students, Singaporeans, Permanent Residents, Work Permit Holders and visitors with local residential address. For more details, visit HERE.

11. Merry Fishmas at S.E.A. Aquarium
Now until 3 Jan 2016
10am - 7pm
S.E.A. Aquarium, RWS
Singaporean/PR: $28 (Adult) | $15 (Child 3-12 & Senior 60 & above)
Standard: $32 (Adult) | $22 (Child 3-12 & Senior 60 & above)

Ho ho ho! Hop onto the aqaurium's one ray open sleigh and dive into a sea of festivities at S.E.A. Aquarium! Fish for fun facts on marine animals, meet and greet diving Santa and his Elf, be awed by the recycling Christmas tree, and swim away with fantastic prizes in our sure-win lucky spin. Come join us for a Christmas with a bubbly twist!

“12 Days of Fishmas” activity trail
Diving Santa has hidden 12 underwater presents with his Christmas marine animals. Track down all these marine animals and answer the 12 questions to receive Santa’s special treat at his underwater workshop.

12. The Future of Us
Now until 8 Mar 2016
9am – 9pm daily (Last entry at 8.30pm)
Gardens by the Bay - 30 Marina Boulevard (near Bayfront MRT Station)
FREE but entry to the exhibition is by tickets only
Book your tickets online HERE

‘The Future of Us’ exhibition is an immersive and multi-sensory experience that offers a glimpse into the possibilities of how Singaporeans can live, work, play, care and learn in the future. The exhibition will call on Singaporeans to share their hopes and dreams for themselves, their family and the nation, and to participate in steering the Singapore journey towards the future. It is the capstone event to round up Singapore’s SG50 year of celebrations. For more information, visit

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