Jun 23, 2016

12 Activities for Kids this Weekend to End the June School Holidays on a High

Just like that, four weeks of school holidays have almost gone by. Hope the school holidays have been a fruitful and fun one for your kids!

Amazingly enough, even though this weekend is the final one before school reopens, there are plenty of family-friendly activities happening. In fact, these TWELVE activities are brand new and exclusively taking place this coming weekend!

So go ahead and pick your fave activity from the list below and end the 4-week break from school on a high!

1. Navy@Vivo 16
Date: 23 - 26 Jun 2016
Venue: VivoCity, Central Court & The Promenade
FREE Admission

Navy@Vivo is back! The Navy's Formidable-class frigate, RSS Tenacious, will be calling at VivoCity Promenade from 23 to 26 June 2016. From Boat PT performances by naval divers, precision drills by NCC, to the Ceremonial Sunset – one of the oldest naval tradition practised by navies worldwide, here are all the activities that you can look forward to during Navy@Vivo:

Keep up to date at Singapore Navy's Facebook page.

2. BiG DAY OUT 2016
Date: 24 - 26 Jun 2016
Timings: 24 Jun: 2pm - 8pm | 25 & 26 Jun: 10am - 8pm
Venue: Toa Payoh Hub Atrium
FREE Admission

BiG DAY OUT celebrates Singapore's efforts to build a greener, more sustainable built environment. This year, BiG DAY OUT welcomes you to Kampong Hijau, Singapor's greenest neighbourhood and home of the favourite characters from the children storybook, "The Adventures of Greco & Beco : The Glass House"!

It will be a fun-filled weekend for your family to learn about the green buildings and eco-friendly practices through games, activities and interactive exhibits, all in the setting of Kampong Hijau. One of the highlights is a mock-up Glass House where visitors can feel the effects of a building that has a non-environmentally sustainable design and fittings. There will also be kampung games, puppet shows, story-telling, charades, art and craft and other activities for the kids! For the full schedule of activities, visit HERE.

3. Baybeats 2016
Date: 24 -26 Jun 2016
Timings: Various shows & timings
Venue: Esplanade
FREE Admission

Got older kids? Then grab your gear, roll up your cuffs, and gather your troops. The biggest music festival of its kind in Singapore and the region, Baybeats presents a fist-pumping line-up showcasing prominent Singapore and international acts. The festival also celebrates the music-loving lifestyle with a festival village that brings together local indie crafters and entrepreneurs. For the full listing of scheduled performances, visit HERE.

4. Kranji Countryside Farmers' Market
Date: 25 & 26 Jun 2016
Time: 12pm - 5pm
Venue: Nyee Phoe, Kranji Countryside
FREE Admission

Indulge in 50 stalls of local produce and locally-made artisanal products, and a weekend filled with community-driven education and entertainment! Besides stalls, there will also be actvities for the whole family - let your children get their hands dirty with planters, pottery and kampung games! Visit HERE for updates.

5. Common Grounds
Date: 25 & 26 Jun 2016
Time: 11am - 6pm
Venue: National Gallery Singapore
FREE Admission

In conjunction with celebrating National Gallery Singapore's 1 millionth visitor milestone, COMMON GROUNDS, is back! Enjoy a fun day out with family and friends at the Gallery’s community open house. From captivating performances to exciting art activities, there is something for everyone!

11am – 6pm | Various spaces within National Gallery Singapore
Be a part of art with an array of interactive and engaging art-inspired installations all around the Gallery. Enter a painting and step back in time; explore a Chinatown street scene, complete with food carts and traditional games; and create memories with family and friends as you pose for photos with our life-sized 3D artworks.

All performances will take place at the Padang Atrium, unless otherwise stated.

Ballroom Dancing by Nuevo Dance Fitness (NDF) 
Watch an opening dance act, participate in a DanceSport workshop and Dance Jam with participants for this Common Grounds weekend.

Baracuda Batucada
11am, 2pm, 3.30pm 
Ngee Ann Polytechnic's Baracuda Batucada are the masters of addictive samba percussion tunes. Dance along to their beats, and you may even get to try your hand at the drums, and create some heart-thumping beats!

Xinyao Performance by The JumpStart
25 Jun: 2.30pm | 26 Jun: 4pm
Sing along in harmony band to familiar songs such as Rasa Sayang Eh and Di Tanjong Katong. The JumpStart is a 4-member bilingual acoustic and live band, which does originals and covers of songs from the '80s to the top-40 hits of today.

SMU Voix A Cappella Performance
25 Jun: 4pm | 26 Jun: 2.30pm 
VOIX is SMU's premier a cappella group, with a wide repertoire from pop ballads to swing and jazz. In these interactive segments, learn how to mirror the sounds of musical instruments using just your voice!

Malay Dance by DIAN Dancers
Be captivated with traditional Malay dance by DIAN Dancers, who emerged in the Malay Arts scene in December 2003. Their name figuratively means "glowing light.

11am – 6pm  | Gallery & Co. 
Created in collaboration with Participate in Design, this installation invites you to pick up a menu and share stories about art!

11am – 6pm | Padang Atrium
Participate in a mass doodling session, or take part in simple craft projects and bring home a handmade souvenir from the Gallery!

Sat 25 Jun, 11am – 6pm | Sun 26 Jun, 10am - 1pm, 5pm - 7pm | Keppel Centre for Art Education (Workshop 1 & 2)
With an art kit and theme inspired by the Gallery’s collection, this activity invites parents and children to interact creatively through art-making.

For more details on all programmes, visit HERE.

6. Maker Faire Singapore
Date: 25 & 26 Jun 2016
Time: 10am - 6pm
Venue: Singapore University of Technology and Design (8 Somapah Road)
FREE Admission

The Maker Faire Singapore is back for its fifth year! And this time it is going to be bigger than ever!

Join in the celebration of the do-it-yourself culture, bringing in Makers of all ages to show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Be inspired by the showcase of interesting, wacky and fun projects in science, art, craft, engineering and technology, and exchange ideas with their creators.

Find out about the latest happenings in the Maker scene at the talks, and learn how to make something at the many workshops at the Faire. With over 200 booths, workshops and presentations, there’s something for everyone at this festival of discovery, play and creativity!

Remember to pick up your FREE copy of Maker Faire Singapore Learning Passport at the information counters. Check out ALL the FREE activities kids can indulge in HERE.

For more information, please visit https://makerfairesingapore.com.

7. Families for Life Picnic - Father's Day Celebrations
Date: 25 Jun 2016
Time: 5pm - 9pm
Venue: Casuarina Grove, East Coast Park
FREE Admission

June is a special month for Dads, so join in the fun at East Coast Park to celebrate this special occasion and enjoy family bonding with the Dads in your family! Families can look forward to highlights such as outdoor movie screening, music performances, bouncy castles, FFL Mobile Café, family friendly activities such as arts & crafts and family challenges. For more details, visit HERE.

8. RETRO FEVER @ Gardens by the Bay
Date: 25 Jun 2016
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Venue: Supertree Grove
FREE Admission

Put on your best retro outfit and favourite pair of dancing shoes, and join in the fun at one of the biggest retro-themed parties in town! Groove to the hottest tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s, and catch a specially curated LED performance with pyrotechnics on the OCBC Skyway – a first in the Gardens!  Mediacorp Radio Class 95FM DJ Jean Danker will also play host on this throwback Saturday night. For more information, visit HERE.

9. NParks Concert Series in the Park: Rockestra
Date: 25 Jun 2016
Time: 5.30pm - 10pm
Venue: Empress Place, Empress Lawn
FREE Admission

Join in for a night of good food and good music from the 50s to 90s at the second instalment of NParks Concert Series in the Park: Rockestra® on 25 June 2016 at Empress Place (Empress Lawn)!

Held in conjunction with ‘Satay Night Live’, this concert promises a nostalgic experience and plenty of Satay as we bring you the golden hits of yesteryears performed by Jive Talkin’, Sebastian Tan aka Broadway Beng, Jack & Rai, Ciao Turtle, ShiLi & Adi, The Pinholes, Dee Dee and Alia. Family-friendly fringe activities start at 5.30pm while the concert commences at 6.30pm. For more information, visit HERE.

10. Art Day Out! at Gillman Barracks x The School Holidays Edition
Date: 25 Jun 2016
Time: 2pm - 7pm
Venue: Gillman Barracks

Art Day Out! – a Gillman Barracks Saturday open house – returns on 25 June for a special School Holidays Edition! Families can look forward to fun-filled art activities for the little ones, in addition to the galleries’ new exhibitions and special programmes by Gillman Barracks tenants for the adults!


‘The Squirrel & the Katak’
2 sessions at 3pm and 5pm | Block 7 | FREE Admission | No registration required
Specially commissioned for Art Day Out!, this interactive children’s theatrical performance draws on Gillman Barracks’ history through the eyes of its squirrel and katak (frog) inhabitants.

Art Outreach Singapore
2pm - 6pm | Block 47 | No booking required
An Art Explorers workshop with artist Merryn Trevethan, kids will be able to create a tote bag printed with their own design, or experiment with creative painting activities.

Playeum's Children’s Centre for Creativity
20% off ticket prices for its new exhibition, Hideaways – Creating with Nature
2pm - 6pm | $16 per child, with free entry for one accompanying adult | Block 47
Children are invited to explore nature and natural materials through hands-on exhibits and interactive artists’ installations. Free art activities at the outdoor plaza outside.

Saturday Social BBQ – Kidlympics Edition
4pm til late | Timbre at Gillman | Block 9A
Speed relay games, bouncy castles, wading pools for toddlers, live BBQ, music, cold beers and arts & crafts activities.

For more details, visit HERE.

11. Design a Scent City
Date: 25 Jun 2016
Time: 1pm - 5pm
Venue: National Design Centre, Atrium L1
FREE Admission (Registration required)

How might we design a city that looks good – and smells nice too? Come to the National Design Centre with your friends, family and children for an afternoon of “city-building” activities and find out how our sense of smell might offer innovative ways of designing a city.

Participants will be assigned sections of the city, at the “Permit Centre”, to design buildings, landscapes and road signs. Then head over to the “Supply Store” for craft supplies. Finally, facilitators at the “Scent Lab” will introduce participants to scents that will inspire your creations. All sections of the city will be combined to construct a collective “Scent City”.

Join us for this afternoon of creative expression through play pretend, and imagine new sights and smells for this imaginary city! NOTE: Registration is compulsory. Register via HERE.

12. Car-Free Sunday SG
Date: 26 Jun 2016
Time: 5am - 7pm (Various Activities)
Venue: Padang and surrounding area
FREE Admission
On every last Sunday of the month, the Civic and Central Business District will be transformed into a cycle-friendly, walkable and activity-filled public space with something for everyone as roads around the Padang, together with Fullerton Road, will be fully closed to vehicles. Whether you are into yoga, dance, basketball, fun challenges, visiting the museums or just enjoying the day out with your friends or children, there are a range of exciting activities you can enjoy.

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For a detailed listing and timings of all activities, visit HERE. Highlights include:

Breakfast Concert at the Lawn
8.30am – 9.15am : The Philharmonic Winds and Community Drumming Network
9.30am – 10.15am : The Philharmonic Winds and Converge Studios
The popular Philharmonic Winds, the Community Drumming Network – formed by drumming enthusiasts from all over Singapore – will kick-start the morning with enjoyable tunes and rousing beats at the Empress Lawn with the very first NAC-organised Breakfast Concert at the Lawn. Visitors can then join in a dance workout led by Converge Studios and participate in a wide range of art activities, from silkscreen printing their own tote bags, to postcard painting and knitting on a giant loom.

Pop-up Breakfast Bar at the Lawn
The Breakfast Bar will feature yummy café bites from Tiong Bahru Bakery, Kombi Rocks, The Lokal, The Chief, and Two Bakers. There is also a giveaway for $5 Breakfast Bar vouchers for the first 150 visitors!

“MOZ-ART” at Victoria Concert Hall Atrium
9.30–10am; 10.30-11am; 11.30-12pm
Violin duo Alexander Souptel and Masako White present “MOZ-ART”, a musical mosaic of folk songs as well as short pieces by classical masters. Mozart will also make a special appearance  his Car-free Sunday and serenade visitors with his musical charms.

ActiveSG Kids Imagination Playground
Esplanade Park | 7.30am to 11.30am
The ActiveSG Kids Imagination Playground consists of giant light-weight building blocks for children to explore and invent their own playgrounds. Children can build tunnels to crawl under, bridges to balance on, mountains to climb over, castles to be a royal prince and princess for a day and much more. Through this activity, children can develop cognitively, socially and physically as they interact with each other to build structures, make new friends, whilst at the same time, acquire a range of motor skills such as running, jumping and balancing.

Kids’ Zone – Family Activities
Esplanade Park (Heroes Lawn) | 7.30am to 12nn
Join in the pebble-painting activity and turn a simple pebble into an ornamental art piece! There will also be other family-friendly activities such as sketching, colouring and bouncy castles.
Learn more about plants and their uses in different cultures by taking part in the ‘Plants & Culture’ plant propagation activity.

Playstreet: Under the Rain Trees
Connaught Drive | 3.30pm to 6.30pm
‘Under the Rain Trees’ is developed to encourage appreciation of the Avenue of Heritage Trees, the historical and cultural significance of the Civic District and the natural heritage of the area. The Singapore Wellness Association will share knowledge about the rain trees through fun and interactive games which are inspired by nature.

Want even MORE activities for the remainder of the June School Holidays? Head to my complete listing here: www.cheekiemonkie.net/2016/05/june-school-holidays-2016-activities-for-kids.html


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