Nov 18, 2016

Year-End School Holidays Activities for Kids 2016 (November Edition)

UPDATE: The December 2016 edition is UP! More activities here:


The year-end school holidays are officially here and it is that time of year again where parents start looking for activities to keep their kids occupied. Personally, I can't believe how 2016 is coming to an end so soon! And before we know it, it will be the start of a new school term! *gasp*

But before we get there, there is still the task of injecting FUN into the November and December school holidays. And in case you are wondering, there are plenty to do! In fact, there are so many activities that I decided to spread the activities into two listings this year - one for activities taking place in the month of November and the other for December.

And judging from the sheer amount of activities happening this month alone, I think I can safely say that December will be even MORE fun! Enjoy!

Arts in Your Neighbourhood
Now until 27 Nov 2016
Various events & timings

The Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) programme is back again this November bringing you enriching arts experiences at your doorsteps. Packed with more than 40 entertaining, fun and interactive performances and activities over 3 weeks in November, AYN is a great way for everyone to experience the arts in your very own neighbourhood, whether you are catching an arts performance for the first time or a seasoned arts-goer. For more details on the various shows, visit HERE or check out my Top 7 Picks HERE.

Charlotte's Web
Now until 11 Dec 2016
Weekends & Public Holiday: 11am & 2pm | Weekdays: 10am, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm
KC Arts Centre - Home of SRT
$25, $28

Get entangled in the enchanting story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. Charlotte’s Web is a poignant play that spins a positive message about friendship. Experience this timeless story with the entire family! For tickets, visit HERE.

Christmas on a Great Street
Orchard Road Christmas Light-up
Now until 2 Jan 2017
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.

Bubblestorm at orchardgetway
Now until 26 Dec 2016
7.30pm, 8pm, 8.30pm, 9pm & 9.30pm
The avalanche of bubbles conjures up a bubbly underwater environent where the inhabitants of the underwater world come alive to celebrate Christmas like we mortals above water! Plenty of interactive fun and photo opportunity for all.

Free admission to National Orchid Garden 
Now til 2 Jan 2017 
9.30am - 7pm daily 
National Orchid Garden 
FREE Admission 

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

Pokémon Research Exhibition
Now until 2 Jan 2017; 10am - 7pm daily
S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
Online ticket bundle: Adult $35 (U.P. $42), Child (4-12) | Senior Citzens (60 & above): $23 (U.P. $32)

Calling all aspiring Pokémon Trainers! Get ready to put on your lab coats and discover the amazing types of Pokémon. Become a scientific researcher for a day to investigate the mysterious Pokémon hidden in a Poké Ball. Embark on your mission by choosing the difficulty levels from three Poké Ball – a regular Poké Ball (easy), a Great Ball (medium), or an Ultra Ball (hard). Take on the challenges at various interactive stations to deduce the critter contained within your Poké Balls from intriguing clues.

Merry Medley
Now until 5 Jan 2017; 9am - 9pm
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Admission charges apply

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in the crisp climate of the Flower Dome, where Christmas cheer takes centrestage in the Flower Field.Well-loved stalwarts of the season like poinsettias, amaryllis and Christmas roses grace charming yuletide scenes, while majestic conifer trees of different kinds fill the air with their woody, evergreen scent.

Cocooned in giant glass globes, a lovely ballerina beckons visitors to come forward, as a band of toy soldiers and an angelic choir join in the merry medley. The festivity continues at night as the Flower Dome takes on a magical glow, basking in the radiance of Italian Luminarie lights. For more detailsm visit HERE.

Now until 5 Mar 2017
10am - 6pm
Science Centre Singapore, Annex Hall

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) is a completely interactive experience that brings visitors into the cinematic world of Marvel The Avengers. This exhibition will provide a first hand look at intelligence files, classified studies, and experiments that explores the history and scientific origins of Marvel The Avengers including Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor and more. This exhibition brings to life the science behind Super Heroes and allows fans of all ages to participate in a simulated recruitment, as if they were being trained to become Official Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N agent of the beloved Marvel Universe. For more information and tickets, visit HERE.

BrasBasah.Bugis Arts Sprawl: ALLEY-VATE
18 & 19 Nov 2016
Fri, 18 Nov, 6pm - 11pm | Sat, 19 Nov, 12pm - 11pm
Alleyway between DECK (120A Prinsep St) and NAFA Campus 3 (151 Bencoolen St)

The Bras Basah.Bugis Arts Sprawl celebrates the vibrant and bustling arts and heritage district through an array of exciting programmes, street art and many more within the sub-zones of Bras Basah.Bugis. Set along Prinsep Street and featuring the theme of “Alley-vate”, this third edition of the quarterly programme series explores ways of transforming historic alleys into pop-up urban experiences for visitors. Grab a coffee at the pop-up café, pick up a book at the mobile library, engage the services of our local entrepreneurs at the Gentlemen’s Market, party under the stars and so much more! For more details, visit HERE.

Hello Hokkaido!
18 - 27 Nov 2017; 11am - 10pm
Forum/ Resort World Convention Centre
FREE admission

Get a taste of Hokkaido, renowned for its pristine wilderness and agricultural produce, in our first-ever fair celebrating the island’s finest food and culture! Wander among stalls selling all kinds of goods and authentic yatai street fare while enjoying performances in an atmosphere inspired by the magnificent island. Fresh crab dishes will take centre stage on menus specially put together by our Celebrity Chef Restaurants during this period. So come down now for a fun, delicious time! For more details, visit HERE.

Twilight Encounters
18 Nov - 10 Dec 2016 (Friday & Saturday only)
7.15pm – midnight
Night Safari
Admission fees apply

Expect an enthralling night of lights and colours at Night Safari as the nocturnal landscape is illuminated by fairy and animal light installations. Immerse in the festive cheer at the animal parade, where elaborate costumed animal characters trot and pounce about. Look forward to twilight animal encounters on the walking trails and watch as the park’s denizens of the night engage in specially prepared enrichment activities. For more information on all activities, visit HERE.

Monkey Goes West
18 Nov - 17 Dec 2016
Tue to Sat: 7.30pm | Thur, Sat & Sun: 2.30pm
Drama Centre Theatre
Tue - Thu, 7.30pm: $50, $55, $65, $75
Sat & Sun, 2.30pm, Fri & Sat, 7.30pm: $55, $60, $70, $80

W!LD RICE brings the Year of the Monkey to a happy climax with its 13th holiday musical extravaganza for the whole family! Winner of 'Production of the Year' at the 2015 Straits Times Life Theatre Awards, Monkey Goes West is an affectionate and cheeky retelling of the beloved Chinese fantasy classic. Join us for an epic thrill ride that will take you from Haw Par Villa to Jurong West - by way of a colourful world filled with mythical monsters and naughty fairies. For tickets, visit HERE.

ChariTrees @ Marina Bay 2016
18 Nov - 27 Dec 2016
Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade

The annual ChariTrees @ Marina Bay is a unique and exclusive fundraising initiative for Singapore to show our support for the less fortunate during the festive season. Launched in 2011, the 6th edition of ChariTrees @ Marina Bay will dot the scenic Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade from 18 November 2016. It aims to promote inclusivity and spread joy to the disadvantaged in our community.

All-star Nick Jr. Wonderland
18 Nov 2016 - 1 Jan 2017; 12pm - 10pm daily
City Square Mall, L1 City Green (Outdoor Park)

Get your party on at City Square Mall’s City Green outdoor park where a playland featuring an array of fun games and activities await you and your family. Be delighted by activities such as a Blaze and the Monster Machines obstacle course, a Shimmer and Shine dress-up palace, life-sized PAW Patrol vehicle displays, a giant Team Umizoomi 1-2-3 Plink Game and more! With a minimum spend of $40, shoppers can redeem a Wonderland Pass at the L2 Customer Service Counter. Activities are suitable for ages 3 and above.

Snowfall Playtime
18 Nov 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
8pm & 9pm daily (Subject to weather conditions)
City Square Mall, L1 City Green (Outdoor Park)

Have loads of fun with enchanting snowfall to complete your magical Christmas! Snowfall Playtime sessions will be happening twice daily at City Green.

Pokemon at Changi
18 Nov 2016 - 20 Feb 2017
Various activities
Changi Airport

Pikachu Meet & Greet
18 Nov 2016 - 1 Jan 2017 (Sat & Sun only)
*NO Meet & Greet on 3  Dec 2016
6pm & 8pm
T3 Departure Hall

Nakiri Face Painting
18 Nov 2016 - 20 Feb 2017
T2 Central Hoarding and 
T3 Opposite Row 11 (only available until 8 Jan 2017)

Pokemon Z-moves
18 Nov 2016 - 20 Feb 2017
T2 Central Hoarding and 
T3 Opposite Row 11 (only available until 8 Jan 2017)

Singapore Discovery Centre 20th Birthday Bash
19 Nov 2016; 12pm - 8pm
Singapore Discovery Centre

Step Right Up!
19 Nov 2016; 3pm - 7pm
VivoCity, Play Court

It’s time for some fun and games at VivoCity’s all-new Play Court! Come enjoy a day filled with exciting activities, free popcorn and candy floss, and a chance to win attractive prizes! For more information on what’s in store, visit HERE.

Big Family Day Out
19 Nov 2016; 10am - 9pm
Marina Barrage

Enjoy a carnival featuring local foods, old-school games and on-stage programmes for the entire family at Marina Barrage.

Outdoor Fest @ Bedok Reservoir
19 Nov 2016; 9am - 3pm
Bedok Reservoir

Outdoor Fest @ Bedok Reservoir aims to bring residents together to experience free outdoor sports such as kayaking, dragon boating, zumba and crossfit workout in the park. It will be a fun day filled with fringe activities and inflatable sport obstacle which are suitable for all ages.

NParks’ Parks Festival
19 & 20 Nov 2016
19 Nov: 9.30am - 9.30pm | 20 Nov: 9.30am - 5pm
Bishan-AMK Park (River Plains)

Gather your family and friends for the “NParks' Parks Festival – Parks for Everyone” at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park (River Plains) on 19 Nov (9.30am - 9.30pm) and 20 Nov (9.30am - 5.00pm) 2016! Look forward to a fun-filled weekend at the park, where you can enjoy all our signature programmes and activities at one location! For a detailed listing of all programmes, visit HERE.

Wonders of Sunny the Hornbill
19 Nov - 11 Dec 2016 (Weekends only)
Jurong Bird Park
Admission fess apply

Be captivated by the wonders of Jurong Bird Park’s new animal icon, Sunny the Hornbill. Learn all about hornbills at the mascot meet-and-greet session and from hornbill-themed craft activities. Get up close and personal with a hornbill and get fascinating insights on the bird from resident avian keeper at the Hornbill Chit Chat session. Be sure to catch Sunny’s antics at the High Flyers Show too! For more details on all activities, visit HERE.

Police Community Roadshow 2016
19 & 20 Nov 2016: The Canopy at J Link
26 & 27 Nov 2016: Waterway Point, Village Square L1
3 & 4 Dec 2016: Toa Payoh HDB Hub, Atrium
10 & 11 Dec 2016: Tampines Community Plaza
17 & 18 Dec 2016: Woodlands Civic Centre
10am - 8pm

Get up close and personal with the men and women in blue every weekend from 19 November to 18 December at 5 different locations around Singapore to check out one of the largest showcase of Police’s capabilities. Grab this opportunity to see our officers display their skills and talents in special performances. Get a first-hand feel of some of our weapons and operational vehicles. The friendly dogs from Police K-9 Unit will be there to meet you too and show you their special skills. For more details on the programmes, visit HERE.

Double the FUN with Trolls at Sentosa!
19 Nov 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
Sentosa (Merlion Plaza, Merlion Walk, Beach Plaza)
FREE (but island admission fees apply)

Indulge in the festive mood this holiday season, as Sentosa comes to life with a burst of song, dance and colours, featuring your favourite characters from Trolls, the latest DreamWorks animation movie! Come on down and catch Poppy, Branch and the other adorable characters from the movie as they pepper the State of Fun with their perpetual happiness and exuberance.

Merlion Magic Lights! - Trolls Edition
19 Nov 2016 - 2 Jan 2017; Merlion Plaza 
Weekdays: 7.45pm, 8.15pm, 8.45pm and 9.15pm
Weekends, Eve of PH and PH: 7.45pm, 8.15pm, 8.45pm, 9.15pm, 9.45pm and 10.15pm 
Merlion Magic Lights! returns with a special Trolls edition this time round! Catch the spectacular light show as the lovable characters from Trolls sing and dance their way all over the iconic Sentosa Merlion!

Meet & Greet the Trolls
10 Dec 2016 (Merlion Plaza) & 17 Dec 2016 (Beach Plaza)
12pm, 2.30pm, 6.00pm

Trolls Playground
19 Nov 2016 - 2 Jan 2017; iFly Singapore, Level 2
Bring your kids to iFly Singapore and let them bring out their inner-Trolls at this Trolls-edition playground!

Shadow Play
19 Nov - 26 Dec 2016; Beach Plaza
Lights on from 7.30pm - 11pm
Engage in some shadow play and fun at night with Trolls props and more!

Trolls Ambience and Photo Points
Stretching from Merlion Walk all the way down to Beach Plaza, look out for Trolls mural walls, ambience decorations, photopoints and more! Get your cameras ready, and don't forget to share your adorable selfies/wefies with the Trolls characters on Facebook and Instagram.

NASA – A Human Adventure
19 Nov 2016 - 19 Mar 2017
10am - 7pm
ArtScience Museum
Admission charges apply

NASA – A Human Adventure is the most comprehensive and extensive touring space flight exhibition in the world. The exhibition marshals an extraordinary collection of over 200 historically significant artifacts from the U.S. and Soviet Union space programs. The objects on display in the exhibition are original and space flown objects or high fidelity replicas and scale models. For more details, visit HERE.

A Right Rubbish Christmas
20 Nov 2016; 10.30am & 2.30pm
Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
$35, $45, $55

Take one greedy king, his dentally-challenged daughter, a wicked self-centered, self-indulgent, self-loving, self-serving, selfish, stuck-up advisor, throw in a pantomime dame, her long suffering son, a fairy godmother and a cow, add a sprinkle of songs and a dollop of laughs, shake enthusiastically...and dump them in the rubbish - and hey presto, you have all the ingredients for this big hearted, fast paced and hilariously funny family show. For tickets, visit HERE.

ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade 2016
25 & 26 Nov 2016
7.30pm til late
Along the Sentosa boardwalk & the VivoCity boardwalk 

Be dazzled once again by the stunning display of lights at Singapore’s first and only Boat Light Parade on 25 and 26 November 2016! Forming a flotilla of over 30 boats each night, these Christmas-themed boats will set sail from ONEº15 Marina Club to the Sentosa Boardwalk and the VivoCity Promenade in a competition to be named best decorated boat, and light up the parade route as they pass by Siloso Beach, Fort Siloso, Resorts World Sentosa, HarbourFront and VivoCity.

Father Christmas
25 - 27 Nov 2016
25 Nov (Fri): 5pm | 26 Nov (Sat): 11am, 2pm & 4.30pm | 27 Nov (Sun):11am, 2pm & 4.30pm
SOTA Drama Theatre
$38, $48, $58

Direct from the UK, this production brings Raymond Briggs' classic storybook to life.  Join Father Christmas this year as he bounds off the page and onto the stage in this fantastic family production.

Come and meet Father Christmas as he gets ready for his busiest night of the year... with so many presents to deliver, will he get finished before the morning? Will his pets, Cat and Dog let him leave the house? And will his Reindeer be able to pull his Sleigh in the snow? Come and find out in this magical and musical family adventure, which will delight adults and children alike. For tickets, visit HERE.

Light To Night Festival
25 - 27 Nov, 2 - 4 Dec 2016
National Gallery singapore

In celebration of National Gallery Singapore's first anniversary, a myriad of interactive installations and engaging programmes have been lined up for everyone. Ranging from film screenings to music performances, join in the festivities that run from dawn to dusk over the next two weekends. For more information, visit HERE.

Brick-Tacular Holidays
25 Nov - 31 Dec 2016
LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort
Admission charges apply

It’s a LEGO® wonderland at LEGOLAND® during the end-of-year festive holidays with a huge Advent Calendar that shares a surprise each day, Christmas tree made from LEGO® bricks and stage shows to keep your spirits merry and joyful.

Pasir Panjang Nursery Tour
26 Nov 2016;
Four sessions: 8am, 9am, 10am & 11am
Pasir Panjang Nursery

At the heart of operations for Singapore’s City in a Garden vision is the Pasir Panjang Nursery (PPN), located adjacent to HortPark. The tour of Pasir Panjang Nursery is a once-a-year opportunity that offers visitors a rare glimpse into NParks’ behind-the-scenes nursery operations for the greening up of Singapore.

Grandparents’ Day Picnic
26 Nov 2016; 5pm - 9.30pm
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park Activity Lawn II

Enjoy family time at Families for Life picnic and as we celebrate Grandparents together at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park!  Families can look forward to fun activities for the young and old, a "Style Swop" Family Dress-Up Contest, music performances, bouncy castle, puppet show Wow Wayang! Wayang Kulit Singapura - Superheroes by performing arts company Sri Warisan and local blockbuster movie screening of Jack Neo's Long Long Time Ago Part 1 under the stars! For more details, visit HERE.

398.2 Storytelling Festival
26 Nov 2016: 11am - 8pm (Woodlands Regional Library)
3 Dec 2016; 11am - 6pm (Asian Civilisations Museum)

After last year's highly successful inaugural 398.2 Storytelling Festival where over 3,000 people attended, they are back again with a bigger line-up featuring 16 storytellers and 70 events – led by award-winning storyteller Roger Jenkins with his Story Line team. Sessions for all ages, guaranteed to be highly interactive and lots of fun! For more details, visit HERE.

Zoo-Rassic Park
26 Nov - 18 Dec 2016 (Weekends only)
Various Timings
Singapore Zoo
Admission charges apply

A pack of dinosaurs has stomped its way into Singapore Zoo and River Safari to teach guests valuable lessons about saving today’s species from extinction this year end. Step back in time to Zoo-rassic Park, and marvel at crowd favourites like the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops and a host of their prehistoric cousins as they draw you into immersive discovery trails that draw parallels to the parks’ living collections during the weekends of 26 Nov – 18 Dec 2016.

Try your hand at being a paleontologist by excavating dinosaur fossils. Journey through the Same Same But Different Trail to learn about convergent evolution and be amazed by how the animals of today share similar features and behaviours with these relics of the past. Don’t miss out on a perfect photo opportunity with our T-rex and Velociraptor friends as they welcome you into this realm of giants past, accompanied by their charismatic dinosaur keeper. For more details on all activities, visit HERE.

Car-Free Sunday SG
27 Nov 2016
7.30am - 5pm (Various Activities)
Padang, Esplande Park and surrounding areas
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.

Highlights include a Kids' Zone (7.30am to 12.00pm) where kids can 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.

My Little Pony Musical Rainbow Rocks
27 Nov 2016
11 am, 2.30 pm & 5.30 pm
Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
$48, $78, $88, $115, $148

Shake your tail down to Canterlot High School, and learn how the rainbow rocks! Those funny and fabulous Equestria Girls are getting ready to enter their band, the Rainbooms, in the Canterlot High musical showcase. But there's trouble brewing: former bad girl Sunset Shimmer just can't make any friends; while rival girl band, the Dazzlings, are clearly up to something. Why do they want to turn the showcase into a mighty Battle of the Bands? Are the Dazzlings planning something much more sinister? And will Sunset Shimmer ever be forgiven by the other students at Canterlot High? There's only one way to find out: join the Equestria Girls as they try to defeat the forces of evil, with the help of Sunset Shimmer and everybody's favorite pony, Twilight Sparkle! Sure, friendship is magic: but to restore the harmony, the band must battle! For tickets, visit HERE.

Melodious Tunes in the Gardens
27 Nov 2016; 6m - 7pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage

Join in for an evening of chinese orchestra performance by Jurong Green CC Chinese Orchestra along with Hua Sheng Musical Association. This concert is organised by the Singapore Kityang Association, in celebration of its 75th anniversary.

School Holiday Sports Programmes Nov/Dec 2016
Various sports and locations by ActiveSG

The school holidays are here again! Join us yet again to keep active, be happy and be sporty! Definitely a fun way to relax before school bell starts ringing again. Check out the list of sporting activities HERE.

Playeum's A World Full of Stories
Now until 30 Apr 2017
Tues - Sun: 10am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays)
$22 per child (1-12) | Accompanying adult: Free | Additional accompanying adult: $10

Playeum has refreshed its exhibition with 'A World Full of Stories', which combines the fundamental facets of stories with play. Specifically designed for children aged 1-12, the exhibition offers a series of interactive and open-ended spaces for young minds to feed their creative imagination through role play, storymaking, illustration, writing, drama and puppetry.

Encouraging children to employ the active use of imagination through creative expression, ‘A World
Full of Stories’ consists of ELEVEN installations in total! Check out my preview guide HERE.

Christmas Shows at the Malls 2016

Take your pick from Peppa Pig, My Little Pony, Tayo, Dora, Barney, Hi-5, Thomas, Pororo, Paw Patrol and more! See the entire comprehensive list here:

PHEW, those are A LOT of activities huh? But there is still the entire month of DECEMBER to come... so stay tuned to the Part 2 of my list!

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