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20 Free Kids’ Activities to Do During The School Holidays

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Here are our top mostly free kids’ activities for entertaining your family during the school holidays!

From island-wide rock hunting to super fun water parks, ideas for indoor fun and weekend fairs to check out, bookmark this list of kids’ activities for the holidays mama – it’s gonna come in handy!

And if you want even more, check out our roundup for family- and kid-friendly events happening over September school holidays!

  1. Go rock hunting! This free activity gets kids arty and outdoors (and off ipads). Get all the how-to-get-started deets on rock hunting here, then join the SG Rocks Facebook group to check out where rocks have been hidden.
  2. Head to Sentosa for Sandsation: Marvel Edition! Internationally-acclaimed sand sculptor JOOheng Tan will be creating 15 larger-than-life sand sculptures of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America The Hulk and more. Register for a free Sand Sculpting Workshop specially for kids age 5 and up, and stick around after sunset for free movie screenings by the beach!
  3. Make a picnic, take a ball and check out one of our wonderful parks from West Coast (great for older kids with the flying fox and large climbing structures) to Bishan (bring your bikes and binoculars there’s plenty of birdlife and interesting playgrounds). And of course we can’t forget the recently overhauled Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden!
  4. Itching to splash around? Entry to these Swimming Complexes and Public Pools that Come With Awesome Waterslides is so cheap, it’s practically free (some actually are!).
  5. Head to the National Gallery Singapore for a whole host of colourful installationsexciting workshops and eye-opening tours at Children’s Festival: Small Big Dreamers 2018!
  6. Get crafty! From how to make slime to cool Star Wars-themed projects, we’ve got plenty of ideas for you here. You can also do some at-home science experiments with kitchen pantry ingredients that will interest even the most jaded tween.
  7. Stock up at Daiso/Ikea on cheap art gear and a huge roll of paper and set up your own home art studio – a great one for all ages! From finger painting to potato printing to experimenting with different art mediums for older kids.
  8. If it’s too hot outside to contemplate doing anything that doesn’t involve water, go check out a water park, or for littlies, stick them in the bath! A pile of bath toys (sieves, toys that float and sink, Octonauts) and a squirt of bubble bath is always fun, and so, too, is homemade bath paint (just add food colouring to a little pot of your kids’ shampoo).
  9. Get your kids involved with putting on home theatre productions. Grab some toys for a puppet show or raid the fancy dress cupboard and star in the show yourselves. You could get older kids to make theatre tickets to give out to family members for an extended activity.
  10. Have some family fun at all the fairs happening in town! Pop by the AIA Family Fest to try Art Jamming, a Spartan Kids Obstacle Challenge or an open cinema, and lots of F&B! There’s also the foodpanda Pop-Up Block Party which is open to all ages, offering spectacle of pop-up food stalls and bars, live bands, DJs and wellness activities.
  11. Pull out the old sheets, grab the pillows from the bed and let your wee ones make their own pillow fort! Make an afternoon snack for them to nibble undercover, grab some books to read by torchlight and it’ll be just like camping (but without the stress of setting up a tent!).
  12. Do some bonding in the kitchen. Put on your aprons, roll out the steps and get your kids cooking with you. Even the littlest kids can help with mixing (and bowl licking – very useful), and there are many benefits to giving slightly older kids the responsibility to cook (even with sharp knives!).
  13. Calling all cosplay and gaming fans! Check out the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention 2018, where parents and kids enter free on 9 September! It’s gonna be a fun-filled weekend packed with comics, games, toys, cosplay competitions and celebrity guests and personalities.
  14. Turn your lounge into a home spa and spend a quiet afternoon buffing, shaping and painting your children’s nails. And if your kiddos are old enough (we know 2-years-olds who will jump at the idea), they could even do yours, too! If they get access to your hand creams you may want to hide the expensive stuff — but hey, anything for a free hand massage, right mama?
  15. With all the money you’ve saved doing free activities, you could treat yourself to lunch out, especially where kids eat free! For something a bit posher, plump for afternoon tea – some of them are kid-friendly and have supervised kids’ rooms so you can sip tea (or bubbly) in peace!
  16. If it’s too hot to face a scoot outdoors or if it’s raining, head over to a free indoor playground at an air-con mall near you!Read More: The Best Indoor Playgrounds in Singapore for Babies and Kids
  17. Go to your local library and get your kids to pick out their favourite books. While this one isn’t available in libraries yet, you should check out the inspiring children’s book series that’s all about Asia’s real-life science superheroes.
  18. Make pasta necklaces with the kids! A long piece of string and a bowl of dried pasta shapes is all you need and you’ve got yourself an easy DIY project perfect for little hands. You can even get kids to paint the pasta, let it dry and then start making colourful masterpieces.
  19. Get ready to take flight at the Asia Drone Championship 2018! Kids will love the cool demonstrations and simulator projections, while mamas and dads can enjoy aerial photography demonstrations and drone displays.
  20. And when you’ve run out of steam (it happens to the best of us), declare it a movie afternoon! If you’ve been organised (and clever), you might have already borrowed free movies from your local library. If not, let the kiddos pick their fave show on TV (or Netflix!), make a huge batch of popcorn and just pretend you’re at the movies!

Lead image sourced via Getty; Rock hunting image by SG Rocks Facebook group; Water park image (Our Tampines Hub Swimming Complex) sourced via Singapore Swimming Academy; Home theatre productions image sourced via My Strange Family; Nails image by Daniel Max via Flickr

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