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20 Free Kids’ Activities to Do During The School Holidays

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Wondering how to entertain the kids again? Here are our top mostly free kids’ activities for entertaining your family during the school holidays.

From a free concert at the Botanics to easy home science experiments to free Ninjago LEGO events, to a free Star Wars festival, bookmark this list of kids’ activities, it’s gonna come in handy!

  1. Spend a lazy afternoon at the free upcoming Children’s Disney and DreamWorks Delights concert at Botanic Gardens. Kids will love dancing to classics from Frozen, Moana and Zootopia!
  2. 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.
  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).
  4. 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.
  5. The Children’s Biennale is still on so if you haven’t taken pictures of your kids in a room full of coloured stickers then you need to go go go see Yayoi Kusama: The Obliteration Room (closes on 3 September!). There is plenty more to do for free at the National Gallery, too, from a visit to the Enchanted Tree House in the magical forest to making your own prints.
  6. Do some at home science experiments with kitchen pantry ingredients that will interest even the most jaded tween. If all this science has given your budding scientists a taste of STEM learning, go check out Kidzania’s newly opened KidZ & Tech Festival while it’s still on.
  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. Or you could always delegate the art mess and do a 3-, 4- or 5-day art camp.
  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. If being all dramatic has sparked an interest in theatre check out all the latest shows coming to town and while you’re at it, get tickets to Ballet Under The Stars before they sell out!
  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). Budding chefs might want to do a cooking class too.
  13. Calling all NINJAGO LEGO fans! Test your Ninja Spirit at different battlegrounds at the Ninjago LEGO Challenge happening at Plaza Singapura Atrium.
  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 you’re not too worried about your new sofa, use a roll of masking tape to make “roads” across the floor (and couch!) and let your kids drive their cars on the track. Who knew a cheap roll of tape and some hot wheels could be so much fun?
  17. Go to your local library and get your kids to pick out their favourite books. Check out the new Tampines library and keep an eye on free events from fun storytelling to gardening.
  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. Charge your Lightsabers young Padawans, because you won’t want to miss this free outdoor Jedi training event for 4 to 12 year olds at ION during the Star Wars festival.
  20. And when you’ve run out of steam (it happens to the best of us), declare it a movie afternoon! For nature lovers, get tickets to see cuddly pandas or the latest in the Cars franchise, Cars 3. 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!

Home theatre productions image sourced via My Strange Family. Nails image sourced via Pinterest

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