It’s play time! The March school holidays are coming – here’s how to keep the littlies occupied (safely!)
What have you filled your kiddos’ schedules with for the holidays, mama? With the COVID-19 situation putting many activities on hold or cancelled altogether, we’re so glad there’s still lots to do all over Singapore! We’ve also focused on events that allow you to spend time outdoors while soaking up some mood-boosting Vitamin D and healthy fresh air. Scroll below for a list of the best events to check out during the March holiday period – many of them FREE! And if you’re looking for programmes to keep your children busy for days, ways to splash around (yes, swimming is safe!), or just a fun DIY, check out our Guide to Easter Camps, our Guide to the best Water Parks, and our easy peasy SLIME recipe!
NB: In light of the government’s recently announced travel restrictions and precautionary measurements on 13 March, including limiting public gatherings to 250 people or fewer, be sure to call ahead to confirm if an event is proceeding.
Trolls World Tour
Trolls World Tour is taking over Changi Airport! Featuring the iconic Poppy’s Hot Air Balloon, Sheila B (Terminal 3 Departure Hall Level 2), the event also includes a Boombox-inspired retail outpost selling Trolls merchandise (Terminal 3 Basement 2). Fans can also strike a pose with Poppy and friends with the 2D Trolls Characters Cut-Outs at ST3PS from 17 March 2020. As a bonus for parents, you can even get three hours of FREE parking at Changi (or Jewel) with a $10 minimum spend!
When: 13 – 29 March 2020
Where: Changi Airport T3
How much: Free!
Also check out: FREE Entry to Canopy Park @ Jewel!
Home Made – Stamping workshops
Home Made, an installation by PAYNK, touches on the familiar fabrics that decorate our homes. In response to these prints, children will be encouraged to create their own prints. Using stamps and ink, they can create motifs and patterns familiar to them in this artist-led workshop.
When: 14 & 15 Mar 2020, 3pm
Where: PIP’s PLAYbox, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
How much: Free!
Letters Come Alive! by Rolypoly Family at The Artground
In this whimsical and acrobatic dance theatre performance, the letters of the alphabet take on different shapes and sounds to inspire silliness that kids and grown-ups will enjoy. The performers begin the show with the beloved and familiar alphabet song, before animating the letters and well, things get a little topsy-turvy from there.
When: 15 Mar 2020, 10:30am – 11am
Where: The Artground (WhiteBox), 90 Goodman Road, #01-40, Block J, Singapore 439053
How much: $15 (Admits one), $52 (Bundle of 4 tickets)
Singapore Latin American Arts and Cultural Centre Spring Kids Festival
Head to the LACC for a day of singing, storytelling, egg hunting/decorating, zumba and more! All ages are welcome, as are pets and all your friends and family. There will also be food, drinks and snacks on site!
When: 15 March, 11am – 7pm
Where: Singapore Latin American Arts and Cultural Centre, 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace #02-57C
How much: $10
Symphony in the Gardens by Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Enjoy an SSO performance at twilight in the beautiful setting of Gardens by the Bay. As the sun sets, Darrell Ang conducts a programme of well-known music by Brahms, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Lully. Why not bring a picnic to enjoy along with the music? And what’s more, your four-legged friends are welcome to join as well!
When: 15 March 2020
Where: Gardens by the Bay, The Meadow
How much: Free!
Back of the Bus
Ride on a bus through the streets and sights of Bukit Panjang! Dancers propel themselves along the aisles and hang from the ceiling. Physical comedy, pure kinetic energy and outrageous scenarios combine to create a magical mystery tour of the unexpected. First performed in 2008, this unique dance theatre show now premieres in Singapore following sell-out seasons at over 21 arts festivals including the renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014, 2016 and 2019. Created by Java Dance Theatre (New Zealand) and performed with Singapore artists Adele Goh, Sabrina Sng and Syafiqah ‘Adha, Back of the Bus takes you on an experiential journey through Bukit Panjang and you may never look at a bus ride the same way again.
14, 15, 21 and 22 March 2020, 9:30am and 11:30am
19 and 20 March 2020, 5pm and 7pm
Where: Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre and Market, 2 Bukit Panjang Ring Rd, Singapore 679947
How much: Tickets priced at $5. Limited audience capacity. Suitable for ages 5 and above. Book tickets here!
A Collection of Things
Bukit Panjang has always had a strong community spirit and a rich history. But how much do we really know about it? On one of his last few days as a karung guni, Uncle Teong shares his fondest memories of Bukit Panjang and shows off some of the objects that he’s collected over the years. Guiding us through this personal trip down memory lane, A Collection of Things is an interactive performance that only you can help complete.
21 Mar, 10am and 11.30am
22 Mar, 10am, 11.30am and 1.30pm
Where: Holland-Bukit Panjang Town Council (Playground/Open Space outside), 256 Bangkit Rd, Singapore 670256
How much: Free. Register here!
Pirates Ahoy, Out at Sea Kids Sailing on the Royal Albatross
It’s time to go exploring on board a ‘real’ pirate ship just like in the movies! The Royal Albatross is one of under 100 traditionally rigged tall-ships in the world! For the first time ever it’s welcoming young explorers, plus the opportunity to meet an actual ship’s captain, play games, learn the ropes and understand what it’s like to be living like pirates during the golden age of discovery! Come dressed as a pirate or an explorer and head out to sea on Asia’s only luxury tall ship. Recommended for children 4-12 years old. Child will need to be accompanied by a paying Adult aged 18+.
When: 14, 15, 19 & 21 March; 11:30am all days except for the 19th (1:30pm)
How much: $85/child, $108/adult. Price includes buffet lunch menu and free flow soft drinks.
An Old New World explores the colonial interests and the local perspective of events that took place in the 200 years leading up to the establishment of the British East India Company trading settlement in Singapore, in 1819. Begin your journey by being transported back in time to experience a multimedia show titled “Meeting of the Worlds”, which dramatises the arrival of the first fleet of the English and Dutch East India Companies in Aceh in the 17th century. Keep an eye out for storytelling sessions, craft and spice workshops, and as a marketplace inspired by the Banten Market of the 17th century. Make sure to visit ASAP because this exhibition will be ending soon, mama!
When: Ends 29 March 2020, 10am – 7pm (daily)
Where: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
How much: Singaporeans/PR: Free; Kids 6 & under: Free; Adults: $15, Students: $10
Learning Forest Tour at Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Learning Forest features a network of boardwalks and elevated walkways that allow visitors to explore habitats ranging from a freshwater forest wetland to a lowland rainforest. Visitors can learn about freshwater forest wetland ecosystems at the Keppel Discovery Wetlands and walk amongst a collection of some of the tallest tree species in Southeast Asia at the SPH Walk of Giants.
When: 14 March, 9am – 10am
Where: Botanic Gardens
How much: Free! Register at Visitor Services, Tyersall Gate (required 15 minute before session starts, on a first-come-first-serve basis)
Also check out: Rain Forest Tour at the Botanic Gardens
A walk with your neighbours: The monkeys of MacRitchie
The long-tailed macaques are the most conspicuous animals at MacRitchie Reservoir Park. Although commonly seen, they are very misunderstood. Few seeing them realise anything about the social world these monkeys live in. They have kin networks, power struggles, friends, foes, and an otherwise complex social network. In many ways, they provide a mirror of our own society. If you’d like to learn more about your community and the interesting world of your neighbouring macaques at MacRitchie, please join this walk led by experts from the Jane Goodall Institute Singapore.
When: 14 March, 5pm – 7:30pm
Where: Macritchie Reservoir Park, Meeting Point at Mushroom Cafe
How much: Free! Register by emailing [email protected]
Weekends in the Park: Workshops
Come together with friends and family to experience sustainable upcycling, the makers movement, and learn something new! This month, join workshops on caring for the environment and nature. In celebration of World Water Day (22 March), learn more about Singapore’s water story and pick up tips on how you can conserve water. Bring home your own edible plants such as Japanese watercress as well as mint plants and watch them grow. Enjoy a ‘Buffet Style’ of Sustainability Learning Stations and experience the joy of upcycling disused and unwanted materials. Create your own self-watering planters using disused PET bottles which you can grow your plants in! Get creative and make your own beautiful ocean globes using disused plastic bottles which will serve as a reminder to conserve water as well as protect our marine environment. You can also learn how to transform unused magazine papers into pretty flowers to decorate your home!
When: 14 – 15 March, 9am – 6pm
Where: East Coast Park, Marine Cove
How much: Free!
What’s in My Water? Sungei Buloh
What’s that swimming in the water? A fish, a worm, an insect or a crocodile!? Join us for an interesting morning walk getting to know the creatures and plants that lives in and around the water edges of Sungei Buloh. The walk will be cancelled if it rains.
When: 21 March, 9:30am – 11am
Where: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Visitor Centre. Please meet at Information Counter, Kranji Way Entrance
How much: Free! Registration for this walk opens on 13 March 2020 (Friday) at 8am
Deals & Offers
Amped Trampoline Park in River Valley is offering 20% off jumps in March when you book online with promo code MARCH20. Just purchase a general admission ticket online — it’s valid all days, including weekends and public holidays! And note that Amped has taken several safety measures to help prevent coronavirus, including temperature checks and hand sanitizer at the entrance, reduced park capacity, and twice daily sanitation of the facilities.
Canopy Park at Jewel is offering FREE admission through 31 March with any Jewel at Changi receipt. That means for the price of a coffee, you can get you and your kiddos access to the Discovery Slides, Foggy Bowls, Topiary Walk and more. And admission to bonus attractions like the Hedge Maze and Manulife Bouncing Sky Nets is also 50% off! We hear the crowds have disappeared (and there’s also free 3-hour parking with a single $10 receipt), so it’s a great time to visit; click here for all the deets!
Famous Amos is offering free cookies for kids and teens during school holidays! For every purchase of 200g Cookies in a Bag, kiddos will get 50g free! The offer is valid through Friday 20 March 2020, and is valid for 16-year-olds and below!
Gardens by the Bay is offering a number of 50% off deals for Singapore residents, for top attractions including the Cloud Forest, Floral Fantasy and the Supertree Observatory. Kids 12 and under enter FREE! Currently valid through 22 March 2020. Did your plans to Japan get disrupted because of COVID-19? Write in to GBTB by 15 March 2020 and you could be one of the first 500 Singapore residents to get free entry to the conservatories! The top three most compelling entries could also win a trip to Japan right here in Singapore as part of Sakura Matsuri Giveaway! It’s worth up to $798++ and includes a weekend staycation for two adults and two children at Pan Pacific Singapore! All the deets here!
Nestopia at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa will offer unlimited play for just $10 between 14-22 March 2020 (just in time for school holidays!). Even better, the first 50 kiddos who purchase an entry ticket to Nestopia on 16 March will also be entitled to one complimentary Frozt Ice Pop! Note that one adult entry is included for every child, and children below the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
Resorts World Sentosa has just announced that all Singapore residents can enjoy free all-day parking and a $10 RWS dining voucher – worth up to S$38 in total – for every purchase of an adult one-day ticket to Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, or Adventure Cove Waterpark. This offer is valid through 22 March 2020.
Science Centre Singapore is offering 1-for-1 tickets from 3-22 March as part of its #SGUnited initiative. Just visit and purchase up to six tickets to Science Centre, Butterflies Up-Close, Lazer Maze Challenge, KidsSTOP or Snow City and enjoy 50% off your purchase (Ts & Cs apply, see website for details). And while you’re there be sure to check out cool current and oh-so relevant sessions like DIY hand sanitizer and ‘Feel the Heat‘!
Superpark is offering their Double Visit Pass at only $35 (U.P. $70)! Each pass consists of 2 one-day tickets (Regular Day only) for different dates of visit. Offer valid till 31 March.
Waka Waka – one of our favourite indoor playgrounds in Singapore – is offering 50% off tickets (both weekday and weekends) through at least 13 March. Click here to purchase tickets and look for the “Fantastic February” promotion.
Wildlife Reserves Singapore (including Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, River Safari and The Night Safari) has just announced 1-for-1 ticket admission for all Singapore residents, along with a $2 retail voucher. The offer is valid through 22 March 2020!
KidZania Singapore has free admission for adults (reg. $35 per person!) with every child ticket purchased. Valid through 30 March 2020. There’s also free entry into Sentosa and 15% off All Family Combo Packages for the Luge! See Sentosa.com.sg for more details.
Lead image by Nestopia