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Fun (Mostly Free!) Things to do with Kids this March School Holidays

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It’s play time! The March school holidays are almost here and there are so many events islandwide to keep the littles occupied

What have you filled your kiddos’ schedules with for the holidays, mama? March school holidays events are popping up left, right and centre all over Singapore, giving us so many options for things to do! Scroll below for a list of the best events to check out — many of them FREE! And if you’re looking for programmes to keep your children occupied for days, ways to splash around, 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!

Textures 2019: Kids Programmes at The Arts House
Taking place at The Arts House, Textures is a literary arts festival with plenty to do for kiddos. Children can get a taste of Singapore literature in a Mandarin story-telling session, or Tamil Kids Storytelling, where they will learn to perform a story in Tamil. Budding artists (7 to 12 years old) can learn basic concepts and create their own comics at the Comic Workshop for Kids!

When: Now till 10 March
Where: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Ln, Singapore 179429
How much: Mix of free and ticketed events

PLAYtime! The Dragon’s Dentist at The Esplanade Theatre Studio
Enter the dragon’s mouth… for a gigan-teeth adventure! The Dragon’s Dentist is a fun kids’ theatre production about overcoming our fears whilst embracing new experiences. The dragon might be a mythical creature (or is it?) but its dental woes are definitely no myth. Follow the ‘dragon dentist’ and his apprentice on an adventure of epic proportions as they help the poor creature with his toothy troubles.

When: Now till 17 March
Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
How much: $20. Purchase PLAYtime! season pass before 17 Mar 2019 to redeem a PIP watch whilst stocks last!

              Read More: Kids’ Theatre and Dance Events in March: 6 Things that are Worth the Effort

Sakura Matsuri: Anime Garden at Gardens By The Bay
Visit Gardens By The Bay and watch as The Meadow transforms into an anime wonderland with Sakura Matsuri: Anime Garden. Featuring a cherry blossom floral display, celebrity cosplayers, popular anisong artistes, Japanese pop culture performances, anime screenings, matsuri games, and even a Japanese-themed food bazaar — there’s something for everyone!

When: Now till 31 March
Where: Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
How much: Free! Entry to the domes apply.

Singapore Design Week
Heard the buzz around Singapore Design Week, mama? While it’s set to feature several new collaborations to excite industry partners and designers all over SG, there’s actually much to do for kids! There will be a showcase of incredible local and international design activities, with events like the Street of Clans, Singapore Urban Design Festival, Urban Interventions evening light installations and even the 9 Lives Art & Design Exhibition, which will get cat lovers excited!

When: 4 – 17 March
Where: Various locations
How much: Mix of free and ticketed events

                     Read more: The Best (Free!) Kid-Friendly Activities to Check Out at Singapore Design Week

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Weekends at The Artground – March Edition
The Artground is one of our favourite places for a positive arts experience for children age 0 to 12. Part indoor playground, part interactive theatre space, on weekends it offers heaps of well-priced movement and dance workshops along with arts and craft activities. This month, try everything from Crepe Paper Painting to workshops for those with green thumbs, dance classes and more!

When: Now till 31 March
Where: The Artground, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Block J #01-40, Singapore 439053
How much: General Admission is Free (donations are encouraged); weekend workshops are $10 per parent-child pair

#BuySingLit
#BuySingLit returns this weekend bigger and better than ever, with more than 80 events spread across two weekends, including puppet shows, kids’ theatre, storytelling and more! We love that events will be happening in Chinese, Malay and Tamil in addition to English, in a true expression of #BuySingLit’s commitment to local cultures and literary traditions. Throughout you can look forward to fun activities like puppet shows, model house-building, and pancake-making. On top of all that, families can also look forward to family-themed pop-up book fairs at various locations. We’re giving away 5 x $100 #BuySingLit vouchers that can be redeemed at participating book fairs during the festival! Just enter your deets here (and tell us YOUR favourite Singaporean children’s book) for your chance to win.

When: 8 – 17 March and 20 – 24 March
Where: Various locations
How much: Mix of free and ticketed events

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Superhero Me PEEKABOO! Rainbow Centre Open to the Public for the Inclusive Arts Festival
Rainbow Centre special school at Margaret Drive is opening its doors to the outside world so you can interact with and experience the creativity of children with special needs. Ordinarily a school that serves children with disabilities, Rainbow Centre is transforming itself into an interactive art gallery and play space that brings together children – with and without disabilities – and their families, to interact, play and get creative! There will be fun art camps, workshops and tours to delight all ages.

When: 9 – 30 March
Where: Rainbow Centre, 501 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149306
How much: Mix of free and ticketed events

Mama and Me Posie Class with Charlotte Puxley Flowers
Spend some time with your little one creating beautiful floral arrangements with Charlotte Puxley Flowers! Learn how to assemble a posie using a host of different bright spring flowers. Facilitators will teach you and your kiddo how to look after the flowers, their botanical names, and how to put them together in complementary combinations. All creativity will be fuelled with kid-friendly snacks! You’ll get to take home a large posie jar filled with seasonal flowers, a small posie jar filled with flowers, a list of all the flowers used during the class, plus tips on how to look after them and where to source the best ones.

When: 13 March, 4pm – 5:30pm
Where: Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Rd, 05, #08-07, Singapore 169074
How much: $225 for 1 adult and 1 child

Singapore Festival of Fun
Clarke Quay is set to transform into a thrilling carnival showcase of street acts, stand-up comedy and engaging family-friendly games! This 10-day, one-of-a-kind extravaganza combines international and local carnival acts of acrobatics, juggling and dare-devilry with hilarious stand-up comedians and unique games by Nickelodeon – all under one roof!

When: 14 – 24 March
Where: Clarke Quay, 3 River Valley Road, Singapore 179024
How much: Mix of free and ticketed events

Armenian Street Party: Living Peranakan – Kicking Off Singapore Heritage Festival
Party in your best kebayas and batik shirts and kick-off the Singapore Heritage Festival with a bang – Peranakan style! Grab tasty bites and dine at the tok panjang on the street, visit the bazaar for one-of-a-kind collectibles, and dance all night to nostalgic hits and jazzed-up joget. Join in a wedding procession, and catch a fashion show and other performances, or get hands-on with nyonya-inspired craft workshops. Visit the Peranakan Museum before it closes its doors for renovation, and celebrate this vibrant culture as the whole street comes alive for a farewell party under the stars!

When: 15 – 16 March, 6pm – 11pm
Where: Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian St, Singapore 179941
How much: Free!

                   Read more: What’s On: Ultimate Guide to Kid-Friendly Museum Exhibits in Singapore in 2019

KidsConnect 2019 @ Playeum

KidsConnect 2019 @ Playeum
In this pop-up event designed by artist and arts educator Noorlinah Mohamed, KidsConnect partners with Playeum for an action-packed line-up of performances and activities! Spread over two days, KidsConnect will feature various events centred around drama and dance performances, storytelling and roving buskers, booths selling original hand-made wares, a rock concert, plus specially-designed interactive play.

When: 15 – 16 March, 10.30am – 6pm
Where: Playeum, 47 Malan Rd, Singapore 109444
How much: $25/child (for ages 3 to 14), $25/adult

Explore a World of Tokidoki at Changi Airport!
It’s a tokidoki extravaganza at Changi Airport as the riotously colourful world of the whimsical franchise takes over! Look forward to a larger-than-life tokidoki inflatable playground with the world’s largest Unicorn slide, a walk-through tokidoki show flat and even get your hands on exclusive tokidoki x Changi Airport travel merch! Kids can also meet their favourite characters in person at exclusive Meet-and-Greet Sessions.

When: 15 March – 1 May
Where: Changi Airport Terminal 3
How much: Receive 1 pass to the playground with a $60 spend or $80 supermarket spend (in no more than two same-day receipts), Mastercard holders will be eligible for 2 passes.

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Family Fun at the National Museum: Drop-in Craft Activity
Enjoy craft activities based on the theme of food packaging! From glass bottles and tingkat to Tetra Pak cartons and Styrofoam boxes – kiddos will find out how food packaging has evolved over the years! Pique your curiosity with fun colouring templates, and come back for the Packaging Matters exhibition in April to find out more.

When: 16 March, 10:30am – 5pm
Where: National Museum of Singapore, Glass Atrium, Level 2, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
How much: Free!

Moving Memories Art Installation and Activity Sheet for Families and Friends
Catch this special exhibition, which features a selection of life-sized murals by local artist Yip Yew Chong. Savour the moments of Singapore’s tangible and intangible heritage, such as barbers in back lanes and fortune tellers, traditional kopi-making and roadside communal satay-eating, as they come alive through animation, soundscape and projection in the gallery. You can also pick up an activity sheet at the entrance and use the prompts to have some fun conversations with the littlies!

When: 16 March, 1pm – 5pm
Where: Gallery10, Level 1, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
How much: Free!

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SSO: An Intergalactic Adventure
Even though An Intergalactic Adventure is meant for children aged 4 years and up, we’re sure mamas and dads will love it too. The performance is presented by the superbly talented Alasdair Malloy, who trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and has been the Principal Percussionist with the BBC Concert Orchestra for over 20 years. Mixing ET and Star Wars with Holst and Mozart, the program looks wonderful, with much of it easily recognisable, ‘hummable’, and a perfect introduction to the power of an orchestra and the wonder of listening to it live. It’s classical music, mamas, but not as we know it!

When: 16 – 17 March, 2pm, 4pm
Where: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place, Singapore 179556
How much:$25, $32

KidZania Singapore – KidZ & Heritage Holiday Programme
KidZania Singapore celebrates Singapore’s progress and achievements with activities and opportunities that shine a spotlight on Singapore’s founding and development! Look forward to Chinese dance performances by preschool students, colouring activities, heritage role-play activities and more.

When: 16 March – 21 April
Where: KidZania Singapore, Palawan Kidz City, 31 Beach View #01-01/02 Singapore 098008
How much: Kids From $58.90, adults from $33.25

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Feathered Friends Carnival at Jurong Bird Park
Bring your flock to Jurong Bird Park and get wild with some feathered friends! Giddy up on animal rides, roll about in a giant tea cup carousel or take aim at the game booths to win prizes at the Feathered Friends Carnival. Little ones can bounce to their hearts’ content at an inflatable pirate ship, or hop onto a paddle boat to have fun in the water. Also don’t forget to check out the Keeper’s Talk at 2pm on weekends – find out more about the formidable Harris’ Hawks diet, hunting techniques and other cool facts. You can also meet Sally the Hornbill and take a photo together on weekends at 3:30pm!

When: 16 – 24 March, 10am – 5:15pm
Where: Jurong Bird Park, Penguin Coast and Birdz of Play, 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925
How much: $30/adult, $20/child. Visitors will receive one free $5 games voucher with admission (limited numbers apply so come early!)

Pinkfong Baby Shark Live Musical
Baby Shark fans, listen up! Follow Pinkfong as he dives into the far far Ocean Land to help out the Shark Family when playful little Baby Shark disappears. Together with his brave friends, Pinkfong embarks on an epic journey filled with dangerous encounters on their quest to reunite the Shark Family once more. Book your tickets early for the whole fam and get ready to dance along to hit songs like “Baby Shark” (of course!) in this hugely entertaining, interactive live musical for all ages.

When: 16 – 17 March, 10.30am, 2pm & 5.30pm
Where: Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
How much: Tickets from $58

The Substation: Everything You Know Goes Away
Travel back in time to the good ol’ days! Everything You Know Goes Away is a “nostalgic playground” with a twist. Drop by on the school holiday weekends (16, 17, 23 and 24 March) at 2pm and 3pm for free storytelling sessions of Bedah’s Fantastical Travel’s with Epok-Epok. Join an assortment of school holiday offerings in the form of workshops and performances, suitable for children aged 2 to 12.

When: 16 March – 7 April
Where: The Substation 45 Armenian St, Singapore 179936
How much: Mix of free and ticketed events

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Croc Talk: Learn about Estuarine Crocodiles at Main Bridge
Learn all about the Estuarine Crocodiles that bask in the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve with volunteer Bernard, who has a keen interest in this reptilian friend! Drop by to have a chat with Bernard and learn fascinating information about the crocodiles – such as their characteristics and behaviour, and observe them as they go about their daily business. Crikey!

When: 17 March, 1pm – 3pm
Where: Wetland Centre, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, 60 Kranji Way, Singapore 739440
How much: Free!

Weekend Carnival @ RedDot BrewHouse
RedDot BrewHouse’s weekend carnival is the best time to help the kids get off screens and be in nature for exposure learning; while you enjoy the Garden Fiesta Sunday Brunch! With a bouncy castle, cotton candy at the ready and your choice of balloon sculpturing, glitter tattoos or station games, it’s a day out for the whole family. Make sure to take a break and enjoy the sumptuous buffet lunch! There will also be a magician show, dance and freeze performance, and a chance for kids to make their own CP Teriyaki Chicken Pizza!

When: 17 March, 11am – 2.30pm
Where: RedDot BrewHouse, 25A Dempsey Rd, #01-01, Singapore247691
How much: $58/child (suitable for 5 to 12 years old)

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Be An Ethnobotanist For A Day: A Guided Tour In The Eco Gardens
Discover the many uses of plants for food, clothing, medicine and craft! Children can step into the shoes of an ethnobotanist, to appreciate the importance of plants in their daily lives. Learn about how plants have shaped human culture, and try your hands at the many interactive displays that can be found in the Centre of Ethnobotany in the Botanic Gardens.

When: 18 March, 10am – 11am
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Eco Garden, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
How much: $6 per child, $6 for accompanying adult

Garden Treats: Nonya Kueh, A Culinary Workshop
Learn more about trendy blue pea flowers in this new culinary series at the Botanic Gardens. A widely used food dye in this part of the world, kiddos can learn how to whip it into a delicious treat! This programme includes a guided tour around the newly enhanced Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden.

When: 20 March, 10am – 11:30am
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Visitor Services Desk at Jacob Ballas Childrens Garden, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
How much: $30/child

                        Read more: The Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden at Singapore Botanic Gardens

StrideOnKrew SG Challenge 2019 – Get Your Little Rider in on the Action
StrideOnKrew are hosting the first ever open brand balance bike race in the heartlands! If your little one is aged between 2 and 7 years, all they need is an appetite for fun and a little bit of balance! Don’t own a balance bike? No sweat, rent one for free! To top it all off, all proceeds go to charity. Sign up now before all the slots get snapped up!

When: 24 March, 8am – 3pm
Where: Hardcourt @ Yew Tee Close, Yew Tee Close, Singapore 689715
How much: $30. The first 20 Sassy Mama readers to register will get a 20% discount! Use the code sassymama20 when completing the registration form here.

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