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!
Catch a play: SRT’s The Little Company presents The Nightingale
Back by popular demand, Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Little Company brings you its refreshing take based on the timeless classic fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, The Nightingale! This joyful and heart-warming tale written by British playwright Mike Kenny (whose adaptation of The Railway Children won an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment) tells the story and meaning of true friendship. With catchy rhymes and clever dialogue, it’s a ‘trill-ing’ show that will definitely captivate little ones!
When: 7 March – 20 April 2018
Where: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT, 20 Merbau Road, Singapore 239035
How much: From $29
Bright Nights at i Light Marina Bay 2018
Iconic Marina Bay lights up this March with the return of i Light Marina Bay, Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival! Vibrant displays of innovative and sustainable light art installations from Singapore and around the world will line the waterfront precinct. The festival will also feature an exciting line-up of programmes and activities for kiddos and adults alike, including music performances,the super popular interactive art inflatable park, a carnival, outdoor dining options and a pop-up bar!
When: 9 March – 1 April 2018
Where: Marina Bay Waterfront
How much: Free!
Discover National Gallery Singapore’s Latest Exhibits for Little Ones
A collaboration with Singapore artist Tang Ling Nah, the refreshed National Gallery Singapore’s Art Playscape encourages imaginative play with objects, shadow and space for kiddos. Expect optical illusions, interactive exhibits, art history and more!
When: From 10 March 2018
Where: National Gallery Singapore
How much: Free!
Read Over the Holidays: #BuySingLit Festival 2018
Bring books to life and encourage your child’s love of reading at this year’s #BuySingLit Festival! #BuySingLit is all about celebrating stories from Singapore, from local authors, to independent bookstores, to literary non-profits, to homegrown publishers who make sure Singapore’s stories get told. This year’s festival will feature more than 50 book events islandwide. Events will be held in all four of Singapore’s official languages,with heaps of hands-on and experiential activities for kids!
When: 9 – 11 March 2018
Where: Various locations around Singapore
How much: Free! More details here!
Make a Terrarium: GWS Living Art Terrarium & Tea Workshop
Terrarium and tea! What’s not to love? Make it a bonding day with your little one and learn to make cool terrariums to bring home!
When: 11 March 2018, 2pm
Where: Chop Ching Hin, 62 Old Choa Chu Kang Rd, Track 14, Singapore 689379
How much: $70/2 pax, includes all materials
Soak in the Carnival Fun: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival is staying only till April, so make sure not to miss out on all the carnival fun before it closes! Check out our guide to the best rides and games!
When: Now till 1 April 2018, 4pm onwards daily
Where: The Promontory and Bayfront Event Space at Marina Bay
How much: Free entry! Games start at $5
Fun, Educational (and free!) Activities for Kids at SmartKids Asia 2018
Who’s ready to get their learn on? SmartKids Asia is back and for the first time ever, brings you The Learning Pavilion, a showcase of various language and enrichment programmes, plus fun activities for kids aged 2- 12 years old, all in one place at Singapore Expo Hall!
When: 16 to 18 March 2018, 10am to 9pm (Fri & Sat) and 10am to 8pm (Sun)
Where: Singapore Expo Hall 6
How much: FREE! There will be a chance to win prizes and rewards, too! Families will get a Goodie Bag Giveaway worth $50 and there will be a Lucky Draw worth a total of $10,000.
Meet SpongeBob, PAW Patrol and more: The Singapore Festival of Fun returns to Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay is set to turn into a hub for all things fun this school holidays! Comprising the Magners International Comedy Festival, Nickelodeon Fiesta (this is where you’ll want to take the kids!) and Clarke Quay StreetFest, the Singapore Festival of Fun promises ten days of laughter, entertainment and activities for everyone. Mamas and dads can have a laugh with the 12 comedians lined up for Magners International Comedy Festival, while all-time favourite Nickelodeon characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and PAW Patrol will go around for high fives with kiddos!
When: 8 – 18 March 2018
Where: Clarke Quay Fountain Square, 3 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024
How much: Free!
Get Soaked: Sports Hub Community Play Day – Water Festival
Have a splashing good time with plenty of water-related activities for the whole fam! Geared towards encouraging active and healthy lifestyles through family-friendly sports try-outs, fitness workouts, children’s activities, and more, this edition ups the ante with key highlights such as Dragon Boat races, a one-of-a-kind water bottle workout, Tahiti Dance Fitness performance, and a water-themed playground!
When: 10 – 11 March 2018
Where: Water Sports Centre and OCBC Square, 8 Stadium Walk Singapore 397699
How much: Free admission!
Sing to Your Favourite Tunes: Children’s Disney Love Stories
West Symphonia is proud to present a dedication to LOVE. Love for your family, your friends, your children and to all fellow man with this series of kids’ favourite animation tunes from Walt Disney. So grab your picnic mats, bring along your dinner and come enjoy a night of Disney magic with Tarzan, Pinocchio, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Pocahontas and much much more. Plus keep your eyes peeled for some roving costumed princes and princesses and make sure to grab a photo with them!
When: 10 March 2018, 6pm – 7pm
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
How much: Free!
Summon the Superheroes with Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Presented for the very first time in Singapore, Summon the Superheroes will include recognizable music from movies like Spider-Man, Superman, Indiana Jones and The Incredibles, along with tunes from all-time classic video games like Super Mario Bros., Tetris and Angry Birds! Children are invited to join in by donning a costume of their own – there will even be prizes in a Best Dressed contest following the show!
When: 17 March (2pm & 4pm) & 18 March (2pm) 2018, 6pm – 7pm
Where: Victoria Concert Hall, 11 Empress Place, Singapore 179558
How much: Standard Tickets are $30-$40; Family packages for 4 people available for $108 and $144 (up to 10% savings!)
Join a Treasure Hunt: Sara the Forgetful Dinosaur (A Guided Tour)
A giant prehistoric dinosaur has left its eggs in the Singapore Botanic Gardens! Children will discover some interesting members of the plant kingdom in this guided tour that ends in a treasure hunt.
When: 10 March 2018, 10am – 11am
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Visitor Services Desk at Tanglin Gate Botany Centre, 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
How much: $8.50/child (includes a workbook), $6/adult. Register here!
Join a Glitter Party: Shimmer & Shine at City Square Mall
Shimmer & Shine will be back at City Square Mall this March Holidays for a zahramazing celebration! All young genies-in-training (between 3-12 years old) will get to enjoy sweet treats, mingle and indulge in fun games with the twins. Join the first ever Glitter Party and you could bring home a gift bag!
When: 10, 11, 17 & 18 March 2018
Where: City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Rd, Singapore 208539
How much: Free! Spend a minimum of $80 from 9 – 18 March, valid with 3 same-day combined receipts, to redeem a Party Pass. Limited to the first 100 redemptions only.
Kids Eat Free at IKEA
Free meals for littlies from 12-16 March! Just flash the IKEA FAMILY card, and you’ll get a kid’s meal of meatballs, pasta or chicken nuggets free! Valid only for kids under 12 years old; 1 kid’s meal per child for dine-in only. Kids have to be present at the check-out counter.
When: 12 – 16 March 2018
IKEA Alexandra, 317 Alexandra Rd, Singapore 159965
IKEA Tampines, 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764
How much: Free!
A spin-off of Playeum‘s popular original ‘Art of Speed’ exhibition, The Art of Speed: On the Road II is a two-hour program geared (no pun intended_ toward 8-to-12-year-olds. With a major focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics), the program gives kids the chance to explore the concepts of speed and physics as they work with both recycled materials and electronics (such as LED lights, motors, batteries and more) to design, make and test vehicles of their own design. It’s an amazing opportunity for hands-on discovery, experimentation, and learning the importance of process.
When: 17-18 March 2018; 9:30am-11:30am, 12:30-2:30pm, or 3:30-5:30pm
Where: Playeum, The Children’s Centre for Creativity, Block 47, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, #01-21 to #01-23, Singapore 109444
How much: FREE! Pre-registration is required, though. Click here to register!
Create Your Own Super Heroes: LEGO Avengers Universe at Suntec City Mall
Got a little one who loves LEGO and the Marvel Superheroes? Head to Suntec City Mall to get first dibs on the never-before-seen LEGO Marvel Super Heroes range! At 9:45am on Saturday, 3 March, be the first to lay eyes on Asia’s largest Marvel Super Heroes LEGO build constructed from more than 200,000 LEGO bricks while browsing the new range. Be sure to also join the Super Heroes Creation building activity, where both parents and children can create their own Super Heroes creation from LEGO bricks, plus fun photo ops with your fave Marvel Super Heroes squad.
When: 3 – 18 March 2018, 11am – 9pm daily
Where: Suntec City Mall, Level 1 Atrium, East Wing, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038984
How much: Free! Spend a minimum of $80 from 4 – 18 March, which entitles you to participate in the Super Heroes Creation Activity.
Learn to Sculpt Balloon Animals: Treasures Of The Zoo at Marina Square
It’s balloon animals galore at Marina Square! 38 balloon artists from nine countries will come together to transform the Marina Square Atrium into a fanciful Zoo, featuring elephants, zebras, a peacock and adorable pandas – including a 6-metre-tall balloon panda enjoying its favourite bamboo shoot! Kiddos age 3 to 12 years old can also learn how to sculpt their very own balloon animals from a professional balloon artist, among other DIY zoo-themed crafts* and colouring activities happening throughout the event.
When: 9 – 18 March 2018
Where: Marina Square Central Atrium, Level 2, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
How much: Free admission! Balloon Animal Sculpting Workshop at $15 per child.
Lead image sourced via Singapore Sports Hub