June school holidays are right around the corner mama, but lucky for you, the kiddos are never going to get bored!
If you haven’t signed up your kiddos for any awesome Summer Camps and have chosen to find fun on your own, we’re glad to report our little island won’t be short of fun kids’ events (both ticketed and free) anytime soon! From family bonding retreats to awesome children’s festivals, outdoor fun and even easy getaways for the whole fam (some don’t even require flights!), check out our list of mid-year holiday events below!
Flipside Festival at Esplanade
Expect 10 days of over 200 performances and activities at the Esplanade’s Flipside festival from 25 May to 3 June! You won’t want to miss String Symphony (pictured above) by Australia’s renowned Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, an interactive exhibit which features a giant 4-metre tall puppet made from over 1,000m of rope and 600 LED lights! Other free programme highlights include GRIDI, which allows you to compose your own electronic music in the ARTcade at the Esplanade Concourse. For some hands-on learning fun, catch Dans l’Atelier & Chantier Frigolite by Belgium’s award-winning Tof Theatre, perfect for kids age 7 and up. The performance portrays a puppeteer and puppet with a mind of its own, and follows with a hands-on workshop to create your own puppets. Be sure to check out the full list of unconventional performances, large-scale installation art, and pop-up arts and technology experiences here, mama!
When: 25 May to 3 June 2018
Where: Esplanade Theatres on The Bay, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
How much: Mix of ticketed and free events. More info available on www.esplanade.com/flipside
Active kids will love the BOUNCE Tramp Camp, which offers three days (3h/day) of free-jumping fun in the heart of Orchard! Exclusively designed for kids aged 3 and up, camps include full supervision every day by energetic and friendly hosts in a fun and safe environment. Kids will learn to develop the correct trampoline and aerial skills, throw dodgeballs, experience the X-park adventure challenge course and master the thrilling Leap of Faith – which will all lead to helping young campers build their confidence throughout the programme.
Sign up before 25 May 2018 to get a pair of weekday passes to BOUNCE Singapore worth $50!
When: 30 May to 8 August 2018, 9am – 12pm daily
Where: Cathay Cineleisure, #09-01, 8 Grange Road, Singapore 239695
How much: $290/person
Have you seen our rad video of Forest Adventure’s newest course, mama? This June holidays, make sure to check out the 69 brand new crossings and 6 zip lines, along with three age-appropriate ropes courses for kids of all ages. You’ve got the Kids Course for littlies aged 5 to 9 (min. height 1.1m), the Junior Course as a transition for those looking for a bit more of a challenge (min. height 1.35m), and the Grand Course, which is plenty challenging for kids, teens and adults (min. height 1.5m)! We also love Forest Adventure’s beautiful outdoor location in serene Bedok Reservoir Park; great for a chance to unplug and breathe in some fresh air!
The new facility of course includes all the latest safety and design features – including a cool ongoing safety line that allows children to go on the course unaccompanied! Try to book in advance if you can, mama; you can do it either online or over the phone.
When: Open every day from 9:30am to 6:30pm (closed on Monday except public holidays).
The last departure on the Grand Course is 4pm, 4:30pm on the Junior Course and 5pm on the Kids Course.
Where: Forest Adventure, Bedok Reservoir Park (Via Carpark A on Bedok Reservoir Road), Singapore 479244, Tel: (+65) 8100 7420, www.forestadventure.com.sg
How much: From $36 per child on the Kids Course. More prices available here!
Ocean Fest! at S.E.A. Aquarium
If you’ve seen the shocking footage of the sea of plastic in our ocean you’ll know how important it is to start cleaning up and protecting our oceans. S.E.A. Aquarium is educating little people on this important topic before it’s too late. The newly launched Ocean Fest! – on from now until 24 June 2018 – raises awareness for ocean conservation and will get your kids interested in doing their part to protect the seas. Expect an immersive art installation, underwater performances, upcycling workshops, educational challenges and eco-marketplace showcasing ocean-friendly products.
When: On from now until 24 June 2018
Where: S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269, Tel: (+65) 6577 8888
How much: Enjoy Singapore Resident Online Exclusive at $35 for a S.E.A. Aquarium One-Day Ticket + The Maritime Experiential Museum One-Day Ticket + FREE Tote Bag here.
Cartoon Network Animate Your Life
Take the kids to see their fave characters Cartoon Network Animate Your Life! Gardens by the Bay’s Bayfront Plaza will be transformed into a thriving world of cartoons, bringing characters from hit shows like The Powerpuff Girls, We Bare Bears, Adventure Time and Ben 10 to life. The festival will offer a fairground of fun inflatable obstacle courses, carnival games and creative workshops!
When: 26 may – 10 June 2018
Where: Gardens by The Bay
How much: Tickets from $12.50
Children’s Festival @ Gardens by the Bay
This June school holidays, Moon-Face, Saucepan Man and Silky will bring to life The Magic Faraway Tree, one of the most popular books by beloved children’s author Enid Blyton (who else is a fan?!) at Gardens by the Bay’s Supertree Grove! It’s all part of the annual Children’s Festival @ Gardens by the Bay, which will recreate four lands from the book series – Land of Enchantments, Land of Tea Parties, Land of Toys, and Land of Nursery Rhymes.
When: 26 May – 10 June 2018
Where: Gardens by the Bay Supertree Grove
How much: Admission to Children’s Festival @ Gardens by the Bay is free and visitors can look forward to a variety of free activities in the four lands. They can also purchase a Magic Pass to enjoy additional activities. What’s more, each “Magic Pass” grants a child free entry into either Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome or Cloud Forest (applicable to Singapore Residents aged 3 to 12 years old).
Children’s Season at the National Museum
This year’s Children’s Season at the National Museum invites little ones to explore different types of play experience at the museum. Families can look forward to a fun line-up of interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, storytelling sessions, family workshops, engaging performances, and more! Full line up of free activities and programmes available here!
When: 26 May – 24 June 2018
Where: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
How much: Free!
Goodman Open House – Re:Imagined
With school holidays just around the corner, the upcoming Goodman Open House – Re:Imagined festival and open house is getting ready to invite art lovers to explore ways to protect Mother Earth, too! The one-day festival aims to encourage art lovers of all ages to go green and be arty. Activities include workshops, performances, studio tours, exhibitions and a sustainable lifestyle market. Make sure to also walk over to The Artground for the super fun 100 and 100 More Festival, mama!
When: 26 May 2018, 11am – 5pm
Where: Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Rd, Singapore 439053
How much: Free!
Happy Rainbow Mall Playgrounds by FriendsWithYou
Easties, look forward to a colourful time this June at Tampines Mall, Bedok Mall and SingPost Centre! Los Angeles-based art collective FriendsWithYou presents Happy Rainbow, an immersive rainbow-themed playground created for kids (and adults!) of all ages. The installation features an interactive bounce house and oversized plush sculptures to create a multisensory experience. Apart from a jolly good time on the Happy Rainbow Play Zone, you can also look forward to craft workshops for colouring, tote bag making and badge making.
When: 30 May – 19 June
Where: Tampines Mall, Bedok Mall, SingPost Centre
How much: To redeem an entry into the Happy Rainbow Play Zone, simply spend $30 in a single same-day receipt. *Terms and conditions apply
Jurong Bird Park
Get your learn on with the birdies of Jurong Bird Park! Become a Colour Explorer and discover the colourful world of birds through a fun fact-finding game at Everybirdys Welcome, the park’s holiday programme. Discover birds in beautiful red, yellow, blue, green, black or white plumages and marvel at the diversity of bird species within each colour group.
When: 26 May – 24 June 2018
Where: Jurong Bird Park, 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925
How much: Admission fees apply.
Pinkfong & ‘Baby Shark’ Show
We’re sure Baby Shark needs no introduction – it’s the song that’s been stuck in the heads of many parents the world over lately! Online streaming app Viu has teamed up with SmartStudy, the global entertainment company behind the beloved characters, Pinkfong and Baby Shark, to bring the ‘Pinkfong & Baby Shark’ show for kids in Singapore! There will be special stage performances and meet-and-greet sessions by Pinkfong and Baby Shark, a dance competition, interactive activities and exclusive Pinkfong and Baby Shark merchandise for sale.
4 – 10 June 2018, 11am to 8pm daily
Pinkfong & Baby Shark Stage Performances and Meet-and-Greet: 9 & 10 June at 1pm, 3pm, 6pm on both days
Where: Waterway Point Village Square Atrium, Level 1, 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761
How much: Free!
Kids Ride Free @ Tiger Sky Tower
Take the whole fam to Sentosa for a day of fun and enjoy free entry for kiddos to the Tiger Sky Tower! Bring the little ones and get on board the 360° revolving cabin to marvel at the breathtaking sights from the peak of Sentosa. The promo will be effective over three months starting from 15 May, and across International Day of Families, Father’s Day and National Day.
When: 15 May to 12 Aug 2018, 9am to 9pm daily (Last admission: 8.45pm)
Where: Tiger Sky Tower @ Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa
How much: Free! * Each full-priced adult ticket ($18) is entitled to 5 complimentary child tickets. T&Cs apply.
Calling itself “your classic Robinson Crusoe island”, this spot near Bintan in Indonesia is all about barefoot luxury — think white sand beaches, turquoise seas, luxe massage bales and fab food (which is included in your room rate). With just seven “palaces”, mostly constructed out of local driftwood and fronting directly onto the beach, it really can feel like your own private island, particularly if you manage to book in with a group of friends (and their kids, of course!). You can let the kids run wild as they’re totally contained on the private island, and the amazing reef makes for some great kid-friendly snorkelling. Absolute bliss!
The sister resort to Pulau Joyo, Pulau Pangkil is actually a private island that’s intended to be hired out to one group at a time. Rates include just about everything: accommodation, meals (not alcohol, though), transport, and a full slate of activities ranging from sailboats and snorkelling to beach volleyball and evening bonfires. Accommodation is perfect for families: you can squeeze up to six beds into one big room (or go plush with just a single four-poster). There are plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied (all thrown in too!). Choose from paddle boarding, sailing, snorkelling, kayaking and more!
Pulau Pangkil Private Island Resort, Indonesia, www.pangkil.com
Rawa Island Resort
Rawa’s edge in kid-friendliness thanks to a trampoline and giant jetty waterslide will be a hit with munchkins! The private beachfront resort is accessible by a 3.5 hour drive to Mersing from Singapore and 20 minute speedboat ride to the island. With 80 rooms in total (with aircon, en-suite bathrooms, hot water and fresh water showers), and meals serves up in buffet style, you’ll find it easy to unwind and let go of the stress of modern life back home. Other attractions include snorkelling, diving (with a PADI rated 5-star Instructor Development Centre on the island), and a lovely Thai-style spa for mama and dad to chill out!
If you’re looking to really live it up this June, head to this ultra-luxe (and incredibly family-friendly) collection of 27 villas perched on a prime spot in Koh Samui. Villas are fully staffed with huge modern kitchens and dining rooms, to go with incredible sea views and private infinity pools. Families should make a beeline for 4-Bedroom Villa 9, which in addition to a private cinema and games room, has an ultra kid-friendly slide that goes from the first floor down to the games area! Right now if you book a 7-night stay with the family travel specialists at Scott Dunn, you can even nab yourself an additional free night!
Samujuana, 63/154 Moo 5, Plai Laem Soi 11, Koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand, 8432; visit www.scottdunn.com or call 3163 1003 to book.
JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay
Celebrated for its sparkling emerald waters, stretches of pale sand and fuchsia sunsets, this hidden gem in Vietnam is an idyllic getaway waiting to be discovered. While mama and dad soak in the gorgeous views, their ever-changing Kids’ Program will let kids have non-stop fun with their range of activities. Active littlies can take part in treasure hunting, kid’s yoga, Zumba, traditional Vietnamese Trong Com dancing or explore Kem Beach with an expert to learn more about marine life. There’s also pottery classes, t-shirt painting, origami and cupcake decoration! Those who prefer indoor activities will be entertained with movies, magician shows, balloon sculpting, or Vietnamese language lessons. Adventurous family outings include deep-sea fishing, snorkeling or diving, as well as excursions to the local bee, pepper, pearl or honey farms dotted around the island. The world’s longest cable car can also be found on Phu Quoc, offering a scenic 15-minute, 7,900 meter journey that connects the island’s beach resort to Hon Thom Island, known as “Pineapple Island”, home to a number of eco-friendly activities!
JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, Tel: +84 297 7377 9999 or email [email protected]
Make sure to check back as we update you with more fun stuff throughout the month, mama!
Lead image by Gardens by The Bay