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September School Holidays: Top Things to Do with Kids

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Wondering how to entertain the kids again this September school holidays? Here are our top picks of kids’ activities for families!

Summer may be over but the September holidays start next week so rejoice, kiddos! Mamas: here’s all the fun you can entertain the kids with – from free entry to Jurong Bird Park to slime, dinosaurs and festival fun. And watch for updates, we’ll keep adding to the list as we discover more fun activities and events!

Free Entry for Residents at Jurong Bird Park
This year marks 10 years of action protecting local wildlife and habitats by the WRS Conservation Fund so to celebrate, Jurong Bird Park is offering FREE entry to all Singapore residents from 6 – 15 September. Families can enjoy a fun day out, plus the kiddos can learn a thing or two about avian conservation. NB: There will be eight additional gated sections with entry priced at $2-$4.

When: 6 – 15 September 2019
Where: Jurong Bird Park, 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925
How much: Free entry!

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Sentosa Sandsation: Star Wars Edition
Sentosa Sandsation is striking back this year, bringing your favourite Star Wars characters to Siloso Beach! Be amazed by the skill that has brought iconic characters to life; these creations have been crafted with just sand and water by some of the world’s most renowned sand artists, including Singapore’s very own JOOheng Tan. Embrace the light side of the Force with Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca and Rey, or harness the power of the dark with Darth Vader, Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett and Kylo Ren. Try your hand at the art form by registering for a free Sand Sculpting Workshop specially for kids age 5 and up! Make sure you stick around after sunset as there will be free movie screenings at Palawan Green on the weekends. PLUS, free entry to Sentosa for Singapore residents, and discounted Grab fares.

When: 31 August – 15 September 2019, 10am – 8:30pm daily
Where: Siloso Beach and Palawan Green, Sentosa, Singapore
How much: Free!

My Family Fiesta @ SAFRA Punggol
My Family Fiesta is a day of family fun, games, activities and programmes. Take part in SAFRA Punggol’s Kidz-preneur (Big Little Boss Edition), a fun-filled family bazaar, a Diaper Dash for crawling bubs, “taekwondomics” classes and a range of fun workshops for kids!

When: Sunday 8 September 2019, 9am – 6pm
Where: SAFRA Punggol, 9 Sentul Cres, Singapore 828654
How much: Free!

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Mermicorno Makes A Splash at River Safari

Calling all tokidoki fans! River Safari’s resident animals – the capybara, Indian gharial, manatee, giant panda, giant river otter, red panda and giant freshwater stingray – have been recreated in the distinct tokidoki style. Meet life-sized 3D sculptures of these exclusive characters along with their Mermicorno counterparts and join them in the River Gem Trail to be rewarded with a limited-edition tokidoki x River Safari pin upon completion. Kids will be enthralled by the ‘mermaids‘ as they swim with the manatees!

When: Until 31 October 2019
Where: River Safari, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
How much: Children $23, Adults $34

ECDA Early Childhood Conference Exhibition 2019
Who says learning can only be in the classroom? Join this year’s Early Childhood Conference (ECC) as they explore the theme of Beyond the Classroom: Taking Learning Outdoors. Get up close and personal with live animals and insects, inspire your child’s creativity through the arts & crafts activities, learn about using Singapore’s parks and other attractions as outdoor learning opportunities and experience play in a biophilic playgarden made out of natural materials! Kids can look forward to Meet & Greet sessions with Kidzania’s RightZKeeper, Singa and the Kindness Cubbies as well as Junction Tree Characters, Moomba and Beary Bear from Singapore’s first-ever bilingual preschool programme at Singapore’s libraries.

When: 9am – 5:30pm, Friday & Saturday, 13 – 14 September 2019
Where: Suntec Singapore Convention Exhibition Centre, Hall 403, Level 4, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039593
How much: Free!

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Nickelodeon Slime Time at City Square Mall
If you’re a Nickelodeon fan, you’ll recognise their iconic green slime. And these September school holidays, you’ll have a chance to visit the ultimate slime experience in Singapore – Nickelodeon Slime Time at City Square Mall! There will be slime-filled activity stations such as the iconic Slime Shower, Slime Escape Room, Slime Colouring Wall and Slime Playground. It’s going to be non-stop fun with loads of action and excitement for the whole family (not to mention MESSY!).

When: 7 – 15 September 2019, 11am to 9pm daily
Where: Level 1 Atrium, City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539
How much: Activities are free, or free with minimum spend $50

DinoQuest at Science Centre Singapore
Good news parents! DinoQuest has been extended and will now conveniently run through the September school holidays. Travel back millions of years to the Cretaceous period and join palaeontologist Professor V and her assistant Rexon an immersive adventure to uncover the mystery behind the elusive Australian polar dinosaurs. Along the way, you’ll collect clues and knowledge in a series of Activity Zones powered by the RFID tracking technology and the latest multimedia technology, which includes 3D holographic mapping, an immersive augmented theatre, 4D and VR experiences. Perfect for budding palaeontologists and dinosaur experts young and old.

When: Until 29 September 2019
Where: Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
How much: $18 for adults, $15 for kids

Big Fun with IKEA Kids Activities
This September, all Småles members are invited to join in at IKEA Alexandra and IKEA Tampines to participate in a range of exclusive, fun and free activities. There are activities for everyone, ranging from lantern-making and poetry and writing workshops to a special parent-child lunchbox activity. NB: Some activities require children become Småles members. Registration is FREE and simply requires they fill out a form within IKEA stores. Click here for more info!

When: 7 – 13 September 2019
Where: IKEA Alexandra 317 Alexandra Rd, Singapore 159965 and IKEA Tampines 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764
How much: Free!

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Happy Homebodies at The Artground
Designed by Singaporean stay-home mum Gracie Chai, this installation depicts a typical home setting and encourages families to imagine various possibilities of creating their own play environment at home for their children. Every structure represents a piece or a space that may be found in a typical home – the living room, the kitchen, the balcony and the laundry. This exhibition is great for younger kids but fun for everyone up to the age of 12.

When: Until 15 September 2019
Where: The Artground, 90 Goodman Road, #01-40 Blk J, Singapore 439053
How much: Free!

The Singapore Science Festival
The Singapore Science Festival is an annual national event that celebrates the role science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) plays in shaping our lives and in sculpting our future. The festival invites all persons who love to inquire, imagine and invent to make the future brighter for all of us. Bring your little scientists along to be wowed by light bending, water shaping, and lots of explosions!

When: Until 14 September 2019
Where: Singapore Science Centre, 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
How much: Adults $6, Children $4, plus some activities have additional fees.

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Free Entry to the National Orchid Garden
Enjoy free admission to the National Orchid Garden at the Botanic Gardens during the September holidays for students, Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and Work Permit Holders. Check out the stunning blooms including Singapore’s National Flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim.

When: 8:30am – 7pm daily, until 15 September 2019
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
How much: Free!

Become a Garden Volunteer at Open Farm Community
Worried your kids don’t know what it feels like to really get their hands dirty? Get the gardening gear on and get those green fingers going every Friday from 8am to 11am, followed by coffee and croissants from Tiong Bahru Bakery! There are limited spots, so register your interest and wait to hear from the OFC team.

When: Every Friday, 8 – 11am
Where: Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Road Singapore 248819
How much:Free!

National Gallery Holiday Programme
Join in free and ticketed activities at the National Gallery during the September school holidays. Highlights include a performance of Animal Pop (a fusion of animal movements and hop-hop), choregraphed by Jecko Siompo and performed by parent-child pairs. You can also join a free workshop by illustrator Eric Wong, or learn about painting and dioramas in a family art workshop. Find out more and register here.

When: 7 – 14 September 2019
Where: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
How much: Free and ticketed events

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Grab and Doodle Chalk Art at Parkland Green
Head to East Coast Park and enjoy the sea breeze while the kids express themselves creatively! Grab some chalk from any outlet and unleash your creativity on the concrete floor outside the outlets along Parkland Green.

When: Daily
Where: Parkland Green, East Coast Park, 920 ECP, Singapore 449875
How much: Free!

GV Movie Club Perks
Sign up for GV Movie Club Membership and get all sorts of great perks throughout the month of September, such as premium tickets for $12, two standard tickets for $12, 15% off Gold Class dining and more!

When: Daily throughout September
Where: GV Cinemas
How much: $12

Grow with Nature drama workshop

Grow With Nature Drama Workshop
Bring your kids along to this fun workshop and discover how creative play through nature can be used to nurture an appreciation for life. Kids will be encouraged to explore nature through dramatisation and become aware of its rich biodiversity. This session of Grow with Nature explores the story of The Enormous Turnip by Nicola Baxter.

When: Wednesday 11 September 2019, 10 – 11am
Where: Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
How much: $10 per child

Kiztopia Roadshow and Holiday Bootcamp
Singapore’s largest indoor playground, Kiztopia, has exciting things in store for the little ones to ignite their creativity and have fun. From a fun-filled Roadshow at Marina Square Central Atrium at level two to Kiztopia’s first in-house School Holiday Bootcamp, there is bound to be something to keep your kiddo entertained!

When: 6 – 25 September 2019
Where: Marina Square, Central Atrium, Level 2, 6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594
How much: Roadshow activities start from $10, Holiday Bootcamps start from $88 ($60 for members)

ArtScience Museum September Holiday Programmes
Join a variety of activities including thematic workshops and drop-in activities this September holidays. Be among the first to set foot into the newly revamped Future World exhibition where you can build your own digital universe with your friends and family, or be part of launching the Museo Aero Solar – an inflatable made of recycled plastic bags patched up by the community!

When: 6 – 14 September 2019
Where: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
How much: Free and ticketed events

Playground @ Clarke Quay Central
Singapore River Festival (SRF) 2019 presents Playground at Clarke Quay Central – featuring fun, family-friendly activities including an outdoor maze and interactive arcade games. The atrium of Clarke Quay Central will be transformed into a mini-Japanese arcade arena to create a modern playground amusement centre that will guarantee the kids a ton of fun, while the outdoor maze is filled with origami butterflies, snails and flowers!

When: 6 – 15 September 2019
Where: Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen St, Singapore 059817
How much: Free and minimum spend

Lead image courtesy of WRS via Facebook, image #2 courtesy of Sentosa Development Corporation, image #3 courtesy River Safari, image #4 courtesy of Nickelodeon via Facebook, image #5 courtesy of The Artground, image #6 courtesy of Koh Meng Hua via NParks Facebook, image #7 courtesy of Sharon McCutcheon via Pexels, image #8 courtesy of NParks Facebook, image #9 courtesy of ArtScience Museum via Facebook

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