Looking for activities to entertain the kids with during the September school holidays? Here are our top picks of family activities and things to do with kids!
September school holidays are here so rejoice, kiddos! Here’s all the fun you can entertain the kids with, whether at home or out and about in town. And watch for updates, as we’ll keep adding to the list as we discover more fun activities and events during the September school holidays!
Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens at Gardens by The Bay
Gardens by the Bay will be hosting the Children’s Festival featuring Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens, an outdoor trail featuring larger-than-life inflatables (just for admiring from afar – no bouncing allowed this year). Learn more about the garden as an ecosystem and bring a piece of the Wonder Gardens home (you’ll get a fun sticker booklet) upon completion of the trail activities (limited to kids while stocks last). Sign up for weekend parent-child $16 workshops too (best for kids aged 4-12 years old) where you can make shrink art, a terrarium and more.
When: 4 September – 3 October, 10am – 7pm
Workshops: Saturdays and Sundays only, 10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm, 30 mins (South Colonnade, Supertree Grove)
Where: Supertree Grove, Gardens by The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
How much: Entrance is Free (workshops are $16.40)
Jumptopia has just opened in Downtown East (from now until 10 October 2021)! This huge bouncy castle playground is brought to you by the folks at Kiztopia – so you know some real good bouncy fun for the September holidays awaits! There are seven giant Kiztopia-themed bouncy castles in total, plus claw machines, an IG-worthy photo booth and more. All the bouncy castles are towering at an average height of 5m to 6m and 9m to 12m in length and the bouncy park is great for kids aged 2 and above! Click here to read more about Jumptopia!
When: 28 August – 1o October 2021
Where: D’Marquee @ Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
How much: $18 per person and $64 for a Family Package of 4. Babies below 12 months can enjoy complimentary admission with paying adults.
City Photography Trail by Singapore Philatelic Museum
Explore the city and discover Singapore’s historic monuments in this photography trail for children by Singapore Philatelic Museum. Learn photography tips from a professional photographer, take pictures of your favourite sights, and create a visual diary of your experience. Kids will be provided with child-friendly digital cameras during the programme. There will also be a zine-making activity at the museum! Recommended for children aged 8 – 11 years old.
When: 8 September 2021, 9am – 11:45am
Where: Singapore Philatelic Museum
How much: $39
Museum of Ice Cream Singapore
The Museum of Ice Cream is now open in Dempsey! With an all-pink interior and fun play spaces, unlimited ice cream treats, you won’t want to miss this. Look forward to multi-sensory installations in a massive space, including a sprinkle pool that kids and adults alike won’t resist jumping into!
When: 19 August – 19 December 2021, Thursdays – Sundays only
Where: 100 Loewen Road, Singapore 24883
How much: Tickets from $38
Family Fun at the Singapore Sports Hub
The Singapore Sports Hub is delivering all the fun this September holidays! Check out the always-popular Camposaur Holiday Adventure Camp, which lets little ones explore their sporty and creative sides through multi-sports activities, team building games, arts and craft workshops, dance fitness programmes, and even a museum visit. Alternatively, set your preschooler up with the Sports Hub Tots and Kinder Play activity, which focuses on the development of stability, locomotion and object control with colourful and age-specific equipment. Thrillseekers are in for a ball of fun too, as they’ll love riding the waves at Stingray®, a half-pipe surfing facility within Splash-N-Surf that lets you have a go at surfing!
When: 6 – 10 September 2021 (Camposaur Holiday Adventure Camp); on Saturdays (Sports Hub Tots and Kinder Play); daily (Stingray)
Where: Singapore Sports Hub, various locations
How much: Multiple price points apply for different activities. Check the Singapore Sports Hub website for more information.
Kids’ Sewing Classes
Got a crafty little one and want to keep them busy during the September holidays? Why not try a sewing class! Fashion Makerspace has a range of great classes for kids age 5 and up, from simple bag sewing to how to make purses and even clothes. Mamas and dads can join in the fun by signing up for a class too.
Where: Fashion Makerspace, 42B North Canal Road, Level 3 Singapore 059298
How much: From $47.60 (hoolah payments accepted!)
Singapore Food Festival
We’re so excited that the Singapore Food Festival can resume in person after a virtual edition last year! This time around the hybrid event offers tons of cooking workshops exploring multiple different local cuisines, plus fun tours to do with kids! We’re eyeing the Hydroponic tour to Kok Fah Technology Farm, which looks like a fun one with a tour of the hydroponics greenhouse farm, lettuce sampling, an aloe vera demonstration and more! Other cool tours include Hawkerwalks, a food tour around Little India and a Singapore River Cruise with the option for a set lunch included.
When: 27 August – 12 September 2021
Where: Multiple locations
How much: Prices vary
The Singapore Diving Talent Search
Have a water baby in your midst? Swimming Association (SSA) is on the hunt for the next generation of diving stars! Singaporean children aged 6 to 14 years old (age on 31 December 2021) are invited to attend a two-hour session run by Singapore’s national team coaches, filled with diving-specific activities, specifically designed to identify the next generation of potential diving stars. Kids don’t need diving experience to participate – the only prerequisite is that children can swim 25 metres, comfortably and unaided in deep water using any swim stroke. If they do well, they could gain a place in the National Programme!
When: 9 – 12 September (Thursday – Sunday), 8am – 10am or 10:30am – 12:30am or 3pm – 5pm
Where: Toa Payoh Swimming Complex
How much: Free!
PUB Green Run
The PUB Green Run is back after a four-year hiatus, just in time for the September holidays! This year’s event is a virtual one, and you can run at a time and location of your choice (we’ve got some mighty good recommendations for kid-friendly parks!). All you’ll need to do is register online, and then download the PUB Green Run mobile application. The run pack includes a premium running cap and a uniquely designed, eco-friendly finisher’s medal. There are two categories – a 10km run and a 3km family run – and $10 will be donated to the Nature Society (Singapore) for every person that signs up!
When: 18 September – 31 October 2021
Where: Sign up online at www.greenrun.com.sg
How much: $39 (3km) and $43 (10km). Children under 18 receive an additional 10% discount.
The Bub Fair
Looking to upgrade your mini-me’s toy collection or wardrobe? Or maybe you want some gorgeous homeware that’ll add a pop of colour to your home? Whatever your need, you’ll probably find it at The Bub Fair. This premium pop-up shopping event will showcase sustainable, quality products from a well-curated list of Singapore brands and online boutiques. Look out for must-buys like open-ended, wooden toys from KEKA Toys (pictured above), sustainable rattan homeware by Momiji Kids, 100% baby-safe playmats by Wandermats, eco-friendly bed linens by Sunday Bedding and more, plus plenty of wholesome, kid-approved snacks.
When: 4 – 5 & 11 – 12 September 2021, 11am – 8pm
Where: Visual Arts Centre, 10 Penang Road #01-02, Dhoby Ghaut Green, Singapore 238469
How much: Free, but pre-registration is required.
Get tickets to River Safari & Singapore Zoo at just $50!
If you’ve seen all the baby panda buzz and just can’t keep away, there’s no better time to head to the River Safari! We heard that Kai Kai and Jia Jia’s baby still won’t be part of the exhibit for a while more, but we do know there’s a screen in the exhibit that may give you a sneak peek of the mama and baby panda while they rest in their quarters. Currently, there’s a 2-Park Admission promo to River Safari and Singapore Zoo at just $50 ($40 for kids age 3-12!) – you just have to visit both parks within 7 days, without the need to book a time slot. Perfect for the week-long September holidays! You can also check out the Rainforest Lumina exhibition – simply book your tickets online and use your SingapoRediscovers Vouchers to enjoy up to 30% off!
Head to Jewel
Kids’ favourite parts of Jewel have to be the awesome indoor vortex (it’s mama’s fave too!) and the Canopy Park. This September holidays, you can get discounted entry to the park with a number of cardmember privileges – get 25% off Standard admission rates to all attractions (except Canopy Park) and 20% off Bundle Packages 1 and 2 when you use your DBS/POSB card; enjoy $3 Admission for Canopy Park and 20% off Standard Rate Ala Carte Attractions Tickets (except Bundle Packages) if you’re an NTUC member; and enjoy 25% off Standard Individual Attraction Ticket (excludes Canopy Park & Bundle Packages) if you’re a PAssion cardholder or SAFRA member.
Read more: Click here for our full guide to Jewel Changi Airport!
Check out some free outdoor playgrounds
We’re lucky to live on an island filled with fab parks not to mention tons of indoor playgrounds perfect for when the weather gets too hot (or rainy). But there’s nothing like watching your kids soar on a swing or beam with pride after climbing to the top of a pyramid on an outdoor playground! Don’t miss our awesome guide to our fave outdoor playgrounds so you can fill up your kids with some fresh air and outdoor fun.
Head to the museums
With no shortage of kid-friendly museums in Singapore, there’s something for every age group, and kids will get to learn plenty while having fun! A top favourite would be the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, which has towering dinosaur fossils and many amazing zoological specimens you won’t believe aren’t artificial models but are actually real. If you’re looking to immerse more into culture, heritage or art, go down our list of Museums for Kids in Singapore!
Check out ArtScience Museum’s interactive exhibitions
We love the Future World exhibition (with stunning light projections and fun installations such as an interactive slide, it’s practically an indoor playground in its own right!), but if you’re looking for something new and fun for older kids, make sure to head to Virtual Realms: Videogames Transformed! This cool gallery displays works by six of the world’s most acclaimed videogame developers to create a series of large-scale, immersive installations. Every room transports you to an immersive video game-like experience, whether it’s simple interactions with lights and sounds or even short games with the use of tracking helmets!
There aren’t many beekeepers in Singapore but there is one you should check out! BEE AMAZED Garden (near Orto) offers educational programmes, family activities, honey tasting, and basic beekeeping lessons ($50 per adult/primary school child or $30 for 3yr olds+). You’ll be taken on a tour of the small beekeeping area and learn all about bees. The founder, John, can tailor your workshop to fit your needs (we highly recommend asking for less theory and more hands-on activities if you’re with kids). There’s a chance to try on the beekeeper outfits, see the inside of a beehive, and of course, taste honey! More details available here.
Go horse riding & interact with majestic horses
A variety of activities are available for the whole family at Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre from September, including horse riding, horse grooming, and exclusive stable tours! Get up close and personal with horses and ponies, plus learn about and interact with these magnificent creatures behind-the-scenes walking stable tours. Kids can even enjoy some horse or pony petting and feeding! Prices start from $50/person for a booking of minimum 4 persons. Activities will be available from now till January 2022 at STCRC. Email [email protected] for more details on prices and bookings!
Go kayaking with the kids
The Water Sports Centre at the Singapore Sports Hub at Kallang offers kayak rental from $12 for two hours (best to book ahead as they are popular!). For newbies, book a lesson with certified instructors on the Kayak Orientation Programme $30 for adults and $24 for children (great for 9 year-olds+). If you are lucky you might even spot the family of otters who call the Kallang Basin home. All this and more in our list of 101 Things to do in Singapore!
Go ATV riding
Have your kids ever tried quad biking? Take them to Mud Krank! This new ATV trail riding facility in Kranji is the first of its kind in Singapore. Riders have to be a minimum of 4 years old and sessions start at $20 for 15 mins on weekdays (weekend prices differ). More details are available here!
Pack a picnic basket and head to one of these picnic spots
When was the last time you had a picnic? The next time the sun’s out, consider packing your favourite snacks and drinks (or get some delish takeaway!) and enjoy a picnic with the family! Need some recommendations for a gorgeous picnic spot? We’ve rounded up all our favourite picnic places, and even noted which ones have on-site access to picnic food provisions.
Try rock climbing
Rock climbing and bouldering (which is a form of climbing without ropes) is a great way to help kids build their strength and dexterity! We’ve rounded up all the best places to go rock climbing in Singapore; if you need a recommendation, we’re particularly fond of Climb Central Novena – it’s great for kids.
Have a bouncing good time
Looking for indoor playgrounds in Singapore where kids can bounce, jump, slide and run amok to their heart’s content? Check out Bouncy Paradise, an indoor playground located in one massive 20,000 sqft space featuring a huge interconnected bouncy castle platform with 20 rainbow slides, trampolines, ball pits big enough to swim in with unicorn floats, plus obstacle courses, climbing walls, a flying fox and more! Read all the deets on ticket prices and opening hours here.
Upcycle a Cardboard Box!
Who needs toys when you’ve got a cardboard box? Down with toys! Now, what are some ways to stretch your child’s play further and get full use of these boxes? Check out 10 DIY ideas to upcycle old cardboard boxes for your kids’ fun here.
Hunt for dinosaurs in Singapore
From dinosaur playgrounds to massive life-sized dinosaurs that make real dinosaur sounds (we heard them and can vouch for it!) plus actual dinosaur skeletons and fossils, hunt for dinos at these 8 places to find dinosaurs in Singapore.
Watch our easy how-to video on how to make fluffy stretchy slime, a great sensory activity for toddlers all the way up to older kids. The best part is, we have located where to buy all the ingredients in Singapore and you can make big batches of the stuff for well under $20 (for $16.55 in fact!). Add in colour or glitter and you have one big slime party of fun on your hands!
Preschool-approved Activities to Try at Home
From painting to making goop and getting your hands dirty in soil, are you ready for some activities to give your kiddos hours of fun? We chatted to some of the top preschools in Singapore to get their tips on how to keep your littlies occupied with fun at-home activities!
Listen to a Podcast
With everyone spending extra time at home, chances are your kiddos are enjoying a whole lot more screen time than usual. If you want to keep them occupied but are desperate to get their little eyes away from screens for a while, why not set them up in a cosy nook and ask them to just try listening for a while? Podcasts can also be pleasant to play in the background while your kiddos colour or play with clay; kids from as young as 2 or 3 will generally get something out of them. Click here as we round up the best podcasts for kids of all ages, including news, storytelling, science and music!
Volunteer with your kids
Yes, even little kids can do community work! We’ve rounded up different charities in Singapore with volunteering programmes to suit every interest – so here’s your chance to teach the kids the importance of giving back, especially during such a tough period.
Keep checking back as we share more September Holiday fun!