Looking for fun things to do to keep the kids busy during their year-end holidays? We’ve got lots of ideas from free events to fun activities over November and December. Let the holidays begin!
It’s the year-end school holidays in Singapore from 20 November 2021 until 3 January 2022. How did we get here so fast? International schools will be breaking up around the second week of December (find the full school calendar list here). So that means us parents have gotta get planning things to keep the kiddos busy! We’ve made the task easier on you with this list of November and December school holiday activities for children: from meet & greet sessions to fun events and free activities around town!
Read More: Christmas Events for Kids in Singapore!
Things to do with the kids this school holiday in Singapore
1. Children’s Season 2021 holiday programmes
Go on a hunt for Fantastic Critters at the museums during the December school holidays! Starting from 20 November 2021, grab your copy of the Fantastic Critters Activity Booklet at any of the participating museums, and complete the kids’ activities to collect specially designed critter stickers. Collect all 15 critter stickers to redeem limited edition prizes.
When: 20 November to 31 December 2021
Where: onsite locations and on I Love Museums Facebook
How much: Museum entry applies
2. See the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show (FREE!)
Checking out the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show at the Supertree Grove is truly magical – kids love to be out in the lush gardens at night. Each show is 15 minutes long, and you’ll be treated to stunning light displays. The theme until 2 December features popular musical numbers like The Phantom Of The Opera, Les Miserables and Chicago, plus favourites like ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ and ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’, as the spectacular Supertrees illuminate the night sky! From 3 December onwards there’s a Christmas Special with Christmas classics sung by local artists.
When: Daily, 7:45pm & 8:45pm
Where: Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay
How much: FREE
3. Kids’ Christmas workshops: florist Wild Belle
Looking for festive activities for your kids to do this Christmas season? Let them learn how to decorate and make their own Christmas tree from scratch! Wild Belle is conducting a workshop where kids (and adults) can learn how to construct a 45cm Christmas tree using traditional Christmas foliage. Kids will also learn how to use baubles and natural elements such as pine cones and dried fruit to decorate their Christmas tree. Wild Belle is a florist that specialises in designing unique bouquets and statement floral arrangements. Book your workshop here.
When: Multiple dates
Where: 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace 02-38C, Singapore 168976
4. Visit a free playground (FREE!)
Need to take the kids for a runaround? We wrote a whole post on free outdoor playgrounds to explore – from COMO Adventure Grove at the new Gallop extension of Singapore Botanic Gardens where kids can climb the Banyan tree post to slides galore at Admiralty and more! Pictured is the Hansel & Gretel-themed playground – one of the best looking HDB playgrounds we’ve seen. There’s a rock-climbing ramp, crawl tunnel and rope bridges plus a Candy Trail play space with lollipops and toadstools that serve as jumping pads to test motor skills – but the main attraction point here is the gingerbread playhouse, covered in models of sweets, icing and candy. Find out about this Hansel & Gretel-themed Playground here.
5. Gallery Children’s Biennale (FREE!)
Take the kiddos on an inspiring multi-sensory experience at the National Gallery as they explore nine on-site installations of the Gallery Children’s Biennale that explores the theme “Why Art Matters”. These installations complement the digital format of Gallery Children’s Biennale launched in May 2021. Children are encouraged to touch, move, and interact with the installations, fostering skills such as curiosity and critical thinking as they learn through play. Look out for the impressive giant cardboard city titled Head/Home plus kids can try their hand at making their very own cardboard homes at the makerspace. Complementary on-site children’s programmes such as sessions by master storyteller Kamini Ramachandran, sonic exploration workshops and somatic movement workshops are on offer too. Pick up an art pack ($5 each) so your little ones can deepen their understanding of the art on display!
When: 6 November 2021 – December 2022
Where: National Gallery Singapore
How much: FREE!
6. Otah & Friends Camp Stardust at National Museum
Otah & Friends is back – this time at new Camp Stardust – the fourth and biggest outlet over at the National Museum of Singapore. Look out for plants and animals from the National Museum of Singapore’s William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings, explore the forest with its maze, ball pit, ropes obstacle course and an Otah & Friends original arcade game then get to celebrate at Otah’s campfire ceremony.
When: now till 3 January 2022
Where: National Museum of Singapore
How much: from $19
7. Explore Brickosaurs World
This November holidays, Singapore’s wildlife parks Singapore Zoo and River Wonders host Brickosaurs World in the first-ever showcase in Asia featuring more than 60 life-sized dinosaurs made entirely of LEGO pieces (about 1.5 million bricks, to be exact!). You can find them along Adventure Trails at the Singapore Zoo and River Wonders parks (most of them are in Singapore Zoo!), with realistic dinosaur roars and all. The Brickosaurs World exhibits are included in the admission ticket for each park, but you’ll have to get a Brickosaurs World Passport ($15) to take part in activities such as dinosaur crafts, dinosaur bone digging, a dinosaur maze and more!
When: 3 November 2021 to 3 May 2022
How much: Admission to Singapore Zoo and River Wonders apply. Additional $15 for Brickosaurs World Passport to take part in activities.
Where: Singapore Zoo and River Wonders
8. Jumptopia Holiday Village
Jumptopia: Holiday Village is Kiztopia’s second bouncy castle event this year – this time it’s at the massive space at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre and will be three times bigger than the Jumptopia event at Downtown East earlier this year! Expect 15 giant bouncy castles, plus lots of bouncy castle play concepts from a maze, to swings, slides, ‘rock’-climbing, obstacle course and human size bubble ball! There will be separate zones for toddlers, kids and teens so there’s something for the whole fam!
When: 19 November – 2 Jan 2022
Where: Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Hall B, Level 1
How much: $28 per pax or a Family Ticket at $52 for 2 via Klook.
9. Santa Run For Wishes 2021 (FREE!)
Non -profit organisation Make-A-Wish Singapore creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Their annual fundraising event, Santa Run for Wishes 2021 is back this year, in virtual format. Kids of all ages can join and there are exciting activities planned as you contribute to the 21,517-km journey by submitting your distance through the 42Race app.
When: 1 to 19 December 2021
Where: Virtual Race
How much: FREE (Registration fee waived this year)
10. Peppa Pig-themed Indoor Playground
If you have a little Peppa Pig fan on your hands, why not check out Peppa Pig Happy Day Interactive Play – a Peppa Pig-themed indoor playground in Marina Square. There’s a soft play area with classic scenes from the animated series, three-dimensional character statues, meet & greets, themed interactive video projections activities (jump in muddy puddles, participate in running competitions, water the plants in the garden and more!).
When: 3 November 2021 – 13 February 2022, 10am-10pm daily
Where: Let’s Play at Marina Square, #03-208/209 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
How much: From $28, book via Sistic
11. D’Ultimate Xcape: Inflatable Slides & Carnival Rides
There’s lots of fun in store at Downtown East at D’Ultimate Xcape – think Uncle Ringo carnival rides, carnival games (prepare to lose a lot of cash here!) and bouncy castle inflatable slides at ‘Dino’ inflatable park. Read all about D’Ultimate Xcape here!
When: now until 20 March 2022
Where: Begonia Car Park, Downtown East
How much: various
12. Sign up for a year-end holiday camp!
If you are working and need the kids busy (whilst having fun and learning) why not book them into a Holiday Camp? There’s a camp for every interest from multi-sports, to drama, coding, art camps and more!
13. Volunteer with your kids
What better way to teach kids about gratitude and community than involving them in some volunteering? 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.
14. Jurassic Dinosaur – Adventure Park Interactive Indoor Playground
Dinosaur lovers, you are in luck this year-end! Not only is there the Brickosaurs event (mentioned earlier) for dino fun, there’s also a new dinosaur-themed indoor playground coming to Downtown East called Jurassic Dinosaur – Adventure Park. Kids can look forward to a dinosaur fossil cave, dinosaur riding area, soft play area, volcano trampoline, dinosaur train, 3-meter volcano area and so much more.
When: 24 December 2021 – 13 February 2022
Where: Let’s Play @D’Marquee, Downtown East
How much: from $25 from Trip.com
15. Go on a sustainable fishing trip!
Marine Stewards, a marine conservation non-profit organisation has launched FishX, an all-rounded fishing expedition teach kids and adults about sustainable fishing while contributing to marine conservation science! No prior experience required — beginners are more than welcome. All fishing equipment will be provided, so just go with a passion to learn!
When: various dates in December; 8:30am – 11:30am (3 hours)
Where: Entrance of Bedok Jetty @ East Coast Park
How much: $68 (UP $88) adults | $48 (UP $68) children from www.marinestewards.org
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25. Bounce off some energy at a trampoline spot.
Keep checking back as we share more year-end school holiday fun!