How to have lots of fun with a small budget during the School Holidays

The year-end school holidays in Singapore officially start on 19 November and end on 31 December. And here’s a list of places for you to counter those 41 potential days of “Mama I’m bored”!

 

I must flex my muscles!

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I hear you. You thrive on adrenaline. If going on a zipline across a huge body of water appeals to you, then you are bound to have a blast at Forest Adventure. Can kids do it? Definitely. There’s a kids course that’s fun for little ones; adults can go on the big course which takes about 2.5 hours to complete. It’s tough, but that feeling when you’re screaming AHHHHHHHHHH over Bedok Reservoir is indescribable. In a good way. Read our review here.

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Or a less strenuous activity perhaps? Like bowling? SAFRA at Mount Faber has the option of rail guard for little bowlers!

 

like the idea of ice skating but not getting your butt wet? Check out the shaking rink at Marina Bay sands where you can enjoy “ice” skating and keep dry. If it’s good enough for world champion figure skater Michelle Kwan, it’s good enough for us all!

Have you heard of the Health Promotion Board’s free exercise sessions? We’re talking kickboxing, Zumba, yoga, pilates…. Sign up for one here!

 

Time for some wheel power!

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Road Safety Park is bound to be a hit with the little ones. With mini sized roads and pedestrian crossings, and even a little petrol kiosk, they will be in scooting and sweating away while you chase after them (note: wheels not included, bring your own).

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If East Coast Park is too mainstream and crowded for you, check these other places instead: Work those calf muscles together with your kids (actually they’re just there for the joyride while you do all the work) with these manual go-karts at West Coast Park. Or bring the kick-scooters and bicycles out for a scenic ride along Berlayer Creek/Bukit Chermin Boardwalk with a view of Sentosa, or around Lakeside toward and into the Chinese and Japanese Gardens.

 

Got energetic kids but the weather skies are grey?

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Head to any one of Singapore’s trampoline parks for a bouncey good time. It’s also a great opportunities for you to burn off some calories! There’s Bounce, Skyhigh and AMPED to choose from.  Here’s our review of AMPED at River Valley.

 

Indoor playgrounds are a big hit with the little ones but can get a little pricey so if you’ve got more than one, a $25 admission charge can quickly add up to a sizable sum. Skip the mainstream indoor play areas and head for Kidz Amaze at Safra – there are outlets at Jurong and Toa Payoh.

 

You are die-hard water babies but it looks like it’s going to rain? Head on down to the newly opened Splash @ Kidz Amaze at Safra Punggol for a sheltered splash.

 

Have fun with your food!

Join a cooking or baking holiday class at ToTT, or incorporate play time with meal time – cook your own meats at Korean BBQ spots, order dim sum from the trolley at Red Star Dim Sum Restaurant, flip your own prata at Casuarina Curry House, eat with your fingers at Zam Zam Restaurant… You get the drift.

 

Is it going to be an educational sort of day?

Play and learn at Kids Stop in the morning and watch chicks hatch or catch a fire tornado at the Singapore Science Centre after lunch! And if you’re there on a Friday, why not stay till 7.50pm and visit the Observatory for free. Gaze at the moon and whichever planet is visible!

 

Let’s get soaked!

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Don’t waste an overcast day – grab your swimmers and head out to any of the amazing free water playgrounds atop shopping malls. We like Kallang Wave Mall’s Splash N Surf – it’s got a decent slide, and a waist high pool and a lifeguard on duty. All for free. Our review of Splash N Surf can be found here.

Right next door, you can sign up to learn how to surf on a boogie board! Check out prices and schedules for Stingray Clinics here.

If Wild Wild Wet is too far for you, and Adventure Cove is too pricey, and the Port of Lost Wonder is too small, check out the public pools at Sengkang, Jurong East, Jurong West and Choa Chu Kang – you’ll get slides, jacuzzis, wave pools and kiddy play slides at a fraction of the cost. We’re talking $2 for adults and $0.80 for children per entry on weekdays. #Legit.

 

Need an all day activity?

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If you want something to occupy the kids for the whole day then dude, look no further. Kidzania is the answer. Your kids will go wild pretending to be doctors, firefighters, pilots, delivery personnel, radio DJs, newscasters, dentists, cashiers, and you will be …. very tired. Our review of Kidzania (and how to survive it!) is here.

 

Got a headache and need a quiet afternoon?

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Need a slow, quiet and air-conditioned afternoon? I hear you. Museums are your answer. The more well-known ones like the National Museum and the Singapore Art Museum are great, but if you’ve already been there, do check out the smaller ones like the Peranakan Museum and Philatelic Museum (where the Harry Potter exhibition currently is held). Have you been to National Gallery with the amazing Keppel Centre for Arts Education, and where you can check yourself into a jail cell? Here’s our review of Keppel Centre for Arts Education.

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If you’re in a museumy kind of mood, check out the Maritime Gallery as well as the Land Transport Gallery. Read our review about the Singapore Maritime Gallery here. Or how check out the Fifty Years of Singapore Design at the National Design Centre.

 

Craving for something simple?

Remember how happy you were when you found a bright shiny saga seed? Share this joy with your little ones and watch them squeal in delight when they find them. We’ve had our biggest hauls of saga seeds on the grounds of St Andrew’s Cathedral and Fort Canning.

 

Fancy some game time?

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We are in love with board games. The concept of a board games cafe is not a new one and there are a few around Singapore – Settlers’ Cafe, The Mind Cafe, Coffeemin. We tried out The Mind Cafe at Princep Street and quite enjoyed the experience – most games were in good enough condition, some had missing pieces but staff had replaced them with reasonable tokens, the vibe was good with plenty of young crowd (though we were the only ones with kids on a weekday non school holiday afternoon). Make sure you book early to get a nice spot on the couch or sofa area – we had the regular tables and chairs which were OK but not as fun. What we liked most : the large selection of games as well as knowledgeable staff that could explain them and propose suitable games for us.

Hint: The staff on duty told us that their other branch at West Gate is more catered to young kids and has more kiddy games BUT was pricier. $2.50 per half hour per person, compared to $2 per hour at Princep. That’s without food or drink.

 

Get close to animals

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Have cake, coffee and… cats? Well you can enjoy your coffee, and your kids, cake, in the presence of cats at Cat Cafe. Visit the SPCA at their new home at Sungei Tengah and get cosy with furry friends. Meet a horse, a cassowary and a marabou stork at Animal Resort, a laid-back kampong-ish kind of farm. Read our review of Animal Resort here.

 

Outdoorsy, are we?

Sign up for a free walk at Kranji Marshes or Sungei Buloh and learn about flora and fauna while getting the day’s step counts clocked

 

Need to read?

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Libraries aren’t what they used to be anymore! We love the National Library at Bugis with its gorgeous tree house! Membership is free and sometimes during the school holidays, we’re allowed to borrow up to 16 books.

 

Getting away without getting away

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Have you checked out the M&Ms room at D’Resort at Downtown East? You should! Staying on a ranch? With horses? Now you can, at Punggol Ranch! How about some countryside fun? Check out D’Kranji Farm Resort. Want to wake up with the sea breeze in your hair? Go camping at East Coast Park. All you need is a tent and a permit. And a sense of adventure.

 

Like these ideas? Here are more things you can do in Singapore when on a budget!

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