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The Sea Show
Photograph: Eyeyah!

The best kid-friendly things to do during the school holidays

School's out! Keep your little ones busy with some fun family-friendly activities and events in Singapore

By Cam Khalid
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With the current restrictions where social gatherings are limited to a maximum of two people, and attractions are open at limited capacity (we're talking 25 percent here, by the way), big institutions like National Gallery Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, and Wildlife Reserve Singapore are returning to the virtual space to host a slew of fun, family-friendly digital programmes.

Whether you and your little ones choose to stay home or head out for a change of scenery during the June school holidays, there are a plethora of things to do, from checking out an immersive sea-themed art exhibition to creating some art from the comfort (and safety) of your cosy corners at home. For more ideas, check out our guide on the 50 best things to do with kids in Singapore.

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Gallery Children's Biennale 2021
Photograph: National Gallery Singapore

Gallery Children’s Biennale

Kids Festivals Singapore City, Raffles Place

Got a mini Picasso at home? Unlock your child's creativity with a multi-sensorial art experience in the first-ever "phygital" edition of the Gallery Children's Biennale. It kickstarts with an online experience, followed by an on-site experience at National Gallery Singapore later in September. With the microsite, the Biennale goes global for the very first time too, making its exciting arty programmes available to children all around the world. Kids can look forward to interactive online adventures, immersive storytelling sessions, and co-creation of art with international artists and fellow children from other countries.

Kids Virtual Race
Photograph: David Wirawan/Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

Kids Virtual Race (VR)

Kids Active events Singapore City, Raffles Place

Looking to keep fit with the little ones during the school holidays? Stretch out and lace up for Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) is holding a Kids Virtual Race (VR) via its Virtual Club platform for the whole month of June, starting from May 31. There are four races – each with varying distances – for your mini Usain Bolt to take part in. They will be competing with other kids from Singapore and, get this, the rest of the world. And as it's a virtual event, they can run safely at any time (within the race period) and any place.

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June Holidays Family Fun
Photograph: National Museum of Singapore

June Holidays Family Fun

Kids Singapore City, Raffles Place

Based on the National Museum of Singapore's special exhibitions Home, Truly, and Picturing the Pandemic, the museum's digital counterpart is keeping minds active from the comfort (and safety) of their homes. Yes, expect online programmes that are both enriching and entertaining. Join the kids for interactive storytelling sessions, enchanting performances, and art workshops. You can also redeem your SingapoRediscover Vouchers for the Risograph Family Workshop too.

Hello from the Wild Side
Photograph: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Hello from the Wild Side

Things to do Singapore City, Raffles Place

Zoos including the iconic Singapore Zoo, River Safari, and Night Safari have been welcoming animal lovers of all ages since reopening in Phase 2. But if you're looking to get up close and personal without leaving your own personal cave, you can take a virtual walk on the wild side with Wildlife Reserves Singapore. Back online by popular demand, the second season of Hello From The Wild Side features more unique interactions with the adorable critters, as well as a newly curated Zoo Explained! segment which offers limited edition content every month. In the first session of Zoo Explained!, you'll get to meet the playful Emperor Tamarins from River Safari and their dedicated keeper Ken who has all the answers to your burning questions about the intelligent and inquisitive creatures.

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The Sea Show
Photograph: Eyeyah!

The Sea Show

Kids Exhibitions Singapore Maritime Gallery, Marina Bay

Embark on an ocean exploration with the kids at Singapore Maritime Gallery where its Changing Gallery turns into a labyrinth of kaleidoscopic corners, featuring larger-than-life artworks, animations and installations. Designed by the artsy educational platform Eyeyah! and commissioned by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, the free multimedia exhibition is a visually stimulating and thought-provoking experience that aims to spark curiosity in kids about the world around them, including the deep blue sea.

Earth Alive
Photograph: Science Centre Singapore

Earth Alive

Kids Exhibitions Science Centre Singapore, Jurong East

Together with world-class scientists from Earth Observatory of Singapore, Science Centre Singapore launches the Earth Alive exhibition to school visitors of all ages about the world we live in. Expect larger-than-life lessons through life-size interactive displays, and learn how the changes on our planet impact the environment and cause natural phenomena such as earthquakes and tsunamis. Be mesmerised by the five-metre inflatable globe installation Gaia, send dramatic P and S waves of an earthquake down a giant slinky, shape a landscape with sand, and more.

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#StayHomeWithGB
Photograph: Gardens by the Bay

#StayHomeWithGB

Things to do Singapore City, Raffles Place

Your horticultural journey doesn't have to be a solo one. Get the kids involved too! Gardens by the Bay's #StayHomeWithGB brings its green-fingered team together to flex their expertise through a variety of edutaining plant-related content. Watch video tutorials on DIY gardening projects and botanical crafts, gather the kids for art activities and e-books, go on virtual tours of the Gardens, and more. There's even an eShop offering plants, terrariums and gardening supplies too.

Kid's got energy to burn?

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