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

School's out! Take the kids out (or stay in) for some fun at these family-friendly events and activities in Singapore

By Cam Khalid
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While many family events remain postponed or cancelled, kid-friendly attractions including playgrounds and museums have resumed activity to keep the kids entertained. But regardless of whether you choose to head out or stay home, there are plenty of things to do during the December school holidays. Keep your active tots and tykes busy with everything from the annual Children's Season to workshops that show you all it takes to be a farmer, photographer, and even princess. For more ideas, check out our guide on the 50 best things to do with kids in Singapore.

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National Gallery Singapore
Photograph: National Gallery Singapore

An Artist’s Tropical Landscape

Kids Exhibitions National Gallery Singapore, City Hall

Get the kids acquainted with works by brilliant local painter Georgette Chen, one of the pioneers of the Nanyang art style movement. An Artist's Tropical Landscape encourages kids to explore the fascinating world of fruit, a prominent subject matter in the artist's oeuvre. Children aged six to twelve get to explore the fascinating world of tropical fruits and draw fruits and composing still life drawings, as well as engage in sensorial play in the curious audio area. Don't miss the life-sized Rambutan Room for augmented reality kinetic games. 

Scribble Town
Photograph: National Heritage Board

Scribble Town

Kids Exhibitions Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Novena

Whether you've fallen victim to bullying or have been on the other end of it, reflect your own experiences with this interactive exhibition at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH). Especially for kids aged between nine and 12, the exhibition features comic artwork that takes visitors on a quest to save the fictional world of Scribble Town alongside characters Sam, Dan, and Lydia. Through the adventure, observe the interactions between the characters and gain a better understanding of the different types of bullying, how and why bullying occurs, and the corresponding impact on the involved parties.

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#SmallBigDreamersAtHome
Photograph: National Gallery Singapore

#SmallBigDreamersAtHome

Kids Singapore City, Raffles Place

Got #SmallBigDreamersAtHome? While there are plenty of things to do to keep 'em active tykes busy, it's never too early to expose your little ones to art. Add some colour to the kids' stay-home routine with the digital spin of National Gallery Singapore's biennial children's festival Small Big Dreamers where they can tap into their imagination with creative play including interactive games, guided art tutorials, and immersive art-viewing experiences at the first online art festival in Singapore. The programmes are designed to unleash their inner artist, all while learning about the inspiring artworks from Singapore and Southeast Asia, including those within the National Collection.

National Museum of Singapore
Photograph: National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

Things to do City Hall

Take the kids to the Glass Rotunda for a larger-than-life, interactive showcase called Story of the Forest which mirrors the sights and sounds of Southeast Asia’s lush tropical rainforests by bringing drawings from the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings collections to life digitally.

For an online experience, log into #MuseumFromHome: Get Curious for a series of programmes and activities including making your own performer puppets using materials found at home, engaging in music and movements inspired by the museums Early Learning Resources, and more.

Kid's got energy to burn?

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