The best school holiday activities and events for kids

We've got you covered on where to take your family during the school holidays
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By Time Out Singapore editors |
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Get the kids out of the house and away from the computer with our round-up of family-friendly activities. If you're looking for somewhere to go for a meal with the kids, head this way or if you maybe want to go for an educational day out, check out our list of Singapore's secret museums

Things to do

Spooky Seas

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Send the little ones straight into the pirates' lair to meet the Sea Witch and Caption Spooks in this marine-themed Halloween event at SEA Aquarium. Come face to face and learn more about five of the rarest and bizarre marine animals, including bumphead parrotfish, elephant fish, paddlefish, tasselled wobbegong shark and vampire fish. There are also exciting scavenger hunts, talks, meet-and-greet sessions with mascots Mai and Sam, and more.

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Sunflower Surprise

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Bask yourselves in shining radiance as you enter into the Sunflower Surprise floral display at Gardens by the Bay's Flower Dome inspired by none other than flora and fauna of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Delve into the golden fields as you witness over 16,000 sunflowers of various shapes and sizes, including the fluffy-looking ‘Teddy Bear’, rich red ‘Earthwalker’, and the enormous ‘Uniflorus Giganteus’, which blooms as large as a human’s face. Be sure to look out for Dorothy and her friends Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, peeking through the petals as you stroll through the dome. 

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Theatre, Musicals

Peter and the Starcatcher

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What if we tell you that there's a story prior to Peter Pan's iconic adventures with the Darling children? Based on the Broadway production, Pangdemonium takes on Rick Elice's Peter and the Starcatcher, a heartwarming prequel that shadows a young starcatcher-in-training named Molly who's on a secret mission, voyaging across the seas with three other orphans. Follow the children as they overcome obstacles to make their way to Neverland safely.

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The Little Prince: Behind the Story

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The Little Prince is probably one of the world's most widely read books – we all know the famous, oft quoted phrases from this French book published in 1943 from our childhood that has since been translated into 300 languages. Throwback to your salad days (or introduce your kids to this book) with this exhibition dedicated to this iconic book through rare philatelic materials, hand-drawn illustrations and artefacts – some of which have never been exhibited outside of France. 

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Kids, Exhibitions

Playeum's 'Going Play-ces'

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What devasting effect does plastic pollution have on our seas and marine life? Can we live without light from the sun? Explore new places through various landscapes such as the sea, jungle and city in this hands-on exhibition for kids aged one to 12 at Playeum's Children Centre for Creativity.

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Madame Tussauds' Marvel 4D Experience

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Avengers assemble! Be a part of the superhero squad at this immersive exhibition featuring life-sized wax figurines of Iron Man and Captain America, and a 4D experience of your favourites fighting villains on the streets of Singapore. Sounds like something we think every Marvel fan need to check out. 

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Things to do, Exhibitions

Building History: Monuments in Bricks and Blocks

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Lego fans, here's one for you. Building History: Monuments in Bricks and Blocks is a travelling exhibition that features eight models of Singapore national monuments, constructed using over 110,000 LEGO bricks. Iconic landmarks include the National Museum of Singapore, Jurong Town Hall, Sultan Mosque, and St Andrew’s Cathedral – with the tallest model standing at 1.1m high and the heaviest at 40kg. 

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Art

Future World

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The ArtScience Museum’s first-ever permanent exhibition is a world of high-tech, immersive digital art installations. Featuring 15 works by award-winning Japanese art collective teamLab, Future World will be constantly updated with new works over the years. Highlight pieces include 'Crystal Universe', where visitors can enter a room filled with over 170,000 LED lights that change colours, and 'Universe of Water Particles' – an 8-metre-tall digital waterfall whose water particles tumble down logs in accordance with the laws of physics. We check out five of the most eye-catching pieces at Future World.

Kids' got energy to burn?

Kids, Playgrounds

The best rooftop playgrounds in Singapore

Rooftop bars and infinity pools are aplenty in Singapore but our city is also home to many sprawling rooftop playgrounds that are a hit among kids with energy to burn (and parents seeking reprieve). Head to one of these spaces during your next family outing because they assuredly take fun to next level.

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The best free water parks in Singapore

In case you didn't notice, Singapore's weather can get quite hot, so cool down with the whole family at these aqua playgrounds around the island. We've checked out where to go for the best sprinklers, bubblers and water fountains that are great for kids (and adults). Best of all, as they are in public spaces, there's no admission fees! Just like these best public pools too.  Looking for other great things to do around the city? Discover the 101 best things to do in Singapore or things you can do here that you can't do anywhere else.  RECOMMENDED:  The best public parks for kids and The best indoor playgrounds in Singapore

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Kids

The best public parks for kids

Sure, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and all that. But as much as we’re proud of that fact, there are scores more public parks in this ‘City in a Garden’ that are perfect for unleashing the little ones in.

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