An opportunity for bonding and fun, the Singapore school holidays are something that families anticipate patiently. Whether it’s the month-long December holidays or simply an extra weekday off from school, you could take the time to plan some exciting family activities in Singapore.
Here, I’ll be sharing a list of dates you’ll want to take note of, as well as a jam-packed and comprehensive list of what to do during the school holidays, divided into five categories:
- School holiday activities for kids
- School holiday activities for teenagers
- Free school holiday activities for families
- Educational activities for kids in Singapore
- June and December school holiday activities in Singapore
- Where to go during the school holidays in Singapore
List of upcoming Singapore school holidays 2019
Before we get into the fun stuff, perhaps you’ll appreciate the dates of upcoming school and public holidays so you can plan accordingly.
Type of holiday
1 to 30 June 2019
5 June 2019
Hari Raya Puasa
16 June 2019
7 July 2019*
21 July 2019
Racial Harmony Day
9 Aug 2019
11 Aug 2019*
Hari Raya Haji
6 Sep 2019
7 to 15 Sep 2019
4 Oct 2019
27 Oct 2019*
16 Nov to 31 Dec 2019
25 Dec 2019
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*The following Monday is a public holiday
School holiday activities for kids
These kids activities in Singapore are not free, but they will surely be memorable for the little ones. Add these Singapore school holiday activities into your plans!
1. Catch a movie at Shaw Theatres Jewel, a family-friendly cinema hall
Did you know that Jewel is home to Singapore’s very first dedicated family cinema hall? It’s housed within Shaw Theatres Jewel, which has 11 screens in total including an IMAX next-generation theatre, two Lumiere screens, and a family-friendly Dreamers screen which features soft lighting, reduced volume, colourful seats and bean bags, and of course, kid-friendly movies. Look out for the movie screenings at Dreamers which is highlighted in green on the Shaw Theatres website.
2. Scale walls at Clip ‘n Climb
Originating from New Zealand, Clip ‘n Climb is a climbing theme park with 19 climbing challenges, each with varying levels of difficulty. It’s a safe school holiday activity for kids, and it’s beneficial in terms of improving a child’s concentration and motor skills. Participants have to weigh 10 kilograms and upwards, but there’s no specific minimum age or height requirement.
3. Drive around the road circuit at Tayo Station
Located at Downtown East,Tayo Station is a massive indoor playground themed around Tayo The Little Bus, a South Korean animated series. It doesn’t matter whether your child has caught the TV show or not! At Tayo Station, kids can ride their little vehicles around Tayo’s Road Circuit and stop by the Garage, Wash n’ Go and Gas Pump Kiosk. There’s also a toddler’s play area, a playground, party rooms and a chill zone. Tayo Station welcomes kids from one to 12 years old.
4. Have a few hours of arctic fun at Amazonia
If you’ve yet to be introduced to Amazonia, this is a family entertainment centre on Level 3 of Great World City. The highlight of Amazonia is an arctic-themed play gym with a wave slide, though the large ball pit and the Interactive AI Gaming Zone are pretty cool too. Be sure to bounce your way around the trampoline and try to shoot some hoops mid-air.
5. Eat well and play well at Cool De Sac
Parents would know that sometimes, having a proper sit-down meal together as a couple can be difficult when kids are in the equation. At Cool de Sac, parents can tuck in and catch up over a glass of wine without worrying about their children. There are various play stations where kids can use up their excess energy by running around, playing console games, sliding down tunnels, building blocks, and trying out other activities.
School holiday activities for teenagers
Wondering what to do during the school holidays in Singapore with your teenagers? They may not be as easily entertained as toddlers, but these school holiday activities for teenagers will work up their enthusiasm!
6. Explore a suspended playground at Airzone
One for the kids to get excited about, Airzone is a suspended net playground in City Square Mall. Imagine sinking into an elevated ball pit brimming with over 50,000 balls, crawling your way out of a giant obstacle course, and whizzing down giant slides – all mid-air and in the midst of a mall. Airzone truly levels up the game of Singapore indoor playgrounds. Admit it, you’re just as excited as your teenagers.
7. Catch ‘em all at the Pokemon Center
Are your teens a big fan of Pokemon? Take them to the wonderland known as Pokemon Center Singaporeat Jewel Changi Airport where they will be in paradise. This outlet is the first official merchandise store outside of Japan, so that’s kind of a big deal. Expect lots of plushies, stationery, toys and an interactive Pokedex, as well as Singapore-exclusive merchandise like Pikachu plushies decked in a pilot’s uniform.
8. Feel the flower power at Floral Fantasy
If it has been a while since your family has visited Gardens by the Bay, it’s about time to drop by. While you’re there, visit its latest thematic attraction: Floral Fantasy. It features four different garden landscapes that will wow your family. A collection of 15,000 flowers hanging upside down greets you at the entrance. More wonders await, such as unique tree forms, floral chandeliers and even a rainforest. If your kids are above one metre in height, they can hop on the 4D rideFlight of the Dragonfly to end the trip with a bang.
9. Go for a round of Cosmic Bowling
Take your family’s bowling nights up a notch by experiencing glow-in-the-dark bowling. At one of the many outlets of Orchid Bowl, you can take turns to swing luminous balls and knock down pins under disco lights and to the beat of dance music. This might just transform from one of your family’s Singapore school holiday activities to a regular outing!
10. Conquer a tree-top course at Forest Adventure
At Singapore’s largest tree-top adventure park, your family can embark on all sorts of adrenaline-inducing challenges. Kids as young as five can take on the Kids Course which involves 22 crossings and two zip lines, while the older ones can choose the Junior Course or the Grand Course. And no need to worry about safety; at Forest Adventure, you’ll know that your family are in safe hands under the supervision of professional guides.
11. Hop on a virtual roller coaster at HeadRock VR
Located in Sentosa, HeadRockVR is one of the biggest VR theme parks in Southeast Asia. It comprises three zones (Blue, Orange and Green), each with different selections of adventure. You could raft along rapids with Jungle Rafting or perhaps brave through a blizzard on a dog sled with Storm Blizzard. Your kids have to be six years and above to enjoy the thrilling adventures at HeadRock VR.
12. Take a ride on the luge at Sentosa
An all-time favourite attraction at Sentosa is the Skyline Luge. This wheeled cart ride allows you to take control of your gravity-induced descent along one of the four tracks available: Dragon Trail, Jungle Trail, and the newer Expedition Trail and Kupu-Kupu Trail. The Skyride on the open-air chairlift which takes you to the start of the trail is part of the experience – some visitors enjoy this just as much as the luge ride itself! Offering excitement to riders of all ages, Skyline Luge is a sure-win among the list of school holiday activities for teenagers.
Free school holiday activities for families
No need to bust your wallet to tackle all these Singapore school holiday activities. The free school holiday activities below will help you fill days with your family without spending a cent on entrance fees.
13. Marvel at the HSBC Rain Vortex at Jewel Changi Airport
Have your family caught up with the hype of Jewel yet? If not, bring the kids over to the world’s tallest indoor waterfall which measures a whopping 40 metres high. The HSBC Rain Vortex is truly a sight to behold, with an endless stream of water cascading from a distinctive roof all the way down to Basement 2. Each day, at hourly intervals from 8.30pm to 12.30am, a Light & Sound show unveils itself so do stay around for that!
14. Let stories come alive at library@harbourfront
Skip the neighbourhood library in exchange for a trip to library@harbourfront, located on Level 3 of VivoCity. Your kids will love the Children Zone which is replete with novels, magazines, folktales, and all kinds of books, really! Time your visit with the interactive storytelling sessions which are scheduled on 5.30pm to 6pm on Thursdays for kids aged four to six, and on Fridays for kids aged seven to 12.
15. Whizz down Singapore’s longest outdoor slide at Admiralty Park
No doubt there are endless options when it comes to parks, but none other than Admiralty Park can claim to host the longest outdoor slide in Singapore! Measuring 32-metre-long, the High Adventure Roller Slide is lined with bright motion-sensor LED lights which give it a glow at night. There are a total of 26 slides at the park, including a tube slide that measures 23 metres long. Clearly, your kids have tons of sliding to do at this outdoor playground in Singapore!
16. Stroll along the boardwalk at Jurong Lakeside Garden
Lakeside Garden is the newest of Singapore’s national gardens. Opened on 27 April 2019, it takes up more than half the 90 hectares that comprise Jurong Lake Gardens. Hit the wetland trails, take photos at the Grasslands area, and check out the restored freshwater swamp forest. The Lakeside Garden also has swimming pools, playgrounds, boardwalks, and water activities like canoeing and kayaking.
17. Embark on the Coast-to-Coast Trail
Encourage an active lifestyle with a long walk through Singapore along the 36-kilometre-long Coast-to-Coast Trail. It starts from Jurong Lake Gardens in the west and ends at Coney Island Park in the northeast, passing through 18 parks and nature areas. As this can be considered one of the strenuous Singapore school holiday activities for kids, be sure to mentally prep your child for a long day under the sun.
18. Have fun at the playground in Terminal 3
Jewel may be stealing all the thunder these days, but let’s not forget the family fun you can have at the airport! Singapore’s tallest slide, Slide@T3 is a 12-metres-tall ride that takes you from Level 1 to Basement 3. Note that your child has to be at least 1.3 metres tall to enter. Terminal 3 also has a children’s playground at Basement 2. There are loads of free family activities in Singapore Changi Airport, including free movie screenings, so definitely look into this!
Educational activities for kids in Singapore
The learning doesn’t stop, not even during the Singapore school holidays. Take your kids on these educational trips in Singapore!
19. Be curious at The Artground
Advertising itself as a curious place to be, The Artground aims to encourage positive arts experiences for children aged 12 and under. Its space has interactive art installations designed for kids, as well as weekend art-related programmes that families can take part in together. Your child is never too young to for art education, so give this a shot!
20. Operate construction machinery at Diggersite
If your child likes machines, he or she will definitely love spending time at Diggersite, an edutainment centre that allows children to have a feel of operating small-scale construction machinery. At this special construction site, your child will don safety helmets and vests and then get to work on a construction digger – with supervision, of course!
21. See how goats are milked at Hay Dairies
The only goat farm in Singapore, Hay Dairies has been around since 1988. If you haven’t already brought your children here, now’s about high time. Hay Dairies welcomes the general public for walk-in visits. Here, your kids can stroll around the farm premises and get hands-on with feeding goats. It’s highly recommended to come between 9am to 10.30am to view the goat milking session.
22. Have a farm-to-table experience at Bollywood Veggies
Also located the beautiful Kranji Countryside, BollywoodVeggies offers farm tours where visitors can learn about different varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices and medicinal plants. You could also sample the offerings at Poison Ivy Bistro, from the Nasi Lemak Platter to handmade desserts and fresh bread. Rest assured, the food will taste as fresh as it looks!
23. Role play at KidZania
Picture a city built for kids – picture KidZania. This indoor edutainment centre in Sentosa is where kids from three years of age can role play and do their part for the KidZania society. A junior dentist at the dental clinic? A video editor at a film studio? An artisan at the art studio? All this and more are possible in KidZania, where kids will learn as they take part as a responsible citizen. Definitely a must-do among your family’s Singapore school holiday activities!
24. Instil a love for nature at Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
A garden dedicated to children, the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden in the NUS Bukit Timah Campus is complete with a farm, an orchard and a forest. It offers children an environment where they can learn about ecology through play and discovery.
June and December school holiday activities in Singapore
How do you fill in your kids’ time during the longer Singapore school holidays? The school holiday activities for kids shared below will help you out.
25. Catch up on schoolwork with tuition
As much as the holiday is a fantastic time to focus on fun Singapore school holiday activities, it’s also prime time for your kids to catch up on the school syllabus. If your child needs extra guidance, don’t hesitate to look for a tutor. Through SmileTutor, you can easily request for a home tutor and start the tuition lessons in no time.
26. Sign your kids up for a camp
If you don’t have enough time on your hands to keep your kids entertained during the long school holidays, consider sending them off for an educational holiday camp. There are endless options for you to choose from. To get started, check out the programmes offered by Kids Camp Singapore, Camp Asia, Camplify, Camp MagicandClub Coco Nut.
27. Learn how to ride a horse
There are many hobbies that your child can pick up, but why not try horse-riding? At Bukit Timah Saddle Club, the beginner’s courses run weekly for a period of eight weeks. The Singapore school holidays would be a great time to start getting acquainted with horseback riding! The minimum age to join as a student is six years old.
28. Have a family staycation
Staycations are all the rage these days, especially as a Singapore school holiday activity! Check out the possibility to have in-room camping at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore, or book a themed family suite in Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. Village Hotel Bugis and Swissotel Merchant Courthave cartoon-themed rooms and amenities that will delight your children!
Where to go during the school holidays in Singapore
Feel like going abroad and wondering about the best places for family holidays? You can’t go wrong with these kid-friendly holiday destinations overseas.
29. For beach holidays –Langkawi, Phuket & Cebu
For some fun under the sun, consider Langkawi or Phuket. You can get to both destinations under two hours with a direct flight. There, you’ll find plenty of family-friendly resorts with easy access to gorgeous beaches. If you don’t mind going a little further, consider Cebu, where you can laze around a beach resort on Mactan Island or go further to seek out a lesser-visited slice of paradise.
30. For theme parks – Johor Bahru, Tokyo & Gold Coast
For a convenient holiday, hit up all the awesome theme parks just across the border at Johor Bahru. You don’t have to travel far to have a ball of a time at Legoland and Sanrio Hello Kitty Town. Otherwise, travel further to Tokyo for Disneyland and DisneySea, or visit Gold Coast for Dreamworld, Seaworld, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet’n’Wild.
31. For the lazy planners – An all-inclusive resort
Planning a family vacation is certainly no easy feat, so don’t ever feel bad to take the easy way out by booking an all-inclusive resort. A notable brand name, ClubMed has various locations around the world, from Bali and Bintan to the Maldives and the European Alps. The price you pay takes care of the accommodation, gourmet cuisine, kids club, sports, activities and other forms of entertainment.
With this comprehensive list of Singapore school holiday activities for families, I’m sure you’re well-geared to ensure your kids will spend a fulfilling break from school. Pick well and enjoy!