A complete guide to kid-friendly things to do during school holidays – restaurants, movies, attractions, and more for the young and the young-at-heart!
In the desert that is the MOE calendar, there are short periods of time, oases, if you will, where children all over Singapore are relinquished from books, timetables and exams to recharge and prep for the next semester. The March school holidays are one such example — it may be short, but why not make it sweet? Keep this all-in-one nifty guide in your back pocket for an ultimate cheat-sheet on possible kid-friendly things to do in Singapore for any school holiday break. You’ll be sure to keep the fam entertained (whether you plan to go out or stay in), at least till the borders re-open!
Going Out Ideas During School Holidays
Sheryl Crow got her priorities right when she dedicated a whole tune to fun-filled days in the sun and we’re here for it!
Feast at Family-friendly Restaurants in Singapore
It may seem a little daunting to bring your little ones out to dine at public places especially if they’re prone to making a scene. No one wants to be the parent of that one baby crying in the theatre or on the plane. However, there are quite a few restaurants that make provisions to cater for children — even the fussy-eaters!
There are the crazy, colourful, yummy milkshakes available at BlackTap that’s sure to impress the kids. Otherwise, fresh handmade pizzas are always a great idea! These at Picotin are named after horse breeds as a homage to the old stables just round the corner. Alternatively, trudge through the fauna and flora of Dempsey Hills with the whole Brady Bunch for comfort food at The Pantry. Psst! They even have a treehouse and play area in their 900-square-metre outdoor space so you folks can wind down with wine whilst the kids work up an appetite.
Credits: Food For Tots
Our bonus mention goes to Food For Tots — an eco-conscious kids café that reaffirms the impact children can have on the environment (and on others), by sparking an appreciation for it through the surrounding foliage. Oh, we also love that they have an interactive play area to keep the kids entertained whilst the adults munch on. #winwin
Crash at Family-friendly Staycations in Singapore
Credits: Shangri-la Hotel Singapore
Cabin-fever is no joke — so why not do something about it this March school holidays? Pack up your bags and uncover a home away from home for a well-deserved change of scenery. With more and more hotels partnering up with companies running the various local attractions, we’re pretty sure that there’s bound to be ample fun for the whole family wherever you choose to stay!
Due to Singapore’s unpredictable weather, camping outdoors might be a bit of a hassle with the kids. Well, with Sofitel’s themed teepee tents (mattresses included!), you still can have all the excitements of sleeping in a tent but with the comfort (and shelter) of a hotel room!
Credits: Intercontinental Singapore
Bored of the usual spare mattresses and muted colours? Enter: Intercontinental’s newly launched Family Suite. Mom and dad can have the spacious King Bed Room while the kids live it up in their very own interactive space. There’s even a slide and tunnel joined to their custom-designed bunk beds! We recommend opting for their Family First Staycation package that includes an in-room kids’ teepee, a Playstation 4, Galaxy night lights as well as DVD movie entertainment complete with popcorn and rainbow-sprinkled milk!
However, our bonus mention still goes to Shangri-la Hotel Singapore’s gorgeous Themed Family Suites — I mean, come on…They have a treehouse in there!
BTW #ICYMI, check out our guide to the best kid-friendly staycation spots in Singapore here.
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Local Attractions in Singapore
Credits: HydroDash Singapore
Now that you’ve got your meals planned out and your accommodations settled, let’s get the rest of your activities sorted.
A floating obstacle course on the sparkling waters of Sentosa — cross your heart and tell me that doesn’t appeal to you! #ICYMI Hydrodash is Singapore’s very first floating aqua park located at Palawan Beach. Now all you need is a pair of sunnies (or goggles), some sunblock and you’re all set.
There’s nothing like a good old fashioned search-and-rescue mission to bond the fam. Come on down to NERF Action Xperience for an exciting afternoon of problem-solving and blasting good fun this school holidays!
Credits: Splat Paint House
Our honorary mentions, however, go to dinner on modern-day kelong Smith Marine and the opportunity to channel your inner Bear Grylls this school holidays with a day of jungle craft training at Training by Glen.
Staying In Ideas During School Holidays
We understand that not everyone would want to leave the comforts of home. Well, lucky for you, there are still a ton of things you can do indoors.
Interactive Online Games
Let’s be real, you can’t be entertaining your kids all day long. So while you take a quick breather or cook dinner, why not get some healthy competition going?
We suggest downloading the simple but exhilarating Exploding Kittens on your mobile phones. Players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten. They must then defuse it before the timer runs out. Sounds pretty straight forward right? Well, let’s just say that it’s a little harder than it looks!
UNO gets our vote for nostalgic value. Yes, our favourite childhood game has gone digital and we can’t be happier.
Still, the bonus mention goes to Pictionary-inspired Skribbl.io. For maximum fun we recommend creating a room with family friends or the extended family — with this game, more is truly merrier!
Cosy up with a Movie
There are a ton of streaming services out there for you to choose from — Netflix (hang on for our guide!), Disney Plus, Amazon Prime, HBO GO, and more! In the meantime, if you’re in immediate need of some kid-friendly movie recs this school holidays, check out our Disney Plus Guide for endless movie inspirations. Think animated shorts, informative documentaries, the best of the Marvel universe, Star Wars and other nostalgic favourites!
Bond over Board Games
Credits: Photosynthesis, Amazon Singapore
Keep your dusty collection of Monopoly, Scramble and Risk in the storeroom — there’s a whole new generation of board games on the market that’s lightyears away from those slow-moving games of old, and we’re loving it!
We hope you’ve got steady hands attempting Men at Work, a fun-for-all-ages type game that requires zero set-ups. Essentially, you’ll be tasked with building up a construction site collectively according to the card you draw each round — but all players can only use one hand! We all know it’ll probably end in a collapse, but hey! Isn’t that the fun part?
Don’t miss out on Photosynthesis, a simple game, but one that requires critical thinking. However, it is easy to learn and teach. Plus! It’s quite a vision to behold in terms of aesthetics. The gist of the game is to grow trees in the sunlight. More trees = more sunlight = more seedlings. The catch would be choosing which of your full-grown trees to sacrifice to make space for ‘newborns’ ala the circle of life.
Hey Parents, You’re Ready For March Holidays
Whether you choose to stay in and bond over a movie, mix things up with a board game, or take a trip to re-rediscover Singapore, we’re positive that you are going to have a great time this March school holidays! Oh, while you’re at it, why not use your YouTrip card for all your online shopping to ensure you get the best exchange rates?
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