It is a student’s favourite sound – that last school bell signalling the start of the year-end school holidays! After another challenging year poring over books, it’s time to put them aside and have some fun. Remember, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. With academic matters in the background, this is an excellent period to spend time together as a family. Many families travel overseas, but it’s not necessary to go far – our little red dot packs a host of activities for the entire family. Here are a few suggestions to keep the whole family occupied in Singapore all holiday long.
Engage in Fun Exercise
Exercise does not have to be repetitious and boring. There is a range of exciting activities to get your heart pumping. NERF gun arenas are popular among children and adults. Groups of friends and family can form teams and challenge one another to a friendly NERF gun battle. Other than it being fun, this game also builds teamwork. Another unique option is iFLY Singapore on Sentosa Island, an indoor skydiving venue. An unusual wind tunnel simulates the experience of an actual skydive. The place caters to both beginners and expert fliers.
Explore Singapore Green Spaces
Singapore is dotted with several parks, trails and nature reserves. Nature lovers can choose to hike more challenging routes at the Macritchie Reservoir Park or the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Monkeys are a common sight here and can be exciting for kids. Kranji Marshes and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve are popular spots for bird-watching, especially at this time of the year. Families who prefer a more relaxing activity can stroll through the lush greenery of the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Fort Canning Park.
Escape to the Countryside
There is a surprising range of activities away from the hustle of the city. The Kranji countryside is home to many farms that is sure to offer a new experience for children. One popular farm is Hay Dairies, Singapore’s only goat farm. You can view milking sessions in the morning and also try your hand at feeding the goats. Farmart at Sungei Tengah Road conducts educational farm tours where you can learn about quails and frogs – then meet them up close! Farmart also allows visitors to feed and pet animals.
Learn While Having Fun
Immerse in the worlds of history, art and science at museums and exhibitions. Let your child discover his inner Einstein at the Science Centre then hop over to the Singapore Discovery Centre to learn about Singapore culture. The interactive nature of these exhibits lets a child learn in a stress-free environment. They can also apply what they were taught in school. Other than more well-known museums like the National Museum of Singapore, smaller museums like the Singapore Chinese Opera Museum and the MINT Museum of Toys focus on more exclusive areas. Hence, there is bound to be a museum that will pique your child’s interest – and maybe even discover a passion.
Children can also learn about animals, birds and marine life at the four Wildlife Reserves and the S.E.A. Aquarium. There may even be a chance to interact with the animals up close and gain a greater appreciation for these majestic creatures.
Activities in the Neighbourhood
This is for the family that prefers the comfort of home to crowded public places. Family activities can be as simple as teaching your children how to bake or cook. Parents can also create mini family competitions like badminton matches, spelling bees, board games and karaoke sing-offs.
The December school holidays is the perfect time for family bonding. New experiences allow children to not only gain new information but grow as an individual. After a day of fun, parents can ask their child what they have learnt. It allows them to gain a greater appreciation for learning. Enjoy this well-deserved and fruitful holiday with the family, free of school books and full of fun!