10 Things to Do During the December 2016 School Holidays

The holiday season is upon us, and in that spirit we urge you to explore fun activities with your child to bring the family together and bridge the generation gap. Whether it’s a visit to the theatre, enjoying a great workshop or checking out a rather unusual museum, we’ve got it covered here.

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Bridge that Generation Gap

1. Learn A Historical Board Game

Playing 'Go' Game
Photo credit: Singapore Weiqi Association

Wean off mobile games with something even your grandmother will be proud of. Go, called weiqi in Chinese, hails from as far back as when civilisation began. Engaging the intellect but entirely fun, Go is more complex than Chinese chess and each game can take as quick as 15 minutes or a few days to finish.

The Singapore Weiqi Association organises holidays camps for children aged six and above. The best news? All parents are invited to join in the lessons.

Date & Venue: Click to check out dates and venues

Fee: $300

Sport for the whole Family

2. Bounce Indoor Adventure Park

Bounce Indoor Adventure Park
Photo credit: Bounce Inc

Bounce Singapore first came to our sunny island from Melbourne, Australia in 2012. Featuring a different variety of trampoline zones such as Singapore’s first “Leap of Faith” and more, Bounce caters to children aged three and above, adults and fitness enthusiasts.

With three areas based on interests and difficulty, safety is the first priority for the Park, with rules such as only one person is allowed on each trampoline at a time and landing on two feet is a must. Due to safety concerns, the Park has a weight limit for jumpers.

Their Family Session lets you “Jump as A Family” on Tuesdays, so get ready for some active family bonding.

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 10am to 9pm (check for slots available)

Venue: #09-01 Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Road, S (239695)

Fee: Family ticket is available at $75 per family of 4.

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Holiday Workshops that Spell Fun

3. Conquer the Reading Mission  

Conquer the Reading Mission

Mums, Dads and their budding explorers will get to experience Integrated Phonics (through songs, rhymes and poems), and Listening and Reading comprehension through a series of fun adventures in the wilderness!

The good news is that one parent will be invited to attend the workshop.

Date & Time:

7 Dec, 10am – 12pm (for 3 – 4-year-olds in 2016) Limited Seats Available

7 Dec, 2–4pm (for 5 – 6-years-olds in 2016)

Venue: MindChamps Singapore, 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #17-01 HDB Hub East Wing, S (310480)

Fee: $68 per child

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4. Master the Writing Mission

Explorer Love on a mysterious jungle

Let your children join Explorer Love on a mysterious jungle adventure to discover Adjectives, Conjunctions, Verbs and much more. Through this two-day workshop, they will get to create their own masterpiece and learn all about creative writing. Be sure to cheer them on and see the ‘before and after’ results of their work!

Date & Time:

5 & 6 Dec, 10am – 12pm (for K2 – P1 students in 2016) Limited Seats Available

5 & 6 Dec, 2-4pm (for P2 – P3 students in 2016) Fully Booked

Venue: MindChamps Singapore, 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #17-01 HDB Hub East Wing, S (310480)

Fee: $89 per child

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5. Thinking Cap Programme Workshops

MindChamps Thinking Cap Programme

Let your child benefit from MindChamps’ proprietary Thinking Cap Programme that meets and goes beyond the requirements in the MOE curriculum.

Your child will learn:

  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Multiple-perspective thinking strategies
  • Goal-setting and time management skills
  • Effective learning techniques that can be applied to the school curriculum

And especially for you, the workshops for Primary 3 onwards will feature a video where your child delivers a small speech in appreciation of you. Need we say more?

Workshop Details:

For P3 – P4 students in 2017

Date: 1 & 2 Dec, 9am – 6pm

Fee: $148 per child (Lunch will be provided)

For P5 – P6 students in 2017

Date: 5 & 6 Dec

Time: 9am – 6pm

Fee: $148 per child (Lunch will be provided)

Venue: MindChamps Singapore, 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #17-01 HDB Hub East Wing, S (310480)

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Visual and Performing Arts for All Ages

6. Trick Eye Museum

Trick Eye Museum
Photo credit: rwsentosablog

Crowned by TripAdvisor as the number 1 attraction in Korea (Museum Category), the concept of the Trick Eye Museum uses the special art technique of ‘optical illusions’ that transforms 2D paintings into 3D effect. Singapore is the first stop of Trick Eye Museum’s overseas venture and the museum is located at the hub of local attractions – Resorts World Sentosa. The museum houses around 100 artworks which includes paintings and sculptures.

Opening Hours: 10am to 9pm daily

Venue:  Waterfront @ Resorts World Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, S (098138)

Fee: $25 for adults/$20 for children and senior citizens

Get your tickets here.

7. Charlotte’s Web Theatrical Presentation

The play spins a positive message about friendship.
Photo credit: SRT’s The Little Company

Get entangled in this well-loved classic, the enchanting story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. Come watch how Charlotte uses her web-spinning skills to weave messages that praise Wilbur, making him a treasured pig instead of being sent off to the butcher.
The play spins a positive message about friendship. Experience this timeless story with the entire family!

Date: Showing now till 11 Dec 2016

Venue: KC Arts Centre – Home of the Singapore Repertory Theatre, 20 Merbau Road, S (239035)

Fee: Standard $28/$25 (before booking fee); Family tickets of 4 at $95 (booking fee applies)

Get your tickets here.

8. Little Maestros on Classical Music

Little Maestros on Classical Music
Photo credit: Wolfgang Violin Studio

This year’s Little Maestros Concert features 100 young violin and cello wonders from ages 4 to 16, showcasing all levels from their littlest twinkle stars in the Baby Orchestra, to International Competition Winner, Samuel Tan. It is a night of classical fun for the whole family.

Date & Time: 1 Dec 2016, 7.30pm

Venue: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place, S (179556)

Fee: $80, $55, $35, $25 (excludes booking fee)

Book your tickets here.

 

Gardening for the Whole Family

9. Garden Harvest With Hort Farmer

Enjoy gardening with the whole family
Photo credit: National Parks Board

Enjoy a family gardening day out led by a horticultural expert. How this works is tickets are for one parent and one child, who will be gardening in a pair. Indeed, this will be one great organic harvest for the whole family.

Date & Time: 10 Dec 2016

Time: 9.30am

Venue: To meet at 9.30am outside Visitor Services Centre, HortPark, 33 Hyderabad Road, S (119578); (Registration is required on the day at the Visitor Service Centre)

Fee: $3 for one parent and one child (limited to 10 pairs per session).

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The Zoo with A Twist

10. Zoo-rassic Park  

Photo courtesy of Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Photo credit : Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Step back in time to Zoo-rassic Park to meet over 20 ferocious dinosaurs at the Singapore Zoo. Marvel at crowd favourites like T-rex, Velociraptor and a host of their prehistoric cousins in lifelike dinosaur animatronics display.

Education booths feature specimens to enable your child to learn more about this fascinating period.

Date: Every weekend until 18 December 2016

Venue: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, S (729826)

Fee: Adults $33, Children $22 (discounts are available for online booking)

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This article was first published on the MindChamps blog.

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