School holiday activities galore - from craft sessions to nature fun

Three creative sisters - (from left) Safeeya, Syifa and Syadeeya - will be conducting craft sessions at the Esplanade during its Celebrate December festival.
Three creative sisters - (from left) Safeeya, Syifa and Syadeeya - will be conducting craft sessions at the Esplanade during its Celebrate December festival. PHOTOS: ESPLANADE - THEATRES ON THE BAY, WAH KEE
In A Very Electric Christmas, actors wearing glow-in-the-dark wires on their clothes act out a play about a bird which has lost its way. Dinosaurs come back to life at the Singapore Zoo (see D4 for story).
Dinosaurs come back to life at the Singapore Zoo.PHOTO: TIFFANY GOH FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
In A Very Electric Christmas, actors wearing glow-in-the-dark wires on their clothes act out a play about a bird which has lost its way.
In A Very Electric Christmas, actors wearing glow-in-the-dark wires on their clothes act out a play about a bird which has lost its way. PHOTOS: SNAP! ENTERTAINMENT/ LIGHTWIRE THEATER, SINGAPORE REPERTORY THEATRE
Meet the characters from Trolls at Sentosa. Pokemon trainers can catch 'em all at Changi Airport.
Pokemon trainers can catch 'em all at Changi Airport.ST PHOTO: NIVASH JOYVIN
Meet the characters from Trolls at Sentosa.
Meet the characters from Trolls at Sentosa. PHOTO: SENTOSA

There are plenty of activities to keep your child occupied. Gurveen Kaur and Lea Wee put together a list of fun things to do

Get entertained

CHARLOTTE'S WEB (below)

The timeless children's classic Charlotte's Web has been adapted into a heartwarming play by Singapore Repertory Theatre's The Little Company.

The play stars Ann Lek as the lovable pig Wilbur and Sharda Harrison as Charlotte, the clever spider.

In A Very Electric Christmas, actors wearing glow-in-the-dark wires on their clothes act out a play about a bird which has lost its way. Dinosaurs come back to life at the Singapore Zoo (see D4 for story).

Recommended for kids aged four and older.

Where: KC Arts Centre - Home of SRT, 20 Merbau Road

When: Today to Sunday and Tuesday to Dec 9, various timings

Admission: $25 to $48 for standard tickets from Sistic (go to www.sistic.com.sg or call 6348-5555)

Info: www.srt.com.sg

A VERY ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS

In this glow-in-the-dark Christmas production, performers wear electroluminescent wires on their bodies on a stage in complete darkness.

The story centres on Max, a young bird who loses his way flying south and ends up at the North Pole. As he tries to find his way home, he meets Nutcracker soldiers, dancing poinsettias and carolling worms.

Adding to the festive mood are a holiday soundtrack including Jingle Bell Rock and Holly Jolly Christmas.

The show is produced by American art, technology and theatre company Lightwire Theater, which was a semi-finalist in the seventh season of reality television show America's Got Talent.

Recommended for children aged five and above.

Where: Victoria Theatre, 9 Empress Place

When: Dec 9 to 11, various timings

Admission: $55, $75 or $95 from Sistic

Info: www.facebook.com/Snap.Entertainment.SverG/

CIRQUE ADRENALINE

In this circus spectacle, motorcyclists will perform mid-air jumps and backflips while acrobats will take on the Wheel Of Death, as they attempt to balance in and on a pair of giant spinning wheels rotating high above the stage.

Cirque Adrenaline is an international troupe of more than 30 performers, including trapeze artists, fire-breathers and strongmen.

All kids under 12 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Where: Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue

When: Dec 15 to 25, various timings

Admission: $38.50 to $155 from Marina Bay Sands or Sistic. Free for a child below three if he sits on the lap of a parent or guardian

Info: entertainment.marinabaysands.com/events/ad1216


Get out and about

ZOO-RASSIC PARK

The Singapore Zoo and River Safari will explore the Jurassic Age with 26 dinosaurs installed on its premises, accompanied by educational displays.

These include a Spinosaurus and T-rex. A few of them move.

Visitors will learn about topics such as convergent evolution. This explains why, for example, both the giraffe and the brachiosaurus have long necks - so they can reach for leaves on tall trees.

Kids can match certain dinosaurs with their respective living counterparts. They can also dig in a sandpit to uncover dinosaur fossils.

At the River Safari, see living fossils such as the Chinese giant salamander and the alligator snapping turtle.

Where: Singapore Zoo and River Safari, 80 Mandai Lake Road

When: Activities will run on weekends until Dec 18 while the dinosaur exhibits will be up until May next year

Admission: $39 for adults and $25 for children aged three to 12 (valid only for Singaporeans, permanent residents and employment pass holders). Otherwise, standard park entry rates apply.

Info: www.zoo.com.sg/zoorassic-park

A TROLLIFIC PLAYCATION

Fans of the colourful creatures from the recent DreamWorks animated film Trolls (2016) can see Trolls sculptures and 3D light displays in Sentosa.

There will be a meet-and-greet with characters Poppy and Branch on Dec 10 at Merlion Plaza and Dec 17 at Beach Plaza thrice a day: 11.30am, 2.30 and 6pm.

In the evenings, light show Merlion Magic Lights will project the cuddly characters onto the 37m-tall Merlion from 7.45pm.

Where: Merlion Plaza, Merlion Walk and Beach Plaza at Sentosa

When: Till Jan 2

Admission: Free

Info: www.sentosa.com.sg/festivefun

HOMETEAMNS TAMPINES

Easties now have a new recreational option at the newly opened HomeTeamNS Tampines clubhouse.

It comprises a laser tag facility called Laser Quest and a climbing theme park called Clip 'n Climb.

To play Laser Quest, participants need to be at least eight years old.

Clip 'n Climb has no minimum age, but climbers need to weigh between 10 and 150kg. There are 17 types of climbing walls and two bouldering areas.

Where: 03-03 Our Tampines Hub, 51 Tampines Avenue 4

When: Noon to 9pm (Mondays to Thursdays, except for the first Monday of the month when it opens from 2 to 9pm); 10am to 11pm (Fridays, Saturdays, school holidays and eve of a public holiday); 10am to 9pm (Sundays and public holidays)

Admission: For Laser Quest, prices start at $10 for members, $12 for People's Association or Safra members or $14 for guests. For Clip 'n Climb, prices start at $18 for members, $22 for People's Association or Safra members or $25 for guests

Info: www.hometeamns.sg

POKEMON AT CHANGI

As part of the airport's Pokemon-themed year-end festivities, visitors can embark on a Poke Trail to hunt for 26 Pokemons at various locations across the airport and stand to win one of nine Pokemon plushies, of which five have been released so far.

Snorlax fans can take wefies with three life-sized Snorlax at the Snorlax Garden at Terminal 2's departure hall and one at the Gingerbread House in Terminal 3's departure hall.

Or head down on the weekends till Jan 1 (except Dec 3) to meet Pikachu at Terminal 3's departure hall at 6 or 8pm. Limited to 80 families a session.

Where: Changi Airport

When: Till Feb 11

Admission: Free

Info: pokemon.changiairport.com

BOUNCEOFF! FIESTA

Let your child run free at the BounceOFF! Fiesta, where inflatables are spread across over 40,000 sq m in the Marina Bay area.

There are 32 inflatables that are divided into three zones: bounce, slide and jump.

At the bounce zone, there is the Skyscraper, a mammoth inflatable 16m in height, 70m in length and 18m in width.

The slide zone features a 150m-long water slide.

The adventurous can head for the Blobber at the jump zone, where you leap from a height of 7m onto a 3m-deep inflatable bag.

Where: The Promontory @ Marina Bay and Bayfront Event Space

When: Till Jan 1, 5 to 11pm on weekdays and 2 to 11pm on weekends. Extended hours of 2pm to 2am on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

Admission: Pay-per-rides range from $3 to $40, or get an all-day pass from $48 to $128

Info: www.bounceofffiesta.com.sg


Get creative 

POM POM POW!

Three children will be the instructors in this craft class.

Artsy trio 3puffsinapod, made up of three sisters aged eight, nine and 11, will be teaching participants how to make pom poms which will then be hung at the Esplanade's Concourse.

The workshop is part of the Esplanade's annual Celebrate December festival. It is recommended for children age six and above with adult supervision.

The girls, Syifa, Safeeya and Syadeeya, have been conducting all sorts of art and craft workshops from papier mache to silkscreen since two years ago.

Their parents, as their mother Waheeda Angullia puts it, are simply the "crew members".

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall Meeting Point, 1 Esplanade Drive

When: This weekend and Dec 17 and 18, any time between 4 and 8pm

Admission: Free

Info: www.esplanade.com/festivals-and-series/celebrate-december

OVERNIGHT ADVENTURE

Pack your child's pyjamas for a night at the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Campers will get an after-dark tour of the various exhibitions, including one based on the Harry Potter series, design a stamp and create an "invisibility cloak" out of recycled materials.

Dinner, supper and breakfast are included. The sleepover is for children aged seven to 12.

Where: Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23B Coleman Street

When: Next Thursday, 6pm to Friday 9am

Admission: $90

Info: To register, contact Lily on 6513-7347 or e-mail Lily_Samuel@ nhb.gov.sg or Laura on 6513-7348 or Laura_Tan@nhb.gov.sg

A WORLD FULL OF STORIES

At A World Full Of Stories interactive exhibition at Playeum, kids are encouraged to let their imagination run wild.

They can step on-board a nautical- themed Story Raft and imagine being at sea, doodle their ideas on The Chalk Wall or play dress-up at the Fantasy Dress Up corner.

There are also storytelling workshops using techniques such as scratch coding or stop-motion animation.

The exhibition is for children aged one to 12.

Where: Playeum, Block 47, 01-23 Gillman Barracks, Malan Road

When: Tuesdays to Sundays until April 30, 10am to 6pm

Admission: $22 a child with one accompanying adult, additional adults at $10 each

Info: www.playeum.com/stories 


A ROMP IN NATURE


Nature Play, supported by social enterprise Chapter Zero Singapore, takes children to a forested area at Tampines Eco-Green or Dairy Farm Road area for child-led play sessions in nature. PHOTO: CHAPTER ZERO SINGAPORE

Every Friday morning in a forested area off Dairy Farm Road, children get very, very dirty.

Barefoot or with shoes on, they jump onto puddles and wade into streams. They swing from low branches or scramble up trees.

The end of the session looks like a chaotic scene out of Lord Of The Flies, with some of the children's clothes and bodies covered with dirt or soaked in mud.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 02, 2016, with the headline 'December madness'. Print Edition | Subscribe