Kids all abuzz: 10 school holiday activities for children

Spineless And Successful -- PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO, BUKIT TIMAH SADDLE CLUB, SENTOSA LEISURE GROUP, ONG WEE JIN, SINGAPORE LYRIC OP
Spineless And Successful -- PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO, BUKIT TIMAH SADDLE CLUB, SENTOSA LEISURE GROUP, ONG WEE JIN, SINGAPORE LYRIC OP
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO, BUKIT TIMAH SADDLE CLUB, SENTOSA LEISURE GROUP, ONG WEE JIN, SINGAPORE LYRIC OP
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO, BUKIT TIMAH SADDLE CLUB, SENTOSA LEISURE GROUP, ONG WEE JIN, SINGAPORE LYRIC OP
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO, BUKIT TIMAH SADDLE CLUB, SENTOSA LEISURE GROUP, ONG WEE JIN, SINGAPORE LYRIC OP
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO, BUKIT TIMAH SADDLE CLUB, SENTOSA LEISURE GROUP, ONG WEE JIN, SINGAPORE LYRIC OP
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO, BUKIT TIMAH SADDLE CLUB, SENTOSA LEISURE GROUP, ONG WEE JIN, SINGAPORE LYRIC OP
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO, BUKIT TIMAH SADDLE CLUB, SENTOSA LEISURE GROUP, ONG WEE JIN, SINGAPORE LYRIC OP
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO, BUKIT TIMAH SADDLE CLUB, SENTOSA LEISURE GROUP, ONG WEE JIN, SINGAPORE LYRIC OP
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO, BUKIT TIMAH SADDLE CLUB, SENTOSA LEISURE GROUP, ONG WEE JIN, SINGAPORE LYRIC OP
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO, BUKIT TIMAH SADDLE CLUB, SENTOSA LEISURE GROUP, ONG WEE JIN, SINGAPORE LYRIC OP
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO, BUKIT TIMAH SADDLE CLUB, SENTOSA LEISURE GROUP, ONG WEE JIN, SINGAPORE LYRIC OP
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).
Children can play and learn with interactive exhibits at Play @ National Museum of Singapore (above) or view rare DC Comics Super Heroes pages and collectibles at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (left).PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO, BUKIT TIMAH SADDLE CLUB, SENTOSA LEISURE GROUP, ONG WEE JIN, SINGAPORE LYRIC OP

With school holidays just around the corner, SEOW BEI YI and CHERYL MUI highlight 10 activities, from arts festivals to science exhibits, for the family

1. SCIENCE

KIDSSTOP

What: Children can try out a 7m slide, excavate fake dinosaur bones from a sandpit and find out more about the human body at KidsSTOP. Singapore's first science centre for children caters for those eight years and younger, and boasts features that encourage exploration.

Where: 21 Jurong Town HallWhen: From June 6 When: Timeslots available from 9.30am to 7pm (weekdays), and 10am to 7pm (weekends and public holidays)

Admission: For Singaporeans, $23 (children) and $13 (adults); for non-Singaporeans $28 (children), $18 for (adults) on school holidays

Info: Call 6425-2500, or go to www.kidsstop.edu.sg


2. HORSE-RIDING

BUKIT TIMAH SADDLE CLUB

What: Children can take a four- to six-minute pony ride for $10 at the saddle club.

Where: 51 Fairways Drive

When: 10.30am to 1pm, Sunday

Price: $10 for a pony ride for those aged between three and 12

Info: www.btsc.org.sg

HORSE CITY

What: Horse-riding provider Gallop Stable has three outlets, including Horse City at Turf Club Road, which offers pony rides and group, private and junior riding lessons. It also has Shetland pony rides and donkey feeding sessions. Visitors are advised to book in advance by e-mail.

Where: 100 Turf Club Road

When: 8am to 8pm

Admission: Hour-long trail rides cost $85 on weekdays and $95 on weekends for groups, and $95 on weekdays and $100 on weekends for private sessions

Info: Go to www.horsecity.com.sg or e-mail enquiry@horsecity.com.sg to book sessions


3. FESTIVALS FOR THE YOUNG

FLIPSIDE

What: The Esplanade's 10-day Flipside festival, celebrating the lighter side of the arts, starts today and is suitable for anyone above the age of seven.

Families can attend ticketed shows by Canadian puppeteer Jeff Achtem and comedian Judee Tan, among others. Visitors can also enjoy free acts around the arts centre. Catch the Pants Down Circus in a comedic show at the Outdoor Theatre, or step up to lead a roving professional orchestra looking for a conductor.

Where: The Esplanade

When: Today to June 8, various times

Admission: Free and ticketed, depending on the event

Info: Call 6828-8377 or go to www.esplanade.com/flipside

STORYTELLING COMES ALIVE!

What: Those who prefer the outdoors can head to Sentosa's Palawan Beach for Storytelling Comes Alive!, which offers interactive story-telling sessions and a craft corner. Check out the live-sized Playmobil display, playpit and cafe.

Where: Palawan Beach, Sentosa

When: Tomorrow to June 29

Admission: Free

Time: 11am to 7pm

Info: www.sentosa.com.sg/en/gallery/events/storytelling-comes-alive


4. PLAYTIME AT SHOPPING MALLS

WESTGATE WONDERLAND

What: Westgate Wonderland in Westgate Mall is the largest mall playground. Tykes can play amid huge replicas of flora and fauna, in wet and dry areas. The playground comes to life at night with light and sound effects.

Where: Westgate Shopping Mall, Level 4

When: 10am to 10pm daily

Admission: Free

Info: westgate.com.sg/en

WATER PLAY

What: Young ones can also work off their energy at IMM's Water Play, featuring a 7m-high treehouse.

Where: IMM, Level 3 Garden Plaza

When: 10am to 10pm daily

Admission: Free

Info: Call 6665-8268 or go to www.imm.sg

KIDZPLAY @ SKYGARDEN

What: Nex's SkyGarden has wet and dry play areas for children and a dog park

Where: Nex

When: 1 to 8pm (Monday to Friday), 11am to 8pm (Saturday, Sunday and public and school holidays), closed during wet weather

Admission: Free

Info: Call 6416-6366 or go to www.nex.com.sg


5. MUSEUMS

PLAY @ NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE

What: Children aged three to seven can play and learn at this newly revamped space. Among the interactive exhibits and engaging programmes on history and heritage, they can explore spaces, such as a kitchen and garden, to learn more about Singapore's culture.

Where: National Museum of Singapore

When: 10am to 6pm daily

Admission: Free

Info: www.museums.com.sg

THE LEAGUE AGAINST EVIL

What: Batman turns 75 this year. To celebrate, the Singapore Philatelic Museum is holding the first DC Comics Super Heroes exhibition in Asia.

Rare, original comic art pages and collectibles will be on display.

Where: Singapore Philatelic Museum

When: June 5 to Aug 31, 1 to 7pm (Monday), 9.30am to 7pm (Tuesday to Sunday)

Admission: Free for Singapore citizens and permanent residents, foreigners pay $6 (adult), $4 (child aged three to 12)

Info: www.museums.com.sg


6. CONCERTS FOR KIDS

OPERA IN THE PARK

What: Families can have a picnic dinner while being serenaded at a concert presented by the Singapore Lyric Opera. The group will perform classic pieces, such as The Little Mermaid and Edelweiss.

Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens

When: June 7, 6pm

Admission: Free

CONCERTS FOR CHILDREN: COME MEET MOZART!

What: Conductor Jason Lai will introduce children to Mozart in this hour-long concert by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, packed with some of the classical composer's most famous pieces.

Where: University Cultural Centre Hall, National University of Singapore

When: Tomorrow, 11am and 1pm

Admission: $25 to $30 from Sistic (call 6345-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg)

Info: www.sso.org.sg


7. INTERACTIVE QUESTS

SNIGGLEHUNT

What: Go on an adventure while exploring Bedok Reservoir's tree top adventure course, where clues are hidden for players to find and solve missions. Four small creatures, known as Sniggles, are waiting in the forests.

Where: Forest Adventure, Bedok Reservoir

When: 9.30am to 6.30pm (last departure is 4pm on Grand Course and 5pm on Kids Course)

Admission: $15 for four missions, $8 per additional four missions. $43 for a bundle ticket which includes Kids' Course and Snigglehunt, and $52 for Grand Course and Snigglehunt

Info: www.forestadventure.com.sg

ESCAPE HUNT

What: Travel back in time to London and race against time to solve a mystery and escape from a room. The Escape Hunt Experience is a global franchise that started in Bangkok, and will set up branches in cities such as London and Amsterdam.

Where: 100 Orchard Road, Concorde Hotel & Shopping Mall, 02-43/44/45/46

When: 10am to 10pm daily

Admission: $28 to $38 a player

Info: Go to singapore.escapehunt.com. For children aged seven and older, those under 16 years old must be accompanied


8. SPORTS

SHAWS LITTLE LEAGUE HOLIDAY CAMP

What: At this four-day camp, children get to play a variety of sports, including rugby, cricket and golf. There are also workshops on cooking and crafts.

Where: Shaws Little League @ The Cage, 38 Jalan Benaan Kapal

When: Monday to Thursday, June 9 to 12 and June 23 to 26, 9am to noon

Admission: $280

Info: shawslittleleague.com

SUPERHEROES SKATE CAMP

What: At skate school Skate With Us' special summer camp, children will make their own superhero costumes, go on picnics and treasure hunts. Suitable for kids aged three to 12, the camp also encourages beginners to pick up their skates for the first time in a safe and lively environment.

Where: West Coast Park or East Coast Park

When: Every Monday to Thursday, from Monday to July 18, 9am to 5pm (half-day programme available)

Admission: $198 to $538

Info: skate-with-us.com


9. MEET YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTER

CHARLIE AND LOLA'S EXTREMELY NEW PLAY

What: Children can follow Charlie and Lola on a magical journey. Be fascinated by puppetry and music as their adventures unfold on stage. Presented by MEI Live and produced by BBC World Wide and Polka Theatre direct from the UK.

Where: DBS Arts Centre, 20 Merbau Road

When: Tuesday to June 15

Admission: $40 to $60 from Sistic (call 6345-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg)

Info: www.charlieandlola.com

DORA'S PIRATE ADVENTURE

What: Head to Treasure Island with Dora the Explorer and Boots the Monkey. Read maps and solve puzzles as they go on a quest to find the Pirate Piggies, organised by VizPro International.

Where: Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa

When: Wednesday to June 8, 3 and 6.30pm (Wednesday to Friday), 11am, 3 and 6.30pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Admission: $38 to $108 from Sistic

Info: www.vizpro.sg


10. ZOO

SPINELESS AND SUCCESSFUL

What: Young ones can explore a breeding centre in the zoo and discover how butterflies, scorpions and stick insects are bred and cared for on Spineless & Successful.

Where: Singapore Zoo

When: June 14, 10am

Admission: $39 (adults) and $29 (children under 12 years old)

Info: Recommended for children aged six and above. Pre-registration is required at education.zoo.com.sg/whatshap.html

ZOOLYMPIX

What: Children can become "Wildlife Rescue Rangers", freeing animals from illegal poachers for a day. They can do this by visiting stations around the zoo and completing missions.

Recommended for children between five to 12 years. Participants can also learn about the plight of threatened animals and what they can do to help.

Where: Singapore Zoo, various locations

When: June 21 – 29 June, 10am – 4pm daily

Admission: $3.00 per Zoolympix passport, available opposite the Zoo Retail Shop. Admission to zoo of $28.00 (adult) and $18.00 (child 3 to 12 years) apply

Info: Go to www.zoo.com.sg.

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