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15 activities for kids during the June holidays

Scrambling to find activities for your child this June school holidays? Here is a guide to all things fun and interactive

1. Sentosa FunFest

Kids can have a bouncing good time on giant inflatables at the mega beach festival Sentosa FunFest 2016.

They can zoom down three types of slides, play hide and seek in a maze and jump off a 5m-high "cliff" (with a soft landing, of course).

Toddlers can play in the bubbly foam pool and build sandcastles in the sand pit.

After the festival ends, fans of animated series My Little Pony will have a blast at the exhibition Storytelling Comes Alive! With My Little Pony from June 11 to July 17. Held in the Palawan area, the event features a 3D pop-up book and art installations of the characters.

Where: Palawan Green, Sentosa When:Tomorrow to June 5, 10am to 7pm Admission: $28 for adults and $18 for children aged three to 12. Free for children below three. Tickets for tomorrow are sold out Info: www.sentosa.com.sg/sentosafunfest


2. Bounce Singapore

If your child is constantly bouncing off the walls, let him loose at this new indoor adventure arena and trampoline park that is set to open next Friday.

Patrons can bounce across 28 interconnected trampolines in the free jumping area and execute cool parkour moves such as running up walls, or play a round of dodgeball.

The highlight of the more than 24,000 sq ft space is the X-Park, an obstacle course like those seen on popular Japanese sports entertainment programme Ninja Warrior. Adrenaline junkies will have to climb, run and jump through 15 sections before zipping on the aerial runway to the finish line.

Only children 1.25m and taller can try it out.

Juniors under 1.1m can come by on weekdays from 10am to 4pm or weekends from 10am to noon to play within a designated jumping zone especially created for little tots. The minimum age to enter the park is three.

Where: Cathay CineleisureOrchard, 8 Grange Road, 09-01 When: Opens next Friday, 10am to 10pm (Sunday to Thursday), 10am to midnight (Friday and Saturday) Admission: Introductory offer of $19 for the first hour and $14 for subsequent hours; $17 for the first hour for junior jumpers under 1.1m from 10am to 4pm on weekday and 10am to noon on weekend; $12 for subsequent hours Info: www.bounceinc.com.sg


3. Children's Season

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MINERALOGIST AT THE ARTSCIENCE MUSEUM

Dig into the world of gemstones in this workshop for children aged six and older.

Kids can encounter minerals such as flourite, quartz, sulphur and pyrite and examine their physical properties such as lustre and hardness.

With the assistance of a museum programmer, participants will use tools such as a jeweller's loupe and microscope.

Each session is open for registration 15 minutes before it begins.

Where: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue When: June 3, 10, 17 and 24; 4.30 to 5.30pm Admission: Free for ticket-holders of Van Cleef & Arpels, The Art And Science Of Gems exhibition Info: www.museums.com.sg/cs16

EDIBLE ART WORKSHOP AT THE SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM

In this art workshop, participants will play with chocolate paints made by home-grown dessert chef Janice Wong.

Using the paint that comes in various colours and flavours, they will create works of art on canvas - provided they do not eat it all first.

Where: Imaginarium Workshop Space, SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen Street, Level 2 When: June 11, 2 to 4pm Admission: $60 from the museum or Sistic (go to www.sistic.com.sg) Info: www.museums.com.sg/cs16

OVERNIGHT ADVENTURE - A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S CAMP AT THE SINGAPORE PHILATELIC MUSEUM

Drop your child off for a sleepover at the Singapore Philatelic Museum.

He or she will enjoy an adventure race and guided tour around the museum, as well as a special story- telling session by someone from the education arm of Shakespeare's Globe, a prominent theatre in London.

Dinner, supper and breakfast will be provided.

Where: Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23B Coleman Street When: 6pm to 9am from June 2 to 3, and 9 to 10 Admission: $90 a child aged seven to 12. To register, contact Lily on 6513-7347 or e-mail Lily_Samuel@nhb.gov.sg Info: www.museums.com.sg/cs16

FINDING MR MOUSE: WEEKEND FESTIVAL AT ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM

Last year, the Asian Civilisations Museum published its first children's book, The Missing Mouse, a story about the Hindu deity Ganesh going on a hunt in the museum to look for his best friend Mr Mouse.

This June holidays, a series of free activities has been planned around this book.

There is a new interactive exhibition beginning tomorrow that is also a maze. Little ones can walk through it before moving through the museum for clues to find Mr Mouse.

There will also be batik-painting and clay figurine-making workshops from 1 to 5pm this weekend.

Where: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place When: Tomorrow and Sunday, 1 to 5pm Admission: Free (recommended for children aged seven and older) Info: www.museums.com.sg/cs16

BIKE BUILDING WITH BIKES 4 FUN AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE

Build a children's bicycle from scratch with the help of instructors from bicycle enthusiast group Bikes 4 Fun.

Each parent-child pair will pick up basic bicycle assembly skills. The workshop is for kids aged six to 12 and you do not get to keep the bikes after the workshop.

After the session, check out funky bikes in the museum's Masak Masak 2016 festival.

Nine bicycles are reinvented to perform quirky functions such as activating a food blender or blowing bubbles.

One level down is Let's Play!, where artist Tay Bee Aye and students from the School of the Arts Singapore have brought to life classic board games Snakes & Ladders and Ludo in a life-sized 3D magical forest.

Where: Seminar Room, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Level 2 When: June 4, 11, 18 and 25, 11am to noon and 2 to 3pm Admission: $22 (excludes booking fee) Info: www.museums.com.sg/cs16


4. Flipside at Esplanade

TIME FOR FUN BY HAND MADE THEATRE

Performers from Russia's Hand Made Theatre dance with their hands in this hour-long production, creating objects, symbols and animals.

Look out for familiar local icons as the company customises its performances to reflect its host country.

Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio, Esplanade - Theatres by the Bay, 1 Esplanade Drive When: Tomorrow, 2 and 7.30pm and Sunday, 2 and 5pm Admission: $35 and $31.50 for students, senior citizens and national servicemen. No admission for children below six Info: www.esplanade.com/flipside

LABERINT II

This open-air maze created by Spanish street art company Itinerania has walls made out of panels of colourful cloth.

There is only one exit and to get there, you have to solve 12 puzzles scattered across the 120 sq m space.

Where: Esplanade Courtyard, Esplanade - Theatres by the Bay When: From today to Sunday and June 3 to 5: 2, 5 and 8pm; from Monday to June 2: 4 and 7pm Admission: Free Info: www.esplanade.com/flipside


5. Manatee behind-the-scenes tour

Find out more about the gentle manatee, or the sea cow, at this new behind-the-scenes tour at River Safari.

An aquarist will provide fun facts about the 16 manatees in the Safari - they are herbivores and have toenails for example - as she feeds a newborn calf.

Participants will help prepare meals for these creatures, as well as two other freshwater fish, the arapaimas from the Amazon Basin and silver arowanas. The children get to feed the animals too.

Where: Amazon Flooded Forest, River Safari, 80 Mandai Lake Road When: June 11, 19 and 25, 10.30am Admission: $18 (not inclusive of River Safari admission) Info: Online registration is required and begins on Tuesday. Go to www.riversafari.com.sg/events-promos/manatee-madness.html


6. Aviva Superfundae

This outdoor playground has more than 30 activities to keep children occupied the entire day.

Kids can scale walls, squeeze through tunnels and tumble down mega slides at the Ninja Quest obstacle course or tiptoe across a balance beam and swing from hanging ropes at the Squirrels & Acorns zone.

Dads can take part in the Daddy Donut Dash, where they pull a doughnut float holding their children.

Gourmet farmers' market Pasarbella will be selling food and drinks. In the evening, catch a screening of Kung Fu Panda 3.

Where: The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive When: June 4, 10am to 9pm Admission: $19.90 from Sistic (go to www.sistic.com.sg). Free for children under three Info: www.superfundae.com.sg


7. Zoolympix 2016: Be a Wildlife Zooperhero

This adventure trail at the Singapore Zoo will appeal to all budding eco warriors. Participants have to complete five missions around the park to save animals from environmental threats.

In one zone, they will fish out junk from a polluted "river". In another, they make their way through a jungle obstacle course to "rescue" orang utans from poachers. The activity is for children aged five to 12. Where: Rainforest Courtyard, Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road When: 10am to 4pm Admission: Zoo entry rates apply Info: ww.zoo.com.sg


8. Safra Punggol Waterway Challenge

Parents and children can test their mettle at the inaugural Safra Punggol Waterway Challenge.

Children can pair up with a parent and cycle, run or kayak across a scenic route from Safra Punggol, along Punggol Waterway and through Coney Island Park.

The distances of each exercise vary depending on the category.

Children aged between seven and 10 can enter the 6km Families For Life AceKids Challenge while those aged 11 to 14 can compete in the 9.3km Families For Life Champkids Challenge.

Besides running, riding and rowing, participants will encounter a series of obstacles that include tyre flips and trampolines.

Adventurous teens can join the 11.5km Doubles Challenge in a pair. It is open to those aged above 15.

Where: Safra Punggol, Punggol Waterway and Coney Island Park When: June 11, 7.30am to 1pm Admission: Families For Life AceKids and Champkids challenges: $40 a pair for Safra members and $50 for non-members; Doubles Challenge: $80 a pair for Safra members and $100 a pair for non-members. Registration closes on Sunday. Info: www.safra.sg/waterwaychallenge


9. Maker Faire Singapore

MAKE & PLAY! SLIME SYNTHESIZER SINFONIA

Two Japanese inventors have created an instrument that makes sounds out of slime - The Slime Synthesizer - and will conduct a demonstration on how it works.

The Slime Synthesizer comprises slime trickling out of a dome with a hole at the bottom, forming a continuous gooey stream.

When a user who is connected to a synthesizer touches the slime, sounds at different pitches are emitted.

At this workshop, the inventors will also teach children how to make their own musical instrument combining slime with a synthesizer.

The event is part of Maker Faire Singapore, an annual family- friendly showcase of the growing do-it-yourself culture. Where: Singapore University of Technology & Design, 8 Somapah Road When: June 25, 1.45 to 3.15pm Admission: Free. Suitable for kids aged 10 to 15. Register online at bit.ly/1TBgPQw Info: makerfairesingapore.com

KODU GAME LAB

Children can create their own game on a PC in this workshop held using Kodu, a simple visual-based programming platform.

There is no coding involved, so even children who have yet to master reading can take part. The session is open to kids older than four.

Where: Singapore University of Technology & Design When: June 25 and 26, 3 and 4pm Admission: Free. Register online at bit.ly/25n6xci Info: makerfairesingapore.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 27, 2016, with the headline 'School's out, fun's in'. Print Edition | Subscribe