School’s out, fun’s in: Activities for the kids during June holidays

The June school holidays have just begun and the fun is in full swing, with an array of play-filled days for families.

The choices may be vast, but the buzzwords of event organisers frequently revolve around two ideas: hands-on and interactive.

The Science Centre Singapore, for instance, invites families to take part in its workshops and camps and to visit the revamped KidsSTOP children’s science centre, all of which promise plenty of interactive fun.

Over at STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, its Children’s Season offerings come in the form of hands-on workshops, where young people learn how to manipulate paper pulp and make their own paper, among other things.

These options are sure to satisfy the little ones – both mentally and physically – as they try new experiences.

Cartoon Network Animate Your Life

Young cartoon fans will be delighted with this festival, which brings their favourite cartoon characters in one place.

The 16-day affair features characters from popular cartoons – The Powerpuff Girls, We Bare Bears, Adventure Time and Ben 10 – as well as exciting inflatable obstacle courses, carnival games and creative workshops.

Trampolines at The Powerpuff Girls zone will allow children to jump up high, mimicking the way characters Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup soar through the sky.

 

An obstacle-filled inflatable maze at the Adventure Time zone will be the young ones’ next challenge. After making their way through it, a giant bubble machine awaits.

Over at the We Bare Bears zone, a log slide ride ends with the riders plunging into a giant ball pit filled with 5,000 balls.

The little ones’ agility and reflexes will be further tested at the obstacle course in the Ben 10 zone.

There are also traditional carnival games and kiddy rides such as ring toss and a mini Ferris wheel.

Workshops hosted by leading figures from the animation world will also teach participants to make stop-motion videos, and draw some of Cartoon Network’s most loved characters.

Where: Bayfront Plaza at Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive

When: Until June 10

Admission: From $12.50

Info: animate.cartoonnetworkasia.com

Children’s Festival @ Gardens by the Bay

Magic and mystery abound at this year’s Children’s Festival @ Gardens by the Bay, where the enchanted Faraway Tree series of books by famous children’s author Enid Blyton is brought to life.

The Gardens’ Supertree Grove will be transformed into four magical lands featuring magic shows, science demonstrations and workshops.

In the Land of Enchantments, watch your body disappear, thanks to trick-eye effects, and attempt to find your way out of a mirror-lined maze, where optical illusions make it hard to determine if you are heading in the right direction.

Try your hand at the games in the Land of Toys, which include making a toy soldier pop out of his box, and shooting at both moving and stationary wooden toy soldiers.

The other two lands, the Land of Tea Parties and Land of Nursery Rhymes, will also have plenty of hands-on activities.

Other programmes at the festival include storytelling sessions featuring fairy tales and original stories; shows where magicians will create illusions of objects and even illustrations coming to life; the Witch and Goblin Show, where children will witness how dry ice can be used to create smoke bubbles and mini explosions; and the Toy Show, which will showcase how liquid nitrogen can be used to create “magic”.

Where: Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive

When: Until June 10

Admission: Free, but charges apply to selected programmes

Info: www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/childrensfestival

Science Centre Singapore’s June holiday highlights

Myriad activities await visitors to Science Centre Singapore in June.

Over at the revamped KidsSTOP children’s science centre – where little ones are encouraged to learn through play – are more than 10 new and interactive exhibits, which can be found in the Supermarket and Know Your Body zones.

Children will learn about healthy eating, hydration, mental wellness, managing their emotions, balance and more.

At the exhibit Test Your Balance, for example, they will have to make their way across stepping stones of various heights and sizes, while trying to maintain their balance.

The centre is also offering camps that revolve around robotics, chemistry, gaming, technology and innovation, and food science.

Other highlights include culinary workshops, where participants will either learn how to incorporate the use of fresh herbs into their dishes, or create attractive-looking sushi bento sets.

Get a reprieve from the current heatwave at the centre’s Snow City, which is hosting Ty’s Beanie Babies, a series of plush toys that have been fashioned into various animals. You can also view a Tythemed snow sculpture showcase and take part in other Ty-related activities.

Where: Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road

When: Until July 1

Admission: Some programmes are free, but general admission to the science centre starts at $4 an entry

Info: www.science.edu.sg/whats-on

Children’s Season at the National Museum of Singapore

This year’s Children’s Season at the National Museum of Singapore boasts a line-up of interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, engaging performances, storytelling sessions and family workshops.

There are therapeutic art workshops conducted by professional art therapist Kelly Reedy, who will use objects from nature, such as shells and flowers, as tools to promote parent-child bonding and communication.

Storytellers will regale you with tales of Singapore’s history and heritage at Gran’s Short Stories, and a fictional tale about children Timmy and Tammy’s visit to Singapore’s iconic dragon playground.

For those who prefer more action, there is Bouncy Adventures, where children can have fun on playground-themed inflatables at the museum’s front lawn.

For interactive activities, check out the installation The Dynamic Lines Of Our Nest by French artist Matali Crasset; and Tots’ Thursdays, where little ones are encouraged to interact with dancers, who will be making use of a multimedia installation to demonstrate the cycle of life in a forest.

Where: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road

When: Until June 24

Admission: Free, but pre-registration is required for selected programmes at www.cs2018.peatix.com

Info: nationalmuseum.sg/our-programmes/programmeslist/childrens-season-2018

Children’s Season at STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery

Let your children get their hands dirty at four workshops by STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery.

In the Make Your Own Paper! workshop, participants will learn about the materials and processes that go into producing handmade paper.

With the help of STPI’s paper mill and paper-making techniques, they will also get to make their own paper.

The fun continues at the Paper Pulp Play! workshop. Participants will be introduced to paper pulp – the state of paper before it is pressed and dried – and can try their hand at layering and shaping the pulp.

Two other workshops, Design to Screen Print and Mixed Media Monoprint, allow participants to learn print and design techniques, and create their own printing designs and multi-layered images.

Where: STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, 41 Robertson Quay

When: June 6 to June 23

Admission: Workshops start at $20 a participant

Info: www.stpi.com.sg/programmes/childrens-seasonprogrammes-at-stpi

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 27, 2018, with the headline 'School’s out, fun’s in'. Print Edition | Subscribe