Creative experiences for the kids while school is out
The September school holidays are upon us, so The A List has put together a menu of fun, creative activities and outings to entertain your kids. We have a variety of activities ranging from parent-child bonding sessions to kids only, so you can carry out your errands with ease.
Hidden Secrets tours
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a museum? Get ready to be enlightened with these special access guided tours organised by the National Heritage Board. Adults and kids alike will be enthralled as they interact with exhibit repair specialists, paper conservators and gemologists to see how artefacts are conserved, handled and displayed. During these 60-90-minute explorations at five participating museums, your child may even get the chance to try their hand at some of these specialised activities.
Tours are in English and run from 4 to 26 Sep. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Get booking details for Hidden Secrets tours here.
September holiday camps
If keeping your child happily occupied for 90 minutes every day as they make new friends is an appealing idea, take a look at Faust International Youth Theatre’s holiday camps. They are specifically designed to help children aged 7–10 become more creative and self-confident through a range of programmes covering drama, creative writing, public speaking and reading aloud.
Faust camp leaders are theatre educators at local and international schools, so they know exactly how to foster an inclusive learning environment for the young ones. Get full details and book for the Faust September Holiday Camps here.
Gallery Children’s Biennale 2021
Looking for some indoor activities? Check out the Children’s Biennale by National Gallery Singapore, which offers digital art activities via a dedicated microsite. It allows kids to co-create with the artists and contribute to their installations at the museum which will be launched in November 2021. Fill your holidays with a rich range of storytelling sessions, movement classes and parent-child sound exploration workshops. Activities are grouped by age: 0–3 years, 4–7 years and 8–12 years. Explore Gallery Children’s Biennale 2021 here.
Pesta Ubin & Pulau Ubin Day 2021
Although it is tough to travel these days, you can still visit another world without leaving Singapore. Pulau Ubin is just a bumboat ride away and you can take your kids on a real adventure by taking part in Pesta Ubin (pesta, pronounced ‘pays-ta’, is Malay for community festival or party), an annual celebration of the little island off Changi where community groups organise a series of events to showcase its rich natural and cultural heritage.
This year’s festival consists of both physical and virtual events, but if you prefer to remove your kids from the hustle and bustle of urban life for a while, consider letting them experience the slower, friendlier pace of kampung life surrounded by wildlife. Find out more about Pesta Ubin 2021 here.
Peppa Pig Live – Perfect Rainy Day
Peppa Pig is back with a brand-new musical adventure at the Esplanade Theatre from 7–12 Sep. A dull, rainy day is enlivened when Peppa’s grandparents and her buddies Rebecca Rabbit and Suzy Sheep drop by. Mummy Pig suggests they create ‘A Rainy Day Play’ to pass the time. Themes of family and friendship are handled with a light touch in this 75-minute show filled with laughter and warm fuzzy feelings. Book tickets for Peppa Pig Live here.
(Photos: National Heritage Board, Faust International Youth Theatre, National Gallery Singapore, Pesta Ubin 2021, ABD/eOne/Hasbro)