Things to do, watch, listen: March school holidays edition

Things to do, watch, listen: March school holidays edition

The March school holidays are upon us, but it is not too late to organise great activities and days out with the kids! The A List has picked out some of the best that Singapore has to offer to take the whole family through to the start of the next school term.

Literary Arts

Textures 2022: The Great Escape

March holidays_Textures arts and culture

Escape into the imaginative landscapes of Singapore literature as The Arts House Limited brings new stories and adventures into a neighbourhood near you (Community Plaza at Oasis Terraces, The Arts House Community Plaza at Canberra Plaza, Ang Mo Kio Library, Sengkang Library, and 256C Sumang Walk). Running from 4 Mar to 3 Apr, look forward to family-friendly activities ranging from visual installations, interactive workshops, to storytelling videos. Find out all about Textures 2022: The Great Escape here.

Visual Arts

Children’s Biennale

March holidays_Biennale arts and culture

The 2021 Children’s Biennale has been such as success that it has been extended until December 2022, so take the young ones on an inspiring multi-sensory experience as they encounter nine on-site installations (sans crowds!) at National Gallery Singapore. Admission is free from 10am to 7pm daily and no tickets are required. The Gallery’s theme is ‘Why Arts Matters’ and children are encouraged to move, touch, and interact with the installations. There are opportunities for kids to make digital x-ray collages of bones and sea corals, respond to artworks through personalised video collages, and assemble their dream homes out of cardboard and everyday materials. Read all about the Children’s Biennale here

Theatre

OddSocks

March holidays_Odd Socks arts and culture

With a little magic, a dash of humour, and multiple socks, this play for children aged 3 – 10 years vividly brings to life what it means to be the odd one out in a world of uniformity. Get ready to spot the odd sock! The play aims to inspire young ones the confidence to embrace their uniqueness no matter how difficult it seems to be. Performances run from 17 to 20 Mar at Black Box, Gateway Theatre. Reserve seats for OddSocks here.

Visual Arts

This is What We Eat at Home

March holidays_This Is What We Eat arts and culture

On all day, every day through the school holidays at the Esplanade Courtyard, this a fun exhibition revolving around food and eating. Mealtimes at home are not only a time for eating, but they are also about making memories together and passing down knowledge from one generation to the next. The exhibition is the result of a participatory photography project featuring children and youths from diverse households in Boon Lay. Read more about This is What We Eat at Home here.

Heritage Arts

Little Adventurers at the Indian Heritage Centre

March holidays_Little Adventurers arts and culture

The Indian Heritage Centre is welcoming all crafty kids to join in a series of hands-on workshops that explores the art of paper quilling, glass painting and upcycling, and mosaic tile coasters. The event runs until 20 Mar. Free activity kits will also be available at the venue, with which kids can make their own cardboard camera featuring key elements of the heritage centre; design a personalised kite with motifs found in the permanent galleries and create their very own baoli stairwell keychain with aqua beads. Find out more about Little Adventurers at the Indian Heritage Centre here.

Visual Arts

Stories of You & Me

March holidays_Drop-in Corner Stories of you and me arts and culture

The National Museum has organised a series of drop-in activities especially for the school holidays, where families can view inter-generational artworks and take part in projects themselves. Stories of You and Me asks what Singapore means to seniors and to children. The answers come in the form of mini HDB flat dioramas (bring your own drawing/colouring materials!), questions posed by children to their senior pen pals, and a selection of fond school memories. Find out more about Stories of You & Me here.

Visual Arts

Going Camping with Otah & Friends

March holidays_ Not Just an Otah Sticker arts and culture

Here is another National Museum activity for the school holidays, led by visual artist and illustrator Khor Ke Xin, creative director of the immersive entertainment company behind Otah & Friends. These 90-minute picture book workshops, happening on 17 Mar, guide children aged 7 to 12 years through the basics of character design and imaginative storytelling. They spend the rest of the session drawing, colouring, and writing their picture books. Register and get tickets for Going Camping with Otah & Friends here.

Heritage Arts

Artefact Hunts with Dennis and Family!

March holidays_Artefact Hunts arts and culture

This event was such a hit at last year’s Children’s Season at the National Museum that it returns in 2022. Once your children have met Dennis, Mama Binturong, and Papa Sunbear in a series of short Otterly Famtastic videos they can join them on two 45-minute fun Artefact Hunts. The hunt includes exploring the galleries, solving riddles, and discovering little-known facts behind the mysterious artefacts. This event runs from 12 to 18 Mar and is suitable for children aged 4 and up. Get details and tickets for Artefact Hunts with Dennis and Family! here.

Multidisciplinary

Make a Lamp

March holiday_Make A Lamp  arts and culture

This design workshop for children takes them through the concept and application of modular patterns, as well as the effects of light and shadow in design. Participants will get creative with everyday objects to design their own unique modules before transforming them into a replicable system to form intricate patterns and shapes for their lamps. Best of all, they get to take home their own unique design at the end of the workshop! This event runs on 19 Mar, 2.30-4.30pm at Crane – The Herencia on Robertson Walk. Get tickets for Make a Lamp here.

Visual Arts

The AR-Mazing Tiger Trail

March holiday_AR Tiger Trail arts and culture

At the start of the 20th century, 100,000 wild tigers wandered the Earth. Today, only around 3,900 wild tigers remain. To help spread more awareness of this crisis, WWF has put up over 30 tiger sculptures designed by world-renowned artists and tiger-inspired art pieces through three mission trails. Participants joining the trail can engage in AR tiger filters and interactive quizzes, with the top three to complete all the mission trails in the fastest time possible winning exclusive Tiger Trail merchandise. Learn more about and register for The AR-Mazing Tiger Trail here.

Multidisciplinary

Build a Playground with Recyclables

March Holidays_ Build A Playground  arts and culture

Most kids are familiar with playgrounds, but what does it take to build one? In this hands-on workshop by My Art Buddy, curious minds will get a glimpse of the thinking that goes into designing a playground structure. They will also get to experiment with new prototyping tools and processes, including using recyclable materials, to build a playground model of their own. This event runs on 18 Mar, from 1.30-3.30pm at Toa Payoh Public Library. Walk-in registration will be accepted on the day of the workshop at 1.20pm. Find out more about the Build a Playground workshop here.

Visual Arts

Drawing Chibi & Cartoons

March Holidays_ Drawing Chibi arts and culture

Chibi is a specific style of caricature that originates in Japan, widely popularised by franchises like Dragonball, SD Gundam, Teen Titans, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Airbender. ComXNaut, a community of comic artists and students, has designed a 2-hour long workshop that will guide kids aged 6 and up on the basics of drawing Chibi and other cartoon styles. The workshops run every day from 12-20 Mar, 1-3pm at Crane in Joo Chiat. All teaching notes & art materials are provided for free. Sign up for a Drawing Chibi & Cartoons workshop here.

(Photos: Arts House Limited, National Gallery Singapore, Gateway Arts Limited, Esplanade, Indian Heritage Centre, National Museum of Singapore, WWF, Eventbrite)

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