“The greatest legacy we can leave our children is happy memories” — Og Mandino
The holidays are coming! Keep your kids’ spirits up by planning a fun-filled holiday this June. What better way to make lasting memories than having your kids discover new experiences?
Here are 5 of our suggestions on what you can do:
“Snowfall rouses your inner child to dream and play once more.” — Weiland-Crosby
Two words: Snow City. What else can we do but slide down a mountainous hill made of ice?
If you still want something truly exhilarating but could do without the blistering heat, Snow City opened its first ever sub-zero shooting arena - which has both target shooting and close quarter battle.
There’s also Drift on Ice where you can ride a signature of carnivals: the bumper car. Imagine how hard that would be in a cold, icy environment.
Snow City has many winter activities for both kids and adults, so that’s fun for the whole family!
Rediscover our Earth
“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.”
The Singapore Science Centre created an exhibition in partnership with the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS), a Research Centre of Excellence at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.
They’re organised into spheres, reflecting Earth sciences and systems like the Geosphere, Hydrosphere and Atmosphere; which means looking at how changes can manifest into volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and even mountain-building. The fourth, the Human Sphere, highlights the impact of the Earth on our lives and how we can affect the Earth.
For an out of this world experience, kids can wander through life-size interactive displays such as a five-metre inflatable globe installation of ‘Gaia’; use a giant slinky to send P and S waves of an earthquake; understanding and working through a natural disaster by moving little human blocks to higher ground and save them from a flood.
Draw to your heart’s content
Digital Arts Workshop for Youths (7 - 16 years old)
“A true artist is not one who is inspired but one who inspires others.” — Dali
For decades, we’ve learnt and expressed ourselves through art using paper and pencil. But we’ve evolved past that traditional medium and are now experimenting with a digital canvas. We’ve been given the chance to explore and enhance our creativity while being sustainable in the process.
What better way for kids to have a fun time learning than to try a workshop focused on Procreate? For 2 hours, kids will be introduced to a digital illustration app beloved by artists all over the world; and they will learn the innovative, artistic tools it’s so famous for.
“My girl had learned a lot and she had enjoyed the class.” — from the March Holiday Procreate workshop, where the kids created their own art pieces and animated GIFs.
For more information, head to the workshop dates:
The Digital Arts workshop is run by Make The Change (MTC). MTC is an integrated creative agency that provides creative services and training programmes to corporates, social service agencies, government, and education institutions.
Our programmes are designed by an Apple Professional Learning Specialist and the entire team is certified as Apple Teachers, which helps us bring the latest trends in technology into the classroom.
In addition Make The Change is a Certified B Corporation, which certifies that all our programmes meet the highest standards of social and environmental impact.
Explore amazing indoor playgrounds
Kids will be spoiled for choice at these indoor play centres. Here are a few to check out:
The Pororo Park at Marina Square is an 11,000 square foot indoor edutainment playground. They’ve got a brand new merry-go-round ride, Gallop Station which is equipped with two carriages; a fully-padded toddler area with a mini slide; the Hinoki Pit, a sensory area file with Hinoki wood cubes from South Korea; and Poby’s Jungle Gym, full of mazes, nets and slides.
Also at Marina Square is Kiztopia, the largest indoor playground in any mall so far and home to humongous plushies.
It’s made up of 18 themed play zones including AR/VR basketball, dress-up stations, spiral slides, trampolines, rock walls, and a ball pit moat. They have Learn-through-Play programmes specially curated by trainers, from drama to cooking to robotics. There’s also a café for parents, called Bell’s Pantry (named after Bell, an oversized bear).
At Changi Airport’s T3, PLAY by Kinderplay is a dream to every fan of Ben 10 and Powerpuff Girls. It consists of five main areas including an obstacle arena with two sweeper arms, jungle gyms, suspended clear tunnels, and even a moving carousel for babies. Kids can even watch cartoons when they need to catch their breath.
If the activities above aren’t intense enough, head to the NERF Action Xperience for that blood-pumping adrenaline rush. The giant indoor play centre has high elements, timed team challenges and even an arena to exterminate zombies.
At their Camp Dune station, they’ve made Capture the Flag scary complete by adding NERF guns. You can choose between the Disruptor or Surgefire and get in touch with your inner hunter.
Or brave The Summit, a 3-storey high beginner rope course with obstacles throughout, like the V-shaped pole and ringed foothold. It operates in a continuous belaying system and you’ll be hooked up to a safety line. Just be sure to hold on tight!
A staycation perfect for kids
“Give your kids adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”
Though it’s been awhile since we’ve had the chance to really travel out, it’s still a loss to have plans shelved. It may not be the same but sometimes we do need a break from the usual routine.
When all else fails, take a kid-friendly staycation.
Hotels, like the Shangri-La Hotel and Furama Riverfront, have themed suites and are the perfect getaway for your children. The rooms are all straight out of a child’s fantasy, with striking and dynamic furnishings and wall murals.
Most of them come with packages, deals and if you haven’t used your SingapoRediscover vouchers, take a look at this list of kid-friendly staycations:
11. Pan Pacific
We hope you and your family have the best time this June holidays!