Published 11 June 2019 ● Last Updated on 17 July 2020
During ‘school days’, one is always limited for time; so to explore a place at leisure or learn something new may not be on the priority list. That is why the summer holidays are the best time to explore Singapore ‘in and out’ with your kids – be it toddlers or teenagers.
Go catch a concert, enjoy a family picnic at the park, take part in a workshop, learn a new art form, be a farmer for a day – the options are plenty in Singapore. We’ve put together a list of some of the places one can visit both indoors and outside. While we always recommend getting some fresh air outside, we also understand the summer sun can be quite hot and indoors may end up being the happier option!
Indoor Options│ Adventures in a Room
All indoor places – be it museums, galleries, libraries and others are geared for the holiday season. Young visitors across ages can enjoy themselves as well as learn something new.
# National Museum of Singapore
The National Museum has a lot going on – you can even visit it multiple times to enjoy all that it has to offer. First off are their permanent exhibits like Growing Up in Singapore in the 1950s and 60s, Story of the Forest and even Wings of a Rich Manoeuvre. Plus, the museum has a variety of ongoing programs that may be suited for different age groups like listening to budding musicians at Singapore Rhapsodies or learning about blood donation.
Get Curious – Children Special 2019│1 to 30 June 2019│ 10am to 7pm
Get Curious is the newly launched interactive family guide to the National Museum that allows you to explore the permanent galleries and learn about various artefacts through themes. This special program also includes movie screenings, workshops, character tours and much more. To learn more about it, click here.
# Goodman Arts Centre
The Goodman Open House 2019 – The Play full Edition│ Saturday, 22 June 2019│11am to 5pm
A fun day with activities galore for the entire family! Attend a workshop, listen to stories, watch a performance, play games, get your face painted – this one day festival will definitely make your Saturday a productive one. To learn more, click here
# ArtScience Museum
The iconic lotus shape ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands has a few ongoing exhibitions that are sure to grab the attention of your children – Floating Utopia, Re-wild our Planet, Wonderland and Into the Wild.
Inflatable Dreams│1 June to 31 July, 2019
As a part of the ongoing exhibition Floating Utopias, there is a special program created for children to enjoy the exhibits and take part in activities. To know more, click here.
# Science Centre Singapore
I am a Science Explorer│1 – 30 June 2019│10am to 5pm
Explore the world of Paleoecology – the world of fossil animals and plants through a gallery hunt, learn new facts at the science show and get your hands dirty with activities! To know more, click here
An Evening at the Observatory│7.45pm to 9.00pm or 8.45pm to 10pm
The Science Centre Observatory has Stargazing shows every Friday. Special guided shows are also being organised that will leave the kids starstruck!.
14 June: Night with the moon (Click here to register)
19 July: Under the Planets (Click here to register)
16 August: Reach for the Stars (Click here to register)
At the National Gallery, let your child dive into the world of art through exhibits, workshops and storytelling sessions. The second edition of Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019 will surely grab the attention of the young art enthusiast with its 11 art installations.
City in a Garden│1 – 30 June 2019 (Saturday – Sunday)│10am to 6pm
At this drop in activity, learn about the various plants that have adapted to the changing ecosystem of Singapore at SEA STATE 9: Proclamation Garden. Learn more about this activity here.
# National Library
The National Library has a few ongoing events that would interest the young minds.
Kaleidoscope 2019│4 – 28 June│Tampines Regional Library
An exhibition displaying the artwork by students from Muzart Learning Centre (Ages 6 – 12) who participated in the ‘Save the Environment’ competition and created their masterpieces within a month.
Playmaker: Learning with Tech Toys│ 6 – 22 June│Bishan Public Library
The workshop aims to inspire children to play and make tech toys. Register here quickly as the seats are filling up fast!
Storytelling: Protect the Ocean│7 – 19 June│Various Venues
This 45 minute storytelling session for children aged 4 – 6 years tells them how to protect our environment by being conscious of our actions. To know more, click here.
Outdoor Options│Running wild and free
When weather permits, the Singapore outdoors has a few options. Pack a few essential and go spend the day outside – get your daily dose of Vitamin D, Oxygen and Exercise – all recommended for good health!
# Kranji Countryside
Kranji is a great place to get your dose of Singapore’s farmscape and revitalise your child (and your inner child’s!) connection with food. Some of the farms have special activities planned across June – including walk-ins for planting workshops, paddy planting and more! To get a detailed list of what’s on in Kranji Countryside, read our article here. On any case, bookmark Bollywood Veggies for their year-round activities – get a gist of it here.
# Singapore’s Bicentennial Year
As Singapore celebrates the 200th anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffle’s arrival in singapore in 1819, it takes a look at its rich history through exhibits, trails, talks and more. Take a look at all the events that will be on this year as a part of the celebrations here.
BalikSG│On till Jan 2021│Singapore River
An app by NParks and the National Heritage Board allows an augmented reality experience for the users to revisit significant events in the history. To learn more, click here
The Bicentennial Experience│1 June to 15 Sept 2019│Fort Canning Centre
A multimedia sensory experience that takes you back in time to witness the key moments in Singapore’s transformations. It’s a free event but you need to book your tickets here.
# National Parks
When you have around 300 parks and 4 nature reserves to explore – what are you waiting for? The National Parks has regular events that are ongoing – there are concerts in the open, guided tours, workshops and much more. Here’s a full list of all that’s happening.
National Orchid Garden│25 May to 30 June 2019│8.30am to 6pm
Orchids in bloom is an absolute delight for mind and soul – the orchid garden boasts of over 1000 species and 2000 hybrids on display. As a promotion, this holiday season entry to the garden is FREE! Click here to figure out how to get there.
Here is a list of special offers available during the June holidays.
# Pesta Ubin
Every year, Palau Ubin – the last bastion on the kampong life in Singapore – opens its doors wide and lines up a flurry of activities designed to help you explore the island – many of then free of cost. Had to “Pesta Ubin” from now till the 30th of June; you can choose from a long list of events that range from walking to Kayaking, to bird-watching and so much more. Best of all, your guides will be true blue Singapore veterans and amateurs who hold Singapore’s natural beauty close to their hearts and work! Official website here.
# Gardens By The Bay
Children’s Festival 2019│15 – 30 June 2019│10am to 9pm
Get ready to attend a fun carnival with games and activities along with the characters of Toy Story. There will be game booths, obstacle course, self driven cars and more; the evening ends with a signature light and music show. To get all the details, click here
We hope this list makes your ‘planning the holiday activities’ job a lot easier. Have fun, go explore!