All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, right? Now that the September school holidays are just around the corner, it’s time to get the kiddos away from their books and digital screens and out for some fun-filled activities for the whole fam! Whether it’s a staycay you’re planning, a series of playground seshs or a trip to see your kid’s paediatric dentist, it’s always a good idea to switch up daily routines and recharge a little.
To be exact, the September holidays this year starts this Saturday and spans one week, from 5 to 13 Sep, 2020. It’s the perfect break for some precious family bonding time and if it’s already an annual family tradition, your little ones must be all but jumping with anticipation. Though travelling is off the cards for now (unless you want to spend time in quarantine!), there’s still a great deal to do in town.
Ready for our low-down on what to do for the September holidays this year amidst Covid-19 precautions? Let’s go!
1. Rediscover the magic of Sentosa
There’s a whole slew of promos going on this September hols at Sentosa, so let the state of fun begin! Explore wonderful marine life at the S.E.A. Aquarium ($29 for an Adult ticket, valid till 16 Sep) or experience thrilling rides all day at Universal Studios Singapore ($59 for an Adult one-day ticket). Tickets to the Trick Eye Museum + Headrock VR (Blue Ride) are currently going at a discounted bundle rate of $25 per adult and $20 per child. Book here.
It’s also free to enter Sentosa via the Sentosa Express or drive in for the whole month of September 2020, so it’s a great time to explore the island with the whole fam. If you’re going via Grab, you can also take $5 off Grab rides to the island using the promo code <SentosaFun>.
2. Treat yo’selves with a staycay
Checking yourselves right into a staycay will definitely put you in the holiday mood right away. Tucked away in greenery on a separate island, a staycay at Sofitel Sentosa would be especially serene and relaxing.
Read here for more staycation ideas and promos for a rockin’ good family time.
3. Ask your kids draw out what their future will be like based on their imaginations.
This is a self-guided online event, so the whole fam can stay home for this activity. Designed by local artist Izzad Radzali Shah, you can download the fun sheets on Esplanade’s site here and print them out for your kids to start doodling. It’ll be fun to see what your little ones envision their future to be, and meanwhile you can kick back and relax with the hubby for some couple time while they are preoccupied. Just remember to get ready heaps of colour pencils, markers and stationery!
4. Feast like royalty at Raffles Hotel Singapore
If you’re a family of four, this one’s perfect for you. Raffles Hotel is having a buy 3 get 4 promo on their set menus at all their dining establishments — indulge in curated dim sum brunches at藝 yì by Jereme Leung, finest cuts of meat at Butcher’s Block, North Indian cuisine at Tiffin Room, a chillax brunch at The Courtyard of a relaxing afternoon tea at The Grand Lobby. It’ll be a foodie adventure like no other.
Promo: Dine in groups of 4, pay for 3 (applicable for the same set menu items) and enjoy 25% off beverages at藝 yì by Jereme Leung, Butcher’s Block, Tiffin Room and The Grand Lobby. Promo is valid till 30th September 2020 only, for Singapore residents.
Location: 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673
Reservation: Call 64121816 or email email@example.com for reservations.
5. A frolickin’ good time at Wild Wild Wet
Be prepared to have a splashing good time frolicking in this water adventure park housing 16 fun-soaked rides — from frolicking and basking in the Shiok River, to adrenaline-pumping rides like the Vortex and Ular-lah. Guaranteed fun for the whole fam bam!
For kiddos under 1.2 meters, they can access the KidZ Zone which is equipped with fun, mini-sized rides. From now till 31 October 2020, enjoy $15 day passes to Wild Wid Wet. Grab your tickets here!
Location: 1 Pasir Ris Close Singapore, Singapore 519599
6. 1-for-1 mains at Shutters @ Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa
After a whole day of exploration and fun at Sentosa with the kids, drop by Shutters at Amara Sanctuary Resort to satisfy rumbling tummies. With 1-for-1 mains from Sundays to Thursdays, kick back and soak in resort vibes while enjoying your meal with the whole family.
A quaint restaurant tucked away in a quiet slice of Sentosa, Shutters has got a lovely ambience, impeccable menu and great service. With their farm-to-table concept, Shutters serves up leisurely meals only with the freshest ingredients plucked straight from their in-house garden.
Promo: 1-for-1 mains for dine-ins, till 31st October 2020. Available lunch and dinner, from Sunday to Thursday.
Location: Sentosa Island, 1 Larkhill Rd, 099394
Reservation: Call +65 6825 3866 / +65 6825 3861 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
7. A picnic in the woods at Coney Island
Located off Punggol Settlement, this ecologically sustainable park is the perfect place for a picnic with the family. Get the kids to help you make some burgers and sandwiches, or roll up some sushi and pack in your kiddos’ fav snacks into picnic baskets and off you go! The park opens daily from 7am to 7pm, so you could either do a morning breakfast picnic or an evening one.
While you’re at it, try spotting one of the 80 species of birds in the Park, including the resident male Baya Weavers and the Oriental Magpie-robin. Also check out the Casuarina Exploration playground, constructed out of real casuarina trees for some play time your kids would love.
Also consider hiring a bike at the Jomando Adventure And Recreation, their selection includes bikes with toddler bike seats, mountain bikes and even vintage-style ones with picnic baskets.
8. Inspire the Picasso in your little ones with this National Gallery online art event
A free, home-based initiative entitled #SmallBigDreamersAtHome by the National Gallery Singapore, kids can play, learn and create with art. Brimming with free-to-access learning resources, it will definitely keep your little ones entertained for hours on end. You can also join in the fun and work with your kids to compose a family theme song or design a digital still-life masterpiece!
9. Learn a bit of scratch coding with Pokemons
Coding is literally learning a new language. If they’re old enough, give your little ones an early start in robotics and coding via this workshop by Wonders Work, especially if they are fans of Pokemon, Super Mario, Minecraft, Fortnite and Super Heroes. Suitable for kids between the ages of 5 to 13 years old.
Location: 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World City, #03-105, Singapore 237994
10. Watch An Ode to Invention at the ArtScience Museum
From now till 11th September, catch a series of on-site short films at the ArtScience Museum about young inventors and their life-changing inventions. Spark the creative genius in your little ones — who knows, it may just be the start of their inventor journey!
The shows take place hourly from 10 am to 7 pm (last screening at 6 pm) daily in the Rainbow Room, Basement 2 Level. Pre-book your free tickets here before your visit as each slot is limited to only 10 visitors due to safe distancing measures.
11. Let it go~ at the Snow City
Be transported to a land of fun and snowy landscapes at the Snow City. Bonus points if your kids haven’t seen snow before — they will definitely be thrilled! You can also slide down snow while screaming to the tune of Frozen’s Let It Go together with the whole fam, or build your very own Olaf the snowman!
After a fun-filled afternoon playing with snow, make a trip to the adjourning Science Centre — they have interesting activities and displays ongoing like the laser light obstacle and maze of infinite reflections and endless hallways. Let your kids channel their inner Ninja as they go through the laser light obstacle course. Grab your tickets here.
12. Play time at Canopy Park @ Jewel Changi Airport
From now till 30 September 2020, enjoy free entry to the Canopy Park! Located on Level 5 of Jewel Changi Airport, the Canopy Park admission includes entry to the Discovery Slides, Foggy Bowls, Petal Garden and Topiary Walk, so expect to keep the kiddos entertained for hours. You do have to purchase something at Jewel — a small snack, a beverage or even groceries — to be eligible for the free admission.
There are also other attractions you can explore with the kids in tow, like the Canopy Bridge (for Instagram-worthy shots), Hedge Maze, Mirror Maze and Bouncing Sky Nets at the Canopy Park, separate admission charges apply. Polish off playtime with a meal at the popular Shake Shack, or dine amongst lush foliage and trees at one of many fabulous dining destinations at Jewel such as Prive, Sama Sama and Violet Oon Singapore.
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Jen is a food lover who is constantly looking forward to her next foodie adventure. Hardly anything can rival her love for Wagyu beef, bubble tea and sashimi. A strong believer in faith and human connections, she spends her weekends on things that make her smile and secretly loves deep conversations.