The Christmas season always calls for splurging on festive feasting and gift shopping. So when it comes to activities with the kids, the more you can save money, the better. The good news? Little Steps has compiled a list of both fun and free things you can do with the kids – time to start clearing your calendar during this holiday season!
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Don’t miss out on the Children’s Biennale happening at National Gallery Singapore this year. And the best part? It’s completely free! There are tons of activities to check out, with specific activities catered to kids anywhere from toddlers to 12 years old. Whether it’s engaging storytelling sessions about folklore, orchestral performances to an interactive movement workshop that parents can join in too, the choice is yours!
When: Now to December 2021
Children’s Biennale, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Rd, #01 – 01, Singapore 178957, +65 6271 7000, childrensbiennale.com
Soak in the great outdoors by taking the kids out on a hiking trail at one of many naturistic spots in Singapore. From being surrounded by green foliage everywhere at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to seaside boardwalks at Punggol Waterway Park, the family that walks together stays together. Not only will you burn some calories, but you’ll also get to explore sights at nooks and crannies around the country!
Hiking Trails, multiple locations, www.littlestepsasia.com/singapore/play/outdoor-activities/nature-walks-singapore/
Fairs and carnivals always bring a smile to kids’ faces, and over at the East side, there’s an ongoing Uncle Ringo Carnival over the festive season. As part of the D’Ultimate XCape event, the carnival promises plenty of rides, games and prizes to keep you and the family busy for hours. expect classic rides, carnival games, and heaps of fun. Entry to soak in the atmosphere is free, but each ride and game will require bookings and payments.
When: November 5, 2021 to March 20, 2022. Read more here.
Uncle Ringo Carnival, D Ultimate Xcape, Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599, +65 6589 1688, www.downtowneast.com.sg/whats-on/events/details/d'-ultimate-xcape
The National Museum Of Singapore is celebrating the school holiday season in a big way, with 2 interactive exhibitions suitable for all ages! Titled “Our Home” and “Our School”, the showcases explore the similarities and differences of growing up and studying in Singapore now and then. Kids will definitely relate, while the adults can also take a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Look out for activities like games and uniform design too.
When: November 20 to December 26, 2021
National Museum Of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897, +65 6332 3659, www.nhb.gov.sg/nationalmuseum/our-programmes/programmes-list/childrens-season-2021
With how hot the weather can get in Singapore, it always calls for some fun under the sun. And the perfect place to do just that? The beach, of course! Where it’s at Sentosa or East Coast Beach, bring the kids out to play frisbee, build sandcastles or simply get a tan. There are plenty of beach spots with nearby playgrounds and restaurants too, so you can plan a full day itinerary.
Beaches, multiple locations, www.littlestepsasia.com/singapore/play/outdoor-activities/best-singapore-beaches/
It’s important to be active together as a family too, and the perfect opportunity to do so is with the Active Family Programme organized by the Health Promotion Board. Suitable for kids between 6 to 12 years old, activities are curated to promote healthier lifestyles and movement skills. What’s more, it’ll take place in the beautiful spot of the Waterfront Plaza in Gardens By The Bay – perfect to soak up all the lush greenery that surrounds you.
When: November 20, 27, December 4,18,25 2021
Active Family Programme, Waterfront Plaza, Active Garden, Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953, www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/things-to-do/calendar-of-events/active-family-programme
For little ones that love reading, bring them over to the newly revamped Choa Chu Kang Public Library for a day of fun. The 3 storeys of books now also boast plenty of greenery, a hydroponics showcase, art exhibitions and even gardening workshops that families can sign up for together. Time to make this your new favorite reading spot!
Choa Chu Kang Public Library, 21 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 #04-01/02 and #05-06, Lot One Shopper’s Mall, Singapore 689812, +65 6332 3255, www.nlb.gov.sg/VisitUs
If you’re completely clueless about what to do with the kiddos during the year-end break, outdoor playgrounds are always a good backup plan. From huge, sprawling structures at the Singapore Botanic Gardens to smaller neighborhood ones, there’s always fun just around the corner on any part of our sunny island.
Outdoor Playgrounds, multiple locations, www.littlestepsasia.com/singapore/articles/play/top-outdoor-playgrounds-singapore
Christmas Wonderland, Singapore’s biggest yuletide event is back to illuminate Gardens by the Bay from December 3, 2021 to January 2, 2022 with a whole new array of stunning light displays and festive offerings. Marvel at the spectacular Light Displays, take a photo with Santa Claus, have a go at Carnival Games, hop onto a Venetian Double-Storey Carousel, shop for gifts at Mistletoe Alley Market, be mesmerized by the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show, and more! Get your tickets HERE!
*Note that certain light sculptures will be free for viewing at the Gardens. Tickets need to be purchased for the main event.
When: December 3, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Christmas Wonderland, Supertree Grove, Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953, +65 6420 6848, www.christmaswonderland.sg
The Esplanade always has family-friendly programs to have on your radar, and this year-end is no exception! From now until December 31, 2021, bring the kids down for the Animal Craft session, with 3 slots per day. The young ones will not only get to learn fun facts about animals but also bring home a craft activity kit to continue the fun back at home.
Free Events At Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981, +65 6828 8377, www.esplanade.com/whats-on
Good news for kids and adults into arts and culture – many museums in Singapore offer free entry! Landmarks like the National Gallery, National Museum and Asian Civilisations Museum offer engaging and interactive experiences for all ages, so there will never be a dull moment while you’re strolling through the many galleries and exhibition spaces. Look out for children-specific events happening this year-end too!
Museums, multiple locations, www.littlestepsasia.com/singapore/play/cultural-activities/museums-with-kids-singapore/
School’s out, so it's a perfect chance to teach the kids a new skill like cycling. Once they’re gotten the hang of it, head outside for a cycling adventure! See the life-sized dinosaurs at the Changi Jurassic Mile, wheel around the Marina Bay Sands area or keep it classic at Park Connectors (PCN) – the choice is yours.
Cycling Trails, multiple locations, www.littlestepsasia.com/singapore/play/outdoor-activities/cycling-and-biking-trails/
One thing that we can always look forward to every year is the sparkle and joy of Christmas lights illuminating the entire stretch of Orchard Road – and this year is no exception. Bring the kids for a day out in town and spot the first-ever outdoor AR projection on Mandarin Orchard’s facade, and even AR fireworks at midnight on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve to usher in two big celebrations!
When: November 13, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Christmas On A Great Street, Orchard Road, christmas.orchardroad.org
For a unique playground experience, bring the kids to Fungus Humongous, a unique pop-up playground experience held at The Artground from Wednesdays to Sundays. Themed after a whimsical forest, kids can explore slides, climbing areas and obstacles shaped after mushrooms and other fungi. Entry is free, but take note that tickets will need to be pre-booked at their website.
When: Now to May 8, 2022
Fungus Humongous, The Artground, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Block J #01-40, Singapore 439053, +65 6925 0621, theartground.com.sg/va/fungushumongous
There’s nothing quite like laying down on a mat, feeling the wind in your hair, and not having a care in the world. That’s what a picnic is all about, which you can have at any beach or park in Singapore. Time to plan your next picnic with the whole family – just don’t forget the snacks, card games and cooler box!
Picnics, multiple locations, www.littlestepsasia.com/singapore/play/outdoor-activities/top-picnic-areas-in-singapore/
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