What to do in Singapore for the school holidays
1. Dance like no one's watching
After all that hard work (seriously, the final year exam struggle is real), you should definitely give your child a hi-five. Literally. The Aussie group is back for a retelling of the fairytales we've grown up with starring dragons, dinosaurs and pirates. If your child's a mover and shaker, it's a great avenue to let loose. If you remember catching the vibrant actors on television, you'll recall their instant likeability, along with their puppet friends Chatterbox and Jup Jup. Hi-5 Fairytale will run from 2 to 4 December at the Mastercard Theatre, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
2. Go to a circus
Sure, the "wheel of death" and "sphere of fear" don't sound very kid-friendly, but the theatrics are sure to get those tiny hearts racing. Everyone needs an adrenaline rush from time to time, and if your child's quite the junkie, Cirque Adrenaline has all the motorbike stunts, trapeze leaps and aerial acrobatics a good old circus has to offer. Who knows? It might inspire your child to take up gymnastics. Cirque Adrenaline runs from 15 to 25 December at the Mastercard Theatre, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
3. Start a stamp collection with Harry Potter
Remember when you'd pore over your stamp or sticker collection when you returned from school, triumphantly adding newly acquired gems? Re-ignite this passion in the next generation with a visit to Singapore Philatelic Museum, where you hit can two birds with one stone — especially if your child's a Potterhead. Bringing together a collection of Harry Potter stamps from around the world, it features the first licensed Harry Potter stamps in 2004, inspired by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. 'Collecting Magic: From Stamps to Wands' runs till June 2017.
4. Let the Christmas spirit in early
Think the Orchard Road annual Christmas light up is impressive? Think again. Lightwire Theater's A Very Electric Christmas presents a light and music show in complete darkness that'll have you and your young ones singing along to holiday hits from Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey (but of course) as well as Tchaikovsky. In a story that's similar to Finding Nemo, a young bird gets blown off course during a snowstorm when migrating with his family, only to end up lost in the North Pole. The show's running from 7 to 11 December at the Victoria Theatre.
5. Start training for space
Have yourself a budding astronaut? Opening this weekend, ArtScience Museum's latest visiting exhibition introduces tykes and parents alike to NASA and space travel. 'NASA - A Human Adventure' boasts over 200 artefacts, where your kid will come face to face with a full-sized model of the front section of NASA's Space Shuttle. Learn how the Apollo Command Module carried the first humans to the moon, and be inspired by the writers and artists who've created these imaginary worlds.
6. Amp up on comfort
Lets face it: We spend more time with our chair at work than we do with our loved ones. Give your child the comfort he or she needs when you're away with something that'll also spark the imagination. The lightweight Rabbit Chair by Stefano Giovannoni is made of moulded polyethylene that's great for both outdoors and indoors, and comes in "mommy and me" sizes too. It's also easy to clean, which is a major plus. If you're in for something more extravagant, Ciru's Rocky Rocket is an armchair that doubles as a space station and storage solution, strictly for budding Buzz Lightyears only.
7. Stay in for an education
It's not too late to introduce your child to the wonders of Sir David Attenborough and Hans Zimmer. The duo feature in Planet Earth II, a series that once again gives you an intimate look into the wild. Filmed in 40 countries, Singapore's Gardens By The Bay also makes a feature, signaling the first time such a wildlife series is featuring a city. Planet Earth II airs exclusively in Asia on Mondays, 8pm, on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407), after which it is available for catch-up on the new BBC Player. If your child's a fan of David Bowie (seriously, you have to start them early), then encourage him or her to figure out if there is, after all, life on Mars. A scripted documentary starring South Korean musician Jihae, it's a thrilling look into mankind's quest to colonise the red planet. Mars is aired on National Geographic Channel (Singtel TV Ch 201 and StarHub TV Ch 411).
8. Learn how to create games and websites
Coding is the future, and it's high time your child has a good kick-start. Scratch, a software specially designed for seven to 16 year olds is a great, easy-to-understand introduction for aspiring content creators. SaturdayKids provides holiday camps for kids to learn how to create animations, games and build their own website. Soon, they'll be speaking a whole other language of programming and CSS.
9. Take up a photography workshop
Believe it or not, being a good photographer doesn't just mean you're good at getting double taps on your Instagram. Sign up for Objectifs' Young Photographer's Camp, where instructor Ryan Chua will teach kids the art of visual storytelling and practical lessons on how to handle a camera. Indoor and outdoor sessions give kids an all-rounded experience, where they'll try out light painting and learn how to compose a shot, control exposure and other manual settings. From 7 to 9 December at Objectifs.
10. Enrol in a parkour camp
It's a good thing that kids can't stay still. Instill a healthy lifestyle by signing them up with The Yard's Freestyle Gym, where they'll be coached by the likes of parkour and martial arts artists. Combining both acrobatic and gymnastics elements of sports, it's a great way to grow your child's curiosity in a safe environment. Sign up here.
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