Whatever your kids are into, we found some fun activities they (and you!) will love!
For Your Budding Artist
What: Even if your child isn’t artistic by nature, the Kids’ Art Jamming session at Arthaus, designed for children and teens aged five to 15 years, will let him discover, explore and express his creativity freely. The two-hour guided workshop offers a choice of acrylic painting, watercolour painting or sketching.
The Details: $60 a child, inclusive of art materials. Sessions at Ar thaus Bukit Timah: Tuesday, 4-6pm; Wednesday and Friday, 3-5pm; Wednesday, 5.15-7.15pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am-12pm; Saturday, 3.15-5.15pm. Sessions at the Upper Paya Lebar branch: Saturday, 10am-12pm; Sunday, 1-3pm.
For Your Budding Baker
What: Safra runs monthly baking workshops for kids, where they’ll make a delicious treat then decorate it. Each session is 1.5 hours long and is suitable for kids aged three to 12. From now to the end of the year, kids will learn how to bake cheese buns, raspberry scones and chocolate noogies.
The Details: $26 for Safra members, $32 for guests. Sat, 5 Dec 2015 – Cheese Bun (Mister Snowman), at Safra Jurong; Sat, 5 Dec 2015 – Cheese Bun and Sun, 6 Dec 2015 – Cranberry Scone, at Safra Toa Payoh.
For Your Outdoor Explorer
What: Let your kids work off their study stress outdoors. The Far East Organization Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay has separate play areas for children aged one to five years and older kids up to 12. After your kids are done climbing and exploring the 75m-tall tree house and other structures, they can cool down in the water play area. With its newly minted status as a Unesco World Heritage Site, it’s time to re-explore the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Start by giving the kids play time at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, which features tree houses, suspension bridges, mazes and caves, as well as a Sensory Garden that connects kids with nature by engaging their sense of smell and touch. Then, take a walk through the trails and enjoy the greenery.
The Details: Admission is free for both.
For Your Animal Lover
What: Spend a morning at Farmart Centre, which has a large animal corner where your animal-loving children can get up close with mountain goats, bullfrogs, tor toises, rabbits, birds, fish, guinea pigs and hamsters. They can also feed their animal friends (you’ll need to buy animal feed from the farm keeper). While the kids amuse themselves, you and Hubby can relax by the koi pond or have a coffee at one of the centre’s four dining outlets.
The Details: Farmart Centre is at 67 Sungei Tengah Road. Admission is free.
By Sasha Gonzales, Simply Her, October 2015
Photo: Farmart Centre Facebook page