School’s out! Do you remember the time when you were little and the school holidays were all you looked forward to especially after the exams? Here's how you can make it extra special for your little ones. Highly anticipated by children of all ages, and for good reason, school holidays are a good respite from the day-to-day routine of a Singapore school life. It's finally time for all play and no school! Well, there might be some school homework... but, let's save that for later.
Here are some school holiday promotions, ranging from travel discounts to staycations, and kid-friendly activities in Singapore. Parents, you no longer have to fret about how to keep your kids occupied during the holidays! At pocket-friendly prices, here's Cardable's guide to how you can make the best out of the four main school holidays in a year.
We recommend: Universal Studios Singapore Day Pass / KidZania Singapore
The March holidays span only one week, so it can be difficult to make travel plans out of the country. However, staycations are a popular choice as well! A staycation basically means planning a ‘holiday’, but in Singapore. You get to stay in a hotel or a nice accomodation of your choice, yet enjoy the convenience that staying in the country brings. There’s no need to worry about lost passports, missing luggages, and the likes. It might be nothing fanciful but it might create a lasting memory for your little one.
A short local staycation can be booked on sites like Expedia, Hotels.com or ZUJI at a good price! Some hotels in Singapore have kids-friendly rooms like the Ritz-Carlton which makes a family stay a memorable one.
Klook is a good choice to book tickets for fun activities, as they provide amazing discounts for the exact same product. With instant confirmation, it makes it a breeze to save money. Visit their page, which features six of the best things to do in Singapore during the holidays. Some examples, include the Universal Studios Singapore day pass, which is on discount at just SGD$68 (Be sure to check out the Klook promo codes available before you make your booking!)
One of the most popular kid-friendly activities is KidZania Singapore, a ‘theme park’ at Palawan Beach on Sentosa. This huge space allows children to role-play in different jobs. Think: performing a surgery as a doctor, managing a kitchen as a chef, and even flying a plane as a pilot. Getting into character through role-playing is important for children, as it builds their confidence, problem solving and confidence. By booking through Klook Singapore, a ticket costs just SGD$30 instead of SGD$35!
We recommend: A staycation / Cooking Classes / Short Trip within Asia
The June holiday is the first long holiday of the year, which is of course exciting, but why not save on the air ticket overseas by planning a staycation instead? By saving now, you might be able to travel further come the end of the year. Besides, June is a busy period for parents, with it being right smack in the middle of the the work year.
A staycation in Singapore is no boring affair, and there are a myriad of hotels that offer kid-friendly staycations!
One favourite among parents is the D’Kranji Farm Resort, which offers a respite from the bustling city life. Being located in a farm, one might think the facilities are run down or not upto standard. But fret not, because they even have a spa on-site! You can also take your kid on a walk during the day for an enriching experience, on the 1 hectare area that D’Kranji offers for their farm tours.
Retire to your luxurious Family Suite at night, which is the perfect location for get-togethers with family or friends. The fully air-conditioned suite is suitable for 8 persons, and comes with a spacious living area, kitchenette and dining area, 2 bathrooms, and a private Karaoke system. By the way, there’s also a backyard with a BBQ pit. Prices for a 2-3 night stay at D’Kranji can be found on Agoda Singapore, here.
Looking for something you can do together? Check out Bonappetour for a series of cooking classes or experiences that you can spend time bonding with your little one and get to do something fun together. From a Tsum Tsum Bento workshop to a traditional cooking class with a Singaporean family, this might just be the activity that will have your kid/s talk about for ages! Another fun class to do together would be the old school pandan chiffon Cake baking workshop!
If you are planning for an overseas trip, a short trip within Asia would be perfect for the June Holidays. Plan ahead and make your flight and hotel bookings in advance to get the best prices!
We recommend: A day to MOSH! Singapore
The September holiday might be a little more stressful, as the End of Year examinations are fast approaching, and some studying might be needed. But it IS possible make learning fun, with a visit to MOSH! Singapore.
MOSH! which is actually read as ‘Moshi’, is a interactive digital park, which they term as an ‘edutainment’ park. Yep, this means going there for entertainment is sorta like educating your child as well. You get the best of both worlds, as your kid gets to have fun while learning at the same time! MOSH! features state-of-the-art multimedia technology all the way from Japan.
With a focus on playing-to-learn, children are encouraged to tap on their creativity to create imaginary worlds. For example, they can learn how to launch a virtual jumbo jet from their hand, or launch virtual fireworks.
The attractions are grouped into 5 different zones. Land, Air, Sea, Space, and Fantasy. For example, the Land zone features a multi-touch detection display. Put any object (yes, including your hand!) on the display, and a throng of digital characters will ‘interact’ with you.
Moshi! tickets for adults are SGD$18 on Klook, instead of SGD$28.
We recommend: A White Christmas Holiday!
The last holiday of the year has reason be the most special, since it coincides with Christmas! Enjoy a white Christmas away from sunny Singapore, you deserve it.
For those with teenagers, the land of Kpop is a great choice to keep them entertained. Even though a majority of us don’t speak Korean, it is easy to get around this international country. Highlights include the theme parks which are packed with exhilarating rides.
The Everland Theme Park and Lotte World Adventure Park are popular choices among tourists, because they are HUGE. Everland Theme Park is South Korea’s largest theme park, and is located in Yongin, a city in Gyeonggi-do.
The most popular ride is T-Express, a wooden roller coaster that is the first to utilise three trains. It is also known for being South Korea’s first wooden coaster, and the fourth steepest wooden roller coaster in the world.
Going in December means that temperatures will be freezing cold. The sub-zero temperatures mean that there’ll be less people at the theme park, which means shorter queues! Do pack wisely and be sure that you bring along enough warm clothing. Zalora or Uniqlo are great choices you can find chic winter wear.
However, if you have a low tolerance for the cold, you might want to pick a holiday destination that is warmer. Lounging on the beach in Bintan can be a good getaway as well!
Tickets to Korea or any other country can be found on Expedia Singapore, which lets you book your flight and your hotel concurrently.
We hope that you have a better idea on how to keep your children entertained during the school holidays. However, not having the time to bring your kids on holiday doesn’t make you a bad parent. After all, taking time off work is difficult, and you only have so many hours in a day. What matters most is spending quality time connecting with your little ones - it doesn't matter where you go!
If you’re looking to get educational toys, check out Lazada Singapore for a huge selection of toys that you can get delivered right to your doorstep. Do check back on Cardable for any credit card promotions during the school holidays 2018. Happy holidays!
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