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FREE activities for kids | June Holidays 2017

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Okay, I couldn’t think of a catchier title for this post, so the obvious would be best.

June holidays. If you have kids like mine, who attend kindy, you are probably feeling a slight sense of dread and having to face the kids the whole day instead of getting a break when the kids go to school. *heavy sigh* I do treasure those 3 hours leh! I know the teachers and kids are rejoicing..haha.

This time round, the kids are older and I figured we should have an eventful school holiday going outdoors. With a tight budget, and getting around on public transport, I got into my #auntiemode and started hunting for free activities for the kids. I mean, surely there could be some meaningful and fun stuff for the kids to do that doesn’t break the bank? I mean, I was even happy to fork out maybe like $10 pax for an activity/workshop (which means $30 min per outing..omg). Basically free or cheap.

…got anot huh?

GOT wor!! And the angels sing. Please do note that my list of activities is catered for the boys who are 3.5 years old and 5.5 years old, and the events are free for Singaporeans and PRs or the cost is fairly low #kiamkanna

Therefore, I present to you

justsometings’s free or cheap activities for the June holidays 2017

Let’s start with the basics: getting the kids to use as much energy as possible.

Free Outdoor Playgrounds:

Top Outdoor Playgrounds by Little Steps Asia

Additional information: 

Free Outdoor Playgrounds with individual reviews by BYKidO
Mass Chalk Art Drawing at Parkland Green
by BYKidO
A video walkthrough of Seletar Aerospace Park
 by UmeKids

Free Waterparks

18 free waterparks in Singapore by UmeKids

Additional information: 

Sentosa’s Port of Lost Wonder reopens by Young Parents

Events: 


Imaginarium: To The Ends of the Earth
| Runs till 27th August 2017
10am to 7pm, Singapore Art Museum
Website

Chicken & Egg: A Fowl Tale | Runs till 18th June 2017
10am – 7pm, Singapore Philatelic Museum
Website
Review by Bumble Bee Mum
Note: There are other exhibitions that run concurrently to the zodiac based exhibit, so do check out the rest of the exhibitions too!

Children’s Biennale
20th May – 8th Oct, 10am to 7pm, National Gallery
Website
Note: not only the Biennale, you can also head along to the Keppel Centre for Art Education for more activities!

Faber Castell Art Festival
27th May – 4th Jun, 11am to 9pm, Marina Square Central Atrium
More information here

Children’s Season @ The National Museum
27th May – 30th July, 10am to 6pm
Website

Children’s Season 2017
27th May – 25th June, various locations
Website

Familes for Life Celebrations 2017 | 1-Day event
28th May, 8am to 9.30pm, Civic District
Website | Registration required

Book Swap & Movie in the Park by Yoga Seeds
3rd June, 4.30pm to 7.30pm
Website

The Kidz Academy
9th – 11th June, 10am to 8pm, Suntec Singapore Halls 404 – 406
Website

Activities:

Garden turns 5 | Gardens by the Bay
19th May – 30th Jun, Garden Extravaganza on 3rd & 4th June
Website

National Gallery, Keppel Centre for Art Education
10am to 7pm
Website

Pip’s PLAYbox
11am – 6pm (closed for cleaning from 2pm – 3pm)
Website

Bollywood Veggies
Wed – Sun, 8am to 6.30pm
Website
Note:
1. The farm offers guide tours (9839 8896, Donna) for a min group of 20 pax. Costs range from $200 onwards for a potting session. You can wander around the farm at no cost if you do not wish to go for a guided tour.
2. There is a daily shuttle bus from Kranji MRT that will take you around the countryside to the various farms, so transport not an issue! For the bus schedule, click here
3. Other farms that allow free tour access are Farmart Centre, Jurong Frog Farm and Hay Diaries

Into The Wild Exhibit @ Art Science Museum
10am to 7pm
Website

Low Cost Activities / Promos

The Active Detective Carnival | HealthZone
3rd June, 9am to 5pm, Health Promotion Board
Ticket prices: Child – $2 | Adult – $3
Website

KidsSTOP @ The Science Centre
Various themed workshops catered for kids on selected days. For holiday programmes, booking is required. You can make a booking here
Ticket prices: Below 18m – Free | Child – $10 | Adult – $5
Website

Soap Art
10th June, 2 to 3pm, Takashimaya Departmental Store
For children 3 yrs and above: Learn the art of soap making in this hands-on workshop. A great sensory activity for young kids, your child will learn how to knead, mold, and mix colours and scents to create his or her own soap. This fun activity for kids will get their creative juices going and they’ll be excited to show off their own personal soap masterpiece at the end of the workshop!
(Even I also wanna sign up lah!! Quite surprised about this June holidays program for kids by Taka! Downside is you gotta pay $16.05 for a 2 yr membership to be eligible..which I think is still ok for all the events they have)
Ticket: $8
Website

 

The Science Centre
Visit the current travelling exhibit from Japan, Dino Robot Factory, on top of the regular fare at The Science Centre Singapore. For more details on the Dino Robot Factory, click here
Ticket prices:
Dino Robot Factory Exhibit: Child – $7 | Adult – $5
The Science Centre: Child – $4 | Adult – $6
Promotional bundles: Click Here

Kids Watch Free at Movies by BYKidO
Kids get to watch movies free with a paying adult. Participating cinemas are Golden Village and Shaw. Current & upcoming movies that you want to take note of are:
SING, Boss Baby, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul and Despicable Me 3.

Kids Craft Corner @ EatPlayLove Craft Cafe
a unique experience where kids and adults can get crafty at the same time’. Adults get to eat in peace and the kids get to craft, win win situation for me for sure!
Crafting cost: $5 for 1st hour, $2.50 for subsequent 30 mins.
Website

Multiple promos by BYKidO [discount code for a 6 mths pass to be up soon!]
The BYKidO pass works as an online coupon booklet with various vouchers for you to use every month. All you need to do is to purchase a pass, redeem the voucher you want to utilise, and show it to their Partners! Great way for you to try out various workshops or classes. Examples of discounts are:
2 Trial Classes @ $10 with Ready Steady Go Kids
2 Soccer Trial Classes with FRISCKIds @ $10
Free Kindergym Trial with Bubbles Gymnastics
3 Play TIme at Kidz Amaze Toa Payoh (Toddler 0 – 36 mths) @ $20
Various discounted attractions tickets, including one of the cheapest KidZania Tickets available.

Phew. I think I have pretty much gotten as much and as accurate (I hope!!) information as I can. Please feel free to add on if you come across any events/activities that is free and cheap. This will definitely get me started with the school holiday planning.

Many thanks to the kind folks at BYKidO who have kindly offered me some information and a discount code for you guys to use when you purchase a 6 mths pass from BYKidO. eh, discounts every month for various vendors leh..plus I specifically highlighted the cheap deals! #kiamkana This I will write in my next post else this post is too long liao!

Category: Interests, Kids, Outdoor, Special

Review: Wild Wild Wet @ Downtown East

welcome to Wild Wild Wet

With an extended long weekend this lunar new year..we figured why not extend it a little further and take the boys to check out Wild Wild Wet at Downtown East? I mean..come on..all of us were still in major holiday mood lor. I had showed Daddy Ting a photo thata a friend had taken of the waterpark and we were keen on checking the place out already.

Wild Wild Wet opens at 1pm, so we waited for the boys to be done with kindy before heading out with the village (my parents, my sister, us and the kids).

Perfect weather? Check. Free Pioneer Generation ticket? Check. NTUC member? Check. A lot of good deals!

Stepping into the waterpark..we were pretty awed by it. For the price of the tickets, this was really a water theme park on its own. We spent 4 hours there, says a lot about how much the kids and adults (actually only my sister and Daddy Ting) enjoyed! The rest of us just chilled at a sheltered table.

hmm where to go

Where to bring the kids

Obviously the kids were of priority, and upon changing, Oliver ran straight for the Splash Play. It was a little wading pool, with a mini slide and lots of fountains. This would be your usual water play area that you would find at malls like Kallang Wave Mall or Tampines 1. The simple stuff, but suitable for very young children. The floors are tiled.

Once the boys warmed up, they proceeded to Kidz Zone, with bright colourful slides. What I liked about this area that the water area has individual lanes cordoned for each slide, so that kids will not venture into another lane unknowingly and get hit by kids coming down the slide. The blue slide on the left is also wide enough for kids to take a float and slide down it.

If you are organising a birthday party, you can hold one at Neptune’s Cove, which is right next to another children’s play area, the Professor’s Playground. The boys were a little too apprehensive about this one, it was probably meant for older kids.

Professor’s Playground

 

The kids can also slowly drift along the Shiok River, which is a canal like water play area (water depth around 1m). You can rent a float and gradually drift around the loop.

Shiok River rules

Daddy Ting & the boys

There are life vests available for non-swimmers and kids to done on. So even if you don’t wish to rent a float, the kids can pretty much drift in the life vests.

life vests of various sizes

ermahgad. too cute!

Last but not the least for the young ones, the Tsunami, which is a man-made wave pool.

The Tsunami

For the older kids, they can also go on The Waterworks and Ular-lah

steps leading up to the two slides

The Waterworks (smaller yellow slide) & the Ular-lah (blue & yellow slide)

Now..if the adults do get some spare time after following the kids around, you definitely need to check out Slide up! OMG..it gave me the chills just watching people get on it. The steep slope!

Rules for taking the slide

height requirement

OMGGGGGGGG

The other slide that had my heart up my throat was the Torpedo

The Torpedo

The opening of the slide is also so steep! Who in the right mind would go on it?? Okay..apparently my husband and sister did. So basically, as you jump into the slide, there is some water propulsion to cushion your journey down. According to Daddy Ting, you pretty much can’t yell your way down cos water will just go in your mouth. Hahaha. But the loops on the slide tho..it’s like a water rollercoaster without the seats.

There were a couple of other slides but they were currently not opened (Free Fall, Kraken Racers, Vortex & Royal Flush). What caught my eye was the Royal Flush. It looked MASSIVE from where we were seated. I reckon it would be something similar to slide up except there would be more people a tube and sliding round and round like we were gonna get flushed down the toilet bowl.

to be opened: Kraken Racers, Vortex, & Free Fall

Phew..I think I have more or less exhausted the types of areas there are. Moving on to amenities. This water theme park is definitely equipped with the necessities. Cabanas for rent, beach chairs, sheltered benches (if you are cheapo-nanas like me).

at our bench, celebrating the boys’ lunar birthday

Cabana for 6 for rent!

close up of Cabana

Cabana rates

Other amenities include locker rental services, children showers, handicap toilets and baby care rooms

Chidren Showers

Locker rentals (charges by size of locker per 4 hours)

2 baby care rooms available

Conclusion?

We love the place. We love that it is outdoor, and there is a lot of room around, and a lot of slides. We went during the off-peak season, on a Wednesday afternoon from 3-6.30pm. The boys only decided they had enough because they were hungry. Speaking of which, you don’t have to worry about starving! There is McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, NTUC foodfare, Subway, to name a few, just 2 mins away from the entrance. So very convenient!

I was looking through the Wild Wild Wet website and I just realised that they also have baby water carriers too! If I had known earlier, I would have brought my swim gear and take Sarah with me! Welp, there’s always a next time!

Daddy Ting said if we lived right next to Downtown East, he wouldn’t have hesitated to buy the annual pass so we could go there every week. Hahaha. Okay lah, we live in the East..so still go chance to go again!

Entrance rates can be found here. And don’t forget your NTUC card if you have one! #auntiemode