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31 things to do at home with kids in Singapore

Updated:
June 12, 2021

Some parents may prefer to keep their kids at home during this period of COVID Phase 2 Heightened Alert. Here's some home and online activities to keep them busy during the June and Summer holidays.

We've compiled a list of our favorite activities from live virtual experiences to online workshops, events, and craft activity kits.

We'll be updating this page regularly so continue to check back for updates on new events and activities!

Looking for holiday camps? Check out our article on the Best June and Summer Holiday Camps in Singapore for some online camp options.

Home and Online Activities

1. Live virtual experiences

1. New Zealand Virtual Tour - Animal Farm and Nature Highlights (13 Jun)

2. Picturesque Duan Wu - Virtual Tour of Qu Yuan's hometown (13 Jun)

3. Little India ArtWalk + Art Workshop (Jun 12, 19)

4. KidsSTOP Virtual Birthday Party

5. Behind the scenes of a Frogologist (Jun 9)

6. Father's Day Factory Tour and Chocolate Making Workshop (Jun 11)

7. Virtual Japan Tour + Sushi Making (Jun 14)

8. Hello From the Wild Side - Singapore Zoo (May 28, Jun 19)

9. Sky Lantern Release Live-Streaming Experience

2. Glamping Adventures at Home

10. Themed set ups from Cocomo

11. Specially curated indoor package from The Duo Planner

3. Online Workshops

12.Object Puppet-Making Workshop (Jun 19, 20)

13. Canvas Ark Holiday Art Programmes (Jun 1-25)

14. Do the Splits Risograph Workshop (Jun 13)

15. A Landmark Story Family Scrapbooking Workshop (Jun 26)

16. Curious Geneticist Activity Kit and Online Workshop (Jun 16, 21)

17. Pepper's Lab - After School Series Online Workshops (Jun 5, 12, 19, 26)

18. Once Upon A Mystery - KidsSTOP School Holiday Programme (Jun 10, 11)

19. Parent Child Workshops with The Gem Museum (Jun 21, 22)

20. Sunday Yoga Kids Class (Jun 13, 20, 27)

4. Online Events and Festivals

21. Gallery Children's Biennale

22. Cartoon Network Best Summer Ever Home Adventures (till 27 June)

23. It's FanTEAstic Online Carnival (May 15 - Jun 12)

24. SAFRA Lil' Stars Club 2021 - Virtual Edition (Registration deadline: Jun 19)

25. Saturday's Surprisingly Super-Duper Lesson

5. DIY Kits

26. Terrarium and Airplant Greenwall DIY Home Kit

27. Crochet DIY kit with online workshop

28. DIY Art Jamming - The Fun Empire

6. Activity Boxes

29. My Messy Box

30. Busy Boxes from the Party Elves

31. KidsSTOP Academy Stay Home Learning Kit

Past Events

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1. Live Virtual Experiences

New Zealand Virtual Tour - Animal Farm and Nature Highlights

Image credit: Monster Day Tours

Transport yourself to a farm in New Zealand in this virtual tour that gives you a taste of what life as a farmer is like.

Meet Dr Arthur, a Singaporean banker turned educationalist and now a farmer.

Learn about his farm, get up close to the farm animals, and find out how he creates sustainable practices for the environment.

You'll get to interact with Arthur and ask him questions about his farm throughout the tour.

Look forward also to fun polls and games with attractive family-friendly prizes to be won!

When: 13 June (10:30am-12pm)

Price: $20

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Picturesque Duan Wu - Virtual Tour Of Qu Yuan's Hometown

Image Credit: Online Duan Wu Carnival 2021

Go on an online adventure to experience the different aspects of the Duan Wu Festival in Singapore and China and learn the different ways that Duan Wu is celebrated in the two countries.

The is part of Online Duan Wu Carnival 2021, an event organized by the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Association.

When: 13 June 2021

Time: 3pm - 4.30pm

Register

Little India ArtWalk + Art Workshop

Image credits: Monster Day Tours

Join award winning tour operator Monster Day Tours on an adventure through the streets of Little India.

You'll be going on a 30 minutes live virtual tour to discover art murals painted by local artists that tell the story of Singapore's past and present.

An expert guide together with a co-host will conduct the live tour (not a video recording!) and they'll also be interacting with participants throughout with questions, polls, and games.

Participants can also look forward to attractive family-friendly prizes during the virtual tour!

After the tour, you'll engage in a 90 minutes virtual art workshop with a trained art instructor from ArtFlock.

The instructor will show you how to use the mixed media kit (delivered to you before the tour) to create your very own masterpieces!

When: Jun 12, 19

Time: 10:30am-12:30pm

Price: $40 per pax

Register

KidsSTOP Virtual Birthday Party

Image credit: KidsSTOP

Is your child celebrating their birthday soon?

With KidsSTOP's virtual birthday parties, you can now celebrate birthdays with friends and learn science at the same time!

Choose from a variety of science-themed packages which will be delivered to you and your guests' doorsteps.

Price: $50 per child

Package includes:

  • Standard e-invitation cards for guests
  • 2 hands-on science activities
  • KidSTOP gift for each payable child
  • Customised gift for birthday child
  • Complimentary 2 adult and 1 child admission to KidsSTOP™ for the host. (Admission is non-transferable)

Time slots:

  • 10:30am-11:30am
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm

Event will include hands on activities as well as singing of birthday song

Details

Behind the scenes of a Frogologist (Parent-Child activity)

Image credit: Jurong Frog Farm

Join a live session with a Frogologist from Jurong Frog Farm and discover the amazing world of American Bullfrogs!

You'll get to shadow a Frogologist at work at Singapore's only frog farm, and go on a virtual tour.

Learn about the frogs' anatomy, behavioral patterns, lifecycle, and food chain as well as how Jurong Frog Farm fits in and adapts to Singapore's evolving agricultural landscape.

You'll also get to meet the American Bullfrogs and enjoy lots of family friendly activities such as quizzes and games along the way!

When: 9 June, 3pm-4:45pm

Registration Closing Date: 1 Jun

Price: $51 per parent-child pair.

Register

Father's Day Factory Tour and Chocolate Making Workshop with Lemuel Chocolate

Join home grown Singapore chocolate maker Lemuel Chocolate on a virtual tour of their factory and learn about their bean-to-bar chocolate making process.

Then experience a hands-on chocolate making workshop where you will be making simple Nama chocolates in the comfort of your home.

You'll also be able to decorate the chocolates and package them specially for Father's Day.

Participants will receive an experiential kit with cocoa beans and explanatory materials for the factory tour segment, as well as ingredients for the chocolate making workshop.

Date: 11 Jun, 11am-12pm

Price: $19.60 per parent-child pair

Registration Closing Date: 11 Jun

Register

Virtual Japan Tour + Sushi Making with Sakae Sushi

We can't travel to Japan as yet so this is the next best thing!

Go on a virtual Japan tour to learn about Japanese culture followed by a sushi-making course with Sakae Sushi.

A great way to bond with your child!

Date: 14 Jun, 10am-12pm

Price: $49 per parent-child pair. Includes a sushi-making kit.

Registration Closing Date: 7 Jun

Register

Hello From the Wild Side - Singapore Zoo

Image credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

In Zoo Explained, you'll join in a live interactive virtual experience and go behind the scenes to learn about how the Singapore Zoo cares for and trains its animal stars.

Meet Natalie and Hanna, the Zoo's animal trainers from the Animal Friends Show, who will be happy to answer all of your questions about animal training and the Zoo.

They'll show you all the skills needed to bring out the best in their group of domesticated animals such as parrots, cats, and dogs.

You'll get to meet some of the Zoo's animal stars such as too!

When: 28 May, 19 Jun at 10am

Price: $10 for a 20 minute session

You can also book a session to send a personalized message to your loved ones featuring one of the Zoo's animal ambassadors such as penguins, hornbills, and Capybaras.

Price: from $50 per personalised message

Contributions go towards the care of the animals and supports the Zoo's conservation efforts.

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Sky Lantern Release Live-Streaming Experience

Experience Taiwan's iconic Pingxi sky lantern release experience from your home.

KKday's guides will write your wishes on an lantern and release it into the night sky.

You'll get to watch the whole process via live-streaming, from the writing of the wishes, to the release of the lanterns at the designated time.

The lanterns are actually eco-friendly and will fly up to 380 metres high, burning itself without leaving any waste behind.

A portion of the price for each purchase will also go towards funding tree planting programs.

May your wishes come true!

Price: $21.48

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2. Glamping adventures at home

Vacation plans may be on hold for now but you can still enjoy a mini vacation at home with glamping tents from Cocomo and the Duo Planner.

All you need is a little imagination for a fun home adventure!

Themed set ups from Cocomo

Spend the nights under the stars of the Milky Way in the space themed setup or have a popcorn movie night with a projector and screen.

Cocomo is currently offering a special extra night free promotion for their sleepover packages, which means you get 2 nights to enjoy the themed tents and activities for the price of one!

Image credits: Cocomo

Specially curated indoor packages from The Duo Planner

Choose from a variety of package options such as teepees, themed decors, fairy lights, and picnic baskets.

You'll also get complimentary helium balloons for bookings in May and June.

Image credit: The Duo Planner

3. Online Workshops

Object Puppet-Making Workshop

Image credit: The Finger Players

Learn about puppetry together with your child in this fun family workshop from puppetry theatre company The Finger Players.

You'll be creating your own puppets using the craft kit that will be mailed to you beforehand.

Then, exercise your creativity by adding objects and materials found around the house, to give your puppet your very own unique spin.

Lastly, put on a puppetry performance together with your newly made puppets, and create a story that belongs uniquely to your family!

Ages: 5-10

When: Jun 19, 20

Time: 10am - 11:30am

Price: $38 per parent/child pair, inclusive of craft kit and postage fees.

Register

Canvas Ark Holiday Art Programmes

Image Credit: Canvas Ark

Join Canvas Ark for a series of virtual art workshops this June holidays where kids will learn essential art skills while developing their creativity and confidence.

Choose from four different programs according to your child's interests.

Soft Clay and Print

Get creative and hands on with the soft clay and painting. Press, mold and roll the materials into your very own masterpiece.

Duration: 1.5hr | 2 Sessions

Ages: 4 and up

Price: 2 times workshop | $65 (SAFRA Members), $75 (Guest)

Canvas Collage

Get inspired and get create an art collage with acrylic paint and an assortment of cut paper!

Duration: 1.5hr | 2 Sessions

Ages: 7 and up

Price: 2 times workshop | $65 (SAFRA Members), $75 (Guest)

Artist Series

Recreate paintings by famous artist while learning more about the art's history!

Duration: 1.5hr | 2 Sessions

Where: Online

Ages: 7 and up

Price: 2 times workshop | $65 (SAFRA Members), $75 (Guest)

Large Canvas Painting

Learn a new technique of designing and cutting your own lino print!

Duration: 3.5hr | 2 Sessions (Includes 30 mins snack time)

Ages: 7 and up

Price: 2 times workshop | $150 (SAFRA Members), $180 (Guest)

Register

Do the Splits Risograph Workshop

Risograph printing is a semi-analogue printing technique, which produces prints with a unique textured effect.

Conducted by Risograph publishing and print studio Knuckles & Notch, this beginners workshop will cover tips and lessons to create your very own photowork in Risograph using your smartphone and simple tools on Adobe Photoshop.

After the workshop, your photoworks will also be printed as A5 postcards and each family will receive 10 postcards.

When: 13 Jun (Sun)

Time: 

  • 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • 3.30 – 5.30pm

Price: $70 per family

Ages: 12 and up

Register

A Landmark Story Family Scrapbooking Workshop

Image credit: National Museum Singapore

Decorate and design a usable scrapbook with a unique lighted frame together as a family.

The family scrapbook can be used as a photo album to capture lasting memories of the places you visited in Singapore.

In the process, you'll also appreciate how Singapore has evolved through the founding years.

When: 26 Jun (Sat), 2.30 – 4pm

Price: $30 per family.

Includes:

  • 1 x string of fairy lights
  • 1 x 30-page scrapbook
  • 1 x Scissors
  • 4 x Creative masking tapes
  • 50+ self-adhesive flower petals
  • 1 x Calligraphy pen
  • Images of iconic Singapore landmarks
  • 25 x assorted creative scenic cards

Ages: 5 and up

Register

Curious Geneticist Activity Kit and Online Workshop - Science Centre Singapore

Turn your home into a science laboratory!

The Curious Geneticist activity kit contains fun activities, videos that explain science concepts, and an instruction booklet to guide you and your child.

Then join in an online workshop guided by a Science Educator from Science Centre Singapore.

Ages: 10-12

Date of online workshop: Jun 16, 21

Time: 9:30am-10:30am

Ticket: $28

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Pepper's Lab: After School Series Online Workshops

Image credit: KidsSTOP Singapore

Conduct science experiments and take part in craft making in this series of online workshops by KidsSTOP Singapore with topics ranging from chemical reactions and outer space, to food science and recycling.

5 Jun - Colourful Chemistry - Make your own wizard’s brew and uncover the secret messages with turmeric, as you learn more about chemical reactions!

12 Jun - Amazing Astronomy - Explore outer space through the making of galaxy jars and moon dough.

19 Jun - Fun with Food Science - Be a food scientist and find out more about what you eat with Benedict’s test and the emulsion test!

26 Jun - Bin it Right (Storytelling special) - Learn the importance of recycling through storytelling in this special edition of After School Series!

Time: 11am

Ages: 4-8

Price: $20

Includes a 30 min online workshop with KidsSTOP educators and an activity kit which will be mailed to you.

Register

Once Upon a Mystery - KidsSTOP School Holiday Programme

Image credit: KidsSTOP Singapore

An empty bowl of porridge, a broken chair, and messy bedsheets? Who could've broken into the Bear family's home?

Join Pepper as she uses her trusty glow-in-the-dark decoder and investigative skills to find out who is the culprit in this exciting fairy-tale forensic science experience.

Ages: Suitable for ages 5-8

Dates: Jun 10, 11

Time: 10:30am-11:30am

Price: $53.50

Package includes:

  • 1 hour online programme for parent + child
  • A kit for the online programme (delivered to home)
  • Admission tickets to KidsSTOP for 1 adult and 1 child (valid for 6 months from programme date)

Register

Parent-Child Workshops with the Gem Museum

Learn all about gems and jewellery design with your little ones in these parent-child workshops.

Course fees: Member ($35), Non member ($45)

Mine the Gem!

Learn how gems are formed and how to differentiate between different types of rocks.

You'll also get to break a geode that contains gems in it!

Participants will receive a rock (geode), worksheet, and a booklet.

Date: 21 Jun, 2pm-3pm

Register

Design your Jewellery

Learn about what makes jewellery valuable and how to draw and design your very own jewellery.

Participants will receive a shape stencil and laminated template.

Date: 22 Jun, 2pm-3pm

Register

Online Sunday Kids Yoga Class with Joyful Blossom Yoga Dance

Image credit: Joyful Blossom Yoga Dance

Featuring a different theme every week, the Online kids yoga class provides kids with a fun and enriching yoga experience.

They'll be taught breathing exercises, creative yoga poses, and quiet time.

Parents are more than welcome to join in too!

Ages: 4-10

When: Jun 13, 20, 27

Duration: 45 minutes

Price: $10

Register

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4. Online Events and Festivals

Gallery Children's Biennale 2021

Image credit: National Gallery Singapore

Explore nine digital artwork installations in the first ever hybrid edition of the Children's Biennale.

Guided by the theme "Why Art Matters", you'll embark on a journey of exploration, character building and a whole lot of fun as you learn about topics such as the environment, time, diversity, and home.

Look forward also to exciting programmes that will complement your Biennale experience such as stoytelling sessions, interactive movement exercises, parent-child sound exploration workshops, and more!

Details

Cartoon Network Best Summer Ever Home Adventures

Image credit: The Cartoon Network

This summer, the Cartoon Network brings to you a whole host of fun adventures for the home!

There are more than 150 activities that you can look forward to on the website from DIY craft activities and sing-alongs, to games and videos.

Play along with characters from your favorite shows such as Tom and Jerry, We Bare Bears, Looney Tunes, Ben 10, and more.

Get creative and submit your home adventure creations for a chance to win exclusive Cartoon Network Goodie bags!

When: From now till 27 June

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It's FanTEAstic Online Carnival

Explore the history of tea in Singapore and how it has integrated itself into Singapore culture with its many versions and forms.

The interactive carnival is presented by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre as part of Cultural Extravaganza 2021.

Learn all about tea such as its production and tea culture, play online games, and quizzes, and watch online tutorials that will immerse you in the art of tea and tea brewing.

Our favorite - How to make brown sugar bubble tea at home. Though unfortunately, there are no tutorials about how to lose all those extra calories!

You can also shop for tea from local tea artisans and makers. We bet you'll be appreciating your tea better with all that new found knowledge.

Bonus - Fill up a short survey and the first 100 respondents will receive a free pack of Spring-harvest Oolong tea.

When: 15 May - 12 June

Visit the It's Fanteastic website to learn more.

SAFRA Lil' Stars Club 2021 - Virtual Edition

Image credit: SAFRA

SAFRA Lil' Stars is back for its 9th edition following a successful run of its online edition last year.

Let your kids showcase their skills in vocal, dance, or visual arts.

Attractive prizes to be won for each category and registration is free!

Categories:

  • Solo Category A: 5-8 years old
  • Solo Category B: 9-12 years old
  • Family Category: Min 2 participants, same household (at least 1 child to be under the age of 12 years old)

Registration Deadline: Sat 19 Jun, 1800 hours

Details

Saturday's Surprisingly Super-Duper Lesson

Image credit: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

This specially tailored online concert from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO)introduces children to classical music through storytelling.

An adaptation of a book by Jolene Tan and Isabella Tong, it tells the story of Aish, who is cooped up in a classroom doing a maths problem when something extraordinary happens.

Her doodles come to life!

Kids will be kept engaged with narration, illustration, animation, and music performed by the SSO.

Ages: Recommended for ages 4 and up

Ticket sales: From now till 19 Jan

Standard ticket: $20

Buy tickets

5. DIY Craft Kits

Terrarium and Airplant Greenwall DIY Home Kit

Open Succulent Terrarium (Image credit: The Green Capsule)

Create your own Terrarium or Airplant Greenwall with these DIY Home Kits from The Green Capsule.

Kits come with an instruction sheet and all the plants and materials that you need to create your own plant magic at home!

Airplant Greenwall (Image credit: The Green Capsule)

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Crochet DIY Kit with Online Workshop

Image credit: Klook

Learn the basics of crochet and make your own cute cactus amigurumi.

There will also be a live online session where you will be guided by an instructor.

The package includes:

  • Step-by-step pre-recorded video instructions
  • Thorny cactus pattern (2 x 8 cm tall cacti)
  • Material kit
  • Basic crochet tool (2.75-3.25mm)
  • 1 session of online live consultation

Price: From $121.50

Get package on Klook

DIY Art Jamming - The Fun Empire

Image credit: The Fun Empire

Create your own masterpiece at home with the DIY Art Jamming Kit.

Paint on an art canvas or a tote bag that you can carry around to show off your creations.

Kits come with:

  • 5 Acrylic paint colors
  • Color mixing chart to make unlimited colors from the 5 colors
  • 3 paint brushes
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Paper plates
  • Instructions
  • One 30cm x 40cm Art Canvas or 27cm x 35cm Canvas Tote Bag

Purchase kit on Klook

6. Activity Boxes

My Messy Box

Image credit: My Messy Box

My Messy Box is a monthly sensory play subscription box for kids from 14 months to 6 years old.

Developed with the aid of early childhood certified teachers, the activities in each box target specific developmental skills in your child according to the milestones of their age group.

Every box comes in a different fascinating theme from dinosaurs and pirates, to countries and the circus.

You'll get 3-4 activities in each box plus instructions and all the materials you need.

Just follow the instructions sheets to prepare the activity for your child and you're all set to enjoy all of the fun activities!

Ages: 14 months to 6+ years

Price: From $128 for 4 boxes (one every month)

Purchase Boxes

Busy Boxes from The Party Elves

Image credit: The Party Elves

Keep the kids occupied at home with these Busy Boxes from The Party Elves that are chock full of fun activities.

Boxes come in a variety of themes such as:

  • Lost in Space
  • Enchanted Garden
  • Slime Time
  • Dino-RAWR
  • Wizard in Training.

Our favorite is the Dino-RAWR box where you'll be creating a frozen and clay dinosaur fossil, fizzing dinosaur egg, and dino track stamps to recreate historical life on earth.

Image credit: Party Elves

Boxes will be delivered straight to your home and come with all the materials you need for the activities, as well as an instruction booklet with easy to follow step by step instructions.

Each craft takes about 30-45 minutes to complete.

Ages: 3-10

Price: $25 per box

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KidsSTOP Academy Stay Home Learning Kit

Image credit: KidsSTOP

Have your kids ever wondered what a dinosaur fossil looks like?

With the new KidsSTOP Academy Stay Home Learning Kit, they can now embark on a virtual learning session and make their very own fossil using air dried clay!

You'll receive an exclusive DIY kit as well as video tutorial with KidsSTOP's science educator, so your child can have fun being a little paleontologist!

Ages: 4-8

Price: $10

Purchase kit from KidsSTOP

Past Events

First Fleet

Image from Sistic

Jointly presented by Nine Years Theatre and SCCC, First Fleet is a play inspired by Thomas Keneally's novel The Playmaker and other materials on the convict transportation to Australia.

Set in 1787, First Fleet is about the journey of the First Fleet of the British empire which sets sail for Australia with a group of convicts aboard to establish a penal colony.

Along the way, the Governor instructs one of his lieutenants to rehearse a play with the convicts, with the hope of using the power of theatre to rehabilitate them.

The winner of the Production of the Year award at the Straits Times Life Theatre Awards 2020, the play explores the relationships between theatre and humanity.

This is an online stream and the performance will be conducted in Mandarin.

When: 15-29 May

Duration: 1 hour 50 mins

Tickets: $15

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