’Tis the season for school holidays, Christmas and New Year’s, all rolled into one. Despite being a drag of a year, December still feels like the best festive month to let loose, have fun and spread festive joy. It’s also that time of the year you get plenty of time with your little ones.
There’s a lot to do this festive season with your family in Singapore, whether you’re planning to explore Christmas Wonderland at Gardens By The Bay with your kids or looking for a Christmas-themed parent-child workshop for some good ol’ bonding time.
After all, the month of December is the best because you get to spend time with your little ones who are on school holidays, so make the most of it and check out our top 8 picks for the best kid-friendly Christmas activities in Singapore.
From holiday workshops to storytelling performances and more, you’re sure to find something that keeps your children happy!
Following the huge success of TLC Classics Stories in the recent TLC Children’s Festival, The Little Company (TLC) by The Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) is now taking their classics storytelling live this festive season.
Gather your kids and curl up by the fire with storyteller Julie Wee narrating stories filled with kindness, generosity and the joy of Christmas.
Address: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT, 20 Merbau Rd, Singapore 239035
Price: From $28
15 to 20 December
Over three days, mini-explorers get hands-on with the LEGO-compatible Kidsbits Coding Robot and try to overcome the challenges of coding. There is no need for prior knowledge of robots or programming for this camp, as they will be introduced to basic programming and coding concepts and terms. Participants, however, must know the basics of using a laptop or a computer. This activity is recommended for ages 7 to 9.
|Day||Date and time||What’s happening|
|Day 1||– 14 December
– 9am to 12pm
|– Learn basic principles of programming using the Kidsbits Coding Robot
– Go through a series of challenges to make the robot move, generate sound, light up and more
– Concepts covered: Commands, Sequences, Loops, Conditions
|Day 2 and 3||– 15 and 16 December
– 9am to 12pm
– Incorporate STEAM
Address: Explorer Junior Thinkubator @ Ubi, 304 Ubi Avenue 1 #01-85, Singapore 400304
14 to 16 December
Snap up a storm with your family in multiple whimsical scenes entirely built out of Lego bricks as you complete your festive shopping across 13 CapitaLand malls in Singapore — Bedok Mall, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Bugis+, Bugis Junction, Funan, IMM, JCube, Junction 8, Lot One Shoppers’ Mall, Plaza Singapura, SingPost Centre, Tampines Mall and Westgate.
Besides the carnival-themed sets, look forward to festive cashbacks, exclusive WhatsApp stickers, a social media challenge, a spend-and-win draw with cars and, best of all, opportunities to give back to the community.
Address: Participating CapitaLand malls in Singapore
Till 31 December
In case you didn’t know Science Centre Singapore is jam-packed with scientifically-curated Christmas activities until December 25.
Participate in various free educational and engaging workshops, go on a Sci-sational Christmas Trail and even bring home a Christmas candle kit ($10) that’s only available at the Curiosity Shop.
Sci-sational Christmas activities
|Scientist for A Day, Hall A||Free|
|Tinkering Studio, Hall E||Free|
|Future Makers, Hall G||Free|
Sci-sational Christmas trail
Using your scientific knowledge, navigate your way through different exhibits and help Santa on his Christmas journey. At the end of the trail, receive a very special gift that promises to literally light up your day.
|Multiple galleries||$5||Click here to purchase your tickets|
The super cool sci-sational Christmas show
Santa has tasked his two head elves with throwing a super cool party that will be the talk of the North Pole! Join them as they rack their little elf brains and race against time to decorate Santa’s workshop with a festive splash of liquid nitrogen.
|Maxwell Auditorium||$5||Click here to purchase your tickets|
LED’s play Christmas workshop
Ever wondered how electricity comes about? This workshop has all the answers for you. Coupled with all the materials needed to play with LEDs, learn more about electricity and circuits and even make your very own LED light-up Christmas card.
|Venue||Price||Date and time||Purchase link|
|Online||$20||– 12 and 19 December|
– 10.30am to 11.30am
|Click here to purchase your tickets|
Things to take note of
Science Centre Singapore admission charges apply to on-site workshops and exhibitions.
Address: Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Rd, Singapore 609081
Price: From $4 onwards
Till 25 December
You are never too young to learn self-defence. The Kali Majapahit Kids Christmas Camp 2020 features kid-approved themes, martial arts, life-skills education, outdoor activities, and games to offer your children’s days filled with fun and excitement.
Over three days, kids will get specialised instructions in martial arts and be taught valuable life skills such as focus, confidence, teamwork, respect and creativity.
The activities covered in the camp include:
Traditional Asian martial arts will be taught to your children, which promises to equip them with the skills to take on challenges. Whether it is with long staff, sticks or traditional empty hands and kicking systems, the structured curriculum is designed to optimise learning with the promise to have a lasting impact beyond the dojo.
Parkour and movement
Why jump around the playground when you can scale walls like Spiderman? Using games and creative physical activities, this segment teaches students the fundamentals of parkour moves and techniques, including jumping and landing, rolling, vaulting, climbing, and falling safely.
Besides martial arts, students will also get to experience other meaningful and enriching activities such as visiting an urban farming centre to learn about sustainability and the environment.
Things to take note of
As the camp is limited to 5 participants per group, slots are quickly running out. First session is sold out, but you still can sign up for the second session from 21 to 23 December. Book your tickets here.
Address: Kali Majapahit Martial Arts, 43 Carpenter Street #02-01, Singapore 059922
From 21 to 23 December
Unleash your kids’ little culinary genius without messing up your kitchen with these free decorating workshops at Yishun’s North Point City.
All you need to do is spend a minimum of $50 (in a maximum of 3 same-day, same-mall receipts) to register your little ones for the workshops.
|Workshop||Date and time|
|Mini Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop||Every Saturday, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm till 22 December|
|Mini Cupcakes Decorating Workshop||Every Sunday, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm till 22 December|
Address: The Market Square, South Wing, Basement 1, North Point City, 930 Yishun Ave 2, Singapore 769098
Till 22 December
Find your kids restless during the year-end holidays? Direct their energy towards this week-long dance camp by All That Jazz, specially created for kids aged 3 to 17.
On till January 8, the programme includes fun activities such as learning dances from different genres, games and crafts. Students will get to put on a short showcase at the end of the week.
The best part is, your kids don’t need to have any dance background in order to sign up! This experience is suitable for beginners as well as those with some dance experience.
|Santa Slay||Street Dance||Ages 3 to 17||Street dance moves such as voguing, whacking and strutting|
|Santa’s Magical Elves||Acro Dance||Ages 4 to 10||Acrobatic dance moves such as tumbling, kicking, and flipping|
|Rock & Roll Christmas||Acro Dance||Ages 11 to 17||– For older kids|
– Learn to toss, turn, and flip over while finding a balance between stillness and explosive power-packed moves
– Enhance muscular strength and flexibility
|Winter Wonderland||Contemporary Dance||Ages 7 to 17||Explore contemporary dance movement against a backdrop of Christmas themes inspired by dancing snowflakes, ice, warmth and cold|
|Christmas Lyrical Delight||Lyrical Dance||Ages 3 to 17||– The 3 to 6 year-olds will be helping Santa prepare for the biggest winter event of the year|
– The 7 to 10 year-olds will be exploring the 12 days of Christmas
– The 11 to 17 year-olds will be having an intensive week exploring lyrical dance styles and techniques
|Royal Winter Tea Party||Ballet||Ages 3 to 6||– Dress up as different Disney princesses each day at this royal ballet-themed tea party|
– Twirl and leap along to medley of famous Disney songs as Cinderella, Belle, Jasmine and more
|Alice In Winterland||Ballet||Ages 7 to 17||– Explore the enchanting characters in the famous Alice in Wonderland tale|
– This ballet-themed camp promises to be a magical week of fun, creativity, and high-energy dancing full of exciting adventures
|Aladdin’s Winter Fantasy||Musical Theatre||Ages 5 to 17||– Musical theatre camp packed with dancing, singing, and acting|
– Learn to act through song and dive into iconic routines inspired by the hit musical
Things to take note of
- Each dance camp runs for 5 days at 2.5 hours per day.
- There are also 4-day winter dance camps available. Click here for more info.
Address: Various studios
Till January 8
Transform your little ones into Disney princesses with AndSoForth’s Princess Academy.
Besides getting to meet Cinderella, Mariah The Mermaid and The Fairy Godmother, the princesses-in-training will also get to learn the ropes of etiquette, poise, and craft at this three-day boot camp.
Here’s everything the three-day princess camp will teach your girls:
|Day||What it is||Activities|
|Day 1||Princess Transformation||– Design, decorate and paint pumpkin carriage|
– Design princess gown
– Princess makeup tutorial
– Mini mannequin, fabrics, decorations and princess makeup kit provided
|Day 2||Princess song and speech||– Learn proper breathing, projection, articulation exercises and vocal techniques|
|Day 3||Princess etiquette||– Learn posture and mannerism|
– Simple waltz choreography
– Royal dance and princess parade
Things to take note of
This camp runs for 3 days at 3 hours per day.
Address: AndSoForth Academy, 200 Pandan Gardens, Singapore 609336
Till 18 December
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