Family and Kids: 13 things to do this school holiday

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School Holidays! Many moms including me dread this period. Simply because we keep scratching our heads to find ways to keep little monsters engaged throughout 1.5 months. “I am bored, I am bored” is the mantra of kids in many homes. Sigh, I decided to pen down a few ideas to enjoy school holidays with kids that will help myself and my mommy friends.

1. Take them to the library regularly. Books are the best friends.

The National Library Board (NLB) loans double the books during school holidays and reading is the best thing to indulge in. More the merrier! I have seen my kids making new friends as well in the library while reading together. Yes, NLB has so many upcoming events this holiday period. Take a look here.

Books are actually best friends. Check this list of books that you must read during this holiday period. Suitable for younger kids and some are for older kids.

2. Let your kids participate in the daily chores.

Generally, when the school is on, they hardly get any time to help you in baking, folding clothes, watering plants, washing car and so on. During holidays, try to do these activities together with your kids. They learn something new, understand the importance of daily tasks and since entire family does it together, it is fun!
If you are a working mom and/or have helper at home, you can let your kids help your helper. My boy loves to dry laundry. Daughter is learning to make pancakes and all.

3. Arts and Crafts – Encourage them to recycle and reuse the items.

Old t-shirts can get a makeover by painting, plastic bottles can become attractive pots for plants. Creativity has no limit! Kids will surely come up with beautiful stuff.
Recently one of our SocialMediaMomSG Shub shared this beautiful painting her girl and Dad made while learning to sketch. How beautiful! Isn’t it?

4. Take them outdoors.

Singapore has a good choice of farms, animal resorts, dairies and reservoirs. Kids will enjoy being near nature like anything! Give them that enriching experience.

Have you explored Forest Adventure already? Read our experience here.

Some other places that I highly recommend:

5. Enrol them in an enrichment class.

They can pick up some new skill during holidays. Be it cartoon drawing, inline skating or swimming. Nearby Community centres conduct loads of activities during school holidays. Some kids are keen to participate in community initiatives like visiting old age homes, helping in pet shelters etc.
Also, do take a look at the extensive courses of PA School Holiday Series.

6. Holiday time is movie time.

Show them loads of movies – in the cinema or at home. Movies meant for kids contain a lot of moral lessons. E.g. Cinderella teaches us to be kind and have courage at the same time and Kung Fu Panda’s Oogway tells us to focus on the present.

The Grinch, Wreck It Ralph 2 and Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse are movies that should be on your list this December.

7. Build some physical strength.

Going to playgrounds, playing badminton, bicycling – Motivate them to do more of this. After all, as kids, we never had iPad and iPod while growing up.

How about some fun runs with kids this holiday? Go for walks or light version of jogs or may be take part in the family friendly races and marathons? Like Sketchers Family Walk or Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon?

8. Holidays does not mean NO STUDY!

Holidays can be utilized to focus on some harder concepts, revise some weaker topics and get ready to confidently face the next school year. Remember to make the kids understand the value of it rather than making it usual nagging session!

9. Give them surprises!

When they get up in the morning, they can find lots of chits around them containing clues to find a secret treasure (which can be a candy or a toy) OR they can also find their favorite board game waiting for them. Wow, small things give kids big happiness. Or may be surprise them with their favorite breakfast or how about keeping one Lego set on the bed so when they open eyes in the morning they literally start dancing with excitement.

10. Plan joint activities with other parents.

All families can go for a barbecue, have sleepovers, and do shopping, lunching together. No best time than school holidays for such bonding.

11. Singapore has awesome events ongoing in almost all malls

I particularly loved PSInvaders event that is happening in Plaza Singapura. Some serious drone fun for kids and adults you see. Do visit. Also, Frasers Property is having Beary Merry Christmas celebration in their malls. Vivocity has many activities and so is AMK Hub. Barney is coming to City Square Mall. Visiting Orchard Road is mandatory for my family just to see the spectacular Christmas Deco.

12. Indulge in Crazy Family Bonding times

Holidays is the best period when there is no pressure to follow routine. Can get up a bit late and can go to bed a bit late too. There is no plan needed and you can just steal moments as an entire family. Eat to your heart’s content, go on long drives or just cozy up in quilts and have your own TV night etc. You just think and there will be hundreds of options that you can come up with.

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Bonding over the Burgs!!! 🍔🍔🍔 We nom-nomed Trufflebello – the latest offering of @veganburg just before its launch and had super fun time as a family. Crispy portobello patty and a housemade spicy truffle aioli sauce, mouth-watering artisanal sundried tomatoes, farm-fresh arugula and shredded purple cabbage, topped with egg-free mayonnaise, all on a toasted wholemeal bun – that's Trufflebello for you launched just in time of school holiday and Christmas 😍 Couple your Trufflebello with Sweet Potato Fries with Maple Dip, Spiced Berry Punch and Choco Crisp Ice Cream and let the jingle bells start ringing. It's limited edition so don't miss! Visit the outlet or get it home delivered through FoodPanda, GrabFood or Deliveroo. We almost had a Family Party with Trufflebello and Deepavali-special Curry Dhal Burg and Signature Smoky BBQ Burg. Did I mention about the punch that drinks and ice-creams of VeganBurg pack for every Burg? and yes, this fast food is so healthy… Burg!!! I mean Burp 🤣 . . #rainbowdiaries #veganburg #cleaneats #plantbased #plantbasedfood #veganburger #vegetarianrecipes #veganrecipes #healthyfastfood #nomnom #sgfoodies #sginsiders #sgfoodblogger #sgfoodporn

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13. Go for vacations or staycations:

I have many mom friends who visit their country of origin when holidays begin and take good vacation of about a month Or just go to nearby countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and have fun with kids. I love Singapore for many reasons. One reason is: there are so many countries around it and so easily accessible.
If mom and dad are not going to get leaves from office then why not staycation? That’s also a great option.
Take some cues from our staycays and vacays:

Feel free to let us know any other dashing ideas that you have to make school holidays more funtastic. We would love to add them to this list.

Happy Holidays!

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  1. I really love the list you put together! We do a lot of baking when my son is home from school, especially around the holidays. Btw… we saw the new Grinch movie, it was awesome!It stole our hearts too!!

  2. I don’t have kids, but these sound like some great ideas.
    I will share this post with my friends who do have kids – I think they will find it very useful.

  3. Oh my goodness what fun ideas! My kiddos love going to the library especially during craft and story time :). I will ya r to use some of these other ideas too!

  4. We usually do all these things during Fall break! because we have 3 WHOLE WEEKS off school in October. But for the Christmas school break we’ll have two weeks break and we are going to my home country spend the Holidays with my parents and siblings.

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