Enrichment doesn’t always need to involve burying your nose in a book, as these fun-filled activities for kids aged six and above will show you. Spend quality time with your children and teach them how to appreciate art, theatre and nature at the same time.
Pop art is possibly the easiest form for children to understand and there’s no better introduction than this Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal guided tour, which incorporates a hunt for missing art pieces into the programme.
Where: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688 8688.
When: June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 2pm, 5:30pm.
Cost: Free for all-access pass and Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal ticketholders
Angry Birds Adventure Atop Mount Faber
If your kids have taken to playing Angry Birds on your smartphone, chances are they’re going to love the world’s first Angry Birds cable car ride, which will feature Angry Birds Space live gaming stations and an adorable (and free) face mask.
Where: Cable Car Station, Harbourfront Tower 2, 1 Maritime Square, 6377 9688.
When: Jun-Dec 2012
Cost: $18 per child, 29 per adult
Really active kids will find this a hoot—pack them up to the historical Fort Siloso and watch them gear up with state-of-the-art combat skirmish laser guns before tackling the challenging Indoor Maze, where they’re tasked to help Sergeant Major Cooper fight an enemy invasion.
Where: Fort Siloso, Sentosa
When: June 1-24
Cost: $12 per player, inclusive of Fort Siloso admission charge
There’s probably no better way to understand history than to make your own so get your kids involved in this manage-your-own-drama-troupe programme, which means they get to create a plot, develop characters and even pick costumes, all on their own! Email NHB_NASReg@nhb.gov.sg to register.
Where: Reflections at Bukit Chandu, 31K Pepys Rd., 6375 2510; Memories at Old Fort Factory, 35 Upper Bukit Timah Rd., 6332 7973.
When: June 23, 10am
King of the Skies Show
Teach your children to name the most majestic birds in the world such as eagles, hawks and vultures at this exciting showcase of beauty, might and even falconry. If they become interested in this ancient and enchanting art, you can even sign up for the Be a Falconer programme, where you will learn how these birds are trained and take home a memento.
Where: Hawk Walk, Jurong Bird Park, 2 Jurong Hill, 6265 0022.
When: Daily 10am, 4pm
Cost: Regular admission rates of $18 per adult and $12 per child apply
Learn about health through art
Having trouble getting your kids to eat their greens? This fun art class may help. With a variety of paints and other materials, the children are encouraged to get creative with the different fruits and vegetables they learn about and play interactive games. Call 1800-435-3616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Where: HealthZone at HPB, 3 Second Hospital Ave., 6435-3500.
When: June 13-15
Cost: $5 per participant
The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark
Part of the ACE! Festival 2012, this puppet musical tells the funny yet assuring tale of Plop, a barn owl who’s afraid of the dark. Based on the classic children’s book by Jill Tomlinson, this production will immerse the kids in the comforting world of campfires and starry skies—perfect for getting them to sleep at night.
Where: Alliance Francaise Theatre, Alliance Francaise de Singapour, 1 Sarkies Rd., 6737 8422.
When: June 5-10, 10am, 11am, 2:30pm
Want to find out if your child is a talented painter? One way is by taking them to this fun class, where they can draw their designs onto ready-made pottery with colourful paints. The clay gift can later be taken home or given to a loved one as a personalised gift. Email email@example.com to register.
Where: Clay Cove, Funan DigitaLife Mall, 109 North Bridge Rd., 6338 7769.
Come up-close with the Singapore Zoo’s collection of 39 primates, through a series of enrichment trails built specially by the creative them to keep them stimulated. Watch the unique saki monkeys source for food at the Treetops Trail Treats (10:15am) session and introduce your children to the Zoo’s flagship species during the Orang Utan Playtime.
Where: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Rd., 6269 3411.
When: June 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17
Cost: Regular admission rates of $20 per adult and $13 per child apply
As part of the National Heritage Board’s Children’s Season 2012, kids can don mini police uniforms and have their photos taken, go on an exciting tour around the Police Heritage Centre and express what they’ve learn in a colouring activity. Call 6478-2123 to register.
Where: Police Heritage Centre, New Phoenix Park Police Headquarters Tower, 28 Irawaddy Rd., 6478 2123.
When: June 22, 29, 10:30am, 2:30pm, 4:30pm