It’s holiday season! After the festivities of Chinese New Year, it’s time to chill out and relax as the March school holidays approaches. Start your engines and get ready to have a blast with these 9 kid-friendly things to do for the March holidays. The following places and activities are perfect for children as well as the young at heart. Book a car, pack some food, and enjoy some family fun in the sun this March holiday. School’s out!
1. Learn about natural history at the ArtScience Museum
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On loan from the Natural History Museum London, the artefacts in Treasures of the Natural World are sure to delight and amaze. Featuring over 200 taxidermy mounts, rare minerals, collectibles, and historical documents, Treasures of the Natural World places the Victorian obsession with collecting and cataloguing at the heart of this exhibition.
The Victorians believed that by documenting the world, they could begin to know it. Meticulous handwritten scientific journals are on display, each page covered with the tiny spidery handwriting of its owner, documenting their observations of various zoological specimens, sometimes accompanied by miniature sketches of the plant, animal or mineral in mind.
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Watch as extinct animals like the Dodo come alive on the digital screens around the exhibition and bond over assembling paper models of the endangered tiger and orangutan. There’s even a photobooth available for you to pose as explorers. Other highlights include a cursed amethyst, a giant grouper, and a giraffe head. My only gripe is that before you know it, you’ve reached the end of the exhibition.
ArtScience Museum 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974. Tickets start at $17 for Adults, $12 for Children
2. Or visit Singapore’s very own natural history museum at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
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Did you know that Singapore has its very own natural history museum as well? Found at the National University of Singapore (NUS) campus, the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is a collection of mostly taxidermy mounts preserved from the original Raffles Museum, predecessor of the National Museum of Singapore. The second floor of the museum illustrates this history in detail, tracing the museum’s lineage and evolution across the years.
The museum is probably best known for its dinosaur fossils. “Home to three diplodocid sauropod skeletons, each is about 80% complete, making them a rarity in dinosaur discoveries” (Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum). Besides the dinosaurs, keep an eye out for the skeleton of a sperm whale at 10.6m long. That’s about five and a half Jeremy Lins.
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But the main reason we recommend the Lee Kong Chian National History Museum is because of its wonderfully weird collection of animal taxidermy mounts. Bordering on the creepy, some of them are even downright frightening. Lifelike enough in their own way, most never quite manage to be completely convincing. This is probably due to their unrealistic poses and inferior workmanship of their glass eyes, coupled with an incomplete or marred understanding of the specimen reflected. Some of the glass eyes are so poorly done as to give the animal a mangled expression.
I wouldn’t want to imagine myself in this place when the lights are out.
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. 2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377. Tickets start at $16 for Adults, $9 for Children.
3. Bounce till you drop amongst giant inflatable animals at Art-Zoo
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Time to play! Following the success of Art-Zoo 2017, the inflatable zoo is back this year with a new line-up. From 9 March to 1 April, catch these lovable animals once again at the i Light Marina Bay. Featuring giant animals and plants populating the numerous play zones, Art-Zoo is a wholly original concept with characters by Singaporean artist, designer and curator Jackson Tan, designed together with the team at his creative studio BLACK…which is also behind the brand concept and identity of SG50.
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This year, Art-Zoo will be thematically arranged around colours and features a 6-storey-tall gorilla bouncy castle. It also features an otter bay done up in candy neon stripes, a chess game between owls, BBB – Bubbly Bear Bath, a giant Flamingo float and our favourite – a giant rainbow unicorn slide!
Although the event is ostensibly for kids, it first gained popularity among teenagers and young adults who were drawn by the attractively coloured floats and flocked to them in droves…for the sake of their Instagram feed. Nevertheless, one can only imagine that the same motivations were behind the exhibition’s successful venture to Taiwan, where it was billed as promising an enjoyable time for adults and children alike.
Some important points to note before you rush headlong into the bouncy animals – no re-entry, shoes, food or drinks are allowed.
4. Go on an experiential learning at Farmart Centre
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Get up close and personal with our furry friends at Farmart Centre. Providing a range of activities from animal feeding, educational tours, and even prawning, the animal sanctuary is perfect for a day out with family. Besides the animals, Farmart Centre also sell fresh produce such as first-born eggs, live seafood, vegetables, and even exotic game meat like crocodile. You can also sign up for one of the many farm tours available.
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Head a little further in, and you’ll notice a grass field that according to this blogpost used to be a large unused fish pond. According to the author, the pond was filled in after a boy of 3 drowned in it. After some digging, we managed to find this newspaper article which confirms the incident. While the parents were having dinner at the seafood restaurant nearby, the boy had gone off to play on his own and was later found floating in the pond.
The incident happened back in 2009, and back then, Farmart Centre admits its business taking a hit because of it. Nevertheless, Farmart Centre remains one of the best locations in Singapore to get some hands-on learning experience.
Farmart Centre 67 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore 699008. Admission is free, but the animal feeding and tours are not
5. Go cycling at Pulau Ubin
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Explore the rustic charms of Pulau Ubin pedalling under the swaying coconut palms and following tangled trails through abandoned rubber plantations. Or see if you can’t discover a hidden beach or two and attempt to spot otters playing among the mangroves. Take a photo with one of the many abandoned granite quarries.
Pick from a selection of guided tours, one of which even brings you around Chek Jawa Wetlands, one of Singapore’s richest ecosystems. Did you know that Pulau Ubin is also home to one of Singapore’s two mountain bike trails, the Ketam Mountain Bike Park? Aside from competitions held there, the park is also open for recreational cycling.
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Since you’re in the area, why not stop by Changi Village Hawker Centre to have a plate of the famous Nasi Lemak? Fluffy rice imbued with the aroma of coconut makes a fragrant base for the delicately charred otah wrapped in banana leaf, tasty fried fish, slices of refreshing cucumber, a deliciously melty fried egg done sunny-side up style, paired with crispy ikan bilis and flavourful sambal chili. Check out our guide to Changi for more things to do in the area.
To get to Pulau Ubin, take a bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal.
Changi Point Ferry Terminal. 51 Lor Bekukong, Singapore 499172. $3 per ride
6. Day out at Sentosa
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Remember the days before Universal Studios and Resorts World set up camp in Sentosa? If memory does not fail us, there used to be a volcano themed park somewhere on the state of fun. Besides these attractions, do you know that Sentosa offers a different type of appeal as well? The appeal of the natural world, which boasts a different kind of richness which is more in line with its name – Sentosa, or tranquillity in Malay.
Visit the island’s sole mangrove patch, located in the middle of Serapong Golf Course. Or hunt down the dragon blood tree at Imbiah Walk, a type of tree whose crimson red sap is used in traditional Chinese medicine. While there, be sure to stop by Mount Imbiah Battery to observe swiftlets hard at work – building the delicacy known as bird’s nest. Yes, they’re made from bird saliva. Do not try to obtain them as they are protected animals of the island.
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Or chill out at one of the three beaches in Sentosa. All three are man-made and are more protected lagoons than actual beaches but still do be careful and watch out for your safety. Take on the flying fox zipline or ride an artificial wave at Siloso Beach. Hop on the tram and travel a little further down to experience the tranquillity of Palawan Beach. Get your phones ready and strike a pose at the “Southernmost Point of Continental Asia” across the dangling rope bridge. Palawan is also where you’ll be able to experience the Animal and Bird Encounters shows. Simply relax under the palms on a deck chair at Tanjong Beach, the most remote and tranquil of all three.
Do note that all three beaches, although accessible from the Beach Walk trail, are not interconnected without breaks.
There is an admission fee from $2 per car
7. Visit the new Chestnut Nature Park
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Singapore’s largest nature park was officially opened on 25 February 2017 and is larger than 110 soccer fields. So far, it’s the only park to have separate, designated trails for bikers and hikers. Below are some tips before you attempt the hike:
- Bring mosquito repellent. As the park is densely covered by flora and fauna, unfortunately this also means the humid climate is liable to attract mozzies. Especially if your blood type is B. Besides mosquitoes, expect all sorts of sand flies and gnats. Our recommendation? Tiger Balm works as well.
- Leave your slippers at home. The ground can be mushy in some places or worse, covered in rotting vegetation. The last thing you want is to slip and fall, only to land in an inaccessible crevice or on your back at the bottom of a steep slope. Wear proper trail shoes and make sure you’re comfortable. Fit is important, and check that your soles are not worn out.
- Pets are not allowed in Chestnut Nature Park so do not bring them.
- Bring a poncho or umbrella. Nothing worse than getting caught in a sudden downpour…that escalates into a riotous thunderstorm.
- Finally – remember to stay hydrated!
Chestnut Nature Park. Chestnut Avenue, Singapore 679514. Opening Hours: 7AM to 7PM.
8. Hands-on edible creations at Slappy Cakes
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Slappy Cakes offers a DIY pancake experience. Squeeze from bottles of pancake battle onto the hot griddle in front of you to create edible art. Choose from five different batter (e.g. chocolate, buttermilk), add in ingredients (e.g. bacon, blueberries, lavender honey), then finish with toppings. All these from the comfort of your table with the restaurant’s built-in griddles.
If you don’t quite feel up to the creative challenge, go for their All-Day Breakfast menu instead. They have two outlets, one at Resorts World Sentosa, another at Bukit Timah. A bottle of batter starts at $8.50, excluding fixings and toppings.
9. Stuff yourself silly at Buffet Town
If you’ve been to Raffles City Shopping Centre, then you know Buffet Town. Located right at the end of B1, Buffet Town is a large restaurant done up in casual Japanese overtones. Billing itself as an “International Seafood Mixed Grill & Teppan Yaki”, Buffet Town prides itself on its more than 300 buffet items over 29 item categories, with a seating capacity of 500.
You know the saying – queuing and eating is the national pastime, so what better way to satisfy your cravings than at an eat-all-you-can buffet? Choose from sashimi, signature local dishes, seafood on ice, black pepper and chili crabs, pizza, tempura, etc. There’s even a Teppanyaki station where you get to select the amount and type of ingredients you want, and they stir-fry it for you. Freshly brewed teas and coffees done up in the local style, and even soya bean, are also available.
Our favourites include the coconut milk-rich laksa broth, and the freshly prepared crepe topped with a scoop of ice cream. However, the definite standout was the on-the-spot Teppanyaki. A smoky flavour, combined with the aroma of garlic, as well as light soy sauce on the vegetables and meat…oishii! On weekend nights, it’s almost impossible to enter without reservations so do book ahead of time.
Buffet Town 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-44E. Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103. Pricing varies
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