What To Do With Kids Over The December Holidays In Singapore

© Prianka Ghosh
© Prianka Ghosh
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9 February 2017

Keeping the kids entertained during their school breaks can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve decided to stay in Singapore over the holiday season and the majority of their friends are travelling abroad. The easy solution is parking them in front of the TV, iPad, or some other kind of digital entertainment. Best case scenario, if they like Pokemon Go, at least that game encourages them to go outside and get some exercise. Well, before you give up in despair, read our list of awesome activities to do with kids of all ages until they’re back in school in the new year.

Christmas Decorations at Orchard Road

If your kids are keen to see Christmas decorations, head down to Orchard Road, which has been ornately decorated for the entire 1.5-kilometre stretch from Paterson Road through to Grange Road. As you’re visiting Orchard Road, be sure to stop into some of the malls to see their Christmas displays including the tree at ION Orchard, and a modern take on the usual Santa’s sleigh with the fairy tale pumpkin carriage in front of The Forum Shopping Mall. Try to time your walk around Orchard Road in the evening as the decorations are the most impressive after dark, additionally, outdoor speakers will be pumping Christmas songs out between Ngee Ann City and ION Orchard.

2 Orchard Turn, Singapore, +6562388228

Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay

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The Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.
The Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. | © Kjersti Joergensen / Alamy Stock Photo
Visit Gardens by the Bay and be enthralled by their Christmas Wonderland. The entire park has been filled larger than life Luminarie light sculptures, a Christmas market, and even an Ice House where kids can feel like they’ve been transported to the North Pole as they frolic in Santa’s Playground or go for a ride down the Ice Slide. At select times during the day, festival-goers will be treated to performances by choirs under a beautifully lit gazebo and four daily blizzards at the Spalliera, the largest light installation in the park. Christmas Wonderland is open daily until January 1st, 2017 from 3:30pm – 11.00pm. General admission tickets are $6-$8 per person and are available through the website.

Marvel Avengers Station

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Science Centre Singapore, Singapore
Science Centre Singapore, Singapore | © marvelousRoland
For kids who love the Avengers, the latest exhibition at the Singapore Science Museum is a must visit over the holidays. AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is an immersive exhibition where visitors take on a mission as a member of the Avengers team and learn about how each superhero got their superpowers. Through studying the genetics and technology of each member of the Marvel universe, participants must assemble and work through the files of each hero on their team.

Pokemon Café

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Singapore’s newest themed pop-up café has turned up on the fourth floor of Bugis Junction with help from Everything with Fries and will remain open until February 19, 2017. With staff dressed up in Pokemon colours, and even tails, fans will be delighted the moment they step into the Pokemon Café. While adults may be taken aback by the price point of the café when they receive the menu with just four mains ranging from $18-$25, this is certainly a place to visit for its novelty rather than the culinary highlights. The café also has the obligatory gift shop, where young Pokemon fans will go nuts over some of the exclusive plushies and other collectables for sale.

Universal Studios Singapore

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This Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore, children and adults alike will be amazed by the incredible displays at Santa’s All-Star Christmas, including the largest indoor lightbulb display according to the Guinness Book of World Records, fireworks demonstrations, and even equatorial snowfalls. The feature of this year’s Christmas celebration is the Universal Journey, which will take visitors on an unforgettable adventure through alien locations before they arrive back on Earth. Another showcase is the brand-new musical, Bah Humbug!, which brings together fan favourites spanning many generations including Ebenezer Scrooge, the Minions, and the Snow Queen.

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