The year-end holidays are finally here and finding ways to entertain your kids with healthy and fun activities can be both exciting and hectic.The good news is that letting kids have fun does not have to be costly or complicated. We show you how the simplest of activities can inject endless joy, pleasure and meaning to your little ones.

1. Creativity with Duplo

Lego’s Duplo is a timeless series of toys aimed at pre-schoolers without the worry of its parts being swallowed like its bigger sister, Lego. Duple not only encourages creativity, it helps build your kids’ psycho-motor, problem-solving and emotional skills. Bond with your kids by playing Duplo with them. Encourage and challenge them to build out-of-the-world structures with their own imagination!

Ages: 1½ to 5 years old
Cost: Varies with different packages. Check online or with your nearest toy shops.
More info: https://www.lego.com/en-us/duplo

2. Rock Climbing

Tone those arms and legs together by conquering the walls. The Rock School offers fantastic parent-child climbing opportunities where you can climb up the wall alongside your little ones, whether it is to guide them up to greater heights or to challenge with them in a game of who gets to the top first!

Age: 4-14 years old
Cost: $58 for an adult-child pair, additional climbers at $20/pax
Locations: Bedok Community Centre and Tampines Hub
More info: http://therockschool.sg/programmes/double-up-parent-child/

3. Korean Style DIY Soap Making
Did you know that you can actually make your own soap? This much healthier, organic option beats the commercial versions anytime. Kids will discover that bath time is much more fun beyond water and bubbles as they get their hands on in creating soaps of any shape and colour the Korean way!

Age: 6 years and above
Cost: $43 per person
Date: Classes run almost everyday so you can pick the most suitable dates for your family
More info: https://lessonsgowhere.com.sg/soap-making-classes/diy-soap-making#.WhLZ9bT1U6g

4. Cycle along the Northern Eastern Riverine Loop

The 26km Northern Eastern Riverine Loop is a major loop that links 4 parks and runs through Buangkok, Sengkang and Punggol, rich in rustic flora and fauna, wild birds and never-ending expanse of clear waters. Your kids don’t have to tire themselves to cycle the full loop, but the key attractions along this loop include Lorong Halus Wetland, Coney Island and Punggol Beach which are highly recommended and are close proximity to each other. 

Age: All ages
Cost: Free
Location: Drop off at Kadaloor LRT station, cycle towards Punggol Promenade Riverside Walk and journey from Lorong Halus Wetland onwards.
More info: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/~/media/nparks-real-content/gardens-parks-and-nature/park-connector-network/00-pcn-overview-page/nerl-eguide-15042016.pdf

5. Fascinating English Storytelling
If reading to your kids is not something you are not used to, the National Library holds occasional storytelling to your little ones from the latest and most popular books. Let their storytellers fascinate your children with playful and exciting stories, songs and rhymes.

Age: 4-6 years old
Cost: Free
Date: 2 Dec 2017
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM  
Location: Jurong Regional Library
More info:
https://www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary2/e/english-storytelling-4-6-62226937

6. Prawn and Lobster Fishing
Instead of hopping to your nearest longkang (i.e. drain) where you can relive your childhood delights in fishing, you and your kids can now fish indoors at FishBugis+ where you need not worry about the unpredictable weather. You can even pamper yourself with fish spa while your kids take turns in fishing. Enjoy a round of prawn and lobster fishing and barbecue your delicious’ catch at the end of the day!

Age: 6 years and above
Cost: $43 per person
Location: 7th floor roof-garden of Bugis+ Shopping Center
More info: funatfish.com

7. Horse Riding
Get up and close with these four-legged majestic stallions as your little ones look forward to straddling on them. Horse-riding has been proven to be especially therapeutic for those facing stress, isolation, agitation or disability. The Bukit Timah Saddle Club offers fun pony riding in the weekends for the little equestrians and no prior booking is necessary.

Age: 3 -12 years old
Cost: $10 per ride
Date: Every Saturday and Sunday
Time: 10.30am – 1.00pm
Location: Bukit Timah Saddle Club, 51 Fairway Dr, Singapore 286965
More info:
http://btsc.org.sg/

8. Outdoor Playground
Nothing beats the good’ol playground near your home or anywhere else in the country. It’s free, fun and available at anytime at your own convenience. Recent playgrounds are now designed to be more adventurous with challenging features such as undulating slides, uneven terrains and unusual obstacles. Kids can develop their physical, social and problem-solving skills as well as build new friendships. Just don’t stress too much if your little ones get dirty and sweaty – it’s all part of the fun!

Age: All ages
Cost: Free
Location: Anywhere!

9. Disney in Concert: Frozen
Check out this live symphony orchestra performance to the entire award-winning Disney film, Frozen. Kids can immerse in the experience as more than 70 live orchestra musicians and choir singers bring its soundtrack to life while the entire movie is played on a giant screen with dialogue. An experience not to be missed!

Age: From 3 years old and above
Cost: $75, $99, $149
Date: 2 December 2017
Time: 2.30pm & 6.30pm
Location: Esplanade Concert Hall
More info: https://www.esplanade.com/events/2017/disney-in-concert-frozen?AudienceNames=Children&Start=20171121

10. Charity Giving – Distribute Meals to the Needy
What better way to nurture love and care for the less fortunate than to get your kids involved in charity. Project Awareness will be distributing 800 sets of meals to the elderly and low-income families at 4 locations in Singapore. You can help in their cause by making kind donations to purchase meals for distribution. Details of volunteering will be up soon so do follow them on their Facebook page for updates.

Age: All ages
Cost: Free
Date: 10 December 2017
Time: 10am – 11pm
Location: TBC (follow their Facebook page for updates)
More info: https://www.facebook.com/ProjectAwarenessSG/photos/a.135077073344318.1073741839.115771378608221/691186177733402/?type=3&theater

Published on Skoolopedia: https://skoolopedia.com/blog/10-wholesome-things-kids-can-do-this-december-holidays/

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