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10 cool (and free!) things to do with kids in Singapore during school holidays

If you’re looking for free activities for kids over the school holidays that don’t cost the earth, then look no further. Our go-to-guide of fun and free activities for children will have you covered, no matter the age!


Indulge in some music at the Singapore Botanic Gardens 

Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens provide a haven within the chaos of the city. With trails to follow, multiple gardens to visit, and picnics to be had, there is loads to explore. Summertime brings free movie screenings in the park, toe-tapping tothe sounds of the SWS City Swing with the French Music Festival, or catch a performance by The Summer State, Cashew Chemists and Imprompt-3. There’s face painting for kids, too.
1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
+65 6471-7138

Changi Aviation Gallery
If your little one likes planes (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?) the free gallery at Changi will transport you back in time, demonstrating the history of Changi and how it’s changed over the years to become a world-class airport. Equipped with a multi-sensory zone and interactive displays, it will inspire the youngest of aviators.
Changi Airport, Terminal 3, 65 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819663
+65 6595-6868



Haw Par Villa
Haw Par Villa is an unusual theme park on the West Coast for the not-so-squeamish! The park is based around Chinese mythology, folklore, history and legends, and has over 1000 statues and 150 dioramas. It’s become a bit of an institution for the curious among us. If you’re looking for something different, this is right up your alley.
262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118628
+65 6736-6622

Fire Station Open House

Every Saturday between 9 and 11am, you can visit your local fire station’s open house. Learn more about what firemen do every day, their different roles, and how they protect us. Kids can even have their picture taken on the Red Rhino while wearing a fire jacket!


Fly your worries away at Marina Barrage 

Marina Barrage
For outdoor play, Marina Barrage has a huge lawn perfect for kite flying, picnicking, or good old bat and ball games. After enjoying the beautiful backdrop of the Singapore skyline, head to Gardens By The Bay on the way home to enjoy more parks, trails, and outdoor attractions.
8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
+65 6514-5959

112 Katong Playground
If you need some time to cool off from the midday sun,  head to 112 Katong. There’s a fantastic water play area with slides, showers, buckets and swings – great for little ones to run around, get wet, and hopefully tire themselves out.
112 East Coast Road, Katong, Singapore 428802

Plenty to play with at West Coast Park 

Park Connector Network
This network of interlinking trails links different parts of Singapore together, and is accessible by major bus and MRT routes near you. Get the bikes out, sun cream on and water packed, and head out for a family day exploring this glorious Garden City. Along the way, there are lots of activities to do and places to cool off while you recharge. You’ll see parts of the island you never knew existed here, and learn plenty along the way.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
This ecological gem in the north of the island is great for nature lovers and burgeoning scientists. Trekking through the many trails is essential, while taking photos of crabs, shellfish, birds, spiders, and monitor lizards. Be sure to take notebooks and binoculars with you for the next project at school.
301 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718925
+65 6794-1401

The Esplanade
Beautiful Sunday is a new music series of free concerts that showcases our local musical talent. Held once monthly on Sundays, you’ll experience homegrown music groups covering jazz, orchestra and pop. For budding young musician inside your little one, this experience is a must.
1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
+65 6828-8377


MacRitchie Reservoir Park
MacRitchie Reservoir Park is a great spot for nature lovers. With hiking trails, a pontoon for kayakers, and a canoe shed, it is also a great place for recreational activities, both on land and in water. The trails are decked – great for little legs.
Reservoir Road, Singapore 570000
1800 471 7300