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9 days of holiday learning

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It’s the March school holidays and you might be tempted to take a break. But teachers and parents alike know that it is important to keep learning part of the student’s holidays – it keeps kids mentally engaged and excited about learning.

Here are our suggestions on how to incorporate a little education – and fun – into each day of the March school holidays.

March 10 | Knit a butterfly at the Science Centre
Learn how to use just yarn and your very own fingers to finger knit a butterfly – no needles needed! Suitable for children aged seven and older, the fee for this workshop includes all materials and instructions, plus admission to the Science Centre and Butterflies Up Close, Singapore’s first indoor butterfly sanctuary. While you’re there, don’t miss the Circus! Science Under The Big Top exhibition in The Annexe which wraps up on March 18. $25 per adult and $23 per child aged seven to 12.

Find out more here.

March 11 | Art adventures at the National Gallery
On the first weekend of the school holidays, check out the free art programmes at the National Gallery. Suitable for kids aged four to eight, Stories in Art makes artworks come alive as professional storytellers take you on a journey through the treasure trove of art in the galleries, while Art Explorers features a docent-guided discussion of artwork in a specific gallery. Registration starts at 10am on the day of the programme.

Find out more here.

March 12 | Go to the beach
Beat the school holiday Monday blues with a trip to the beach for some outdoor play, a little nature appreciation and a whole lot of unlimited, free learning and fun. Cycle down to check out the Marine Cove Playground – huge sails help to keep the play area cool while the roped climbing frames provide an excellent way to learn about shapes, geometry and more. Hit the beach after lunch to cool down – throw a frisbee to explore the dynamics of flight, or build sandcastles to investigate the concepts of stability and permanence.

March 13 | Nature Keeper Camp at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
This one-day camp by National Parks Board aims to develop your child’s appreciation for nature and our natural heritage. The day will be packed with nature walks, games and hands-on crafts and activities suitable for primary school aged children. Tickets are $25 per child and include a halal lunch, afternoon tea and all craft materials.

Find out more here.

March 14 | Have a home learning day
While it might be tempting to pack your holiday schedule full of fun events and workshops, don’t forget children need downtime with just mummy or daddy too. Pick an activity your child likes – reading, puzzles, board games, or crafts – and do something with her. Not only do you get valuable one-on-one time with your kid, you can help her boost her confidence and develop her skills as you work on a project together.

March 15 | GosTan Back at the National Museum
Check out this special theatrical event at the National Museum about a young boy who saves the future by going back in time. Experience local history and artefacts in this interactive journey through the Singapore History Gallery, which includes enchanting storytelling and a whole lot of hands-on fun! After the performance, don’t forget to check out the lush and interactive Story of the Forest exhibit that will wow the whole family. $8 per adult and child pair.

Find out more here.

March 16 | Express Yourself at ArtScience Museum
Launch your child down his own personal creative path at the ArtScience Museum. Help him learn to express his artistic side and tap on his inner creativity by using artistic techniques such as drawing, collaging, word association and mixed media to create his own unique artwork. $5 per participant, first come first served.

Find out more here.

March 17 | Reading with Nature at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
Enjoy a reading of “Stone Soup” by Jon J Muth, a story about three travelling monks who taught the villagers the spirit of sharing at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Then, head into the gardens for a chance to explore nature together with the Junior Reading Ambassadors. Admission is free.

Find out more here.

March 18 | Discover man’s best friend
Cap off a week of learning with a visit to the Philatelic Museum, and discover the wonderful world of canines at the ‘All About Dogs’ exhibition. Learn about their amazing sense of smell and hearing, and their various uses as herding and guard dogs through the interactive exhibits and stamps, and find out what the Year of the Dog has in store for you.

Find out more here.

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