You can sense the barely contained excitement in the air. That’s right, the March school holidays are just around the corner! As Singapore shifts into the school holiday period, there’s bound to be plenty of activities for you and the kiddos to do.
Speaking of activities, we’ve put together a list of some of the most fun things you and the fam can do during the March school holidays.
01 • See art come to life at Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Art expresses itself in countless ways — from paint on canvas to sketches and sculptures. But did you know that art can be immersive as well? Don’t just take our word for it. Head on down to Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, and experience art like never before.
As you step in, you’ll be greeted by a brilliant light and sound display showing off Vincent van Gogh’s most famous artworks. Seriously, the exhibition is in itself, a work of art.
In this immersive art experience, you’ll be able to look at over 300 of Van Gogh’s art pieces — and even get to experience some of them in virtual reality! You’ll also be able to experience a day in the life of the famous artist, and discover the inspiration behind 8 of his most famous artworks.
When you’re done exploring the gallery, you’ll be given the opportunity to let your creative juices flow and create your own artwork. Even better, you can even have them projected on the walls! It’s a fun experience that kids and adults alike will enjoy.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience runs from 1 March to 1 October. Get your tickets here.
02 • Go shopping for your Hari Raya clothes early
We get it, “Hari Raya is still so far away”. But the early bird catches the worm, and that idiom is very much applicable when it comes to buying your Hari Raya clothes.
The closer it gets to Hari Raya, the more crowded the shops will be, and the faster clothes will sell out. You might even discover that a shirt you wanted is out of stock, and won’t be replaced until after Hari Raya.
So why not save yourself the trouble and take advantage of the March school holidays to buy your festive clothing early? Skip the crowd AND stand a better chance of actually getting what you want — it’s a win-win for you!
If you’re having trouble deciding where to get your Hari Raya clothes, we’ve got just the thing for you.
03 • Celebrate Chinese culture at the Five Footway Festival
Ever wanted to experience what Chinatown was like in the past? Now you can! From 11-19 March, the Five Footway Festival will be in town, bringing with them the sights, sounds, and tastes of Singapore’s yesteryear. And it’s arriving just in time for the March school holidays!
You’ll be treated to lion dance performances, traditional Chinese opera, and wushu, among other things. Your kids can also create childhood memories similar to your own by playing traditional games like chapteh and hopscotch while you snack on treats like malt candy.
Psst… there’s also a workshop for making Hainanese kueh yi-bua available.
04 • Get your pasar malam fix at the Ramadan Bazaar
Fans of bazaars, rejoice! After a few years of Covid-19, the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar is back in full force. It may not really be a pasar malam, but it’s undoubtedly one of the most hyped bazaars in Singapore.
This year, there’s over 700 stalls to browse. That’s right, this year’s bazaar will be a veritable shopper’s paradise! You’ll get to buy all sorts of items, like clothes, fascinating artworks, and you’ll also get to snack on classic pasar malam fare like Ramly burgers.
The Ramadan Bazaar takes place from 17 March to 22 April, just in time for the holiday weekend. There’s no better way to wrap up your school holiday than bonding over some shopping and delicious food.
05 • Catch Mickey Mouse and friends at Disney On Ice
Mickey Mouse is back! He’ll be making his way down to Singapore from 11-19 March, just in time for the school holidays.
By the way, we’ve heard that you can see the likes of Minnie, Donald, and Goofy. We’ve also heard that among other characters, Elsa, Anna, and the Toy Story gang will be making a guest appearance as well. If you’re in the mood to see all your favourite Disney characters together, Disney On Ice is the place to be.
Tickets are selling fast, so get them ASAP!
06 • Take the kids to an indoor playground
One great thing about Singapore is that there’s no shortage of indoor playgrounds. In a country like ours, where it can be sunny one minute and raining the next, they’re amazing places to bring the kids —no matter the weather.
Plus, they’re air-conditioned, and that’s a real upside to going to an indoor playground. Kids won’t have to worry about sweating (too much), and you can relax with boo and chat in the comfort of a cool, dry space.
Thinking about which indoor playground you should bring the kids to? We’ve got you covered with our handy guide.
07 • Go out on a date with bae
On leave during the school holidays? Why not take the time to set up a date with bae? Sometimes it’s just a little tiring to keep up with work and the kids, so spending some time with the bae is a real treat! So, why not take a break to spend some romantic time together with absolutely no disturbances to keep you from enjoying your well-deserved date night.
And if you need some help deciding where to take bae during date night, we’ve got some cool suggestions!
08 • See Harry Styles live
We may never get to see One Direction reunite, but the next best thing to an actual One Direction reunion will be in town! Harry Styles, the former lead singer of One Direction, is coming down to Singapore for one day only on March 17.
You’ll get the chance to enjoy the singer’s best hits like “Sign of the Times”, “Kiwi”, and “Watermelon Sugar”. One Direction may be gone, but nobody said we can’t enjoy and support the solo members’ forays into the world of music.
Tickets are also selling really quick for this event, so get them now!
09 • Spend a day at the arcade
The arcade has been a good source of childhood memories throughout the generations. Remember how we used to go to Timezone after school, trying our luck at claw machines, shooting zombies on a screen, or testing our skills over bouts of fighting games?
Maybe you remember screaming over losing to your friends in rounds of Mario Kart, the exhilaration when we racked up points to win prizes, the Pokemon arcade games… ahh, such nostalgia!
All in all, the arcade has been a traditional part of our social lives, whether we were Gen X’ers, Millennials or Gen Z’ers. So why not take the school holidays as a time to relive those memories by spending a day at the arcade like in the good old days of your childhood?
10 • Stop by a farm for a bit of country life
In the mood for some rural vibes? Then stop by one of Singapore’s farms. Some may not necessarily be like the typical farms we envision, but they all give off the same “I’m on the farm” sort of vibes.
For example, you can get up close and personal with goats at Hay Dairies. If maybe goats aren’t your thing and you prefer the agricultural side of farming, you can drop by Bollywood Veggies.
Whatever the case, there’s always something interesting at Singapore’s farms. Plus, it’s an interesting experience to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and explore the laid-back, rural vibes of a farm.
11 • See wild animals in Singapore the convenient way
You don’t need to go all the way to a nature reserve in Singapore just to look at wild animals. What if we told you it was as simple as heading down to any of Singapore’s parks? It’s way more convenient and you’ll still get to see a menagerie of animals!
At Singapore’s parks, the natural and manmade worlds seamlessly intertwine, creating a diverse ecosystem that lets you get an up close and personal look at the daily lives of animals such as otters, monitor lizards, and birds.
Want to see some otters frolic in the water? Stroll down to Bishan Park, where you’ll see the Bishan family of otters scrounging for food and playing in the water. You might even be able to spot a monitor lizard or two basking in the sun.
Maybe you’re into birdwatching? For that, you can just head down to Fort Canning Park, where you’ll see all sorts of birds. You’ll find birds common to our lands, or more exotic ones ranging from the collared kingfisher to the majestic white-bellied sea eagle!
Happy school holidays!