When are the year-end primary school holidays in 2022? What are the best things to do during the November and December school holidays, especially if you don’t have travel plans?
For Singapore children in MOE primary schools (and secondary schools), the school holidays will begin on Saturday 19 November 2022, and school will reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2023. (You can already check term dates for the new school year here!)
With the freedom to plan outings and organise group gatherings once again, we hope more parents will take the opportunity to create memorable experiences for the whole family. If you need ideas for where to go and what to do, read on!
What To Do During School Holidays: 10 Activities to Try
Seeking fresh and interesting experiences for the 2022 year-end school holidays? Here are our recommendations.
#1 Check Out the Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark
For art-loving families, a visit to the Singapore Art Museum is a must, as the Singapore Biennale 2022 is currently running until 19 March 2023. However, do expect that it might be tricky to talk to kids about art, or summarise dense captions to suit their understanding.
If your child seems particularly interested in an artwork, you can use these questions for a quick discussion:
What’s going on in this picture? What do you see that makes you say that?
What more can you find?
What did we learn from the label/caption that we wouldn’t have known just by looking at the art piece?
Need more tips to make your museum visit meaningful? Read our guide!
A new park to explore is the Rifle Range Nature Park in the Upper Bukit Timah area, which has more than 7km of trails and boardwalks for families to enjoy. Visitors can see an old quarry that has been transformed into a freshwater ecosystem, as well as climb up a steep granite stone path to reach a cliff-top viewing point.
The Rifle Range Nature Park is easily accessible via the Beauty World MRT station.
Sky Sprouts is an almost-18,000 sqft urban farm located at the rooftop of Link@896 (formerly known as the Sime Darby Centre in Bukit Timah). This green sanctuary offers experiential workshops on gardening and farming, as well as holiday activities for kids.
Nestled in the basement of GR.iD Singapore at Selegie Road, the newly opened Por Vida Skateboarding Indoor Skatepark and School has various types of skate obstacles like mini ramps, quarter pipes, and ledges—making it suitable for skaters of all abilities and ages.
You can book an indoor trial class as a family, or contact Por Vida to arrange a private lesson at an outdoor location near your home, such as Bishan Harmony Skate Park.
#5 Enter the Colourful World of the Singapore Comic Con
It’s two days of ultimate fun, creativity, and free expression at the leading comic book convention in Singapore, held at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre from 10 to 11 December 2022. Expect comics, collectibles, games, cosplay, and more!
Children under the age of 12 (at the time of admission) can enter for free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Struck by World Cup fever, but haven’t subscribed to a streaming service?
Watching a football game as a community can be much more exciting, especially if it’s a star-studded line-up or a pivotal match! Between 21 November and 18 December 2022, you can feel the buzz by taking your family to any of the free screenings held at People’s Association and ActiveSG locations.
The Singapore Grand Prix may be over, but you can still rev up the action at the KF1 Karting Circuit near Kranji MRT. Converted from an old car park, the circuit is 750m long with 16 corners, and boasts an F1-inspired lighting system. Will you or your kids be able to break the one-minute barrier? There’s only one way to find out!
For a unique water adventure in Singapore, rent a ‘floating island’ to sunbathe, read, and picnic in the tranquil waters of Pasir Ris. It’s the perfect time to put away all devices and reflect on the year gone by—as well as talk about family dreams and goals for the new year!
For many Singapore families, visiting Gardens by the Bay is a year-end tradition!
As always, there is the Christmas Wonderland event to look forward to, as well as special festive performances. What’s more, year-end visitors can also check out the limited-time Avatar exhibit at Cloud Forest, inspired by the movie Avatar’s stunning biosphere habitat.
Curious about escape rooms, but find being trapped in a small space too confining? There are also ‘outdoor escape rooms,’ where you and your family can book a game tour to solve mysteries while playing local tourist at places of interest like Chinatown, Little India, and St John’s Island.
Prefer a budget-friendly or free experience? You can download DIY explorer apps like Questeon and Geocaching, which provide clues for tracking down landmarks and hidden objects.