No travel plans for the March holidays? Not to worry! We asked some KSP members to share their secret hangouts and activity recommendations right here in our own backyard.
It’s All There At The Singapore Sports Hub
The Singapore Sports Hub is a favourite haunt for KSP member Zac’s Mum and her family. They particularly love cycling, scootering, rollerblading, and jogging around the 888m sports track that encircles the National Stadium at the 100Plus Promenade, Singapore’s largest fully sheltered civic space.
“It’s not only sheltered from the rain, it’s also shaded from the sun. Pity it’s so underutilized,” says Zac’s Mum, who adds that her kids also enjoy the free playgrounds in the area (including a rooftop water playground).
Here’s another perk of spending time at the Singapore Sports Hub: it occasionally hosts free family-friendly carnivals, as well as gives away free tickets to some of its sporting events. Zac’s Mum admits that she is “reluctant” to share her hidden gem hangout with the public, but in her opinion, it checks all her boxes for being a “fantastic family venue.”
Bonus Tip: The Singapore Sports Hub is hosting a Multi-Activity Camp this March, to help children develop sports skills, build confidence, and make new friends. The camp is suitable for kids aged three to 12, and runs for five days. Click here for fees and other details.
Embrace The Kampong Spirit At Our Tampines Hub
For families in the East who’ve run out of ideas for what to do and where to go on weekends and holidays, Our Tampines Hub is a godsend. “They screen free movies, have ‘live’ entertainment, [and] hold countless activities and parties for people of all ages,” raves a regular visitor. “You can feel [that] the place is so vibrant and full of energy.”
An initiative by the People’s Association, Our Tampines Hub, or OTH, was inspired by the kampong centres of the past — these were places where people gathered to build community spirit. Visitors to OTH can expend their energies by bowling, rock climbing, or having fun at one of the indoor playgrounds. Food options are also aplenty with hawker fare, plus over 35 halal-certified eateries for the Muslim community.
Weekly family-friendly events range from telematches and mass workouts to arts performances and movie screenings. Follow OTH’s Facebook page for the latest updates.
Bonus Tip: Kids aged seven and above can head to OTH to try Tchoukball for the first time during the March holidays. Don’t miss this free session, which takes place on March 18, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Details here.
Rub Shoulders With Uni Students
If you’re in the mood for a change of scene — or want to jumpstart your kids’ college ambitions — you can take them to University Town. It’s also known as UTown, and it’s officially a hub serving students at the National University of Singapore, but members of the public are welcome to enjoy the space as well.
What can you do there? Apart from tucking into good food at the eateries, you can also picnic or play Frisbee at Town Green, UTown’s informal recreational space. To find out if there’s a concert or fun event happening at UTown, check their Events page.
Bonus Tip: Also in the vicinity is the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, which hosts public performances. However, these recitals are usually not open to children under the age of six. Alternatively, you can visit the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum — their Marine Open House will be held on March 16, featuring educational tours and talks by marine science experts.
Seek Respite From The City Crowds
If your little ones are becoming overstimulated at the malls in Orchard Road, you can take a breather at Dhoby Ghaut Green, a quiet “interim park” space next to the Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. It has a beautifully designed amphitheatre that also serves as a public resting space, and you can pop over to the Visual Arts Centre (also in the park vicinity) to view an exhibition or take a class.
“Across from Dhoby Ghaut Green is another public space that I like to call our ‘pebble beach,” says a mother. “My daughter used to amuse herself by playing with the pebbles there when she was younger. Now they’ve added swings and benches in the area too. It’s a calming oasis in the busy city centre.”
Bonus Tip: If you’re visiting the nearby National Museum of Singapore, there’s a set of escalators on the left of the museum that will lead you to a delightfully quiet section of Fort Canning Park. It’s a green space that’s great for a game of catch or Frisbee, and it’s the perfect setting for a picturesque picnic too.
Celebrate Our Roots At The Singapore Heritage Festival 2019
There’s no better time than the March school holidays to check out what the Singapore Heritage Festival has to offer. This annual festival is organised by the Singapore Heritage Board and features heritage trails, open houses, and “live” performances.
In line with the country’s bicentennial celebrations, this year’s line-up of events will focus on uncovering some lesser-known stories that shaped our history. Something new to look out for is the “Ride and Discover” event, where bus stops along the routes for buses 2, 30, 147, and 222 will be transformed into exhibition panels.
The festival takes place over four weekends — from March 15 to April 7 — with events and activities centred around precincts such as Kampong Gelam, Bedok, Telok Blangah, and Kranji. It’s an opportunity for the entire family to embark on an adventure, without having to hop on a plane.
Bonus Tip: Have you been to the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall? Did you know that this villa was used by Sun Yat Sen as a meeting space for planning his revolution — that of overthrowing the Qing Dynasty (China’s last imperial dynasty) in 1911? Take the “Bungalow and a Revolution” tour on March 23 to find out more. While there, you should also make time for the “Between The Lines” exhibition, which pays tribute to Chinese comics from the 1800s and early 1900s. It’s a fun way for the family to learn about Chinese history!