Doing the holiday hop

Doing the holiday hop
The popular children’s musical group Hi-5.

SINGAPORE - In a week's time, school-going kids will ditch their books and look forward to nearly seven weeks of holidays. Life!Weekend picks 10 activities to keep them busy and happy.


1. Nature Through The Lens

Expose your child to nature's beauty with the help of photography.

In collaboration with the Nature Photographic Society of Singapore, parent-and-child pairs will learn basic skills and techniques in nature photography during a half-day workshop organised by the National Parks Board at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Who knows, this experience may just encourage your child to ditch the gadgets and head outdoors more often.

Where: Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
When: Dec 6, 9am to 1pm
Admission: $120 for each parent-child (aged 10 to 13) pair
Each pair should come equipped with at least one digital camera or digital SLR camera. No mobile phone cameras allowed. Registration closes on Dec 1. Call +65 6465-0196/ 6471-9961 or go to

2. Garden Troopers!

Kids who fancy plants or gardening can have a shot at being a junior horticulturist during this two-day programme at Gardens by the Bay.

They can go behind the scenes and discover what a day in the life of a horticulturist at the gardens is like. The children will also get their hands dirty and learn about plant care and propagation.

At the end of the programme, the children will build and take home their own air plant garden.

Where: Bay South Garden, Gardens by the Bay
When: Nov 24, 9am to 6pm; Nov 25, 9am to 5pm; registration begins at 8.30am
$150 a child (aged nine to 12)
Register via by Wednesday or call +65 6420-68438


3. Transformers camp

Young fans of the hit toy franchise Transformers are in for a treat.

Not only will they get to see 11 life-sized models of its popular characters up close, but they will also get to sleep among the shape-shifting robots in a Transformers camp at the Science Centre Singapore.

They will learn the basics of stop motion and design their own Transformers animation, watch a Transformers film and get an exclusive tour of the ongoing Transformers 30th Anniversary Exhibition after closing hours.

Adult fans, don't you wish you were a child again?

Where: Annexe Hall at Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road
When: Nov 28 and 29 and Dec 12 and 13, 3 to 2pm the next day (meals included)
Admission: $350 a child (aged nine to 12)
Info: Call +65 6425-2764 or go to

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