There is no guarantee the haze will not return this year-end during the school holidays, but there is no need for the holiday mood to be dampened as Gurveen Kaur rounds up 15 activities that can be enjoyed indoors.
1 Pororo Park Singapore
Photo: The Straits Times
Animated penguin character Pororo, considered the "President of Kids" in South Korea, has landed in Singapore.
The newly opened Pororo Park Singapore, an indoor edutainment playground, occupies 11,000 sq ft in Marina Square mall and is centred on the well-loved character and his friends including Eddy the Fox and Petty the Penguin.
Pororo creator Choi Jong Il says Singapore was picked as the character's first foray into South-east Asia because it is "an educational and cultural hub" in the region and is therefore the right place to start. There are plans to open a park in Thailand by year-end.
The Singapore park is a wonderland for kids, with seven facilities including Pororo Express, a train ride for kids into a snowy cave; the Pororo House, an exact replica of the one in the cartoon, complete with bathtub and bed; and the Shark Ball Pool, an inviting ball pit filled to the brim with blue and white balls.
Rody's Toy Store sells toys, apparel and souvenir items. While the children play, parents can relax over a cuppa at Loopy's Cafe, which also offers free Wi-Fi.
Where: 02-29 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard
When: 10.30am to 8pm from Sunday to Thursday, 10.30am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday
Admission: $24.50 for children below two, $33.50 for children aged two to 12, free for babies below one (entitled to two-hour play time). Up to two accompanying adults pay $6 each
Info: Go to www.pororoparksg. com
2 Indoor winter sports
Photo: Urban Ski Singapore's Facebook page
Ski and snowboard here in hot and humid Singapore at Urban Ski, the first indoor ski and snowboard centre here.
The centre in shopping centre Millenia Walk has two automated ski slopes.
Children must be at least four years old to ski and at least eight years old to snowboard. Participants are accompanied by an instructor on the slope, and equipment and protective gear are provided. For young enthusiasts aged nine to 15, there are young skiers camps held this and next month.
Where: 01-46 to 49 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard
When: 11am to 9pm on weekdays (last admission at 8pm), 10am to 10pm on weekends (last admission at 9pm).
Camps are from Monday to Wednesday, Nov 23 to 25, and Dec 4 to 6 and Dec 11 to 13.
Admission: From $230 for an individual session or $306 for a group of two to four.
Info: Call 6238-0575 or go to www.urbanski.com.sg to book a session or sign up for the camp.
3 Kidz Can Bake! Workshops
Photo: People's Association
Groom your very own little helper in the kitchen with the kids baking courses under the People's Association school holiday series programmes.
Pick from more than 80 classes that range from teaching the young chef wannabes how to bake Christmas classics such as gingerbread cookies and the seemingly complicated black forest trifle to more fun and quirky recipes including colourful confetti push pops and red nose reindeer cookies.
Where: Various community centres
When: From Nov 24 to Dec 30, various times
Admission: Between $20 and $30 a class (excludes fees for ingredients)
Info: Suitable for kids aged five to 12. Go to one.pa.gov.sg to register
4 Christmas play
Photo: Snap! Entertainment's Facebook page
Take your little ones to watch Dear Santa, a stage production based on the well-loved children's book by Rod Campbell.
The story revolves around Sarah, a little girl who writes to Santa Claus for a special Christmas present.
With plenty of audience interaction and sing-alongs, the kids can help Santa decide on the perfect gift for Sarah.
To round up the festive fun, the audience can let Santa know what they want for Christmas at a meet-and-greet session after the show.
Where: School of the Arts Drama Theatre, 1 Zubir Said Drive
When: Dec 11, 5pm; Dec 12 and 13, 11am, 2 and 5pm
Admission: $38, $48 or $58
Info: Go to www.sistic.com.sg or call 6348-5555
5 Art education
Photo: National Gallery Singpaore's Facebook page
Introduce your kid to art at the Keppel Centre for Art Education in the National Gallery Singapore which will open on Nov 24.
The dedicated art education facility houses four spaces, including an Art Corridor where kids can touch artworks, and the Art Playscape where they can explore a treehouse or roam in a labyrinth.
Children can also paint and learn to conduct exhibition tours.
Where: City Hall Wing, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Road
When: Open daily from Nov 24. 10am to 7pm from Monday to Thursday, 10am to 11pm from Friday to Sunday
Admission: All visitors enjoy free entry during the opening celebrations from Nov 24 to Dec 6 (but you still need to book tickets online).
After that, admission remains free for Singaporeans, permanent residents and children aged six and younger. For non-Singaporean adults, entry is $20, and $15 for children aged seven to 12.
Info: Go to www.nationalgallery.sg