June (school) holiday is approaching!

If you are still racking your brain on which good places to bring your children to, for some fun and valuable visits throughout the 1-month break from school, I have some ideas here.

I brought my girl to the Singapore National Museum last year, not so much on touring the museum, but to attend some children themed holiday programmes organised by the authority. And, I attended also the free seminar on parenting there, while my girl had her drawing session just located outside the seminar hall.

It was our first time there for such purposes. It was not surprise that the events turned out impressively. It was not difficult to see the well response from the increasing crowd throughout the day as we were there since 11am till 3pm.

This year, the children season programmed is back, again, from 23rd May till 7th June 09! Thank to the authority. This is going to be another beneficial visit to both the child and adult! There are many different kinds of event, what I typically look for, is the Free Events for all ages (winking smile)!

There are a few particular programmes my girl likes from the free events, and some had been attended last year:

Young Cinema

Date: Sat 23 May 2009 to Sun 24 May 2009, Mon 1 Jun 2009 to Sun 7 Jun 2009
Time: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Duration: Approx 45 mins
Venue: The Salon, Level 1

Intro: Bring your entire family as you venture into the world of nature and environment this holiday season with Young Cinema! Enjoy the inspirational stories and wonderful ideas from children films and animations from around the world. Young audience will get educated and enthused to love and protect the earth. Young Cinema films have been curated specially for an audience of age 7 – 12 years old.

It was held in a spacious air-conditioned hall where you will be seated either on the floor or cushion (giant bean bag) to enjoy the young program in a breezy way (some chairs were provided, too). I guess it should the same for this year.

PLAY!Initial concept by Lim Shing Ee and Jezlyn Tan (Singapore)
From: Sat 23 May 2009 to Sun 28 Jun 2009
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: The Concourse, Level 1
Best for ages 4 to 8

Intro: A wonderful play area combining the creative elements of a natural garden-scape together with interactive components. This haven is a dedicated space for children to unleash their energy in positive ways.

This event wasn’t there last year, but there was the giagantic “Snake & Ladder” board game which my girl loved it so much. I guess the above program should be a physical and interative game that pretty much similar to the previous live-sized board game.

Performance Storytelling

By Monsters Under the Bed (Singapore)
From: Sat 23 May 2009 to Sun 24 May 2009, Sat 6 Jun 2009 to Sun 7 June 2009
Time: 10am – 11am & 2pm – 3pm
Venue: The Atelier, Level 3

Intro: Storytelling with Monsters Under the Bed is back for another sell-out performance at the National Museum of Singapore. Be thoroughly entertained with witty improvisations and interesting stories that will get you laughing to tears. Audience both young and old will get be able to interact with the storytellers and they “battle” each other with stories that are created by you.

Well, beside those free events. I think you may also look out for their workshops which suit children range from 5 – 12 yrs old. These workshop with diverse topics, each costs averagely $25 per child & adult. It is good for mother-child, father-child bonding as you will get to work on an item together.

Check out the workshop details: Workshop

The programmes during this children season is so extensive that you can spend almost whole day here, if your child and you are not overly exhausted by the overwhelming events.

I wish to also bring this up, even I have not attended before, but it sounds so interesting to me. It’s about food! Yes, it’s my forte, my love and my soft spot! Go attend this, if you are not an early bird for events, it starts at 7pm.

Public Lecture Series: The Lighter Side of HistoryVenue: The Salon
Date: WED 17 JUN 2009 7:00pm

Intro: Arab, Chinese, Eurasian, Indian, Malay and Peranakan foods are extremely popular in Singapore today, but many of their original recipes are lost due to the unavailability of raw materials and a change in people’s lifestyle and tastes. The talk will offer a small sampling of such ‘extinct foods’ for a limited 60 participants only, so hurry down and be the first to find out more before it is too late!

Since weekend is here, and tomorrow will be the commencement of these children events, bring your family and have some fun there!

Check out for more details, if you are interested: Singapore Museum