10 Value-for-Money Activities for the School Holidays

Updated: Nov 2, 2020

Exams are over! Phew! Time for vacation!

But wait! Now that travel is out of the question. How am I going to keep my wonderfully rambunctious miniature WWE wrestlers wannabes occupied for 6 weeks?

Plus I need to tighten my budget now that times are tougher. Read on for 10 indoor and outdoor value-for-money ideas!!


1. Reflections at Bukit Chandu

Bukit Chandu is one of our lesser known war exhibits but it is worth uncovering one of Singapore’s most fascinating tales of heroism during World War II.

You’ll find this heritage centre in a restored black-and-white colonial bungalow, sitting amid lush jungle. The site is just a stone’s throw away from the Battle of Pasir Panjang site, where 1,400 brave soldiers from the Malay Regiment valiantly engaged in their last stand against a 13,000-strong Japanese army.

Value-for-Money rating: 4/5

Register your interest here!

2. Holiday Programmes at Future Sparks

Yes, as a staff of Future Sparks writing a blog post on Future Sparks, I have to add our programmes as one of the activities. :)

Future Sparks' ongoing SGUnited promotion ($100 off all classes) presents significant savings for parents who like to their children to learn life skills in fun-filled classes. Parents can also drop by the many cafes and restaurants nearby for a little "me time".

Value-for-Money rating: 5/5

Register and save $100 here!

3. Art Jamming

Unleash our inner Picasso, Monet or even Bill Watterson (creator of Calvin and Hobbes - my all-time favourite comic - bless you Mr Watterson)! Bond with your family and create masterpieces that will provide a lifetime of memory.

Value-for-Money Rating: 4/5

Look for suitable studios here!

4. Sustainable Singapore Gallery

Housed at Marina Barrage is the Sustainable Singapore Gallery. Sustainability has always been integral to Singapore's development since independence, and we have been tackling challenges to ensure that everyone continues to enjoy a clean and green environment. Navigate through the Sustainable Singapore Gallery to learn more about how to create a liveable and sustainable Singapore. 

Value-for-Money Rating: 4/5

Sign up for guided tours here!

5. Gardens by the Bay

A personal favourite of mine (I have visited flower dome at least 10 times). Both domes are excellent afternoon outings and a respite from our intense heat. Always interesting and educational too.

It is a national garden and premier horticultural attraction for local and international visitors. Gardens by the Bay is a showpiece of horticulture and garden artistry that presents the plant kingdom in a whole new way, entertaining while educating visitors with plants seldom seen in this part of the world, ranging from species in cool, temperate climates to tropical forests and habitats.

Value-for-Money Rating: 3/5

Register for tickets here!


1. Guided Tours at Bollywood Veggies

Set in the rustic environment of the northwest Kranji Countryside, visiting it is a step back to Singapore’s lush history. Bollywood veggies provides a great opportunity to see a fresh side of the island, rejuvenate your senses, connect with family, and enjoy the simple pleasures of real food.

Value-for-Money Rating: 4/5

Sign up for their guided farm tours and indoor culinary classes here!

2. Volunteer at Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD)

Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD) is a registered Charity and was established in December 2000 as a non-profit organization with the mission to improve the welfare of stray and abandoned dogs in Singapore with a strict no-kill policy.

ASD is always looking for volunteers to help out with the care of these adorable dogs at their premise. Why not make it a family affair and do good at the same time?

Value-for-Money rating: 5/5

Sign up as a volunteer here!

3. Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin

In a corner of a rustic island off mainland Singapore, Chek Jawa is an often overlooked part of Pulau Ubin. It is a secret wonderland of nature stayed hidden from locals for centuries. The natural attractions of Chek Jawa were discovered only when the area where it sits was slated for redevelopment in 2000.

Tucked away in a corner of Pulau Ubin, you will need to catch a ferry to get here. Once on the island, you can hire a van or rent a bicycle from the main village. The more adventurous can hike to the wetlands in about 40 minutes.

Learn more about Chek Jawa here!

4. Wild Wild Wet

Opened in 2004, Wild Wild Wet is one of Singapore’s largest water parks and has been hailed as one of the top 10 water parks in Asia. From adrenalin-pumping rides to relaxing ones, visitors can enjoy a fun-filled day while they beat the heat.

Having been expanded in 2017, Wild Wild Wet is now bigger and better. Boasting thrilling high speed water rides to kid-friendly ones, it promises the perfect adventure for guests of all ages. In addition to its original nine slides and rides, guests can enjoy seven latest attractions including the Royal Flush, Asia’s first hybrid ride, and the Kraken Racers, Singapore’s first four-lane mat racer slide. If that is a level too mild, dare yourself to go on the Torpedo or Free Fall for a mind-blowing experience. There are also rides for little ones over at the Kidz Zone, ensuring that at its heart, Wild Wild Wet remains a family experience.

Get 20% off the regular price here!

5. Water Playground @ Jurong Lake Gardens

Clusia Cove is a three-hectare water playground where children can experience water movements similar to those at coastal shores. Families can beat the heat by taking a dip in the water. Make sure to visit the Forest Ramble (children's playground) nearby too!

Plan your visit here!

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