7 Cool Holiday Activities To Keep Your Children Busy And Your Stress Levels At Bay

Sarmistha Neogy
·5-min read

School holidays are here and that means you must be thinking about ways to keep your children occupied. Some of you are perhaps still working from home and need ideas to keep them busy and entertained, at the same time. After all, you don’t want them to while away the entire week just playing games, right?

Worry not, we have a list of some awesome holiday activities for kids. These activities will not only provide a great bonding experience, but some of them are also easy on your pocket.

More importantly, the activities listed below for your kids depend on the time you have in your hand and the stress you can manage.

7 Holiday Activities For Kids Based On YOUR Stress Level

holiday activities for kids
holiday activities for kids

Indoor camping ideas (Photo Courtesy: Petite Soiree)

1. Indoor camping

Considering that Singapore has reported new COVID-19 cases over the past few days and the scare around the virus continues, you may want to stay at home. You can explore the idea of a campsite party that can be set in any one of your rooms. Petite Soiree provides cool indoor camping ideas, suitable for children from 6 to 14 years of age.

Stress level of parent: 1/5

What you need to do: This is essentially quite fuss-free and all you have to do it is order the package, set it up, and the kids are ready to party.

2. Creative Coding Holiday Camps

If your children are looking for some outdoor fun, then check out Saturday Kids camps. These will take them through programming essentials via inventive stories, designing fun apps, building cool 3D machines, and games such as Minecraft. The workshops are designed to inspire young minds with curiosity and play. It is also suitable for ages 7 to 14 years and is available from March 15 to 19th.

Stress level of parent: 2/5

What you need to do: Your involvement in this activity will be a bit higher, as you will need to take the kids out. However, once at the camp, they will be taken care of.

3. Duck Duck Goose Camp

Today’s children are not exposed to the simple games, which perhaps you played as kids. In this Duck Duck Goose camp, kids will get a chance to discover marbles, sticks and other popular lost games.

The best part is, your kids will pick up essential life skills like teamwork, empathy, and social awareness while engaging in play—all without realising that they’re learning them too. It is suitable for ages 6 to 9 years.

Stress level of parent: 2-2.5/5

What you need to do: Here, your involvement will be the same as the previous activity. Just be ready to become the designated driver.

4. SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa

You can spend some time at SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa, the world’s largest aquarium filled with more than 800 species of marine life. The immersive zones including the Discovery Pool will allow your children to enjoy a wide array of aquatic animals.

Stress level of parent: 3/5

What you need to do: While the kids will have fun exploring the aquatic animals, it will be your responsibility to manage them. More so, if your child is a bit fussy or uncomfortable in crowded spaces.

5. Have fun with water at Hydrodash

Holiday activities for kids
Holiday activities for kids

Kids have fun with water activities (Photo Courtesy: Hydrodash)

Singapore’s first floating aqua park will give your kids the right confidence in the water. Kids as young as 5 years of age (and taller than 1m) can spend time while racing through a series of obstacles and bouncy platforms. If you want your kids to have fun with water, then take them to Hydrodash.

Stress level of parent: 4/5

What you need to do: Here, the stress level will be at the highest since you will always have to be alert as the key venture is in water.

6. Visit the mall

In case you are extremely busy with your work schedule and you don’t have the time to pre-plan, the best option would be to spend some quality time with your family members, at the mall.

You can plan a breakfast or lunch along at a family restaurant in a mall located near to your place.

There are a lot of kid-friendly malls in Singapore and one of which is Kiztopia. It has 18 different play areas from AR basketball to a Ninja Warrior course to role-play rooms and even a mini indoor driving school, just to name a few.

City Square Mall is another popular mall in Singapore that leaves the kids spoilt for choice, when it comes to play and its child-friendly services available.

Stress level of parent: 3/5

What you need to do: After your child finishes his/her activity, you can then grab a coffee at the mall to relax.

7. Cook at home together

holiday activities with kids
holiday activities with kids

Cooking can be a great activity to involve your kids (Photo Courtesy: Piqsels)

Cooking together is a great way to bond with your kids. It can get messy, but that’s where the fun is. The best part is, you don’t need a prior appointment for this as it can be done at your own kitchen anytime.

Stress level of parent: 3/5

What you need to do: Stress levels can shoot up if your kid ends up creating a mess in the kitchen and you will then have to clean it.

There are many activities specially designed for kids during this holiday time. Some may require more parental supervision and some less. Depending on your need, and the stress levels each activity involve, you can choose one from the list above.

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