Week 1: Rediscover Singapore
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Upon your arrival, you’ll be welcomed by our city’s latest attraction: Jewel Changi Airport, which opened to the public in mid-April. Highlights include the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at 40 metres, the Rain Vortex; Forest Valley, a four-storey indoor forest surrounding the Rain Vortex; and Canopy Park (opening on 10 June 2019), a place where lifestyle experiences meets nature.
Tip: If you’re only able to visit Jewel on your departure, your flight may be eligible for an early check-in – find out more here.
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Your kids can also learn more about our Singaporean culture and heritage through OSU’s suite of mid-year activities catered for overseas Singaporean children and youth. These are Camp@Home, an educational four-day programme for 7 to 14 year olds; Rediscover Home, a journey for youth aged 15-18 years old to (re)discover the many facets of home, and go on a learning journey to local tech company Razer; and the NS Familarisation Visit, a one-day peek into army life for males aged 15-18. Click on each link to find out more, and to sign your kids up for the programmes.
To commemorate Singapore’s bicentennial year, take part in various ground-up activities as a family, to learn more about the neighbourhoods and communities that make up our home. This is also a good time to catch up with the ‘3Fs’: family, friends, and of course, food! Show your support for our hawker culture and satisfy your local food craving. Why not check out some hawker stalls run by ex-chefs, or those that made last year’s Michelin Bib Gourmand list?
Week 2: Spend time in history and nature
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This week, take some time out of your busy schedule to be in the company of nature. Another new attraction to visit is Lakeside Garden, part of the 90-hectare Jurong Lake Gardens. This green recreational space, which spreads across 53-hectres of land, includes cycling trails, a dog run, a water play area, the Forest Ramble playgarden, and Rasau Walk, which allows visitors to wind through a boardwalk close to the lake. Be sure to also visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens, as our very own UNESCO Heritage Site turns 160 this year!
For a walk through history, these two new heritage walking tours and trails may be of interest: The Kallang Story: A Sports, Arts and Heritage Trail, a discovery of Kallang’s rich sporting and aviation history; and the My Mt Faber & Sentosa Heritage Tour, which takes place on the second weekend of each month, across two different routes – Siloso and Serapong .
Keen to explore different sides of Singapore? Here’s our list of hidden gems around our sunny island!
Week 3: Be immersed in the arts
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Have an artsy family time this week at these festivals for children! Start off with this year’s edition of Gallery Children's Biennale, which will have your little ones ‘Embracing Wonder’ through the many sensorial and exploratory exhibits at the National Gallery. At Gardens by the Bay, characters from Toy Story 4 come alive at the Children's Festival 2019, through fun carnival games.
Ready for a tumble down the rabbit hole? Wonderland at the ArtScience Museum takes you and your family into the whimsical world of Lewis Carroll’s beloved Alice in Wonderland, through a series of displays and activities. At the National Museum, learn more about why Packaging Matters – even from Singapore’s early days – and what the future holds for it.
If music is more your thing, check out the Sing.Lang concert on 15 June, a celebration of Singaporean artistes who made a name for themselves overseas. Performers include singers Kit Chan, Nathan Hartono and Gentle Bones, and rappers TheLionCityBoy and Akeem Jahat.
Week 4: Do something good
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Round up your stay in Singapore by contributing to the community! There are a number of events and initiatives that you and your family can volunteer for – like Meals with Love by local youth community 1YOUTH, which makes meal deliveries to elderly residents living in northern estates like Sembawang and Marsiling. If cooking is more your thing, volunteer as an assistant at an upcoming Noms@YWCA cooking class, which is hosted by talented home-cooks from low-income families.
Other volunteering opportunities include being an usher or first aider at fundraising event Walk For Our Children 2019, or helping beneficiaries with a colouring activity at Bits and Pieces of Singapore. Visit giving.sg for other activities you can support.
Other Activities: Explore Singapore Activity Sheet
While exploring Singapore, bring along our custom-made "Overseas Singaporean Unit Activity Sheet" so that you can get the best out of your time here! Tick off the box once you have completed the activity! You can also leave a small thought about the activity under each photo! From having ice-cream in rainbow bread to visiting the Singapore Botanic Garden, everyone of all ages will be sure to enjoy the activities on the sheet!
Click the image above to print the Activity Sheet!