The September school holidays are nearly upon us and if you haven’t already planned a big week for your kids, here are some ideas the whole family can enjoy together—not just during the week-long school break but all throughout the month. Head over to LEGOLAND if you’re a DREAMZzz fan, or consider yoga and swimming for good causes. Indulge in some festive fun at The Polliwogs indoor playgrounds and Volvo Carnival, or make a trip to the RSAF Open House for an eye-opening aerial showcase. If visual entertainment is more your cup of tea, there are some great shows and a delightful exhibition happening this month too. 

[STILL ON] Build Your Dream World @ LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort

Build Your Dream World @ LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort
Credit: LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort

Following the successful launch of the LEGO DREAMZzz theme and TV series, popular family holiday destination LEGOLAND® Malaysia has rolled out an immersive LEGO DREAMZzz experience at the theme park. 

Fans of the TV series will be treated to an exclusive 4D movie screening of ‘Z-Blob Rescue Rush’ before chasing down dream creatures in MINILAND, the park’s miniature Asia. Be rewarded with your own Dream Chaser ID Badge if you manage to hunt down all five escaped dream creatures. The kids can also hone their dream crafting skills but building their own dream creatures at the LEGO DREAMZzz brick tables, after which they can release these dream masterpieces into the dream world via an immersive portal mission. All in all a fun day or two for the whole family if you’re considering a trip across the Causeway this month.   

Happening from now until 24 September at LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort, 7 Persiaran Medini Utara 3, Iskandar Puteri 79100, Johor, Malaysia. Visit their website for more information.

[STILL ON] Locious: The Universe of Now 

Locious: The Universe of Now 
Credit: White Space Art Asia

Exploring important themes of climate change and sustainability via the innocent expression of Javanese folklore, this solo exhibition featuring award-winning Indonesian artist Galih Reza Suseno presents whimsical landscapes peppered with cute creatures that will captivate the hearts of both young and old.

Merging contemporary animation aesthetic with traditional motifs in a nod to neo-Impressionist Pointillism, Galih creates further texture and dimension on canvas by using modelling clay—a signature technique best appreciated up close. The Locious is named after Javanese lore which believes every element in nature (E.g. sea, tree, hill, river, etc.) has a Genius Locus or guardian spirit, which Galih has portrayed as a cast of adorable creatures. Admission is free.

Happening 10am-7pm from 31 August – 24 September (except Mondays) at White Space Art Asia, 1H Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168641. Visit their website for more information.

[STILL ON] Movies By The Beach

Movies By The Beach
Credit: Sentosa

For those who prefer the big screen to performing arts, Sentosa is bringing back its popular screenings by the sea this September. Over three weekends, you can gather the family and friends down at Palawan Green for a chill sunset evening of food, drinks and Hollywood entertainment.

You’ll be glad to know that, on top of being free, the movies on offer are kid favourites—Alvin and the Chipmunks, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, Turbo, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, as well as Cars, Cars 2 and Cars3

Happening 5:30pm on 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 September at Palawan Green, Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore. Visit their website for more information.

[STILL ON] The Smeds And The Smoos

The Smeds And The Smoos
Credit: SISTIC

Presented by international theatre production company ABA Productions, this charming intergalactic stage performance dramatises yet another masterpiece from bestselling creators Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Described by One4Review, UK as “enchanting and incredibly engaging… a beautiful adaptation”, this stellar new show is bound to keep you and your kids spellbound. 

Tall Stories is the same UK theatre company that brought to life The Gruffalo, The Snail and the Whale, Room on the Broom and many more. This performance is approximately 60 minutes without intervals, and is recommended for children aged three and above, although there is no official minimum age. Tickets are priced between $38 and $68.

Happening at various showtimes on 21-24 September at Victoria Theatre, 11 Empress Place, #01-02, Singapore 179558. Visit their website for more information.

[STILL ON] SAFRA Swim For Hope 2023

SAFRA Swim For Hope 2023
Credit: SAFRA

In this 13th edition of SAFRA’s annual Swim For Hope, families can come together for a meaningful swim challenge that will benefit more than 15 charities, including Autism Resource Centre, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore, Down Syndrome Association and more. This year’s event specifically aims to show support for those suffering or recovering from mental health challenges, seeking to better their quality of life.

Suitable for children aged 6-12, the Families of Life Category allows a parent and child pair to register for either 1km or 5km swim distances at $35 and $50 respectively. Up to two additional family members may register at $12 each. Each participant will receive an event t-shirt, medal and goodie bag, and can opt to complete their swim either at a selected SAFRA Club, virtually at their own preferred location, or via a hybrid of the two if undertaking the 5km challenge. Register before 30 September here and complete your swim between 1 September and 29 October.

Happening physically on 14-15 Oct at SAFRA Choa Chu Kang, 28 Choa Chu Kang Drive, Singapore 689964; on 21-22 Oct at SAFRA Toa Payoh, 293 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319387; and on 28-29 Oct at SAFRA Tampines, 1/A Tampines Street 92, Singapore 528882. Visit their website for more information.

Jewel Blooms: Splendours of Singapore at Jewel Changi Airport

For 10 days only, Jewel Changi Airport is putting on a showcase of exquisite floral displays by Singapore’s floristry talents.

At the Shiseido Forest Valley and Canopy Park, marvel at 10 original floral installations from renowned floral designers that take inspiration from various facets of Singapore such as its history, culture, food, and national flower. are displayed at the Shiseido Forest Valley and Canopy Park. There will also be three special displays by a group of Year 1 students from ITE College Central.

From Sep 1 to 10, 2023 at Jewel Changi Airport. Visit its website for more information.

Week-Long Gala @ The Polliwogs

Week-Long Gala @ The Polliwogs
Credit: The Polliwogs

Popular indoor playground The Polliwogs is presenting a five-day gala spanning 3-7 September to celebrate the school holidays. Promising epic games and magic shows, enchanted unicorn cupcakes and other decadent delights, perfume wizardry and mind-boggling marble runs, here’s an exciting setlist you can consider. Kicking off the week with a “School’s Out Party” on Sunday, 3 September where the whole family can play together while being treated to mind-blowing magic and adorable mascots ($35 per person), the week will continue with more tailored activities for kids aged four and above. 

On 4 September, budding bakers over four can craft their own out-of-this-world unicorn-themed cupcakes at a fantastic bake-and-craft session, taking home with them three delicious cupcakes and their own unicorn craft masterpiece. On 5 September, they can continue their confectionary journey by learning to make chocolate lollipops and lollipop cookies, also taking home with them three delectable chocolate lollipops and three lollipop cookies. On 6 September, kids aged 4-9 can embark on an aromatic adventure by learning how to create perfumes and then conclude the week on 7 September by designing their very own fun marble run. 4-7 September activities are priced at $68 per parent and child pair, with drop-offs permitted at the perfumery and marble run workshops. Even though the activities run from 10-11:30am, prices include two hours or unlimited play at The Polliwogs indoor playground afterwards. Book here early to avoid missing out!

Happening 4:15pm on 3 September, 10am on 4-7 September at The Polliwogs Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #03-12, Singapore 098585 and The Polliwogs Clarke Quay Central, The Central @ Clarke Quay, 6 Eu Tong Sen St, #04-63, Singapore 059817. Visit their website for more information.

PURE x Meddy Teddy Kids Yoga with Jimin & Skye  

PURE x Meddy Teddy Kids Yoga with Jimin & Skye  
Credit: PURE Yoga 

Pure Yoga is partnering with international mindfulness movement Meddy Teddy to host a healthy and worthy Yoga workshop series this September. With all proceeds dedicated to Singapore Children’s Society, this Yoga workshop will go some way in impacting the lives of underprivileged children, youth and families. 

The workshop will be led by Jimin Choi, PURE Yoga’s kids and family yoga-certified teacher alongside her daughter, Skye. Teaching a series of age-appropriate yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques, this activity is a great introduction to yoga for kids aged 7-11. The workshop is for children only and costs $60 per child. Each child will receive the iconic posable Meddy Teddy Bear to accompany them in their yoga adventure.

Happening 1-2pm on 2-3 September at PURE Yoga Suntec City, Suntec City Mall North Atrium, 3 Temasek Blvd, #01-501, Singapore 038983. Visit their website for more information.

RSAF55 Open House 

RSAF55 Open House 
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To commemorate their 55th anniversary, RSAF will be celebrating with an open house this September holidays. This comes after a seven-year hiatus, and promises to be an exciting event for kids and adults alike. Families can ballot to enjoy a 15-20minute familiarisation flight which basically takes you on an exhilarating aerial tour around Singapore in an A330 MRTT, C-130, Fokker-50, CH-47 or DA40 aircraft.

Even if you can’t get in on the flights, the aerial capability displays, military working dogs demonstrations and aircraft weapons loading demonstrations, as well as performances and carnival games are bound to thrill. Also enjoy interacting with the uniformed airmen and women as you learn more about their roles in the RSAF and the history and future of the air force. Admission is free.

Happening 9am-6pm on 9-10 September at Paya Lebar Air Base, 506 Airport Road, Singapore 534395. Visit their website for more information.

Volvo Carnival

That same weekend, Swedish carmaker Volvo is inviting all its fans down to the Volvo Showroom at Alexandra for a festive Volvo Carnival. Packed with activities including sustainability workshops, carnival games and exciting magic shows, the event promises to be a fun-filled and enriching one. Join the Beeswax Workshop to learn how to create reusable wraps for reducing waste, or learn how to repurpose t-shirts into stylish tote bags at the DIY T-shirt Tote Bag workshop. Younger kids will be entertained by animal rides and a brick ball pit, while all can enjoy the food trucks and artisanal marketplace selling handcrafted goods, curated pieces and more delicious treats.  

Enjoy 20% off all Volvo merchandise at the fair, and a $5 food voucher for use at the food trucks if you are a Volvo owner. Furthermore, Volvo owners can enjoy a 1-on-1 session with a product specialist to learn more about your car and its untapped features. Entry is free, but workshops and food are chargeable. Register for the event here.  

Happening 11am-6pm on 9-10 September at the Volvo Showroom, 249 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159935. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Ballet Under The Stars 2023

Ballet Under The Stars 2023
Credit: Singapore Ballet

Singapore Ballet proudly presents their annual picnic-slash-ballet party at the lush Fort Canning Green this September. Take the whole family out for a relaxing evening of ballet in the breeze (hopefully!) and lie under the stars as you admire the grace and elegance of our local star ballet troupe under the open night sky. 

The first weekend will feature Momentum by Choo-San Goh, Quiver by Timothy Rushton, and The Nutcracker Act II, while the second weekend will present 4Seasons by Natalie Weir, Purcell Pieces by Nils Christe, and Swan Lake Act II. Remember your own picnic mats and baskets, because only bottled water will be sold on-site. Admission is $55.

Happening 7:30pm 1-3, 8-10 September at Fort Canning Green, Canning Rise, Singapore. Visit their website for more information.

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood
Credit: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

This September school holiday weekend, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with Dandi Productions will be presenting a theatrical rendition of the beloved children’s classic Little Red Riding Hood. Pairing smart staging and clever lighting with SSO’s orchestral magic, the story will take you on a journey of melodic adventure and story-telling wonder. Like in Roald Dahl’s reworked version of the fairy tale though, some kids may be surprised to discover that this play ends with a happy twist. Tickets are priced at $25 and $35, and families purchasing more than four tickets will enjoy a 10% discount. 

Happening at 11am and 2pm on 9-10 September at Victoria Concert Hall, 11 Empress Place, #01-02, Singapore 179558. Visit their website for more information.