Take a Break from Technology with These Offline Activities


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The school holidays are here! After studying hard for their exams, your child can now celebrate their freedom and enjoy their well-deserved break. Instead of letting them spend all their time on their electronic devices, why not try out some of these interesting offline activities we have curated for your child? An outing to these places are also wonderful opportunities for your child to increase their general knowledge and gain a deeper insight into Singapore’s history and culture. Best of all, most of them are also free to visit!


1. MOE Heritage Centre


Admission Fee: Free


The MOE Heritage Centre commemorates the contributions that educators have made to Singapore’s education system. Go on a guided tour and learn about how events such as the Japanese occupation in Singapore affected the education system.


2. Museums on War History

Admission Fee:

- Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents - Free

- Tourists and Foreign Residents - Please click here for the latest rates.


This World War 2 interpretative centre is a museum that commemorates the battle of Pasir Panjang, as well as the history surrounding Bukit Chandu itself. Get an intricate look at Bukit Chandu and gain an insight into the bravery displayed by the soldiers involved in the battle. It is also a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the country’s experience with war, which can inspire thoughtful and meaningful conversation with the family.

Admission Fee:

- Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents - Free

- Tourists and Foreign Residents - Please click here for the latest rates.

The content and artefacts in this museum depict the challenges that prisoners of war faced during the Japanese Occupation. With a focus on remembrance and reflection, it encourages contemplation on the courage and strength displayed by the prisoners of war during times of struggle.


3. Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)’s Establishments

Admission Fee: Free


Visit an open house at a Fire Station on Saturday mornings with a guided tour! Look forward to learning more about the different types of emergency vehicles and demonstrations on how firefighters put on their protective gear before an emergency. There is even a fun photo-taking session at the end of the tour! Walk-ins are welcome, but if you are in a group of 10 or more, you are required to fill in this form before your visit. After this fun experience, your child will be able to write better from a fireman’s perspective for their compositions.

Admission Fee: Free


Follow up the Fire Station tour with a visit to the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery. Observe the changes that have taken place in the Civil Defence from as far back as the 19th century. The gallery is located at Central Fire Station, which is also the oldest fire station in Singapore. Older children can join the Tower Tour as well, where you get to climb up the hose tower and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city’s skyline. Walk-ins are welcome, but guided tours need to be booked in advance through this form.


4. DIY Walking Trails


Admission Fee: Free


As mentioned in our previous article on post-PSLE activities, walking does wonders for your mental and physical health. There are multiple walking trails available on the National Parks website, both guided and non-guided. Take the chance to explore and appreciate the beauty of nature. Discover the flora and fauna of Singapore, all while enjoying the fresh air and being active. There is a wide range of trails to choose from, so take some time to peruse the website with your child and see which trail is the most appealing to the family.


5. National Gallery Singapore


Admission Fee:

- Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents - Free (General Admission)

- Tourists and Foreign Residents / Special Exhibitions - Please click here for the latest rates.


Enjoy exhibitions and tours at the National Gallery! Located at Singapore’s former Supreme Court in City Hall, the historic building makes a great backdrop for artistic family pictures as well. Find out what exhibitions and tours are going on via the National Gallery website. If your child has a creative streak and is passionate about art, this is the perfect activity for them!



We hope you and your family will enjoy the activities we have mentioned above. Visiting these locations will definitely teach your child more about Singapore’s culture and history, and broaden their horizons. They will also be able to write more accurate and vivid compositions when related topics come up!





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