From kids’ activities and online classes to virtual tours and festivals, June is just as happening as ever!
You don’t have to fill every hour of your day with something to do but finding something to keep the boredom at bay every day can be challenging when you have nothing planned. Thankfully, even with the school holidays shifted to May and circuit breaker measures still in place, June has much to offer.
We’ve compiled a list of kid-friendly activities and things you can do to keep your little ones and yourselves entertained and engaged at home, from online ballet classes to virtual tours of museum exhibits!
Keep us bookmarked as we will continue updating this page!
1. Singapore Heritage Festival 2020: Digital Edition
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When: 19 Jun – 5 Jul 2020
It’s about time for the annual Singapore Heritage Festival but this year, we’ll be celebrating a little differently. You’ll still get to uncover lesser-known stories of our heritage except you’ll be discovering it from home through online tours, digitally commissioned works, webinars, online masterclasses, and more.
From vignettes of Tanjong Pagar's early bustling rickshaw scene to tales of the grand resort vacations Singaporeans used to have at Pasir Ris, this year you’ll get acquainted with a Tanjong Pagar, Pasir Ris and Kallang not many know of!
Keep an eye out here for more updates on the Singapore Heritage Festival 2020: Digital Edition.
2. An Old New World: Digital Edition
Photo credits National Museum of Singapore
An Old New World: Digital Edition allows you to virtually explore the exhibit An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s – 1819, featuring personal collections from the families of Stamford Raffles and William Farquhar, as well as treasures from international museums such as the Royal Collections Trust, London to highlights from our National Collection.
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You explore the exhibit at your own pace with the self-exploratory mode or opt for the guided mode, which will bring you on a specially curated tour of featured artifacts and the surrounding showcases with narrations by Curators Daniel Tham and Iskander Mydin. People with hearing disabilities will be able to access the tours as well with the transcript function that provides the tour script.
3. Virtual Tours at Singapore Philatelic Museum
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You can now explore the Singapore Philatelic Museum’s past exhibitions online. With a total of 16 exhibitions, from the exciting "Anime x Stamps" exhibition to never before seen portrayals of classic stories using stamps like "The Little Prince: Behind the Story", there's something for everyone! The virtual tours also allow you to zoom in to marvel at the cool collections of stamps, artworks, and other paraphernalia.
4. From the Coromandel Coast to the Straits – Revisiting Our Tamil Heritage
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Did you know that Tamil connections with Singapore can be traced as far back as the 11th–13th centuries CE? Discover the history and rich heritage of our Tamil community with the Indian Heritage Centre’s From the Coromandel Coast to the Straits digital exhibition. The exhibition explores ancient trade, religious, political, and cultural contacts between the Tamils of the Coromandel Coast and Southeast Asia from the early years of the Common Era.
5. Little Forest Virtual Classes
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When: 4 Jun – 27 Jun 2020
Fare: $8 - $28
Little Forest is a CreativeU Academy that provides creative dance, drama, music, sports, and culinary classes based on the Constructivism theory for children from 6 months to 6 years old. And they’re offering a series of online programs, from dance and storytelling sessions to parent-child classes, to keep your little ones engaged at home.
Photo credits Little Forest
6. Heritage Conservation Centre Behind The Scenes
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Have you ever wondered about what happens to the artworks and artifacts when they’re not in the museums? They’re stored at the Heritage Conservation Centre, Singapore’s repository, and conservation facility for the management and preservation of Singapore’s National Collection. And you can go Behind The Scenes of this institution to find out what goes on such as how artworks are conserved, the cataloging process of the collection as well as how the artifacts are stored in this mini three-part series.
7. The TENG Ensemble’s Renditions of Popular Hits
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Sit back and relax with a series of rousing renditions of popular hits brought to you by The TENG Ensemble through a blend of Eastern and Western tunes. Look forward to upbeat renditions of popular songs such as Bad Guy by Billie Eilish and a medley of Bruno Mars’ greatest tracks.
If you can’t get enough of them, keep an eye out for the Relive Series, a collection of live performances from The TENG Ensemble’s archives.
8. SPCA: Background Homes
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With circuit breaker measures currently in place, many organizations have been affected, including the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Although adoption drives and fundraising events have been suspended, SPCA hopes to continue bringing awareness to the shelter animals and they’ve found a way to do it with the ‘Background Homes’ initiative.
‘Background Homes’ offers a series of virtual backgrounds featuring adorable quips by animals that are up for adoption in snazzy home settings that you can use to spice up your zoom meetings.
Photo credits SPCA
You can download the backgrounds on the website where you can also learn more about adoption and fostering, or make a contribution to the cause. If you’re interested in adopting, you can sign-up for updates to know when the adoption services continue after the circuit breaker.
9. BarreWorks Baby Ballet Online Trial
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When: 6 Jun 2020 | 9.30 am – 10.00 am
BarreWorks is offering free online trial (U.P. $30) for Baby Ballet, suitable for young ones ages 3 to 4 years on 6 Jun 2020, Saturday. You can book for the class via WhatsApp (+65 9664 6551) or you can also drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, if you register for Term 3 on the day of the trial, they’ll be waiving the $50 registration fee! And your little tots will also receive a pair of complimentary ballet shoes worth $35!
10. Wan Qing Dumpling Festival 2020: Digital Edition
Photo credits Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
When: 1 Jun – 30 Jun 2020
Although we can’t have a festival on the ground during this time, you can still celebrate the annual Wan Qing Dumpling Festival. With a series of digital offerings lined-up for the whole month of June, from Animated Storytelling and DIY Craft Activities to Game Contests, you’ll get to uncover ancient Chinese myths and practices from the comfort of your home!
11. #UnderstandEverything from Home with ACM
Photo credits Asian Civilisations Museum
When: 1 Jan – 31 Dec 2020
Not only can you look forward to the digital edition of Saturdays@ACM this month, which will bring dramatized storytelling and craft activities to you, but you can also look forward to keeping your little ones engaged with a series of trail activities and videos that will introduce your kids to the world of Asian art and culture.
Additionally, you can explore the museum’s vast collection of artefacts, ranging from tools and utensils to weapons and sculptures of deities online! What’s more, we’ll soon be able to get up-close to selected objects from ACM’s collection with AR as the museum will be launching its virtual twin in the fourth quarter of 2020!
12. NGS: Small Big Dreamers
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When: 1 Jun – 28 Mar 2021
The National Gallery of Singapore’s biennial children’s festival, Small Big Dreamers, returns with a digital edition this year. #SmallBigDreamersAtHome, which hopes to ignite children’s imagination through art creation and creative play from wherever they are, will be bringing you an exciting line-up of interactive games, quizzes, hands-on activities, and videos inspired by the works of Singapore and Southeast Asian artists.
13. Run For Nature
Photo credits MeshMinds
When: 5 Jun 2020
Run For Nature is a new AR game on Instagram and Facebook created by MeshMinds in partnership with the UN Environment Programme to encourage better behavior towards wild habitats.
The game can be played by both the young and young at heart. First, you choose your hero animal – orangutan, sea turtle or polar bear. Then you will have to avoid obstacles that harm the habitats of these endangered species and save as many of their fellow endangered species as possible by simply tilting your head.
Players are invited to pledge #ForNature by sharing personalized photos and videos of their high scores to their Stories
14. National Library Board’s Expanding Digital Offerings
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When: From 2 Jun 2020 onwards
National Library Board rolled out a series of digital offerings during the circuit breaker period, from storytelling sessions in different languages and newly curated eBooks to hands-on activities, and they continue to expand their digital offerings as we phase-out of the circuit breaker measures! There’s something for everyone, from quizzes and brain teasers suitable for children to learning packages for adults and videos for seniors.