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Post-Exam Picks for Kids

Now, that they've worked hard, it's time to PLAY HARD!  Here's the EduCommunity pick of fun events and programmes to help your little ones (and YOU) relax after the stress of exams.

1. Big Eyes, Big Minds - Singapore International Children's Film Festivalalt
May 15, 2011 - May 22, 2011
The Arts House
Film tickets: $11.50; workshop tickets: $40/$45
For more info:

Give your kids a treat after mid-year exams by taking them to watch entertaining and enriching films from all over the world! Happening for the very first time, Big Eyes, Big Minds - Singapore International Children's Film Festival offers a unique selection of films that are specially made for kids, about kids and sometimes, even by kids themselves. Carefully programmed for specific age groups ranging from 2 to 18 years old, these quality films will entertain, stretch your child's imagination and broaden their perspectives. There are also exciting acting workshops to engage the budding actor and scriptwriter in your child. Visit website to purchase tickets and view programme schedules.

2. Under The Baobab Tree - Play
May 18, 2011 - Jun 05, 2011
Alliance Francaise Theatre
Tues - Fri: 9.15am, 11.15am, 2.30pm
Sat - Sun (21/22/28/29 May): 11.15am, 2.30pm
Sat - Sun (4/5 Jun): 9.15am, 11.15pm
Price: $18 - $24
For more info:

The Baobab tree is considered sacred among the villagers in Africa. They believe that if you had problems you could not solve, you sleep under the tree and the solutions will come in the a form of a dream to help you along. And that is how the Baobab tree also became known as the 'dream tree'.

alt3. Play Time @ The Pool
May 01, 2010 - May 31, 2011
Mount Faber Safra
Saturdays : 2pm - 6pm Sundays : 9am - 1pm
For more info:

Join Iggy and friends at the swimming pool for fun-filled water games, tug-of-war, lifejacket diving, animal floats and a whole lots more! There will also be creative and interesting children's art and craft sessions at the poolside! Come play with them!

4. Cold Storage Kids Run 2011 Race Pack Collection
May 14, 2011 - May 15, 2011
F1 Pit Building
11am - 8pm
Price: Free admission
For more info: http://www.kidsrun.com.sg
Come on down with the family to the F1 Pit Building to pick up your event tee, race bibs and awesome goodies. Don’t forget to bring your confirmation slips.
Registrants or not, it’s a great weekend activity for the family. The kids will be kept entertained with fun activities such as story telling sessions, drum performances and a mini obstacle course. A great way for the kids to expend their energy.

5. Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach - Play
May 15, 2011 - May 29, 2011
Ulu Pandan CC Theatrette
Sat: 11am & 2pm
Sun: 1pm & 3pm
Price: 15 May: $20
21 - 29 May: $24
For more information: http://www.theplayerstheatre.org/

Another wonderful Roald Dahl classic comes to vivid life on the Players Theatre stage. From the same Children’s Theatre Company that brought you The Twits, The BFG, Fantastic Mr Fox and Charlotte’s Web.
Young orphan James is sent to live with his horrible Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. Life is hard until a mysterious stranger arrives with a bag of enchanted crystals. Suddenly, magic abounds. James finds and ENORMOUS peach growing in his yard and discovers the talking insects living within. And with that, his remarkable adventure begins! James and his friends must use their individual skills and work together to save the peach from marauding sharks, dangerous Cloud-Men, and a tricky landing in New York City.Come join James on his magical journey of self-discovery, as he learns to believe in himself and discovers the courage he carries within. Book your tickets early before they sell-out.

6. Sculptural Tales - Workshopalt
May 23, 2011 - May 28, 2011
Chapel Gallery, Sculpture Square
9.30am – 4pm
Price: $15
For more info: http://www.sculpturesq.com.sg

Adapting works and characters from children stories and fairytales such as Thumbelina, Hansel & Gretel, The Jungle Book and more, ‘Sculptural Tales’ will delight its participants in re-living some of these stories through the making of three-dimensional art works in the workshops. Anticipate the excitement of perhaps making a gingerbread man from Hansel & Gretel or the one of the adorable birds from fairytales such as Cinderella and Snow White – there will be something fun and witty for every participant to learn.

All participants are welcome to submit their completed works for the follow-up exhibition after the carnival in June 2011. Gift prizes and certificates to be won for top three awards for each category.

7. Zoolympix
May 23, 2011 - Jun 12, 2011
Singapore Zoo
10am - 4pm
Price: $2 per Zoolympix passport
Normal park admission charges apply.
For more info: http://www.zoo.com.sg

The annual Zoolympix at the Singapore Zoo returns this year with a new theme centering around the International Year of the Forests and more challenging activities to put young ones to the test.‘Olympians of the animal kingdom’ will get to show off their athletic abilities in a series of challenges that will test their agility, speed, accuracy and brain power.Adrenaline pumping stations will be scattered around the rainforest-themed zoo, and participants who accumulate the highest score of the day at each station will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, which profiles a daily Zoolympix champion.In addition, young visitors can enjoy optional activities such as face painting and air-brush tattoos for those looking for a more laid back day at the zoo.

8. Children's Season 2011: The PlayDome - Kaleidoscope of Dreams
May 14, 2011 - Jun 26, 2011
National Museum of Singapore, The PlayDome, L3
Tue - Sun: 10am - 6pm
Price: $11
For more info: http://www.museums.com.sg

From 14 May to 26 June 2011, the National Museum of Singapore will be transformed into A Kaleidoscope of Dreams with engaging family activities and children-centric programmes for Children’s Season 2011. Titled The PlayDome – Kaleidoscope of Dreams, this year’s Children’s Season aims to extend the museum experience to inspire and educate the young. One of the highlights include the international premiere of Museum of Dreams, a special performance with no dialogue that will be told through live physical performance, puppetry and projection, which promises to engage and transport audiences to a world of dreams.

alt9. The Lion King Musical
Mar 03, 2011 - May 31, 2011
Marina Bay Sands Theatre
Tue - Fri: 8pm
Sat and Sun: 2pm & 8pm
Price: $240, $185, $165, $125, $85, $65
For more info: 

Catch this amazing musical before it ends its run at the end of the month! Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi-award winning musical THE LION KING will redefine your expectations of theatre. Brilliantly reimagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor, Disney’s beloved film has been transformed into a spectacular theatrical experience which has won over 70 major international theatre awards.

The Lion King explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Academy Award-winning ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba - the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.


10. Merlion Hotel Opens
Mar 13, 2011 - May 15, 2011
The Merlion Hotel, One Fullerton
10am - 7pm
Price: Free admission for day viewing, $150 for 1-night stay
(Overnight stays are from 4 Apr - 5 May)
For more info: http://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg


Tatzu Nishi’s The Merlion Hotel, is one of many key commissioned pieces of Southeast Asia’s leading Biennale, held in Singapore from 13 March - 15 May 2011.This one-of-a-kind installation piece will transform Singapore’s beloved iconic landmark into a temporary luxurious hotel suite, open in the day for public viewing and in the evening for overnight stays.

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