Where to go for the June 2019 school break?
1. Bali, Indonesia
Apart from being an ideal beach destination for a family vacation, Bali also has plenty to offer travellers with young children. Bali Treetop Adventure is a great place for kids to climb, jump and fly without fear of serious injury. For those chafing from all the salt in the water, a trip to Waterbom Bali for a day of splashing in clean pools is definitely what the doctor ordered. Finally, those hungering for a glimpse of the deep can do so at Ultimate Seawalker Experience. You can slip on a helmet and get up close and personal with the creatures of the deep — no diving license required! Only a short flight from Singapore, Bali is conveniently easy to get to for the Singapore school holidays.
2. Phuket, Thailand
School holidays are the perfect time to squeeze in a family vacation and get some quality time with the ones you love. Phuket, Thailand’s best-known resort area, is a warm and welcoming place for the family to relax and grow closer. From relaxing on pristine beaches to island hopping adventures, to exploring weekend markets, Phuket has culture, adventure, and relaxation all wrapped up in one small island paradise. Bang Thao Beach is ideal for families, with gently lapping waves, great food, and lots of amenities along the promenade. For something less salinated, head for Phuket’s Splash Jungle. The kids can have the time of their lives sliding and splashing about in the sun. For a gorgeous and surreal visual treat, take in the Siam Niramit show. Here, you’ll see Thailand’s exciting history unfold in technicolour.
3. Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is a popular choice for families for its many charms. This beautiful seaside city has all the nostalgia of the old world and the excitement and optimism of the new. Known for its art and music, families can also find access to beaches, nature, sports and fun. You can also get around by tram without worrying about hiring a car or expensive taxi fares. Take the family for a ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, where you can get a view of the whole countryside. Animal Land Children’s Farm is also a great place for your little ones to interact with cute and furry animals. Finally, Queen Victoria Market is a sensory wonderland of fresh produce and fantastic products that your kids will love.
4. Tokyo, Japan
A trip to Tokyo with the family will win you tons of bonus points! Your little ones will surely be clamouring for a visit to Tokyo Disneyland. Afterwards, head to one of the towering monuments on the east side of town, like Tokyo Tower or the Tokyo Sky Tree, to take in the jaw-dropping skyline of the city. A trip to the famed bustling fish market, Tsukiji fish market, will reward early risers with some of the freshest sashimi you’ll ever taste. For a slice of history, head to Tokyo’s Edo Museum to see how it all began in this world capital.
5. London, UK
The month-long June school holidays give you ample time to explore places further away. London, the crown jewel of the British Empire, is alive with both rich history and exciting modernity. For fantasy fans, the Harry Potter tour is a must. The whole family will also enjoy the epic Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Hyde Park is a great place to unwind for an afternoon, with heaps of space for the kids to run around. Sporty dads will definitely enjoy a trip to one of the many football stadiums in town. Cheer for your favourite Premier League team elbow-to-elbow with your fellow fans, and it’s never too early to teach your kids the rules of the game!
6. Osaka, Japan
Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, contains just as much thrills and excitement as its rival to the east. It contains all the attractions you’d expect from a Japanese city, like traditional castles (Osaka-jo) and theme parks (Universal Studios Osaka). You are also short train rides away from UNESCO World Heritage sites like Kyoto and Nara. This means the malls, stalls and beef of Kobe can be reached in no time at all! With Japan’s extensive train network, all the major sites are one short ride away from Osaka. So if you’re looking for a convenient starting point to have the complete Japan experience, you may just have found it.
7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Our neighbour to the north is an obvious choice for some makan and some lepak should you be looking for a quick trip during the school holidays. If your kids are scientifically inclined, they will learn a thing or two at Petronas Discovery Centre. It features many hands-on displays that will turn your kids on to the wonders of science. Berjaya Times Square is a fantastic mega mall with its own internal theme park, where your kids can experience thrills and spills as you do your shopping. If you get the urge to revisit the old kampong days or show your kids what farming is like, pay a visit to Farm in the City. Here, your kids can interact with critters in the petting zoo or sample fruits and vegetables grown only metres away from where they stand.
8. Taipei, Taiwan
Taiwan is an underrated destination with lots to offer travelling families looking for food, fun and more. In the city, take your kids’ breath away at the Observation Deck atop Taipei 101. For a food binge and shopping spree, as well as a glimpse of Taiwan’s hipster side, head over to Maji Maji square to fill your stomachs and shopping bags. Later, escape the city by heading to Yangmingshan National Park for a soak in one of the many hot springs there. Tien Lai actually has a mineral water slide, which your kids will love.
9. Hong Kong, China
Feel the pulse of the Pearl of the Orient with your family during the school holidays. One of the most exciting cities around, Hong Kong is just a short hop from Singapore and is wonderfully easy to get around in. The food will keep everyone happy and full, the shopping will woo the ladies and there are tons of attractions that will keep the kids entertained. Think Disneyland and Ocean Park, just to name a few. For something tame yet spectacular, take in the sights of the harbour on a ride with the Star Ferry. For an extra memorable evening, watch the Symphony of Lights with the entire family.
10. Bangkok, Thailand
You can’t live in Singapore and not make the short trip to one of the world’s most talked about cities, Bangkok. There is a certain buzz in this bustling city, where day and night the city pulses with life. For culture, take your loved ones to one of Bangkok’s many temples, such as Wat Pho. The canal tours are a breezy and cooling option on hot days. Why not add a nice cup of Thai iced tea to sweeten the deal? If your kids are animal lovers, then take them to Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World, a world-class aquarium where they can see some of the sea’s most majestic denizens. They’ll also love Safari World where they can witness exotic animals performing remarkable feats. For something a bit more rustic, hop on a boat and head north to Koh Kred island, and enjoy a peaceful afternoon of renowned Thai hospitality.
11. Perth, Australia
Fans of nature and the great outdoors will find plenty to love about Perth, though there’s also lots of shopping and culture to tempt the city kids. King’s Park is a centrally-located and lushly landscaped urban oasis that you will enjoy exploring. The Perth Mint is historic and educational, with exhibits, displays and hands-on demonstrations of money. A bit further afield you’ll find Caversham Wildlife Park, where your kids can get up close and personal with some of Australia’s unique wildlife. Down in wine region, Amaze’n Margaret River is a fascinating playground that will enchant the family. Feeling adventurous? Travel outside of the city into the surrounding areas. Explore other charming towns like Fremantle, or get a taste of the Australian countryside at Whiteman Park.
12. Sydney, Australia
Australia’s biggest city is the perfect-sized playground for you and your family during the Singapore school holidays. From its historic city centre to the sights and sounds of its various neighbourhoods, Sydney has so much that will surprise and delight. Visit Sydney’s Olympic Park for all kinds of opportunities to catch some Aussie Rules or a game of rugby. If water sports are more your thing, head straight for the aquatic centre. Take in the sights from atop the Sydney Tower Eye, a gorgeous vista of the entire area. Get a taste of Sydney’s amazing culinary scene at one of their weekend food markets, such as The Rocks Friday Foodie Market. When you’re tired of urbanity, world-famous Bondi Beach is just a short ride away.
13. Seoul, South Korea
For a glimpse of Korea’s long and rich history, take the troop to the Korean Folk Village to learn about the way that past generations of Koreans used to live. Next, take a ride from the base of Namsan Mountain to the Namsan Tower and enjoy the views from its lofty heights. You can’t leave without paying a visit to Lotte World. Located in the heart of the city, it’s filled with rides, an ice rink, parades, museums and much, much more. Oh, and there’s shopping and plenty of culinary adventures to be had as well!
14. Shanghai, China
Shanghai is more family-friendly than people give it credit for, and your kids can find days of fun in this exciting city. Start your day in Shanghai’s biggest green space, Century Park. It is packed with playgrounds, mazes and places for kite-flying. Fuxing Park is another place ideal for chilling out in a serene oasis amidst the hustle and bustle. It’s located in the French Concession and was first developed by French colonists in 1909. Try a tai chi class for a real taste of local life. Huang Pu, the massive river that flows through the heart of the city, is an attraction in itself. A cruise along its banks provides some of the best views of the impressive skyline. Of course, don’t forget to indulge in some authentic xiao long bao while you’re in Shanghai!
15. Manila, Philippines
The capital of the Philippines is an excellent jump-off point for some wonderful attractions for the whole family to enjoy on the island of Luzon. Hidden Valley Springs is a secluded resort in a crater of an extinct forest volcano. The sights you’ll discover while exploring this area will not be soon forgotten, including grand 100-year old trees. You can also find a handful of natural pools, which includes two shallow ones for your tykes. Subic Bay is another destination that all will enjoy. It was once an American Naval Base and now a paradise for divers and other activities like boat rides. Skyranch is a leisure park featuring the Tagaytay Eye, the country’s tallest Ferris Wheel standing at 63 metres. Here, you will be able to see the breathtaking view of Mt. Taal, which is the world’s smallest volcano.
16. Penang, Malaysia
Penang makes a perfect destination for the whole family. With plenty of cheap flights departing daily from Singapore, great value accommodation and arguably the best hawker scene in Southeast Asia, what’s not to like? Choose to stay at the beach on Batu Ferringhi and treat the kids to a day at Escape theme park. For an alternative experience, pack the family in a boat to explore beautiful Penang National Park. The hustle and bustle of historic Georgetown is a must-see. From clan jetties to hawker stalls whipping up insanely good noodles, the town is packed with fun experiences.
17. Chennai, India
Exotic Chennai is a good place to sample the delights of southern India, especially for delectable pure veg curries! The long and inviting coastline north and south of the city is perfect for a bit of beach fun. Those who are interested in learning about surfing should head to Covelong and sign up for lessons. The nearby town of Pondicherry is heavily influenced by France. Naturally, the Franco-Indian dishes on offer in restaurants here are out of this world!
18. Staycation in Singapore
…and finally our very own Singapore! You don’t need to get on a plane to enjoy the school holidays with your family. Take the kids to Universal Studios for a treat that will fill their imaginations. Or, give them their dose of greenery with outings to Sungei Buloh or a day cycling around Pulau Ubin. Grab a hotel in town and hang out in the hip cafes of Tiong Bahru before heading to Sentosa for a sunset refreshment and dip in the sea! Rediscover Singapore this June with a staycation and enjoy all those things on our Little Red Dot that you never seem to get round to doing!
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Originally published in February 2016 and updated in March 2019. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.