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Mum’s guide to holiday planning: Best times and places to go with kids

Between taking care of the kids, doing your day job, and all the other things you do for your family, it’s about time someone gave you a hand. When it comes to planning your family holiday, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to go with kids so you know exactly where and when to go on vacation. We’ve even worked out when you need to take leave days — so that’s one less thing to worry about!

When are the public and school holidays this year?

Planning a family holiday can be tricky. You have to balance public holidays, annual leave days, and your kids’ school holidays. To shorten your search, here are some quick links to the holidays you have this year.

Long weekends in 2019 – Take advantage of long weekends for a quick escape!

Public holidayLong Weekend Dates
Good Friday19-21 April
(Fri to Sun)
Vesak Day18-20 May
(Sat to Mon)
National Day & Hari Raya Haji9-11 August
(Fri to Mon)
Deepavali26-28 October
(Sat to Mon)

*following Monday is a public holiday

Now that you know when to go. Be inspired with these June school holiday flight deals. You can save as much as 20% if you book in March.

Best dates to go on a family holiday in 2019

As parents, you’ll most likely have to plan your family holiday around school holidays. Here’s a quick guide to the public holidays that coincide with school holiday periods this year to help you in your trip-planning. June and December are great periods to plan for longer trips as you can “hack” your way to more vacation days!

Semester 1

  • School holidays: Saturday 1 June to Sunday 30 June
  • Public holidays during this period: Wednesday 5th June (Hari Raya Puasa)
  • For a 9-day holiday from 1st to 9th June: take 4 annual leave days (3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th June)

Semester 2

  • School holidays: Saturday 16 November to Tuesday 31 December
  • Public holidays during this period: Wednesday 25th December (Christmas Day)
  • For a 9-day holiday from 21st to 29th December: take 4 annual leave days (23rd, 24th, 26th, and 27th December)
  • For a 12-day holiday from 21st December to 1st January: take 6 annual leave days (23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th, 30th, and 31st December)

Places to go with kids for the June holidays

Where to go for June school holidays: 18 family vacation ideas: Looking for some inspiration on places to visit with kids? Here’s a super-comprehensive list of 18 places to go with kids for this year’s school holidays.

Best places for families to visit this June: Whether you’re an adventurous, outdoorsy, laid-back, or beach-loving family, these 8 family vacation ideas will get your trip-planning juices flowing!

Places to go with kids for the December holidays

Christmas with the family in Hong Kong: Looking for places to go with kids this December? How about escaping the heat for a bit? From celebrating Christmas cheer with all-time favourite Disney characters to watching fireworks on the harbour, Hong Kong’s got what it takes for a festive winter family holiday. Here’s a 6-day itinerary of family-friendly things to do and places to go with kids in Hong Kong to give you more ideas!

Great family holiday destinations for long weekends

There are plenty of places to go with kids that are just a short plane ride away from Singapore. Here’s a list of kid-friendly places you could head to for your next long weekend family getaway!

Jakarta: Discover Jakarta’s history and heritage with a visit to the Jakarta History Museum. Then, the kids can then go wild at Dunia Fantasi theme park or Atlantis Water Adventure park. Animal lovers can also visit Taman Safari, a huge safari park in Bogor (small city 60km from Jakarta) that’s home to over 2,500 animals! Flight time from Singapore to Jakarta is around 1 hour 35 minutes.

Bali: Only 2.5 hours by plane from Singapore, Bali is a great long weekend destination for the whole family. From soaking up culture at Tanah Lot to snorkelling with tropical fishes, there are plenty of activities to keep the kids active and engaged the whole weekend. There are 140 flights per week and 12 airlines flying direct from Singapore to Bali.

Hong Kong: Saving up for longer family vacation trips doesn’t mean you can’t take a few long weekend breaks from time to time. Here’s a guide on how to visit Hong Kong for 3D/2N with a family of three for under $1000!

Bangkok: More commonly known as a shopping and foodie destination, Bangkok is also a great place to introduce your kids to the sights, smells, and sounds of a different city. There are over 200 flights from Singapore to Bangkok each week, and flight time is only 2 hours. Experience the Floating Market, and maybe even give your kids their first lesson on how to haggle. You should also pay a visit to the largest aquarium in South East Asia, Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World.

Where to stay on your kid-friendly holidays

Top 10 family-friendly hotels: A good night’s rest is imperative! You need to be rested for fun-filled days out, and the kids may be less likely to throw grumpy tantrums. From Kuala Lumpur to Taipei, here’s a list of the best family hotels to check in to for your kid-friendly holidays.

Family villas in Bali: If you’re looking to escape the overcrowded resorts for a change, how about checking your family into private villas instead? Not only will you not have to fight to get a spot by the pool, but the privacy of the villa will also give you and your loved ones a chance to spend more quality time together.

6 best family hotels in Penang: On top of child-friendly facilities, many of these hotels have in-house Kids’ Clubs to keep your little ones busy whilst you have a little R&R of your own.

More family vacation ideas

Best places to go with kids in Asia: Out of ideas on where to go with kids for a family holiday? Here are 10 hassle-free family holiday destinations that are packed with kid-friendly activities for a fun and memorable vacation.


Looking for more family vacation ideas? There are tons of great places to go with kids throughout the year. Get great flight deals or download our free mobile app for Android or mobile app for iOS to search for the best deals and book on the go!

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Originally published on 6th March 2019. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.

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