Do you also find it challenging to find activities for your children to do during the school holidays?
Here’s a list of 9 healthy and fun activities that you can do as a family. These activities will not only make your family’s bond stronger but also will kill boredom and improve your overall health.
Go to a water park
There’s no better way to combat heat than to spend the day at a water park. The best part is that Singapore has many water parks, from public ones in the heartlands of Singapore to the premium ones at Sentosa. There are water parks inside the shopping malls too. All you need to do is make certain that your kids are well-hydrated and carry and apply a good sunblock.
Cook a meal together
Just find one of the simplest and healthiest recipes by dietitians of Mount Elizabeth Hospitals. Then you should let your kid find the ingredients and buy them. Then they can prepare the meal together with you. Apart from helping them cultivate healthy eating habits from a young age, this activity would also prove to be a good bonding time for the family. If your kids are young, you can engage them in activities like plucking leaves off vegetables.
Wake your children up early and take them on early morning hikes. You can head to MacRitchie Reservoir Park while it’s still cool and enjoy its scenic treetop walk, the water playground at Punggol Waterway Park or to Pulau Ubin will help you to enjoy a trip back in time and see what Singapore used to look like before.
Hiking is a fantastic cardio workout that can help boost your children’s mood, build bone health and improve balance. Also taking in new sights and sounds is a unique thing to experience. Just make sure you carry some water and healthy snacks along to the hike.
Holidays are the perfect opportunity to teach your kids how to cycle. Cycling will not only improve your children’s bone health but also build their stamina and enhance their heart’s health. Kids will also be able to balance and coordinate better. When children finally learn to balance on a two-wheel bicycle, they experience a sense of confidence and achievement which helps in shaping their attitude in life.
Indulge in dance sessions
Whenever your kid is feeling irritable and is reluctant to head out, all you need to do is put some dance music and have them dance to it. Dance is an instant mood-lifter, a surprisingly intensive workout, and helps increase their heart rate. As per studies, just 30 minutes of daily exercise like dancing that increases the heart rate, also improves their heart health.
Go out to see local farms
There are plenty of farms in Singapore where you can take your kids. Visiting farms proves to be a breath of fresh air for your children. Moreover, it’s educational and deepens their understanding of food sources. Also, you can support local businesses by picking up some organic and locally-grown produce to cook.
Art jamming takes care of your kid’s emotional health. Planning family art jam sessions is perfect when you want to keep your children from always using that tablet.
Indulging in art allows your kid to indulge in creativity and express their feelings and thoughts. As per research, creating visual art also improves psychological resilience.
Take workout classes together
Many places in Singapore offer classes for parents and children. If you set aside a fixed period each week to workout with your kids, the time spent together will strengthen your bond. This will also enable you and your children to have an active lifestyle. According to a study, 4 to 7-year-olds found that children with two active parents were nearly six times more likely to be active, and even if one parent is inactive, the children would still be more than three times more likely to be active than children with two inactive parents.
Head to the playground
Going to the playground or park give children the opportunity of unstructured play time, where they can learn to socialise and interact with other kids their age. The wide space also allows them to run freely. You can even organise a mini sports day for the children, including heart-healthy activities.
The inspiration for this article has been taken from Health Plus Section, a source of credible health information by Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, Singapore.