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31 May 2016

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Things to do if you're coming back home for summer!

No matter how long you’ve been away from Singapore, there’s always something to discover (or re-discover) when you make a trip home.

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No matter how long you’ve been away from Singapore, there’s always something to discover (or re-discover) when you make a trip home. Here are some activities for you and your family if you are back home this summer!

 

1. Connect your children with their roots through Camp@Home

The adorable Camp@Home participants on the bumboat en route to Pulau Ubin
The adorable Camp@Home participants on the bumboat en route to Pulau Ubin (Image source:
OverseasSingaporean Facebook page)

Camp@Home is a three-day non-residential programme for overseas Singaporean children aged 7-12 years old. This fun, educational journey will have participants learning about Singapore’s rich heritage and multi-racial diversity through visiting historical and ethnic districts, and even spending a day at a local primary school!

Your children can also keep connected with Singapore through our Children’s Corner, a treasure trove of fun and informational online resources. They can learn more about Singapore by reading the Red & White e-Newsletter, trying their hand at colouring postcards, making paper crafts, and learning more about local games.

Registration for this year’s Camp@Home is now open. You can also view past Camp@Home highlights here and here.

 

2. Rediscover Singapore’s heritage through walking tours and museum visits

Get reacquainted with your hometown by walking her streets and hearing her stories, via these tours and trails: 

  • The National Heritage Board’s (NHB) online resource, Roots.sg, has a wealth of information about Singapore’s heritage. It also lists suggested self-guided heritage trails across the island.
  • Another NHB initiative, Monumental Walking Tours, offers guided insights into the history of Singapore’s National Monuments. Information about the latest tours can be found here.
  • Learn more about historical residential estates like Queenstown and Tiong Bahru, and find out the stories behind their heritage.
  • Spend an educational family day out at any of our museums, with accompanying activity sheets for the young ones. Read here for more information and to download the resources.
  • Or make plans to visit the next Istana Open House, either on Hari Raya Puasa (6 July) or National Day (held on 30 July in lieu of the actual day). 

 

3. Learn about National Service through the NS Familiarisation Visit 2016

A participant getting hands-on with the camouflage face paint at the NS Familiarisation Visit
A participant getting hands-on with the camouflage face paint at the NS Familiarisation Visit (Image source: OverseasSingaporean Facebook page)

This first-hand insight into army life is open to overseas Singaporean males aged 15-18 in the year 2016. Participants and their parents can learn more about what the life of a full time national serviceman is like, on this day-visit to the Basic Military Training Centre at Pulau Tekong,

This year’s session will be held on 16 July and registration is open now till 7 June. Pictures from last year’s visit can be viewed here.

 

4. Refresh yourself in our Garden City

One of the landscapes, Sacred Grove, on display at the Singapore Garden Festival
One of the landscapes, Sacred Grove, on display at the Singapore Garden Festival (Image source: Singapore Garden Festival)

Celebrate our Garden City roots at the annual Singapore Garden Festival, held at Gardens by the Bay from 23-31 July. This premier international garden and flower event celebrates its 10th year with its largest edition yet, where visitors can enter a magical world filled with novel garden and floral creations. Highlights include ‘Landscape and Fantasy Gardens’, ‘Floral Windows to the World’, and a one-stop horticultural marketplace. Visit the official website for more information.

You could also organise a family picnic at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore’s First UNESCO World Heritage Site, or find out more about upcoming tours and performances here.

 

5. Reacquaint your taste buds with local fare

Visitors at Singapore Food Festival’s signature event STREAT, an exciting showcase of popular dishes from a selection of hawkers and chefs
Visitors at Singapore Food Festival’s signature event STREAT, an exciting showcase of popular dishes from a selection of hawkers and chefs (Image source: Singapore Tourism Board)

No trip is ever complete without indulging in mouth-watering local fare. Whet your appetite at the upcoming Singapore Food Festival 2016 (SFF 2016), and look forward to highlights like STREAT, Singapore Favourite Food Village, The 50 Cents Fest! and Kueh Appreciation Day. More details will be made available at the official SFF 2016 website.

 

6. Get active with your family

Family and friends enjoying themselves at poolside gym facilities
Family and friends enjoying themselves at poolside gym facilities (Image source: ActiveSG)

Keeping to a regular exercise regime while back home can help to balance out all the eating! Aside from keeping fit, doing sports is also a fun way to bond with your family. ActiveSG, the national sporting movement, provides opportunities to do so, with discounts across a range of sporting activities, like these programmes for the school holidays and these studio workouts. Activate your ActiveSG account and find out more about members’ benefits here.

 

7. Join in Singapore’s 51st birthday celebrations

If your trip is timely enough to coincide with National Day, then there’s even more reason to celebrate! The theme for this year’s National Day Parade is ‘Building our Singapore of Tomorrow’. Visit our website regularly for updates and details on upcoming National Day activities.

We hope you enjoy your time back home, with all the things to see and do - just don’t forget to stay hydrated during the humid, summer months in Singapore!

You can also keep up to date with the latest reads prior to your return via our website and Facebook page.

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