The 28th SEA Games kicks off today with a highly-anticipated opening ceremony, and will run until June 16, 2015. If you haven’t bought tickets for any of the competitions, now’s the time – it’s a great way to keep your little ones occupied during the June school holidays. And who knows, your child could even be inspired to pick up a new sport.

Tickets for some sports (such as swimming, fencing and wushu) are sold out, but there are plenty more still available for others, like basketball, cycling, diving and taekwondo. Do note that some events, such as cycling and dragonboat, are non-ticketed – spectators will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to venue capacity, so be sure to turn up early.

Competitions aside, don’t forget to soak up the festivities at the 28th SEA Games Sports Carnival, held at the Singapore Sports Hub through June 16. Carnival-goers can try their hand at sports such as boxing (albeit with giant gloves), hockey golf and laser tag.

There’s also a Junior Zone for kids, with a giant slide, an obstacle-course bouncy castle, and an inflatable rock climbing wall.

Grown-ups shouldn’t miss the free hot air balloon rides at the carnival – available only for visitors above 18 years and 1.4m tall. There’ll also be a photo booth, face-painting activities and complimentary Milo drinks for one and all.

Log on to to purchase your tickets for ticketed sports; admission to the carnival is free.

Looking for more things to do with the kids these holidays? Check these out:
See the koalas at the Singapore Zoo 
Play a tablet game with your kids 
Visit the museums for Children’s Season 2015
Watch The Gingerbread Man