Optimising the September 2013 School Holidays

Preschooler & Up | August 19, 2013 | By

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The school year is progressing fast and we are approaching the end of term three. Make the most of the upcoming week-long break by letting your young ones broaden their horizons, learn new skills, and make new friends.

Nature Photography
The Nature Photographic Society is collaborating with National Parks Board and Singapore Botanic Gardens to organise a parent-and-child workshop. Each parent-child team, armed with at least a digital compact camera or a digital SLR, will capture nature through the child’s eyes. Bring along a tripod and macro lens too, if you have these.

When 14 September 2013, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Cost $120 per parent-child pair
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Creative Culinaire
There are junior baking and cooking classes designed for children between five and 12 years old. Children will learn to bake breads, have fun with fondant and decoration, and make adorable cupcakes, as well as prepare, roll, and cook their own pasta dough and meatballs. After class, you can bring your child to enjoy a Kids Burger Set Meal ($8, with complimentary ice cream) at the adjoining Caffe Pralet.

When 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 September 2013, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Where 17, Eng Hoon Street # 01-03, Eng Hoon Mansions
Cost $50 per child per class
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Shadow Puppetry Workshop for Parent and Child
Part of the 8th Singapore International Storytelling Festival (SISF), this workshop on shadow puppetry will introduce participants to shadow puppets from Asia. They will also be taught how to make a simple shadow puppet from paper and to work in groups to create a story. Materials will be provided. The instructor is from Teatrong Mulat, a children’s theatre and shadow puppetry troupe in the Philippines.

When 7 September 2013, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Where Blue Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane
Cost $30 per parent and child set, or $25 per adult and $10 per child
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RoboKnights
Robotics Connection together with Bedok Point, Centre for Robotics Learning and Secret Chamber, is holding this workshop for children aged seven to 12 years old. In total there are about 100 different robots that children can make. At the end of each session, a mini competition – for the fastest chariot, strongest catapult, and sumo knights – will be held. Participate in all sessions – there are four – to complete the Robotic Basic Level 1 course. Parents are welcome to form a team with their children.

When 7 to 15 September 2013
Where RoboKnights
Cost S$50 per child per workshop and S$90 per child per competition
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Gardener’s Day Out
This year’s event offers talks and demos by experts and community gardeners, a gardening bazaar, and a host of activities for children. Apart from Garden Tours, children can learn about growing their own herbs and vegetables, as well as being a butterfly explorer. Younger children (from four years old) are welcome to join the nature story-telling and craft activities. Pre-registration is required.

When 7 September 2013, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where HortPark
Cost Family Activities are free or up to $7 per child
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Image 1Kids Vs Film Casting Call
Calling all kids (aged nine to 13 years) who have always wanted to get behind the scenes to direct, produce, edit and even star in their very own Discovery Channel-styled documentary. KIDS VS FILM is an epic filmmaking adventure that gives kids the rare opportunity to play the part of production crew and documentary hosts with one goal in mind – to create two-minute mini-documentaries for kids, by kids. Season one of KIDS VS FILM, hosted by Mohini Sule and Oli Pettigrew, featured kids of different nationalities ranging from Singaporean, Indian and Filipino to American-Columbian and Australian-British.

When 7 September 2013, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where Marriott Hotel, Grand Ballroom
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Visit “Old Macdonald’s” Farm
UK Farm was established in 2003 to produce fresh goat’s milk but it has since expanded its business to include sheep breeding, passion fruit planting and passion fruit products. Day tours and farm-stay packages can be arranged, and attractions and activities include sheep grazing and herding, goat milking, a mini zoo, horse riding and a fruit farm. Cntact the Singapore sales office at sgsales@ukfarm.com.my

Where Project Pertainian Moden Kluang, KM13 Jalan Batu Pahat, Kluang, Johor, Malaysia
Cost Entrance fee: RM35/45 per child and RM40/50 per adult depending on the season.
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Little Architects
Explore key principles of architecture and civil engineering while learning about how buildings are designed and built! From conceptual design to actual model construction, children will bring their imaginations to life and build their very own skyscrapers. This introduces math concepts in a fun and creative way! For children aged four to seven years. Check online for other workshops such as Little Animators and Little Racers.

Where Playing Platypus, #11-01, Forum
Cost $180 for two-day workshops, and $280 for three-day workshops.
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