I remember attending holiday camps as a child, relishing newfound freedom while being slightly terrified by sudden independence. In camps, I gained new skills, made new friends (and promptly lost contact with them after camp!), and learnt to push my own envelope. Camps, it could be said, are the best way to learn through play, ‘cos those sneaky life lessons creep in while you’re having fun all day. Here are some that your kids may enjoy. Do let us know if there are more!


Become A Movie Star

At the Kindernomics MovieStar camp, your child will embark upon an educational cinematic adventure that expands her horizons and explores how movies are made. Children work together to form a script, decide on role-casting, design their own backdrop, costumes, props, and get involved in post-production work. The camp culminates in a big screen movie premiere (parents invited!) hosted the children.
Ages 4 – 7 years
When Nov 21 – 23, 28 – 30 and Dec 5 – 7; 9am to 12.30pm / 2pm to 5.30pm
Details http://www.kindernomics.com/events_and_camps.html

Sleep With The Beasts

It’s a zoo sleepover where you can snore with the beasts in the jungle, the mighty jungle, learn about fascinating animals, soak in the atmosphere of the wild and camp out beneath a blanket of stars. And yes, mum and dad can come along too! Bring your own sleeping bags, pillows, a mini portable fan, and toiletries.
Ages Families with children aged 3 and above
When Dec 15 & 16
Cost (excludes GST) $155 per adult, $130 per child. This includes zoo admission, tram ride, all meals and conducted tours stated in the itinerary.
Details http://education.zoo.com.sg/swtb.html?target=public

Be A Super Chef

Celebrity chef Emmanuel Stroobant’s (Saint Pierre, Picotin, Brussels Sprouts) team of highly trained chefs lead this Christmas-themed Super Chef camp at the Stamford American International School. Under their guidance children will learn the importance of team work and leadership skills while mastering different recipes and gaining confidence in cooking. Emmanuel Stroobant, ‘The Chef In Black’, will lead one masterclass.
Ages 6 – 8 and 9 – 11 years
When Dec 17 – 21, 9am – 3pm
Cost $695 (includes lunch, morning snack, a special outing and a Camp Asia T-Shirt)
Details http://www.campasia.asia/superchefs.html

Get Arty!

Choose from over 50 themes at Art Boot Camp, ranging from I’m a Little Pablo Picasso!!! to 3, 2, 1….Blast Off!!! for three and four year olds. Five year olds and above can learn to love nature in What a Wonderful World!!! or master sleight of hand in Welcome to the Magic Show!
Ages 3 – 14 years
When Various dates till Jan 2013
Cost From $200
Details http://www.artbootcamp.com.sg/prg_workshop.html

Discover Science

These five-day camps are immensely popular. The programmes involve interactive hands-on Science methods, with an emphasis on getting children to think and be creative. The highly interactive and participative methods and approaches have even been incorporated into the new Science syllabi of Primary and Secondary Schools in Singapore.
Ages Primary 1 – 6
When From Nov 19 – Dec 14, at three locations
Cost $420
Details http://discovery-camp.com/

Put On Your Thinking Hats

Give your child the “joy of thinking” with the Six Thinking Hats of Dr Edward de Bono. This system promises to enhance thinking performance and has been utilised in top schools (like NUS High) and organisations. In this holiday programme, childen will experience Dr de Bono’s Method through exercises specially tailored for easy understanding and go back with a personal record of his performance during the two days.
Ages 7 – 16 years
Dates Nov 19 – 20 and 22 – 23; 9am – 4pm
Cost From $321 (for SAFRA Junior member)
Details http://www.debonotraining.com/schoolholiday.html

Sleep with the Penguins

Get your sleeping bags ready for a cozy sleepover with dazzling birds. Be entertained by mind-stimulating activities that involve family fun and participation. Learn all about the six species of penguins in the park, get up close with Pinky, a Humboldt penguin and find out more about these popular birds. Meet a birdie nanny as she shares the challenges of raising feathered bundles of joy. Learn about the life cycle of birds. Check out how the eggs and chicks are showered with tender loving care at the newly opened Breeding and Research Centre!
Ages Families with children aged 3 years and above
When Dec 1 – 2
Cost (excludes GST) $110 per adult,
$90.00 per child
Details http://education.birdpark.com.sg/swtp.html?target=public

Space Invention December 2012 Holiday Camp

Especially for aspiring astronauts, the WondersWork Space Invention Camp fuses fun and excitement in hands-on experiences where participants will focus on building various space-themed inventions and robotics by designing, building, testing, improving, and documenting their inventions to meet the challenges of the future.
Ages 6 – 12 years
When Dec 27 – 28, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Where WondersWork, #02-23, Liang Court
Cost $288 for the first 3 registrations only (Usual Fee: $318). This fee includes lunch, and a free goodie bag with a Flight Suit.
Details Call 6333 4088, email enquiry@wonderswork.com.sg or visit the website here