The longest school holiday of the year is coming soon. What would an active child with an inquiring mind to do to while away all these weeks? One of these, perhaps!
Explore The Wild
“Our Wild Isle” is the theme and in this workshop, children from K1 to P6 levels will get really, really, really close to living and preserved specimens, venture on guided walks to seek out wildlife in the Gardens, learn about native wild mammals, make mammal wall-hanging craft and plant a dish garden to bring home. This workshop is organised by the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Cicada Tree EcoPlace.
When 21 November, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens Cost $50 per child including materials Web Click here
Kick That Ball!
First Kick Academy holds soccer camps for children aged 4 to 14, twice a year. Through the two-day camps, children get to enjoy football training, and build friendships and teamwork. You get an early bird ($20) discount if you sign up two weeks in advance.
When 25, 27, 29 November, 1 to 3 p.m. Where 158 Kallang Way, # 02-05 Cost $120 per child Web Click here
Get Arty & Musical
Even the tiniest tots can enjoy the holiday activities here at Happy Willow. Yes, little ones aged from 1 to 4 years can take part in the music workshop by Staccato! Music school and get an introduction to different note values, tempi, articulations and dynamics through play and instrument exploration. For older kids aged 4 to 7 years there’s an art class where they can experiment with a mixture of mediums like watercolor, clay and paint and use different techniques in their masterpiece.
When Art: Thursdays from 21 November – 12 December, 9.30 to 11.30 a.m.; Music: Tuesdays from 19 November – 10 December, 9.30 to 10.30 a.m. Where Happy Willow, 1 Fusionopolis Way, Fusionopolis, Connexis Tower, # B1-06 Cost $38 per art class, $55 per music class Web Click here
Go Beyond Borders
WondersWork has three themed-based workshops — Rescue Mission, Wonders Safari and Battle It Out — for children between 5 and 12 years old. There are also three-day Space Invention Camps for aspiring astronauts between 6 and 12 years old, where children can create space machines using Lego and recycled materials, and learn robotics as well. Lunch, materials, and a goodie bag are included. (Photo from the WondersWork Facebook gallery)
When 20 November – 27 December Where 177 River Valley Road, Liang Court, # 02-23 Cost $398 per child Web Click here
At Artary’s two-day Art Jam sessions, children can build a circus through activities like drawing, colouring, painting, craft work and dress-up, or ‘bake’ confections for their cake shop. Kids will get to develop creativity at these make-believe and pretend-play workshops as they explore art in a whole new way! These classes are suitable for 5 to 12 year olds, with materials and refreshments included. Do note that there is no actual baking involved.
When 25 to 26 November or 2 to 3 December, 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. (Circus), 27 to 28 November or 4 to 5 December, 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. (Bakery) Where Kovan Hub and Parkway Centre Cost $200 Web Click here
Celebrate X’Mas in the East
Over at Downtown East, eXplorerkid gets festive early with a Christmas-themed party for children from 4 to 12 years old. Kids will be able to take part in activities such as T-shirt decorating, face painting, and play festive games. Lunch, tea and free-play at the indoor playground are included.
When 9 December, 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Where E!hub @ Downtown East, 3rd floor, 1 Pasir Ris Close Cost $80 per child ($60 EK member) Web Click here
Swim Like a Dolphin
Ace Dolphin swim school has a swimming crash course for 4 to 13 year olds this holidays. Your child will learn basic swimming techniques in 10 lessons (conducted twice a week over five weeks). There’s a maximum of six students per group and the first 1,000 students to register will receive a free Ace Dolphin Swim Cap.
When 18 November – 20 December, 9 a.m. Where Tampines, Bedok, Sengkang, Yio Chu Kang, Bishan, Toa Payoh or Woodlands Swimming Complex Cost $199 per child Web Click here
Skate On Ice
If Disney On Ice has inspired your little one to glide like her favourite princess, bring her to Kallang Ice World for a two-day skating camp, open to children from 6 all the way to young adults of 21! Skates will be provided, so all you need for your child are gloves and thick socks. Remember to dress warmly and do stock up on coins to buy a warm drink from the vending machine.
When Various dates, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, or 7 to 10 p.m. Where 5 Stadium Walk, # 03-08, Leisure Park Kallang Cost $150 Web Click here
Play like a Platypus
With six options of three-day workshops to choose from, there’s bound to be something for every child. Kids can be ‘Little Movie Stars’ or ‘Little Puppeteers’ as well as ‘Little Racers’. There are also ‘Little Architects’, ‘Little Animators’ and ‘Little Elves’ workshops available. All classes are small and have a maximum 1:7 teacher to student ratio so you can be sure that your little one gets the special attention that he or she deserves.
Workshops are for children from 3 to 10 years. Check online for details.
When From 20 November, 3.5 hours in the morning or afternoon Where 583 Orchard Road, #11-01 Forum (Office Tower) Cost $280 per child Web Click here
Game for something different? How about spending the night at a museum? The Singapore Philatelic Museum has three different activities suitable for children aged 7 to 12 this year end. You can camp in the museum itself and enjoy a night of adventure, games and craft among stamps
(21 November and 5 December, 6 p.m. to 9 a.m., $80 per child); learn about mailboxes from around the world and make your very own tin mailbox
(27 November and 12 December, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, $25 per child) or learn about usual stamps on exotic materials and design one of your own (3 and 13 December, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, $15 per child).
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Join the Circus!
Did you ever dream of running away to join the circus when you were a child? Chances are, your child has as well! Let her go, to the circus skills camp at Act3 Drama Academy. There, Dan The Hat from UK will teach 7 to 12 year olds how to juggle scarves and balls, spin plates, perform hat tricks… all the better to impress classmates back in school next year! The week-long workshop culminates in a show in which children perform with Dan The Hat himself.
When 25 to 29 November and 2 to 6 December, 2 to 5 p.m. Performance dates on 1 and 8 December Where 126 Cairnhill Road Cost $380 per child Web Click here
Act it Out
Budding thespians can nurture their craft at ACT3 Drama Academy. This year, there are three holiday workshops where kids will learn the use of physical expression and creative movement through stories. Children will be separated into different age groups for the workshops. There is one for 3 to 4 year olds, and another for 5 to 7 year olds. Each week-long workshop culminates in a presentation after the last lesson.
When Various dates Where 126 Cairnhill Road Cost $300 per child Web Click here
Whether your child enjoys outdoor adventures, sporty activities or friendly competition, one of the six camps organised by the Metropolitan YMCA will match his or her interests. Designed to develop a healthy body, mind and spirit, these camps are suitable for 8 to 12 year olds. Here, kids learn ways to camp in the wild, stay overnight at St John’s Island, go on countryside farm visits, a scavenger hunt, Amazing Race, Pulau Ubin explorations and more. Check online for specific camp details.
When Various dates Where 60 Stevens Road Cost From $256.80 for non-members ($235.40 for members) Web Click here
Learn About Manners
Support the Singapore Kindness Movement by letting your child learn how to be more well-mannered, confident, gracious, considerate and respectful. Molly Manners is conducting classes at the Kindness Gallery for 4 to 7 and 8 to 12 year olds. The programme is held over six one-hour classes.
When 16, 23, 30 November and 7, 14, 21 December, in the morning or afternoon Where Old Hill Street Police Station, 140 Hill Street, #05-01 Cost $150 per child for six sessions Web Click here
Teach your child that her opinion matters. Singapore Children’s Society is holding its first ever Singapore Children’s Forum – Your Child’s Voice Matters. The aim, it says, is to let all children’s voices be heard with regards to matters that are related to them. There will also be an interactive panel discussion where children and adults exchange viewpoints. This is a free event, but registration is necessary for admission.
When 23 November Where ITE College West, Kaizen Hall, Level 6, 1 Choa Chu Kang Grove Cost Free Web Click here
Be a Ping Pong Champ
The Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) is holding a two-day training camp to promote the sport as well as to develop talents from young. Beginners and young paddlers from 5 to 11 years old and with basic knowledge of the game are welcome. Players are to bring their own rackets and come dressed in sports attire. Lunch is included.
When 18 and 19 November Where Bedok Reservoir-Punggol Training Hall, Blk 810 Hougang Central, #02-216 Cost $160.50 per child Web Click here
Create a Computer Game
Saturday Kids is holding workshops for children between 7 and 12 years old to learn Scratch, a visual programming language. Children will build their own animations and games by coding their way to a variety of character movements. You can opt for three hour sessions over two days, two hour sessions over three days, or weekly sessions.
When Various times (check website) Where The Little Arts Academy, PoMo, 1 Selegie Road, #05-01/02 Cost $180. Key in the special promo code ‘ilovesingaporemotherhood’ to get a 10% discount! Web Click here
Mix Art and Science
Playeum – The Play Museum – has a Fantastical Sci+Arts Camp at their Sweet Tales studio this December. In three half-day camps, children between 7 and 12 years old will discover the wonders of science as they explore and experiment and eventually create their artistic projects by putting things together.
When 11, 12, 13 December, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Where Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road Cost $50 per child per workshop or $135 for 3-day Bundle Price including Science Centre and Candy Unwrapped admission Web Click here, register at email@example.com
Learn with Lego
The Children’s Technology Workshop has robotics workshops held over six weeks for children aged 3 to 6, and those aged 7 and above. If your child signs up together with two friends or siblings, you will get a discount of $150. Classes are small, with a 5:1 student-teacher ratio.
When Various times Where 583 Orchard Road, # 02-K1, Forum Shopping Centre Cost From $399 plus registration fee of $50 for all new students Web Click here
My Art Studio runs art programmes for 4 to 12 year olds and DramARTise! programs for 5 to 8
year olds. There are six Christmas art programmes to choose from: 3D craft, stained glass painting, relief painting, fabric craft or a self-portrait. There are discounts if you register for more than one lesson or if you register as a group. The DramARTise! project combines drama with art and craft in two levels: Level 1 (5 and 6 year olds) and Level 2 (7 and 8 year olds). Materials and refreshments are included.
When Various dates Where Serangoon Gardens Estate and Old Fire Station in Bukit Timah Cost From $55 per child per 3-hour art session or $265 per child for DraARTtise! Web Click here