Don’t wait until the report cards are handed out and the teacher-parent meetings are over to start planning your child’s year-end activity calendar. There are loads of events to enjoy during the November-December holidays and they start as early as this weekend!


FOR YOUNGER ONES

Water the Imagination

For the first time, tiny tots of two years old can be classmates with mommy or daddy and go on an adventure around the world like The Snail and the Whale. Grow your child’s imagination through classic stories which revolve around water as their common theme. Check website (link below)for classes for older children.

When 19, 27, 29 November, 3, 6, 11, 13, 17, 20 December, 10.30am-12noon.
Where ACT 3 Drama Academy, 126 Cairnhill Road, 126 Cairnhill Arts Centre.
Cost $60 for parent and child pair.
Web Click here.

Travel Back in Time

Children from 4 to 12 years of age can experience future information and communication technologies through these workshops. Programmes include virtual piano, virtual shopping, a 3D photo booth and Christmas tree making with e-building blocks. Parents to accompany please.

When 10 November to 7 December, on weekdays only, 10.30am-12.30pm, 2.30-4.30pm
Where Infocomm Experience Centre (iExperience), Esplanade Xchange.
Cost Free.
Web Click here.

Meet Salty the Snowman

Babies also need stimulation to learn and imagine. Julia Gabriel’s Playnest Winter Wonderland programme is suitable for 6 to 18 month olds. Through stories, songs, drama, puppets, flour play, and cookery, children get to meet Salty the silly snowman and Tanu the snowy white tiger, or Picasso the penguin and Ronaldo the reindeer. Programmes for older children are also available. Check at link below.

When 1 to 5 December or 8 to 12 December, 9-10.30 a.m., 11am-12.30pm, or 1-2.30pm.
Where #04-00 Forum, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884.
Cost $345 (exclusive of GST).
Web Click here.

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Master Mandarin

KidStartNow is holding four-day Chinese oral camps for 3 to 6 year olds and 7 to 9 year olds. Not only will your child develop greater interest in the language, he or she will also develop confidence in speaking it. Image: Kidstartnow Facebook page.

When Various times. Check here for details.
Where CT Hub, 2 Kallang Avenue, #02-09, Singapore 339407.
Cost $295. Discount for double registrations available.
Web Click here.

Sing Like a Pro

Improve your lullaby-singing voice by learning vocal techniques. As part of the Voices Festival, Ms Angelina Choo, who directs The A Cappella Society, The TAS Youth Voice and TAS Children’s Pop Ensemble, will teach any newbie – shy or not – to sing. Suitable for children between 3 and 5 years old, and one accompanying parent.

When 7 December, 2-3pm.
Where Esplanade Rehearsal Studio.
Cost $20 for 1 adult and 1 child.
Web Click here.

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Go Around the World: Lines and Colours

The Big Draw is the biggest annual global drawing festival, with over 1,200 drawing sites around the world. Why not enjoy this award-winning experience as a family this year? The theme is “It’s Our World”, and you’ll be able to take part in will be a host of exciting drawing activities with five artists. Wonder through the Wild Drawings, explore The Land Before Time, and create a rainforest with Raindrops, plants and creatures in Colours of the Jungle.

When 8 & 9 November, 11am-6pm.
Where Gillman Barracks, Block 7 # 01-13, Lock Road.
Cost Free.
Web Click here.

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Kick a Ball

This December, First Kick Academy is holding three two-day camps at three different locations. The camps aim to build interest in soccer, and build friendship and teamwork. They are suitable for children 4 years old and above. Participants will be grouped according to age. Image: First Kick Academy

When 8 to 9 December, 10 to 11 December, 17 to 18 December, 9am-12 noon.
Where Thomson, Jurong, and Kovan. Check website for details.
Cost $120 per child.
Web Click here.

Going Around the World: Words and Movements

This all-encompassing experience by Bellydance Discovery brings fun and exercise while sharing interesting facts about Turkey. Children will learn about the Turkish language and be immersed in the country’s music and dance. At the end of the two or three-day workshops, a mini party will also be held. Classes are grouped according to age: 4 to 6, 7 to 9, and 10 to 12 years old.

When Various dates and times depending to the age group.
Where 20 Peck Seah Street, #03-00, Singapore 079312.
Cost From $190.
Info Contact Dorcas at 8181 5768 or email dorcas@bellydance.com.sg

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Have a Picnic

Families who picnic together, stay together. Families for Life Celebrations, which used to be known as The National Family Celebrations, holds monthly picnics at various parks nation-wide between October 2014 and August 2015. Bring the family and join a picnic which is happening near you. Provide your own food and drinks, and enjoy the host of free organized activities.

When 29 November, 27 December (for 2014).
Where Sengkang Riverside Park, Pasir Ris Park.
Cost Free.
Web Click here.

Listen to Stories

Get comfortable with family members and listen to tales from faraway countries. Be transported to wintry locales and the vast reaches of your imagination at these story-telling sessions at Gardens by the Bay. The story-telling will be held inside Flower Dome and admission charges apply. Check the website for December activities as well. Recommended for families and children of all ages.

When 15 and 16 November, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm.
Where Gardens by the Bay
Cost Free
Web Click here.

FOR OLDER ONES

Make some Music

Designed for children who like to tinker, do woodwork, break apart electronics to see how they work, and who are interested in creating and 3D printing. Children and parents will learn more about electronics and engineering while designing their own electronic pianos and building speakers. Suitable for children aged 6 to 12. Limited spaces available.

When 15 November, 10am-1pm.
Where Science Centre Singapore.
Cost $20 per child. SCS admission applies.
Web Click here.

Go Rock-Climbing

If you keen on learning more about conquering that wall and your tween shares your passion, come together as a parent-child pair and be educated on the biomechanics of climbing as you scale the 15-metre “Cliff” together. Suitable for children aged 10 to 12. Other family-friendly programmes are available; check the website.

When 13 December, 10am-1pm.
Where Pauling Lab at the Science Centre, The Cliff at Snow City.
Cost $40 for 1 parent and 1 child. $20 per additional person. Registration closes 30 November 2014.
Web Click here.

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Take Photos the Old-Fashioned Way

Your child may have never seen a roll of film and may not know the preciousness of taking a careful capture of an image. Introduce him to these through this two-day lomography workshop. Suitable for chidren 12 years old and below. Those 13 years old and older can attend a separate workshop.

When 29 November, 3-5pm & 6 December, 2-2.45pm.
Where Singapore Art Museum.
Cost $50 for one parent-child team.
Web Click here.

Going Around the World: Food and Craft

Big Fun Kitchen and My Art Studio take you to Italy and Japan through their one-day cooking and art workshops. In ‘Let’s Go Italian!’ your child will make pasta and sandwich rolls as well as a Venetian mask using mixed media mounted on canvas. In ‘Let’s Go Japanese!’ your child will make a vegetable sculpture and a bento set as well as a Japanese lantern using Chinese ink painting technique. Suitable for children aged 6 to 16 years.

When 20 November (Italian), 1 December (Japanese), 10am-5pm.
Where My Art Sudio, 71 Ubi Road 1, #08-42 Oxley Bizhub 1, Singapore 408732.
Cost $120 per child including a goodie bag, lunch, snacks and tea breaks.
Info info@bigfunkitchen.com or info@myartstudion.sg Register before 15 November 2014.

Bird-Watching: The Visitors

Waders’ Watch workshops take you to observe the migratory birds. Together, parent and child will learn tips on bird-watching, how to identify these amazing birds, and study their migratory patterns.

When 22 November, 9.30am-12 noon & 6 December, 9.30am-12.30pm.
Where Activity Room, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
Cost $5 per person including materials.
Info info@sbwr.org.sg Registration closes one week before the start of each workshop.

Bird-Watching: The Residents

Did you know that there have been over 130 species of birds spotted within the Singapore Botanic Gardens? This talk-cum-guided tour will give you basic morphology of these birds, as well as some fun facts about birds’ behavior. See other holiday activities organised by NParks here.

When 26 November, 3.30-5pm.
Where Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden.
Cost $9 per child and $9 per accompanying adult.
Web Click here.

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Sew Something

For Christmas, each parent-and-child pair can make a Snowflake Tree Skirt for their tree at home. More independent children from 6 years old and above can take part in workshops on making a Christmas Dove or a Christmas Stocking, which are available on other dates.

When 13 December, 10am-1pm
Where Tampines Ave 5 (exact venue will be provided upon successful registration).
Cost From $60 per child.
Web Click here.

Sketch a Walk

Parents who enjoy drawing as well as the outdoors may enjoy drawing on location together with their children. Join this sketch walking community where you can pick up tips and tricks, or embark on your own outing with your child. With the urban sketchers, there is a sharing session afterwards. While this is not an activity designed exclusively for children, they are welcome to come along and learn from the experts.

When 29 November. Every last Saturday of the month.
Where Various places.
Cost Free.
Web Click here.

Develop a New Skill

Spot and develop your child’s talents through a host of activities by MediaCorp. The Bubbling Talents Starters programme for children 6 to 12 year olds is spread over three days. The workshop aims to discover each child’s creativity and potential in performing arts through fun games and exercises. Other more specific programmes are available; check link below for details.

When 1 to 3 December, 9.30am-12.30pm.
Where Singapore Media Academy, 30 Merchant Road, #04-13 Riverside Point, Singaproe 058282.
Cost $374.50, inclusive GST.
Web Click here.

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Exercise your Brain

If your child is a chess player, why not take part in the first United Square Scholastic Chess Tournament organized by the Singapore Chess Federation and Zenitant Pte. Ltd? Players are divided into categories so new players will not be too intimidated. It’ll be a good learning experience for your child, whether he wins or loses.

When 20 and 21 December, from 9am onwards.
Where United Square Shopping Mall, 101 Thomson Road, Singapore 307591.
Cost From $30 per child.
Web Click here.

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Be a Garden Trooper

The Gardens is holding Garden Troopers!, a two-day adventure for children aged between 9 and 12 years. They will train to be junior horticulturists and learn about our rich biodiversity through hands-on activities. There will be lots of walking and outdoor activities throughout both days. Lunches and snacks are provided.

When 25 & 25 November, 8.30am-6pm on the first day and to 8.30am-5pm on the second day.
Where Gardens by the Bay.
Cost $150 per child including GST. Member discounts available.
Web Click here.

Camp in the City

This five-day ‘Camp Out’ has both indoor and outdoor activities and focuses on “the different learning styles of a child in visual spatial, bodily kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, linguistic and logical-mathematical areas to promote a well-rounded approach”. Suitable for children aged 7 to 9 years.

When 24 to 28 November, 9am-5pm
Where Orchard Gateway@Emerald, M2 Academy.
Cost $650 per child. Multiple registration discounts available.
Web Click here.

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Camp with the Transformers

The Singapore Science Centre’s in-house educators will lead campers from 9 to 12 years on an expedition to learn about robots, stop motion animation, astronomy, and more. Your child will also get to embark on an exclusive tour of Transformers exhibition, watch the movie during supper, then observe wildlife at the Eco Garden the next morning. Dinner, supper and breakfast are provided.

When 28 to 29 November (Camp 1), 12 to 13 December (Camp 2), from 3pm the first day 2pm the next day.
Where Annexe Hall, Science Centre Singapore.
Cost $350 per child.
Web Click here.

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