For families deciding to embrace Singapore as a vacation ground during the December break, theAsianparent team has compiled a list of holiday programs to keep your kids occupied.
Sometimes, the conventional idea of going overseas for a break just isn’t cut out for everyone. You have so much to watch out for when you are on an overseas trip. You have to constantly check on your belongings, prevent the kids from falling ill by dosing them with Vitamin C, and keep an hawk’s eye on them at all times. These are good enough reasons to make one stay put in Singapore.
But, what will the kids do with 6 weeks of school holidays? Without school to take the edge off their energy levels, the kids might well drive you up the wall. Luckily, holiday programs is a thriving business in Singapore. If you’re shying away from the academic (let’s give the kids a break, you say), then check out our recommendations on holiday programs:
Little Blossoms by The Little Artist’s Art Studio - ages 2 ½ to 7+
Give your child the chance to have a hands on experience on art techniques with this quality art course. Little Blossoms will have your kids working on painting, drawing, creative art, printmaking, and coloring techniques with various mediums across a period of 6 sessions. Kids will also get to try different mediums such as canvas and glass.
Dates: 20 Nov – 30 Dec (Select any 6 days within this period)
Time: 10am – 12pm / 2.45pm-4.45pm / 5pm – 7pm (Mon to Thurs only, subject to availability on Sat and Sun)
Fees: $160 (2 ½ – 4 year olds - 1 hour lessons inclusive of materials)
Fees: $210 (4 – 7+ year olds - 2 hour lessons inclusive of materials)
Big Canvas Painting For Little Ones by The Little Artist’s Art Studio – ages 5 to 15
Big Canvas Painting for Little Ones is for boys and girls who love to explore with their imagination. Your child gets to paint landscapes and whatever captures their fancy on a big canvas. They will be introduced to a variety of textures and material while learning the techniques and application of acrylics on canvas. The most rewarding part of this class is when your kids bring their masterpiece home.
Dates: 20 Nov – 30 Dec (Select any 3 days within this period)
Time: 12.30pm- 2.30 pm
Fees: $135 (Inclusive of materials)
Call 6449 0960 or visit www.little-artists.com for registration or information on more art programs by The Little Artist’s Art Studio, located at No. 15 Siglap Road Studio 1 The Mandarin Gardens #01-07, #01-08 and #01-03
Money-Game by Learning Horizon – ages 4 to 6
If you fear that your child is spending too much or does not have any concept on the value of money, then this is the ideal holiday program for him or her. In collaboration with MoneyTree-Asiapac, this program aims to introduce children to the fundamentals of wealth and money management in a 4-hour interactive workshop. Your child will learn to acquire a good relationship with money and develop good money habits.
Venue: The Grassroots Club – 190 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, #03-02
Date: 18 or 20 Dec (Sat / Mon)
Time: 9.30 am – 1.30 pm
Fee: $98.95 per child
For registration and more information call 6552 4142 or visit http://www.learninghorizon.com.sg/enrol.aspx
Camp Arete by NTUC – ages 9 to 12
If you want to toughen up your kid, then sign them up for Camp Arete. This confidence building camp will ensure that your child develop a resilient character and live up to their potential. Kids will take part in team challenges; trust activities, outdoor challenges and many other activities that build confidence and character. ‘Arete’ in Greek means being the best you can be. And that’s what your child will achieve at the end of the camp.
Venue: Orchid Country Club – 1 Orchid Club Road, Singapore 769162
Date: 22 to 24 Nov (Mon – Wed)
For more information on the schedule and registration, call 6213 8435 / 6213 8475 or click here.
Christmas Cake Decorating by Learning Horizon – ages 3 to 6
Forget the conventional way of expressing creativity on paper! Give your kids a new platform to put their creative juices to work. With a Christmas cake as the canvas, you and your kids can get creative decorating it. But be duly warned – the cake may end up too pretty to be eaten!
Venue: The Grassroots Club – 190 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8 #03-02
Date: 4 Dec (Sat)
Time: 11.30 am – 12.30 pm
Fee: $42.80 per child
For registration and more information call 6552 4142 or visithttp://www.learninghorizon.com.sg/enrol.aspx
Mini-Chef by The Asian Food Channel – ages 7 to 12
Does your child like to eat? Is he a Gordon Ramsay (host and head chef for the hit TV series, Master Chef) in the making? If you are a family who enjoys bonding through food or cooking, the Asian Food Channel (AFC) will be running a series of cooking classes this December holidays.
Parents and children can stir up some fun and laughter as they experiment, explore and discover new horizons in the kitchen. In each class, AFC’s resident chefs will take families through a mix of fun and easy to make recipes that are simple enough for the kids to try at home.
Kids can look forward to whipping up some homemade hot chocolate and a crunchy gingerbread house.
Venue: AFC STUDIO –181 Orchard Road, #07-02 Orchard Central
Date: 12 Dec (Sun)
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Fee: $65 per child
For bookings and more information, visit www.theafcstudio.com or call 6834 4829
SPEECH & DRAMA
1001 Arabian Nights by ACT 3 International Drama Academy – ages 3 to 15
Give your child a chance to step into the rustic mystery of Middle Eastern tales this December. The academy’s ‘1001 Arabian Nights’, is a series of five-day workshops for children.
Kids get to live out, role-play and produce tales based on middle-eastern stories such as the academy’s own version of Aladdin, The Fisherman and the Genie, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, The tale of King Shahriar and many other Arabian tales in the drama courses.
Through role-playing activities based on Middle Eastern tales , children will explore universal themes such as friendship , self –discovery , perseverance and courage.
Venue: Cairnhill Art Centre – 126 Cairnhill Rd
Date: 22 Nov – 12 Dec (Mon – Sat) / 29 Nov – 3 Dec (Mon – Fri)/ 6 – 10 Dec (Mon – Fri)
There are different dates and fee arrangements for the different age groups. For registration and more information call 6735 9986 or visit act3international.com.sg
Ino Kiyo by Learning Horizon – ages 3 to 6
Ino Kiyo is a Japanese tale of a puppet who was transformed into a human kid and her heroic adventures. While the tale has similar attributes to the classical tale Pinocchio, there are some deviations in her adventures.
Kids will join Kiyo on her journey as she learns about honesty and perseverance. They are expose to puppetry and will partake in activities that encourages communication, team building and social skills.
Venue: The Grassroots Club – 190 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, #03-02
Date: 29 Nov (Wed)
Time: 9 am – 1 pm
Fee: $123.05 per child
For registration and more information call 6552 4142 or visit http://www.learninghorizon.com.sg/inokiyo/
We hope these holiday programs will fill up your child’s schedule in an entertaining yet fruitful way. Have a wonderful stay-cation!IN Bigger Kid, Living in Singapore, PreSchooler | November 16, 2010