The September school holidays are just around the corner! Sign your kids up for some activities and camps where they can pick up new skills, have fun, and more importantly, stay out of your hair.
The last school holiday was marred by Covid-19 measures, but now that we’ve entered Phase 2, this is the perfect time to let your kids out of the house and engage in some (educational) child’s play. If you’re still wary of infection, though, opt for virtual courses instead.
Here are some fun places in Singapore where your kids can spend the holidays.
10 activities for kids to learn and play
$50 per single session
$180 for 4 sessions a month
$480 for 12 sessions a quarter
|The Brainery Code||Robotics||
$430- $480 for 8 sessions
$280 for Techncation Camp
|Cristofori||Ukulele||From $256.80 for 11 classes|
$40.69/month for 1 month
$39.33 a month for 3 months
$36.61 a month for 6 months
$33.90 a month for 12 months
$108 per class
$48 per virtual class
|Abrakadoodle||Art and craft||
$65 for one-day workshops
$350 for 3-day camps
|Tertiary Courses||3D printing||Varies, generally $160-$200 (not including GST) for a one-day workshop|
|Stronghold||Mixed martial arts||
$360 for 8 classes
$2,268 for unlimited access for 12 months
|ACT 3 International||Drama||
$280 for 18 months to 11 years
$450 for 12 years to teens
$40 for the Hungry Hungry workshop
$60 for We are the Wild Things! workshop
$45 for trial class
$325 for 8 classes + $80 one-time registration fee
Master coding at Tinkeracademy
Secretly dreaming your kid will become the next Bill Gates? Well, the good news is that Tinkeracademy, a company that teaches coding and digital skills, resumed their Tinker X coding classes in June.
It’s a self-directed coding programme, meaning kids are free to hang out there all day and explore on their own with tools and support provided by the company. Those who need a bit more guidance can use their course material in not just coding but also data science, games programming and Arduino.
The programme is not for kids who are completely clueless about coding or don’t know where their interests lie. Ideally, your child should already have some specific interests, whether in app development or Minecraft modding.
They provide free trial sessions for adults and kids of all ages.
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Fun with robotics at The Brainery Code
This coding and robotics school runs classes for kids aged 5 to 16. They’ve got a Python coding programme targeted at kids aged 9 years and above and two robotics courses using the Lego Mindstorm EV3 robotic set, one for kids aged 5 to 8 years and another for kids aged 9 years and above. Some students from The Brainery Code have gone on to win prestigious robotics competitions. To sign up, email them or register at the link here.
They are also running a Techcation Camp during the September holidays. For $280, your child will learn coding basics over two days.
Get innovative with KiwiCo
KiwiCo gets kids working on projects with STEAM, an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics to nurture kids’ creativity and critical thinking skills.
They’ve got packages or “crates” that you order and use at home, each filled with projects for your kids to undertake. These include crates for newborns barely out of the womb to teens and adults. Choose between Tinker Crate (a laboratory for hands-on STEM projects), Doodle Crate (crafting), Eureka Crate (design and engineering) and many more.
Subscribe on their website to receive a crate every month.
Strum on a ukulele at Cristofori
The ukulele is the perfect starter instrument for kids who are new to music — cheap, simple and fun. But don’t be fooled into thinking that your kid will just learn to strum four chords and call it a day. Cristofori’s ukulele lessons can also prepare kids for the Rockschool Ukulele Exams.
There are fundamental ukulele lessons for those who mainly want to strum and sing, graded ukulele lessons for those who want to commit to mastering the instrument over the long term, and the ukulele enrichment programme, which is more performance oriented.
To inquire about Cristofori’s music lessons, use their online form here.
Cook up a storm at ToTT
Wish your kid would start helping out in the kitchen? ToTT offers cooking and baking classes for kids aged 5 to 12. Each Junior Chef class is focused on a particular set of recipes. Upcoming classes include baked rice and cookies, steak, rosti and cheesecake, pretty desserts and handmade pizza and cupcakes.
You, the parent, can also join in on the fun, as the fee of $108 per class is for one child and one parent. Some classes are also available virtually for $48. Sign up online here.
3D printing at Tertiary Courses
Tertiary Courses runs courses not only for adults and tertiary students, but kids, too. Their focus is on tech skills, so you’ll find classes teaching 3D modelling with the Sketchup software, Android mobile app development and Raspberry Pi. They’ve also got a few art programmes such as a clay art workshop.
Age requirements vary depending on the class, but most of the tech classes are targeted at kids aged 9 to 15 years or 12 to 16 years.
MMA at Stronghold
Who needs a guard dog when you’ve got a kid trained in MMA? Just kidding, but you can really sign your kid up for Mixed Martial Arts classes if he or she needs somewhere to channel all that energy instead of gaming or watching TV all day. Also, having some nifty skills for self defence is useful too.
Stronghold offers Brazilian jiu-jitsu as well as Mixed Martial Arts (a blend of muay thai, boxing, taekwondo, karate, wrestling and BJJ) for kids aged 5 and above.
Sign up for a free trial and purchase class passes here.
Create art at Abrakadoodle
Abrakadoodle conducts art classes and camps for kids, with regular single-day workshops that immerse your kids in a fun theme. On Sep 13, they’ll be conducting a $65, 2-hour Llama Party Workshop for kids aged 3 to 12 years, including art lessons, games, and other activities. Book online here.
They’ve also got longer, 3-day art camps at $350, with themes like Mad About Movies and FairyTale Art. Reserve a spot on their website.
Drama at ACT 3 International
Act 3 International is an arts company that not only conducts drama classes for kids, but also stages children’s productions. Their Drama Academy conducts classes for teenagers and kids as young as 18 months.
They also conduct holiday workshops for younger kids that you can book online. These include a $40, 60-minute workshop for kids aged 18 to 36 months inspired by kids’ classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and another for kids aged 3 to 4 based on Where The Wild Things Are, priced at $60.
Parkour at Gymkraft
Gymkraft conducts gymastics and parkour classes for kids, as well as other disciplines like trampolining, tricking and dynamic wrestling. Their parkour classes are for participants aged 7 to 12, and teach kids how to master their environment, whether by scaling walls or vaulting over obstacles, all in a safe, ultra-padded environment.
Enquire online here and they will get back to you with more information. Before your child can enrol in the parkour classes, he or she will need to first take a trial class priced at $45.
What are your kids going to be doing during the holidays? Share your plans in the comments!