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12 Fantastic Courses in Singapore for Some Serious Mama Me Time

12 Fantastic Courses in Singapore for Some Serious Mama Me Time

Time for mama to learn some new tricks? Whether you want to perfect the art of making sushi or learn to Flamenco, there are courses in Singapore that cover just about everything.

The basics ofBeing a mama can be all consuming, so attending a class or workshop for some valuable ‘me-time’ is great way to rediscover the sense of self that you may have lost touch with as family life takes over your routine. It is also a great way to meet new people and gain new skills, perhaps even plotting a new career path in the process! There is a ton of courses in Singapore to choose from, so whether you’re looking to learn a new craft like flower arranging or try something a little bit quirkier like Burlesque dancing, we have uncovered 12 fantastic courses in Singapore that will keep you entertained and on your toes.

12 Fantastic Courses in Singapore for Mama

1) Aromatherapy massage

You may have already learned some baby massage during your pregnancy, but why not go the full nine yards and learn some serious massage skills? There are a variety of courses available ranging from full-blown aromatherapy massage certification (if you are considering dropping the office job) through to just a bit of fun to treat members of your family. Even better, send hubby so that he can give you all the attention you need…including pre-natal massage for that next pregnancy 😉

Where to go:

ProTherapist Academy (PTA) is a good choice if you are just looking for a little fun with some short courses on massage and skin care treatments. If you want to take things further, they also offer a range of diplomas. Costs vary depending on the course but the Bright Face Skin Care 2-day course costs $250 and includes products.

Also worth checking out:

Aroma Head

Thai Healing Arts

 

2) Cake decorating

Perhaps you have been watching the Bake-Off or Masterchef so much that you are now ready to acquire some serious culinary skills of your own? That’s where Artisitiq Sugarcraft’s fantastic cake decorating courses will come into play. After a few sessions with these master icing experts, you will soon be churning out baked goods that put Mary Berry to shame. You can learn how to make Peony and Magnolia sugar flowers, cool cookie pops and even how to paint the cake with a pallet knife. Your status as a perfect Mom AND baking queen is guaranteed!

Where to go:

Artistiq Sugarcraft has a whole bunch of courses in Singapore from cookie pops at $120 to a full-day cake decorating course at $295. If you really are tempted by the bright lights of Masterchef, you can even complete a full professional diploma!

Also worth checking out:

Bake it Yourself

Bakers Brew Studio

 

3) Flower arranging

Banish the days of simply cutting off the stems and shoving your flowers into the first vase you can find. Flower arranging can be both creative and relaxing and a short course might give you the creative outlet you have been craving while you’re also gaining a very practical skill. Depending on the course you choose, you will learn about the huge variety of flowers, what combinations work, and how to make specific arrangements.

Where to go:

SG Art Class offers a number of flower arranging courses on their website (which is worth checking out in its own right for the sheer variety of hobby and craft courses in Singapore that they have on offer). The fresh flowers beginner level course consists of two 2.5-hour sessions and costs $400. You will learn common names for flowers, how to use all of the equipment, how to prepare fresh flowers, and four separate arrangements (out of a choice of five). 

Also worth checking out:

Nobleman School of Floral Design

The Floral Atelier

 

4) Quiet book making

If you feel like getting all crafty then take a look at the website Stuff Susie Made where there are online tutorials for making fantastic ‘quiet books’: home sewn books that are made with felt and include interactive elements for your toddler to play with, such as a felt Mr. Potato Head with stick-on Velcro facial features or shoes with laces that your little one can fiddle with. They’re perfect for curious little munchkins. Susie is offering some classes in collaboration with the Singapore National Library Board over 2016, so you can learn how to sew small and delicate felt features. Very therapeutic and very creative. Best of all, it might even keep your toddler ‘quiet’ for a little bit!

Where to go:

Susie offers quiet book workshops or library classes, which are totally free, check out her blog for more information. At the time of writing, details for future classes have not been released yet, so your best bet is to get in contact with Susie on her Facebook page.

 

5) Music Lessons

Are you yearning to release your inner Adele or to play guitar like Jimmy Hendrix? Let’s be realistic, that might not be attainable on a 6-week course, but it might be enough to learn a few chords! Who knows where it will take you in the future? For singing, piano or guitar lessons, Hark Music make it fun by teaching pop-music (English or Chinese) as opposed to focusing too much on stuffy scales. Another interesting option is Thunder Rock School. There is no Jack Black, but you can have singing lessons, try your hand with a variety of instruments, or even let loose in a studio recording session. Whichever route you choose, we have no doubt that you will be top diva at your next Karaoke session!

Where to go:

Hark Music is at Prinsep Street near Dhoby Gaut station. Prices start from $340 + $50 registration fee for the 1-day Jumpstart session, or you can go along for a 1-hour trial for $50.

Also worth checking out:

LaSalle College of the Arts

Thunder Rock School

 

6) Sewing & Dress Making

sewing

Sewing is one of those skills that was obligatory for our grandmothers (thankfully mandatory sewing, cooking and housewife classes have been consigned to the dustbin of history!), but plenty of modern women value sewing and making clothes as a valuable and fulfilling skill in its own right. And why not? A wonder around Kampong Glam or Little India will provide material of any colour and texture at a reasonable price, and you can make individual pieces that you just cannot get in the shopping malls. No danger of wearing the same outfit as one of your friends at the next birthday bash either!

Where to go:

Sew Into It offer a range of courses in Singapore, most of which are 3-hours long for $80 including all materials. There are plenty of things to try out, from making beautiful patchwork cushions and quilts for bub’s room through to full-on dress making. They are conveniently based at Kreta Ayer Road in Chinatown.

Also worth checking out:

Astitich Works Concepts

 

7) Photography

So you have got the fancy digital SLR camera, but you have to admit you have no idea how to use it or what it can do. In fact, if you’re anything like me, it has probably been permanently set on ‘Auto’ since you took it out of the box! Why not take a photography course and learn how to get the most out of your expensive camera? This is not just about learning what all the buttons do, shutter speeds and exposures, you will also learn about creative composition so you will be able to capture those special family moments in their full glory.

Where to go:

Baobab Photo Photography School offers beginner courses of four three-hour sessions that cover the basic controls on your camera, how to use light, how to compose a great photograph and how to edit your picture. You will be given ‘homework’ assignments at the end of each lesson, each of which will be reviewed during the next lesson. The final lesson is a field trip around Little India with one-to-one feedback and guidance. If you enjoy it and literally want to take it further, there are a host of more advanced courses available and even photography tours to Myanmar and Angkor Wat! The beginner’s course is priced at $595.

Also worth checking out:

Photography Society of Singapore

School of Photography Singapore

 

8) Sushi Making

Food is the new art and none more so than intricate and delicate sushi! If you want to create your own perfectly formed Maki and Nigari, either to look at or enjoy as an ultra healthy snack, then this is the hobby for you. Perhaps keep the sharp knives and raw fish away from baby though!

Where to go:

Tokyo Sushi Academy Singapore offers 2-week basic sushi courses in Singapore so you can learn all the basic skills, ingredients, and equipment. If it goes well, you can go for further training at the Japanese headquarters! Course cost is $2,600.

 

9) Natural Living Workshops

With the arrival of mini-me, you probably find yourself more conscious of the chemicals you encounter in everyday life and, indeed, the vast amount of chemicals that are lurking in the average home. With the next generation to think about, it is time to channel you inner earth-mother and learn the safer and healthier alternatives to household chemicals. Good for you, better for baby and less impact on the environment.

Where to go:

My Pure Earth is committed to helping people live a sustainable, low-impact and healthy lifestyle. They offer workshops on how to make your own cleaning products (and great advice on which products you can buy that are all natural), natural methods of pest control and natural/homemade beauty treatments. Workshops start at $98 per person.

Also worth checking out:

Little Green Dot

[Remember to be safe with essentials oils folks, they are not for babies! You can read about dangerous household substances here: http://singaporebaby.com/five-everyday-household-substances-can-kill-kids-minutes/]

 

10) Cocktail Making

cocktail

Now we’re talking… forget about the healthy living, the exercise and learning to play the pan-pipes, if there’s one way to let your hair down mama, this is it. Need we say more?

Where to go:

Drinksdings conduct a range of themed cocktail making workshops priced between $30- $60 per session. Themes include ‘cocktails from the movies’, ‘BBQ Bash’ and ‘Halloween Spirit’. In the immortal words of Oliver Reed: “See you at the bar!”

 

11) Flamenco

Somewhat surprisingly there is a flourishing Flamenco scene in Singapore as this flamboyant and mesmerizing dance/art form attracts an increased following. Passionate, artistic and great for your fitness, why not give it a go…better still, this is something you can do together with your other half.

Where to go:

Check out Alhambra Estudio de Flamenco where there are a number of classes offered, starting at $160 for a 4-week term. There is also a meet-up group Flamenco Flamingos that offer beginner classes for adults at the Little Arts Academy on Selegie Road.

 

12) Burlesque Dancing

burlesque

Stop blushing mama; this is a serious art form! Okay so it is a bit sexy, but it is also a great way to work out those legs, bums, and tums without breaking into too much of a sweat. Hubby might be sweating a bit though when you try out your new moves at home!

Where to go:

Pole Dance Academy offer an 8-week course for $230, or you can try out a one-off casual class for $30 to see how you like it.

Have you come across any seriously cool classes or workshops that you would recommend to the other Singapore Baby mamas? Leave a comment and share all the deets.

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