Summer holiday programmes in Singapore can mean all the difference between sanity and point-blank deranged… for mama at least. Whoever thought of giving kids a month (or more) off school, clearly hadn’t met my little cherub.
If the thought of your offspring hanging around the apartment for weeks on end is enough to set your pulse racing, fear not, help is available. When it comes to summer holiday programmes Singapore rocks. Here’s our lowdown on some of the great classes, camps and workshops that are available this summer.
Summer Holiday Programmes 2015
Little Mandarin on Dempsey Road are offering a series of 5-day camps that will allow children to practice their Mandarin speaking skills in a safe and encouraging environment. Workshops will involve role-play, games, art and craft as well as story telling and writing. Each week has a great theme, from Chinese rhythm and rhyme, through to farm animals and pets, so there should be something to appeal to everyone.
Where? Block 71, Loewen Road, #01-03/04
When? Various sessions available between the 8th June and the 31st July.
What’s the damage? $500 (1st child), $460 (sibling discount – 2nd child onwards), 10% off per child if 3 signup together for the same week
The Janus Academy holiday programme offers intensive language training in the English, Chinese and Japanese languages. The program is aimed at kids aged between 6 and 12.
Where? 80 Marine Parade Rd, #10-06 Parkway Parade
When? June, July and August 2015. Contact Janus Academy for further details.
What’s the damage? 5-day program: $290, 10-day program: $580.
Maths and Science
This June Math Arena will offer a range of Math and Science classes for children at the P3 – P5 age ranges. Children will have the chance to work on mock papers, learn problem-solving skills and get involved in interactive science experiments.
Where? Various locations throughout Singapore.
When? Various sessions available between the 8th June and the 26th June.
What’s the damage? Contact Math Arena
The J Carter Centre Public Speaking Holiday Workshop is designed to provide students aged from K2 to Pre-University 2 with a foundation in public speaking. Students will also receive a personal “Before and After” video at the end of the course and feedback on their abilities or areas that need improvements.
Where? 95A Soo Chow Walk, Singapore 575382
When? June 2nd to 5th 2015
What’s the damage? $398
Sports and Activities
ESPZEN Soccer School.
ESPZEN Soccer School are offering their annual summer school football camp for kids aged 6 to 12 years old. Three different camps are available: FUNdamentals for children 6 and under, Soccer Essentials for kids 8 – 6 years old, and Soccer Sense for those aged 6 – 12.
Where? Turf City and Home United Youth Football Academy.
When? 1 Jun – 7 Aug 2015.
What’s the damage? $215-$650
This summer’s theme is superheroes versus supermonsters and children of all ages are bound to enjoy this summer vacation. Kids will have over 200 different costumes to choose from before they set off on wheels to mix with the other superheroes as they speed around the park. The camp has sessions for all skating abilities, from beginners to advanced and experience professional instructors will be on hand to help out. The camp will be run in two locations: West Coast Park and East Coast Park. Suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years old.
Where? East Coast Park or West Coast Park
When? Various sessions available between the 1st June and the 16th July.
What’s the damage? From $198 – $568 depending on camp duration.
This weekly five-day camp will be held between the 15th June and the 28th August and will be filled with tennis fun for kids aged four and up. Camps will cost $390 for five days.
Where? The Tennis Club, Turf City
When? Various slots available between the 15th June and the 28th August.
What’s the damage? $390 for five days.
Shaw’s Little League
The Shaw’s Little League aims to introduce children to a wide range of sports and activities while improving their confidence and co-ordination. The June, July and August summer programs will be run from their Kallang location over four-day periods.
Where? 38 Jalan Benaan Kapal, (Near Kallang Leisure Park, close to Tanjong Rhu).
When? Various sessions are available between June 5th and August 15th.
What’s the damage? $280
The Centaurs have various camps on offer throughout July and August. A variety of activities will be on offer including Capture the Flag, Soccer, Handball, Touch rugby, Bullrush and Mini-Olympics (long jump, high jump, javelin, shot put, hurdles, sprints, cross-country, relays and more).
Where? Pit at Centaurs Sports Park, Turf City
When? Various dates available between 22nd June and 14th August.
What’s the damage? Enquire for full details.
Sailing and watersports
Mana Mana Beach Club This year’s Mana Mana Beach Club summer camp offers children an opportunity to learn the ways of the sea in a fun and friendly environment. The program caters for children as young as six and offers a range of activities including dingy sailing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and windsurfing. Costs $100 a day.
Where? 1212 East Coast Parkway, Area E Car Park E2
When? 2nd June to 28th August 2015
What’s the damage? $100 per day
This camp really does have it all. Targeted at children between 5 and 15, the camp integrates yoga, baking, rock climbing, music and craft. The three-day camp will be held at the Kallang Wave Mall.
Where? Kallang Wave Mall
When? 17-19th June.
What’s the damage? $480
The National Museum of Singapore will be running a children’s puppetry workshop throughout the June summer holidays. Aimed at children aged between 4 and 7, the sessions will give kids a chance to work with Singaporean artist Jeremy Hiah to create his or her own story using shadow puppetry! Inspired by Javanese wayang kulit, the workshop brings your child’s story to life with characters from an Asian folk tale and sheds light on the traditional art form.
Where? National Museum Seminar Rooms 1 & 2 (Level 2)
When? 6, 13, 20 & 27 Jun
What’s the damage? $20 for a 1.5-hour workshop.
Promises to transform your children into talented chefs. The camp is designed for children aged between 6 and 16 and offers a series of modules that will teach children everything they need to know about cooking successfully in a kitchen. From kitchen safety and proper food handling techniques through to cooking and baking techniques, presentation and table setting: the summer program really does cover everything. The five-day camp will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where? Various locations, see website for details.
When? Various dates between June 1st and August 21st
What’s the damage? $695 for five full days
For something completely different, why not send your children to Camp Magic, who are offering a June holiday program that promises to wow. Children will have an opportunity to learn circus tricks including diabolo, uni-cycling, walking on stilts and plate spinning. For those looking for something slightly more subdued, there will also be art and crafts activities like painting and making sculptures and a chance to play musical instruments on offer. Take guitar and drum lessons.
Where? Nexus International School at Ulu Pandan Road
When? June 15 – July 24
What’s the damage? Full Day Program (8:45am – 3:15pm) – $585; Half Day Program (8:45am – 12:30pm) – $395
International School Camps
The ISS summer school is open to both students and non-students of the school and will cover five main learning groups for children aged between 4 and 18.
The programme will cover a wide range of subjects including languages, science, math and more creative subjects such as art and drama. The two-week sessions range from $690- $1700.
Where? 21 Preston Rd, Singapore 109355
When? 6 – 31 July
What’s the damage? $660-$1070
CSI hosts two summer schools at its two campuses for children aged 7-7 (Lakeside) and 4-9 (Tanjong Katong) and they will run between the 22th of June and the 31st July 2015. The summer program will offer a range of learning experiences, fun activities and field trips within Singapore.
Where? Lakeside and Tanjong Katong
When? 22nd June – 31st July
What’s the damage? S$401.25 (includes GST) half-day per week; S$700.85 (includes GST) full-day per week
Phew! If all that’s not enough and you’re still on the hunt for activities to keep your littlies entertained this summer, check out our free kid’s activity center.
Have we missed any? If you are running a holiday programme for children in Singapore, leave a comment and share the details with our readers.