The March and Easter holidays are almost here – yippee, chocolate eggs! But no matter how much you love hitting all the best indoor play centres in Singapore, and going on pizza dates, remember the trick to staying sane this term-break: plan ahead. To keep the little ones entertained (and you from tearing out your hair), we’ve sourced the best March and Easter holiday camps in Singapore with something for everyone. Warning: these camps and courses are so fun you’ll be tempted to say, “Forget the kids, sign ME up!”
ART & CREATIVITY
ArtHaus Holiday Programs
This one’s for the little Picassos: Arthaus is where your kids can artistically create, explore and discover in an enriching and supportive environment. The holiday programs, suitable for children from five to 17 years old, offer fine art programs from mixed media, painting, drawing, acrylic and oil painting. If you’re keen on getting in on the action, the acrylic painting workshop is for both children and adults – a fab way to kidult, if you ask us.
Where: 901A Bukit Timah Road, Singapore, 589619
When: Workshops run regularly from Mondays-Sundays
Art Boot Camp Vacation Workshops
The peeps at Art Boot Camp mean business with LOADS of creative and interactive camps on offer for kids of all age groups (three to six, seven to 11, 12 to 16 years). Its approach is reminiscent of the American summer camp – they even feed the hungry critters. Lucky, because the kids will work up quite a hunger with busting out all that artistic flair and creative genius!
Where: Bukit Timah Campus at 200 Turf Club Road.
When: Assorted dates in Mar and Apr 2017.
Da Vinci Group
Da Vinci Group’s much-anticipated Neuroceramics Camps return with its brilliant combo of sensory fun with ceramics and world exploration! Join your little one at the parent-and-child Adventures of Potter Rabbit and trail Potter down a dragon’s tummy, learn all about the ancient kiln and create your very own clay Easter egg pencil holder. And the fun doesn’t stop there, with face painting and a traditional Easter egg treasure hunt to round out the festivities. We’re not sure who will have more fun – us or the kids! And if you’re looking for a longer camp for the kids, check out the Da Vinci Group’s NeuroCeramics® 5-Day Easter Special where the kids will learn all about the significance of Easter around the world while creating beautiful and functional ceramics. Egg-citing!
Where: Adventures of Potter Rabbit at Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle, 85 Lorong Tawas Singapore, 639823; 5-Day Easter Special at Trehaus, 442 Orchard Road, #03-01, Singapore, 238879.
When: Adventures of Potter Rabbit 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm, 8 April 2017; and 5-Day Easter Special 5-6pm, 13 -17 March 2017.
Website: www.davincisg.com, sign up at www.davincisg.com/shop.
SCIENCE, CODING AND TIME WARPS!
The Keys Academy
The Keys Academy is a fave with parents for its HUGE range of quality enrichment camps – all about gaining unique skills that go waaay beyond the classroom. We’re pumped about the new Theme Park Builder camp where, you guessed it, your little Universal Studios lover will design and build the fun park of their dreams (rides and all!). Another hit with adrenalin junkies is the F1 Challenge: Fast and Furious camp where kids step into the shoes of Lewis Hamilton flying around the Singapore street circuit and learning all about the physics behind making race cars travel at lightning speed.
We’re also secretly wishing for an adult version of the school’s CSI camps. Mini detectives scramble to crack a crime using maths, science and persuasive debating skills as they present the case before a grand jury. Fans of Grand Designs will adore the series of architecture camps on offer for ages seven and up. And, for your older child (P4 and P5), why not help them ace their maths exams the fun way with High Tech Math.
Where: Odeon Towers, Level 2, 331 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188720
When: 13-17, 20-24, and 27-31 Mar 2017 (plus later dates).
The Language Boutique
The Easter Extravaganza camps at The Language Boutique are the perfect place to motivate your little wordsmiths to craft works of literary fiction. The courses are designed to boost writing skills by teaching young authors the key elements of a stellar short story: including plot, setting and character development. Drawing on popular children’s novels like The Easter Chick, Egbert The Easter Dragon and The Easter Egg for inspiration, students will ramp up the fun factor with awesome arts and crafts. Psst: each week is different, so you can sign up for both– there’s your school holidays sorted!
Where: Manhattan English Language Studio, Bugis Village, 164B Rochor Road, Singapore, 188439.
When: 2 courses: 10am – 2.30pm 3 – 7 Apr and 10 – 13 Apr 2017.
For the little linguist, you really can’t go past the excellent range of camps being held this holidays at Little Mandarins. This series of bite sized three hour camps have super-cool names like Kung Fu Rap, Speech & Drama: The Short-Eared Bunny, Jump Hop & Skip, Easter Egg Extravaganza, Chinese Brush Painting and Rhythm and Movement. Every workshop includes singing, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games, conversational Mandarin and Chinese character recognition. If only there were parent courses too!
Where: 71 Loewen Road #01-03, Singapore 248847.
When: 9.45am – 12.45pm, various dates 20 Mar – 13 Apr 2017.
Website: www.little-mandarins.com or email to register firstname.lastname@example.org
The brainchild of an MIT Alumnus who worked in Silicon Valley, Coding Lab is all about empowering kids by teaching them coding. Who knows, your budding Steve Jobs might go on to develop the next Whatsapp or Angry Birds. Coding is the new literacy! At the Scratch range of courses, kids program their own interactive stories and games. Along the way they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively using tablets. For more advanced techies, book in to Python x Minecraft camp – cool!
Where: 264 Upper Bukit Timah Road #03-06, Singapore 588208
When: 13-17, 20-24, and 27-31 Mar 2017 (plus later dates).
The Learning Lab
We always go back to The Learning Lab for its truly inspiring camps for little people. Learning while having fun is our mantra! There are loads of engaging camps on this March holidays at TLL – we’re booking our kids into The Amazing World of Science – Be a Junior Medical Scientist camp as they’ll learn all about the human body in a fun hands-on way (including experiments!). We’re also pretty sure our kids will fearlessly rule “show and tell time” and any other public speaking gigs after the confidence building Communicating with Confidence camp.
Where: Various locations in Singapore.
When: March holidays 2017.
Dino Discovery Camp
Does your kid love all things DINO? Unleash their inner paleontologist with an awesome dinosaur dig, where they’ll not only unearth ancient remains, but also work as a team to piece together the fossils into a life-like skeleton. We can almost see the cogs turning in their minds as they solve this hands-on problem! They’ll also come bounding home with plenty of exciting info about evolution and the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Ages four to 10 years. We might even learn a little something…
Where: The Little Executive, 144 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore, 229844.
When: 14 – 17 Mar, 2017, 2 – 5pm.
Book here: www.honeykidsgo.com
SuperHero Science Camp
Earth is under attack! As the best and brightest field agent, your child has been selected to assist Earth’s superheroes on their mission to protect our planet. With each mission, agents will learn science and engineering concepts while doing super-fun, hands-on activities and experiments. Your six to nine year old avenger will make traps with superhero slime, make explosives, defeat enemy drones and beat the invading army!
Where: Kids DiscoveryWorks, 215 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574349.
When: 13 – 15 Mar 2017, 9am – 4pm.
Creative Coding Holiday Camps at Saturday Kids
What if kids can invent the future? Let your kids ages four to 15 discover the excitement of coding games and animations at these cool coding camps with Saturday Kids. Little ones get creative, express ideas in code, and practise critical thinking skills while having fun! Older kids can program their own pocket-sized computer and turn it into a musical instrument, make games on it, or even fashion their very own robot! At the littleBits Electronics x Design Thinking camp kids invent and prototype an electronic gadget (like a piggy bank which buzzes when they save a coin, a toy dinosaur that flashes its eyes when someone is about to enter the room).
Where: various locations
When: 13-15 and 16-17 March 2017.
Playeum Tales of Time Holiday camp
We’re big fans of Playeum’s new exhibit A World Full of Stories – and you can rely on Singapore’s home of creativity to run an awesome and quirky holiday program. This year is no different with an exciting camp that will see kids exploring the concept of time and time travel. Drawing on favourite book characters for inspiration, six to 12 year olds will enter their own time warp. Big imaginations will run wild as kids create their own clocks according to their own set of rules. We’re intrigued!
Where: Playeum, Gillman Barracks, 47 Malan Rd, Singapore 109444
When: 14 -17 Mar 2017, 2-5pm.
Science Made Fun
If DIY science experiments (that you have to clean up afterwards) and constant questions about the world sound familiar to you, this camp is for your kid. At Science Made Fun, holiday camps are exactly what the centre’s name suggests – kids learn scientific concepts while having a blast! Aspiring scientists from four to 12 years old will engage in hands-on, awe-inspiring activities that promote teamwork and skill-building – and involve take-home experiments.
Where: Science Made Fun, 896 Dunearn Road Sime Darby Centre #03-10, Singapore, 589472.
When: Dates TBC
The Open Centre’s Resilience and Mindfulness Camp
A place for emotional wellbeing and personal growth, The Open Centre’s camp is about fun, connection, self-awareness and self-expression. Kids between seven to 12 years old are given real-life experiences through various, holistic programs that focus on mindfulness, self-awareness, creativity and, most importantly: heaps of fun! Held in a green and spacious environment, the camp includes a variety of fun-packed indoor and outdoor activities with mindful objectives including creative arts, Brazilian capoeira, yoga, horse grooming and riding, pet therapy and terrarium making. Team activities will also teach the kiddos the value of positive relationships and compassion, and help improve their concentration and focus.
Where: 100 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287992
When: 13 – 17 Mar, 3 – 7 Apr 2017, 9am – 4.30pm.
FOR LITTLE CHEFS
Little Chef Camp at The Little Executive
Feel the heat of the kitchen (not literally) as your little one hones their interpersonal and collaborative problem solving skills while working as a team. They will take on challenges and develop their analytical and innovative skills while planning and executing a gourmet meal! It’s definitely more than just your average cooking course with kids having the whole restaurant experience from working out what and how much to buy (on a budget), to taking orders and working with a team. And there’s a sweetener in it for you too – your budding masterchefs will prepare you a decadent meal on the final day. Cuuutee! For kids aged four to 10 years.
Where: The Little Executive, 144 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore, 229844.
When: 9am – 12pm, 14 – 17 Mar 2017.
Kids’ Easter Baking
Let your mini chef get creative with fun Easter-themed treats including mini Easter carrot cake, Easter themed cookies & decoration, chocolate egg nests & Easter bunny cupcakes. It’s an egg-cellent culinary morning for kids aged four to eight years. We’ll be more than happy to help them scoff their take-home gift boxes…
Where: Expat Kitchen Pte Ltd, 9 Norris Rd, Singapore, 208252.
When: 10:30am-12:00pm, 1 Apr 2017.
UFIT Kids Camps
UFIT has a stellar reputation for whipping adults into shape with its group fitness classes. This April UFIT is offering two FUNdamental weeklong camps for active kids. At the Athletes Development Camp your little Usain Bolt will not only learn what it takes to become a future sporting champion, but they’ll make friends and have a ball. The Rugby Development Camp gives kids a taste of what it’s like to be a professional player while improving their skills and strength. Junior rugby nuts will be pumped to meet and greet a special guest. England 7’s star Dan Norton will be sharing his experience at international level.
Where: Tanglin Rugby Ground. For full details
When: Rugby 10 – 14 Apr 2017, and Athletics 3 – 7 April 2017.
Website: For full details of the two weeks see www.ufit.com.sg/kids-camps. To secure your child’s place call (+65) 6225 5059 or email email@example.com.
Skateline Holiday Camp
Have your kids always wanted to be the real deal on wheels? At Skateline Holiday Camp, kids of all skill types are welcome. For children from five to 13 years old, the beginner portion of the camp will feature an introduction to skating, essential skills such as balance, and fall-avoidance postures. Experienced skaters get to fine-tune their moves with skill assessment and learn advanced ones. The camp also includes group personal accident insurance coverage and is taught by experienced professional instructors (and not teen part-timers – phew!).
Where: Assorted parks in Singapore
When: 13 – 15 and 16 – 17 Mar 2017
We totally subscribe to the Sport4Kids catchphrase of ‘Learn young, have fun, live well’ – there’s nothing quite like a can do attitude! The multi-activity camp this first term break will have your kids giving loads of activities a red-hot go! From basketball, to arts and crafts, swimming, athletics, baseball, soccer and tennis, your little go-getters will be well and truly worn out by camps end. Just as we like it!
Where: Sports4Kids, Dover Court International School, 301 Dover Road, Singapore, 139644.
When: 9am-2pm, 20-24 Feb 2017.
Shaws Little Leagues Holiday Camps
Our sporty little heroes are always chuffed to join Shaws Little League’s camps! With its mantra of “no fluff, no strings”, these holiday camps are all about the pure exhilaration of playing, sportsmanship, uncomplicated rules and friendly competition. The holiday program involves two sport sessions (including sports like rugby, tennis, basketball, baseball, cricket, golf, hockey, athletics, soccer, volleyball and ultimate Frisbee), combined with nutrition workshops and cooking activities (to encourage healthy snacking) and art and craft (for fine motor skills) or project work.
Where: Shaw Little League@ The Cage, 38 Jalan Benaan Kapal, Singapore 399635
Where: Various locations, including The Cage near Kallang Leisure Park and Bukit Timah
When: 13 – 17 Mar and 3 – 6 Apr 2017.
Camp Asia’s HUGE variety of holiday camps for kids is set to please all kids, from mini Masterchefs to tech prodigies. For sports fanatics, check out the Super Soccer Camp. Budding Ronaldos can now improve their skills with an intensive soccer-training week conducted by Real Madrid Foundation Technical Academy. New skills and techniques aren’t the only things kids will learn; the camp also teaches the importance of working together, sportsmanship, respecting competition and celebrating others’ wins. Oh, and did we mention that your kids can try their hands at Lego robotics, cooking, scientific experiments, gymnastics, and theatre (to name just a few activities on offer)?
Where: Australian International School or Stamford American International School
When: 3 – 7 Apr and 10 – 14 Apr 2017.
We can create workshops at Act3 Drama Academy
If you’ve got little performers on your hands, make Act 3 Drama Academy your kids’ holiday pit stop. This March holiday, the centre is holding workshops inspired by various children’s books. Connect with your toddler and see the world through their eyes at parent-child workshop “Me!” based on My Very Big Little World. The Dot workshop is all about making a mark and seeing where it takes you, and the workshop based on text Ish encourages kids to think differently and to not be afraid to express their creativity.
Where: Act 3 International, 126 Cairnhill Road, Singapore 229707
When: Various dates in Mar 2017
GESS holiday camps
German European Singapore School offers exciting holiday camps for all types and talents, including Blast off with Shakespeare in Space, the super fun Whizz Kids Camp, where children will delve in exciting activities including filmmaking, music video creation, fun yoga, ‘Crazy Science’ and arts and crafts. Or join Camp Hulk – where kids will play fun games, play in five vs five tournaments and use cool technology like 3D printing and have droid wars.
Where: German European School Singapore (Junior Campus), 300 Jalan Jurong Kechil
When: 21-23 Mar, 3 – 7 Apr 2017.