We’re loving the Winter Olympics, so we’ve taken a look at some cool picks for kids to get active and keep up the spirit until Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020...
Olympic fever has taken over the world! There’s nothing as awe-inspiring as the mind-boggling feats of fearless snowboarders, the super-speedy skiiers and the cool-as-cucumber curling competitors all battling for medals at PyeongChang 2018. If your kids are suddenly showing an interest in an Olympic sport themselves, then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got a full A-Z of Olympics-inspired activities in Singapore (we may have cheated a tiny bit in some cases: we challenge you to find a real sport beginning with Q: Quidditch doesn’t count, apparently), from martial arts to water sports, athletics to soccer schools, get ready for your kids to go for gold!
A is for Athletics: JS Athletics
Sprint over to the medal-winning coaches at JS Athletics for private lessons, enrichment programmes or holiday camps in specialist sports such as track and field or long-distance running.
CCAB (PSOEB) Stadium, Bishan Stadium, Bedok Stadium and Queenstown Stadium, e. [email protected]; www.js-athletics.com
B is for Badminton: Alpha Academy
Whack a winning point by signing your kids up with Alpha Academy, where world-class coaches will strive to improve every player’s full potential. Classes are designed to be fun, and small coach-to-student ratios ensure optimum learning skills for all ability levels. honey
Various locations including United World College Dover Campus and Tanglin Trust School, e. [email protected]; www.alphaacad.com
C is for Cycling: Cycle School Singapore
You’re never too young, or too old, to learn how to ride a bike! We’ve found Cycle School Singapore for putting our kids on the right track to bike-riding fun. (And we may just send a certain editor-in-chief along for lessons too…)
e. [email protected]; www.cycleschoolsg.com
D is for Diving: Happy Fish Swim School
Platform diving is a skill that’s not only sure to impress your child’s mates at the pool, but also a pretty adventurous kinda sport for those kids ready to go beyond plain ole swimming lessons. Happy Fish coaches kids and adults of all levels, and with training taking place alongside Aerotumblers Diving Club, you can bet your bottom dollar that your little minnows will be diving like pros in no time at all.
Various locations, e. [email protected]; www.swimminglessons.com.sg
E is for Equestrian: Gallop Stables
Gallop holds the bragging rights to being the largest public riding centre in Singapore, with a total of 150 horses and a pool of 10 experienced instructors. Lessons range from private lessons for juniors (4-6 years old), semi-private (bring a friend!), and group lessons. Plus, experienced riders (after assessment by riding instructors) can go on trail rides, self-rides in the arena, or even lease a horse for a day!
Horse City, Punggol, Leisure Farm and Pasir Ris locations, e. [email protected]; www.gallopstable.com
F is for Fencing: Z Fencing
An Olympic sport being taught by an actual Olympian? That’s what you’ll be getting over at Z Fencing! Kids age eight and up will love training to be a real-life musketeer over at Z Fencing, who boast an academy with over 6000sqft of space, housing 10 electric fencing pistes and all-important impact protection flooring! Young fencers will move through a five-level curriculum and can join either core or elite programmes, depending on ability. Touche!
Toa Payoh and Thompson Road locations, e. [email protected]; www.zfencing.com
G is for Gymnastics: The Yard
Bend, stretch and flip! The Yard is where it’s all at for tumbling tots from age 12 months (where parent participation classes will give little ones the perfect building block for future gymnastic success), right up to senior classes (for talented tweens and teens age 11 plus) to accelerate skills. Whether your child is just starting out on the road to gymnastic success, or is already an advanced back-flipping super-star, we guarantee that the state-of-the-art equipment (think custom made power spring deck floors, tumbling platforms and competition grade bars, beams, etc) and fabulous instructors will get the very best out of your gymnastics-loving kids.
#01-03, 10 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609079, e. [email protected]; www.theyard.com.sg.
H is for (Ice) Hockey: Skatestar
This sport is fun, fast and toughens up the ankles. Offered year-round for all skill levels, kids will be taught by NCAP-certified and NSA-affiliated instructors. They can even ask their schools to apply for it as a CCA at a subsidised rate.
2 Jurong East Central 1, Level 3, JCube, Singapore 609731, e. [email protected];www.therink.sg/lessons/learn-to-skate-lts
I is for Ice Skating: Skatestar
The ice skating this Winter Olympics really knocked our socks off! It’s our favourite sport at the Winter Olympics (even if we’ll never be able to land six quads like 18-year-old Nathan Chen) we just had to include it. Kids can learn to whizz around the ice at Learn-to-Skate courses suitable for little ones as young as three years at The Rink! Once they have mastered the art of staying upright, mini Kwans and Yuzus can choose to focus their skating skills on figure skating, speed skating or even ice hockey lessons.
2 Jurong East Central 1, Level 3, JCube, Singapore 609731, e. [email protected]; www.therink.sg/lessons/kids-learn-to-skate
J is for Judo: Singapore Judo Club
This modern martial arts form hails from Japan, and Singapore Judo Club teaches its pupils to execute swift moves in a no-nonsense way. Subduing an opponent is the name of the game, and whether it’s grappling, tossing, or throwing, you’ll find your little ones rather keen to execute a joint lock on you!
1 Guillemard Crescent, Singapore 399683, e. [email protected]; www.facebook.com/singaporejudoclub
K is for Kayaking: Constant Wind
Make a splash over at Changi coast with your kids age nine and above, where you will find high sea adventures including Olympic sport, kayaking. For the land lovers amongst you, stay firmly on dry land at the on-site cafe, where you can watch the kids having a whale of a time while munching on local and international food fare.
11 Changi Coast Walk, Singapore 499740, e. [email protected]; www.constantwind.com
L is for Luge: Skyline Luge
Yes, we know we are stretching the rules a little bit… but who in Singapore doesn’t love, love, love The Luge over at Sentosa? Challenge the kids to a race down the four different trails of the Skyline Luge for a fun day out that’s sure to be a winner for the whole family!
45 Siloso Beach Walk Sentosa, Singapore 099003; www.skylineluge.com
M is for Martial Arts: Trifecta
Taekwondo and Judo are amongst the martial arts competing at the Olympics, and If you have a kid who is full of energy, then it could be time to put your little one’s exuberance to good use at a martial arts class! We tried the kids’ Taekwondo sessions out ourselves over at Trifecta Martial Arts, where children are trained in this Korean martial art that combines combat and self-defence moves in order to develop speed, strength, and balance. It’s sure to help to boost your child’s self-confidence too.
River Valley, Novena and Bukit Timah locations, e. [email protected]; www.trifecta.com.sg
N is for Netball: Fast Break and Netball Singapore
Netball isn’t actually an Olympic sport, but we say it should be! Its similar sibling, basketball is, however. For basketball lessons, Fast Break is where it’s all at for kids age four to 19 years to learn the cool art of slam dunking in a structured and competitive environment. And for netball fans, kids age six to ten years can join the KidzNet programme at Netball Singapore, where they will learn how to play the sport using smaller netballs and shorter goalposts.
Kallang Netball Centre; www.fastbreak.com.sg and Netball Singapore; www.netball.org.sg
O is for Olympics
With so many sports to choose from, we thought we would give you a quick breather on all that decision making and fill you in on a five fun Olympic facts instead!
- The Olympic Games were created in Greece in 776BC as part of a religious pagan festival in honour of the Greek God, Zeus.
- The five Olympic rings represent the five major regions of the world: Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
- The USA has won more medals at the Summer Games than any other country: 2681 of them and counting!
- Up until 1994 the Olympics were held every four years. Since then, the Winter and Summer games have alternated every two years.
- Singapore has been sending athletes to the Summer Games since 1948, with medal successes in weightlifting and table tennis to date.
P is for Polo: Pacer Water Polo Academy
Water polo has been rising in popularity for some time now, and with kids naturally loving the water, this is a fun sport that could be a big hit with your little ones. Pacer Water Polo Academy has three levels in its Junior Water Polo Programme, where the focus is on ball skills, positioning and team dynamics. Kids will be grouped according to age and ability.
301 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Toa Payoh Swimming Complex, Singapore 319392, e. [email protected]; www.pacerwaterpolo.com
Q is for Question
Our question is: ‘How well will Singapore do in the Winter Olympics this year?’ With there not being much snow and ice around for traditional winter sports, we’re not sure we’ll be doing quite as well as we did with the Rio victories!
R is for Rugby: Centaurs Group
Whether your kids age three and up have been ruck and rolling a while with their rugby skills, or are new to the game, there is a session for all over at Centaurs. Choose from Mini Rugby for the smaller scrummers, and continue into the Contact Rugby lessons for the older kids. Aspiring rugby fans will learn cool new skills including passing, catching, running, evasion, tackling, scrums, rucking and mauling.
200 Turf Club Rd, Singapore 287994; www.centaursgroup.com
S is for Soccer: JSSL Arsenal Soccer School
Whether you call it soccer or football, you’re sure to see a great spectacle when it comes to watching national teams battle it out for gold on the pitch this year! If your kids aren’t already soccer mad, the upcoming FIFA World Cup is bound to inspire them to take up a soccer lesson or two. JSSL has a heap of professional coaches who are all about encouraging future football stars to train to their full potential, and inspiring a lifelong passion for the game. We love that girls are welcome too. Goal!
Various locations, e. [email protected]; jssl-singapore.com/fc
T is for Table Tennis: Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA)
Table tennis is a bit of a national sport here, and kids as young as five can start at the ‘Learn-to-Play’ programme by Singapore Table Tennis Association. The sessions are designed for beginners and little to pick up some basic rules, and of course some ping pong skills over 10 weeks. ‘Continue-to-Play’ is the next step, where things will get a bit faster!
Various locations: www.stta.org.sg/play-table-tennis/learn-play
U is for Usain Bolt
The electric runner with the cheeky green has kept his spot as the fastest man in the world at Rio 2016. Does your kid want to be as fast as Bolt? Get them into the ActiveSG Athletics Club programmes, where they’ll work on their running, speed, coordination and confidence!
V is for Very Good for Little Children: Sportball
Yep, we’re blatantly cheating now. We could have gone with volleyball, but there aren’t any volleyball courses for kids in Singapore at the moment. Toddlers, on the other hand, have way more options. Kids from as young as 16 months up to the age of 12 can try out multisport at Sportball to keep active and learn fundamental sport skills by trying out whole range of sports for kids, including hockey, soccer and volleyball.
Blk 26 Sin Ming Lane #08-113, Midview City, Singapore 573971, e. [email protected]; www.sportball.com.sg
W is for Wrestling: Wrestling Federation of Singapore
Sport wrestling is a fun activity for kids to develop not only their playground-cred, but also perfect for developing coordination, agility, mental strength, social skills and fitness. Kids age between seven and 13 years are welcome to train for possible future Olympic glory!
4, Fourth Chin Bee Rd, Jurong Outdoor Futsal Centre #01-03, Singapore 619698, e. [email protected]; singaporewrestling.com
X is for X Factor
As the winner of Singapore’s first Olympic Gold for the 100-metre butterfly, Singapore’s own Joseph Schooling has got bucketloads of X Factor that makes him a superstar in and out of the pool. We also love his amazing attitude that will absolutely inspire a whole new generation of kids to follow their sporting dreams. “I hope this paves a new road for sports in Singapore,” Schooling has told the press. “I hope it shows that people from the smallest countries in the world can do extraordinary things.” Want to get your kids into swimming? Don’t miss our essential guide to swimming schools in Singapore.
Y is for Yachting: The SAF Yacht Club
Yachting/sailing: the same thing (ish)… Sailing is a massive event at the Olympics, and we say it’s never too early to get give your kids water confidence with some sailing and yachting lessons. Take to the waves over at The SAF Yacht Club’s Get Kids Afloat Programme, where small sea dogs between seven and 15 years old can take an introductory sailing course. Kids will take part in theory as well as practical lessons, and will pick up new skills including rigging of crafts, capsize drills and more.
Various locations; www.safyc.org.sg/get-kids-afloat.php
Z is for Zzzzz
We don’t know about you, but all that talk of sport, and watching all the amazing feats of the Olympians has worn us right out. Time for a nap…
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