The school holidays are coming — which means thrilled kids and slightly stressed parents wondering how to keep their children occupied and off the walls. Here are some classes and courses to not only amuse young persons with various interests, but also stock them with skills which will prove lucrative, useful or at least amusing for long after the course is over.
Puppets Attack workshops
For Kids Learning the Art of Manipulation
Let your tots control compliant creatures which dance and jump at their every whim, and no, we're not talking about their parents. The free Puppets Attack workshops, ushering in the Asean Puppetry Festival, teaches kids and adults alike to operate different types of puppets...after creating them from recyclable materials. Cheap entertainment for children that actually helps clear clutter in your home? This is it!
Children's Technology Workshop
For Tiny Techies
We live in technological times. Whether or not your offspring are already tech-savvy, help them on their way to becoming tech titans with Children's Technology Workshop, a unique organisation offering fun courses which use colourful tools like lego to teach robotics, engineering, video game design and animation amongst, other techie things. For the festive period, take your kids to their 5-day holiday camps including Halloween-themed camps in October, Christmas camps from November to December, Robo-Battle camps, and more.
Children's Technology Workshop, #02-K1 Forum the Shopping Mall, Various dates through 11 December, 9.30am-noon, or 2pm-4.30pm. From $299, registration required | 68874547. Various camps for various ages, from 3.5 – 13 years old.
For Kids Who Keep Destroying their Clothes and Bags
If your tots keep damaging their apparel and you don't want to buy them new ones after every little tear, sewing is probably going to prove a pretty useful essential life skill for them, be they male or female. At The Art Room, they'll be taught basic hand sewing using special child-safe materials and needles to create different types of stitches. This isn't just useful for patching up wear and tear: these tot-tailors will be taught to use their sewing skills in making wallets, stuffed animals, russian dolls, felt letters...and cupcakes? Machine-sewing classes also available for children aged 8 and up.
The Art Room, One Commonwealth #08-14, Various classes between Mon-Sat 11am-5pm. From $120, registration required | 67324979. Various classes for various ages between 6 to 16.
For Starlets of the Silver Screen
If your kids watch tons of movies on DVD, transform a possible addiction into something more educational by enrolling them in Kindernomics' Movie Star Camp. They'll get to work with other mini movie moguls on writing a script, casting for the roles, designing the set and costumes, act and even be involved in post-production work...before attending a red-carpet premiere where they and their parents are the VIPs. Who knows, the next DVD they watch after that might see them discussing angles and lighting with you.
Kindernomics, #11-01 Forum (Office Tower) | 65918748. Nov 21-23, Nov 28-30, 9am-1230pm or 2pm-530pm. $280. For ages 4-7.
Act 3 Drama Academy
For Thespian Tots
One of Singapore's oldest and most established kid-focused drama companies, Act 3 International continues to nurture tiny talents with these holiday drama camps. Whether or not they eventually want to turn thespian, participants can learn confidence, communication, co-operation and more E.Q essentials through rehearsing for and performing various magical, holiday-appropriate tales; including 'The Nutcracker' and 'If The Shoe Fits (A hilarious Cinderella Story)'.
Act 3 Drama Academy, 126 Cairnhill Road. Various five-day workshop dates between 19 Nov and 14 Dec; various camps for various ages from 3-15; various Times. $300 | 67359986