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The best classes for toddlers

By Tan Qiu LeiEvents - 22 October 2009 12:00 AM | Updated 20 July 2010

The best classes for toddlers

There's so much more to enriching a toddler's life than just eating, changing diapers and then leaving them in someone else's hands to be taken cared of. In the frenzied rush that is today's lifestyle, working parents are spending less quality time with their children, resulting in weakened family bonds as the kids grow older. Don't be a stranger to your kids - engage in fun activities that help bring parent and child together right this moment! Here we've found the best type of classes to consider for you and your toddler.

Keep fit
Simple exercise classes can improve your tot's balance, co-ordination and flexibility. Swimming, for instance, has been proven to increase intelligence, concentration, alertness and perception abilities. The younger your child starts (recommended age to learn swimming is two years old), the better he gets.  Gymnastics also help toddlers develop motor skills through music and movement. Want to be involved in your child's fitness regime? Take up yoga classes that are specially designed to accommodate both parent and child.

Talent time
Unleash the superstar in your child by enrolling him in a singing or acting workshop. Such workshops help to develop motor co-ordination, rhythmic awareness and a positive learning experience. Early social skills are also introduced through the interactive songs, games and role-playing.

Baby talk
Bring your child along for workshops that explore a two-way communication between you and your child. On top of forming a close bond between parent and child, these workshops also serve as the launching pad for your kid's social development, including listening and sharing abilities.

Here are some workshop and classes that would be perfect for toddlers!

Young Toddler Swimming Lesson
A master coach will teach your toddler how to kick, blow bubbles and other techniques to propel them through the water.
Date: November 1, 8, 15 and 22
Time: 2pm to 2.30pm 
Venue: Bedok Swimming Complex
Price: $250 a month
To register, call Happy Fish Swim School at 9651 7945.

Wonderful Moms & Tots class
Let your child experience the wonders of music and movement through gymnastics as they are introduced to various graceful moves.
Date: Ongoing on Thursdays (10-week programme)
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Venue: #02-10 Turf City
Price: From $350
To register, contact Sporty Joe's Enterprises at 6468 1109 or email [email protected].

Act3 International Drama Academy
Develop a sense of self-awareness and confidence in your child at this engaging workshop, which uses prose, poetry, music, puppetry and masks.
Date: Ongoing on Wednesdays and Saturdays (10 sessions per term)
Time: (Wednesdays) 10.30am to 11.30am / (Saturdays) 9.30am to 10.30am, 10.45am to 11.45am and 5pm to 6pm
Venue: 126 Cairnhill Arts Centre
Price: $250 for 10 sessions
To register, call 6735 9986 or email [email protected].

Tumbles Wobblers
It's play time for your kid as he crawls through tunnels, sings songs and engages in other fun activities with you. This class is designed to stimulate your child's imagination and develop physical skills.
Date: November 9, 2009 to January 10, 2010
Time: Saturdays, 10.45am to 11.30am
Venue: #02-12 UE Square
Price: $288
To register, call JWT Kids Gym at 6333 8511 or email [email protected].

Twoosy Doodlers
Attend this special parent-child class where your kid will learn about colours and textures while experimenting with safe and non-toxic materials.
Date: On-going on Tuesdays
Time: 11am - 11.45am
Price: $275 per 10 lessons
Venue: Abrakadoodle Art Studio at #02-13/15 Cluny Court
To register or find out more, call 6763 9219 or email [email protected].

Parent-Toddler Playgroup
Build on your child's ability to relate with others and concentration skills through fun games, music and plenty of interaction.
Date: The next term starts from January to March, once a week on Saturdays
Time: To be advised upon registration
Price: $480 per 10-week term
Venue: Wee Care at Devonshire Road
To register or find out more, call 6836 1450 or email [email protected].