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Monday, 14.11.2016

Searching for awesome activities to maximise your child’s year-end holidays? Here are some ideas from the Kids World team to get the ball rolling!

Hey everyone, school’s out… and FUN’s in! Parents looking to pique the curiosity and capture the imagination of their kids will be spoilt for choice (while young ones are in for a treat)! From learning camps and interactive workshops to loads more in between, these holiday highlights will challenge and delight every kid. Places are limited, so act fast to chope a spot! After all, why put a spring into your kids’ step when you can make them absolutely bounce for joy?

Julia Gabriel Centre: Holiday Adventures
This festive season, treat your child to a rollicking good time at Julia Gabriel Centre, where a line-up of specially themed programmes awaits to build their literacy skills in fun and captivating ways. Parents can choose from a vibrant selection of adventures tailored just for babes to tweens, inviting them to explore worlds filled with snow, masks, friendly characters and lots more.

Dates: 28 Nov to 9 Dec
Times: Various timings (check website for details)
Ages: 6 months to Primary 5
Venues: 583 Orchard Road, #04-00 Forum; 4 Tampines Central 5, #05-03 Tampines Mall

More info: www.juliagabriel.com/our-programmes/holiday-programme/

Chengzhu Mandarin Education: Holiday Programmes
Instil a love for learning and speaking Mandarin in your child through storytelling, music, singing, traditional dance, crafts, calligraphy, role-play and other interactive activities galore. With such immersive fun and games, kids will develop further interest in Mandarin as well as its culture, while growing into confident and fluent speakers of the language. Kids will have a blast being bilingual! Programmes range from parent-accompanied (for ages 6 months to 3 years); foundation (for pre-schoolers); and school years (primary level).

Dates: 28 Nov to 2 Dec
Times: Various timings (check website for details)
Ages: 6 months to Primary 3
Venue: 35 Rochester Drive, #03-01 Rochester Mall
More info: www.chengzhu.edu.sg/images/holidayprogramme2016/holidayprogramme2016_december.pdf

Kindergolf*: Holiday Camps
Described as the “gentleman’s game”, but young recruits of this sport will beg to differ! One of the trailblazers in golf education for tykes as young as two, there’s always a holiday itinerary happening at Kindergolf. With a choice of 1-day outdoor programme or 2-day indoor programme, young learners will pick up the fundamentals of golf and develop their motor skills while making new like-minded friends. Kids-friendly instructors will be on location throughout to assess each child’s learning speed and skill level to offer a tailored coaching session. Golf clubs, training aids, learning materials and relevant equipment are all provided during the camp. What’s more, your kid will be a “proud putter” with an after-camp certificate of participation awarded in recognition of his best efforts.
*Pssst! If you have kids aged 3-7 years, don’t forget to take advantage of Kindergolf’s special collaboration with Totts Golf, just for the hols. The lil’ ones will enjoy fun and games galore while parents get to enjoy a 15% F&B discount courtesy of camp venue Sandbank Restaurant. What a treat for the entire family!

Dates: Nov 23, Dec 14, Dec 21 (1-day prog); 21-22 Nov , 24-25 Nov, 12-13 Dec, 15-16 Dec, 19-20 Dec (2-day prog); 8-9 Dec (2-day prog—Totts Golf) 
Times: 1pm-6pm (1-day prog) ; 2pm-5pm (2-day prog)
Ages (recommended): 4-15+years; 3-7 years (Totts Golf)
Venues: Kindergolf @ National Service Resort & Country Club (for 1-day prog—Outdoors), Cairnhill Community Club (for 2-day prog—Indoors); Sandbank Restaurant (920 East Coast Parkway #01-28/30: for Totts Golf camp only)
More info: www.siliconplus.sg/kindergolf/; call 6441 3383 or email: wecare@kindergolf.com

Tumble Joy Gymnastics: Holiday Programs (Camp / Weekly)
Safe, fun, nurturing—that’s Tumble Joy Gymnastics’ mantra for its range of structured, high-energy programmes tailored for every child’s abilities according to age group. As advocators of fun and fitness, Tumble Joy’s latest 2,800sq ft facility at Tampines Hub is designed for just that, with its very own sponge pit, rock wall and other gym apparatus. Treat your kids to a workout session that will keep them happy and healthy as they strike up new friendships with fellow active peeps!

Dates: 5-8 Dec (Holiday Camp); 25 Nov to 22 Dec (Holiday Weekly—minimum 4 lessons)
Times: Holiday Camp: 11am-12pm (toddler); 12-1pm (kinder); 1-2pm (intermediate); Holiday Weekly: Toddler 4-5pm (Mon), 7-8pm (Thur), 2-3pm (Sun); Kinder 6-7pm (Tue), 12-1pm (Sat); Intermediate 7-8pm (Tue), 2-3pm (Sat)
Age (per age group): 3-5 years (toddler); 5-7 years (kinder); 7 years and up (intermediate)
Venue: Festive Mall @ Our Tampines Hub, 51 Tampines Avenue 4, #B1-11/12
More Info: https://tumblejoygym.com/#holiday-program-section

SG Code Campus: Basics of Code Holiday Coding Camps
Give your child a head-start in coding with instructional courses that apply a hands-on approach designed to fit the learning curve. Using Scratch as the interactive gateway in Basics of Code (BOC) levels 1 & 2, students will understand how coding can be a useful tool for numerous applications. From building basic programmes to brainstorming computer-led solutions, participants will also become more independent thinkers while learning the value of teamwork. While BOC1 introduces kids to coding and its concepts, BOC2 builds on that foundation with essential know-how into more complex Scratch-enabled tasks. For Scratch-savvy kids, sign them up for BOC3 where they will learn the fundamentals of AppInventor, a more advanced code-learning platform that enables learners to build and programme mobile apps.

Dates: Basics of Code 1—Starting with Scratch: 12, 19 Nov, 3, 10, 17 Dec 2016 (Five Saturdays); 28-30 Nov, 1-2 Dec (Mon-Fri); 12-16 Dec (Mon-Fri); Basics of Code 2—Building with Scratch: 5-9 Dec (Mon-Fri); Basics of Code 3—Intermediate Programs with AppInventor: 13, 20 Nov, 4, 11, 18 Dec 2016 (Five Sundays)
Times: BOC1:1-3pm (for Saturday sessions); 10am-12pm (weekday sessions) BOC2: 10am-12pm or 2-4pm BOC3: 2-4pm
Ages: 8-11 years old
Venue: Parkway Centre, 1 Marine Parade Central #03-04
More Info: www.sgcodecampus.com/#boc-rm

Young Nautilus: Nature Walks
Join Young Nautilus and their team of marine educators for eye-opening and immersive field trips! These nature roves are popular with adults too, making them perfect for parent-child outings! With four locations lined up, you can decide to experience all of them, as there are a variety of dates to choose from as well. Places are limited to 20 participants per session, so plan early to avoid missing out!

Dates: 12 Nov to 30 Dec 2016
Time: Varies; earliest trip commences at 10am (Sungei Buloh); latest at 630pm (Changi Intertidal)
Age (recommended): 8 years and up; children aged 8 and below to be accompanied by guardian(s)
Venue(s): Coney Island, Changi Intertidal, Labrador Park, Sungei Buloh
More Info: http://youngnautilus.com/programmes/public-programmes/

Speech Academy Asia: Speech Champions Holiday Camp
This knowledge and skills driven workshop will empower your child to be an effective communicator and fuel their confidence when speaking in public. Young participants will be groomed by dedicated trainers, who will impart to them valuable speech linguistic patterns and techniques that are necessary to become great speakers. Kids will be able to showcase the skills learnt and put them into practice throughout the course of the workshop. They will also tap into their leadership potential and take part in indoor and outdoor activities geared towards systematic hands-on learning. What’s more, upon camp completion, every proud “graduate” receives a certificate as well as a before-and-after DVD of their transition and transformation into a Speech Champion!

Dates: 24-25 Nov, 1-2 Dec, or 8-9 Dec 2016
Time: 930am-4pm
Age (recommended): 5 years and up
Venue: 200 Jurong East Ave 1 #03-04 Singapore 609789
More Info: http://speechacademyasia.com/kids-teens/fun-speaking-confidence-camp/

Kids Discovery Works: STEM Holiday Camps
Register your kid to any (or all!) of Kids DiscoveryWorks’ unique STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) camps. Little learners will boost their understanding of these concepts in fun-filled activities that encourage exploration, critical thinking, problem solving and more real-world skills. Travel back to prehistoric times in Dinosaur Discovery; conduct eye-opening scientific and engineering experiments in Amazing Science, Superhero Science (with a save-the-day twist!) and Once Upon a Time (with the help of favourite fairytale characters); embark on an interplanetary adventure that’s truly out of this world in Space Camp; be a forensic crime buster in Junior C.S.I.; or get pennywise with money smarts in Uncommon Cents! These lively sessions deliver facts AND fun, encouraging even the most reluctant learners to soak up all their newly-acquired knowledge with aplomb!

Dates: 21 Nov to 16 Dec 2016
Time: 9am-4pm
Ages: 4-12 years old
Venue: 215B Upper Thomson Road
More Info: www.kidsdiscoveryworks.com/holiday-camps/

LFA Football Academy: Nov Training Camp @ Offside
Your aspiring footballer will strike up new friendships while honing his playing skills at this flexi-training camp. Choose to register your son at one, or all three ½-day sessions—the morning (AM) camp focuses on football games and challenges, while the afternoon (PM) camp features drilling exercises to hone individual ball skills and techniques. For a more intensive experience, there’s the choice of full-day camp (up to three days) with lunch provided in between the AM and PM schedules. Whichever way you have it, all the boys will be assured of a fun-filled rigorous time out on the pitch!

Dates: 22-24 Nov 2016
Times: ½ day camp (AM): 9am-12pm; ½ day camp (PM): 2-5pm; Full day camp: 9am-5pm (lunch 12-2pm)
Ages:  6-12 years old
Venue: Offside Futsal Park, 2 Whitley Road (Under PIE Thomson Flyover)
More Info: http://lfa.sg/ or call 9002 4871

The Write Connection: 2016 November & December Holiday Programmes
The Write Connection (TWC) is a premier English Language enrichment centre, and its year-end programme line-up will spruce and spice up the holidays by steering kids in the right learning direction! Choose from courses especially designed for primary school students that will expand their learning horizons: For P1 and P2 kids, there's an introduction to literature and philosophy; brush up your child's creative or descriptive writing skills with the Write Away or Expository courses; or give your child an edge in the PSLE with respective courses that impart useful strategies to boost oral delivery and situational writing. TWC also invites kids in the Gifted Education Programme to experience its stimulating SCOOP! Programme where participants get to explore the awe-inducing worlds of general knowledge and current affairs.

Dates: 3-day and 5-day programmes available and dates vary; please refer to website for more details
Times:Vary, please refer to website for more details
Ages:  From P1-P6 students
Venue: Across all four TWC centres at Bishan, Bukit Timah, Jurong Gateway and Parkway Parade
More Info: www.thewriteconnection.com.sg/events/2017-december-holiday-programmes/

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