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Bore-busting holiday camps for the kids this summer

Learning doesn’t have to be dull! Shake things up this summer with activities that are entertaining and educational. We’ve found 10 great holiday camps that will keep those little hands and feet (and minds) on the go during the long school break.


Kids at Adam Khoo: I Am Gifted!
All eyes on the speaker at Adam Khoo: I Am Gifted!

Adam Khoo: I Am Gifted!

Ages: 10 to 19 years
Cost: $2,388 for first-timers, and $400 for past attendees
Duration: Five days, Monday to Friday (3 to 7 July)
Focus: To make learning easier and more efficient
Location: 115 Eunos Ave 3, #03-04
Registration: 6274 0105 | akltg.com

What to expect

The I Am Gifted! Summer Programme is a holistic course aimed at helping children achieve both academic and personal goals through the mastery of learning, communication, relationships and life skills, preparing them for the fast-changing society we live in. Kids will be trained by Adam Khoo, a best-selling author and a peak performance trainer, along with other trainers who have more than 10 years’ experience in the programme.

Children will learn time-saving and time-management strategies that allow them to develop a better balance of work and play. Through fun games and activities, kids will learn communication, leadership and innovation. Having faced similar issues, the trainers are able to guide the children from personal experience. Past participants have seen improvements in various areas including self-confidence, motivation, academics and family relationships.

Hear from a camper

“The Learning Mastery skills helped me study subjects much more efficiently. I learnt to manage time between my studies, two co- curricular activities and music classes. At the end of Secondary 3, I topped Biology and Chemistry and ranked among the top 30, far surpassing my goal!” – Darius


Camp Asia kids cooking
Cooking up a storm at Camp Asia

Camp Asia

Ages: 3 to 16 years
Cost: From $625 per weekly camp, including lunch, morning and afternoon snacks and T-shirt; two-way bus service, $65 per week
Duration: Five days, Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm
Focus: Multi-activity and sports
Location: Stamford American International School, 1 Woodleigh Lane
Registration: 6593 3691 | campasia.asia

What to expect

There is loads to explore at Camp Asia, and, with 15 different camps that span a wide range of activities, kids are bound to be thoroughly engaged and entertained. There’s something for everyone: sports lovers (soccer, basketball, gymnastics and multi-sports), creative ones (drama, cooking, art and multi-activity), avid learners (math, science and Mandarin) and tech-savvy kids (robotics, electronics, drones and programming).

Teachers are highly qualified and have been background- checked according to Camp Asia’s recruitment policy. They hold years of experience, and they employ teaching methods that are adapted according to age, class and content. Parents are highly involved with what their children are up to. In the Super Chef camp, for example, they are invited for a lunch specially prepared by the kids. The children’s skills will be put to the test as they cook, serve and explain how they created the meal. Parents can expect a lunch dished up in full Master Chef-style, with everything from the bread to drinks being made from scratch.

Hear from a parent

“Daniel is a huge fan of Lego; he’s been playing with it since he was two years old. He had a blast at Lego Robotics and hasn’t stopped talking about it since.” – Oksana Scott


Canadian International School basketball players
Excited players on the court at the Canadian International School

Canadian International School (CIS)

Ages: 4 to 14 years
Cost: $723 per weekly camp (full day), including T-shirt, snacks and field trips (if listed as part of the camp activities); a half-day camp option is $425 for the week
Duration: Full day, 8.30am to 4.30pm; half day, 8.30am to 12pm, or 1pm to 4.30pm; 19 June to 28 July
Focus: Creativity and performance, sports, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) Multi Activity and English language learning
Location: CIS Lakeside campus and Tanjong Katong campus
Registration: cis.edu.sg/summercamp

What to expect

There’s something for everyone at the CIS Summer Camp. Kids can choose from a mix of fun themes, such as performing arts, sports and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). They’ll be taught by qualified and passionate teachers with years of experience; a nurse is also on hand for any mishaps, and the Camp Principal is always on campus. Younger kids (aged four to six years) will be well taken care of with the help of assistant teachers. No students are employed and all staff are thoroughly reference-checked before they start working.

Children love the warm and friendly facilitators and the opportunities they have to make new friends. Many have returned each year to take part in the fun and engaging activities.


Camp Magic performance
Be well-entertained with performances at Camp Magic

Camp Magic

Ages: 3 to 12 years
Cost: $625 per week
Duration: Five days (Monday to Friday); 19 June to 26 July
Focus: Multi-dimensional
Location: SJI International School, 490 Thomson Road
Registration: 9008 5484 | ilovecampmagic.com

What to expect

Founded 17 years ago in Singapore, Camp Magic is a multi- dimensional programme based on the belief that a child’s imagination is activated through a variety of activities and experiences. Each week kicks off with a crew performance that models circus, music, comedy, singing and story. Children are introduced to a new story every Monday and the comprehensive weekly program is then built around this tale.

The range of activities includes art, craft, puppetry, circus skills, song “baking” and map making, and each Friday there is a community performance. “Camp Crew” facilitators are trained artists and performers who have previous experience working with children and receive intensive training prior to every camp. Many families attend multiple camp weeks, as there is plenty of diversity from week to week.

Hear from a parent

“Thank you for the wonderful experience Leo and Noah had at Camp Magic. We were so impressed with the quality and energy of the performance on Friday – the talent and creativity was evident and the fun was infectious. What a great team you have assembled and what a fantastic vibe you all created. You have turned two very reluctant camp-goers into enthusiasts who want to sign up again! Thank you so much.” – Jessica


Centre Stage kids taking a selfie
Taking a quick selfie at Centre Stage

Centre Stage

Ages: 3 to 12 years
Cost: Ranges from $320 to $420, depending on age
Duration: Five days (Monday to Friday); three hours each day for 5- to 12-year-olds and 2.5 hours per day for 3- to 5-year-olds
Focus: Creative and performing arts, musical theatre, dance, singing, film-making and arts and crafts
Location: Portsdown Road Centre and East Coast
Registration: 6732 7211 | centre-stage.com

What to expect

Explore the arts this holidays at Centre Stage. Take part in Creative Arts Adventure Camps where kids can enjoy a week jam-packed with a variety of fun activities including drama, singing, dance, and arts and crafts. Also on offer are Specialist Interest Camps, including exciting themes such as film, which winds up with an informal presentation for the parents at the end of the week.

All full-time teachers are trained performers from the UK and are experts in their field, having completed courses at drama schools and universities. Many of them have worked, and continue to work in theatre. Kids will gain a rich understanding of both theoretical expertise and practical application of the performing and creative arts from them.

Holiday camps are perfect for making new friends, getting to know the teachers and getting a taste of their programmes before committing to regular classes. Kids have commented that they enjoy interacting with one another and being given the freedom to explore their imaginations.


ISS Summer School Discovery kids playing sports
Fun on the field at ISS Summer School Discovery

ISS Summer School Discovery

Ages: 4 to 18 years
Cost: From $385 per session (morning and afternoon); a full-day session is $770
Duration: Five days (Monday to Friday) or four weeks; 9am to 4pm; 3 to 28 July
Focus: STEM, language, arts and sports
Location: ISS International School (Singapore), 25 Paterson Road
Registration: 6235 5844 | iss.edu.sg

What to expect

Let your kids embark on a learning journey at the ISS Summer School Discovery, where they’ll be taken through four areas of experiences; they can choose to attend the same course or different courses across the four weeks. Teachers facilitating the courses are subject matter experts in their fields.

Begin the morning with Language Discovery, which aims to improve communication and creative expression for a range of learners. ESL (English as a Second Language) courses as well as Creative Storytelling and Creative Language courses are available. Young artists will take a shine to Arts Discovery, where they can enjoy activities including crafts like papier-mâché, photography, jewellery-making and sculpting. Those with a flair for drama will love the performing arts course, which includes singing, dancing, exploring new musical instruments and theatre.

The STEM Discovery courses provide plenty of hands-on fun, and a great introduction to the world of science, engineering concepts and more. Older kids will even get to design computer games and program drones! In the afternoon, get active with Discovery Adventures, which offers games and sports that improve coordination, motor skills, agility, fitness and spatial awareness. Sessions are tailored to each age group.


Little Mandarins kids learning
Hands-on learning at Little Mandarins

Little Mandarins

Ages: 4 to 9 years
Cost: From $330 per week
Duration: 9.45am to 12.45pm daily
Focus: Mandarin
Location: Block 71, Loewen Road
Registration: 6473 8377 | little-mandarins.com

What to expect

Go on a rainforest adventure and discover China at the Little Mandarins Summer Camp. The camps are packed full of hands- on, entertaining activities including storytelling, speech and drama, songs, indoor and outdoor games, arts and crafts, brush painting and writing. Kids will discover the language through play, rather than rote-learning. Teachers are native Mandarin speakers and have great passion for the language; they’re also well-trained to teach children and deliver engaging lessons, drawing from both Eastern and Western methods of teaching, using interactive and stimulating activities to immerse the kids in a Mandarin-speaking environment.

There’s never a dull moment; Little Mandarins believe that children learn Mandarin best when they are happily engaged. Each camp is built around an exciting central theme. Through the unique and innovative teaching style on offer, kids will gain greater self-confidence, learn how to work as a team and develop their language skills. It’s no surprise that many return year after year and sign up for regular classes.


Singapore American School's Summer Semester kids and computers
There’s so much to learn at the Singapore American School’s Summer Semester

Singapore American School

Ages: 3 to 18 years
Cost: $2,400 for two weeks
Duration: Two weeks, Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm FOCUS: Soccer, cooking, art, sports and multi-topic
Location: Singapore American School, 40 Woodlands Street 41
Registration: 6363 3403 | sas.edu.sg

What to expect

At the Singapore American School’s (SAS) Summer Semester, children of all ages will be challenged and engaged with classes of their choice. The dynamic atmosphere aims to spark intellectual curiosity and creative expression with the support of SAS teachers. Offering personalised learning, kids are encouraged to pursue their passions and choose their own projects.

With the rigour of the typical SAS curriculum, students are able to explore concepts at their own pace. Courses are taught by both current school faculty and partners from prestigious universities like Stanford and Columbia. Fees include a healthy daily set lunch. Parents can also opt for the door-to-door pickup and drop-off bus service for convenience.

Hear from a camper

“When I told my friends I was doing summer semester this year, they asked me why I would willingly go to school when I could be sitting at home doing whatever I wanted. Well, the reason was that it’s such a great experience – as I learned from attending last year. Summer semester is essentially what I wish school was, because of all the different courses available and, for the lack of a better word, the ‘fun-ness’ of it all.” – Alysha


Whizz Kidz kids doing robotics
Create your own robot at Whizz Kidz

Whizz Kidz

Ages: 4 to 13 years
Cost: $440 for five-day camps
Duration: Monday to Friday, 9am to 2pm
Focus: Science, technology and media
Location: Camps are held at locations including UWCSEA’s Dover and East campuses, Canadian International School’s Lakeside and Katong campuses and GESS
Registration: 6271 1478 | whizzkidz.com.sg

What to expect

Instead of the traditional sit-and-stare-at-the-teacher-talking routine, Whizz Kidz makes learning fun. Students are immersed into an imaginary environment and story – think role-playing games with an educational agenda. Whether they are the evil minions of a despotic scientist or idealistic creators from an ancient era, kids will never have a dull moment picking up new concepts through hands-on investigation and discussions led by experienced educators.

There are tons of exciting science camps to choose from, including Dr Franky, Dr Who, Dr Evil and Mission Impossible 2.5. Or check out the technology camps, such as Dr Droid and Dr Lego Bot, where kids can create their own robots and control them. Movie fanatics will have a blast at Whizz Kidz Of Oz where they’ll learn how movies are made. Kids can also try out 3D printing and bring a keepsake home.

Hear from a parent

“Keegan came home from the camp bubbling with excitement and keen to share and recreate what they invented each day. He really loved the camp and definitely wants
to go back again. We feel that it has a great balance of fun and adventure, learning and discovery, and interaction that promotes new friendships.” – Donna


Zoom Park Asia trampoline lesson
Let off some steam and bounce at Zoom Park Asia

Zoom Park Asia

Ages: 5 to 17 years
Cost: $50 to register and $280 for the one-week course; fees include two free one-hour jump vouchers
Duration: 5 days (Monday to Friday), for 2 hours per day
Focus: Trampolines
Location: Zoom Park Asia, 200 Pandan Gardens #01-14
Registration: 6334 4615 | zoomparkasia.com

Have a bouncing good time at the Jump Acrobat trampoline course this summer. The recreational course is based on the Long Term Trampoline Athlete Development (LTTAD) model by Gymnastics Canada. Pick up some new trampoline skills and tricks, while learning how to stay safe and have fun with games. Discover how to control your body in order to lower the risks of injury, while mastering shaped jumps, back and front landings, twists and more.

Classes are organised according to age and will take participants through various routines covering skills on the floor, tumble mat and trampoline. This foundational programme is important for progression to more advanced levels of trampolining.

Sessions will be taught by Jessica Hinton, a senior accredited trampoline coach and former national trampoline competitor from the UK, as well as other certified Jump Acrobat instructors. With these professionals on hand, you can rest assured that your kids are in good hands.


Note: Prices listed for all camp programmes above are correct at time of printing.

This is an article that first appeared in the May 2017 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy for the full article, or Subscribe now so you never miss an issue!

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