Even though school ’s out, there’s no reason for kids to stop learning. To help feed young and inquisitive minds, we’ve found 10 outstanding holiday camps that will not only keep the kids occupied and engaged over the long holiday, but full of stories that they can tell at the family dinner table!
Camp Asia Summer Camp
Ages: Three to 16 years
Cost: $625 per week-long camp, including lunch, morning and afternoon snacks and a T-shirt (or $695 for the Super Chef and Super Soccer camps); two-way bus service, $65 per week
Duration: Five days, Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm
Focus: Multi-activity and super sports
Location: Stamford American International School, 1 Woodleigh Lane
Registration: 6593 3691 | campasia.asia
Kids are spoiled for choice at Camp Asia, which hosts 14 different camps across four themes catering to sporty kids (football, basketball and multi-sports), creative types (drama, cooking, arts and multi-activity), and those pursuing academics (science, mathematics, Mandarin) or creative technology. The Super Sports camp, for example, is for sport-mad kids aged six to 16 years and includes tennis, swimming, basketball, games, team building and soccer coaching courtesy of the Real Madrid Technical Academy! Camp Asia staff members are highly experienced and passionate about teaching and looking after children, which gives parents peace of mind. Staff are interviewed and background-checked according to Camp Asia’s recruitment policy. An on-site nurse is on hand to administer medication or first aid where needed.
New! Camp Asia has launched two innovative new camps, Super Basketball and Creative Innovators – guaranteed to banish any holiday boredom.
Canadian International School (CIS) Summer Camp
Ages: Four to 13 years
Cost: $785 per week-long camp (full day), including T-shirt, snacks and field trips listed as part of the camp activities; a half-day camp option starts from $401.25 for the week
Duration: Full-day is 8.30am to 4.30pm; half-day is 8.30am to 12.30pm – children can attend on either a daily or weekly basis, from 20 June to 29 July
Focus: A mix of learning opportunities in a fun and engaging environment
Location: CIS Lakeside campus and Tanjong Katong campus
Children are sure to find a summer camp to suit their interests among the diverse offerings at CIS. Camps are split into four themes and focus on subjects that ignite young passions: creativity and performance, sport and wellness, STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and global languages.
The staff comprises qualified, passionate teachers with substantial experience in the camp activities they teach. A qualified nurse and a Camp Principal are on campus at all times. Assistant teachers support teachers of camps for four- to six-yearolds. No students are employed, and all staff are reference-checked before they start working.
CIS camps are well regarded and among the island’s long-running camps; children comment that they like the warm and friendly staff and the opportunity to make new friends, and many of them return year after year to try their hand at a new range of fun and engaging activities.
Note! The English Language Learning camp ($650 per week including lunch) runs from 8.30am to 2.30pm.
The Keys Academy
Ages: Six to 15 years
Cost: $690 per week-long camp (early bird discounts available)
Duration: Five days, Monday to Friday, 9am to 2pm (lunch provided)
Focus: Interdisciplinary learning encompassing both academic skills and life skills
Location: 331 North Bridge Road, #02-08 Odeon Towers
Registration: 6734 8559 | thekeys.global
#1 CSI: Murder Mystery
For: 10 to 12 year olds
Use science and mathematics to solve a murder mystery, and learn the communication skills required to present your case in front of a grand jury.
#2 Silicon Valley 101
For: 8 to 10 year olds
Budding entrepreneurs design a consumer product for the millennial generation using 3D printing technology, and learn how to market the product, basic business skills, product design and pricing to improve their chances of selling a viable product.
#3 Design Innovation
For: Six to eight year olds
Creativity is developed through fun yet challenging hands-on activities that introduce design-thinking methodologies. Children can build their confidence by prototyping solutions in building and programming robots, micro-controllers and smart-phone applications.
Also, look out for more camps focused on Martian robot construction and programming (for nine to 12 year-olds) and programming basics for creative writing and animation (for seven to eight year olds). Camps are led by teachers with experience in the Ministry of Education curriculum, and in conjunction with teachers from the US and the UK; all have made an impact in their respective fields and want to teach students how to do the same.
Tip! For a special discount, Expat Living readers can quote the code“SummerCampELMag2016” when registering.
Little Mandarins Summer Camp
Learning is never boring at Little Mandarins, where kids comfortably acquire Mandarin via fun activities including storytelling, speech and drama, singing, loads of games – both indoors and outdoors – and arts and crafts too. (Phew!)
Hands-on activities are built around a weekly theme to enhance children’s self-confidence, teach teamwork and build on their language development. Last year, for example, campers who attended the Little Scientist camp conducted interesting science experiments: they made guitars to learn about sound, discovered waves using shaving foam and went exploring with handmade magnifying glasses!
The native Mandarin-speaking teachers are handpicked for their passion for teaching language to children, and are trained to deliver interactive and stimulating lessons based on a proprietary curriculum that draws from both Eastern and Western teaching methods. This is no doubt one of the main reasons why children return year after year.
The Children’s Centre for Creativity
Ages: Four to 12 years
Cost: $290 per four-day camp
Duration: Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 1pm
Focus: Creativity inspired by nature, science and art
Location: 47 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks
Registration: 6262 0750 | playeum.com
# 1 Hands-on Budding Entomologists
For: Six- to 12-year-olds
When: 7 to 10 June
Led by artist Isabelle Desjeux, children will become acquainted with the various bugs of Singapore (including insects, spiders, worms and snails) and will enjoy observing, documenting and engaging with the natural environment. Many aspects of entomology will be covered, from learning to identify beetles to finding strategies to observe their habits. Inspired by the bugs’ constructions, body shapes and living habits, kids will also spend time drawing, imagining and crafting, and will leave camp with the curiosity to continue their own observations of the world around them.
#2 Creating with Nature
For: Four to ten year olds
When: 14 to 17 June; 4 to 7 July
Nature provides the creative inspiration for children’s own art on daily morning walks around Gillman Barracks, during which they enjoy observing and engaging with the natural materials they spot. Led by artist and facilitator Eve Tan, children are encouraged to discuss, play and reflect, and to collect leaves, seeds, branches, twigs, flowers and more to create four original and natural artworks: a nature collage, a painting, a sculpture and an environmental artwork.
Ready Steady Go Kids
Ages: Five to nine years
Cost: $30 for one hour, $50 for two; 10 percent discount for five hours or more
Duration: Monday to Friday, one- or two-hour sessions from 9am or 10am
Location: Kovan Sports Centre (20 to 24 June); The Cage Sports Park, Bukit Timah (27 June to 1 July) Registration: 9855 8221 | readysteadygokids.com.sg
The newly launched Supersize Sports Me camp promises to be intense and engaging, as staff focus children on fun and challenge while honing their fundamental movement skills. They’ll develop ball skills, hand-eye and leg-eye coordination, and learn to handle a bat, throw, kick, catch and more. The emphasis is on the benefits gained from participation and skill development in a range of sports – soccer, basketball, rugby, tennis, T-ball, cricket, hockey – as well as overall improvement in agility, balance and core strength. An experienced instructor with child first-aid certification and extensive programme curriculum training leads these sessions and aims to spark in children a life-long love for sport and healthy living.
Create Your Own Sports Camp
Gather a special group of six or more kids together and create a personalised summer sports programme on a day to suit you – perfect for ages three to nine years. The focus is on fun, with lots of running, playing and learning new skills as children are led by engaging, enthusiastic and high-energy trainers. Choose from locations at The Cage Sports Park Bukit Timah or Kovan Sports Centre, or choose your own venue. A typical camp runs for three hours per day for three days (from $280 per child). Email email@example.com.
Ages: Five to 13 years
Cost: From $280 for three-day camps, and $440 for five-day camps
Duration: Days and times vary from camp to camp
Focus: Science, technology, media and multi-activity
Location: Camps are held at locations including UWCSEA’s Dover and East campuses, Canadian International School’s Lakeside and Katong campuses, eXplorerkids, and the German European School Singapore
Registration: 6271 1478 | whizzkidz.com.sg
Whizz Kids camps offer exciting, original and educational programmes with lots of opportunities for hands-on investigation and discussion. The focus is firmly on fun as children learn about science, technology, art and media from an experienced team of educators who range from engineers, scientists and photographers to teachers and artists.
One of many popular camp choices is Dr Droid, an action-packed exploration of technology and robotics. Get started with Lego robotics and progress to independent programming, before creating your own robot and having it carry out tasks and navigate mazes. There’s also a chance to have a go at computer design compatible with a 3D printer, and to take home your own printed work.
Check out the range of camps for kids interested in science, movie-making and technology, or the multi-activity camps for all-rounders.
Quayside Isle Preparatory School
Ages: Three to six years
Cost: $450 to $500
Duration: Five days, Monday to Friday, 13 June to 8 July
Location: Quayside Isle Preparatory School, #01-17 Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way
Registration: 6235 7527 | quips.sg
When school is out for the summer, the newly revamped program at Quayside Isle Preparatory School begins. Send your children along to learn drama (presented by the creative and highly respected team of Centre Stage School of Arts), do yoga and movement with language arts. Or, join in for the fun support programme, where kids can learn the skills to improve their writing and spoken communication.
Quayside’s summer school offers children the space to unwind and do something different from regular lessons, through games, crafts, role-playing and even making their own healthy snacks with freshly squeezed juice! Students can utilise the school premises as well as exploring the open spaces of the Quayside Isle area for their summer adventures.
SITA Tennis Camp
Ages: Four to 16 years
Cost: $380 per week or $80 per day
Duration: Daily or Weekly; Mini Tennis from 9am to 12 noon; Advanced from 1 to 4pm
Location: SITA Tennis Academy (corner of Minden and Sherwood Roads)
Registration: 9750 7400 | sitatennis.com
There’s room here for all levels of tennis players. Beginners will focus on fun tennis-related games that get them up to speed with the sport. For more advanced players, the emphasis is on intensive drills, point play and physical conditioning. The international coaching staff from Australia, Spain, the UK, Czech Republic and the Philippines have extensive playing and coaching experience.
TFL Tennis and Swim Camp
Ages: Four to 12 years
Cost: $380 per week or $80 per day
Duration: Daily or Weekly; Mini Tennis from 9am to 12 noon
Focus: Tennis and swimming
Location: Raffles Town Club, Dunearn Road
Registration: 9750 7400 | tfl-training.com
Combining two fantastic sports, this camp teaches kids the basic strokes both for tennis and swimming; they’ll also take part in drills and games, and finish the day off with a fun swim and water-slide – all under the watchful eye of accredited and experienced international coaches.
Hint! Prizes and photos will be handed out on the final day of both camps, and lunch is provided too.
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