Over this school holiday period, parents will likely be more keen than ever to find fun and educational activities for their kids – especially with the start to the year we’ve all had! From drama and art to coding and math, check out these holiday camps in Singapore that’ll keep them active, thinking and having a great time.
British Council Singapore
Focus: English and general knowledge
Ages: 6 to 17 years
Duration: 15 June to 24 August, Monday to Friday, 9am to 12pm
Cost: $552 ($442 for weeks with a public holiday)
Registration: 6807 1587 | www.britishcouncil.sg/elsc
Enrol the kids in one of the British Council’s online study camps where campers can improve their English language skills while learning about the world around them. The weeklong camps start every Monday and cover an exciting weekly theme. Each week is completely standalone and students can register for as many camps as they wish. Parents will get updates on their child’s progress every Friday and all campers will receive an e-certificate at the end of the week.
Kids can expect a good mix of activities, from group research projects and presentations to games and drama. Class sizes are kept small (maximum of 10 students per camp) so campers and teachers can have plenty of interaction with one another. What’s more, the study materials used are unique to the British Council; they’re designed to develop academic skills such as vocabulary, grammar, critical thinking and problem solving, alongside digital literacy, collaboration and communication. And the teachers are well-experienced with teaching children and have professional qualifications including Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Teaching Young Learners Extension Certificate (TYLEC).
Focus: Sports, technology, creativity, enrichment and multi-activity
Ages: 3 to 16 years for on-site camps; 6 to 16 years for online camps (iCamps)
Duration: 15 June to 10 July, 9am-12pm (online); and 13 July to 31 July, 9am-3pm (onsite, depending on government’s mandate in July), Monday to Friday
Cost: $350 to $399 (online camps) and $650 to $710 (physical camps)
Registration: 6289 5888 | campasia.asia
Coming in as the top kids’ holiday camp in Expat Living’s Readers’ Choice Awards for three consecutive years, Camp Asia is back this summer with a great variety of camps. These camps are all about making friends, building confidence and, most of all, having fun. There’s something to suit every interest, from sports and art to academic and tech camps. And, if your child can’t decide, there’s always the multi-activity camp (ages three to nine) that covers a wide range of interests. Each camp focuses on building children’s skills through hands-on learning, while keeping them engaged and happy. New this year are online camps (iCamps) for children to enjoy in the comfort of their homes. These will be taught via video conferencing platforms such as Zoom and Google Meet.
The on-site camps are set to be held at Stamford American International School, with bus pick-up and drop-off services at more than 60 locations islandwide. Kids will enjoy a healthy lunch plus two snacks. They also cater to vegetarian diets and certain allergy restrictions. All staff also undergo thorough background checks and are trained in first aid and CPR.
Focus: Acting, music, dance, singing and film
Ages: All ages (depending on the type of class)
Duration: From 45 minutes to daily one-week sessions
Cost: From $40
Registration: 6732 7211 | firstname.lastname@example.org | centre-stage.com/home/csi
Centre Stage Interactive (CSi) offers online classes, camps and workshops to keep the kids entertained and learning while they are at home during the summer break. They’re taught by Centre Stage teachers who have performing arts backgrounds and years of experience in teaching children. The wide variety of options ranges from creative play for toddlers to producing professional show reels.
For those who have specific interests in the performing arts, there are masterclasses in acting, singing and dancing, where kids can hone their skills and put them to the test. And, for children who want to work on a particular aspect and gain confidence in it, the studio is offering special one-on-one coaching sessions by highly trained teachers via Zoom. Want to organise a fun virtual play date? There are even bespoke sessions that you can enjoy with a bunch of friends (three to eight participants). Parents will be able to collaborate with Centre Stage’s teachers on creative activities for their kids.
Coding is all the rage among kids and it’s the perfect activity when we’ve got to stay home! During Coding Lab’s online summer camps, children can enjoy simple Scratch animations and games (ages seven to nine), app inventing (ages 10 to 12) or learn Python (ages 10 to 12 and 13 to 18), one of the most popular programming languages. The centre’s comprehensive online learning package includes a complimentary 30-minute concierge service that can assist you in setting up your child’s online classes. Classes are to be completed within three to five days, with healthy computer and eye habits in mind.
The centre’s award-winning curriculum will be taught by experienced and passionate tutors, who are handpicked and trained by the founders. Sessions will be conducted via live video conferencing, and children will also have access to on-demand videos and have the opportunity to ask questions online. The centre is behind some of Singapore’s top coders (including the youngest medallist at the National Olympiad of Informatics); so you can be assured that your child is in good hands.
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Focus: Technology including programming and 3D modelling
Ages: 7 to 19 years
Duration: Monday to Friday, two-hour live sessions and two hours of self-paced projects daily
Cost: $399 (Quote “TOGETHER” to save $100)
Registration: hello@iDTech.com | iDTech.com/virtual
The virtual tech camps of iD Tech are great for kids and teens who want to sharpen their tech skills from home this summer. Available in different time-zones, the structured weeklong sessions have a maximum of five students per instructor so kids have opportunities to interact and ask the questions they need. There are a variety of topics that cover the latest in the tech field – Python, Scratch, Java, Minecraft, Roblox, AI, Unreal Engine, Adobe and 3D modelling and more. Each day, children sit in live sessions with their instructor and have two hours to work on projects independently. The curriculum also includes games and challenges to keep the topics fun and engaging for kids. They also offer private customised 60-minute lessons that can be catered to your child’s specific interests and skill level (plus, one sibling can attend for free!).
With more than 20 years of running tech camps, the Silicon Valley-based company’s online sessions are taught by staff from top universities such as Stanford, Caltech and NYU. They’re all passionate about tech and go through stringent background and reference checks before becoming instructors.
ISS International School
Focus: Language, STEM, sports and the arts
Ages: 4 to 18 years
Duration: 29 June to 24 July, Monday to Friday
Cost: From $160 per programme per week
Registration: 6939 6120 | email@example.com | issdiscoveryschool.com/summer2020
The ISS Discovery School will be held in a digital space this summer. Kids can take part in a host of exciting week-long camps from home, ranging from languages, math and technology to music and the arts. The camps are taught by experienced teachers who customise the programmes to suit campers’ ages and proficiencies.
For instance, kids aged four to six can attend the Social Studies camp, where they’ll learn about different cultures and practices. There’s even a yoga fitness course for children aged nine to 16, which aims to help campers build and improve strength, flexibility and balance. They’ll also pick up mood management and mindfulness strategies. For kids that enjoy music (nine to 14), enrol them in the “I Can Write Music!” sessions. They’ll learn the fundamentals of reading and writing music, and be exposed to a wide range of musical genres. Techy ones (11 to 14 years) will love the design courses (they’ll create their own 3D quarantine home!) and little foodies (eight to 14) will enjoy whipping up simple desserts during the hands-on European baking classes. And for older ones, academic programmes such as business-related courses will give them a sneak peek into the industry.
Focus: Maths, science, art, drama and public speaking
Ages: 6 to 14 years
Duration: Online camps: 22 June to 31 July, Monday to Friday. In-person camps: 29 June to 31 July, Monday to Friday. Essay writing online summer camp: Month of July, three days per week (six hours)
Cost: Online camps: $60 per day, $200 per week and $600 for three weeks (plus one extra week free). In-person camps: $390 per week. Essay writing online summer camp: $200
Registration: 3138 4477 | kit-learning.com
The Online Kit Summer Camp is an extension of Kit Learning’s successful online KIT Bilingual School, which caters to families who are looking for high-quality distance learning. Built by a team of educators and child psychologists, the unique programme is designed for children to learn new subjects while interacting with new friends online as they study mathematics, science, public speaking and art from home. With small class sizes of up to six children, campers will be able to interact with others and get individual attention from teachers as they learn. Besides making new friends, the programme aims to help kids learn how to express ideas, gain confidence in trying new things and be more aware about non-verbal communication. At the end of each day, campers will get a challenging and fun homework assignment to do. Throughout the day, campers will have breaks with meaningful activities such as interactive yoga and warm-up exercises. Each class is presented by professional mentors who are experts in their fields and experienced in keeping kids engaged.
There is also the option of in-person camps, covering science, math, drama and storytelling. They will be held at two locations: Goodman Art Centre and Crane (#01-05/06/07 The Herencia). A trip to Amped Trampoline Park is included! This July, KIT is also holding an essay writing online summer camp – great for kids to hone their writing skills during the long break. Suitable for ages 13 to 15, the interactive programme aims to help teens improve their writing proficiency, while having fun.
Focus: Sports and multi-activity
Ages: 3 years and above
Duration: Online classes (throughout June, Mondays to Saturdays), multi-activity camps (to be confirmed)
Cost: From $59 (online classes) and from $395 (multi-activity camps)
Registration: 6935 9496 | Online classes: sg.
ProActiv Sports is offering online classes and physical camps this summer. Kids can choose from a variety of live sports classes taught by expert coaches through Zoom. Camp coaches are highly qualified and experienced with children and knowledgeable in their field – they’ve been running camps for 10 years. Online classes on offer include karate, multi-sports, tennis and gymnastics, where children can pick up the basics of each sport. The multi-sports classes include the training of basic athletic skills such as throwing, catching, bouncing and kicking. Weekday sessions are conducted at either 3pm or 4pm, while Saturday sessions are held at 9am or 10am. Best of all, they don’t require a big space and the equipment needed includes common items that can be found around the house. You can also add a second child at no additional cost.
The multi-activity camps are perfect for kids who enjoy variety. They include activities such as arts and crafts, lego and team-building games. Camp dates are pending but parents who are keen to register their kids can express their interest on this form and will be notified once the dates are confirmed.
Focus: Musical theatre
Ages: 5 to 17 years
Duration: 13 to 24 July, Monday to Friday
Cost: $600 to $1,250
Sing’theatre Academy has launched Summer Musical Theatre Conservatoire (SMTC), a brand new summer programme for the school break. SMTC is an elite by-audition holiday programme for talented kids who love musical theatre. The in-person camp will put students through an intense two weeks where they’ll work on their singing, dancing and acting skills in a drama school setting. The focus is on skills-based training where children will experience technique classes in all three skills as well as put together a final showcase at the end of the two weeks.
Taught by professional performers and teachers including director TJ Taylor, actress Vanessa Kee and award-winning performer Mina Ellen Kaye, it’s a one-of-a-kind programme for the summer holidays. There are only nine spots per level (five to seven years, eight to 11 and 12 to 17). If your child is destined for the stage, head to the Sing’theatre website for more information and register for an audition packet (by 28 June). Auditions will be held online, but the course is in-person.
The Graceful Swan
Focus: Ballet, performance excellence and holistic well-being
Duration: 22 June to 16 August, 3 to 6 days
Ages: 5 to 18 years
Cost: From $135
Registration: thegracefulswan.com/summer-camps | firstname.lastname@example.org
Let your budding dancers hone their skills at The Graceful Swan. The studio is offering an engaging dance summer programme, integrating ballet with social-emotional learning, cultural appreciation and racial acceptance. Children can expect to improve their creativity and dance skills with confidence through learning via Zoom. With a mindfulness approach, the ballet camps offer a tasteful variety for all types of levels, from beginners to serious dancers. There are also add-ons such as Aromatherapy Happy Kids Stretch workshops and beginner French classes for better focus, flexibility and language appreciation.
What’s more, there are special masterclass workshops taught by professionals from Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), Bolshoi Ballet and more. These give serious dancers the opportunity to learn from the best in the industry!
Focus: English, Mandarin, mathematics and science
Ages: 6 to 15 years (Grade 1 to Grade 10
Duration: 6 July to 28 August
Cost: From around $250
Registration: thethinktank.sg/shp2020 | email@example.com
This summer, keep the kids busy with Thinktank’s Summer Holiday Programme. You can sign them up for a variety of carefully crafted online classes taught by the Thinktank team, who have years of experience teaching in local and international schools and tertiary institutions.
The classes are conducted according to different levels (Grade 1 to 2, Grade 3 to 4, Grade 5 to 6 and Grade 7 to 10), with engaging and age-appropriate content for each group. For instance, during English classes for Grade 1 to 2, kids will pick up reading and writing skills, and enjoy reading a series of books put together by the teachers. For Grade 5 to 6, the children’s English classes will focus on literary tools and words – plus, they’ll get to try their hands at becoming a broadcaster for the day! For the oldest group (Grade 7 to 10), there’s the Thinktank ELA Masterclass. This caters both to IB and IGCSE students and will expose them to topics such as politics, culture and society. These will be taught through hands-on activities such as documentary screenings, roundtable discussions and writing exercises.
Focus: Science, multi-activity and technology
Ages: 4 to 15 years
Duration: 3 to 5 days (virtual and small group/home camps); 13 to 31 July, 9am to 2pm, Monday to Friday (venue partner camps)
Cost: From $300
Registration: 6271 1478 | firstname.lastname@example.org | whizzkidz.com.sg
Whizz Kidz is offering various options for kids this summer. For the virtual camps, parents can choose to enrol their children in three to five-day programmes. They’ll be able to select from a variety of fun and interactive guided activities that have been put together with online learning in mind. These include topics such as science, coding, animation, movie-making, sewing, art, yoga, aerobics and baking. Also, if you’re keen on organising small group camps in your home for your child and some friends, you can! Similar activities are on offer for this, but with the team’s highly experienced instructors to facilitate. Similarly, camp dates and activities can be customised according to your child’s interests.
In addition to various school partners, Whizz Kids are also working with TreHaus and Grityard at Funan Mall. Both locations offer camps from 9am to 2pm. Specially put together by experts from various fields, the fun STEAM-based programme includes sports and wellness activities. At Grityard, campers have the option of adding on an afternoon session (2pm to 5pm).
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