Looking for enjoyable and educational kids activities in Singapore? Parents tell us about the enrichment classes, programmes and playgroups their children love. There’s obstacle courses, tennis lessons, science experiments, coding classes, making jewellery plus other crafts and creative play.
Online coding and computer literacy enrichment classes for girls – The Lavender Spaceship Project
Valerie Lim, Singaporean; Amber (11)
As a parent of two young daughters, I’m an advocate for technology being used responsibly to bring about positive effects to our lives. My elder daughter is particularly interested in creating games and animations on smart devices, so I researched the most suitable kids activities platform that aligns to her interest. That’s when I chanced upon The Lavender Spaceship Project, which offers coding and computer classes designed for girls.
It’s been a year and a half since Amber started her journey with them, and she has acquired amazing technical capabilities from two courses so far – Scratch, and 3D Modelling with Coding and Geometry. She is now on to Digital Making with Micro:bit. Amber looks forward to the enrichment classes each week; and I enjoy browsing through her projects and trying the mini games she creates!
Through these enrichment classes, Amber has developed better critical thinking and problem-solving skills. She’s able to analyse situations objectively and make sense of their complexities. She has also sharpened soft skills such as creativity, grit and curiosity. These are critical competencies that will prepare her for future readiness. With her exposure to strong female role models in STEM at The Lavender Spaceship Project, it’s my hope that Amber will one day join a similar cause to advance gender equality in technology.
8223 4825 | lavenderspaceship.com
Indoor gym kids activities in Singapore – Kinder Klasse
Azfarinah and Zahari Hamza, Singaporean; Zac Azriel (3)
Zac has been attending Kinder Klasse for a year and four months now. He has attended the Tiny Tikes class and the Little Troopers drop-off class.
We came across the gym just outside PAssion WaVe during one of our weekend runs around the Marina Barrage area. We did an internet search about it and contacted them for a trial session. It was great seeing the team teaching the playgroup with such enthusiasm, so we continued sending Zac for more of their enrichment classes.
Under the care of the Kinder Klasse team, Zac has developed considerably in his confidence and social skills. He also shows much enthusiasm for their planned obstacle course. We recommend the gym as it’s an hour of extreme fun for your child and, more importantly, it’s safe.
#02-01 PAssion WaVe @ Marina Bay, 11 Rhu Cross
8893 3694 | kinderklasse.com
Multi activities and camps – Whizz Kidz
Kate and Philippe, British and French; Julien (18) and Charlotte (10)
Whizz Kidz is an activities and camp provider in Singapore at the Canadian International School. Our children love the variety of activities for kids offered at the camps, as well as the connection with other children that make them excited about going back repeatedly.
One particular highlight is Fun Scentz, which involves making body lotions, bath bombs and more. There’s also Science Club, with different themed experiments in each session, plus how to play Minecraft, LEGO Robotics, how to sew, how to make jewellery and other crafts, and more creative play. This wide array of activities in Singapore is provided with the same ethos of connection, discovery and learning while having fun. It doesn’t matter what the class or playgroup is, they just enjoy themselves!
We booked Whizz Kidz for a science-themed birthday party and they organised experiments that really intrigued the kids, involving lava lamps, volcanoes and slime. And then the team cleared it all up! It was a memorable and hassle-free birthday celebration.
Whizz Kidz can bring their camps and activities to many different areas of the island. We live in the East Coast, and having a quality provider of camps and classes conveniently located really helps when choosing kids activities in Singapore for our kids.
6271 1478 | whizzkidz.com.sg
Creative kids activities – ARThausSg
Help your child tap into their creativity with personalised classes by ARThausSg. Since 2011, this fine arts based studio has provided flexible programmes tailored to developing students’ artistic abilities and working around the busy schedules of families. Even within the small group settings, you can rest assured that the cosy classes cater for individualised lesson plans so the focus remains on each student’s learning style through creative play. Art enthusiasts as young as five years old can discover and explore their creativity within a maximum group size of six students per artist and twelve students per class.
Choose from a variety of flexible courses including one-off Art Jamming sessions and, during the school holidays, art class packages of one, three or five sessions. These holiday art camps with ARThausSg are a great place for your child to have fun and learn new skills, while making friends and bringing home beautiful artworks.
Alternatively, for more serious budding artists, consider a personalised fine arts based course that is all about building technique and experience with different mediums. ARThausSg also offers a customised 2D art portfolio programme with lesson plans tailored to the school your child is applying to. To find out more about all of the courses available, visit the ARThausSg website.
9023 0458 | arthaus.com.sg
Creative play and activities for kids – Muckypups
Derek and Stacey Mitchell, American
Four years ago, when we moved into our new condo, I spotted some happy tots, parents and helpers leaving the function room. The following week, I peeked into the class and discovered the magic of Muckypups!
My little ones have been attending the playgroup ever since. Although my toddler is enrolled in various enrichment classes, every morning she eagerly inquires, “Where’s me going today, Muckypupshhhh?” The class flow remains the same each week, but with a new theme or creative play idea introduced each session. The children get to explore through messy play and crafts, and it’s also interactive, with songs, dancing, painting, bubbles and games. My kids love the familiarity of the class and playgroup – it instills a combination of confidence and curiosity in the toddlers. The kids love doing the artwork and I love the collection of memories I have from their time at Muckypups.
This is one of the most age-appropriate classes and playgroups I have found in Singapore. Most importantly, the Muckypups team has such a passion for children. My kids and I will forever have fond memories of our time with them!
After-school enrichment classes – Mosaic Play Academy
Jenny Kelly Loh, British; Tyler (7)
My older son attends the After School enrichment programme at Mosaic Play Academy (MPA). Unlike many student care places and playgroups, this one includes different enrichment activities for children to explore their creativity, develop new skills and learn in a stimulating environment.
Tyler has tried out a host of interesting creative play and kids activities in Singapore that cater to his interests, including drama, sports, science and maths enrichment. He’ll be trying out football next term (something he’s been looking forward to since the World Cup started!). There is also a homework support programme developed by the educators at MPA, which allows him to understand his homework better and apply the acquired knowledge in activities.
Best of all, he gets to play – something I feel children are lacking these days. MPA has a beautiful campus with private lawns and ample age-appropriate equipment for the playgroup to have fun with. It’s an outlet to expend energy, unwind and make friends!
Sending Tyler to MPA has put my mind at ease – I know he’s enjoying, learning and thriving in a safe environment, with a positive attitude to learning. He looks forward to going to each day!
402 Joo Chiat Place, The Yards
WhatsApp 8031 2371 | mosaicplayacademy.sg
Tennis activities for kids – Tenez Tennis Academy
Maria and Leif Wiebking, German; Anna-Lucia (12) and Alvaro (7)
We were searching online for a tennis coach and were lucky to land on Tenez Academy’s website. From the first tennis lesson, Coach Nathanael was passionate about working with young tennis talents and very professional with methodical teaching tennis skills.
Anna-Lucia started taking lessons with him and in six months made tremendous progress. I am particularly happy that she learnt the correct technique right from the beginning. She is now also part of a small training group of young players, which is a bit competitive and a lot of fun.
Since Anna has started playing at Tenez, she has developed a more competitive attitude and higher expectations for herself. She particularly likes Coach Nathanael’s intuitive explanations of the stroke techniques, body movements and footwork studying top players in video clips. As he used to be a professional player, he can also perfectly demonstrate the stroke technique to his students.
I would absolutely recommend Tenez Academy, the environment is competitive, highly professional but at the same time inclusive and provides a great experience for children as well as for the parents watching their kids progressing.
Tenez Academy Campus, 121 Dover Road
9668 6620 | tenez.sg
This article first appeared in the January 2023 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!