The long summer break is almost upon us! Now, even if you’re the kind of parent in Singapore who loves nothing more than a marathon session of Lego or is often found elbow-deep in arts and crafts, at some stage the words ‘summer’ and ‘camp’ will be appealing (to all concerned).
To give you a hand with offloading those little ones, we’ve rounded up some of the best holiday camps and clubs across the island, which offer everything from computer lessons and science workshops to Mandarin classes and creative writing programmes.
** We’ll be updating this guide as new summer schools come through, so check back for more soon**
ESPZEN Soccer School
9 June – 15 August at Turf City and Canadian International School Lakeside
Sign up budding Ronaldos and Rooneys for FUNdamentals (under-6’s), Soccer Essentials (under-8’s) and Soccer Sense (under-12’s). Choose from morning, afternoon or full-day camps.
ISS Summer School
7 July – 1 August
This summer programme offers everything from science and computer classes to creative writing workshops and sports camps. There are four levels – Kinder Summer Club (4 – 6 years old), Elementary Summer Club (7 – 10 years old), Junior Summer Club (11 – 13 years old) and Senior Summer Club (14 – 18 years old). These camps aren’t just for ISS students, so you can get your brood involved.
Shaws Little League
1 June – 31 July
38 Jalan Benaan Kapal, 399635
Shaw’s holiday camps involve warm-ups and stretches, sports sessions, nutrition workshops, cooking, arts and crafts/project work and a cool down. That ought to tire them out sufficiently, don’t you think?
$280 for three-hour sessions (9am to noon) over four days.
June to September
901A Bukit Timah Road, 589619
Aspiring Picassos will be spoilt for choice with Arthaus’s summer holiday programmes. Workshops on offer include Fun with Mediums, Oil Painting, Acrylic Painting, Drawing and ‘Go Big with Canvas’. Plus, there’s a free trial class for first-timers.
$275 for a 5-day holiday programme; $200 for a 3-day programme.
Village Day Camps
23 June – 18 July at UWC Sea East Campus
Village Camps, the leading operator of summer holiday camp programmes in Europe, is into its second summer camp season in Singapore. With bilingual ‘mini’ programmes for 4 to 6 year olds, ‘junior’ programmes for 7 to 9 year olds and ‘senior’ programmes for 10 to 13 year olds, young campers will get stuck into everything from ceramic painting and orienteering, to arts and crafts and adventure activities.
16 June – 25 July at Nexus International School
From leather making and woodwork over lunchtime, to performance, arts, crafts and puppetry, and even special one-hour classes for Mums (Hopping or Mama Stomp anyone?), Camp Magic’s arts-based holiday programmes are much-loved by children aged 3 to 12. This year’s theme is ‘The Yurt of Fun’, so sign up campers to celebrate nomadic cultures of the world, and maybe even teach Mum and Dad a thing or two.
16 June – 4 July at the Australian International School; 7 July to 8 August at Stamford American International School
Offering holiday camps such as Mini Mandarin, Tech Savvy, Sports Stars and a Mad World of Science programme, children from three to 11 may have trouble picking just one activity… We quite fancy the ‘Super Chef programme with Emmanuel Stroobant’ for ourselves!
Centaurs Multi-Sports Camps
30 June – 8 August
Laser shoot-outs, water skiing, rock climbing, beach challenges – what six-to-13-year-old wouldn’t want to sign up for one of Centaurs holiday programmes! Your tike can choose from Adventure Camps, Treasure Island Camps and Wet and Wild Camps.
Green Super Camp
28 June – 4 July for 11- to 13-year-olds and 7 July to 13 July for 14-to-17-year olds in Bali, Indonesia
Co-facilitated by Green Camp, the big name in cultural and environmentally focused programmes, and SuperCamp, a top player in summer enrichment camps for kids, young leaders can look forward to the camp of a lifetime in a Balinese rainforest!
During the month of August
10 Marine Parade Road, #10-06 Parkway Parade, 449269
Whether you’re looking to expose your child to a new lingo or strengthen their ability in it, seven-to-17-year-olds will love Janus Academy’s fun-filled language classes specialising in English, Japanese and Chinese. Their Summer Programme takes place over one to two weeks, depending on individual needs.
Chengzhu Mandarin Centre
9 – 13 June
35 Rochester Drive, #03-01 Rochester Mall, 138639
If only all language classes could be this enjoyable! Chengzhu’s holiday programme offers young learners (that’s all those in the 6 months to Grade 3 bracket) the chance to learn Mandarin through drama, stories, music, art, creative writing and performance.
Monsters Under The Bed Creative Writing School
5 – 7 June
111 Middle Road, National Design Centre #03-05, 188969
Monster HuntINK is a three-day workshop aimed at primary students. It covers descriptive writing, creating settings, plot hooks and monsters as metaphors. Think huge dragons and secret werewolves…
10am to 1pm at the Arts House; $280.
Mana Mana Beach Club
3 June – 1 August
1212 East Coast Parkway, 449886
Water-loving seven-to-14-year-olds should head to the East Coast for Mana Mana’s Summer Holiday Programme, which includes sailing, stand-up paddling and kayaking. Choose from a half- or full-day course, with lunch provided so the campers can share stories of their morning’s aquatics while noshing away!
Superheroes Skate Camp
2 June – 18 July
West Coast Park or East Coast Park
Sign up your wannabe skater between the ages of three and 12 to learn and master some pretty sweet skating skills. There are half- and full-day programmes, with afternoon activities including Krytonite Toss, Heroes’ Picnic by the Beach and Superheroes Telematch. We’re guessing they won’t want to come home!
The Garden House Preschool Holiday Programme
26 May – 20 June
20 Jalan Layang Layang, 598486
Little ones can make like Mr Bloom and get their hands dirty in the veggie patch while attending The Garden House’s Holiday Programme. Sessions available daily from 8.30am-12.30pm for two-to-five-year-old tikes.
Children’s Technology Workshop
2 June – 15 August
583 Orchard Road, Unit 02-K1, Forum Shopping Mall, 238884
Your little inventors will love Children’s Worklab’s technology, robotics and science camps for kids from 3.5 years old.
ISS Summer School
7 July – 1 August
25 Paterson Road, 238510
With more than a decade of experience operating a Summer School programme, ISS knows how to get students to tune in and learn, while making friends for life. The programme offers a wide range of experiences in language, art and sports for kids from 4-18 years old, so parents can have peace of mind knowing their children will thoroughly enjoy themselves, be it doing fun science, computer classes, scaling walls or hitting targets. Read more about ISS’s Summer School programme here.
Art Boot Camp
June – August
Bukit Timah Campus at 200 Turf Club Road; Alexandra campus at 460 Aleandra Road
Let your young uns’ join trained artists and early childhood educators for some ‘boundlessly creative’ fun with Art Boot Camp’s summer programme for 3-to-14-year-olds. They’ll be staining glass, painting family caricatures and creating collage masterpieces – that scrapbook is about to get way heavier!
JWT Kids Gym
16 June – 18 July
81 Clemenceau Avenue, #02-12 UE Square, 239917
Camp Tumbles looks like to be as much fun as it sounds! The adventure camp for 3.5-to-9-year-olds runs for 5 days from 10am to 4pm and includes hip hop dance, circus moves, gymnastics and local field trips.
The Tennis Club
16 June – 5 September
Five-day tennis camps held in the morning or afternoon for children aged 4 and over, plus afternoon classes for advanced players over 10.
2 June – 27 August
Cluny Court, Marine Parade and Rochester Mall
Make space on your walls! With half or full-day art camps for kiddos aged 3 and up, Abrakadoodle’s creative programmes across a number of themes will have mini artistes bringing home some seriously fabulous creations.