The historic black-and-white buildings at Loewen, one of Dempsey Hill’s lush enclaves, have found a new lease of life as a lifestyle and learning destination for both children and adults. Here’s what we found on a leisurely walk around the area.
Loewen is the new location for the most recent addition to Singapore’s international school scene, Invictus Private School. The founders of the school believe that quality education has a simple formula: a great teacher in a classroom, with the resources to deliver highly engaging lessons to a sensible number of students. (Invictus school 73 on the map)
Love chocolate? Not only can you shop and buy chocolates at Anjali Chocolat, you can also learn the art of chocolate making using the finest ingredients such as Belgian couverture chocolate. Naturally, it’s a great place to host a chocolate party – for kids and adults alike. anjalichocolat.com (73 on the map).
Discover your inner artist and try your hand at pottery painting, batik painting, acrylic painting and even glass fusing at Impressions Art Studio. Check out the class schedule for kids and adults, or take a look at their art parties, corporate events or team-building activities. impressions-art.com (73 on the map).
At Melbourne Specialist International School, students with special needs immerse themselves in dance, music, art and dramatic play that supports their academic, social and emotional development. In addition, collaborations with Port Philip Specialist School, Aspire Vocational Centre and RStravantiz provide access to intervention and wellness programmes. msis.edu.sg (75C on the map).
At Little Mandarins Language Centre, learning is based around five principles: play, grow, make, care and share. The hands-on approach here means that children are taught Mandarin in a fun and productive environment. little-mandarins.com (71 on the map).
Children at Iroha At Loewen By Dempsey Hill receive JapaneseEnglish instruction in an immersive, bilingual environment from staff who guide and encourage them to interact and learn from each other. iroha.sg (72 on the map).
Little ones can learn to swim in any weather at SWISH Swimming, thanks to temperature controlled indoor and outdoor pools. Plus, as the distributor for Merfin, SWISH offers the experience of swimming like a mermaid or merman. swishswimming.com (72 on the map).
Loewen is tucked away from Dempsey’s main thoroughfares, which adds to its other-worldly charm. There’s plenty of car parking, or you can take the shuttle that operates between the Thai Embassy on Orchard Road and Dempsey Block 8D, via Holland Village. To find out more about this service and Dempsey’s other tenants, go to dempseyhill.com
Looking for more ideas? Try out our article on things to do with kids.