It’s the holidays and keeping little ones busy can be tough, so here’s a tip: head to Dempsey Hill. From art studios and swimming pools to dance and play, there’s entertainment for all ages in one locale, plus loads of great cafés, shops and galleries for the grownups.
A new arrival at Loewen by Dempsey Hill, The Yard Dempsey is a state of-the-art acrobatic sports centre for ages 18 months to 10 years. It’s all about fun, fitness and building up fine motor skills and strength. There are classes and holiday camps for all abilities, and mum or dad can grab a cuppa in the café while the kids bound around inside. The Yard Dempsey 6914 9660 | theyard.sg
#2 Latin Dance
Kids love to move so why not do it with style? Dancer’s Dream Studio teaches through play-based learning. Its five-day Latin Dance Boot Camp ($520 per child; for ages 6 to 12) runs from 4 to 8 June. Kids will get a taste of dances like the Samba and Jive, and learn how to limber up and let loose on the dance floor. A one-day drop-in is also available ($150). Dancer’s Dream Studio 6873 0378 | dancersdreamstudio.com
Learning to swim is an essential life-saving skill but there’s no reason it can’t be fun too. The energetic, AustSwim-accredited team at Swish! Swimming offer a variety of classes for all ages. They’ve recently launched Swish! Laguna, a temperature-controlled 20-metre pool. It has the same gentle saltwater-chlorination system as their other pool, and the extra distance means more experienced swimmers have space to progress. Swish! Swimming 9832 2522 | swishswimming.com
Kids will learn more than how to handle a brush at Impressions Art Studio’s collaborative camp. A roundup of Loewen by Dempsey Hill community workshops, activities range from art, food and nature to sports and DIY projects. From edible crafts to nature walks, each day is a journey of discovery. The camp runs from Monday to Friday throughout June and costs $680. Sign up a friend or sibling for a 20 percent discount, or get a gang together for more promotional rates. Impressions Art Studio 8182 7635 | impressions-art.com
#5 Indoor play
#6 Chocolate making
For extra Brownie points, send your kids to chocolate bootcamp at Anjalichocolat. This hands on three-day camp ($240) runs in June, July and August. Recommended for kids aged 10 and above, it’ll teach them how to make six delicious treats including rocky road bark and mint chocolate truffles. Anjalichocolat 6509 6800 | anjalichocolat.com
A free shuttle bus picks up passengers at Wheelock Place, Botanic Gardens (Tanglin Gate and Nassim Gate) and Holland Road Shopping Centre. Full details at dempseyhill.com.
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