Stave off boredom and restlessness during the March holidays with these nine fun and interesting enrichment classes.
The March schools holidays are just round the corner. If your children aren’t the type to sit quietly and keep to themselves, you’re probably dreading the thought of having them at home for the entire week. That goes double for those of you still fighting off cabin fever from enforced work-from-home.
Why not send your kids for an enrichment class or two? They’ll learn new and useful skills, get to make some new friends, and who knows, maybe even discover a passion that could spark off a lifelong career.
Lasting from half a day to several, these nine enrichment workshops from sports camps to coding, gemstones, entrepreneurship and public speaking are perfect for restless schoolkids missing their mates.
|Mine to Market Gem Adventure||Discovery, geology, gemology||Bugis||1.5 hours (1 session)||7 to 12||$40.74|
|ICanCode Minecraft Coding||Coding, storytelling||Online||3 hours (1 session)||7 to 16||$210|
|Science with Coding: Forces Unleashed||Physics, coding||Bishan||6 hours (2 sessions x 3 hours each)||6 to 12||$225|
|Easter Tramp Camp by Bounce Inc||Trampoline sports, freestyling||Orchard Road||3 days, 9am to 12nn||3 and up||$290|
|Entrepreneurship for Kids||Critical thinking, problem solving||Katong||10 hours (5 sessions x 2 hours each)||8 to 14||$348|
|3-Day Design Thinking Camp||Architecture and design||Jurong||3 days, 9am to 6pm daily||7 to 910 to 12||$449 (inclusive of materials, t-shirt, meals, snacks and drinks)|
|Online Roblox Game Design||Coding, game design||Online||15 hours (5 sessions x 3 hours each)||6 to 14||$450|
|SingaFit Multi-Sports Camp||Sports and fitness||Tanjong Rhu||5 days, 9.30am to 4.30pm||6 to 13||$475|
|Kids Public Speaking School Holiday Programme||Public speaking, language||Tampines||2 days, 9am to 6pm||13 to 18||$549|
Availability: 15 March
Location: The Gem Museum, 26 Kandahar Street, #Level 2, Singapore, 198888
Duration: 10am to 11.30am
Ages: 7 to 12
An educational and experiential workshop that combines art and science, Gem Adventure teaches participants all about gemstones – from their origins in nature, their many forms, their status as valuables, and their many uses in our modern world.
The course combines education with hands-on experience, allowing participants to use various tools to investigate and learn about the properties of these fascinating stones. Participants will also get the chance to mine and bring home their very own gemstone.
This is definitely an attractive workshop for budding jewellery designers, gemologists, geologists or those simply curious about the wonders of the natural world.
Availability: 16 March, 17 March
Duration: 3 hours (1 session)
Ages: 7 to 16
Using the wildly popular Minecraft computer game as a platform, this enrichment class introduces participants to the basics of coding. Your child will be introduced to block coding via Microsoft MakeCode to learn all about algorithms, sequencing, loops and conditionals.
The class is immersive and interactive, thanks to the use of Minecraft Education Edition. Participants will learn how to plot and build their own mini-world with respawning non-player characters in Minecraft, giving them a taste of real-world game development in the process.
Availability: 18 – 19 March
Location: Blk 246 Bishan St 22 #B1-338 Singapore 570246
Duration: 2 sessions x 3 hours each
Ages: 6 to 12
Prerequisites: Laptop with Chrome browser installed
Science lesson and coding class rolled into one, Force Unleashed is an experiential two-day workshop where participants will be taught to code their own game, inspired by the groundbreaking work of Newton.
Not only will your child learn about Newton’s Laws of Physics, they will also get to them in action, right in their very own game which they will be coached to code. The result is an inspiring and satisfying workshop combining theory and practice while imparting valuable skills.
Availability: 15 – 17 March
Location: Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road #09-01 Singapore 239695
Duration: 3 days, 9am to 12nn daily
Ages: 3 and up
Let your children discover the joys of the trampoline while building agility, balance, coordination and confidence at Bounce, an indoor action park dedicated to trampoline and freestyling.
Created for those new to trampoline sports, the three-day Easter Tramp Camp will teach participants basic trampoline skills and fun tricks in a progressive way, building up to advanced movements like wall running and the thrilling Leap of Faith.
Tramp Camp is not just a great workout in a fun environment, it also emphasises mobility and flexibility- important for physical health and fitness. Meanwhile, the free-wheeling nature of trampoline sports encourage creativity and healthy self-expression, contributing to positive mental health.
Availability: 15 – 19 March
Location: 1 Marine Parade Central #04-06. Singapore 449408
Duration: 5 days, 10am to 12am daily
Ages: 8 to 14
Learning how to identify problems and come up with viable solutions may be the domain of entrepreneurs, but everyone can benefit from these critical life skills. The Entrepreneurship for Kids workshop is designed to foster these and other important skills such as creative thinking, brainstorming and taking calculated risks.
But more than just hard skills, the workshop aims to build the right mindset in participants by fostering empathy, open-mindedness, self-confidence, observation and creativity. By the end of the workshop, you children will be armed with a solid foundation and useful core abilities that will serve them well whether or not they take up entrepreneurship eventually.
Availability: 16 – 18 March
Location: 200 Pandan Gardens Singapore 609336
Duration: 3 days, 9am to 6pm daily
Ages: 7 to 9, or 10 to 12
Cost: $449 (inclusive of materials, t-shirt, meals, snacks and drinks)
Architecture and design play an increasingly important role in how we shape our cities and build our buildings. Give your child a headstart in this burgeoning sector with the fun and interactive 3-Day Design Thinking Camp by Beep Lab.
Taught by qualified architects, the full-day workshop teaches important spatial intelligence skills and architecture basics such as form, shapes, lines and scale. Your child will also learn about historically and culturally significant buildings around the world. All this is done through case studies, generating ideas and solutions, developing prototypes and presenting their ideas via scenario-based creative learning.
At the end of the workshops, all participants will bring home their very own Artkidtech design portfolio filled with their own drawings, ideas and architectural designs.
Availability: 15 – 19 March
Duration: 5 sessions x 3 hours each
Ages: 6 to 14
Spanning five mornings, the Online Roblox Game Design workshop by Kodecoon is designed for those with a deep interest in game development, offering in-depth instructions on the various elements and systems involved in coding, how they work together, and how to modify them to bring about desired outcomes.
The course is taught using the Roblox platform, where students have the chance to design, build and program a fun 3D obstacle course. They will learn how to create game scripts using variables and loops to cause visual effects, ultimately learning how to use code to bring their game to life.
Availability: 15 – 19 March
Location: Tanjong Rhu Bridge Singapore 436919
Duration: 5 days, 9.30am to 4.30pm daily
Ages: 6 to 13
Cost: $475 (transport available @ $20/day)
For sport-loving children or restless teenagers who just can’t seem to sit still, the SingaFit Multi-Sports Camp will be a godsend. Featuring a mix of play and sports, the full-day sports camp lets your children blow off steam in a fun and friendly environment, while picking up specific physical skills through various activity drills.
Participants are in for an action-filled week as professional coaches lead them through different sports, games and exercises. Each day’s lineup is unique, culminating in a special competition of the day that teaches teamwork while fostering a competitive spirit.
Breaks, drinks and lunch will be provided. Transport is available at $20 per day.
Availability: 18 – 19 March
Location: 1A Tampines Street 92 #01-13 (Safra Tampines) Singapore 528882
Duration: 2 days, 9am to 6pm daily
Ages: 13 to 18
The ability to speak confidently and express oneself clearly is important in fostering leadership, confidence and self-esteem. It can favourably influence how others see us, and is a useful and beneficial life skill.
This intensive, knowledge-packed two-day workshop is designed to teach young speakers how to be spontaneous and think on their feet, hold engaging conversations, command an audience and lead with charisma and eloquence.
Your child will gain immediate and long-term benefits, including the ability to participate in school and scholarship interviews with ease, and to enliven presentations.
Getting more bang for your buck on enrichment classes
Try a group buy
If your neighbours or social circle have school-going children, gather everyone up and try for a group sign-up. You may qualify for a group discount which lowers the fees for everyone.
Check with your child’s school
Some workshop providers have partnerships with schools, extending a preferential price for their students. It may be worthwhile to check with the school your children are attending if any such tie-ups are available.
Take advantage of early-bird and referral discounts
If your child has expressed an interest to attend more of a previous workshop, be sure to book early for the next round to enjoy early bird discounts. The same goes for referral bonuses – ask if any apply if your child brings a friend or two for a future workshop.
Provide your own materials
Certain workshops require specific materials or items, such as paints and brushes, or a musical instrument. While some courses may bundle these items in the course fee, you could be paying an inflated price. Check to see if your child can bring their own materials in exchange for a lower workshop fee.
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By Alevin Chan
An ex-Financial Planner with a curiosity about what makes people tick, Alevin’s mission is to help readers understand the psychology of money. He’s also on an ongoing quest to optimise happiness and enjoyment in his life.