There’s still a month to go but we know the frantic search has started… So we scoured for the best school holiday camps so you don’t have to. Here’s our curated list for you, and there’s something to fit every child.
1. For all-rounded discovery: 5-Day Discover Me Multi-Activity Camp
5-full days with 9 activities – coding, cooking, race car engineering, basketball, hip hop dancing, fun science, creative illustration, painting, money matters. Watch past camp video
Key takeaways: Your kids will have tried out activities which they may not be exposed to otherwise, and discover interests or talents in areas you didn’t know of!
When: 4 – 8 Dec, 9am – 4pm
Where: Near Bras Basah MRT (between Dhoby Ghaut and City Hall)
Ages: 5 – 12 years
Cost: $571 for 5 full days (after 10% early bird discount with code “DMTEN”. UP: $635). Lunch, snacks and camp t-shirt included
2. For the not-too-active sporty: 3-Day Fencing Holiday Camp by Modern Fencing Academy
Key takeaways: Fencing is one of the few sports which is as combative as it is defensive, and is as much about physical agility as it is about mental strategy. Your child will not only learn about fencing strategy, they will learn how to stay focused and mentally engaged at all times.
When: 20-22 Nov, 11-13 Dec or 18-20 Dec; 9am – 12pm
Where: Bukit Timah
Ages: 7 – 12 years
Cost: $350 for 3 days (3 hours daily)
3. For the creative designers: 3-Day Creative Designer Bootcamp by Junior Art Lab
Kids will learn how to use MS Powerpoint as a graphic design and animation tool, to illustrate and animate PIXAR, Walt Disney and Dreamworks cartoon characters.
Key takeaways: Kids will be much more confident and advanced in using PowerPoint, now that they know how to create designs and animation using ppt!
When: 27-29 Nov or 12-14 Dec, morning or afternoon
Ages: 8 – 14 years
Cost: $190 for 3 days (2.5 hours daily)
4. For the ones with crazy ideas: 5-Day Dr. Franky Science Camp by Whizz Kidz
This science camp, jam-packed with fun science experiments, imparts key concepts learnt in school in an unorthodox, yet engaging manner, while also inculcating invaluable principles of teamwork and creativity.
Key takeaways: Our junior scientists will learn about inventions, forces, the body, chemistry, electricity and forensic science.
When: 25-29 Dec, 9am – 2pm
Where: Dover or Tampines
Ages: 5 – 10 years
Cost: $440 for 5 days (5 hours daily)
5. For the future Bill Gates: Coding Camps
By Coding Lab
Key takeaways: Kids will jumpstart their coding journey in Scratch, using MIT-based curriculum prepared by founder Yong Ning, a MIT-alumnus. They will learn about logical thinking and critical reasoning as the base for coding – it’s not just writing strings of characters!
When: Various dates in Nov and Dec
Where: Upper Bukit Timah or AMK/YCK
Ages: 7 – 12 years
Cost: $395 onwards
Key takeaways: For the Android App Design Camp, kids actually go through a realistic app design process of interviewing users -> understanding the problem -> creating an app to solve the problem. For Potato Pirates camps, kids will learn Scratch or Python through a card game called Potato Pirates, created by the co-founders of Codomo.
When: 20-24 Nov, 27 Nov-1 Dec or 11-15 Dec
Where: Orchard Road
Ages: 6 – 12 years
Cost: $474 for 5 days (3 hours daily). 1-day trial available for $80.
6. For the ones who need some calmness: 2-Day Art Camp by Little Art Connoisseur
Key takeaways: In 2 days, you should be able to see an improvement in your child’s painting techniques as they learn to paint with acrylics and watercolor under a serious artist. On Day 2, kids will be painting watercolors in Gardens By The Bay.
When: 23-24 Nov
Where: Chinatown and MBS
Ages: 5 – 10 years
Cost: $275 for 2 days
7. For the ones with excessive energy: 5-Day Multi-Sports Camp by Sport4Kids
Key takeaways: Kids would have tried all sorts of sports – Basketball, Tennis, Soccer, Rugby, Swimming, Athletics, Baseball, Yoga, Dodge ball and Rock Climbing, and should come home ready to sleep!
When: 23-27 Oct, 20-24 Nov or 18-22 Dec
Where: Bukit Timah
Ages: 3.5 – 12 years
Cost: $450 for 5 days (5 hours daily)
8. For better academic results: Learn How to Learn Workshop by Score Campus
A prelude to a holiday camp, this 2.5 hour parent-accompanied workshop helps parents help your kids to learn more independently and remove the need (or urge) to nag.
Key takeaways: Your child will learn techniques to stay laser-focused while studying, while you will learn the 32 core characteristics of your child and what power words to use to motivate them.
When: 27, 28 or 29 Oct
Where: Upper Thomson Road
Ages: 7 – 16 years
Cost: $17 (UP: $67) for 2.5 hours
9. To nurture TEDTalks speakers: 6-Day Junior Presenter Course by Between The Lines
The best TEDTalk speakers are not those who are polished, but those who speak with a heartfelt conviction, a steely confidence and a remarkable courage – because they believe that they can make a change to their world. This course will help students harness their inner voice.
Key takeaways: Students will develop their own perspective and voice, be able to analyse what makes a good speech, and be able to craft and present their speech better.
When: Dependent on level (click on link below for details)
Where: Upper Bukit Timah
Ages: P1 to P6 (6 – 12 years)
Cost: $410 for 6 days (2 hours daily)
10. To improve their Chinese: Holiday Chinese Enrichment Class by Chuangxin
Key takeaways: Kids will improve their composition and comprehension of Chinese through speech & drama, cultural art and craft, and also idiom challenges and riddles!
When: Multiple days throughout Nov-Dec, 2.30 – 5.30pm
Ages: 4 – 16 years
Cost: $430 for 5 days (3 hours daily)