Our ultimate guide to school holiday camps covers the arts, science & technology, sport, performing arts, and every other imaginable activity to keep little ones busy!
The decorations are up on Orchard Road, Christmas music has started playing in the stores…like it or not, mama, the festive season is fast approaching. And with it will come school holidays, and, potentially, weeks of sugared up kids who are also bored (a dangerous combination). Save your sanity – and keep kiddos happy – by checking out our 2016 Guide to School Holidays Camps!
Whether your rugrats are on a local or international school schedule, there are heaps of options out there to keep them entertained, from theatre arts, to sports camps, to coding and cooking. We’ve even got some cool perks and discounts for Sassy Mamas, read on for all the deets!
Running weekly from late November through late December, the Keys’ fun and innovative holiday camps for kids cover a range of engaging real-life subjects that cater to every interest, from “Space Robots”, to “Little Architects”, to “F1 Challenge” to “Spy Master” (perfect for aspiring Bournes and Bonds!).
Suited to children aged 4 through 12 (with different classes for each two-year age group), each camp runs Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm, and is limited to 10 children per class to ensure kiddos get tons of personal attention.
When: 21-25 November; 28 November – 2 December; 5-9, 12-16 and 19-23 December.
How much: Camps are priced at $690 per week, including lunch, teaching materials and one field trip.
Offering some of Singapore’s most popular camps throughout the year, Camp Asia caters to kids as young as 3 all the way up to age 16. With all camps being held at Stamford American International School’s state-of-the-art campus, families are spoiled for choice, with Multi-Activity camps, Super Soccer, Super Gymnastics, Super Chef, Drama Academy, Science, and Robotics and Coding.
With three weeks of availability, why not try a few? We love that Camp Asia’s camps run all day (from 9am to 3pm) and include lunch. There’s even a convenient bus for easy pick-ups and drop-offs.
When: 19 December – 6 January, 2017
How much: Camps are priced at $690 per week (Mon-Fri), including lunch and teaching materials. Bus transportation is $65 per child, per week.
Geared toward little ones as young as 4 (all the way up through 14!), CIS caters to a range of interests with its sports, multi-activity, creative arts & performance, and STEAM camps, all offered at its stunning Jurong Lakeside campus (we’d like to go just to play on that awesome playground!).
Flexibility is the name of the game here, with morning, afternoon and full day schedules available. High-energy kiddos will get to try out a range of different sports and outdoor activities, while aspiring writers and thespians will love the artistic, literary and musical pursuits of creative arts camp. Meanwhile, STEAM will get little ones started on the wonders of coding, robot building, and app design!
When: 19-23, 27-30 December
How much: Prices vary by schedule. Register now to take 10% off full-day camps (during the month of December)!
Canadian International School (CIS), 7 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 649414, Tel: (+65) 6436 6634, www.cis.edu.sg/holidaycamp
Held at GESS’s beautiful Junior School campus in lush Bukit Timah and running in December and January, these camps are conducted in English . Children aged 6-12 can choose from sports camps (either Soccer-specific, or “World of Sports”), Whizz Kids (technology), or multi-activity camps with activities like filmmaking, music video creation, yoga, and “Crazy Science”. GESS even offers a cool option called Camp Hulk where kiddos can combine one of the sports camps with a Dr. Droid Technology Camp to tackle cool projects like 3D printing, Lego Robotics, Droid Wars and more.
When: 19-23 December; 2-6 January, 2017
How much: Camps are priced from $350-$450 per week, depending on the camp and whether the child is a GESS student.
Fun, Nature and Friendship… what more could you want out of camp?! From its lovely setting in Bukit Timah, The Open Centre’s fun all-day Resilience & Mindfulness camps run throughout November and December. Here, children and adolescents can get real life experience practicing their social and problem solving skills through fun-filled interactions with others. Emphasis is on learning to cultivate empathy, coping with daily stress, and establishing solid and positive relationships.
When:21-25 November (register by 14 November to get $50 off); 28 November – 2 December (Girls’ Camp); 5-9, 12-16, 19-23 December.
How much: $680 per week (includes lunch).
The Open Centre, 100 Turf Club Road (Horse City), Singapore 287992, Tel: (+65) 6463 0291, www.theopencentre.com.sg/workshops/holiday-camp
Arts, Music & Cooking
With age-appropriate groups for children aged 3.5-12, Abrakadoodle’s ‘Fabulous Festival’ camps teach kiddos about global cultures through art projects inspired by world-famous festivals like the Running of the Bulls in Spain, Carnaval in Brazil, and Songkran in Thailand. Kids will create Venice masks, paint a Mardi Gras-themed blue dog, sculpt a festival elephant and much more. Includes 8 art projects and a gift voucher! Check out their website for schedules and info on group discounts from 5-15% off! And be sure to enter our Facebook giveaway for your chance to win your kiddo a 3-day ‘Fabulous Festivals’ voucher worth $300, mama!
When: Camps run from October through January; see website for specific dates and locations.
How much: $300-$470 (varies by camp).
Abrakadoodle Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Rd #02-13, Singapore 259760 (next to French Embassy and the Botanic Gardens MRT Station), Tel: (+65) 6763 9219, [email protected], www.abrakadoodle.com.sg/en/schedule/schedule—bukit-timah
What better way to get little ones in the holiday spirit than with ACT 3 Drama Academy’s Christmas-themed drama workshops? Little ones will cover classics like Puss in Boots, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Mother Goose and more, all the while igniting their imagination and having heaps of fun in the process! We love that these age-appropriate workshops start with babies as young as 7 months of age, all the way up to 12-year-olds! And get ready for a performance at the end of camp for the 3-to-12-year-olds mama!
When: 21 November – 17 December (weekly workshops)
How much: $50 -$60 per day (1-day parent-accompanied class); $300 – $380 per week (Monday to Friday, with presentation on Saturday for 3-to-12-year-olds)
You know we’re huge fans of Aureus’s innovative Intrument-a-Day program, which lets kiddos aged 4 and up try up to 2 different instruments per day to see what tickles their fancy for further music lessons. Children can also focus on their preferred instrument of choice, or get comfortable performing in front of their peers with a Master class. Camps are offered at three convenient locations across the island!
When: 28 November -2 December; 5-9, 12-16, 20-23 December.
How much: $160 (1-day camp), $294 (2-day camp); $397 (3-day camp). Lunch and snack are included.
From its lush and lovely campus at Loewen Gardens, Between Two Trees will offer four full weeks of unique and innovative holiday camps for little ones ages 4-5, kicking off with Farmers Week in which kiddos can learn about the lifecycle and process of growing produce in the school’s own vegetable garden, while also engaging in artistic expressions of painting and sculpting to hone their observational and thinking skills.
Over the next three weeks kiddos will be immersed in activities focusing on the creative works of well-loved artists, authors and illustrators as varied as Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Jackson Pollock and Georgia O’Keeffe, all the while developing their own sense of creative expression. Keen to expose your kiddo to Mandarin? Weeks 2 and 3 are offered in English and Chinese!
Earlybird bonus: Sign up before 28 October and pay $415 per week (instead of the regular $490). You’ll also get an additional 10% group discount and registration fee waiver when you sign up 2 or more kids together!
When: 21-26 November (Farmers Week, English only); 28 November – 3 December (Authors Week, English & Chinese); 5-10 December (Illustrators Week, English & Chinese); 12-17 December (Artists Week, English only)
How much: $415 per child, per week (sign up by 28 October); $490 thereafter
Between Two Trees Early Learning School, 73 Loewen Road, #01-19/20, Singapore 248843, Tel: (+65) 6509 8296, www.betweentwotrees.sg/celebrate-learning-farmers-authors-illustrators-artists-weeks
With weeklong (Monday-Friday) creative arts holiday programmes running throughout October and November, Centre Stage’s camps will cover everything from superheroes to witches and wizards. Some camps will emphasise musical theatre, while others are all about the adventure and imaginative play. Various camps are aimed at kiddos aged 5 through 12. We love that there’s also a daily option if you’re looking for something this week, mama!
When: 24-28 October; 31 October-4 November
How much: $390 per week (Monday to Friday); $90 per day.
Centre Stage, 15 Woking Road, Singapore 138694, Tel: +65 6732 7211, [email protected], www.centre-stage.com/home/creative-arts-holiday-programmes
We love this award-winning fine arts school that offers 15 different programs in painting, sketching and sculpture to kiddos ranging from 2.5 all the way to 17! Parents are welcome, too! We particularly recommend the always-popular ‘Artrageous Camp’, a full-day program bursting with interesting art activities that expose kiddos to vast worlds of creativity! Other lessons last from 1-2 hours per day, ideal for younger kinds on a break from preschool. All materials are included in every program, mama!
When: 21 November to 29 December
How much: $175-$280 per week (1-2 hour sessions); $135-$300 (adult sessions); $300-$850 (Artrageous Camp, half- and full-day options available).
Little Artists Mandarin Gardens, No.15 Siglap Road #01-07, Singapore 448912 and Little Artists Siglap Centre, 55 Siglap Road #02-18, Singapore 455871, www.little-artists.com
Language & Learning
British Council helps students sharpen their academic skills and improve language and communication by incorporating fun games, cool apps, and cultural understanding into their “English Booster” Winter Camps for a truly enriching experience! With modern and well-equipped classrooms, highly experienced and qualified teachers, and a super convenient location close to public transport links, these camps are a fun way to build students’ confidence and speaking skills in an engaging, multi-cultural environment. Camps are aimed at international primary (aged 7-11) and secondary (12-15) students.
When: 9-13, 16-20, and 23-27 January, 2017
How much: $650 per student
British Council, 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh #09-01 HDB Hub, East Wing, Singapore 310480, Tel: (+65) 6807 1586, www.britishcouncil.sg/smcamps
If academic enrichment isn’t fun, mama, they’re doing it wrong! Whether kiddos are preparing for the PSLE or participating in enrichment programmes like Explaining with Experiments, Wall Street Whiz Kid, or Junior Toastmasters, Joyous Learning will get students thinking deeply, taking risks and problem-solving through active engagement from teachers in a holistic, constructive environment.
When: November – December (dates vary by class).
How much: $78-$207 per 1-day class (varies).
Joyous Learning, Blk 177 Toa Payoh Central #01-138, Singapore 310177, Tel: (+65) 6264 9193, [email protected], www.joyouslearning.com.sg/year-end-holiday-programmes
Mandarin is sure to come to life for your little ones at these theme-based camps at Little Mandarins’ beautiful facility at lush Dempsey Hill. With weekly camps happening throughout November and December, Little Mandarins is offering fun and stimulating activities to appeal to every interest, all united by a passion for language development that also boosts self-confidence and teamwork skills. Activities range from storytelling, to arts & crafts, to brush painting, to speech and drama, to outdoor games and much, much more, mama!
When: 21-25 November; 28 November – 2 December (3-hour camps); 5-9, 12-16, 19-23 December (4.5 hours); 27-30 December
How much: $330 per week (Nov); $500 per week (Dec); $400 (27-30 Dec); Sibling and group discounts available.
Little Mandarins Language Centre, Block 71, #01-03/04, Loewen Road Singapore 248847, Tel: (+65) 6473 8377, www.little-mandarins.com
Let your little ones improve their Mandarin language skills and get closer to nature in this first-ever collaboration with Canterbury Cove, which has a beautiful, sprawling outdoor play area on the edge of the HortPark and Kent Ridge Park. Kiddos will love learning about various modes of transport, discovering the world of insects, and much more in this innovative and super fun language camp for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
When: 3-7 December (Canterbury Cove); 19-22 December (Youle Mandarin Centre @ Tanglin Road)
How much: $120 (two days) – $270 (4 days). See website for more details.
Youle Mandarin Centre, #03-38 19 Tanglin Road, Tangling Shopping Centre, Singapore 247909 and Canterbury Cove, 4A Russels Road, Singapore 118283, Tel: (+65) 6262 0070 / 8102 0422, [email protected], www.youle.com.sg
Taking place in lush Bishan Park (one of our fave green spaces in Singapore, and sooo convenient to the MRT), Singafit sports camps are well priced and offer a wide variety of activities for kiddos aged 3 all the way up to 14. Kids will learn new skills to develop mobility, self-confidence and sportmanship wfrom qualified and experienced coaches. With more than 200 days of camps under their belt covering over 20 different sports – everything from basketball to rock climbing – Singafit camps are even offered all year round! Door-to-door transport is also available.
Sassy Mamas will receive a $50 discount when they sign their kids up for their first camp. Just enter the code SASSYMAMA at checkout!
When: All year round
How much: $75 per day, or $300 per week (Monday to Friday).
Singafit, camps held at Bishan Park, along Bishan Road and Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569981, www.singafit.myshopify.com/collections
These ever-popular multi-sport and sport-specific camps for little ones aged 3-10 are back. We love that they work in other activities as well, like cooking and arts & crafts, along with classics like good old fashioned water fights and team-building games! Three-hour camps are held at Shaws’s super-convenient Kallang location.
When: 21-24 November; 28 November – 1 December; 5-8, 19-22 December.
How much: $320 per week.
Shaws Little League, 38 Jalan Benaan Kapal (Near Kallang Leisure Park, close to Tanjong Rhu), Singapore 399635, www.shawslittleleague.com
The super popular Christmas Skate Camp is suitable for children aged 3-12, and it doesn’t matter whether they’ve got rollerblading experience or not, mama! Besides having the most fun possible on wheels, kids will do fun holiday-themed activities like build their own snow globes, create a Gingerbread man, and go on a Christmas Treasure Hunt with Frosty the Snowman! Offered at three convenient locations around the island (West Coast Park, East Coast Park and Bishan Park), Skate With Us helps kids develop resilience and confidence while acquiring a cool new skill!
When: 21-24 November; 28 November – 1 December; 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29 December.
How much: $198 (all-day one-day camp) – $568 (5-day full-day camp). Half-day options available; register 3 kids or more to get $30 off apiece!
At Sport4Kids’s “Multi-Activity camp”, active kiddos will get the chance to try their hand at a variety of sports, including basketball, tennis, swimming, frisbee and dogdgeball, with a multitude of other fun activities like Arts & Crafts and yoga thrown in for good measure. Camps are perfect for kiddos aged 3.5 up through 12, mama!
Sassy Mamas will get a 5% discount with the promo code S4KCAMP!
When: 19-23 December
How much: $110 per day, $495 per week (Monday-Friday), including snacks, fruit, water and a camp t-shirt.
Sports Camps Australia
SCA Nike Camps can help young athletes improve their skills, learn sportsmanship, and fuel their passion for their chosen sports. Children aged 3-18 will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most respected and experienced coaches in Singapore and premier venues across the island. In addition to Multi-Sports camps, kiddos can choose from sports as varied as mountain biking and trampolining in addition to stalwarts like tennis, soccer, swimming, rugby and basketball.
Sports Camps Australia, Tel: (+65) 6348 6390, [email protected], www.sportscampsaustralia.com.au/international/singapore
(Also see: Camp Asia, GESS, CIS)
Coding Lab’s offering both half-day and full-day camps for kiddos aged 4-12 throughout November and December. We love that their preschool camps gently introduce kiddos to coding concepts through reenacting Nursery Rhymes and the popular ‘Art x Coding Abracadabra! Magic Camp’, while older kids can fully immerse themselves in tech with Coding Lab’s MIT-inspired curriculum taught by experienced, highly qualified instructors in a truly tech-immersive environment. Conveniently offered at three different locations across the island, too! Be sure to book at least 10 days in advance to qualify for earlybird prices, mama!
Want your child to be more creative and tech-literate? Codomo’s camps and workshops are designed to cultivate creativity through empathy, technology and design. Kiddos as young as 6 get to do cool activities like create their own 3D games, write Python scripts to hack Minecraft, and even design their own mobile apps. The proof is in the pudding, mama: two students from Codomo’s Android App Design camp won the international MIT App Inventor “Most Innovative App” award earlier this year!
Enter promo code SassyMama to take $100 off any full course purchase at Codomo!
When: Morning and afternoon classes throughout November and December (check schedule for specific dates).
How much: $49 (3-hour trial class) – $499 (weeklong camp)
Codomo, 10 Square @ Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238896, www.codomo.com.sg
These coding camps for kiddos 4-15 stimulate their interest in STEM through fun activities like ScratchJr and LittleBits Junior, building up to LEGO Robotics and electronics design for older kids and culminating in advanced and sophisticated languages like Python, HTML and Apple Swift. If your child’s got a passion for technology, mama, look no further.
Book by 31 October to take $50 off your camp cost, and also get a FREE 2-week “Explorer Pass” that lets you try out a variety of 1-day Saturday Kids workshops.
With campus available at convenient locations across the island (including GESS, CIS and both UWC SEA campuses), Whizz Kidz offers kiddos a wide range of fun, science-themed camps to get their brains churning. Camps cover everything from 3D printing to robotics, fun movie-making and cool science experiments. Programs are suited to kids aged 4 and up.
When: 19-23, 26-30 December; 2-6 January, 2016
How much: Prices vary, check website for details.
(Also see: The Keys, Camp Asia, CIS, GESS)