5 Holiday Courses To Help Singaporean Kids Reduce Their Tablet Screen Time

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Holiday courses for bonding with your child

 

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Unless you’re a stay-at-home mom or dad, it’s highly likely that you see more of your colleagues than your kids. And while we can all agree that providing your child with a good future take priority over all else, being a full-time working mom or dad also means missing out on milestones and precious moments with your little love.

Before you let the guilt eat you up inside, there’s a chance for you to redeem yourself. From candle-making to robotics, these 5 parent-child holiday courses run by People’s Association at your neighbourhood Community Centre/Club (CC) will let you spend some well-deserved quality time with your kid and rekindle that parent-child bond.

 

1. Candle making with glass holder

 

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Candle making is usually viewed as a more of a feminine activity, but even if you’re mom or dad to a rough and tough little dude, don’t strike it off the list just yet. This 1.5-hour natural soy wax candle making class by Soap Art Pte Ltd is both parts fun and educational. 

Think of it as a science experiment. There’ll be the concocting of your own unique scent from a variety of essential oils, the firing up and melting of the wax, colouring, then customising your candle to make it truly your own. 

At the end of it, you’ll be walking away with 2 beautiful glass candles full of the day’s memories you can gift to each other or use to simply light up the house.

Classes run from: 8th Nov, 9th Nov, 10th Nov, 11th Nov, 16th Nov, 25th Nov, 28th Nov, 30th Nov, 1st Dec, 2nd Dec, 15th Dec
Price: $32/pair for members, $42/pair for non-members
Venue: Tampines East CC, Toa Payoh South CC, Henderson CC, Fuchun CC, Sembawang CC, Ang Mo Kio CC, Changi Simei CC, Teck Ghee CC, Whampoa CC, Tampines West CC, Hougang CC
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2. Basic Baking: Unicorn Cupcakes

 

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If baking is something you’ve never tried with bub at home for sheer fear of making a huge mess, this baking class will let you get as messy as you want without having to clean up after. This parent-child baking class will let you try your hand at whipping up your very own batch of unicorn cupcakes complete with fondant, whipped cream and a sprinkle of pearlescent dust.

Not only will the outcome be completely delicious, but the entire process also will require the use of a whole slew of skills from reading and comprehension to chemistry and even mathematics.

Classes run from: 17th Nov, 18th Nov, 19th Nov, 24th Nov, 25th Nov, 2nd Dec, 4th Dec
Price: $30/pair for members, $40/pair for non-members
Venue: Yio Chu Kang CC, The Serangoon CC, Ci Yuan CC, Henderson CC, Tampines West CC, Senja Cashew CC, Teck Ghee CC, Sengkang CC
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3. Fun with Guitar

 

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Serious music lessons can sometimes suck the fun out of learning an instrument, but this 1-hour guitar playing crash course promises to deliver nothing but good tunes and a good time. 

Run by the experienced instructors of Little Music Notes LLP, this course is designed to get you and your little one up to speed on how to tune, strum and even pick a popular tune all on your own. 

Note: Children need to be 6 years old and above to participate.

Classes run from: 29th Nov, 2nd Dec, 5th Dec, 8th Dec, 14th Dec, 22nd Dec
Price: $20/pair for members, $30/pair for non-members
Venue: Bedok CC, Chong Pang CC, Henderson CC, Nee Soon Spring CC, Woodlands Galaxy CC

 

4. Robotics

 

Be it tablets or drones - there's something about gadgets and technology that just seems to reel kids in. If your child is always clamouring for your phone, sign yourself up for this hands-on, minds-on Kidnovation Private Limited robotics course where you'll build your very own functioning robot out of LEGO® bricks. 

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A perfect stimulant for some creative thinking and problem-solving, the course will also let you explore the virtual world of computers and let you try your hand at some programming software.

Classes run from: 24th Nov, 2nd Dec, 9th Dec, 12th Dec
Price: $20/pair for members, $30/pair for non-members
Venue: Mountbatten CC, Anchorvale CC, Kallang CC, Woodlands Galaxy CC
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5. Yoga Experience

 

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Children are inexhaustible balls of energy, that we already know. But instead of constantly racking your brains thinking up new ways to tire them out, why not learn how to cultivate a more focused and calm side of them with this 1-hour yoga course?

Perfect for parents who are constantly splitting their time between their kids and the gym, this Hatha yoga basics class will not only burn calories but build strength, correct bad posture and help the both of you leave more relaxed than you came in. 

Classes run from: 9th Dec, 12th & 19th Dec, 15th Dec, 20th Dec, 20th & 21st Dec
Price: $15-30/pair for members, $20-40/pair for non-members
Venue: Anchorvale CC, Ci Yuan CC, Kallang CC, Taman Jurong CC, Teck Ghee CC
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*BONUS* Xplore the World of Science with 3M!

 

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3M is opening their newly built Customer Technical Centre to all parents and children for a solid 2-hour tour! Get a peek behind the scenes at the life-changing science behind some of 3M’s core technologies such as their adhesive scotch tape, abrasives and nonwoven tapes through a series of interactive demonstrations.

Classes run from: 19th Nov and 3rd Dec
Price: Course fee is free, $5-10/pair for transport
Venue: 3M Customer Technical Centre
Registration: ACE The Place CC, Bedok CC, Changi Simei CC, Pasir Ris East CC
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Affordable courses at your neighbourhood CC

 

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The search for child-friendly activities can often turn up the same few attractions like the River Safari, Universal Studios Singapore or the S.E.A. Aquarium, but if you're looking for more variety and less cost, look to your neighbour CCs. 

Unbeknownst to many, our neighbourhood CCs are actually a treasure trove of parent-child friendly courses thanks to People’s Association. You'll find everything from floral arrangement and soap making classes to DIY snow globes and paper marbling courses at pocket-friendly prices so you can keep coming back for more.

So trade up your trip to the mall for one of these fun yet educational courses this school holiday season to squeeze in some extra time with your kids and let them pick up a new skill. 

Sign yourself up for a school holiday series course here


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