The school holidays are not just for catching up on studies.
From coding lessons and cooking classes to Nerf gun shootouts and remote car-building workshops, there is a wide variety of activities to keep the young ones occupied during this year-end school break.
At Joyous Learning Enrichment and Tuition Centre, primary school children can discover the secret to crafting great speeches at a public speaking workshop or try their hand at building a remote control car from commonly available electronic parts.
Mr Adrian Kuek, the centre’s dean, said such enrichment activities allow children to take a break, as well as pick up new skills and prepare for fresh challenges. For instance, participants at the public speaking workshop learn how to deliver speeches in situations such as a Direct School Admission interview or a public event.
“(These activities) allow kids to broaden their knowledge beyond their textbooks and have a bit of fun at the same time,” he added.
Elsewhere, kids are attending coding classes as their parents believe that technological skills will be sought after in the future.
At SG Code Campus, over 100 students have taken coding lessons this holiday period. It now has a waiting list of at least 30 children.
The school in Parkway Centre offers holiday programmes to introduce kids to ideas in computer science and how to bring these concepts to life via the coding of video games and animations.
It also allows them to create real- world applications and build computer programs that solve practical problems.
Its co-founder, Mr Toh Ting Feng, said the sign-up rate shows the “tremendous value parents see in getting their kids exposed to coding at a young age”. The school sees participants as young as seven.
“Some parents see these as opportunities for their child to develop a new skill over the holidays before the busy school term starts,” he said.