School's out, so what shall we do with all that free time and young active minds? Fret not because we're offering a list of school holiday related camps and programmes.
The School Holiday Programmes at klpac are the ideal choice for kids who want to explore their creative side and are interested in the performing arts. There’s a great variety of programmes available including a Speech & Drama Holiday Bootcamp, Speak Up! classes for public speaking, and beginners’ hip hop workshops. Classes are taught by KL-based professional actors, dancers and theatre directors, and are suitable for kids aged three to 17.
Fees depend on workshop.
Baking and cooking are always a good choice to keep kids busy, plus they’ll bring back all the tasty treats they make! At 19 Culinary Studio is offering a boot camp on two different days with the first two classes happening on December 2nd with the rest taking place on December 16. Classes here are very hands-on and participants will learn to make yoghurt fruit cake, tartlets, gingerbread cookies and red velvet cake. The boot camp is suitable for kids aged seven and above, and parents are welcome to join as well.
RM240 per child.
Rally the kids for a smashing good time! Organised by Kepong BC, this series of residential badminton camps will be held throughout the end-of-year school holidays, where participants will train under qualified coaches to improve their technique and overall performance. There will be two training sessions daily, a trip to the Badminton Association of Malaysian training facility and a chance to watch Purple League matches live. Open to kids aged seven to 18, the camp offers four camp dates – Nov 26-Dec 2; Dec 3-9; Dec 10-16; Dec 17-23 – and the fees include meals and accommodation.
Powerful Sports Arena, 2 Jalan 5/32A, Off Batu 1/2, Jalan Kepong, KL (03 6259 5250). RM700 per participant.
Kids have been mad for ‘Minecraft’ since it was launched with millions of little fingers swiping over their devices building with 3D blocks and digging a virtual landscape. From a parent’s point of view, it’s one of the few games that’s acceptable as it doesn’t involve killing and mayhem. In this camp, kids will learn how to transform 2D sketches to 3D models with a 3D pen, 3D design and printing, stopmotion animation with clay, as well as participate in games that teach basic technical drawing, cooking and more. Held every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in December, this camp is suitable for kids aged seven to 12.
Crafty Minds, 11-2, Jalan Radin Bagus, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, KL (03 9054 2033/craftyminds.com.my). RM600 per child.
SuperCamp is an American company known for organising holiday camps for kids around the world with a focus on life skills and academics, which sounds like any parent’s dream come true. This year, Nexus International School plays host to a SuperCamp that takes place over seven days and six nights. The camp will be divided into three age groups comprising primary school pupils aged ten to 12, high school pupils aged 13 to 17, and older campers from 15 to 18. This is a residential camp where participants will enjoy outdoor challenges, fun classes and character building exercises, while improving social skills and making new friends.
Nexus International School Malaysia, 1 Jalan Diplomatik 3/6, Presint 15, Putrajaya (03 6203 0525). RM5,350 per participant.
The British Council will be holding a five-day programme focusing on creative writing and confident speaking, which are skills every child should have to help at school. The workshop will be divided by age – five to six; seven to 12; 13 to 15; 16 to 17 – with activities organised according to their specific levels. For example, the younger kids will learn how to design a board game and present ideas confidently; while older kids will improve their creative writing skills, write an adventure story book, and develop debating skills. This programme will be held at the British Councils in KL, Mutiara Damansara and Penang.
Ground floor, West Block, 142C Wisma Selangor Dredging, Jalan Ampang, KL (03 2780 380); Lot 245A, Second floor, The Curve, 2 Jalan PJU 7/2, PJ; Wisma Great Eastern, Suite 3A.1 & 3A.2, 25 Lebuh Light, Penang. Dec 4-8, (KL) 9.30am-4.30pm; (Damansara & Penang) 10am-5pm. RM950 per child.
The future is now at Engineering For Kids where budding engineers will learn how to design, construct and program their own robots. Over the course of five days, campers will use logic and problem solving skills to customize motors and sensors for their creations. This workshop offers a fresh, hands-on approach to teach children new skills and stimulate their imaginations.
7-2, Jalan Sri Hartamas 7, Sri Hartamas, KL (018 2528 511). Full day, RM1,200; half-day, RM750.
Money management is a skill kids should learn from as early as possible these days, and we don’t mean how to spend it frivolously! MoneyTree is a company focused on providing kids, teenagers and young adults financial education to help them understand how to handle their finances from as early as possible. This three-day holiday workshop will teach the kids how to understand the value of money and income in relation to a career and running a business. They will learn how to create business plans, identify what they can contribute to the business and even run their own business as part of a project. Start them young and you may find you have a future Warren Buffett on your hands!
MoneyTree Academy Puchong, 101-1 Jalan BK 5A/2, Bandar Kinrara , Puchong (012 286 5789). Dec 5-7, RM488.