7 Holiday Activities To Learn Without Having To Travel Overseas

Submitted by Advertiser KiasuParent

While quarantine-free travel may be now possible for Singaporeans, albeit to selected overseas destinations, those who choose to spend the year-end school holidays locally will have no lack of activities to keep kids occupied.

In particular, the 3-day KINEX Holiday Camp, which returns for its second edition, will give your child an opportunity to learn a bit about different countries’ cultures. Of course, activities that transcend cultural boundaries are in store too! The best part is you can let your child try them all in one venue, without having to travel abroad.

#1 Dance to The K-Pop Beat

Fascinated by those viral TikTok dance covers of Korean hits like DDU-DU DDU-DU by BLACKPINK or Permission to Dance by BTS? You child can now learn cool K-Pop moves in DCA’s K-Pop dance class as part of the KINEX Holiday Camp. The class focuses on showmanship and execution of movement to ensure that you feel like a star by the end of the class.

For enquiries on other dance classes available at DCA, including classes for adults:
Tel: 6909 9753
Web: https://www.distinctca.com.sg/


#2 From Japanese Manga to Afro-Peruvian Sounds



Covering a broad range of genres, Japanese manga has captivated audiences of all ages worldwide. Whether your kids like kawaii characters, such as those in Kirby or Animal Crossing, or more ethereal ones a la Sailor Moon, they can learn techniques to draw their favourite manga characters in the Hands-on Manga Art class conducted by Fine Momentum.

Then switch over to a music class to get hands-on in the basics of rhythmic Cajon playing. The percussion instrument, which looks like a crate or box, has its roots in Spanish colonies in the Americas. History records that 18-century African slaves in Peru created the cajon to play folk music at a time when actual musical instruments like drums were prohibited. 

For enquiries on other available classes at Fine Momentum:
Tel: 6341 6088
Web: https://www.finemomentum.com.sg/


#3 The Art of Chinese Craftsmanship

China boasts a rich history in oriental crafts and we often purchase them as souvenirs during our travels to the country. This holiday, let your child immerse in Chinese culture – infused with Singapore heritage – through handicraft. First-Step Education, which focuses on Multiple Intelligence-based learning, will nurture your child’s visual intelligence (Picture Smart) through their Chinese Cultural Craft Class. Get to experience a form of Chinese handicraft that uses clay to make pop-up art of various characters or local cuisines.

For enquiries on other cultural classes at First-Step Education:
Tel: 6241 5178
Web: http://firststepeducation.net/


#4 Learn the English Game of Darts

Did you know that the game of darts originated from England? A World Darts Championship has also been held in the country annually since 1994. Kids can develop their skills at I Darts’ Junior Dart Trials and learn the basics of throwing darts. They can also explore the entertaining kinds of dart games with different strategies to win in this workshop. Though the game is easy to pick up, enthusiasts will soon realise that there’s a lot to learn, apart from improving one’s aim – with even some mental math involved!

For more information visit: https://www.idarts.com.sg/


#5 Kick Up the Festive Mood with Music

Want to be immersed in the holiday mood? Let there be music; better yet if it’s performed by your child. With the session conducted by Aureus Academy, even music beginners will get to learn how to play a new instrument, such as piano, guitar or violin, in a day and learn a Christmas song or two along the way! 

For enquiries on other available classes at Aureus Academy:
Tel: 3165 5072
Web: https://www.aureusacademy.com/

Liven the mood further with a Drum 101 lesson conducted by Drum Tutor, where students will be introduced to a drum set, learn some basic grooves, and finally, jam to some popular songs. Drum Tutor’ curriculum is conceptualised by award-winning drummer Er Chow Kiat and lessons are solely based on the pace of the student’s learning ability whether is it learning a new song, working on grading examination materials or breaking down a certain groove or rhythmic pattern.

For enquiries on other classes available at Drum Tutor:
Tel: 9666 4979
Web: https://www.drumtutor.sg/


#6 Begin Your Journey Into the World of Technology

In our increasingly technologically driven world, learning Coding and Robotics can help prepare your child for the future economy, not to mention, develop problem solving skills. In this one-hour workshop conducted by The Lab, students will be introduced to Coding and Robotics in a fun and interactive way. Let them apply analytical and logical thinking skills when they learn to programme a robot to complete simple yet fun challenges.

For enquiries on other classes at The Lab:
Tel: 8767 4557
Web: https://www.thelab.sg/


#7 Festive Crafts Reminiscent of European Christmas Markets

Come wintertime, Christmas markets like those in Prague, Budapest or Strasbourg will be filled with holiday shoppers looking for the best festive gifts. And personalised and handcrafted items are usually popular picks. Rather than buying such gifts, why not let your child learn to make their own? For 7- to 9-year-old kids, they will get to create unique festive designs on a tote bag to bring home after! The 10- to 12-year-olds can try out soap making in unique shapes ranging from animals, florals, to fruits.


Enroll your child for KINEX Holiday Camp today!

8 to 10 Dec 2021 for 7 to 9 years old
15 to 17 Dec 2021 for 10 to 12 years old

Time: 10am – 3pm daily

Programme fee: $400 per pax, worth $700, lunch included
* Early Bird Promo at $350 per pax from now till 11 Nov 2021. Limited slots available.

Lunch will be provided by the following participating F&B outlets:
• Blimpie
• Fatburger & Buffalo’s
• Rocky Master
• Kucina Italian Restaurant

Tickets are available for purchase via Customer Service Counter on level 2 (cash payment) or www.kinex.com.sg (via PayPal).

Participants will also get to enjoy the following freebies with your Holiday Camp passes:

  • FREE Single Scoop of Cookies & Cream Gelato at Paradiddle Gelato
  • FREE Drink from Little Red Dot Tea
  • FREE Slice of Cake at Kith Café
  • $10 game pass at Tokyo Games Station
  • 1-for-1 Classis Gel Manicure for Parent and child at For Duchess, By Duke

For more information on Holiday Camp at KINEX, visit https://www.kinex.com.sg/event/255 


Joyful Surprises @ UOL Malls (5 Nov to 26 Dec 2021)

5th November 2021 – Joyful Surprises kick starts at UOL Malls where shoppers can redeem exclusive gifts that give back to charity when they shop at KINEX, United Square & Velocity@Novena Square.

Sharing love and festive cheer this Christmas, UOL Malls collaborate with UOB and Endowus to support a number of charities that enable and supports people with special needs. Our main partners include Extra•Ordinary People, CPAS, Bizlink, Care Corner and AWWA Senior Community.

Shoppers can redeem Christmas Gift boxes that feature art series by trainees from GROW Sheltered Workshop by Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore or a 4-in-1 waffle maker that comes with Matching kitchen mitten and trivet designed by Ms Genine Tham, a beneficiary of Extra•Ordinary People’s Art Psychotherapy Programme.

Persons with disabilities were hired to pack the Christmas gift boxes and as a token of appreciation, all artists who help design the Christmas premiums will receive a royalty fee from UOL Malls in support of their continued learning and developmental journey.


Shoppers can redeem the following Gifts-with-Purchases (from 5 November 2021)


Spin & Win POPPoints, UOL e-Vouchers & products with $50 spent in a single receipt. Double spins on 11.11 and take part in the 11.11 lucky draw! (Valid till 30 Nov).

Redeem exclusively designed Gift Wrappers with $60* spent ($40* for U-POPP members).

Redeem a Craft workshop pass with $100 spent ($80 for Office Executives)

Redeem a Christmas Surprise Gift Set with $250 spent ($200 for U-POPP members/ UOB Credit Cardmembers.

Redeem a 4-in-1 Waffle Maker, Kitchen Mitten and Trivet Set with $400 spent ($350 for U-POPP members/UOB Credit Cardmembers).

For more information on redemption mechanics at the mall, visit https://bit.ly/Joyful_SurprisesatKinex

Make a wish come true (5 to 30 November 2021)

Pick a gift tag from our Christmas tree and make someone’s wish come true.

UOL Malls invited students from Care Corner Student Care Centres and Extra•Ordinary People’s financial Scheme to write down their Christmas wish. Shoppers can grant the children their wishes by purchasing the items listed on the gift tags.

Shoppers can also choose to buy a set of groceries for the elderly aged 60 and above from AWWA Senior Community Home who have no family and/or means of financial support.

UOL will wrap and deliver the gifts to the children and elderly before Christmas.

Care Corner Student Care Centres, Extra•Ordinary People and AWWA Senior Community Home are named charities of UOL.

Give the Gift of Hope with Endowus (5 November to 30 December 2021)

During this Christmas season, shoppers can make a difference and support charities that help communities in need.

Shoppers can visit Endowus’ Giving Machines, which are vending machines placed in our malls’ main atriums that offer shoppers a chance to donate to a charity of their choice. Shoppers can purchase a giving card with a $5, $10 or $20 value and make a donation as a gift.

These donation vending machines are supported by Endowus, in partnership with charity portal Giving.sg and vending partner Reinvend Solutions Pte Ltd.

Mon 08/11/2021