Look to the humble community centre and you may be pleasantly surprised by their holiday enrichment fare—from science and technology skills to cooking and foreign-language exposure, there is something to suit every interest. Head to your nearest centre to pick up a holiday handout, or visit the OnePA website for more details on the featured classes.
LED Bottle Light Workshop
Participants will learn how to use recycled bottles to make LED creations. With the skills learnt, they can even build their own Christmas ornaments or trees.
Age: Enquire with the CC Venue/Date: Multiple location/dates Fee: $25–30
Essential First Aid @Home
This course empowers children (and parents) with a foundation in first aid. Participants will learn the basic procedures of emergency care and how to deal with home emergencies through a hands-on session.
Age: 5–14; parent-child course Venue/Date: Toa Payoh South CC, 21 December 2016 (Wed), 8–10PM Fee: $30–40
Hoop Fitness is a new dance-fitness regime that uses the hula hoop to improve balance, flexibility, dexterity, and coordination. It is a low-impact yet high-energy workout that promises a whole lot of fun.
Age: All ages Venue/Date: Multiple locations/dates; some CCs hold this over multiple sessions Fee: $12–15 (single session); $93–105 (multiple sessions)
Intro To Taiko Drumming
Taiko drumming is both a musical and a physical activity. It enables parents and children to team up and coordinate their movements while making music.
Age: 4 and above; parent-child course Venue/Date: Pasir Ris Elias CC, 23 December 2016 (Fri), 9.30AM–12.30PM Fee: $45–55
Ninja Gadgets Engineering
Children will learn how to creatively use Lego parts to build “ninja weapons.” They will also learn basic engineering techniques to develop functional “weapons.”
This course teaches parents and children how to make delicious and healthier ice cream, such as Banana-Strawberry and Chocolate Oreo gelato, using only fresh ingredients. Participants will also learn to make gelato without using any machinery.
In this workshop, participants will use bricks to enter the worlds of the Despicable Me and Minions movies. They will create their own minion story with mosaics, 3D builds of their favourite character, and motorised models.
Age: Enquire with the CC Venue/Date: Multiple locations/dates Fee: $48–58
The Fairy Lamp
This workshop lets children discover the wonders of electronics through fun and engaging experiences with light bulbs, batteries, switches, and circuits to create their own fairy lamps.
This course teaches parents and children massage techniques. Apart from using the sense of touch for bonding, the techniques will also improve concentration and confidence.
Age: All ages; parent-child course Venue/Date: Multiple locations/dates Fee: $18–20
Experience 3D Printing
This workshop provides an opportunity for children to have fun while learning about 3D technology. Participants will observe an object being 3D printed, as the trainer explains how a 3D printer functions. Thereafter, participants will design a 3D-printable object on their smartphones or tablets, which can then be sent wirelessly to the 3D printer to be printed.
Age: Enquire with the CC Venue/Date: Chua Chu Kang CC, 7 December 2016 (Wed), 10AM–1PM Fee: $40–50
Have Fun Cooking
Participants will learn to create different dishes and desserts, such as pizza, cupcakes, and Christmas cookies.