March School Holiday 2017 – 12 Amazing Activities for Children

The March School Holiday is upon us, and both parents and their children are all set to enjoy this short break from the usual school routines and homework marathons. To help you make the most of this week-long break, we have put together a list of activities that are happening during the holiday week – ranging from enriching school holiday programmes to must-not-miss theatre shows and exhibitions.

Check them out now:

Stage and Theatre Productions

1. A Peter Rabbit Tale

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Based on the much-loved Beatrix Potter children’s classic, A Peter Rabbit Tale follows the musical adventure of Peter as he discovers the importance of family and the value of being true to yourself by exploring new places and the people he meets along the way. In true Peter Rabbit style, he gets up to all sorts of mischief and lands himself in a web of troubles – the last straw came when he breaks the rules and steals from Mr. McGregor’s garden. Worried about what his beloved mum might say, he decides to leave his comfy rabbit hole and run away into the “big world”.

This show is recommended for children aged 4 to 8.

Date: 24 February to 14 April 2017

Time: Weekdays 10am, Weekends and Public Holidays 11am & 2pm

Venue: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT

Ticket Prices: Starts from $25

Book now!

2. The Ant & The Grasshopper

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In the original fable by Aesop, the ants were a hardworking bunch who worked all day while the grasshopper did not understand why one should work hard. With unexpected twists and turns to the tale, there are many lessons we can learn from this interactive musical which revolves around friendship, rewards for hard work, generosity and judging others.

This show is a must-watch for the whole family!

Date: 18 February to 19 March 2017

Time: Various timings available

Venue: SOTA Drama Theatre

Ticket prices: $32 (For both adults and children)

Book now!

3. The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice

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Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they take you on a walk down memory lane to relive the wonderful Disney moments through your favourite films. From diving into the East Australian Current with Dory, Nemo and Marlin to discover the true meaning of family to prowling the Pride Lands of Africa with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa, there’s something magical for everyone in the family to enjoy during the school holiday.

Date: 15 to 19 March 2017

Time: Various timings available

Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium

Ticket prices: $25 to $120

Book now!

 

Check out the holiday programmes that are on-going during the break, and enrol your children now – before seats run out! More on the next page…

Useful Tips for Parents: Should Your Child Have a Social Media Account?

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From Facebook to YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat, the options for social media networks on which children can stay connected and share their views are plentiful. Despite all the plus points which social media brings to our lives, there are also dangers which we should be wary of as they put the safety of our children at risk.

Trying to shield our children from the dangers of social media has proven to be challenging, as technology plays a key role in the way we live, work and play today. But how much should a child be exposed to social media, and at what age should they be allowed to open an account of their own?

What do the law and experts say?

According to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, it is illegal for commercial websites and apps to allow children below 13 to open an online account without verifiable parental consent.

“The law was created to keep companies from collecting data about kids and marketing to them,” says Stephen Balkam, the founder and CEO of the non-profit Family Online Safety Institute.

However, most children are able to find their way around this rule by using a parent’s email and a fake date of birth without consent. Apart from the legal implications involved, there are also concerns about whether or not children have the maturity to keep their online interactions under control.

“At ages 7 to 11, children are still thinking very concretely, and they haven’t yet developed the ability to consider hypothetical situations,” Dr Lisa Strohman, the founder and director of the Technology Wellness Center explains.

“So an 8-year-old girl posting a video about how to do her hair is just thinking, ‘My friends will see this and it will be great!’ She can’t take that next step and think about who else might watch that video and write mean comments or even report it and use it to sell hair products.”

While it is challenging to generalise the right age for children to start using social media, Dr Michael Rich, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at the Boston Children’s Hospital states that parents are the best judge of whether their child is ready for social media usage.

“Some kids may be ready to handle social media under the legal age of 13, but most probably can’t,”

To help you narrow down your decision, Dr Rich suggests that parents ask themselves, “Can [my child] use it in ways that are healthy and respectful of others?”

Tips to keep your children safe while using social media

While you have decided to give your child consent to use social media, it might be a good idea to venture together at first and keep a close watch on your child as he/she finds his/her own way.

Here are some things you can do:

Be part of the crowd

It is important that you stay one step ahead of your child when it comes to social media. Dr Rich recommends that you join the site yourself (if you are not on it already) and get familiar with the safety issues and its potential uses. With this, you are able to advise your child on the features that he/she should avoid while using the app.

Gain full access of your child’s account

Make sure that you have full access to your child’s account by taking down details of his/her username and password. You should also follow him/her with your own account, so that you are updated on the things that he/she is posting and sharing.

Set the ground rules

To manage your child’s usage of social media and devices, do lay down the rules from the start which specifies when and how he/she is allowed to use it and the consequences of breaking any of the rules.

It is also important that your child knows that he/she can talk to you about anything bad or peculiar that happens online. This can involve being bullied by another child or when a stranger tries to contact him/her or ask for personal information.

“It’s a conversation you have to begin before you give him the device or let him join the site, and you must keep the discussions going,” Balkam says.

 

There are security settings in your social media apps which could compromise your child’s safety while using them. More details and the next steps to take on the next page.

10 Ways to Raise a Well-Rounded Child

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A happy, well-balanced child is one who feels safe, both physically and emotionally. He/she is also valued for who he/she is, and not what he/she can do. Parents can raise their children to be happy, well-rounded individuals by surrounding them with love, happiness and encouragement, for it is the combination of all these factors that helps them feel confident about themselves and motivates them to reach their goals.

“The goal as a parent is to help your child feel competent and confident, and to help her develop a sense of passion and purpose,” says Susan Stiffelman, MFT, an educational therapist and author of Parenting Without Power Struggles. Indeed, it is the education that happens before a child starts their learning journey in school that empowers a well-rounded development.

Thus, if you are looking to raise a child who is well-balanced, healthy and happy, do consider these 10 tips and strategies to help you get there:

1. Celebrate and praise efforts

Studies conducted by Dr Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University and leading researcher in the fields of achievement and success, revealed that a person’s mindset has the power to influence behaviour. She suggests that parents praise their children for their hard work instead of using labels such as “smart” or “talented”. This may lead to them having a fixed mindset, and people who are categorised as such are usually reluctant to take on challenges as they believe that their achievements are a result of their innate abilities. On the other hand, people with a growth mindset are usually more willing to face challenges with hard work as they believe that learning is a life-long process.

2. Respect and acknowledge different learning styles

You might find that you work best in complete silence, but that does not mean that your child should study in a noise-free environment too. Most of us tend to lean towards one or two types of learning style, so it may be worthwhile to take note how your child learns best so you can identify his/her learning style.

For example, if your child is a visual learner, using flash cards and drawing charts might help him/her learn better. And for kinaesthetic learners, turning a learning concept into a fun, hands-on game could be what it takes to help them study better.

3. Keep their curiosity alive

Children are born with an innate curiosity about the world around them, and it is important to leverage this trait to raise life-long learners. This should start with parents creating an intellectually safe place, where a child is free to ask any question or express his/her opinion – as long as it is respectful.

Meghan McCormick, an American elementary school teacher and research associate at MDRC, a non-profit education and social policy research organisation, says that children should be encouraged to ask questions while parents should refrain from just feeding them with answers or use phrases such as “Because I said so.” For instance, when a child asks, “Why are the leaves falling off the trees?”, she suggests that parents probe further by asking, “What do you think?”. This not only provides insights into the child’s opinion, it also doubles up as a teaching opportunity and sends the message that we value the opinions of our children.

4. The power of reading

It is never too early to start reading to your child!

Starting a good collection of books at home and reading to pre-schoolers comes with great benefits as it encourages language development, reading skills and their future success in school.

“Even if your child is still too young to understand everything you are saying, he will learn to notice the rhythms of language, which will help him build a listening vocabulary,” explains Susan M. Heim, author of It’s Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy Through Adolescence.

In fact, a study conducted by The Institute of Education in the United Kingdom found that 5-year-olds who were read to daily by their parents were less likely to develop behavioural problems in school.

 

Want to know your child’s reading and writing level? Find out now with a complimentary literacy assessment and learn how MindChamps’ Reading & Writing programmes could help your child!

 

5. Allow some free time

“Play is the major way in which children learn,” says Dr David Elkind, a child development expert and author of The Power Play. He emphasises the fact that children “learn social skills through games and playing with other children”, and that it is important for parents to allow their children time for both play and academic work.

“There’s this idea that education is a race, and that’s false. We want to go so quickly, but you stunt things when you go too fast,” Dr Elkind added. Although adding playtime to crammed study schedules can be tricky, there are simple ways to work around them which is worth a try, as this helps to maintain a good balance in your child’s life.

 

Giving your child a hug helps to ease the tension and improves his/her concentration. More on this and other tips for raising a well-rounded on the next page. 

8 Benefits of Teaching Your Child to Read and Write Early

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Children start learning about language from the moment they are born. As they grow up, their speech and language skills become more complex as they learn to understand and use language to bring across their ideas, thoughts, and feelings, as well as to communicate their needs to others.

During this stage of early speech and language development, children pick up skills that set the stage for literacy development. Giving your child an early head start in reading and writing comes with a host of benefits, and studies have found that working on one area (reading) leads the development of the other (writing).

Here are 8 ways your child will benefit from learning to read and write during the early years:

1. Reading helps your child’s brain to keep growing

During the first six years, the speed of your child’s learning development is at its fastest compared to at any other time in their lives. Vital connections in the brain are formed very early in life and a healthy baby is born with approximately 200 billion active brain cells (also known as neurons). With the right kind of stimulation, each of these brain cells is capable of developing up to 20,000 connections – a direct result of stimulation your child receives through early experiences. All these connections eventually form the basis of all future learning.

As you read to your child, existing links among brain cells are strengthened and new links are formed. When your child learns to read independently, the process of learning is greatly influenced by the functioning and development of the brain as a whole. You can help him/her along in this journey by encouraging the efforts put in and instilling a lifelong love of learning and reading.

2. Early reading leads the way to academic success

Reading has the power to inspire a love of learning in your child which will eventually lead him/her towards early academic success.

Studies have shown that strong oral language skills form a strong foundation for literacy development. When children learn to read at a young age, they have greater knowledge of things around them and their vocabulary keeps growing which helps them to become more fluent readers.

Early readers have the ability to recognise a larger collection of words by sight, and this enables them to learn more from and about their environment. As they grow up, early readers also become competent researchers who are able to study effectively and extract relevant information from various sources of information such as books and websites. Longitudinal studies have shown that early readers continue to get better results than their peers in school, which leads to a love for learning within them, for life.

3. Early reading sparks your child’s curiosity and imagination

When your child reads from a young age, it ignites his/her curiosity and imagination. You can use interesting illustrations and word patterns to get your child talking about what he/she is seeing and thinking, and help him/her understand the patterns of language. Reading also sparks your children’s curiosity about people, places and things around them, and gives them the answers through explanations of how things work.

Reading promotes maturity and higher order thinking skills in your child. When you explore stories together with your child, he/she learns the difference between what’s “real” and “make-believe”. Over time, this will help him/her develop his/her own ideas which inspire creativity – a tool which could come in handy in the future for problem-solving.

4. Early reading boosts your child’s confidence

When your child starts reading as a baby or toddler, he/she is unlikely to succumb to peer and psychological pressures than if he/she were to pick up this skill later on.

As your child has yet to start school, you will have the flexibility to teach him/her to read a few pages each day in a relaxed mode. Because there is no rush, you can stop before he/she gets tired. Through this, you are building the love of reading in your child from the start, and the both of you can treat reading time as an exciting adventure, rather than a drilling process. Over time, your child will gain confidence in reading, especially when he/she is able to catch up and participate in reading activities in school.

 

How does your child’s early reading efforts pave the way towards writing success? Find out more on the next page.

Study Reveals 5 Reasons Why Dads Should Read to their Children

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We all want to give the best to our children and raise them up to be bright and smart. To ensure that they get a good head start during the early years, we spend much time and effort in picking the right school and enrichment programmes for them.

But do take note that as a parent, you have the power to boost your child’s learning potential by developing a love for reading from young. While the benefits of having both mum and dad read to their children are plentiful, a recent study by researchers from Harvard University in the United States reveals that children benefit more when their father read bedtime stories to them.

As reported by The Telegraph, the study found that dads lead their children to “imaginative discussions” and are more instrumental to their children’s language development during the early years because of the way they read to their children. Dr. Elisabeth Duursma, the study leader, found that girls benefited more when read to by a male. “The impact is huge – particularly if dads start reading to kids under the age of two,” she explains. “Reading is [often] seen as a female activity and kids seem to be more tuned in when their dad reads to them – it’s special.”

However, a poll conducted among 1,000 mums and dads by Book Trust, an independent British literacy charity, found that young parents are reading less to their children compared to the older generations. Among the respondents, 19% of dads under 25 said they enjoyed a bedtime read with their children, while 78% of older fathers said it was their favourite part of the day.

To bring up the numbers, author and comedian David Walliams has led an initiative in the United Kingdom to emphasise the benefits of fathers reading to their children for just 20 minutes a day. Here are some reasons why more dads should take heed and snuggle up with a good book with their children:

1. They get their children to think further

Having mum and dad take turns to read bedtime stories has been found to improve children’s language and cognitive skills. While mums often focus on the characters’ feelings and ask factual questions, dads tend to link the narrative to something which their child can relate to.

“Dad is more likely to say something line, ‘Oh look, a ladder. Do you remember when I had that ladder in my truck?” Dr. Duursma explains. “That is great for children’s language development because they have to use their brains more. It’s more cognitively challenging.”

2. They help to develop a love of reading in their children

Children learn best from mimicking the words and actions of their parents. So, if you are hoping to nurture a love for reading from young, it would be helpful if you put this good habit into practice yourself.

A research published by the British Journal of Educational Psychology on the role of early father involvement and its impact on children’s educational attainment showed “a positive relationship between the amounts of literacy fathers engage in for their personal use and their children’s reading test.” In this case, dads who are seen reading a lot during their free time send out positive signs to their children that reading is a beneficial and enjoyable thing to do.

3. They share a special bond with their children

While the Harvard study pinpointed the positive influence of dads’ reading – particularly on their daughters – previous research have shown how reading strengthens the bond between fathers and both their sons and daughters.

According to a study by the National Literacy Trust entitled ‘Why Fathers Matter to their Children’s Literacy’, dads who do not get to spend a lot of time at home with their kids due to work reported reading as a major way to develop a unique relationship with their children. Reading to children opens up a world of opportunity for dads to get to know their children on a deeper level and to find out what they think or feel about various topics. This special activity also creates a sense of security in children as they snuggle up for quality time with their dads – and a good book.

 

Dads who read to their children regularly feel more relaxed, and this in turn creates a perfect balance in parenting. More details on this on the next page.

6 Effective Ways to Compliment and Motivate Your Child

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What parent doesn’t love to praise his or her children? When a child does something praise-worthy, from accomplishing a difficult math problem to creating a piece of art, a proud parent can’t help but be enthusiastic.

Yet, parents should be wary of over-the-top, glowing praise that focuses on stroking a child’s ego. Over time, hollow phrases like “Good job” become white noise, either not heard or ignored by your child.

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Here are 6 specific ways to constructively compliment children:

1. Encourage

Encouragement is effective because it:

a) Allows you to select a characteristic or behaviour you want to develop or foster in a positive and constructive way

b) Lets you call attention to their process

You support the process and help build your child’s confidence. When she comes home with a poor grade on a test, you might say: “I like the effort you put into studying. Maybe a bit more next time, you think?”

You are complimenting the process, not the outcome. You are making her responsible.

2. Mirror

If you are consistently responsive, your child is more likely to be confident. It can be a trick on a skateboard, a gymnastic feat, a piano piece mastered or almost mastered, a tennis match won or almost won. Let her know that you see her and recognize her accomplishments, large and small.

Ask to see her collection of dolls, or rocks, or something similar. Observe and talk about how orderly it is, how well she’s protecting it. Or ask, “Where did you find all these things?”

Your undivided attention is worth more than platitudes shouted from another room. Showing an interest in what’s he’s interested packs more of a punch than simply saying, “What a fabulous collection.” It positions your child as an expert — what a confidence boost!

3. Listen

Most of us are overscheduled and distracted, often too distracted to give children what they need. Acknowledge them and give them an honest assessment of what they’re doing. Take time to listen and make sure your children know you’re listening. Listen to complaints and be empathetic. Don’t immediately take your child’s or the teacher’s side, for instance. Hear his point of view.

Allowing your child to explain tells him you value his point of view and observations. Being heard is a powerful motivator.

4. Reward

Focus on the direction your child is moving in. You might say: “You improved so much since your last report card. Aren’t you proud of yourself? You should be.” When your child is memorizing a poem or words for a spelling test, you might say: “You almost had it. You’ll get it.”

And when your child succeeds (a grade improvement or a sports milestone, for example), you might say: “You got an A! You just proved to yourself that you should never give up.”

You are teaching your child to internalize her abilities and to eventually be able to evaluate herself accurately.

5. Reinforce

You might say: “I like the song you sang for grandma and grandpa. Would you sing it for me now?” Or, you might ask your child to retell a joke or ask for instruction: “The dog seems to respond so well to your training. Show me how you get him to do that, please.”

Reliving bright moments reminds children of their “strong suits”. You are telling your child she has something worthwhile to offer and share with you. Showing a genuine interest allows a child to relive accomplishments, and this kind of response can cultivate diligence and determination.

6. Question

You might say: “How did you choose the colours for that picture? What did you use to make those lines? It’s so unusual, interesting, real, pretty, cheerful…”

You’re asking about the process, making your child think about how he created his work or tackled a project and what he might do next time.

When you combine these techniques and use them regularly, you put your child on a direct, merited path toward self-confidence. Isn’t that what compliments are for in the first place?

 

Suggested Reading: 5 Lessons Kids Can Learn from Losing

 

Republished with permission from Dr Susan Newman, social psychologist, parenting expert and best-selling author.

MindChamps featured in The Business Times on 29 March 2016

Dear Parents,

It gives us great pleasure to share with you that The Business Times has featured the MindChamps ChampionGOLD Standard and the appointment of our Chief Academic Officer, Mr Steven Andrews, in their paper on 29 March 2016.

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As a progressive and innovative education institute, we do not believe in resting on our laurels and will continue to raise the bar for education with the development of our ChampionGOLD Standard, which is a comprehensive array of educational, operational and service-oriented benchmarks. This will allow us to implement our standards organisation-wide and ensure that the quality of our education and service is solid and scalable. Importantly, as MindChamps is already the mark against which other organisations measure themselves, the Champion-GOLD Standard is now the mark against which we, at MindChamps, measure our own performance.

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The ChampionGold Standard logo, our mark of distinction

We are also pleased to introduce to you, Mr Steven Andrews, who has joined us as our Chief Academic Officer. Steven’s distinguished career include his appointments as the former Senior Education Advisor to the United Kingdom government under the Tony Blair administration, former CEO of Tanglin Trust School, Singapore and the former Director of Education, Leicester City. Steven will play an important role in the implementation of our Champion-GOLD Standard and help us achieve the very highest standard of quality.

Lastly, we are proud to share with you that our Founder, Chairman and Group CEO, Mr David Chiem, was amongst the 56 out of 2,000 business leaders from the top Singapore 1000 corporations and SMEs who were featured in the Business Times (see below and attached) yesterday as well.

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Thank you for your continuous support and we look forward to sharing with you more of such exciting news in the near future!

Diamond Rain

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Imagine this.

Tomorrow, when you wake up, you swing your legs out of bed, find your slippers with your feet, and make your way across to the window to open the blind and let in the new day.

It is raining. Again.

Nothing particularly unusual, you might think – except that as you watch the rain falling down outside the window, you realise that this time it is different.

Because, this time, instead of raining… rain, it is raining diamonds. Beautiful, brilliant-cut, high-quality stones – some the size of pigeon eggs, some barely a carat, but all of them perfect.

The breakfast announcer on the radio, his voice even more hysterical than usual, informs you that this miraculous diamond rain phenomenon is repeating itself across the entire planet, on every continent, in every major population centre. Billions and billions of the precious stones, falling like a gift from the heavens.

For a moment, it is better than Christmas. A fortune dropping out of the sky; yours to pick up and possess.

You rush outside to fill your pockets. Perhaps you take a shopping bag, so that you can gather even more of the treasure.

Some of your neighbours are already out there, raking the stones into piles, shovelling them into wheel-barrows or sacks, smiling like Aladdin in the cave of the forty-thieves.

But then you stop, as the realisation strikes.

There is no point in rushing to gather up the precious stones, to store them away like a squirrel’s cache of winter nuts.

The phenomenon is worldwide. Which means…

That from today on, diamonds will be as common, worldwide, as pebbles or rocks.

That the value of a diamond will, therefore, be about the same as that of a pebble or rock.

Virtually worthless.

And that goes for the diamonds which in the past, you spent so much of your hard-earned salary to buy.

We live, today in an era akin to the diamond rain of this imaginary scenario. The sky has not unleashed a storm of the once-precious stones, of course, but human ingenuity has, almost overnight, devalued what has been, for most of human history, the most valuable commodity known to Man – information.

Like the diamonds in our story, it falls from the air around us, bidding us to pick it up and use it – but as we will discover later – its very availability renders it, in and of itself, almost valueless.

In the world of the Information Revolution, our concepts of information and knowledge – and of education itself – are in drastic need of a rethink.

Information – in the sense of raw data – is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other and we need them all.
~Arther C.Clarke (scientist and author)

The above is a modified abstract from the book ‘The 3-Mind Revolution‘.
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3-Mind Revolution discusses the concept of a “trinity of minds” that consists of:

  • The Champion Mind
  • The Learning Mind, and
  • The Creative Mind

If we are to negotiate our way successfully through our exciting new world, all the three minds need to develop in unison. Join our complimentary workshop to learn more about how MindChamps programmes are specially designed by experts in the fields of education, neurology, psychology and theatre from around the world, to develop the 3 minds of young children.

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Which is Better for your Child – Digital Books or Traditional Books?

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Recently there has been considerable, and sometimes heated, debate in the media regarding the relative merits of digital books and traditional (or paper) books.

So, which format is better for your child?

This question involves what educational researchers call ‘a false dichotomy’. After all, very little – in education or in life – is ‘either/or’.

Some parents are concerned that the quality of digital books is not as high as traditional books, and are avoiding using them at home. As technology continues to move forward, however, we must accept that some, if not all, books and stories our children will read later in childhood and into adulthood will be in digital form. Given this reality, it is prudent to prepare our children, by familiarising them thoroughly with digital formats.  Having said this, however, we must exercise caution and good judgment in regard to the books we choose – in any format – and the ways in which we use them.

Both traditional and digital books have beneficial features that can assist the literacy development of our children, as we can see here:

Beneficial Features of Traditional Books

The main benefit of traditional books for pre-schoolers (especially babies and toddlers) is that they have tactile features that digital books do not have – such as moving parts and a variety of surfaces.  Young children have a heightened tactile affinity and benefit from the stimulation of an unusual surface in a book, or opening, closing and sliding parts to add meaning to the story and generate greater interest and excitement.

The intonation and emotional interpretation a parent can put into reading a book is far superior to the pre-recorded voice of a digital book.

Beneficial Features of Digital Books

There are some fantastic features of digital books too, such as animation of pictures, sound effects and music. These features will capture the attention of infants and young children, and will add excitement to a reading experience – as long as they are carefully designed so as not to divert the easily-distracted child, thus interfering with the narrative flow and the association between the written word and the sound.

Despite its benefits, digital books come with a hidden danger too! Find out what it is on the next page…

10 March Holiday Activities That Will Keep Your Kids Meaningfully Occupied

It’s time for the kids to take a breather from school and lessons, as the March school holidays draw near!

Despite it being a short one-week break this time round, there are heaps of activities that you can slot in to keep them stimulated and occupied. Here’s a list of 10 March Holiday activities and programmes that you can add on to your list to keep things fun and exciting for your kids:

TIP: Look out for the promo codes provided for selected listings to enjoy a special discount on admission fees!

1. U Picnic – Space Odyssey (Perfect for the whole family)

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NTUC’s U Picnic returns once again with an astronomical theme that promises a fun day out filled with intergalactic activities, tantalising food and bonding opportunities for the whole family!

Join in the “astrordinary” line-up of activities such as moon-walking with rebound shoes, launching into the air with bungee trampolines, meeting friendly Space Allies, and star gazing. Come dressed in your best space outfit and stand to win attractive prizes in the Best Dressed Space Explorers Contest and Best Anti-Gravity Photo Contest

A cosmic family picnic awaits!

Date: 12 March 2016

Time: 5pm to 9pm

Venue: Grand Lawn 1, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park River Plains

Admission Fees: $50 per family of 5 (Public) / $20 per family of 5 (NTUC Members)

Each ticket comes with an intergalactic goodie bag worth $40.

Click here for more details.

 

2. MindChamps ‘The Force Awakens’ Workshop (11 & 12 years old)

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Through a combination of English, Math and Science elements, your P5 and P6 child will learn about the principles of magnetism through hands-on activities and inspiring demonstrations in this MindChamps school holiday workshop. The workshop will also cover the basics of report writing and develop your child’s problem-solving skills which they can apply to their school work.

Date: 14 March 2016

Time: 9am to 5pm (Lunch is provided)

Venue: MindChamps @ Toa Payoh, HDB Hub East Wing, Level 17

Admission Fee: $98/child (Enter promo code SP0316 to enjoy 15% off)

Click here for more details.

 

3. Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a Play!” (3 years old and above)

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This musical tells the tale of an elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie who are the best of friends – despite being very different from each other. Filled with beloved characters and lively songs, follow the adventures of the two friends as they discover fun lessons on friendship, being true to yourself, trying your best and thinking outside of the box.

 Date: From now until 13 March 2016

Time: 11am (5 & 12 March 2016), 1pm (6 & 13 March 2016)

Venue: Ulu Panda CC Theatreatte

Admission Fee: $32 (Per adult or child)

Click here for more details.

 

4. MindChamps’ Professor Snyder’s Thinking Cap Learning System (7 & 8 years old)

march holiday activities 2016

 

Empower your child to stay ahead of the curve by applying MindChamps’ proprietary Professor Snyder’s Thinking Cap Learning System that meets and goes beyond the latest requirements in the MOE curriculum.

During this one-day workshop designed for P1 and P2 kids, your child will get to develop their motor and visual perception skills through fun activities and games and participate in creativity exercises using story-telling, drama and visualisation. Emphasis will also be placed on building emotional resilience and fostering effective communication skills in your child.

Date: 14 & 15 March 2016

Time: 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm

Venue: MindChamps @ Toa Payoh, HDB Hub East Wing, Level 17

Admission Fee: $98/child (Enter promo code SP0316 to enjoy 15% off)

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5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites (3 years old and above)

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(Photo: ACT 3 International website)

This ACT 3 International theatre production presents The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud and The Mixed Up Chameleon.

Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar as he chomps his way on his journey to metamorphosis. Then, follow the bored Little Cloud who decides to straw away from his mates to go on a thrilling adventure where he transforms himself into various shapes such as an airplane, a sheep, a clown with a funny hat and even a shark! Lastly, tag along The Mixed Up Chameleon who doesn’t think much of his colour-changing abilities.

Come and get up close and personal with these lovable characters from Eric Carle’s book up on stage!

Date: 5 to 13 March 2016

Time: Refer to showtimes here

Venue: Drama Centre Theatre @ National Library Building

Admission Fee: Ticket prices start from $18

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A workshop that instills good values in your children, and a chance for them to manage their own flea market stall. More exciting March holiday activities for kids on the next page…