There are so many enrichment classes for Singapore kids, where do you start? Here, we round up 47 great enrichment classes for babies, toddler, preschoolers and kids in primary school.
Babies respond to stimulation, so keep them entertained with creative enrichment classes that provide a great source of stimuli and fun.
If your baby is between seven and 36 months old, check out its one-session performative workshops (pictured above). You and your little one will participate in hands-on activities peppered with music, movement, storytelling and sensory play. Click here for details.
This Discover Wonder enrichment class from leverages on children’s natural curiosity. It also encourages them to consciously make small discoveries, which gives them a head start in developing a deeper understanding of the world. Click here for details.
Gymtots is an introductory programme designed for parents and kids between the ages of one and three. You start with free exploration time conducted by professional coaches, before moving on to warm-ups, song and dance, basic gymnastics skills, and running through a circuit. Hand apparatuses are also used to improve hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Click here for details.
Growing Up Gifted
Give your child a head start in learning and build her confidence through the Gifted Babes enrichment class here. It uses play-based phonics and fun activities designed to engage all five senses—such as popcorn-making, playing bongos to African beats and hand-painting with ice cream! The course, created for children from eight to 18 months old, also includes an introduction to Mandarin stories, songs, puppetry and more. Click here for details.
Its Play & Learn programme helps parents understand each stage of their child’s development. With levels to cater to different ages, babies get to build strength through play with ramps, slides and climbers; cultivate communication skills; and learn to solve problems through games by uncovering patterns and sequences. Click here for details.
Tapping on learning methods that optimise brain development, Heguru Method cultivates early learning through a fun, nurturing environment, with particular focus on creative and critical thinking. Best of all, the centre’s certified senior instructors are also familiar with the local school syllabus —allowing them to prepare little ones (from the age of six months) for school in years to come. Click here for details.
Develop a closer bond with your little ones as they learn simple exercises such as bouncing, wiggles and tickles through musical stimulation. This is because these movements to music trigger the release of oxytocin, the same “bonding” hormone that is produced during nursing. Another advantage of this enrichment class from Musical Monkeys? You get to build your parent support network with other parents attending the programme too. Click here for details.
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Inspire Mum & Baby
New mums will appreciate how this Mum & Baby Pilates class at Inspire Mum & Baby restores core and upper body strength. This is especially important for allowing you to carry baby without hurting your back. This class also helps speed up healing and recovery from delivery, while reducing stress and the possibility of post-natal blues. Have fun exercising with your little one as baby enjoys lots of playtime, music and songs. Click here for details.
Kanga Kids Yoga
Suitable for babies from 3 months old to early crawlers, each session baby yoga class at Kanga Kids Yoga (pictured) will help support your child’s stages of development. Watch your little one learn to roll over, sit up or crawl on his own for the first time during the sessions. It’s a bonding activity that will definitely create fond memories for you to look back on. Click here for details.
Kindermusik With Love Studios
As the saying goes: It takes a village to raise a child. With its Village programme, Kindermusik takes the saying a step further. Through folksy activities such as dancing around a maypole or gentle swinging in a blanket, babies are engaged in a range of exercises that encourage movement, vocal play and instrument exploration. Click here for details.
Bond with your little one in the Tiny Tykes enrichment class. Its range of activities allow your kids to discover their physical abilities while developing their cognitive functions. Created for tots from seven to 13 months old, this hour-long class starts with gentle stretches and exercises before moving onto songs, dances and other fun active adventures. Click here for details.
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Turn little ones into water babies with this baby swimming class (pictured) that’s designed by lead instructor Coach Kidd. Infants between three to 12 months of age will learn water confidence, water survival skills, body balancing and coordination, and stability in water manoeuvring and movement. Click here for details.
Tumble Joy Gymnastics
Through a series of fun activities, its Parent & Baby programme allows young children aged between two and three to learn and explore movement with the support of their parents. Classes are designed to help them build confidence in moving about. At the same time, they will be exposed to their first friends, helping them develop social skills, too. Click here for details.
With activities like music and movement, art and sensory and outdoor play for your infant, each 90-minute Parent & Child session (pictured) is planned and run by an experienced facilitator. Let your baby flex her social skills, and meet other parents during the session, so your little one becomes familiar with a pre-school setting. Sessions are open to kids aged between 6 months and two-and-a-half years. Click here for details.
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Enrichment for toddlers from 18 months to 3 years old
In this age group, your child will gradually unlock milestones such as self-feeding, and the ability to discern between right and wrong. She may also attempt to start reading on her own. Try these enrichment classes.
All That Jazz Dance Academy
Spend some quality time with your two- or three-year-old by learning a new skill at the Mommy & Me Ballet & Jazz Combo class (pictured above). Ballet is great for kids as it teaches them good posture, and helps them express themselves through movement. It can also help you to de-stress while learning to simultaneously play and grow with your child. Click here for details.
Filled with aquatic songs and games, the Parent And Child programme is loads of fun. The 30-minute class allows kids to build their confidence in water, while learning how to orientate underwater and swim short distances. The class runs on a good ratio of 6:1, allowing parents to bond with their children in the water under safe and fun circumstances. The best part? There are eight venues to choose from for your utmost convenience. Click here for details.
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Hands-on activities, storytelling and other fun activities help your child improve his Chinese speaking skills from a young age with Bibinogs’ Little Mandarins programme. Conducted entirely in Mandarin by native Chinese teachers, you can be assured that your child is in good hands. The small class size (12 students to two teachers) also helps ensure your toddler gets more personal attention. Click here for details.
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Chengzhu Mandarin Centre
Its Chinese Cultural Arts programme immerses tots in a conducive environment, which also allows them to better absorb Standard Mandarin through an introduction to traditional Chinese performance and visual arts. These include a variety of songs, music and folk dances, traditional Chinese handicrafts, calligraphy and ink brush painting, as well as preparing and tasting classic Chinese dishes such as rice dumplings. This Mandarin enrichment centre is part of the Julia Gabriel group. Click here for details.
Da Little School
Suitable for Nursery 1 and 2 children, the Book Explorer programme uses books, songs and props to introduce your little ones to the world of storytelling through the works of both classic and contemporary authors. Beyond budding bookworms, Da Little School’s highly interactive sessions will show all kids that reading can, and should, be fun. At the same time, the use of artworks inspired by the stories during class are also aimed at cultivating children’s aesthetic sense. Click here for details.
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This programme by Baby Genius aims to boost holistic development in tots between six and 36 months. iGenius engages children (and their parents) through programmes that focus on language and speech development, observational and listening skills, sensory awareness and fine motor skills through intentional play and learning games. A small class ratio of one teacher to six tots ensures that each parent and child pairing gets the most out of the class and the attention they require. Click here for details.
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One of the centre’s most sought after programmes, Playclub engages tots in a range of hands-on, interactive activities that are designed to improve their motor skills and enhance their social skills at play and meal-times. From arts and crafts to pre-science activities, speech and drama to music and dance, the class guides kids to interact comfortably with different environments and make sense of a host of real-life situations. Click here for details.
Let your child explore and understand music dynamics with its Music and Movement class (pictured). Your tot will learn about tempo, rhythm and pitch, while developing her strengths in language and creativity. The play-based classes use original compositions by Muse Arts, and also introduce basic ABRSM music theory knowledge. Click here for details.
Stepping Out Studios
Suitable for kids from two to three years old, the Melody Bear Preschool Dance Class introduces children to the concepts of ballet, tap, music and movement. Created by children’s dance teacher, Jill Bridger, the Melody Movement Early Learning dance syllabus focuses on natural actions such as running, walking, skipping, galloping and hopping. Click here for details.
Enrichment classes for preschoolers from 3 to 7 years old
This is the time to let your child explore a variety of enrichment classes to determine his aptitude towards learning.
Its five-day holiday programme for ages five to 15 allows Junior to choose among painting, drawing and more to encourage the development of his artistic skills. It also holds regular art classes. Click here for details.
Offering both private and group classes, Aureus Academy’s Music Exploration course focuses on developing students who can sing and play instruments both individually and as part of a group. By following three phases of learning—recognition, comprehension and application — when exploring different areas of music, children are able to train their hand-eye coordination, concentration and the ability to match pitch. Click here for details.
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Here, kids are exposed to a range of energetic and fun activities (pictured above) to encourage both their strength and confidence. With specialised classes for kids aged four, five and six, your child will be kept active and fit, thanks to the lessons tailored for their age groups. Click here for details.
From holiday camps to weekly programmes, Camp Asia’s offerings are as engaging as they are enriching. With a myriad of activities such as role-playing and gymnastics (for three-year-olds), capoeira and batik art (for four to five-year-olds), baseball and pop art painting (for six to eight-year-olds), Camp Asia’s Multi-Activity camp is the perfect way for your children to find out where their interests lie. Over the course of five days, your child will make new friends, pick up new skills and perhaps even find a new hobby or two. Click here for details.
Mini burgers for breakfast, quiche Lorraine for lunch and chocolate truffles for tea, made by your own junior chef? Make it happen by signing up your budding cooks at Culinary On’sJunior Chefs School, where they can work their way up by starting with the basics. Parents have the option of joining their kids in class, too. Suitable for kids aged four and up. Click here for details.
Certified by the Swiss Football Association, Coach Leo’s enthusiasm for training kids is matched by his energetic charges. Students learn techniques such as running zig-zag and ball manipulation; not to mention, improving their coordination and balancing skills through training with cones, or a ball on a string. Click here for details.
In this Stories x Coding programme, kids will learn how to code with a new story every lesson. Through classics like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Five Little Monkeys and more, kids will get to dramatise and create a short digital tablet animation based on the story. The programme helps build your child’s understanding of the coding language, while improving his problem-solving skills. Click here for details.
Kumon provides an individualised learning method that allows each student to study at a comfortable level, regardless of their age or grades. Designed for children aged three to 17, its year-round programmes for English, Chinese and Mathematics encourage kids to become self-motivated in their studies. Click here for details.
The Leap Kidsnetic reading system aims to achieve total literacy success by developing interpretative and responsive skills for children from the ages of two-and-a-half to seven. To engage young learners, Leap Schoolhouse keeps the process of learning fun, engaging and participative, drawing upon research shared by the US Department of Education. Click here for details.
Little Artists Art Studio
Cultivate a lifelong passion for the arts in your young ones with Little Blossoms, a multi-medium art class. This programme exposes them to a comprehensive fine art curriculum that touches on visual, interactive and cultural arts. Using numerous mediums including watercolour, oil pastels, clay and charcoal, students are encouraged to express themselves through activities such as artist studies, brush skills and printing with textures. Click here for details.
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Mindchamps’ programmes help your child to love reading and master the craft of writing. They’re suitable for kids aged three to 10. Find out more here.
Get your active child a chance to expend her energy with the Multi-Sport class. Kids hone sports skills such as throwing and catching with one hand, bouncing, dribbling and more. Click here for details.
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From cupcakes to handmade pasta, there is no better way to bond with your mini chefs-in-training than with a parent-child cooking session. Under the watchful eyes of the instructors, as they demonstrate and walk through tips, techniques and troubleshooting in class, your child is sure to develop a new appreciation and understanding of food. Click here for details.
Enrichment classes for primary school children from 7 to 12 years old
By now, you’d have noticed your child’s interest, strengths and areas of improvement. Build on them with these fun enrichment classes.
Using a multi-sensory approach to learning, Berries World offers a proprietary syllabus approved by the Ministry of Education to strengthen your child’s knowledge base and appreciation for the Chinese language. Through one-on-one oral reading practice, and the learning of listening comprehension techniques, students will be more assured in tackling academic challenges. Click here for details.
The British Council’s classes for kids in preschool develop their literacy and social skills as well as their confidence in speaking. Primary schoolers will benefit from its courses, which help them excel in examinations. Click here for more details.
Centre Stage School of the Arts
If your child has been weaned on a diet of reality talent shows, this program could be the outlet to fuel his creativity. While it is not a technical class, this offers children opportunities for future stage experience. From learning contemporary pop and musical theatre numbers to choreographing them and singing them in class, students develop their coordination, rhythm, stagecraft, teamwork and confidence. Click here for details.
Hua Language Centre
With an up-to-date curriculum based on the current Ministry of Education syllabus and requirements, Hua Language Centre enhances learning by identifying the different aptitudes of the students to meet their specific needs. The specially tailored courses focus on three areas: oral and communication, enrichment, and comprehension and creative writing. Through the small class size, games, interactive activities, multimedia and IT learning aids, your child will be able to absorb course materials more quickly and meaningfully. Click here for details.
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Imagine tucking into a Peranakan meal prepared by your very own mini-chef! Sign your little one up for cooking lessons with Rosaline Soon, author of the cookbook, Grandmother’s Recipes – Tales from Two Peranakan Kitchens. The veteran cook conducts classes in groups of five to eight in her air-conditioned home kitchen. Children will have fun kneading dough for pasta, curry puffs and four-coloured onde onde, and enjoy the fruits of their labour after. Click here for details.
Thinking of giving your little ones a headstart for a tech career? Saturday Kids offers access to a wide range of beginner level STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities. Prices are reasonable and the pass also allows flexible learning, while letting children explore different areas of interest from coding to design engineering. Click here for details.
Swee Lee Music Academy
If your child has an interest in learning music, why not make use of the holidays to pick up a new instrument? Swee Lee Music offers one-to-one music sessions (pictured) for the guitar, ukulele or the drums, to let your child receive full attention while learning. Should you want to pick up a new skill too, you can join your child in lessons so you can learn together. Free trial lessons are available, too. Click here for details.
The Open Centre
The Open Centre’s team of therapists and counsellors offer services such as Personal Growth Group Therapy, and Social and Emotional Skills programmes. By using striking visuals, film clips and activities, this six-session mindfulness course tackles topics such as brain training and growing happiness to help children feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled through improved interpersonal relationships, while teaching them to cope with stress and anxiety. Click here for details.
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Ball sports provide a fast track for children to acquire skills such as coordination, mental and physical agility, and sportsmanship. Sign up for the chance to learn from former national coaches and champions who are dedicated to promoting squash to a new generation. Click here for details.
A version of this article first appeared in Harper’s Bazaar and The Singapore Women’s Weekly