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8 Year-End Holiday Camps for Kids

by Ian Johnston 5 Dec 2014
8 Year-End Holiday Camps for Kids

School may be out for the Christmas holidays but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Combine education and fun with these top year-end camps for kids around the Klang Valley


#1  Speech & Drama Bootcamp
The Actors Studio Academy’s speech and drama workshop is just the tip of the arts iceberg at theKL Performing Arts Centre this December.
Aiming to improve participants’ self confidence while teaching creative expression in a fun and encouraging environment, the programme comprises theatre games, role playing, set design and more from 8 to 12 December.
The course costs RM280 with a RM50 registration fee and is open to children between seven and 12 years of age.
The academy’s other holiday programmes include creative writing, hip hop dance, intensive creative arts, and public speaking, all held at klpac and all led by enthusiastic and respected facilitators.
#2  Musical Theatre Workshop
The brilliantly-named The Jumping Jellybeans welcomes professional facilitators from the UK for its musical theatre workshop this 15 to 20 December.
Participants will work on performances of productions like Hairspray, Cats and Frozen, guided by theatre experts Grace Warner and Zoe Harrison from the UK, as well as top Malaysian music and dance teachers Nish Tham and Guna Selvadurai.
The workshops, for both juniors (five to seven year-olds) and seniors (eight to 20 year-olds), cover all aspects of musical theatre and culminate in a grand performance on the final day. The six-day programme costs RM1,500 per child.
#3  Learning with Lorna
The Lorna Whiston English language centres in Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Taman Melawati take learning and discovery to the next level this December.
Two school holiday programmes running between 2 and 6 December aim to boast confidence levels in participants through fun speech and drama and English language initiatives and activities.
The English language programmes follow themes like ‘Daring Detectives’, ‘Adventures in Writing’ and ‘Young Journalists Workshop’ depending on the age group, while the speech and drama sessions focus on performance and public speaking for children from four to 18 years old.
#4  Lego Innovation
Bricks 4 Kidz’s Young Innovators workshops are the very definition of having fun while learning. Using Lego bricks as the basis for modelling and problem solving, participants from the ages of five to ten are encouraged to explore their creativity with the aid of trained facilitators.
Holiday classes focus on  themes such as super heroes, Jurassic Park, space adventures, and pirates, meaning most children will find a workshop suited to their interests.
Classes run for two or three hours and cost RM85 or RM100 per session depending on the duration. 
#5  Xciting Xploration
The X Factory’s four December holiday programmes are packed full of the sort of learning, tinkering and playing children have grown to love at the centres in Bangsar Village II and Great Eastern Mall.
Workshops throughout the month make the most of The X Factory’s digital art, Lego, robotics, video games and animation platforms to keep children engaged across themes and topics such as space, sci-fi, Dungeons and Dragons, Fast & Furious, carnival and safari.
Junior programmes are open for participants aged four and above while the more in-depth Get In The Zone programmes are reserved for those over the age of six.
Parents and children can choose one, two or three Xcapes for RM399, RM699 or RM999 respectively.
#6  Football for Young 'uns
Using techniques devised in the UK in 2002, Little Kickers Malaysia aims to introduce children to the game of football in a fun, encouraging way.
The centre believes that football can be used to instil confidence, coordination, control and a sense of camaraderie in preschoolers and is open to children as young as 18 months with the Little Kicks programme.
Levels then progress through Junior Kickers (for kids aged between two and three-and-a-half years old), Mighty Kickers (three-and-a-half to five year-olds) and Mega Kickers (five to seven year-olds). Sessions are held in Mont Kiara, Bangsar, Sunway and Ampang, and cost RM250 for six classes
#7  Hashing for Christmas
At the KL Junior Hash, children don’t miss out on the age-old expatriate pastime of hashing. In fact, the KL Junior Hash House Harriers was created specifically for budding young runners, taking families to locations across the Klang Valley for Sunday afternoon runs.
The monthly event follows the tried-and- tested hash format of participants tracing a trail laid by a designated hare, and even includes a child-appropriate hash ‘circle’ at the end, at which awards and fun punishments are handed out.
Each hash consists of a long and a short route which explore intriguing locations around the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. The special Christmas hash takes place in the primary jungle of the Kota Damansara Community Forest
#8  Skating Through the Holidays 
Malaysia’s favourite inline skate shop and school is doing something special for the holidays this year. Classes on 5, 8 and 10 December aim to teach children to skate in a safe, controlled and enjoyable environment, going through the basics of moving, stopping and handling inline skates at Skateline’s Section 17, Petaling Jaya site.
With years of experience teaching the art of skating, the organisation’s ICP-certified instructors have helped with the skills and confidence of participants from the age of four to 60, and the holiday programme promises to be as exciting as it is educational. December’s Learn to Skate classes cost RM300 per student.


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