Social Skill Development
Stretch out your wee limbs beyond the boundaries of your playpen and have a rumbling, tumbling good time at Peek-a-boo’s indoor playground, where you can expend your pent-up energy on the array of colourful equipment. Guess what? They have toys there too! Maybe you could even learn to share. It’s also a great spot to host your terrible twos as they cater for parties. Free (under 11 months)-$14. #02-12/13 Leisure Park Kallang (next to Indoor Stadium), 5 Stadium Walk (6440 8355, www.peekaboo.com.sg).
Mother and Baby Yoga
All you babies in the house can stretch your newly discovered limbs together with mum. Big kids (3 and up) get to strike poses that will contort your miniature body into the shape of your favourite animal. The postures and the relaxation exercises will prevent unnecessary tension, it’s never too early to keep your stress levels in check. Stage and Such $120-$340 (4-12 sessions). Private classes in homes for 5-8 children can be organised (6698 7024, www.stageandsuch.com).
Ages 1 & above
Catering to children from international, English-speaking families, Little Mandarins aims to help you enhance your conversational skills. Teachers here are passionate about imparting the language and its culture to their young charges. More than 60 classes a week for children to suit different ages and proficiency levels available. From $28; 60 mins. Block 26A, Dempsey Rd (6473 8377, www.little-mandarins.com).
Growing with Mathematics
The key to being a budding business boy/girl is not being cheated out of your 50 cents by the friendly uncle selling puny ice-cream cones. Growing with Mathematics, an activity-based, problem-solving approach to learning the subject, just might be the place for you future stockbrokers. The Enrichment Classroom $110 (4 classes); 60 mins. #03-05 Yew Tee CC Building, 20 Chua Chu Kang St 52 (6760 2160, www.enrichment.com.sg).
Mini-golf for Mini-Me
Ages 5 & above
Talk mini-business over a few rounds of mini-golf. Try to contain your giggly excitement as your ball rides on a cable car at Mount Faber, survives a journey on the MRT and splashes through the Fountain of Wealth. Practise your soothsaying and networking knowhow along the way. It’s all about multi-tasking these days. $12-$18. LilliPutt Block B #03-05 Playground @ Big Splash, 902 East Coast Parkway (6348 9606, www.lilliputt.com).
Elements of Classical Music
Ages 1 & above
Groom the Donald Trump in you by conditioning yourself to any ambience and perfecting the art of stoical confidence. What better way than to acquire an appreciation for classical music at Staccato, where they specialise in teaching the grand overtures and spectacular symphonies. From $38; 45 mins. #01-02 “O”, 100 Turf Club Rd (6466 9497, www.staccato.com.sg).
Practise your Iron Chef skills at the Big Chef, Little Chef culinary workshops at The Little Arts Academy, where you’ll pick up more than just sandwich-making skills from working chefs. At the end of, you’ll get to take home a goodie bag and a certificate. $20 for both parent and child; 120 mins. #05-01/02 POMO, 1 Selegie Rd (6513 3013, www.baf.sg).
Project Vintage Fashion
Wish Mum had kept her teenage dresses? There is another alternative: the National Museum has a series of classes – Out of the Box! My ’60s Fashion Wardrobe – for you to dress in clothes from the ’50s to the ’70s. A quick history lesson on the garment industry will give you a one-up on your cool vintage-dresser friends. You’ll need a minimum posse of 25 to get this runway started. $6-$8 per child; 90-150 mins. 93 Stamford Rd (6332 4557, www.nationalmuseum.com.sg).
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This story first appeared as 'In a different class: School of business' (Aug 2010)