Yay, the year-end school holiday is happening in 1 week’s time! That means no alarm clock going off at 5.15am, 5.17am and 5.20am to try to wake me up to get ready to send the kids to school! I’ll get to sleep in a whole more hour! Yay to that!
The year-end school holiday also means that I need to search for some holiday workshops for the kids to attend. This is one of my attempts to get the kids off their screens more often.
I’ve managed to sign Isabel up for a 3-day Cheerleading Camp near my office. Luckily, the camp starts at 8.30am and ends at 5.30pm. That’ll allow me enough time to send her in the morning before work and pick her up right after I finish work. Guess I’ll be rushing to clock off work on that 3 days.
For Ethan, his interests are mainly in computers and playing football. After scouring through the internet, I did not manage to find any holiday programmes for football, so I had to go for computer-related programmes instead. Yeah, I know that it’s still screen time but then at least he’ll be learning about coding and programming instead of playing games and watching people play games in YouTube.
After making some research, here are a few coding holiday workshops for kids I found online. Thought I’ll share it with you in case you are interested to sign your kids up for it as well. Do note though, that these are what I found on the internet. They are in no way recommendations from me and you’ll need to contact them directly for more information.
There are no fixed dates for the holiday workshops at Go Code Kids. According to its website, kids can start anytime and attend classes every day for 5 straight days. Classes are 4 hours per day.
The classes are suitable for kids between the ages of 6 and 13 years old. They’ll get to learn how programming works and understand the programme concepts of video games, electronic devices, websites, kick-starting their journey into the digital world.
Code Junior has a few holiday programmes lined up for kids from 5 to 15 years old in November and December:
- Lego Robotics Camp
- Little Juniors Coding Camp
- MineCraft Fun Camp
- Scratch Programming
- Programming with Microbit
- Python Programming
We’ve sent Ethan for a trial class at KidoCode last year. He had a great time there learning coding with Python. The classes are very flexible and students can go in anytime they want. However, I wasn’t ready to make a commitment to drive all the way from Puchong to Solaris Mont Kiara every week so he didn’t get to take his lessons there.
At the time of typing this, there was no information on any school holiday programme. But if you are staying around there, or you don’t mind making a drive there once a week (or more), you might want to check the place out. I love their setting – it looks like one of those cool Google kind of offices. Kids from different ages all learn together and you’ll be impressed with their syllabus.
CIY basically stands for Code-It-Yourself. They are Australia’s premium provider of coding classes, teaching kids how to ‘code it themselves’ and write their own games, software, websites and apps. CIY Club is also now available in Malaysia, New Zealand and USA.
Their school holiday programme is available in a few locations, including Cheras, Sri Petaling, Kajang, Petaling Jaya, Johor Bahru, Alor Setar, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Lahad Datu, Bintulu and more. Students will learn the basic of coding, create their own online games and get a taste of what digital technology is all about (besides just playing games all the time).
So, that’s quite a few of coding programmes for me to choose from. Since I still have to work, the choice is limited to the date, time and location that is convenient for me.
If your kids are not into coding/programming, you should check other programmes available during the school holidays as well. There are just so many programmes to keep the kids busy for a few days and develop themselves in their areas of interest.
Here’s what I managed to dig out from the internet. Take a look and see if there’s anything to suits your kids:
Happy school holidays!