Summer Workshops for Kids: A Quick and Easy Guide for Parents

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Summer time for kids means no school, but that does not mean the learning has to stop. Use the summer break to bring out their artistic talents, help them get started on their dream to be their own boss someday, work out their excess energy or just try something they’ve never tried before. Here is a quick guide to navigate through the myriad of summer workshops available for children.

For kids who like working with their hands and have an artistic inclination:

Fashion Arts and Crafts at School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA)

Kids from 6-12 years old will learn jewelry making, tie-dying or making and designing their own hair accessories in this hip and trendy take on an old favorite --this is arts and crafts that young trendsetters and budding fashions designers are sure to adore.

Classes run from April 4 to 20
M-W-F, 1 to 4pm
Participants can chose to attend a minimum of four (4) sessions for P4,000 or a the entire eight (8) sessions for P8,000.

School of Fashion and the Arts
55 Paseo de Roxas Makati City
Call 892-8807 local 103/104; 0917-5018136

Make Believe Theatre Arts

Albert Einstein once defined genius as a matter of imagination rather than knowledge. Make Believe Productions, a theatre and arts company will hold various performing and visual arts workshops ranging from Basic animation, basic film directing, digital photography, Camp Rock singing and song writing, and street dancing for children and young adults to unleash their creativity.

Call Make Believe Productions or visit their website for more information on schedules and registration fees for specific classes.

Make Believe
Unit L3 Patricia Building, 1050 EDSA, Magallanes Village, Makati City
Telefax: 729-5899

For book lovers, reading enthusiasts and young writers:

Best known for publishing children’s books that have become bedtime classics and lifetime favorites, Adarna Publishing is once holding Klasrum Adarna Workshops that will deepen the love of reading among children.

In the Book-Making Workshop, kids will be taken on a journey of the imagination and taught the step by step process of writing a story, detailing narratives and drawing characters.

The Short Story Writing Workshop will engage young book lovers in a lecture-- discussion to the elements of a short story and equip them with the creative skills to develop characters and story plots.

And in the Book Illustrating Workshop, participants will be taught how to create studies, build storyboards, using different styles, trends, and techniques.

Book Illustrating Workshop
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
May 9 to 13 (Monday to Friday)
For ages 9 to 12
Fee: Php 3,350.00 per head

Book-Making Workshop
April 11 to 15 (Monday to Friday)
9:00 AM to 12:00 NN
For ages 6 to 11
Fee: Php 3,500.00 per head

Short Story Writing Workshop
9:00 AM to 12:00 NN
April 25 to 29 (Monday to Friday)
For ages 13 to 16
Fee: Php 2,000.00 per head

*Fees are inclusive of all materials needed for the workshop.

Adarna House
Scout Torillo corner Scout Fernandez Streets, Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City
Call 352-6765 local 120

For the hyper-active kids who like the adrenalin rush and physical challenge of athletic activities:

Milo Sports Clinic

For years, the Milo Sports Clinic has been promoting sports as an avenue to learn and live out the values of sportsmanship, leadership and teamwork. Values that later on turn kids into champions on the field and in life.

The Milo Sports Summer Clinic has become a staple offering that both kids and parents look forward to every summer. These sports clinics and now offer a variety of sports to cater to children’s varying interests and capabilities.

The Milo Sports Summer Clinic has summer long programs nationwide (NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao). Log on to for a comprehensive list of schedules, details of the sports clinics and to download a registration form.

Yoga for kids at Prana Yoga

Kids can get an early start on balance and coordination, concentration with yoga. Yoga classes for kids use playtime as a framework for the poses of downward facing dog. As kids are naturally flexible, yoga at a young age will also help strengthen the muscles-–taming kids who are hyperactive is an attractive bonus.

Prana Yoga Studio
LRI Building, Nicanor Garcia Street, Makati City
Contact Anna Unson-Price at (0917)961-3765

For aspiring store owners and entrepreneurs:

TGI Fridays

In TGIF Kids in Stripes, kids will take a tour of the kitchen, train as a server and host and even learn how to sing “Happy Birthday” to a guest with Friday’s signature bravado and panache. Primary skills for young entrepreneurs who want to get into the restaurant business.
TGIF Kids in Stripes is open to kids ages 5 to 12.
Mondays – Thursdays, 11am to 3pm

April schedule:
April 4 – April 7; April 11 – April 14; April 25 – April 28

May schedule:
May 2 – May 5; May 9 – May 12; May 16 – May 19; May 23 – May 26

Cost of P800 covers uniform, art supplies and kiddie meals for 4 days.

Participating TGI Fridays branches: High Street, Galleria, Sta Lucia, Trinoma, Mall of Asia, Alabang, Rembrandt Hotel, Marquee Mall in Pampanga and Cebu.

For more information call TGI Friday’s and look for Dahlia/Glenn/Aila. Call 752-7685.

Powerbook Camp

The Power Book Camp will immerse participants in the joy and excitement of being surrounded by books and running a bookstore. By “employing” them as a Powerbooks staff member, they will be oriented on the ins and outs of the book business.

Workshop is open to children between the ages of 10-16.

April 25, 2011 to May 21, 2-5PM (MWF/3 hrs/session)

Workshop fee: P1,700 (inclusive of workshop uniform, materials and snacks)

Check out any of the Customer Service Departments of the following Powerbooks branches for more information: Powerbooks Greenbelt, Powerbooks Alabang Town Center, Powerbooks Trinoma, Powerbooks Megamall and Powerbooks Mall of Asia.

Kids Ahoy

Even children can be introduced to the basic business principles and the rewards of entrepreneurship.

With the Junior Entrepreneur program of Kids Ahoy, kids create a product from scratch (usually from recycled materials), calculate the cost of materials, then proceed to marketing and selling their creation. Their teacher guides them on profit assessment and so they develop the value of managing money and the importance of saving and budgeting.

The profit earned by the class is donated to charities for kids.

Ideal for kids between the ages of 6 - 10.

Option to enroll on a per session basis - P 450; for the entire summer (12 sessions, 1.5 hours) - P4,500.

Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30- 11am

Kids Ahoy
56 Lantana corner New York Streets, Cubao, Quezon City (beside Immaculate Concepcion church)
Call 268-5557, (0920)517-8127

For kids who want to try something new or out of the ordinary:

Lego Robotics Workshop

Build, program and run your own robots using LEGO Mindstorms NXT sets, the latest educational tool used by top US schools. Program your own robot design and teach it to respond to light or motion, navigate through a maze and even challenge another robot. This workshop offers three levels: MECHANIC (beginner), NXT ENGINEER (intermediate) and NXT ATHLETE (advanced). Students need to accomplish beginner session before going up the next level.

Kids, age 8 to 16 who join the workshop must bring their own laptop (strictly 1 student: 1 laptop) with the following system specifications:

*Windows – XP or Vista

Hobbes and Landes, Bonifacio High Street: Every Saturday 1-3pm and 4-6pm

Build City, Rockwell Power Plant: Every Tuesday 2-4pm

Build City, Shangri-La Plaza Mall: Every Thursday 2-4pm

Workshop fee: P3,000 for 4 sessions at 2 hours per session.

Kindly text (0917-5010845) to coordinate schedule with the teacher. A minimum of 4 students to start a class.

Learn a new language:

Bojour! Buenos tardes!

They say kids absorb things such as learning a language like a sponge. Capitalize on the natural learning capability and acumen of their early ages by enrolling them in kiddie language classes.

Languages International offers English, Mandarin and Japanese for kids between the ages of 6-10 and 11-15.

Classes start second week of April. P3,360 for 8 sessions/15 hours.

2nd Floor, Languages International Building, 926 Pasay Road, Makati City
Call 810-7971, 812-0494.

Berlitz Language Center offers various languages (for classes of at least 5 kids) apart from the staple English or Mandarin.

P3,600 promo rate for 12 hours. Call Berlitz for specific schedules.

2F Peninsula Court Building, 8735 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
Call 817-9319.

Greenhills branch: 217-5777
Shangri-la branch: 638-9116

Alliance Francaise de Manille teaches French to kids between the ages of 7-10 in a fun and engaging way. Classes start April 4 and run until the end of April.

10AM to 12NN (Tues & Thurs); P3,990 for 16 hours

209 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air II, Makati City
Telephone: 895-7585, 895-7441
Fax: 899-3654


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