Bored kids? Check out these summer workshops

Posted at 04/06/11 11:13 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Tired of the usual summer outing? Let your child reap the benefits of language, art, food, science and sports in a fun and effective way through these workshops.


The Learning Library has 3 language programs for kids this summer -- English, Filipino and Mandarin.

The English programs include:

  • Reading Safari - teaches letter names and sounds, blending and decoding skills, and how to read short selections. For kids ages 3 to 6.
  • Reading and Writing Enrichment -- teaches the fundamentals of good writing through exposure to modern and classical literature. For kids ages 7 to 16.

The Filipino programs include:

  • Beginning Filipino - accelerates vocabulary-building and builds listening comprehension through story read-alouds and written activities. For kids ages 4 to 7 who have very basic knowledge of Filipino.
  • Filipino communication skills workshop - enables students to communicate effectively in both oral and written Filipino and instills appreciation of Philippine culture. For kids ages 5 to 14.
  • Writing in Filipino - teaches students the fundamentals of writing in Filipino through lectures, exercises and output-based training in grammar, spelling, cohesion, writing techniques and style. For kids ages 11 to 16.

The Mandarin programs include:

  • Beginning Mandarin 1 - Mandarin language workshop for kids ages 4 to 6
  • Beginning Mandarin 2 - Mandarin language workshop for kids ages 7 to 9

The Learning Library has branches in Loyola Heights, San Juan, Greenmeadows, New Manila, Ortigas, Quezon City, Taguig and Makati.

For more details, call Learning Library at (632) 433-3135 or (63) 917 828-2669 or send an e-mail to [email protected]

Art and food

Discovery Suites in Pasig City will conduct its first summer camp for art and cooking from April 11 to May 29, 2011.

Artist Welly Cuna will hold Arts and Crafts classes for kids ages 6 to 9 on April 11, 13, 25 and 27. Older children ages 10 to 12 will have their sessions on May 4, 9, 11 and 16.

Children ages 11 to 14 who are interested in comic-style illustration will learn from professional illustrator Reno Maniquis in 2-hour sessions on April 15 and 29, and May 6, 13 and 20. Topics include illustrating basic anatomy, perspective and composition, and storytelling, among others.

Meanwhile, Discovery Suites executive chef Luis Chikiamco will hold culinary classes for kids ages 6 to 9 on April 16, 26 and 28, and May 30. Older children ages 10 to 12 will have their sessions on April 30, and May 10, 12 and 20.

The course includes one session at the San Miguel Culinary Center and a cooking exhibition at The Podium mall. Both are also located in Pasig City.

Courses are priced at P5,500 per class. For more details, call Discovery Suites at (632) 719-8888 or 719-6931 to 32 or 914-9888.


Mad Science has a summer camp this month at Mother Goose Nursery in Quezon City, where kids will get to do simple experiments.

Here are some of them:

  • Summery Soda
  1. Dilute juice concentrate with water.
  2. Squeeze in some lemon juice.
  3. Mix in a pinch or two of baking soda. The acidic lemon juice will react with the basic baking soda to produce a foamy carbonated thirst quencher.
  • Hanger Banger
  1. Get 2 feet of string and cut it in half.
  2. Tie a piece of each end of a metal hanger.
  3. Wrap the loose end of the strings around each of your index fingers 3 times.
  4. Place your fingers in your ears.
  5. Bang the suspended hanger against the side of a table and listen to the cool sound traveling through the solid hanger and strings.
  • Rockin' Rocket
  1. Cut an inch-wide strip of colored paper.
  2. Roll it diagonally around a pencil.
  3. Tape the middle and 2 ends to form the rocket's tube body.
  4. Remove from the pencil.
  5. Fold one end of the tube and tape it in place.
  6. Check for gaps in the rocket's body. If you see any, seal with tape.
  7. Using a different colored paper, cut out 3 small square pieces.
  8. Tape the pieces on the rocket's body (at the unsealed end) to make "fins."
  9. Load the rocket onto the end of a bendy straw and blow hard.
  10. Watch your rocket shoot up in the air.

For more details, call Mad Science at +(632) 727-0291 or 727-5692 and look for Alkali Alona or Android Anna. Visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MadSciencePH.


Makati Shangri-La Hotel is offering lessons on tennis, tae kwon do, swimming and ballet until next month.

The AquaKids swimming course, targeted at kids ages 3 to 12, teaches essential swim skills using interactive games and engaging pool toys. Swim strokes are introduced as well using "total immersion," a well-known method of swimming instruction developed by American Terry Laughlin.

Adults can join their kids by taking the AquaSync, or a course on synchronized swimming.

Tennis lessons are also available for both children and adults. Soft tennis is for kids ages 3 to 6, and will be conducted by Joyce Wong, the first instructor of the sport in the country.

On the other hand, adults may learn the basics from the hotel's tennis instructor.

Ballet lessons for children ages 5 to 8 will be conducted by ballerina Jean Almeda, while tae kwon do classes for kids ages 5 years and older will be held by 2-time Olympian Donne Geisler.

For more details, call the Makati Shangri-La Health Club at (632) 813-8888 local 7088 or send an e-mail to [email protected]