The school holiday is here again.
It is a period of joy and despair for us.
Joy because we don’t have to wake up so bloody early before the sun does to send our kids to school.
The kids also have much more time to do what they should at their current age – which is to play.
Despair because we still gotta work. So we need to arrange and be absent from work in order to do something different and interesting with them.
Otherwise it would be Mr Ipad whole day long.
Exposing them to new things
I read an interview article on Asiaone with an OBS instructor.
Here’s an interesting excerpts that really struck me:
I’ve seen students not know how to peel an orange or use a lighter,” says Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) instructor, Mr Ng Kai Yong.
He says, laughing: “While kayaking, many of them were shocked that sea water is salty. They probably knew it, but the idea occurred to them only when they were at sea.
My kids surely fail in all three categories.
Although his training involves mainly secondary school students, but I personally already know sea water is salty before I went primary.
My kids was never brought to swim at the sea line before.
Starting with sports
So I always try to make it a point now to expose them to many different things.
Firstly you want to A/B test on what they like and what they don’t because they are not going to tell you, “Daddy, I want to become an Olympic swimmer.”
It takes numerous exposure, different levels of interaction with the sports and lots of time and patience to identify the kid’s love for the sports.
And why sports?
I think it just appeals to the tribal DNA in all of us.
It subconsciously teaches us the importance of coming together as a pack (much like wolves) and the importance of daily training/discipline to make sure we are always prepared (to hunt for food)
Team work and hard work are very much the foundation basis of success in life.
But that doesn’t come cheap
With so many different sports to try out, you would easily burn a hole in your pocket if you try to do everything even just once.
Luckily for Singapore citizens, we have ActiveSG.
They recently released a suite of sport programmes for your kids over the upcoming Sep school holiday.
What is ActiveSG?
They are an all-encompassing and inclusive national movement for sport, brought to you by Sport Singapore.
Poised to be a lifestyle destination for Singaporeans, ActiveSG will offer individuals, families and communities ample opportunities to experience and share the joy of living better through sport.
The best thing about becoming an ActiveSG member is FREE ActiveSG $100 credits.
You could use them for:
- Swimming complexes and gym admissions
- Payment for ActiveSG programmes and activities (up to 30% of the programme price)
- Booking of ActiveSG sport facilities (excluding Dual-Use-Scheme / MOE facilities)
- Purchase of MyActiveGYM™ and MyActiveSWIM™ schemes
- Priority booking of facilities – 1 day in advance of non-members (All facilities booking policies apply)
- Complimentary trial classes
- Invitation to exclusive members’ events
- Eligibility to purchase MyActiveGYM™ and MyActiveSWIM™ schemes
Your kids also qualify for supplementary membership.
Registration can be done via SingPass or producing your kids’ birth certificates at any of our ActiveSG Sport Centres.
I tried the SingPass way. It could work for main account holder but I just couldn’t figure out how to do it for your supplementary ones.
It is more painless to visit any nearby swimming pools with their BC and get it sorted out.
Sep School Holiday Programmes
Because you could offset the programmes with ActiveSG credits, it amounts to a 30% discount over what you need to pay!
There are more than 40 different sporting programmes to choose from. Check it out today and commit your child to a healthy lifestyle with any of these Sep school holiday programmes.