Your children need downtime from online school over half term, so getting the balance right for half term camps (which are, of necessity, online) is tricky.
Here is our pick of the crop for fun learning experiences, all running via Zoom so REAL-TIME, REAL PEOPLE are involved!
1. For Arty Kids
We are just loving the selection of creative Zoom projects on offer at Kite Studios. An hour and a half to kick off the morning sounds pretty perfect. Or, join every evening as a family:
Daily workshops run 10.30am–12pm and cost £12.50
MON 25th: Fairy Tales in Silhouette Inspired by the shadow puppets of Jakarta, make intricate characters, creating whole worlds out of paper. £12.50.
TUES 26th: William Morris - for the Love of Leaves Create eye-catching designs by flexing your observational drawing muscles and getting to grips with greenery.
WED 27th: Street Art Follow in the footsteps of the first graffiti artist, Thierry Noir, and create large artworks inspired by his iconic colourful faces.
THURS 28th: Aboriginal Art Using paint and found surfaces, develop patterns and symbols to build images that reflect our lives today.
FRI 29th: Dream Ice Cream Parlour Make 3D ice cream parlours inspired by Pop Art.
Develop Your Drawing runs Mon–Fri, 5–6pm. Mindful and relaxing drawing, all ages and abilities. £8 per session.
2. For Drama Queens (and Kings)
Dramarama are running Drama and Musical Theatre courses over half term (Tues–Fri) via Zoom limited to a max of 8 children per class.
Morning Drama for Dramatots 9.30am–noon (with a mid-morning break) for Nursery and Reception children.
Afternoon Drama for Reception to Y2 1–3.30pm. Creative activities to develop acting skills.
Musical Theatre for Juniors (Yrs 3&4, Yrs 5&6) mornings, afternoons or four full days. Practise creative drama technique exercises and learn songs from family friendly musicals.
Musical Theatre for Youth Theatre Group (Yrs 7, 8 & 9) mornings, afternoons or four full days. Advanced drama technique exercises and songs from favourite musicals.
Four day courses: half days £130, full days £180.
Perform have been running Perform at Home, weekly 30 minute zoom sessions since the beginning of the month and they have proved hugely popular. You can sign up for a free trial class so why not trial one next week and see how it goes. Online via zoom. Classes for ages 4–7 are based on Peter Pan and for ages 7–12 on The Greatest Show on Earth. The first trial class is FREE and from then on, sessions are £6.80–£8.
Lucky girls at Notting Hill & Ealing, Putney High and Wimbledon High can sign up to the four day online drama camp run by The Arts Place London, which happily is run by their own drama teacher. Have a look at the website for fab examples of creativity during lockdown. And if you like what you see, book up for summer hols (hopefully NOT virtually!)
3. Kids who want to get moving
a&u fave Funky Moves has embraced online grooving big time with loads of different classes for kids aged 2-12: Mini Moovers (aged 2), Funky Ballet (aged 4-7), Funky Street (ages 4-12) and Musical Theatre (ages 6-9), and even some for the whole family. They are not running a specific half term programme but each Zoom is £5 to attend and they run at different times throughout the day.
4. Skills for Life
Role Models has carved out a clever niche for itself as providing top courses developing a range of skills specifically geared towards challenging and empowering children. The half term programme is made up of a series of 90 minute Zoom sessions running daily Mon–Fri. Courses cost £225 (and they are currently running a 20% discount). They include:
Creative Problem Solving 1–2.30pm, ages 8–11.
Resilience 4–5.30pm, ages 8–11.
Brilliant Me and My Mind 10–11.30am, ages 5–7.
Brilliant Me and My Feelings 4–5pm, ages 5–7.
5. Science & Coding
RICHER EDUCATION are running loads of different camps Mon–Fri during half term on topics including Coding, Resilience and Public Speaking but this Science Camp (for ages 7–9 and 10–12) really caught our eye. Each day has a different focus with topics ranging from Rocket Science to Chemical Reactions and the Animal Kingdom. The camp runs via Zoom at 10am–12pm or 1–3pm and costs £200 (siblings get a 10% discount).
LITTLE HOUSE OF SCIENCE half-term Science Camp has a space theme this half term with classes falling under the banner, Space Rocks: How to be an Astronaut. Classes run on Zoom Tues–Fri, between 10am and 4.30pm, are suitable for either ages 4–7 or 8–12 and last an hour. Choose from Exploring our Solar Family, How the first Stars were Born, the Science of Earthquakes or Marie Curie and Stephen Hawking. Enrolment fee: £15.99.
Coding specialists, CYPHER are getting magical this half term. Learn to code through creative coding projects designing holograms, fantasy animations and magical maps plus learn a new trick every day. Use Scratch (Kilo & Mega) or Processing (Giga & Tera) to learn to code through engaging, interactive projects. At the end of each session there will be time for Touch Typing or Tynker - which can be continued by the students after the session ends if they would like to. At 4.30pm every day your child will be able to log in for an open session with the teacher to ask questions, get tips and check understanding.
Ages 6–12, £195 per week (including Bank Holiday Monday.)
6. For Bookworms
STORY ROOM run online creative writing workshops where kids can improve their writing skills and discover more about books and reading. Classes are small so that they are engaging. They run for for kids in Years 2 and 3 for £23.00 from 10:30-11:00 or for kids in years 4, 5 and 6 for £28.00 from 14:00-16:00. They are booking up very quickly.
Jemima Turner, 20 May 2020