Summer Programs for the Shy Child
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  • When your child is shy, it’s challenging to have him or her participate in group activities, team sports, and other social functions that require them to be around people. How do you choose summer classes that would fit their introverted ways? 

    The way to get him or her to come out of their shell is to help them to trust those around them, and it starts with being able to feel safe and in a non-competitive, non-judgemental environment. It will help your shy child feel safe to show their true colors, gain more confidence in their strengths, and have the ability to trust others. 
    Here are a few summer programs that might just do that: 

    Atlantis Musical Theater Workshops 
    For ages:
    7 – 12 years old  
    What to expect: Gaining confidence in themselves might just help your shy one to come into their own. The ability of being comfortable on stage and performing in front of an audience might build your child’s self-esteem! The workshop will teach your child how to act, sing, and dance for musical theater, taught by those who have been part of Atlantis for years. 
    Schedule: April 23 – May 19, 2018 (first batch), June 25 – July 21, 2018 (second batch) Mondays to Fridays 
    Number of sessions: 20 sessions, plus performance day at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City 
    Rate: P7,900 
    Venue: M Studio, 3/F Oakridge Plaza, Paseo de Magallanes, Makati City 
    Contact details: Landline: Mobile: (0917) 838-1534, Email address: info@atlantistheatrical.com, and on Facebook

    PETA Workshop Express 
    For ages:
    6 and up 
    What to expect: The Philippine Educational Theater Association, or PETA, will be holding their annual summer workshop! Their courses include Children’s Theater and Creative Musical Theater for Children. Their confidence will be boosted with a performance by the end of the workshop!
    Schedule: Starts April 9, 2018 
    Number of sessions: 12 sessions 
    Rate: P9,000
    Venue: PETA Theater Center, 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City 
    Contact details: Landline: (02) 725-6244 local 14; Mobile: (0905) 369-6003. An interview is required prior to enrolling into the workshop.  

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    The Madz Music Studio’s Mini Madz Children’s Summer Workshops
    For ages:
    5 – 12 years old 
    What to expect: The famed Philippine Madrigal Singers are holding workshops for those who have got the voice, but are looking into honing the skill while still having fun! 
    Schedule: April 9 – May 25, 2018, MWF, 9 AM – 10:30 AM for the Exploring Program (5-9 years old), and April 10 – May 26, 2018, TTHSat, 9 AM – 10:30 AM for the Building Program (10-12 years old) 
    Number of sessions: 21 sessions, 1 ½ hour per session 
    Rate: P9,700 (payment options available) 
    Venue: Madz Music Studio, 15 Orchard Road, Eastwood, Bagumbayan, Quezon City 
    Contact details: Mobile: (0915) 887-3961; Email address: info@madzmusicstudios.com; and on Facebook 

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    La Vie Institute’s Total Personality Development Program for Youngsters 
    For ages:
    6 – 9 years old  
    What to expect: The only institute that provides total personality development, your child will benefit from their La Vie’s customized programs that help children deal with pressures not just in school, but will help them build the confidence and social skills they need in daily life. 
    Schedule: April 12 – May 17, 2018, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 AM – 12 NN 
    Number of sessions: 10 sessions, 2 hours per session (option for more sessions available) 
    Rate: Starts at P34,200  
    Venue: Unit 202 Building 1 Commercenter Building, Commerce Avenue, Filinvest Alabang, Muntinlupa City
    Contact details: Landline: (02) 831-7414; Mobile: (0917) 772-3010 and (0917) 772-3011; email address: lavieinstitute@gmail.com, and on Facebook 

    Mcdonald’s Kiddie Crew 
    For ages:
    6 – 12 years old (4-5 year olds need to submit a letter of intent to the store manager)
    What to expect: Kids will get to experience how it’s like to work at Mcdonald’s, from helping out at the drive-thru to serving fast food to customers! It teaches children the value of hard work, independence, and having fun while working. 
    Schedule: April 2 – June 17, 2018 
    Number of sessions: 5 sessions, 2 hours per session for the weekday workshop, and 2 sessions, 3 hours per session, for the weekend workshop 
    Rate: P695 for weekday workshop, P595 for weekend workshop 
    Venue: Check your nearest Mcdonald’s for more details.  
    Contact details: Visit your nearest Mcdonald’s for more details. 

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    Junior Astronaut Academy 
    For ages:
    7 – 10 years old 
    What to expect: For budding astronauts, this will be a dream come true! They’ll get to feel what it’s like to be in under zero gravity, learn the basic skills of a proper astronaut, and be given a space mission to accomplish—how great is that! 
    Schedule: Starts April 10, 2018 
    Number of sessions: TBD 
    Rate: TBD 
    Venues: Laguna, Quezon City, Makati / Taguig
    Contact details: Email address: juniorastronautacademy@gmail.com, 

    Roots and Wings 
    For ages:
    5 – 10 years old 
    What to expect: Introducing nature to children is easier when they can experience it themselves, and that’s what Roots and Wings is all about. In four days at the Organic Farm in Lipa, Batangas, children will get to plant, harvest, care for animals, create arts and crafts, and much more!
    Schedule: 4 days, choose one schedule: April 10 – 19, April 24 – May 3, May 8 – 17, May 22 – 31, 2018 
    Number of sessions: 4 days, with a shuttle with a 7 AM pickup and 6 PM drop off 
    Rate: P3,000 a day, inclusive of transportation, meals, and materials
    Venue: Organic farm, Lipa, Batangas 
    Contact details: Email address: rootsandwings@gmail.com, and on Facebook 

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    Ayala Museum’s TEAM 2018  
    For ages:
    6 – 12 years old  
    What to expect: Their workshops, which include Botany and Terrarium making to Astronomy, Navigation, and the Art of Boat Making, are so diverse that there will be a program right for your child! 
    Schedule: April 14 – May 26, 2018, every Saturday, 2 – 5:30 PM 
    Number of sessions: 7 sessions, but may opt to attend select sessions 
    Rate: P750 per session, P5,250 for all 7 sessions 
    Venue: Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street, Makati City 
    Contact details: Landline: (02) 759-8288, Email address: education@ayalamuseum.org, and on Facebook 

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    My Little Art Place (mylap) workshops 
    For ages:
    4 years old and above 
    What to expect: Art is more than just colors on a page—it’s self expression and creativity, more than anything else. Kids will learn how the basics of art, and will be able to apply such techniques in creating materials that they would love, comic strips! Choose from the following workshops: Drawing & Painting, Sketching, Anime / Comic Strip, Advanced Painting, and Pen and Ink. It includes an exhibit day, too! 
    Schedule: March 19 – June 7, 2018
    Number of sessions: 8 sessions, three times a week, three hours per session, choose between a morning or afternoon session
    Rate: P6,800 (inquire about their group discounts!) 
    Venue: 222 Wilson Street, Greenhills, San Juan 
    Contact details: Landline: (02) 218-9556; Mobile: (0916) 667-6549; Email address: mylittleartplace@outlook.com, and on Facebook 

    Young Artists’ Studio’s Summer Art Workshops 
    For ages:
    4 and up 
    What to expect: Anyone can be creative, and the Young Artist Studio knows that with just the right skills and an open heart for creativity, anyone can be an artist! Take part in Art for Beginners, painting, and drawing, even fashion design--for different ages. With locations throughout the metro, from Alabang to Quezon City, there will surely be a venue near you!
    Schedule: Starts April 2, Check youngartistsstudio.com for schedules of chosen venue and batch 
    Number of sessions: 10 sessions 
    Rate: Starts at P10,800, inclusive of all materials (animation students must bring own laptops or tablets) 
    Venue: Check youngartistsstudio.com for chosen venue and workshop 
    Contact details: Landline: (02) 238-4641; Mobile: (0917) 837-8897, Email address: youngartistsstudio@gmail.com, Facebook

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    Jollibee’s Mini Managers Camp 
    For ages:
    4 – 12 years old 
    What to expect: Kids will get to experience how to create food in Jollibee, the hard work that goes into working in such a restaurant, and make new friends—isn’t that exciting? 
    Schedule: TBD
    Number of sessions: 6 sessions
    Rate: P650, inclusive of uniform, name plate, and snacks
    Venue: Any participating Jollibee branch near you 
    Contact details: Check their Facebook page for contact numbers per branch, and more details of the camp 

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    The Archery Academy 
    For ages:
    9 years old and up 
    What to expect: If your child is looking into trying a different kind of sport, archery may be the way to go. It promotes concentration, sportsmanship, and improved hand and eye coordination! The beauty with this sport is that it’s a small class size, and performance is based on the individual, not via team effort, which will help your child feel more comfortable. 
    Schedule: Batch 2 starts April 2, 2018, with an either MWF, or Wednesdays and Fridays schedule 
    Number of sessions: 8 sessions, 2 hours per session 
    Rate: P8,500 for new students 
    Venue: 5/F Intrawest Center, 33 Annapolis Street, Greenhills, San Juan 
    Contact details: Landline: (02) 544-3598; Mobile: (0917) 803-7422; Email address: thearcheryacademy@yahoo.com, and on Facebook 

    Galileo’s Kiddie Cooking Camp 
    For ages:
    5 – 11 years old 
    What to expect: Did you know that cooking can enhance your child’s math skills? And the best part is, they get to have loads of fun while doing it—and get to eat what they make! It’s also a way to introduce their palette to different food all over the globe. 
    Schedule: Check your Galileo branch near you
    Number of sessions: 5 sessions 
    Rate: P5,000
    Venue: Selected Galileo branches 
    Contact details: Telephone numbers: (02) 845-1234 and (02) 553-6193; Mobile numbers (0917) 895-5756 and (0917) 813-0674; Email address: info@galileoenrichment.com, and on Facebook 

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    Galileo’s Money Smart Camp 
    For ages:
    8 – 12 years old 
    What to expect: How to handle money is an essential life skill, and one that they’ll be able to use for the rest of their lives. And yet, it’s hardly taught in schools! This camp aims to teach your children how to earn, save, spend and donate money, and even how to start their own business!
    Schedule: Check your Galileo branch near you
    Number of sessions: 8 sessions per modules, 2 modules available  
    Rate: P1,800
    Venue: Selected Galileo branches 
    Contact details: Telephone numbers: (02) 845-1234 and (02) 553-6193; Mobile numbers (0917) 895-5756 and (0917) 813-0674; Email address: info@galileoenrichment.com, and on Facebook 

    Spark Discovery Center’s Sparkle Lab Mad Scientist Toy Lab  
    For ages:
    7 years old and up  
    What to expect: Does your child love gadgets, robots, or anything they can tinker with? Why not hone that skill, and perhaps they’ll be able to create their own toys as well! Through this journey, they’ll bring out their creativity, too.  
    Schedule: April 2 – 30, 2018, MWF, 1:30 – 4:30 PM, with a culminating activity on May 4, 2018  
    Number of sessions: 12 sessions
    Rate: P15, 000 
    Venue: 2/F Montivar Building, 34 Jupiter Street, Barangay Bel-Air, Makati City 
    Contact details: Mobile: (0977) 823-1515; Email address: sparkdiscoverycenter@gmail.com, and on Facebook 

    Trumpets Playshop Children’s Musical Theatre
    For ages:
    7 years old and up 
    What to expect: Trumpets has been known to produce some of the most talented names in musical theater for kids! Now on its 25th year, Trumpets is again at it with their Children’s Musical Theatre, wherein kids will learn the basics of musical theatre, and the discipline that comes with it, but still while having fun. 
    Schedule: Starts April 16, 2018. Please contact Trumpets for preferred schedule and venue 
    Number of sessions: 12 sessions, 2 hours per session at the Ortigas venue, 12 – 15 sessions for the Alabang session, TBD for the BGC session
    Rate: P6,000 for Ortigas branch, P6,150 for the Alabang branch, TBD for the BGC branch
    Venue: Shangri-La Mall, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City; Alabang Town Center, Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa City, location TBD for the BGC branch
    Contact details: Landline: (02) 818-1111 local 254, (02) 901-4364; Mobile: (0917) 586-4177, Email address: trumpetsplayshop@gmail.com, and on Facebook 

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    Beyond Alabang’s Self-Defense & Anti-Bullying Summer Program
    For ages:
    7 – 14 years old 
    What to expect: It comes as no surprise when children get into sports not just for fitness, but to provide themselves with the means to defend themselves from unsafe individuals or bullies. Whether or not they’ll get to use their physical skills, the confidence they’ll gain through knowing how to defend themselves will be something they’ll have for a lifetime. 
    Schedule: Ongoing til May 26, 2018, every Saturday, 4:30 – 6:30 PM 
    Number of sessions: Monthly sessions available 
    Rates: P800 for one session, P2,500 monthly rate, P6,000 for entire duration 
    Venue: Beyond Alabang, Westgate Center corner Commerce Avenue, Filinvest, Alabang, Muntinlupa City 
    Contact details:  Landline: (02) 831-2211; Mobile: (0917) 721-2095, Email: alabang@igobeyondyoga.com, and on Facebook 

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