Playtime offers serious opportunities for children when it comes to learning. Prestige directs your tots to fun activities that provide quality recreation.
Give the brain a complete workout with BrainFit’s personalised programmes for kids aged 6 to 18, all of which are designed to give youngsters a learning advantage, literally, by subterfuge. As far as the kids are concerned, they’re having fun exercising, taking part in various activities, and playing a series of computer-based games. Long story short, it’s “mental muscle” building that promises to open doors and turn children into achievers through physical exercise, mental exercises, and emotional coaching via an individualised, multi- session programme. Located in the Ploenchit Center, BrainFit focuses on five core areas: visual processing (for success in maths and visual arts); auditory processing (language learning and literacy); sensory motor coordination (learning speed and efficiency); focus and memory (influences attention span, memory and critical thinking); and emotional regulation (the basis of emotional intelligence, social skills and motivation).
To find out more, call 0 2656 9938.
Farm Mor Por
Nature is a giant outdoor laboratory which cannot be replicated indoors. It is that space that offers freedom to run, to make noise, to fall, to explore, to just be. Pulitzer winning evolutionary biologist E. O. Wilson writes of biophilia as the innate tendency that humans have to connect with nature. And children do it intuitively. The only thing is, city kids need help getting to this giant laboratory.
One space that comes highly recommended is Farm Mor Por in Pak Chong, located 15 kms from the entrance to Khao Yai National Park. It’s the brainchild of Associate Professor Nopadol Saropala, or Dr. Por, as he
is affectionately called. Primarily a horse farm, they offer horse rides along extended nature trails. Apart from horses there are also free- range, egg-laying hens, ducks, geese, goats, and teacup pigs, but this is not petting zoo. Instead, it’s a farm where children can get close to farm animals; feeding them, collecting eggs, grooming horses, and just being at one with nature. With over 70 horses in his stable – including five of the top ten most beautiful horse breeds in the world – Dr. Por is quite the enthusiast. He also owns Get Growing Community Farm, where children can actually take part in farming, and/or seek adventure on an obstacle course that has them swinging from ropes and fording streams – all supervised of course.
To find out more about Farm Mor Por, call 09 3529 1919. To find out more about Get Growing Community Farm, call 08 3163 5504.
A Little Something
The best way to teach children to eat right, is to encourage them to cook. At A little Something, part of the Racquet Club, children learn the all-important mantra: “Don’t say no before you try it!”. Added benefits: the class encourages creativity and problem solving, while also equipping them with a life skill that adds to their confidence.
“We cater to several age groups,” explains founder and managing director Rachata “Bin” Chanyapak, who groups the kids as Toddler (18 months to 3 years old, with 1 parent), Kinder (3-6 years old), Junior Cook (6-10 years old), or Teen Chef. “Here the kitchen is transformed into a classroom where children focus on science, maths, art, creativity, social relationships and more. During school breaks we also run Cooking Camps, and with our wide age range the camp allows kids to learn from each other by working with children from different age groups apart from their own. We also provide extra activities such as yoga, painting and robot building.”
To find out more, call 08 9142 1108.
Poteri Clay Workshop
There’s something intensely soothing and calming about molding clay, so bond with your kids over a potter’s wheel or let them unleash their creativity at Poteri Clay Workshop, which is in the Racquet Club on Sukhumvit Soi 49. The other option, with focused classes for young children, is Charm-Learn Studio Thailand, located at 95 Soi Prang Sapphasat Tanow Road, whose mission is to “create a sustainable Thai art community”. Their ‘Hand Building’ class – four sessions, for ages 5 to 9 – fires the imagination of budding artists and comes highly recommended.
To find out more, call 0 2018 7886.