Just because classes are ending next Friday, that doesn’t mean that things will be slow at SMUS in December. Students from ages five to 15 can take part in short programmes on cooking, theatre, sports and culture during their winter break. A detailed list of options and registration details can be found here.
For parents that would like to see their children baking a few goodies for themselves this year, there are a couple options. Between December 17 and 21 there are two sections of Holiday Bakers, one for students between 6-10 and one for students in the 11-15 age range. Rather than a bunch of colourful sugar, the classes allow the less-experienced chefs to explore exotic ingredients from Kamut flour to stevia.
Extending into the new year is Capricorn Cooks, which runs from December 31 to January 4 (with New Years Day off). Students study culinary traditions in countries from Japan to Mexico, while learning about menu-planning and kitchen safety from a genuine chef.
For the young athletes, there’s a three-on-three basketball tournament on December 15th, where students have a chance to win a trophy, a signed basketball and door prizes, and are guaranteed a souvenir t-shirt for all their effort on the court. Apollo Athletes, from December 17-21 will offer the 6-10 and 11-15 groups a chance to mix it up with a bunch of sports including badminton, floor hockey, soccer and volleyball with a focus on fun. There will even be a day devoted to skating.
To properly ring in the new year, students can take part in either the New Year Adventures or the Week of Birthdays. New Year Adventures includes a look at new year’s traditions from all over the world and opportunities to enjoy foods, songs and games related to the holiday as well as a trip to a local temple. Week of Birthdays begins with a New Year’s celebration and then party activities for the rest of the week, including swimming and skating.