Art, sports, drama… whatever your tiny tot is interested in, we’ve got deets on extra-curricular classes!
It’s that time of year again, mama, where we’re all in a tizzy over getting organised for the new school year. Once the school supplies and brand-new backpacks are sorted, we’ve also got to figure out how to work in fun after-school activities into the kids’ jam-packed diaries. Whether that’s something sporty or if they prefer to unleash their inner Picasso at art classes, here’s our roundup of extra-curricular classes for 2015.
This is one company we love over at Sassy Mama! Sport4Kids offers up classes for kids as young as 18 months all the way up to 10 years. This is truly your one-stop shop for sporting activities for your little ones: they’ve got rugby, dance, football, basketball, gymnastics and more for energetic rugrats. The best part is that first timers can sign up for a free trial class!
Fancy working out with your little one? Sport4Kids also has Family Fitness packages where mamas can grab a workout along with their cheeky cherubs. More details here.
When: The new term starts on Tuesday, 1 September and ends on Friday, 18 December
Where: All around Hong Kong including Parkview, Elements, Hong Kong Academy, FIS, Sun Yat Sen Sports Centre, Pokfulam Road Playground, Nort
How much: From $1,280 for an 8-class term. First timers can sign up for a free trial class by sending an email to [email protected].
ESF Educational Services
For all you mamas who have kiddos enrolled in an ESF school, this one’s perfect for you. ESF Educational Services offers a range of sports classes that will allow your kiddos to stay healthy and energised! From basketball to swimming, this organisation offers a variety of sporting activities from end of August until December.
This just in! Debuting on Tuesday, 4 August, miniBOUNCE, launched by BOUNCEinc, will have your little ones jumping for joy! Not only will this be a fun-filled experience for your little ones as they get to jump from trampoline to trampoline, but it will also allow them to develop and strengthen their cognitive functioning and motor skills. It’s a win-win!
When: 10am-11am on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, starting Tuesday, 4 August
Where: EMAX, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $200 per child for a single class or $1,600 for a 10 class multi-session pass valid for 12 months.
Gear up – it’s time for some rugby! RugBees offers classes for children of various age groups, with locations all over Hong Kong. TinyBees is also offered to the little ones who have just taken their first step! For the older kids, Jungle Adventurer will be the perfect fit.
When: Jungle Adventurer begins Monday, 31 August and ends Sunday, 13 December
Where: Multiple locations around Hong Kong!
How much: Email [email protected] for pricing details or visit their website here.
One program with multiple sports? You’ve got it! With classes held all over Hong Kong, kids aged 1 and a half to 7 years old will get the chance to experience a range of different sports suited for their age group.
When: Classes are offered all year around. Click here for more info.
Where: Locations on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon & New Territories.
How much: Email [email protected] for pricing enquiries or call 6183 7084.
Goooaaalll! If your little one has a passion for sports and loves being active, then Tinytots is the perfect fit! The organisation offers a variety of sports, such as football, basketball, mini sports and rugby for the littles ones aged 16 months up until 5 years of age – the perfect age range to kickstart a physically active lifestyle!
Harry Wright International
Get the flippers ready, it’s time for a splash! Harry Wright International offers several different swimming classes for kids as young as 4 months old! Mamas – you are welcome to join your kiddos in the pool as well! Additionally, they offer a competitive swimming program for older children.
Teamwork is a vital skill. Through playing with legos at Bricks4Kidz, your kiddos will be able to strengthen their teamwork skills by designing certain building projects! Not only will this program unleash your child’s creative boundaries through imagination, but also allow them to work on their cognitive and logical skills.
The organic approach to child development that Spring Learning aims to implement is quite unique! From ballet to cooking classes, Spring Learning offers multiple different classes of different aspects. These classes are quite special as they will enable children to enhance their neurophysiological development.
Run by our one and only Mamapreneur Katie Abrahams, Spotlight Studio caters to both the little ones and adults. The company offers dance unique lessons that will get your child groovin’ to the beat!
When: Autumn term begins September and ends in December. Click here for specific details.
Where: Several locations around Hong Kong including; Central, Island East, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong Parkview and Stanley.
How much: Email [email protected] for pricing details or call 5185 6944/6383 0806.
With locations all over Hong Kong, Twinkle Dance offers little princesses jazz and ballet classes! For all you mamas who love to move too, the company offers adult dance classes as well. What better way to bond with your little princess?!
Red Shoe Dance School
If your kiddo is crazy about dancing, then Red Shoe Dance School will be a dream come true for them! The company offers several classes for children aged 3 to 18 years old. They also offer a ballet and jazz exam, with special performance opportunities throughout the entire year!
ART & DRAMA
Rumple & Friends
We really love Rumple & Friends, Hong Kong’s premier providers of children’s entertainment. You’ve probably seen them performing at birthday parties around town or even hired the talented performers for your own bub’s party.
Now the company launches Rumple & Friends Big Top Academy featuring their signature Circus classes, Musical Theatre classes and Drama sessions all located in the heart of Central. Classes will run for a 12-week term, taught by professional performers who have trained at The National Centre for Circus, The Royal Shakespeare Company and The National Theatre in the UK to name a few. Kids will love learning some handy circus tricks to impress their friends (or even mama and papa at home as they practice!). Sounds like a hoot! Send them an email to [email protected] for more deets.
When: Launching this September, each course will run for 12 weeks.
How much: $3,000
The Theatre Bus
As school season is nearing, it’s the perfect time to contemplate activities that will keep your kiddos energised and busy, as well as provide them with a healthy balance, during their time off from school.
The Theatre Bus is a professional theatre company that is offering weekly drama classes in Autumn, on Saturdays and Mondays (depending on location and language ability) for the little ones from 4 to 9 years old. Their classes offer fun-filled environments in which the children are able to build confidence and unleash creativity through the world of drama. Additionally, these classes will also allow them to build fundamental skills such as communication and teamwork! At the end of the term, kiddos will have the opportunity to perform a live, costumed drama for all you mamas to watch!
By emailing [email protected], first-timers will be able to arrange a free trial. When signing up with a friend or sibling, you will also receive a 10% discount. You won’t want to miss out on this!
When: Weekly class starting from Saturday, 5 September and Monday, 7 September (depending on location).
Where: Three different locations around Hong Kong including Central, North Point and Fo Tan (depending on language ability).
How much: $2,000 per 10 week course. Email [email protected] or call 9267 8575 for more details. You can also visit their website here.
Faust International Youth Theatre
What’s better than playing the role of your favourite character?! Faust International Youth Theatre offers kids aged 3 to 18 years old, workshops that allow them to build greater self-confidence and teamwork skills. In this vibrant learning environment, kiddos will be able to experience a unique approach to learning.
When: Term 1 starts on Saturday, 19 September. Click here for the schedule.
Where: 5/F, Nan Dao Commercial Building 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: Contact [email protected] for more info.
With a variety of art classes offered, your little ones will surely be intrigued. We love CreativeKids’ vision – “to transform the world through creativity in children”! Kiddos will be able to develop a sense of artistic and critical thinking, applicable in daily situations. Classes are offered all year around.
When: Classes are offered all year around.
Where: Central and Taikoo Shing
How much: Email [email protected] for more info about pricing details.
With Little Picasso, your kiddos will be able to unleash their creativity through imagination. Not only will they be able to explore their creative boundaries through painting, but also through learning about art history as well!
When: Depends on class. Click here for more info.
Where: Studio 10, 21/F, Oceanic Industrial Centre, 2 Lee Lok Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
How much: $1,800 for a 6-week course, inclusive of materials! Sign up with a sibling and receive 25% off their semester fee.
Unleash your child’s creativity in an inspiring and nurturing atmosphere! Kids will have fun drawing, painting and letting their imagination run free at Pitter Painter. Class sizes are small, meaning kids get individual attention as they’re guided through themed projects and taught the fundamentals of drawing, colour mixing, painting techniques and art history. Lessons are developmentally-appropriate and designed to give kids a central idea to start from and the room to take this idea as far as their inspiration, little fingers and loads of paint will take them. Pitter Painter has classes for little artists aged 18 months to 11 years.
When: Depends on class. Click here for more info.
Where: YWCA, Aberdeen Marina Club, FunZone North Point and Kennedy Town.
How much: $1,800 for a 6-week course.
Do you hear your kiddo reciting Katy Perry and Taylor Swift songs over and over again? If so, MyMusicalStudio may just be their paradise. The company offers different musical theatre and dance programs, with classes catered to little ones of different age groups.
When: Classes are all year around. Visit their website here.
Where: 8/F, Lam Che Building, 18 Wing Lok Street, Central, Hong Kong.
How much: Contact [email protected] for more information or call 3665 0700.
For musically inclined kiddos and ‘rents, this is the perfect place to be. Rockababy offers children classes that will allow them to strengthen not only their musical abilities, but also their social development and coordination. Enrol and make payment before August 8th and you can enjoy a 10% off on Mandarin Club, and 5% off on RockABaby music programs & preschooler programs! Winning!
Sol Passion Music
If your kiddo has a passion for music and loves to experiment, then this is your chance to put them behind the decks! This is a one of a kind opportunity, in which the little ones will have the opportunity to DJ and create music through the help of professionally trained DJs. What are you waiting for… let’s start spinning and mixing!
Featured image via Faust International Youth Theatre HK