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Best Easter Camps for 2016

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The Easter holidays are just a hop, skip away! Make it an EGGcellent one and sign your kiddos up for some fun over the break!

Although the Easter holidays are meant for a break from school, let’s be honest mamas, our kiddos are still raring to go! If you’re planning on staying in town this holiday, keep your littles entertained with fun, educational and eye-opening activities that will definitely be a hit for everyone involved!

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ActiveKids
ActiveKids provides a fun and stimulating environment for kids to learn all sorts of skills for the real world, and this Easter, they’ve got a host of cool camps for kiddos, no matter what age. At Science Adventures, aspiring palaeontologists will get to crack a dinosaur mystery, and tiny tinkerers will get to construct their own Robo Transformer. Nurture your child’s logical mind by enrolling them to The Chess Academy. They’ll improve on their spatial reasoning, strategic thinking, attention span and sportsmanship. Mini foodies will definitely be interested in Stormy Chefs, where they’ll get to improve their cooking skills and make apps, entrées, and desserts. (Think Easter egg dippers, chocolate cake and more!) ArtCrafters will get to mix, mould, paint and glaze as they get stuck in to some salt dough… and of course, the kiddos will get to bring all their creations home at the end! They’ll also get to create their own characters to tell a story throughout the art camp. Sounds alright by us, mama!

When: Tuesday, 29 March – Thursday, 7 April
Where: Unit A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
How much: Science Adventures and The Chess Academy are $2,400 per camp; Stormy Chefs and ArtCrafters are $1,600. Enrol your child by emailing [email protected].

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British Council
Kiddos looking to brush up on their English skills should definitely check out British Council’s intensive courses this spring. There are three streams: kindergarten, primary and secondary so you’ll find something suitable for all ages. Kids will improve their language skills through activity-based learning techniques at these short courses.

When: Tuesday, 29 March – Thursday, 31 March
Where: British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
How much: Fees start from $1,600. More details on the prices and schedule here.

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Coast to Coast
For a truly unique experience and to give you and your child a taster of what boarding school is like, why not enrol them in Coast to Coast’s Easter camp? Your tween will enjoy the best of the British boarding school experience right here in the 852, over at the Harrow International School campus. With camps for elite tennis coaching, general sports coaching and photography and dance, there’s something for everyone at this 8-day, 7-night camp. Click here for more details.

When: Saturday, 26 March – Saturday, 2 April (inclusive)
Where: Harrow International School, 38 Tsing Ying Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
How much: $13,000, register here.

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First Code Academy
Got a tiny tot at home who loves playing with the iPad and computer? First Code Academy has got a range of camps over the Easter break for different age groups. There are “Scratch” camps, “Robotics” camps, AppJamming, 3-D Modelling and more… perfect for your little tech-savvy munchkins!

When: From Monday, 28 March – Friday, 8 April
Where: First Code Academy, Unit 302-305, 3/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; Classroom #5, Innocentre, 72 Tat Chee Ave, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Courses start from $3,500. Sign up for courses on Hong Kong Island here and on Kowloon here. There are a handful of early bird promotions – save $350 when you input the code “FCAEARLY”; save $700 when you input the code “SIBLINGSEARLY”, and save $350 when you input the code “SIBGLINGSLOVE”. All early bird discounts are applicable until Monday, 29 February.

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Mandarin for Munchkins
This is really one for those needing to brush up on their Putonghua skills. Mandarin for Munchkins has camps at three of their locations (Central, Discovery Bay and Sai Kung) throughout the Easter holidays. Featuring sessions such as “The Magic of Pinyin”, “The Magic of Action Verbs”, “The Magic of Characters” and even “Mandarin Chef”, where kids can cook up a storm under the guidance of the teachers. Your littles will receive a comprehensive and well-rounded experience.

When: Week 1 runs from Monday, 21 March – Thursday, 24 March; Week 2 runs from Tuesday, 29 March – Saturday, 2 April; Week 3 runs from Tuesday, 5 April – Saturday, 9 April
Where: Click here to find out the location of each centre.
How much: Classes start from $300 per session; enrol your child in 4+ sessions and receive an 8% discount, enrol your child in 8+ sessions and get a 15% discount.

Creative 

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Miles ELP Int’l X RockAbaby Easter
Are air guitars and karaoke sessions a regular occurrence at home then bring the fun through to Easter holidays with RockAbaby Music Academy! There are a variety of EGGcellent workshops for children from 8 months to 6 years old. There’s something for everyone with workshops that include Dance & Movement, Musical Instruments Exploration, Music & Drama, Family Music Class etc.! The academy aims to nurture children’s musical development through a step-by-step musical journey, from planting the seed of creativity & musical foundation to choosing a right instrument to pursue based on their ability and interest.

When: Monday, 21 March – Friday, 1 April. Check out the schedule here.
Where: Miles ELP, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay.
How much: From $250/class (early bird discount applies) Special: Camp participants will receive discount on regular classes!

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BabySteps
This centre in the heart of Central is one of our faves at Sassy Mama. This Easter, join in on their creative classes with your tiny tot, including “Music and Cartoons”, “The First Choir” and more. If your little one has a hand for arts and crafts, they can join in on “Moulding Madness” and create something to take home. There are classes for infants up to six years old.

When: Throughout March
Where: 25/F, 2501-02 Universal Trade Centre, 3-5A Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $3,300 for an unlimited membership pass, valid for one month. Register by emailing [email protected].

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Banana Art Club
Whether you’ve got a tot, tween or teen, Banana Art Club is running their Easter art classes over the break for your arty bubs. They’ll get to do traditional Chinese painting, or paint something Easter-themed, such as a spring garden. Think Easter bouquet crafts and creative clay making! Check out the full schedule here.

When: Tuesday, 29 March – Saturday, 9 April, morning (10-12pm) or afternoon sessions (2-4pm)
Where: Banana Art Club is running camps at their Wan Chai studio, Kennedy School, Discovery College and Beacon Hill School; click here for all locations
How much: Starting from $396 for a two-hour session, or $1,584 for four sessions

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Faust International Youth Theatre
The Lion King has yet to hit the stage in Hong Kong, but if your tweens spend Friday nights performing Hakuna Matata for you and hubby, they’ll love the theatre camps at Faust International. They’ll learn performance skills, drama in context, and core drama values all while collaborating with new friends. Suitable for kids aged 4 to 12.

When: Tuesday, 29 March – Friday, 1 April or Tuesday, 5 April – Friday, 8 April
Where: 5/F, Nan Dao Commercial Building 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: The regular fee is $2,280, but if you register before Saturday, 27 February, you’ll enjoy the early bird rate of $2,050. Register here.

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Little Picasso
Your mini van Goghs will love getting creative over the holidays at Little Picasso. There’s lots of egg-citing activities planned, including making their own Easter chicks, baby lambs and of course, little, bubbly bunnies! Sign your bubba up and hop on over to the studio in Wong Chuk Hang.

When: Monday, 28 March – Friday, 1 April. Check out the full schedule here.
Where: Studio 6, 15/F, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: Two-day camps start from $900. Register here.

Sport & Adventure

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Bounce Inc.
Does your toddler have energy to spare? If you’re littles are bouncing off the walls and you’re wondering what you’re going to do with them over Easter – sign them up for some extreme fun at Bounce Inc.! Grab the whole family and sign up for the Family Fit package that includes trampoline time (plus socks!) for both you (Bounce Fit) and your bub (Mini Bounce). Your littles will enjoy the class and have a blast jumping around while wearing their signature grip socks and working up a sweat. Each Mini Bounce class will have a max of 8 bouncers to 1 fun instructor making sure that safety comes first. Don’t worry mamas, your kiddos won’t be the only ones having fun! Join in, jump at the same time and bounce your worries away!

When: Monday, 22 February – Thursday, 1 March. Tuesday – Thursdays 10:00 – 11:00AM, Saturday – Sunday 9:00 – 10:00AM, 10:00 – 11:00AM
Where: Bounce Inc., G/Fl, EMAX, KITEC, No. 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $250 for mama and tot (3 – 5 years old)

 

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Harry Wright International
Channel your inner Michael Phelps or Ariel from the Little Mermaid (whatever your little one is into!) and dive into some fun with Harry Wright International. Whatever your bubba’s swimming level, there is bound to be a class suited for everyone!

When: Tuesday, 29 March – Monday, 1 April. Check out the full schedule here.
Where: West Island School, 250 Victoria Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
How much: $980 for 4 days. Register here.

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YWCA
Whether your kiddo is a mini athlete, artiste, master chef or music maestro – you will definitely find something for everyone at the YWCA Easter Camps. From toddlers to tweens (2 – 13 years old), there is no shortage of interest classes and age appropriate fun at the Y!

When: Dates depend on the varying classes. Check out the full schedule here.
Where: YWCA, 3/F, 1 MacDonnell Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: The price varies depending on the class. Find out more here.

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The Hebe Haven Yacht Club
Is your tween a budding sailor? Sign ‘em up for five days of adventure on the water with Hebe Haven Watersport Week! From sailing dinghies to dragon boating to kayaking to stand up paddle boarding – there is no shortage of fun for your 7 – 14 year old. Be the wind in their sails and register them now!

When: Monday, 28 March – Friday, 1 April and Monday, April 4 – Friday, April 8. 10:00AM – 5:00PM. Check out the full schedule here.
Where: The Hebe Haven Yacht Club, 10.5 Miles Hiram’s Highway, Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung, New Territories.
How much: Members rate: $2,625 (5 days of camp) and Non-Members Rate: $3,675 (5 days of camp)

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Sport4Kids
The little tikes will love participating in all that Sport4Kids has to offer this Easter! The Mini Sports Easter Camp is perfect for little ones aged 18 months to 3 years old. Whereas the Art Gymnastics Easter Camp is for 4 – 12 years old.

When: Monday, 28 March – Friday, 1 April. 9:00 – 10:00AM and 2:30 – 4:30PM. Check out the full schedule here.
Where: Hong Kong Parkview, 88 Tai Tam Reservoir Road, Hong Kong.
How much: Mini Sports (5 day camp: Members rate $800, Non-Members rate $1000) and Art Gymnastics (5 day camp: Members $2,500, Non- Members $2,900; 4 day camp: Members $2,180, Non-Members $2,480; 3 day camp: Members $1,710 per member, Non-Members $1,950)

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Whisked Baking
What’s cuter than an Easter egg sugar cookie? How about your little ones making them? If your kids are into getting their hands in the mixing bowl, sign them up for some baking fun at Whisked Baking! The classes are either in English or Putonghua so it’s the perfect opportunity for your kiddos to brush up on their Mandarin.

When: Friday, 25 March – Saturday, 2 April. 1:30 – 3:00PM and 4:30 – 6:00PM.
Where: Whisked Baking, 21/F, Xiu Ping Commercial Building, 104 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan
How much: $450 per child

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