Let the summer fun begin!
Summer holidays are a joy to behold, but if the thought of entertaining the kids for weeks on end seems a little daunting, don’t fear! We’ve scoured the options and created your ultimate guide to the 2019 summer camps happening here in Hong Kong. From sports to the stage, language to tech, you’re sure to find something to keep your bundles of joy happy, content and stimulated.
Creativity and Performing Arts
If you’ve got mini drama kings or queens in your household, indulge their passion and give them an outlet to express themselves! Faust’s popular Summer Theatre (ages 3 to 14) and Creative Writing (ages 6 to 13) programmes are back and promise to be bigger and better, with workshops being held in Tai Wai, Sha Tin for the first time ever. Under the guidance of expert teachers, kids will enjoy an action-packed summer of drama, creativity and plenty of fun. Each of its week-long programmes (with fresh content each week to inspire more imagination!) are designed to give children a boost of creativity and confidence in their skills.
In a fun-filled, relaxed environment your children will not only learn about theatre but also develop greater self-confidence, hone their skills and make new friends as they work on perfecting their art as a team. In every Summer Theatre workshop, there will be an open session at the end of the week for parents and friends to see the progress made, while older learners will demonstrate their skills and knowledge at the end of week performance. If writing is more your child’s thing, try the Summer Creative Writing course to unlock their potential. Students will express themselves through writing, develop their imagination and enrich their skills in an interactive tutorial environment, before taking home a portfolio of work at the end of the week. As a bonus, register for any of the summer camp options before May 17th and save 10% on all registration fees!
When: Summer Theatre: 5-day courses from Monday, 24 June to Friday, 23 August 2019; 10am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 4:30pm; Creative Writing: 5-day courses from Monday, 24 June to Friday, 23 August 2019; 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm
Where: Summer Theatre:
Faust Studio, 5th Floor, Nan Dao Commercial Building, 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan Hong Kong
King George V School, 2 Tin Kwong Road, Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong
Island School, Sun Chui Estate, Tai Wai, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
Discovery Bay College, 38 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
Faust Studio, 5th Floor, Nan Dao Commercial Building, 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Island School, Sun Chui Estate, Tai Wai, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
Age: Summer Theatre: 3 to 14; Creative Writing: 6 to 13 (arranged according to age)
How much: $2,680 before Friday, 17 May (with 10% discount), $2,980 afterwards
Contact: 2547 9114, [email protected], www.faustworld.com
Maggie & Rose
A great option for little ones with big imaginations, Maggie & Rose has a range of fun summer camps and classes including art, cooking, Make and Make Believe, and music. Over eight weeks through July and August, kids can take their pick from a wide range of creative options with different themes each week. Unleash secret identities during the Superhero camp, step back in time and explore gross exploits of past kings and queens in Horrible Histories, or go on an adventure reading, cooking, writing and painting with favourite stories and authors during Book Worms. Other camps include Art Factory (creating masterpieces inspired by great artists), When I grow up (doctor or teacher? Explore the world of work), Dino Rumpus (a natural history adventure), The Big Build (explore some of the worlds greatest buildings and create your own) and True Colours (fun singing, cooking and crafting with all the colours of the rainbow).
With locations in Repulse Bay and Causeway Bay, summer camps in both clubs are open to non-members. Classes in Repulse Bay are for members only and their guests, while classes in Causeway Bay are open to members and non-members. Children will thrive in an inspiring and nurturing environment, surrounded by fellow creative classmates. Learn new skills and make new friends through the international classes that have been lovingly created over the years since their origin in London, UK. Through fun activities, kids will be inspired to confidently show their full creative potential while developing language, literacy and fine motor skills.
When: Monday, 1 July to Friday, 23 August
Where: 301 The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong tel 2638 7191
308 & 311 Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong tel 2337 7571
Age: 4 to 8
How much: $600 (members), $850 (non-members)
Contact: 2638 7191 (Repulse Bay), 2337 7571 (Causeway Bay), [email protected], www.maggieandrose.com.hk
Leading the way in the creative arts education field since 1996, choose from more than 100 themes (including Frozen Friends, Mary Poppins, Snow White And The Seven Dwarves and many more!) as Kids’ Gallery offers a wide variety of 2019 summer camp options to fit everyone’s schedule and needs. Classes range from magic, food art, storytelling and EQIQ, as well as a comprehensive collection of performing arts, visual arts and communication arts camps.
If your youngster was born to be on the stage and dreams of experiencing life within a professional theatre, their wish is Kids’ Gallery’s command with the summer performance and exam camp! Through the story of Aladdin, kids will enjoy all the fun of a theatre company while obtaining a valuable qualification from Trinity. What’s more, every Summer Camp includes an original storybook for your child to extend their creative journey at home, and if you sign up before Friday, 31 May you can enjoy up to 15% early bird discount.
When: 1 to 10-day summer camps available from Tuesday, 2 July to Friday, 30 August 2019 (pre-summer timetable from Monday, 17 June to Saturday, 6 July); see individual locations for more details
Where: Kowloon Tong, Causeway Bay, Yau Tong, Bel-Air
Age: 1 to 12
How much: From $298 to $7,798 (various special offers and early bird discounts available, see individual locations for details)
Contact: 2501 4842 (Causeway Bay), 2337 1001 (Kowloon Tong), 2717 6336 (Yau Tong), 5666 2316 (Bel-Air), [email protected], www.kidsgallery.com
Does your Hong Kong idol need a new place to exercise those pipes? Or how about having the opportunity to bring music to life with others? Have them check out Aspire Music’s summer camps where they can belt out those tunes (or pen their own songs!) while exploring vocal technique, harmony and theory training. Open to all skills and levels, there’s something for every music lover.
The Singing and Songwriting Camp (open to all levels aged 7 to 10, or 11 to 18) explores object writing, wordplay, rhythm, feel, melodies and various song structures used in pop songs. Unleash their creative side with exercises and games to get your rockers learning and inspired! If they want, they can grab an available instrument and start writing away, or if tech is more their thing, bring a Macbook or iPad and learn ready-made music on Garageband. The Drum Camp (7 to 11-year-olds) boasts small group sizes where students learn the basics of hand and foot techniques, as well as simple grooves and fills and how they fit into songs. While the Teen Band Camp is the perfect place for musicians and singers to congregate. Open to anyone who’s played their instrument for around a year, bandmates will learn and arrange one to two songs, before recording them (students are expected to prepare before the class so they are ready to rock and roll when they arrive!).
Sassy Mama readers can enjoy a 10% discount off any summer camp options by using the code SASSYSUMMER2019 when purchasing before Friday, 9 August 2019.
When: Thursday, 20 June to Friday, 9 August 2019 (9:30am to 3:30pm)
Where: Aspire Music, 10/F Anton Building, 1 Anton Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Aspire Music, 9/B Lee Fund Centre, 31 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Age: 7 to 18
How much: From $600 (2-day camps) to $1200 (3-day camps)
Contact: Book online, 5414 6821 (also WhatsApp), [email protected], www.aspiremusic.com.hk
Art Loop is an art school dedicated to children from 3 to 18 years, as well as adults. The school believes that art is a process, not a product. This unique approach emphasises on giving children the freedom to creatively express themselves, by teaching them how to think conceptually and develop their problem-solving skills. Art theory and appreciation are included in its regular Academy Art programme, while its summer workshops have interesting themes such as Masters of Art (learning about and drawing inspiration from Van Gogh, Monet, Warhol and more), Summer Sculptures (perfect for kids who like to get hands-on with 3D art), and Ceramics (clay modelling and glazing for even beginner-level sculptors). Students learn the history behind each featured artist and understand how different techniques have influenced art today. Besides illustration and painting, children learn and explore the use of different mediums, such as ceramics, paper mache and mixed media. Art Loop is running summer workshops this year from Monday, 17 June to Friday, 16 August. Each 5-day workshop starts at $1,850.
What’s really novel about this art studio is that it is completely transparent. Parents can watch their junior Da Vincis at work and observe their unique artistry. The students can also observe each other and the more mature artists. This is very inspiring for any little one with a creative mind.
Use the code “Sassy Art Loop” to get 10% off summer workshops if booking before Saturday, 8 June 2019. You also get a $200 Art Loop coupon to enrol for the regular Academy Art classes.
When: Monday, 17 June to Friday, 16 August 2019
Where: Art Loop, Unit 1001, 10/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 5238 8186
Age: 3 to 18
How much: $1,850 per workshop
Contact: 5238 8186, for bookings click here, [email protected], www.artloop.hk
DJ & Graffiti Art Makers Summer Camp
Let your kids’ creativity soar at Mischief Productions as they unleash their potential in the art or music industry. With synesthetic activities, perfect for little ones’ imaginations to take flight, workshops include basic beat-making, spoken word and mural painting – a complete trifecta! Plus, the learning showcase on the final day is the ideal platform for you to see the results of your artists’ hard work.
When: Monday, 15 to Wednesday, 17 July 2019 (12pm to 4pm)
Where: Mischief Productions, 285 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Age: 9 to 16
How much: $7,000 (discount available for group or multiple bookings)
Contact: [email protected], www.mischiefproductions.co
Every kid dreams to be their favourite action hero but at Starlit Voice, this dream turns into a reality with a series of week-long drama workshops and summer camps. During The Blockbuster Project, kids will get to act from a choice of six original plays inspired by famous and beloved stories (like Pokémon, Avengers, Dora the Explorer, Toy Story and Lord of the Rings) before learning a play within 5 days! Students will walk away as fully developed thespians, with an in-depth knowledge of essential performing techniques and the confidence to express their ideas creatively. Plays are divided into different age groups and no child will be left behind as there’s a role for everyone. The team behind this camp are experts in drama, musical theatre and the stage, so you can rest assured that your child will get a well-rounded theatre experience.
When: Tuesday, 2 July to Friday, 9 August 2019
Where: Kellett School, 7 Lam Hing Street, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
Canadian International School, 36 Nam Long Shan Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Age: 4 to 6, 7 to 10 and 11 to 13
How much: $2,675 (individual bookings) and $5,200 (pair bookings)
Contact: 2108 2182, [email protected] or [email protected], www.starlitvoice.com
The Living Room’s Rock School
This summer, budding musicians will have the time of their life at the Rock School summer camps. The Living Room, founded by former That Papa, Matt Snelgrove, have designed the courses for children aged 8 to 16 and you’ll find three different offerings; Rock School (7 to 14 years old), Rock Recording Session (10 to 16 years old) and Guitar Markers Club (10 to 16 years old). Kids will mix with other music enthusiasts, jam, hone their skills and eventually show their tallents at the end of the course with a summer concert in front of family, friends and fellow students (Rock School only). In Rock School, students will focus on basic music theory and learning about the dynamics of playing in a band and write their own song. The Rock Recording Session will include plenty of creativity in the form of jamming and songwriting before recording and mixing their own original demo song. And during the Guitar Makers club, youngsters will get their hands on a solid wood electric guitar that needs to be wired, set, painted and furnished, before jamming with fellow students with the finished instrument, then taking it home to show off all the hard work.
When: Tuesday, 25 June to Monday, 21 August 2019 (see the full schedule for details)
Where: The Living Room, 1/F 90 Sun On Village, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Age: 7 to 16
How much: Rock School, $3,600 (early bird $3,050); Rock Recording School, $5,400 (early bird $4,800); Guitar Makers Club, $6,500 (early bird $5,800)
Contact:9512 1279, [email protected], www.thelivingroom.hk
Sports and Adventure
Minisport Day And Private Camps
For over seven years now, Minisport has seen thousands of children from 1.5 to 7 year-olds progress through its exciting age-appropriate sports programmes, making it one of the best and well known in the city. Winner of the 2019 bronze Unikorn Hong Kong education achievement award, we love that the focus is on small classes which means your child gets plenty of attention and care to help them develop technically but also, and most importantly, have shed loads of fun! If your little one doesn’t know which sport is for them, this is the perfect place to try their hand at a wide range of sports in a safe and positive environment. From football and tennis to yoga, basketball, athletics and team building, there’s something for everyone and ample opportunity for your budding sports starts to make new friends.
If that’s not enough, its popular party games will have your tykes laughing and yearning for more! Its early years’ specialists teach more than 400 children each week, with the focus firmly on fun. Youngsters often end the camps alongside siblings playing with water balloons or party games, but if the camps don’t work to your schedule, no problem! Gather a few friends (or even nine and more) and Minisport will send one of its passionate and experienced coaches (plus all the equipment you’ll ever need) to you with its private camp option.
When: Monday, 1 July to Friday, 13 September 2019
Where: Various locations (including Victoria Park, Tseung Kwan O, Pok Fu Lam, West Kowloon and Repulse Bay)
Age: 1.5 to 7
How much: From $1,500 (super early bird offer of 15% off ends Monday, 6 May; early bird offer of 7.5% off ends Monday, 3 June; multiple child discounts available)
Contact: 6183 7084 (WhatsApp), [email protected], www.minisport.hk
PGA Golf Academy Champions
Time to tee up! If your youngster loves getting out on the green and practising their swing these youth golf camps will be right up their street. This summer, send your kids to the crème de la crème of golf masters with the PGA’s Academy Summer Camp 2019. Held from June to August at Massion Hill, Dongguan, China, children aged 6 to 17-years-old can enjoy weekly camps designed to improve their skills and love for the sport. Plus, all packages include accommodation, food and travel arrangements (one less thing for you to worry about!).
The Lets Golf Summer Camp is for tykes aged 6 to 13. During five days and four-nights, they’ll enjoy an active schedule which includes warm-ups and comprehensive golf lessons, followed by fun activities and games. During the PGA Golf Academy Champions camp, for ages 8 to 15, kids will learn strategy and analysis, psychology and fitness, and of course, get to play some holes! Or opt for the elite experience with the PGA Golf Academy Summer Combine camp – perfect if your mini-golfers are wanting to go pro and compete competitively. Lead by the director of golf, Kevin Smeltz and open to ages 11 to 17, your Tiger Woods will live and breathe golf during the 12 days 11-night schedule, as well as playing 18 holes on the course. And there’s no need to worry about what group your child will join, as all have an initial training assessment to place them at the relevant level.
When: From June to August 2019
Where: Mission Hill Resort, Dongguan, Guangdong, China
Age: 6 to 17
How much: Price varies between camps (get a 12% early bird discount when applying before Friday, 31 May)
Contact: Book online, 6870 3077, [email protected], www.facebook.com/pgayouthhk
WWF Summer School
If your little cubs love getting out-and-about in nature, the range of summer camps at WWF should be your go-to. With a choice of three; Nature Adventurer (3-day camp, ages 9 to 11), Ocean Explorer (2-day camp, ages 6 to 8) and the Urban Ecologist (1-day camp, various ages), all curriculum-based activities are run by WWF educators at its three centres. Biodiversity is the name of the game in the Nature Adventure, where kids will explore Mai Po’s rich variety of wetland habitats through coral observation, snorkelling and a glass-bottom boat tour. The Ocean Explore’s will take mini marine-biologists on a journey of conservation at Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, with an introduction to sustainable fisheries and a litter study at Sandy Beach. And Urban Ecologists will enjoy games and observations at Tai Po Waterfront Park and Island House Conservation Studies Centre. Founded in 1961, WWF works tirelessly to raise awareness of nature and all of the inhabitants of our beautiful planet to make sure there is a positive change for generations to come.
When: July and August, 2019
Where: Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hoi Ha Marine Life Centre and Island House Conservation Studies Centre
Age: 6 to 11
How much: From $1,105 to $2,430 (different rates from members and non-members; various discounts available: enjoy a 15% discount for applications made on or before Sunday, 16 June, or a 10% discount for applications made on Monday, 17 June 2019 onwards)
Contact: 2526 1011, [email protected], www.wwf.org.hk
Treasure Island Surf and Adventure Camp
Now in its 11th year, you’ll find epic summer camps for your intrepid explorers including the Grommet Summer Surf Camp (ages 5 to 9), the Summer Adventure Camp (ages 7 to 16) and the Summer Adventure Camp (ages 7 to 16). During the surfing workshops, your kids will spend three thrilling hours surfing and then another hour drying off, learning about beach safety and the ocean, and of course, there’s still some time dedicated to games on the beach. The adventure camp is a combination of day and overnight camps. Here, your little adventurers will develop key outdoor skills such as trip preparation, equipment management and self-organisation through a variety of activities all around Lantau Island (click here for more info), culminating in a not-to-be-missed overnight camping experience.
When: Monday, 17 June to Friday, 16 August 2019 (7:45am to 4:40pm)
Where: Pui O Beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong (pick up and drop off available from Central Ferry Pier 6)
Age: 5 to 16
How much: $4,480
Contact: 2546 3543, [email protected], www.treasureislandhk.com
Warrior Hong Kong
If you’re looking for summer camps with a punch, it time to put up your dukes because Hong Kong’s go-to martial arts and fitness gym has an offering for your little warrior. Martial arts can keep you fighting fit but they can also teach a whole heap of important life skills. At Warrior’s summer camp, your young southpaw will work on his or her physical and mental development through specially curated, age-appropriate games and activities. Each session focuses on a different theme: social interaction and communication, confidence building, creativity and problem solving, leadership and mindfulness. To keep good teacher-class ratios, spaces are limited.
When: From Monday, 8 July to Friday, 23 August 2019 (10am to 11:30am)
Where: Warrior Hong Kong, 3/F Bock C, 8 Watson Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong
Age: 6 to 9 and 10 to 14
How much: One week, $1800 (per week); two weeks, $1710 (per week); three weeks, $1620 (per week); four weeks, $1530 (per week); Add $500 per week to join private parents only class
Contact: 2512 2262, [email protected], www.warriorhongkong.com
HK Forest Adventures
Fun adventures and quests await you at HK Forest Adventures summer camps. Whether your little explorers are into science, drama or just getting their hands dirty, you’re sure to find the perfect one. If you’ve got a brave bambino, why not let them join the [email protected] Forest Adventure Camp (the best of Forest, Beach and Adventure camps combined!) or let them get in touch with their artistic side at the Forest Drama Camp.
When: Monday, 22 July to Saturday, 17 August 2019 (various times)
Where: Various locations depending on the camp and weather
Age: 2 to 12
How much: $1,200 to $4,500
Contact: 5238 2377, [email protected], www.hongkongforestadventures.com
Got a child that’s always on the go? Enrol them in one or more of the week or day-long summer camps through the YMCA and let them expend that energy fully! With the choice of Adventure Camps (ages 5 to 7), Explorer Camps (ages 7 to 9), Sports Camps (ages 5 to 14), Specialty Camps (ages 5 to 14), Residential & Tenting Camps (ages 7 to 13), Teen Leadership Programmes and even Family Camps, you’ll not be short of options! Kids will learn invaluable skills and values, through games, arts, activities and discussions, while making new friends and letting off steam.
When: Monday, 1 July to Friday, 30 August 2019
Where: See the full 2019 summer camp brochure for details
Age: 5 to 13
How much: Around $3,880 to $4,080 (for members), $4,000 to $4,200 (non-members)
Contact: 2268 7079, [email protected], www.ymcahk.org.hk
Asia Pacific Adventure
Take adventures to new heights with a camp at Asia Pacific Adventure this summer. Explore the natural beauty Hong Kong has to offer with its various adventure youth programmes which include kayaking, forest hikes, snorkelling and even an overnight camp. If you want to take it further, why not have a go at its regional summer camps in Mongolia and Cebu (info TBC!)
Make your kids dreams come true this summer and fulfil their wishes with Prince Ali’s Magic Lamp! Head to Twinkle Dance for its exclusive summer 2019 shadow dance program, The Magic Lamp. Held throughout July until the end of August, the camp is all about adventure as it teaches your little hot-steppers the art of performance and production. Through Twinkle Dance’s own and unique shadow dance, kids will journey to a “whole new world” with magical carpet rides, genies and Arabian moves. Created for children age 5+, professional and experienced teachers will use various elements of their training to explore shape, proportion, perspective, creativity, movement, transition and flexibility. Set to an illuminated white backdrop, your tiny dancers will recreate scenes and characters to tell Prince Ali’s magical story.
It can be hard to organise classes with families travelling throughout the summer, but not to worry as the flexible pack is the perfect combination, customising class timings to fit around your schedules. Plus, with multiple locations around Hong Kong and a new location in Discovery Bay, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. If your little one was born to be on the stage this camp is a perfect choice. Time to grab their dancing shoes!
Sassy Mama readers can enjoy a 10% discount when using the code sassymama at the check out before Wednesday, 5 June.
When: Tuesday, 18 June to Saturday, 31 August 2019
Where: Twinkle Dance Company, Central: 403 & 801 Lansing House, 41-47 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Causeway Bay: 9/F, Capital Commercial Building, 26 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Wong Chuk Hang: Shop 311, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Discovery Bay: Yoga Up, LG-02, Office Block 1, North Plaza 92 Siena Ave, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $370/Single drop-in class, $2,640/8 classes (enrol before Wednesday, 15 May and get a 20% early bird discount; enrol before Wednesday, 5 June for a 10% discount)
Contact: Enrol online, 6608 6689, [email protected], www.twinkledance.com
Move For Life
If you have a little mover at home, he or she might thoroughly enjoy Move For Life’s style of pairing Latin and ballroom dancing with jazz, ballet and hip hop. This year, it is offering summer camps that also combine yoga, games, singing and crafts. Available through July and August, you can pick a location closest to you and choose date options including a whole week of dance, a weekly class through the summer, or even flexible 5-day packages. Move For Life has a well-established network and is also offering these classes during the summer months at the YWCA and various schools.
When: July and August 2019
Where: Various locations (including YWCA, ESF Glenealy, Fairchild and West Island School); you can also contact them about starting your own class
Age: 1.5 to 12 (depending on location)
How much: Weekly prices at schools range from $2,000 to $2,500 (early bird offers available), YWCA prices start at $1,080 for 4 sessions
Contact: 5577 8047, [email protected], www.moveforlife.asia
Baumhaus has long been a favourite amongst parents for its Kindermusik classes (it’s the #1 Kindermusik provider in Hong Kong). With the opening of its new classroom space, the Wan Chai Annex, it’s expanded to provide more creative offerings for your little ones, including summer camps. Try out the dance programme brought to you in conjunction with Edge N Point. Try classes in Ballet, Jazz and Latin Dance for kids as young as 3, right up to teens (with adult classes if mum or dad want to live out their dancing dreams!). It’s the perfect opportunity to get your little ones grooving through the holidays.
When: Wednesday, 10 July to Wednesday, 28 August 2019 (various times)
Where: Baumhaus Annex, 15/F Tesbury Centre, 24-32 Queens Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Age: 3 to 19
How much: Contact for prices
Contact: 2321 5898, [email protected], www.baumhaus.com.hk
Island Dance School
This summer, Island Dance School is offering a series of four or five-day summer camps and workshops for various dance styles like freestyle, jazz, hip hop, jazz, funk, ballet and contemporary. Little ballerinas can enjoy fun-filled dance games while learning easy moves. Older kids get to work on their techniques and practice skills more intensively. With locations all over Hong Kong, it’s a great way to have fun, improve skills and grow in confidence!
When: July to August 2019 (contact to inquire)
Where: Various locations (contact to inquire)
Age: 4 to 8 and 9 to 12
How much: Contact for full details
Contact: 2987 1571, [email protected], www.islanddance.com.hk
If you’re considering sending your child to boarding school but aren’t quite sure how you feel about the commitment, why not do a trial run? This summer, ARCH Education’s INSPIRE summer boarding camp provides exactly that opportunity. This eight-day residential camp gives students the full boarding experience (school life, culture and teaching) right in your back yard! So you can relax knowing they’re not too far away (we promise not to tell if you both enjoy the break a little too much!).
“Reach for the Stars” is the theme of the INSPIRE 2019 programme, celebrating space, exploration and invention. With elements of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), history, English language and literature alongside sporty activities like golf and tennis, the curriculum will engage students in a celestial study not only through the lens of a telescope but through the eyes of historians, explorers and authors. Students are encouraged to create their own sci-fi story and blast off into space – just like real astronauts! Led and taught by top educators from elite boarding schools in the US and UK, combined with sports training by world-class golf and tennis coaches, it’ll be an unforgettable and confidence-building experience for your adventurous learner!
When: Thursday, 1 August to Thursday, 8 August 2019
Where: Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy, 81 Tai Chung Hau, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Age: 8 to 11
How much: $49,000
Contact: 3568 0406, [email protected], www.arch-education.com
Boötes The Mountain Lab – Switzerland
What if we told you there’s a fantastic opportunity this summer that’ll truly immerse your kids in the raw beauty of nature, at the same time as expanding their creative talents? Look a little further afield than Hong Kong (to Switzerland to be exact) and check out The Mountain Lab International Junior Summer School. Boötes (which is a Hong Kong-based charitable organisation aiming to connect people, while delivering a diverse array of educational, cultural, design, and architectural solutions) has teamed up with Zurich University of the Arts to offer students aged 15 to 18 the amazing opportunity to travel to Switzerland for this immersive summer school.
If your teens love being surrounded by nature and are fascinated by arts and design, they’ll enjoy this chance to learn directly from the faculties at the University, with workshops taking place at the Hochalpines Institut Ftan (HIF) campus in Ftan (East Switzerland). Students can spread their wings amidst the breathtaking rolling mountain landscape and take their pick from any two of the art and design workshops on offer (video production, photography, design or painting). With excursions (such as visits to the Museum Susch and the Swiss National Park) to explore other areas of Switzerland and a variety of evening and weekends arts and sports activities as well, your young adults will be intrigued by the creative challenges and will definitely come back with more life experience than when they left!
When: Saturday, 20 July to Saturday, 3 August 2019
Where: The Mountain Lab International Junior Summer School, Hochalpines Institut Ftan (HIF), Ftan, Switzerland (with site visits to other various locations in Switzerland)
Age: 15 to 18
How much: Tuition is $6,500 (USD), with a registration fee of $65 (USD); Sassy Mama readers can get 5% off on registering
Contact: Book your place online, 2979 0028, [email protected], www.bootes.com
IMS Summer Fun Programme 2019
Ni Hao! Summer hols are just around the corner, and if you’re looking to help your youngster improve their Mandarin skills the International Montessori School’s (IMS) Summer Fun 2019 Programme will be right up your street. Open to children ages 3 to 9, with two convenient locations on Hong Kong Island, there’ll be plenty of summer fun to be had to keep your little linguists occupied. With two-week courses starting from Tuesday, 2 July to Friday, 23 August 2019, IMS has prepared a fantastic selection of activities and themes available with full-day and half-day sessions.
Through Dual-Language Montessori learning, with English and Mandarin immersion, children will enjoy sessions including Fun Science, Makerspace Explorers, Artist’s Art, IMS Sports, cooking, arts and crafts, music, stories, drama and more. Kids can get a taste of the Montessori method with the Montessori Read & Write and Mathematics; an ideal trial-run if you’re thinking of going into the Montessori system. Montessori teachers are famed for their knowledge and experience in the classroom, whether that’s in English or Putonghua. Language immersion is one of the best ways to learn and this camp will help your child get to grips with Mandarin quickly and in a fun and exciting way. And hey, it certainly doesn’t hurt to be bilingual in Hong Kong!
When: Tuesday, 2 July to Friday, 23 August 2019
Where: The International Montessori School, Mid-Levels Campus (age 3 to 6), Mezzanine Entrance, Tung Fai Gardens, 17 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong;
The International Montessori School Stanley Campus (age 3 to 9), Phase III, Ma Hang Estate, Stanley, Hong Kong
Age: 3 to 9
How much: From $4,900 to $7,600 (for two full weeks)
Contact: Register online (Mid-Levels campus; Stanley campus, 3 to 4-years-old; Stanley campus, 5 to 9-years-old), 2566 7196, [email protected], www.ims.edu.hk
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’s the Safari Kid summer camps! If you’re looking for some action-packed fun for your kids this summer, look no further. Discover what makes your little superman or supergirl just so, well, super, with six weeks of action ahead. From 6-months to 6-years of age, there’s something to keep everyone on their toes as each week brings a new hero-themed topic. Send your action hero on a search and rescue expedition, followed by a deep sea adventure where children will learn about the protection of the ocean floor. Become eco-warriors and learn how to save the world through environmental preservation during the superhero boot camp, and take a look at global heroes who are currently making our world a better place along with many other fun activities. Or, if your little one is into tech, head to Pok Fu Lam and join the robotics class for an insight into what the latest technology has to offer.
To make things extra easy for busy parents, there’s a school bus available from most Western and Southern districts on Hong Kong Island (complimentary if you sign up for four weeks or more). You may have already heard of Safari Kid, with its international kindergartens and nurseries in the USA, Canada, UK, Malaysia, Dubai and of course Hong Kong (opened in 2014). Although it’s a global enterprise, it still thinks on an individual basis and creates customised curriculums which bring out the best in every student.
Sassy Mama readers will receive 10% off when quoting SassyHK2019 on the enrollment form.
When: Monday, 2 July to Friday, 9 August 2019 (full summer camp: morning session, 9am to 12pm or full day session, 9am to 3pm; times vary by camp and location, see Pok Fu Lam and Repulse Bay schedules for full details)
Where: Safari Kid Kindergarten, L101 Chi Fu Landmark, Chi Fu Fa Yuen, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Safari Kid Nursery, Shop G106A – 107A, The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Hong Kong
Age: 6-months to 6-years
How much: Morning session, $2,750 per week; Full day session, $3,250 per week; Afternoon Robotics Class (Pok Fu Lam only), $560 per week
Contact: 2177 0001 (Pok Fu Lam), 2874 3007 (Repulse Bay), [email protected] (Pok Fu Lam), [email protected] (Repulse Bay), www.safarikidinternational.com
Calling all inquisitive children! This summer the stimulating and nurturing learning space that is Bebegarten will hold a range of Summer Curiosity Camps for children from 3 to 6-years-old, throughout July. Based on various projects (including music, art, STEM and more) children are encouraged to explore the boundaries of their knowledge and curiosity in the arts and the sciences. The flexible and fun Curiosity Camps have two enrolment options: three, or five days a week (morning or afternoon), and you can sign up for one, two, three or all four weeks. Programmes are ideally designed for any curious child that has ever turned a rock over just to see what was under it!
With over 10,000 square feet, two playgrounds, six extra-large classrooms, an art studio and more, bambinos will discover their strengths and passions in preparation for the new school year, using their senses, instincts and imaginations to guide them through the process of going from trial and error, to trial and success! Courses are specially designed and run by the same experts as its popular enrichment programmes, and stay true to Bebegarten’s philosophy of play (because there is more to education than just learning how to write ABCs and adding 1-2-3), respect, “learning to live, living to learn” and freedom. Children will have the freedom to express themselves through their learning, achieving developmental milestones in a self-initiated and fun way.
When: Monday through Friday, from Tuesday, 2 July to Friday, 26 July 2019 (9am to 12:15pm or 1:30pm to 4:45pm)
Where: Bebegarten Education Centre, Unit 301-305, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Age: 3 to 6
How much: $3,000 to $5,000 per week (early bird discounts available until Friday, 31 May)
Contact: 3487 2255, [email protected], www.bebegarten.com
ActiveKids Summer Camps 2019
ActiveKids offers a wide range of fun and educational summer camps, so you’re sure to find something to suit every interest. There are six different programmes, suitable for children from as young as 3, all the way up to teenagers of 17. Each camp lasts between three to five days and you can take your pick from science, cooking, chess, robotics and arts and design. So here are some brief highlights of what you can expect from each option.
If you have a little scientist on your hands, they’ll love throwing magnetic darts and hurtling parachutes through the air as they learn about gravity with the Extreme Sports Science Adventures option. The Stormy Chefs camp teaches the very basics about cooking so your kids are sure to bring home something delicious. The Chess Academy will be led by the highest level of coaches in Hong Kong and promises to help problem-solving skills and spatial reasoning. The Robocode camp will make robots that can move online tracers and overcome obstacles. Mission Runway seeks to uncover the next budding Stella McCartney or Ralph Lauren as it teaches the basics of fashion design. While ArtCrafters can help to bring out the creative side in your little one. You really are spoilt for choice!
When: From Saturday, 1 June to Saturday, 31 August 2019
Where: ActiveKids Learning Center, Unit A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Age: 3 to 17
How much: From $1,850 to $3,400 ($500 off if you book before Friday, 31 May or $300 off if you book before Sunday, 30 June; 5% off if you are signing up 2+ kids or 10% off if you are signing up 4+ kids)
Contact: 3480 4199, [email protected], www.ActiveKidshk.com
Ivy Camps USA
This summer Ivy Camps USA is coming to Hong Kong, seeking to empower and inspire little campers through a range of hands-on activities. It aims to leave your children feeling ready to take on the world, which is no easy task. But when you see the three different five-day camps it has come up with (taught by specialist, elite staff), it’s easy to see there will be no shortage of challenging and exciting options on offer. The Junior Ivy Program is for 5 and 6-year-olds and is incredibly diverse. One minute your kids will be given first aid training, the next they’ll be given top tips on public speaking and leadership.
The STEAM Discovery is for children aged from 7 to 12 and teaches about Maths in the real world (including blockchain and big data, which we could do with some help on ourselves!), as well as an introduction to medicine. The Build Your Own Business is also for children from 7 to 12, and is geared around arming the entrepreneurs of tomorrow with the knowledge they’ll need to succeed. They’ll be taught how to turn business ideas into reality, as well as how to create a brand and build a website. One thing’s for sure, you may end up looking to your youngster for tips by the time they’ve completed one of these camps!
When: Monday, 15 July to Friday, 16 August 2019
Where: Hong Kong PHAB Association Jockey Club, 75 Pokfulam Reservoir Road, Hong Kong; Canadian International School, 36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Age: 5 to 12
How much: From $4,000 to $7,000
Contact: 3480 4199, [email protected] or [email protected], www.ivycampshongkong.com
They say that learning is a lifelong adventure and you’re never too young (or old!) to start. So head to Lifelong Labs and set your children on an innovative journey to make their creative dreams come true this summer! With camps for children aged 5 to 17, the expert teaching of Hong Kong-based Ed Tech Expert and Artist Educator Mo Kwok (M.Ed Harvard University) will transform the way your children learn and think through custom-made programmes tailored for individual learning styles. Break away from the traditional curriculum in an innovative space where young learners finally have the technology and support to produce professional creative work.
With ultra-small classes (4:1 ratio), your children can develop next-generation skills that are relevant to the future while finding their true passion. Students can kickstart their dreams in programmes like the ArtistPortfolio Intensive (13 to 17-years-old), where high school students can build a stand-out professional portfolio for art school or supplement their college applications. From starting your own fashion line to 3D printing a tiny eco-house, get ready to take your creativity to the next level in Film Production (9 to 17-years-old), STEAM TinkerCamp (5 to 12-years-old), Professional Photography (9 to 17-years-old), and Fashion and Entrepreneurship (11 to 14-years-old). Lifelong Labs’ summer programmes will create an impressive extracurricular passion project portfolio – something that’ll put your children one step ahead when thinking of those college applications (it’ll come round sooner than you think mama!).
Sassy Mama readers can use the discount code sassy to get $500 off any of the five summer programmes.
When: Starting from Monday, June 17 to Friday, August 16 2019, camps run for one week to the entire summer! See the detailed schedule
Where: Lifelong Labs, 1-3 Wing Lok St. 14/F Cheung’s Building, Sheung Wan (Exit E2), Hong Kong
Age: 5 to 17
How much: Starting from $5,850
Contact: 2540 2484, [email protected], www.lifelonglabs.org
Highgate House School
What better way is there to learn, than when your kids don’t even realise they are? At Highgate House, your bambino will be so absorbed in hours of fun, that learning will become second nature. This year’s Summer School programme has a range of options from 3 months to 7 years and runs from Tuesday, 2 July to Friday, 23 August 2019. Knowing that time is precious, you can choose from one to eight flexible blocks (each is one week) and make the classes work for you. What’s more, if you sign up for multiple blocks together you can enjoy a discount!
Kids can let their hair down and do what they do best: be inquisitive and discover things naturally. These summer camps create the perfect environment for absorbing new skills and as their confidence grows. With a high staff to child ratio, children will get stuck into creative activities, crafts, organic baking, singing, stories, and energetic outdoor play in the unique 4000 square foot outdoor play area (complete with bunnies and a sandpit). And no summer would be complete without some water fun in the form of Highgate’s splash days – water babies ahoy! Camp options include kindergarten (3 to 6 years), nursery (2 to 4 years), activities (4 to 7 years), extended day (creative activities or Mandarin immersion for 2.5 to 6 years) and parent/carer and child (English or Mandarin for 1 to 2.5 years).
Sassy Mama readers can use the code SASSYMAMA to get 5% discount before the end of May.
When: Tuesday, 2 July to Friday, 23 August 2019 (times vary by course)
Where: Highgate House, G/F and 2/F, 100 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong
Age: 3 months to 7-years-old
How much: From $477 and up (bookings of 4 to 6 blocks receive a 10% discount with code BLOCKDISCOUNT1 at checkout; bookings of 6 to 8 blocks receive a 15% discount with code BLOCKDISCOUNT2 at checkout)
Contact: 2849 6336, [email protected], www.highgatehouseschool.edu.hk
The countdown to six weeks of epic summer fun is on! From Sai Kung to Repulse Bay, the nine Camp Woodland’s dotted around Hong Kong make this an excellent option for convenience (and the school bus is an added bonus as well!). Kids will let their hair down and have a great time making friends during the six-week multi-activity camps, and as the curriculum aligns with the British Early Years Foundation Stage you can rest assured knowing they’ll learn as they play.
If your kids love getting hands-on, this camp is ideal. Set within indoor and outdoor play spaces, children will get stuck into numerous activities like cooking, drama, dance, football, art, music, construction games and more. There’s something for every active kid, with a separate Babies and Toddlers Summer Programme for the really little ones – providing parents with accompanied air-conditioned classes during the hot and humid months (perfect!). Choose from half-day, morning or afternoon camps. The half-day option lasts for three hours (in either morning or afternoon) and includes a healthy snack to re-fuel excited kids, plus you’ll get an exclusive and personalised Camp Woodland T-Shirt!
Sassy Mama readers can get a personalised camp T-shirt using the code SassyOffer when registering before Friday, 31 May.
When: Weekly from Tuesday, 2 July to Friday, 9 August 2019 (times vary depending on location; half day, morning or afternoon session available)
Where: Various locations
Age: 2.8 to 6
How much: Prices vary depending on the camp
Contact: 2537 7309, [email protected], www.woodlandcamp.hk
If you’ve got a tween that could give a politician a run for their money in the talking department, this summer camp will be right up their street. Providing extra-curricular services in debates, public speaking and global affairs since 2008, Debate HK offers the chance to join its Junior Intensive Debate Summer workshops, giving your child the chance to argue their point. In a fun yet competitive and engaging atmosphere, the little speaker of your house will take part in this week-long programme.
The intensive summer camps are taught by Greg Forse, the longest-serving Hong Kong National Debate Coach with 13 years of top-level competitive experience. As a national coach, he holds every national coaching record outright, judged the world championship grand final in 2014, and has coached at over 30 international debating events – so your kids are in good hands (there’s definitely no debating that)! With education changing to be more reflective of both soft and analytical skills, a debate is also a perfect way to learn both. During the fun and interactive course, youngsters will explore the benefits of debate, logic and public speaking, and have the opportunity to put feedback into practice with weekly activities to hone their skills. Open to all beginners and junior debaters aged 10 to 13 who have some prior experience, choose from one of the two Summer Intensive Programmes in July or August.
When: Monday, 8 July to Friday 12 July or Monday, 19 August to Friday, 23 August 2019
Where: Yardley Commercial Building, 3 Connaught Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Age: 10 to 13
How much: $3,000 per programme
Contact: [email protected], www.debatehk.com (website currently under renovation)
If you’ve got an inquisitive kid with an abundance of energy, Imagination Land is the place for them! This fun activity centre inspires youngsters by focusing on enjoying the creative processes of art and science. With a great range of summer camps over nine weeks, your children can go on an adventure with one of the many classes on offer. Themes include something for all tastes, like the Fantasy Land camp where little ones will discover mythical creatures, join Wonders of the Earth and explore this amazing world, or have kids try their hand at experiments and tricks in Mad Science. With a new theme each week, you can pick and choose from whatever works best for you. Each camp includes creative crafts, cool facts, playful experiments and games, ideal for making new friends and learning while having fun!
With flexible options, you can book one week, or opt for all nine – the choice is yours. Children can also join just one, a few, or all of the classes in the week. Plus, if you can’t make a class during the summer, just let the team know and you can make it up on another day within the summer schedule or regular classes after. Camps at Imagination Land are a unique experience, made possible by the sibling team that is Leah and John. Each session will be lead by the dynamic duo, on-hand to help and lead kids with new skills. With Leah’s background in art and John’s in science and English, children will learn naturally in this friendly and relaxed environment.
Sassy Mama readers can get one free trial session on regular classes when using the code [email protected] before Tuesday, 2 July 2019.
When: Tuesday, 2 July to Friday, 30 August 2019; 11:30am to 12:30pm, or 3pm to 4pm (3 to 5 years); 9:30am to 11am, or 5pm to 6:30pm (5 to 10 years)
Where: Imagination Land, Room 2402, 24th Floor, Hong Kong Plaza, 188 Connaught Road West, Hong Kong
Age: 3 to 10
How much: $290 per class or $1,400 per week (five 1-hour classes)
Contact: 5938 8717 (also WhatsApp), [email protected], www.ilandhk.com
Silicon Valley BizWorld
The Entrepreneurship Summer Camp is one is for all the little CEOs and VPs out there! Kids will be given their own position within their company (CEO, CFO, CMO, etc) and get the chance to run their own businesses and budgets. Children will practice negotiation, persuasion, communication and presentation skills when they pitch to “investors”, present their promotional commercials and sell their products in their own sales bazaar, which is always a huge hit. While having fun and getting creative, students will build their leadership, communication, teamwork, and critical thinking skills. These camps are also a great way to teach kids about budgets and the financial world. They’ll become financially literate while also learning to manage their money (well, let’s face it, your money!) better.
Gone are the days when learning a new language meant sitting in an old stuffy classroom, reciting from a tatty textbook, repeating what the teacher said in one long monotonous drone (sound familiar?). Thankfully, language classes have moved on somewhat since our time, well they have at Mini Mandarins at least! They say the best way to learn a language is to practice, practice, practice, but the learning experience is also elevated when immersed in real-life situations. This summer your little one can practice their Mandarin by stepping into the real-world and Mandarin-speaking scenarios – without having to leave the city!
Mini Mandarins has developed its own, extremely impressive “Mini Metro”, which allows for imaginative and interactive play within the kid-sized supermarket, construction site, a cha chaan teng, salon, farm and restaurant among other areas; so your kid can chat away in Putonghua as they go about their day. Not only is this adorable (and we mean seriously cute, especially when they dress up in relevant work attire!) but it’s an incredibly effective way for kids to connect with the language. This year, it’s collaborating with Green Common to bring a store filled with fun and nutritional knowledge about Green Monday, as well as a car repairs shop (in collaboration with Meguiar’s Hong Kong) to help young innovators to discover the amazing world of engineering by making connections between real-world problems, communities and daily lives. Kids will have a fantastic time without even realising they’re developing their literacy of science, math and Mandarin language skills.
Sassy Mama readers can get an exclusive 10% off on the 2019 Mini Mandarins Summer Programme by using the discount code SASSYMM2019 when enrolling.
When: Monday through Friday, starting Monday, 17 June to Friday, 30 August 2019
Where: Central Campus: Room 1703 17/F Universal Trade Centre, No. 3-5A Arbuthnot Road, Hong Kong
Causeway Bay Campus: 7/F, Capital Commercial Building, 26 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Age: 1.5 to 10
How much: From $480 to $800
Contact: 2320 5208 (Central), 2320 1128 (Causeway Bay), [email protected] (Central), [email protected] (Causeway Bay), www.minimandarins.com
The summer holidays are right around the corner but that doesn’t mean that learning should be put on hold! Little ones can continue their Chinese classes by attending one of Southside Mandarin’s fun-filled and interactive summer programmes.
Educational but never boring, these summer camps are definitely something your little one will look forward to. Children can attend either half day or full day sessions that focus on language cultural activities like Chinese art, dance and calligraphy. Primary aged children can also try their hand at STEM projects including robotics, 3D pen doodling and 3D project design among many more! With all camps taught exclusively in Putonghua (PTH), it’ll prove to be a truly immersive environment, perfect for young brains to soak up the language like a sponge! The Chinese Playgroup Camp (ages 1.5 to 2.5) will have your tiny Mandarin speakers singing songs, enjoying sensory play, learning with flashcards and participating in games. The Chinese Foundation camp (ages 2.5 to 6) has different themes each week and exposes children to Chinese culture through activities like Wushu, PTH Art, bi-weekly outings and performances. Children aged 7 and 12 will strengthen their language skills with critical reading and creative writing classes and enjoy the various STEM projects taught in PTH.
Sassy Mama readers can get an extra 5% by quoting SassyPerkSSM at the checkout.
When: Monday, 17 June to Tuesday, 30 August 2019 (9:15am to 11:45am or 9:15am to 3:15pm)
Where: Southside Mandarin, 106 One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Age: 1.5 to 12
How much: Prices vary, contact to find out more (enrol before Saturday, 1 June 2019 for 15% discount)
Contact: 3427 9619, [email protected], www.southsidemandarin.com
With plenty of time over the summer for kids to get active, why not have them improve their Mandarin at the same time? With 2019 summer camps for children from 5 to 19, you’ll find plenty of choice at Mandarin Time with four Mandarin levels to work on, in three different age groups. These fully immersive courses are set in a spacious, safe, kid-friendly environment, right in heart of Central (just a two-minute walk from the Hong Kong or Central MTR). Book just one, or all eight weeks of summer fun and have your little linguists improve their skills without even realising within the fully immersive, native speaking, setting. With comprehensive classes focusing on reading and writing, to conversation practice (for listening and speaking), kids can let their hair down and make new friends along the way.
The half or full day camps have small class sizes by age and ability, decided by the free placement test (great for individual attention), and are run by the schools full-time Mandarin teachers’ who all hold Masters degrees in Teaching Chinese As foreign language. Kids will enjoy fun indoor and outdoor activities like music and sports, along with cultural experiences such as a Chinese magician and a trip around the Hong Kong History Museum! Teens can also take part in the Dragon’s Back trail along with beach fun and games. What’s more, students will take away a certificate when completing each Mandarin level, something to show for their hard work (and hours of fun!).
Sassy Mama readers can get 10% off for all books from the online book store, and 2 free Mandarin books of your child’s Mandarin level when signing up before June 30th using the coupon code sassymt2019.
When: Tuesday, 2 July to Friday, 23 August 2019
Where: Mandarin Time, 14th Floor, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
Age: 5 to 19
How much: From $2,200
Contact: Book online, 6111 0523 (enquiry hotline), or email [email protected], www.mandarintimeschool.com
ESF Language Camp
If your little linguist needs some extra help with their English, ESF camps are guaranteed to help. The day summer camps will cover English phonics for younger children and tackle sentence structure and pesky grammar issues for older children. There’s also a Spanish art and culture camp on offer, so there’s plenty of opportunities to make new amigos! You can also combine language classes with playgroup, kindergarten preparation, primary preparation, primary writing, primary science and Spanish, just in case you want to guarantee the kids are truly wiped out before they come home.
When: Monday, 8 July to Friday, 30 August 2019 (various times)
Where: Kowloon Junior School, 20 Perth Street, Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong; Renaissance College, 5 Hang Ming Street, Ma On Shan, New Territories, Hong Kong; South Island School, 50 Nam Fung Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Age: 15-months to 13-years
How much: Prices start at $470 per camp. Discounts are available if you sign up for 2 or more full-day camps (offer expires on 31 May)
Contact: 2711 1280, [email protected], www.esf.org.hk
HK Kidz believes that exposing your children to foreign languages at an early age gives them a huge advantage later in life. And we agree! After all, we are living in a bilingual society (trilingual for the show-offs!). It offers language and activity summer camps for six different languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese. There’s a whole heap of courses and different class combinations on offer such as Summer Adventures, Drama and Music, Science and Discovery. You can even mix and match courses, letting your kid improve their French skills in the morning while practising their Mandarin in the afternoon. They will be full-blown polyglots (yes, we had to look up that word) by the end of the summer.
When: Wednesday, 3 July to Saturday, 31 August 2019 (contact for full schedule)
Where: Central Campus: 3/F Wellington Plaza, 56-58 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong; Wong Chuk Hang Campus: Units Level 3, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong.
Age: 2 to 12
How much: Contact for prices. Early bird discounts are available
Contact: 2877 6160, [email protected], www.hkkidz.com
If you’re looking for a place for your kids to brush up on their French, look no further than Alliance Française summer camps. Students of various ages and levels can enjoy improving their skills with superb native-French speaking teachers. For younger kids, there’s a week-long camp focused on daily life interactions and discovering the world of literature and music in French (of course!), and new for 2019 you’ll find a course designed especially for toddlers (18 to 24 months). For teens, there are also immersion programmes full of fun activities to keep them très très engaged. Alliance Française has also added comic book and film making workshops to its lineup so your kids and teens can spend their afternoons exploring the world of French storytelling.
When: Monday, 15 July to Friday, 23 August 2019 (various times)
Where: G/F-3/F, 52 Jordan Road, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong; 1&2/F, 123 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; Room 817-819, 8/F, Tower 1, Grand Central Plaza, N138 Sha Tin Rural Committee Road, New Territories, Hong Kong
Age: 1 to 16
How much: $3,750 to $5,000, three or five days per week (5% off for early bird registration until 25 May)
Contact: 2527 7825 (Wan Chai), 2634 0861 (Sha Tin), 6153 8466 (WhatsApp), [email protected] (Wan Chai), [email protected] (Sha Tin), www.afhongkong.org
Technology and Coding
First Code Academy
Got a little techie on your hands? Or maybe a Minecraft lover? First Code has a range of technological and STEM camps running over four to five days through the summer, for every age and interest. From 3D Minecraft Modding to AppJamming (its flagship mobile app development course which solves real-world problems!), there are loads of camps and times to choose from. Think game development, robotics, app development, web programming and design, and also Montessori coding session with Cubetto. Your child will be well and truly tech future-proofed! The first and the biggest coding school in HK, it has a total of 11 class locations (its own campuses in Sheung Wan, Yau Ma Tei and Fortress Hill along with eight external locations) making it a convenient for families in any part of the city.
Your kids will be in good hands as all classes are taught by MIT trainers and the First Code team through project-based learning (getting hands-on is always a fun way to learn!), and you’ll be pleased to hear that each class is taught in small group settings, meaning your little learner can expect great attention. No matter what age, there are options for each level and ability, and with our world becoming ever more digital and tech-focused, all courses will set your kids up with 21st-century skills.
Sign up now to get your hands on a free 30-minute coding experience and course consultation, or a free workshop – exclusively for Sassy Mama readers (first come first served basis, depending on availability.)
When: From Monday, 10 June to end of August 2019
Where: Various locations. Sheung Wan Main Campus: 5/F, Gee Tuck Building,16-20 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Age: 4 to 18
How much: Sign up before Wednesday, 15 May to get an early bird discount of $280 off; Bundle offer: up to 10% off when signing up for more than one camp at once; Private class arrangement also available
Contact: 2772 2108 [email protected], www.hk.firstcodeacademy.com
BSD Education (Build Something Different) designs, develops and delivers top-notch digital skill learning. Luckily for little tech-masters or beginners alike, kids can get hands-on experience with BSD’s huge range of summer camps before the new school year starts! Set over ten weeks from June to August, you’ll find three and five-day courses available for ages 5 to 7 (including the Little Makers: Build With Robotics And Code), 7 to 9 (courses such as 3D Print Your Superhero Gear), 9 to 12 (with the Tech Explorations: Build A Green Business), and 13 to 17 ( in-depth workshops like Intro To Computer Science For University).
Using the latest technology, students will enjoy numerous activities and projects specifically designed to have real-world connections, making the camps relevant and fun! It’s BSD’s philosophy that the learning process should not just be practical but also enjoyable, as genuine interest and inspiration can flourish in a relaxed environment. Students will be able to hone their 21st-century skills through learning by doing, making new friends and having some cool new tech to showcase to friends and families at the end of each camp!
Sassy Mama readers can enjoy a $350 discount off classes, continued past the early bird booking deadline, using the code SYMA19 upon registration.
When: Monday, 24 June to Friday, 30 August 2019 (9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm)
Where: 15/F, 88 Commercial Building, 28-34 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong (next to Sheung Wan MTR Station Exit A2)
Age: 5 to 17
How much: Various prices from $2,880 (early bird discount of $350 off classes upon registration before Friday, 31 May)
Contact: 9080 7371, [email protected], www.bsd.education.com
If your kids are big tech enthusiasts this camp will be right up their street. Curious minds can expand their knowledge and interest in robotics, coding, 3D printing and much more. Designed by former Microsoft Engineer and tech veteran Harris Chan, these five-day summer coding and robotics camps explore critical thinking and problem solving, through problem-based and project-based activities. Designed for children aged 4 to 16 years old, camps are divided by age and include a wide range of options like Explore Coding & Electronics the Montessori Way (ages 4 to 5), Immerse into the world of 3D with Minecraft (ages 6 to 8), Codey Rocky, your smart and intelligent robot (ages 9 to 11), Design & Build a Smart Mobile App for Smartphones (ages 12 to 14) and Build an Interactive & Responsive Website (ages 15 to 16).
Running from Monday, 10 June to Friday, 23 August 2019, little techies will be in good hands with the comprehensive curriculum that is designed with their interests in mind. Plus, Cobo is bringing back its most popular camps like micro:bit, Minecraft, mBot, App Inventor, Web Development, 3D Modeling and more. With a small teacher to student ratio, kids can go beyond coding to develop 21st-century core skills like critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. It’ll be a productive and entertaining summer of fun!
Sassy Mama readers can use the promo code SASSY19 to enjoy an additional $200 VIP discount on summer camps.
When: Monday, 10 June to Friday, 23 August 2019
Where: Cobo Academy, 6/F Yam Tze Commercial Building, 23 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Age: 4 to 16
How much: From $4600 per camp; Book before Friday, 31 May 2019 and get a $250 discount, also refer a friend get $200 off your booking for both you and them!
Contact: RSVP online, 39051111, [email protected], www.coboacademy.com
iD Tech Camps
These summer camps and programmes for 7 to 17-year-olds are sought after by many here in HK and for good reason. Kids who have a keen interest in coding and technology can choose from design games, robotics, LEGO robotics, Minecraft games, engineering and more. There’s even an overnight camp for adventurous techies!
When: Monday, 24 June to Friday, 9 August (various times, click here to see full schedule)
Where: The University of Hong Kong, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1/F, Sui Long Pao Building, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong.
Age: 7 to 17 years
How much: From $1,249 to $1,779 (USD) per course. Click here to learn more
Contact: [email protected], www.idtech.com/tech-camps
Kids with a knack for coding can take their pick from a variety of summer camps at Creative Coding. Minecraft addicts will love the Java Coding With Minecraft course, but there are so many others to spark your child’s imagination! Whether it’s SMART (Science, Maths, Art, Robotics, Technology) or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) camps, they’ll come away with much more knowledge than before they went!
When: Monday, 1 July to Friday, 30 August 2019 (various times)
Where: Various locations
Age: 5 to 14
How much: $3,000 to $3,500; 20% early bird discount if you pay by Thursday, 30 May and 10% off if you pay by Sunday, 30 June
Contact: 2707 6578, 9469 8225 (WhatsApp), [email protected], www.creativecoding.hk
Created for children as young as 4 right up to 15-year-olds, these summer camps combine learning with a lot of fun. Instead of worrying about zero screen time for your kids, let them use those moments to create and learn. Featuring daily workshops such as Digital Art and Video Production, coding and programming camps select from Minecraft Coding, Python, Roblox Game Development, Micro:bit and more!
When: Monday, 20 May to Friday, 30 August 2019 (various times)
Where: Cyberport, Shop 404, Level 4, The Arcade, 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong; Lai Chi Kok, Rm 1802, Global Gateway Tower, 63 Wing Hong Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong; Happy Valley, Rm 502, 5F, 14 King Kwong Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
Age: 4 to 15
How much: Around $2,100 to $3,500, see the full schedule for all options and fees
Contact: 3706 8917, [email protected], www.kodingkingdom.com
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