Planning a staycation this Chinese New Year?
If you’ve decided to stay in Hong Kong over the holidays and need some inspiration to keep the kids entertained, no need to worry — we’ve got you covered! Here’s our roundup of action-packed and fun-filled Chinese New Year holiday camps. From painting to trampolining, coding to drama skills, read on to find something for children of all ages. Happy New Year!
Creative And Language
Maggie & Rose Chinese New Year Camps
If you’re looking for a holiday camp with plenty to keep the little ones entertained this CNY, Maggie & Rose is the place to go. Its camps in Causeway Bay and Repulse Bay are open to members and non-members, and celebrate the Year of the Pig with a range of art, cooking, Make & Make Believe and music classes and camps. Youngsters will learn about ancient traditions surrounding the lunar new year while having fun, growing in confidence and making new friends.
Hailing from London, Maggie & Rose’s tried and tested bespoke British class style will inspire your little ones to love learning. With two art camps to choose from, kids can get messy creating their very own Pig-themed art and explore all things dragons, too. If your kid is more of a junior Jamie Oliver, they can get stuck into any of the three cooking camps by making sticky rice cakes (for good luck), traditional almond cookies, dumplings and spring rolls. Yum!
Sign up for the Big Kids Camp and bring a friend for free! Both children must join and attend the same camp with payment in advance to secure places. And make sure they’re on time, as no-shows will be charged.
When: Monday, 4 February to Friday, 8 February, 2019
Where: Maggie & Rose Beach Club, 310 The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong; Maggie & Rose City Club, 308 & 311 Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $600 for members, $850 for non-members per camp
Contact: Repulse Bay: 2638 7191, Causeway Bay: 2337 7571, [email protected], www.hk.maggieandrose.com
Rumple and Friends
Rumple and Friends, the entertainment group that is home to some of Hong Kong’s best children’s performers, is back with its 2019 CNY camp, The Magic Paintbrush. Kids can expect a jam-packed week with exciting games, arts and crafts, drama and musical theatre, culminating with a final group performance. Based on a Chinese folk tale about a young boy named Ma Liang, the story takes students on a journey to find out who has stolen his magic paintbrush (that happens to bring paintings to life!). Will he get it back? Sign up and find out!
When: Monday, 4 February to Friday, 8 February 2019 (10am-12pm)
Where: Rumple and Friends Studio, 5B, 5/F, 49-51 Jervois Street, Kin On Commercial Cuilding, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong (three mins walk away from Sheung Wan MTR Station)
How much: $2,000
Contact: [email protected], www.rumpleandfriends.com
Kids’ Gallery is here to keep that creativity flowing with classes for little ones aged 3 to 8-year-olds. The “Spectacular Spider-Man” and “Toy Story: Happy Fortune!” workshops are guaranteed favourites, each with a CNY twist. It even has a “Peppa and Her Golden Boots” workshop combining food art and storytelling – ideal for the year of the pig! With six workshops to choose from (2.5 hours per class), and three locations around Hong Kong, you’re sure to find one that works for you.
When: Monday, 4 February to Friday, 15 February 2019
Where: Kowloon: Kids’ Gallery Kowloon Tong, 28 Cumberland Road Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong; Causeway Bay: Kids’ Gallery Causeway Bay, 15A, Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; Yau Tong: Kids’ Gallery Yau Tong, Mills International Preschool The Spectacle 8 Cho Yuen Street Yau Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: From $800 for a one-off class
Contact: Kowloon – 2337 1001, [email protected]; Causeway Bay – 2501 4842, [email protected]; Yau Tong – 2717 6336, [email protected]; [email protected], www.kidsgallery.com
Faust Theatre and Creative Writing
A family favourite for reason, Faust has a great selection of holiday camps that run throughout the year. For CNY, blossoming actors and writers can channel their inner wizard while improving their confidence and creativity through the mystical Dragons and Royalty programmes. Or try their hand at a performance of The Great Zodiac Race in Faust’s Play in a Day. The Chinese New Year Theatre classes (4 to 12-year-olds) focus on learning and practising drama skills using different themed stories as inspiration, while budding writers will look at different aspects of creative writing in the Creative Writing Workshop (6 to 13-year-olds). Those wanting to show off their skills can sign up to the Play in a Day experience (8 to 12-year-olds), where they’ll learn and rehearse The Great Zodiac Race to perform in front of friends and family later that afternoon.
When: Holiday Theatre – Thursday, 7 February to Saturday, 9 February, 10am to 12:30pm or 2pm to 4.30pm; Creative Writing – Thursday, 7 February to Saturday, 9 February, 10am to 12pm or 2pm to 4pm; Play in a Day – Monday, 4 February
Where: The Faust Studio, 5th Floor, Nan Dao Commercial Building, 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $890 – $1,790 ($790 – $1,610 early bird fee) – make sure to register before January 25 to get a 10% discount
Contact: 2547 9114, [email protected]austWorld.com, www.faustworld.com
If you’re looking for something quite traditional, head over to Little Picasso for its 2019 Paper Puppet Camp. Inspired by the coming year of the pig, little ones will make their own Chinese paper puppets using traditional patterns. They’ll also try their hand at creating scroll paintings, lucky charms and even designing their own unique lanterns to take home for mama and papa. You can opt-in for just one, two or all three days.
When: Monday, 4 February, Thursday, 7 February and Friday, 8 February, 2019 (9:30am – 11am ages 3-5; 12- 2pm age 6+)
Where: Studio 6, 15/F, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: From $450 for a one-day camp. See the full schedule for fees and further details
Contact: 5220 7720, [email protected], www.littlepicasso.hk
Banana Art Club
With canvas painting, watercolours, sketching, Chinese painting, and arts and crafts on offer, little ones, tweens and teens are sure to find something to entertain them here. Banana Art Club caters to a wider age range than most (4 to 8 years, 9 to 12 years, and 13 to 16 years old), so siblings can be paired together in some classes. Choose from its Causeway Bay or Lantau Island locations for workshops lasting two or three hours.
When: Causeway Bay: Monday, 28 January to Saturday, 23 February, 2019 (9:30am – 10:30am; 10:30am – 11:30am; 11:30am – 12:30pm); Discovery Bay: Monday, 4 February to Tuesday, 5 February, 2019 (2:30pm – 4:40pm)
Where: Causeway Bay College: Flat 49, 14/F, Eton Tower, 8 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; Discovery College: 38 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
How much: $398 for two hours; $590 for three hours
Contact: 6020 5476, [email protected], www.bananaartclub.com
Chinese New Year Sports Camps
Hong Kong Parkview
With multi-sport workshops, tennis lessons, an areal adventure park, rock climbing, gymnastics and mini-spots for the very little ones, there’s plenty to keep the children active over the break. Choose from two or three-day camps with age ranges from 8 months to 14 years old. When booking, inquire about using the facilities yourself for some well deserved R&R. Enjoy the fitness centre, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and (eight!) dining outlets!
Age: 8 months-14 years
When: Wednesday, 6 February to Friday, 8 February 2019
Where: Hong Kong Parkview, 88 Tai Tam Reservoir Road, Tai Tam, Hong Kong
How much: $600 – $1,860. 10% Early Bird discount for payments made on or before 25 January, 2019
Contact: 2812 3945, [email protected], www.hongkongparkview.com
YWCA Centre of Learning and Life Enhancement
From fencing and gymnastics to the trampoline and ice-skating classes (with arts, crafts and cooking options as well!), here’s one way to keep kids on the go! YWCA specialises in offering well-rounded options for kids from 3 to 12 years old, and its got a plethora of options over the CNY break so you’re sure to find something your child will love.
When: Friday, 8 February to Friday, 15 February, 2019
Where: Various locations throughout Hong Kong
How much: Various. See the full schedule for fees
Contact: 3476 1340, [email protected], clle.ywca.org.hk
If you’re hoping to find a camp that will help let your kid run off some steam for a few days, Minisport is the place for you. Its holding five-day camps for ages 2.5 -3.5, 3.-55 and 6-7-year-olds (along with a playgroup option for 1.5-2.5-year-olds) that will have them honing in on skills they already know while learning new ones. We’re talking about football, basketball, team building activities, beach party games and more!
When: Monday, 4 February to Friday, 8 February, 2019
Where: Various locations, including West Island School, Victoria Park, Yuen Long, and Scenic Villas
How much: $600 – $2,500 ($450– $1650 for playgroup) depending on the number of days
Contact: 6183 7084, [email protected], www.sportsclassesforkidshk.com/camp
Ring in the Year of the Pig with a bang at ATOM Academy’s CNY camps that run from 10am to 5pm, for kids ages 2.5 to 8. With a wide variety of activities to keep your little ones busy, including dance (K-pop & Jazz Funk), gymnastics, multi-sport, taekwondo, and even art exploration and science, there will never be a dull moment!
When: Monday, 4 February to Tuesday, 12 February, 2019
Where: 16/F, W50, 50 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: $1,160 per child (2.5-3.5 years old); $1,560 per child (3.5-8 years old)
Contact: 2295 6055, [email protected], www.atomacademy.com.hk
Chinese New Year S.T.E.A.M And Computer Camps
First Code Academy
For your tech-savvy geniuses, sign them up for hands-on, engaging coding camps, field trips and workshops this CNY with one of Asia’s leading institutes for kiddie coding courses, First Code Academy. It develops curriculums for K-12 students whilst teaching key coding skills, computational thinking, and developing an entrepreneurial mindset. With four group ranges including Junior (4-5 years old), Tinker (6-8 years old), Explorer (9-11 years old), Creator (12-14 years old), your kiddos will have the chance to get hands-on in immersive projects like making mobile apps, games and robotics. Plus, if you introduce a friend to First Code Academy they’ll get $380 towards their first enrollment, and you’ll get $380 in credit once they enrol (first time First Code Academy parents only).
When: 1.5-hour workshops: Friday, 1 February, Friday, 8 February, Saturday, 9 February, 2019; Four-day workshops: Tuesday, 12 February to Friday, 15 February, 2019
Where: 5/F, Gee Tuck Building, 16-20 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; Unit 404, 4/F, Kowloon Building, 555 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: 1.5 hour workshops: $300 – $850* (*including field trip); four day workshops: $3,000-$4,560. See its CNY schedule for more information on courses, fees and special offers
Contact: Sheung Wan – 2772 2108, 2772 2101; Yau Ma Tei – 2772 2161, [email protected], hk.firstcodeacademy.com/en
If Lego engineering, robotics, and coding is your kiddo’s idea of a fun time, then look no further mamas as The Genius Workshop has all that and more to offer. This CNY, its running two special themed camps. Children aged 4.5-7 years old can try their hand at planning and building their own miniature Lego flower market. Older kids (7 to 14-year-olds) have the chance to learn how to construct their own CNY lion dancer, complete with EV3 robotic tools and code, which dances to the beat of festive music! You can also add on a two or four-hour S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) workshop to either camp.
When: Monday, 4, February to Tuesday 12 February, 2019
Where: Happy Valley Main Center: Unit B, 1/F, Southern Pearl Court, 151 Wong Nai Chung Rd, Happy Valley, Hong Kong; Prince Edward Center: Unit B, 12/F, Prince Edward The Lamma City, 761 Nathan Road, Prince Edward, Hong Kong; Taikoo Center: Unit 1001, Podium, Hang Sing Mansion, 3 Tai Wing Avenue, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong; Whampoa: Shop G25, G/F, Home World, Site 12, Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa, Hung Hom, Hong Kong
How much: $450 -$2,140, depending on camps and workshops
Contact: Happy Valley – 2591 0100, Prince Edward – 3107 4343, Taikoo – 2591 0009, Whampoa – 3746 9688, [email protected], www.g-workshop.co
For a more holistic approach, ActiveKids incorporates the main learning strands in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths) education to make sure kiddos get exposed to many different topics. This CNY, your little ones can enjoy workshops that run from three to four days that will cover everything from hands-on science, chess, fun cooking, arts and crafts, to fashion design, robotics and coding. With camps for ages 3 to 17, there really is something for everyone!
When: Monday, 4 February to Friday, 15 February 2019
Where: ActiveKids Learning Centre Hong Kong, Unit A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
How much: From $650-$3,400 per camp. See the full schedule for times and fees
Contact: 3480 4199, [email protected], www.activekidshk.com
This year, Koding Kingdom is hosting a huge array of CNY camps at all four of its locations; Cyberport, Lai Chi Kok, Tin Hau and Happy Valley. For various ages (4 – 16 years old), there are workshops for every age and ability level. Whether your child loves Minecraft or robotics or even S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) experiments, coding, Java modding or game development, there’s plenty to get their teeth stuck into.
When: Monday, 11 February to Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Where: Cyberport: Shop 404, Level 4, The Arcade, 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong; Tseung Kwan O: Suite 6, 1/F, The Parkside Mall, 18 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong; Lai Chi Kok: Rm 1802, Global Gateway Tower, 63 Wing Hong Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong; Happy Valley: 14 King Kwong Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
How much: Prices range from $2,100-$3,500, see the schedule for full options and fees
Contact: 3706 8917, [email protected], www.kodingkingdom.com
Fuel your little digital native’s creativity and problem-solving skills with a choice of three or five-day camps at the BSD Education. The camps cover a wide variety across S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths), with coding, robotics, professional gaming, 3D printing and more, and are open to children aged 6 to 17. Perfect for all experience levels, they’ll not only get tech-savvy but make new friends through teamwork as well.
When: Monday, 4 February to Saturday, 9 February 2019
Where: 18/F, Fu Fai Commercial Centre, 27 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: Five-day camps: $4,180-$4,580; Three-day camps: $2,880-$3,180, see full schedule for class details and discount options
Contact: 9080 7371, [email protected], www.hk.bsdacademy.com