Another round of school holidays can mean only one thing, kids’ activities, workshops and a chance to try something new! We take a look at the top picks of 2022 Chinese New Year camps in Hong Kong.
The latest government restrictions have certainly come as a blow to Hong Kong parents. With many of us overdue for a good vacation, these school holidays might not feel like a real break. But you still need to keep the kids occupied so that you can enjoy a bit of downtime yourself. With that in mind, we’ve found these fun-filled Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday camps. From painting to coding to drama skills, read on to find something for children of all ages.
Editor’s note: As with all things HK, these Chinese New Year camps are set to go ahead as of time of publication, but restrictions are constantly evolving and changing. Many vendors are adjusting their offerings due to restrictions or moving to virtual options, so make sure to check with them directly before booking.
Growing IQ — Mathtastic Chinese New Year Camp
Help your little ones embrace their love of numbers at the Mathtastic Chinese New Year Camp with Growing IQ. Your 4 to 10-year-olds will celebrate traditions of the Chinese zodiac with a math twist, while 2.5 to 4-year-olds will be introduced to fundamental math concepts through story-telling, songs and more. They can expect a fun-filled, Chinese-themed week full of interactive games, activities and lots and lots of learning!
Age: 2.5 to 10 years old
When: Monday, 7 to Thursday, 10 February, 2022
Where: 4/F, China Hong Kong Tower, 8-12 Hennessy Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
How much: $1,500 for 3 days or $2,000 for full camp (2.5 to 4 years), $3,000 for 3 days or $4,000 for full camp (4.5 to 10 years), 10% discount when signing up for all four days.
Contact: Register here, 2323 9899, [email protected], www.growingiq.com.hk
ActiveKids – Multi-activity camps and workshops
Not sure what type of camp your kid will love? Check out ActiveKids. With its Science Adventures, RoboCode, Stormy Chefs, Art Crafts, Mission Runway and The Chess Academy programmes, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Age: 3 to 17 years old
When: Monday, 31 January to Friday, 11 February, 2022; various times
Where: ActiveKids Learning Center, Unit A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong; KiddiKraft, G/F, 107 Waterloo Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $800 for one day, $1,500 for two days
Contact: 3480 4199, 9178 7376, WhatsApp: 9178 7376, [email protected], www.ActiveKidshk.com
Editor’s note: At time of writing the ActiveKids camps are going ahead, but may move to online if restrictions continue.
Asia Pacific Adventures — Outdoor 3-Day CNY Camps
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 Explorer (ages 7 to 9) and Adventure (10 to 12) camps with activities such as hiking, rock climbing and team challenges.
Age: Explorer camps: 7 to 9 years; Adventure camps: 10 to 12 years
When: Saturday, 29 to Monday 31 January; Tuesday, 1 to Thursday, 3 February; and Friday, 4 to Sunday, 6 February 2022
Where: Meeting point – Central Pier 7
How much: $3,180
Contact: 2792 7160, [email protected], www.asiapacificadventure.com
Editor’s note: At time of writing the Asia Pacific Adventures Chinese New Year camps are going ahead. If cancellation occurs due to Covid restrictions then a 95% refund will be offered.
Babel Film Workshop — Camps for aspiring film-makers
Have you got a junior cinema buff? Send them off to a CNY workshop with Babel. Kids aged 8 to 11 years can enrol in the Kung Fu Movie Sound Effects course, while teens aged 12 to 15 years old are invited to see out an entire documentary making project at the CNY Film Diary workshop.
Age: 8 to 15 years
When: Saturday, 29 January to Friday, 4 February 2022; various times
Where: Studio 1, Unit 1704, 17/F, 54 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: Kung Fu Movie Sound Effects – $2,480; CNY Film Diary – $3,680
Editor’s note: At time of writing the Babel Film workshops are going ahead. Please check directly for the cancellation policy.
Ballroom Bees — Private dance classes
Founded by “Strictly Come Dancing” star Katya Virshilas and her world Champion husband Klaus Kongsdal Jensen, Ballroom Bees focuses on teaching young kids ballroom dancing. While dance studios are currently closed due to government restrictions, Ballroom Bees are offering free access to its online library of zoom lessons. Simply fill in your details online. If you have the space and a few friends, you can also put together your own private dance “hive” and have the teachers come to you.
Editor’s note: Ballroom Bees private dance classes are running in accordance with current government guidelines. If cancellation occurs due to Covid restrictions a make-up class will be arranged at a suitable time.
Banana Art Club — Holiday art workshops
This art school provides holiday classes in painting, drawing and sketching, 3D sculpture, Chinese art, crafts and creating cartoons. There are multiple time slots available with kids grouped by age so there’s sure to be something suitable for your little one. Online zoom art classes are also available during the holidays.
Age: 3 years and up
When: Monday, 24 January to Monday, 21 February, 2022; various times
Where: Flat 49, 14/F, Eton Tower, 8 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: 2-hour class – $480; 3-hour class – $690
Contact: 6020 5476, [email protected], www.bananaartclub.com
Editor’s note: At time of writing the Banana Art Club camps are going ahead. Please check directly for the cancellation policy.
Big Bang Academy — Online CNY science camp for kids
Big Bang Academy is offering three different online science camps for kids over the Chinese New Year break. First choose from Fiery Fireworks, New Year Breeze or Cycle Of Life (or sign up for multiple camps!) and then let your kids turn into mad little scientists. Just take note – as all materials will be delivered to your door, you’ll need to make sure you meet the signup deadlines.
Age: 3 to 9 years
When: Wednesday, 26 January to Wednesday, 9 February 2022; various times
How much: From $1,000 (includes cost of materials and delivery), get 10% off when you sign up with a friend or for 2 or more camps
Contact: WhatsApp: 6606 1595, www.bigbangacademyhk.com
Colour My World — Chinese New Year art, drama and creative writing classes
Set your kids off to a roaring start to the new lunar year with a workshop with Colour My World. Classes range from an intensive, two-day art and drama class to one-day creative writing, comic art design, persuasive writing and animation or abstract acrylic painting. Colour My World is also offering bespoke workshops for private groups of friends.
When: Monday, 31 January and Friday, 4 February 2022
Where: Room 108 to 110, Marina Tower, 8 Shum Wan Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Age: 4 to 12 years
How much: From $1,200 to $1,500
Contact: 2580 5028, WhatsApp: 5602 1070, [email protected], www.colour-my-world.com
Editor’s note: At time of writing the Colour My World Chinese New Year camps are going ahead. If cancellation occurs due to Covid restrictions, the full course amount will be credited to your account for use within 6 months.
EdStart — Pop Up Camps and CNY Family Camp
Can’t wait until Chinese New Year? EdStart is getting in early with a pop-up camp running this week (Monday, 17 to Monday, 31 January 2022). Send your kids into the great outdoors for some orienteering, coasteering and zip-lining. Don’t want to miss out on the fun yourself? Check out the Chinese New Year Family Camp and make some fun family memories over the holidays.
When: Pop-up camps: Monday, 17 to Friday, 21 January, 3pm to 6pm; CNY Family Camp: Monday, 31 January to Wednesday, 2 February 2022
Where: Sai Kung, Cheng Chau and Mui Wo, Turtle Cove
Age: 5 to 11 years
How much: Pop-up camps – $900 for two days, $1,275 for three days, $2,000 for five days; CNY Family Camp – $800 for 1 person, $1,500 for 2 people, $1,950 for 3 people and $2,400 for 4 people.
Contact: 4611 6214, [email protected], www.edstarthk.com
Editor’s note: At time of writing the EdStart Chinese New Year camps are going ahead. Check this document for the provider’s cancellation policy.
Faust — Theatre and Creative Writing Camps
A family favourite for good reason, Faust has a great selection of holiday camps that run throughout the year. This year, Faust is offering three exciting one-day CNY theatre camps – Holiday Interactive Theatre (ages 4 to 5 and 6 to 7), Creative Writing (for future playwrights aged 6 to 10) and Specialised Drama/Musical Theatre (ages 8 to 10 and 11 to 15). Holiday programmes are held at the Faust studio in Sheung Wan.
Age: 4 to 15 years
When: Thursday, 3 to Wednesday, 9 February, 2022. View the full schedule here.
Where: 5/F, Nan Dao Commercial Building, 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; online
How much: $550 per workshop (2 hours)
Contact: 2547 9114, [email protected], www.faustworld.com
Editor’s note: At time of writing the Faust Theatre camps are going ahead, but may move to online if restrictions continue.
Hong Kong Forest Adventures — Forest camps
Let your little ones channel the year of the Tiger with an adventure into Hong Kong’s forests! HK Forest Adventures plays host to single-day adventures that involve trekking through the jungle and amazing outdoor play opportunities at its campus in Tai Shui Hang (in between Sha Tin and Ma On Shan).
Age: 3 to 8 years old (ages 4+ attend unaccompanied)
When: Saturday, 29 to Sunday, 30 January and Sunday 6, to Wednesday 9, February 2022; 10am to 3pm
Where: 12D Tai Shui Hang North Road, Tai Shui Hang, New Territories, Hong Kong
How much: $850 per day
Contact: 5238 2377, [email protected], www.hongkongforestadventures.com
Editor’s note: At time of writing the Hong Kong Forest Adventures CNY camps are going ahead. If classes are cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions then the camp fee will be credited for future use.
Minisport – Daily drop-in pop-up CNY sport camps
Popular sports provider Minisport will be holding Chinese New Year sports camps for kids aged 1.5 to 8 years old. Locations include Victoria Park, Nam Cheong Park (Sham Shui Po), TKO Velodrome Park, West Island School (with Cyberport as an alternate location) and Repulse Bay Beach. You can also put together your own private group for a Minisport class.
Editor’s note: At time of writing the Minisport camps are going ahead. If classes are cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions then the lesson fee will be credited for future use.
Treasure Island — 5 day CNY Adventure Camp
Send your kids into the great outdoors for Chinese New Year. There are different outdoor activities every day at various locations around Lantau Island and even an overnight camping experience (for kids aged 8 years and over).
Age: 5 to 16 years old
When: Monday, 24 January to Friday, 11 February 2022
Where: Pui O Beach, transport by TIG private bus available from Central Pier 7 and Tung Chung for extra fee
How much: From $4,480
Contact: 5236 7016, [email protected], www.treasureislandhk.com
Editor’s note: At time of writing the Treasure Island camps are going ahead. If classes are cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions a make up day or voucher will be issued.
Editor’s Note: This article was most recently updated on 18 January, 2022.