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Chinese New Year 2021: CNY Camps And Classes For Kids In Hong Kong

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How to keep the kids engaged over the Chinese New Year break.

With the pandemic and travel restrictions being what they are, school holidays don’t often feel like a real break. After all, we still can’t go on a well-earned vacation or indulge in too many celebrations. But you still need to keep the kids occupied so that you can enjoy a bit of downtime yourself, so we have you covered! Here’s our roundup of action-packed and fun-filled Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday camps. From painting to trampolining, coding to drama skills, read on to find something for children of all ages.

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Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Many businesses are taking extra precautions, but please make sure you follow the latest government advice and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms.

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Growing IQ

Want to encourage your eager young learners to enjoy maths and critical-thinking? Sign them up for Growing IQ’s three-day camps, filled with exciting and challenging activities, including making beautiful decorations (CNY Fair Camp) and preparing zodiac-themed games (CNY Zodiac Camp). They’ll be so busy enjoying themselves, they won’t even realise that they have been studying Geometry, Algebra, Percentages, Fractions and more! Each CNY camp is held three times a week, for two hours per session. The class sizes are kept small (5:1 teacher: student ratio), so you know that your little mathematician is getting the attention he/she needs.

After establishing itself in San Francisco, Hawaii and Texas, Growing IQ has entered Hong Kong with the aim of getting kids to love maths. The creative and visual ways of teaching are sure to get your children thinking and understanding the subject, rather than just memorising it.

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Want to sign your child up for CNY Math Camps? Use the code “SASGIQ21” to get 10% off.

Age: 3 to 11 years
When: CNY Fair: Monday, 8 to Wednesday, 10 February 2021,
CNY Zodiac: Wednesday, 17 to Friday, 19 February 2021
Where: 4/F, China Hong Kong Tower, 8-12 Hennessy Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
How much: $3,000/camp, $5,400 for both camps
Contact: 2323 9899, WhatsApp: 5726 3303, [email protected], www.growingiq.com.hk

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Livin’ Farms

This CNY, sign your children up to become superheroes who will save the planet! Livin’ Farms will use a play-and-learn tool (an insect home) to teach your little ones about waste management and food recycling. The Hive Hero Academy adopts a learn-by-daring approach, getting kids to learn about sustainability and appreciate their insect pals, the Tenebrio Molitors. While kids will be more than up to the challenge, parents will be reassured to know that these critters do not fly, climb or bite and cannot escape the Hive Explorer kit!

Over this three-day camp, kids realise why the planet needs saving. Using the Hive Explorer kit (rental included in the camp price), children will observe how insects are the original zero-waste warriors – eating food scraps and converting them into a powerful fertiliser. They also learn about nutrition and the health benefits of microgreens, as they grow their own plants. This virtual camp takes place from the safety and comfort of your own home, and all necessary materials will be provided (the Hive Explorer kit and its hardworking inhabitants are on a rental basis, and your kids will feel like they are fostering their pals!). Livin’ Farms has also partnered with Labwork to deliver the same workshop in Cantonese.

Sassy Mama PerkUse the code HIVECAMP to get 15% off the English camp and the code HIVECAMPHK for the Chinese one. But you’d better hurry! The discount is only applicable to the first five sign-ups for each workshop.

Age: 8 to 11 years
When: Tuesday, 9 to Thursday, 11 February 2021, 10am to 11am
Where: Online
How much: $1,810
Contact: Sign up here (English), sign up here (Cantonese), 5575 9174, [email protected], www.thehiveexplorer.com

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Faust Theatre and Creative Writing

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 CNY theatre camps – Holiday Theatre (for budding actors), Creative Writing (for future playwrights) and A Play In A Day (to learn how to stage a performance in just one day). While most of the holiday programmes are at the Faust studio, Creative Writing is also available online.

Age: 4 to 13 years
When: Holiday Theatre: Tuesday, 16 to Friday, 19 February 2021,
Creative Writing: Tuesday, 16 to Friday, 19 February 2021,
Play In A Day:
Saturday, 20 February 2021
Where: 5/F, Nan Dao Commercial Building, 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; Online
How much: Price varies, ranging from $890 to $2,400; 10% discount for multiple registrations
Contact: 2547 9114, [email protected], www.faustworld.com

Kids’ Gallery

Kids’ Gallery is here to keep that creativity flowing with CNY workshops for the little ones. You could choose to sign your kids up for musical theatre, 3-D clay modelling, educational storytelling or a mix of these. With seven workshops to choose from and at five locations around Hong Kong, you’re sure to find one that works for you.

Age: 3 to 6 years
When: Tuesday, 9 to Thursday,18 February 2021
Where: Various locations across Hong Kong (all campuses except Bel-Air) 
How much: From $380/hour upwards
Contact: Kowloon Tong campus: 2337 1001, WhatsApp: 5666 2316,
Causeway Bay campus: 2501 4842, WhatsApp: 9453 3840,
Shek Mun campus: 2156 9001, WhatsApp: 9165 0569,
Tsuen Wan campus: 3905 23239686 7532,
Yau Tong campus: 2717 6336,
[email protected]www.kidsgallery.com

Banana Art Club

This kid-friendly art centre always offers fun and unique art classes every school holiday. The classes include Manga & Cartoon, Mixed Media and Sketching, amongst others. They are available on all mornings and most afternoons during school breaks. There is no minimum enrolment, so sign up on days that the kids have holidays, as per their interest.

Age: 4 to 16 years
When: Causeway Bay: Monday, 18 January to Friday, 12 March 2021
Where: Flat 49, 14/F, Eton Tower, 8 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong and Online
How much: Causeway Bay: $480 for two hours; $620 for three hours (an additional $30 for shipping fee for materials for online classes)
Contact: 6020 5476, [email protected], www.bananaartclub.com

Read more: The Best Creative Expression And Art Classes For Kids In Hong Kong

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Elephant Community Press

Want to see your little one’s work in print? Look at the many holiday writing workshops being offered by Elephant Community Press for kids from 4 years and above. The workshops are age-appropriate and have fun names for these unique Year of the Ox camps (including one on oxymorons!). Enrol here. Classes are available in small groups at the head office in Central or online.

Age: 4 to 13 years
When: Tuesday, 16 to Friday, 19 February 2021
Where: Unit 704, Lap Fai Building, 6-8 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong or Online
How much: Chinese New Year Storyland: $1,100, all other CNY workshops: $1,800
Contact: 3487 3153www.elephantcommunitypress.com

ESF Online Raring To Read

ESF is offering English and Spanish camps this CNY break for young readers. The Spanish class is suitable for primary-aged beginners, while the English classes range from Kindergarteners to lower and upper primary school students.

Age: 3 to 11 years
When: Monday, 8 to Friday, 19 February 2021
Where: Online
How much: $400 to $1,200
Contact: [email protected], www.esf.org.hk

Read more: Our Top Book Picks By Age: From 4 To 14+

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Minisport

The last year has been tough on sporty kids who have cooped up indoors most of the time. So family-favourite Minisport has been offering daily, drop-in classes while schools have been off. These will continue through Chinese New Year as many schools continue to have limited in-person classes. Camps are strictly capped at two children per group, so you can rest assured that all government regulations are being adhered to.

Age: 2.5 to 5 years
When: Currently available till Friday, 26 February 2021, various times
Where: Multiple locations – Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Park, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong,
Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong,
Nam Cheung Park, Sham Sui Po, Hong Kong
How much: $330/day for afternoon spots (Monday to Friday), $375/day for morning spots (Monday to Saturday)
Contact: 6183 7084www.sportsclassesforkidshk.com

ESF Sports Camps & Clinics

Subject to Government restrictions easing, ESF Sports will offer a number of sports camps and clinics this CNY break. While you can expect the usual basketball, tennis, fencing, swimming and football clinics, you can also consider the online gymnastics and online multi-sports camps. There is also an interesting new class – Sports Stacking which helps children develop bilateral proficiency, ie., the ability to use both sides of the body and head-eye coordination ability.

Age: 5 to 16 years
When: Tuesday, 16 to Friday, 19 February 2021
Where: Various locations across Hong Kong and Online – check schedule here
How much: Prices vary, starting at $480 for online camps and $1,000 for in-person camps
Contact: 2711 1280[email protected]www.esf.org.hk

Ark Eden

Ark Eden offers popular holiday day-camps for children aged 5 to 11 years. These take place in a forested valley in Mui Wo, though the kids often venture out to beaches, waterfalls and other islands. For CNY this year, they are many zodiac-animal themed camps, from those targeting e-cow warriors to those who like to moo-ve it! Sounds like “ox” of fun to us!

Age: 5 to 11 years
When: Monday, 8 to Friday, 19 February 2021
Where: 11 Tung Hang Mei, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
How much: Prices range from $670 to $750 per day
Contact: 2988 5355, [email protected], www.arkedenonlantau.org

Read more: Where To Find Sports Classes For Kids In Hong Kong

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Cobo Academy

Cobo Academy is conducting small-group holiday camps at its Wan Chai headquarters and its newly-opened Whampoa branch. These 4-day camps include the Montessori-approved way to learn coding for the young ones and Python programming for the older ones. Seats are limited to four children per class, so book early!

Age: 4 to 16 years
When: Tuesday, 16 to Friday, 19 February 2021
Where: 6/F, Yam Tze Commercial Building, 23 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong;
6/F, Room 7, Harbourfront Landmark, 11 Wan Hoi Street, Whampoa, Hung Hom, Hong Kong
How much: Prices vary, starting at $2,960
Contact: 3905 1111, WhatsApp: 9816 3905[email protected]www.coboacademy.com

ESF Online Coding

ESF Language and Learning is offering a wide range of CNY coding classes this year. Primary school children (starting at 8 years) could build their own 2D Arcade Games while older kids could design their own digital characters. All classes are conducted online.

Age: 8 to 12+ years
When: Monday, 8 to Friday, 19 February 2021
Where: Online
How much: Prices vary, starting at $1,760
Contact: [email protected], www.esf.org.hk

First Code Academy

For your tech-savvy geniuses, First Code Academy has 4-day CNY camps for four age groups. Get your kids working on immersive projects like making mobile apps, 3D games and robotics, all while developing an experimental and entrepreneurial mindset.

Age: 5 to 12+ years
When: Monday, 8 to Friday, 19 February 2021
Where: Online
Contact: 2772 2108, [email protected], www.firstcodeacademy.com

Curiosity Kids

Bring the CNY camps to your own home with Curiosity Kids. Get together a group of four and the team will conduct a private class with fun science experiments at your house (or a private venue of your choice). Alternatively, you could also sign your kids up for a CNY camp at Kowloon.

Age: 5 to 8 years
When: Monday, 8 to Thursday, 11 February 2021
Where: 111A, West9Zone, 38 Cherry Tree Street, Tak Kok Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong or at a private venue
How much: Private class for 4 children: $850/hour, $1,200/90 minutes; CNY Camp: $350/session
Contact: [email protected], www.curiositykidshk.com

Read more: Science, Tech And Coding Classes For Kids In Hong Kong

Multi-Activity Camps

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YWCA Centre of Learning and Life Enhancement

From archery and martial arts to phonics and nature play classes (not to mention arts, crafts, STEAM and cooking options as well!), here’s one way to keep kids busy and engaged over the CNY break! YWCA specialises in offering well-rounded options for kids from 3 to 12 years old. You’re sure to find something your child will love.

Age: 3 to 12 years
When: Monday, 8 February to Friday, 19 February 2021
Where: 3/F, 1 MacDonnell Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Prices vary – see the full schedule for fees
Contact: 3476 1340, [email protected], clle.ywca.org.hk

ActiveKids

This CNY, your little ones can enjoy holiday workshops covering 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! All classes are available both in-person and online.

Age: 3 to 17 years
When: Monday, 8 to Saturday, 20 February 2021
Where: ActiveKids Learning Centre Hong Kong, Unit A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong and Online
How much: Prices vary, starting at $1,850 for a 3-day camp
Contact: 3480 4199, [email protected], www.activekidshk.com 

Read more: 50 Things To Do With Kids In Hong Kong

Our "featured" sticker indicates a paid partnership. Featured image courtesy of Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of Growing IQ, image 2 courtesy of Livin' Farms, image 3 courtesy of Faust via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of Julia M Cameron via Pexels, image 5 courtesy of Md Mahdi via Unsplash, image 6 courtesy of Getty Images, image 7 courtesy of arembowski via Pixabay.

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