Planning a staycation this Chinese New Year?
If you’ve decided to stay in Hong Kong over the holidays (after all, CNY comes right off the back of the Christmas break this year) and need some inspiration to keep the kids entertained, 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.
For your tech-savvy geniuses, sign them up for hands-on, engaging coding camps and classes this CNY with one of Asia’s leading institutes for kiddie coding courses, First Code Academy. With four age groups including Junior (4 to 5 years), Tinker (6 to 8 years), Explorer (9 to 11 years) and Creator (12 to 14+ years), your kids will have the chance to get hands-on in immersive projects like making mobile apps, 3D games like Minecraft & Roblox and robotics of various difficulties, all while developing an experimental and entrepreneurial mindset.
They also have First Code STEM Lab classes for kindergarteners (ages 3 to 5). These weekly classes with interactive hands-on projects help develop children’s problem-solving skills, which lays a solid foundation for future learning. STEM Lab reinforces basic concepts, strengthens the association of what they’ve learned with daily life scenarios and builds curiosity. With the early years being critical to rapid cognitive development, classes such as STEM Lab could help kids meet (or exceed) developmental milestones.
If you introduce a friend to First Code Academy they’ll get $380 towards their first enrolment, and you’ll get $380 in credit once they enrol (first time First Code Academy parents only).
Age: 4 to 14+ years
When: Wednesday, 29 January to Friday, 31 January, 2020
Where: Sheung Wan campus: 5/F, Gee Tuck Building, 16-20 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong;
Yau Ma Tei campus: Unit 404, 4/F, Kowloon Building, 555 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong;
Fortress Hill campus: Unit 11B, 11/F, KP Tower, 93-95 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong
Contact: Sheung Wan campus: 2772 2108, 2772 2101; Yau Ma Tei campus: 2772 2161, Fortress Hill campus: 2772 3077, [email protected], hk.firstcodeacademy.com
Creative & Language
Faust Theatre and Creative Writing
A family favourite for good reason, Faust has a great selection of holiday camps that run throughout the year. For CNY, Faust promises to turn your budding actors and writers into true superstars with its “Sky Full of Stars” programmes. Using a selection of well-loved stories, these theatre and writing camps may include titles such as How To Catch A Star, The Little Prince and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
Age: 4 to 13 years
When: Holiday Theatre: Wednesday, 29 January to Friday, 31 January 2020, 10am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 4:30pm;
Creative Writing: Wednesday, 29 January to Friday, 31 January 2020, 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm
Where: The Faust Studio, 5th Floor, Nan Dao Commercial Building, 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $1,610 for registration before Friday, 17 January, 2020; $1,790 afterwards
Contact: 2547 9114, [email protected], www.faustworld.com
Kids’ Gallery is here to keep that creativity flowing with classes for the little ones. Combining musical theatre with art, storytelling and communication, these camps are themed and given interesting names such as “Majestic Dragons”, “The Kung Fu Secret” and “Mickey’s Holiday Adventure” (a guaranteed hit in the year of the rat/mouse!). With six workshops to choose from (up to 2.5 hours per class), running over one or two days each and at three locations around Hong Kong, you’re sure to find one that works for you.
Age: 2.5 to 8 years
When: Wednesday, 22 January to Tuesday, 4 February 2020
Where: Kowloon Tong campus: Kids’ Gallery Kowloon Tong, 28 Cumberland Road Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong;
Causeway Bay campus: Kids’ Gallery Causeway Bay, 15A, Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong;
Shek Mun campus: 19/F, King Wing Plaza 1, 3 On Kwan Street, Shatin, Hong Kong
How much: From $690 for a one-off class
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, [email protected], www.kidsgallery.com
If you’re looking for something quite traditional, head over to Little Picasso for its 2020 Snip Snip Camp. Inspired by the Chinese traditional folk art of Chien Chih (paper cutting), this camp offers both simple and sophisticated paper-cutting techniques to celebrate the Year of the Rat.
Age: 3 years+
When: Wednesday, 29 January to Friday, 31 January 2020; 10am to 11:30am for 3 to 5-year-olds, 12:30pm to 2:30pm for children aged 6 and above
Where: Studio 6, 15/F, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: For 3 to 5-year-olds: 2-day camp – $900, 3-day camp – $1,200;
For 6 years and above: 2-day camp – $1,200, 3-day camp – $1,600
Contact: 5220 7720, [email protected], www.littlepicasso.hk
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. You can even choose whether to opt for a two-hour class or a three-hour one, depending on interest and availability. At Causeway Bay, these classes run for an extended period (except on public holidays, so call ahead to check) and at Discovery Bay, there are three-day CNY camps
Age: 4 to 16 years
When: Causeway Bay: Monday, 13 January to Friday, 28 February, 2020 (9:30am to 10:30am; 10:30am to 11:30am; 11:30am to 12:30pm);
Discovery Bay: Wednesday, 29 January to Friday, 31 January 2020 (2:30pm to 4:30pm)
Where: Causeway Bay: 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: Causeway Bay: $410 for two hours; $610 for three hours; Discovery Bay: $1,500 for three days
Contact: 6020 5476, [email protected], www.bananaartclub.com
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 rat-themed names for these unique Year of the Rat workshops. Enrol here. Classes are available at the head office in Central and at The Wave co-working space in Mong Kok.
Age: 4 to 13 years
When: Wednesday, 29 January to Friday, 31 January 2020
Where: Central: Unit 704, Lap Fai Building, 6-8 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong;
Mong Kok: The Wave, Level 25 Ginza Plaza 2A-2H, Sai Yeung Choi St South, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
How much: Prices vary, starting from $990 – check the full schedule and fees here
Contact: 3487 3153, www.elephantcommunitypress.com
Twinkle Dance Company
Have kids who love to dress up and dance? Twinkle Dance Company’s Craft and Onstage Make Up Workshop may be just the thing for them! Each two-hour workshop will begin with a one-hour craft-making workshop sponsored by Faber-Castell, followed by a one-hour onstage makeup and dance workshop sponsored by NYX Professional Makeup. These workshops are open to Twinkle Dance students, including those who aren’t performing in the Showcase Performance later this year.
Age: 3 to 7+ years
When: Friday, 24 and Wednesday, 29 January to Friday, 31 January 2020 – check full schedule here
Where: Central (Sugar Plum Studio): 403 Lansing House, 41-47 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong;
Causeway Bay: 9/F Capital Commercial Bld, 26 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong;
Wong Chuk Hang: Shop 311, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: $580 (discounted rate for Showcase performers), $700 (regular rate)
Contact: Central: 6608 6929, Causeway Bay: 6608 1699, Wong Chuk Hang: 6608 1928, www.twinkledance.com
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Sports & Adventure
Hong Kong Forest Adventures
Hong Kong Forest Adventures is offering three types of camps for your children – Junior camp for the littlest ones (2 to 4-year-olds), Forest camps (3 to 8-year-olds) and HANDS camps (5 to 8-year-olds). At the Junior camp, your babies will be doing everything from making mud pies to cooking on a campfire (and you can accompany them)! The Forest Camps involve climbing trees, making crafts, cooking on open fires and lots of play. The HANDS camp for older kids will teach children new skills as they build their own go-karts and race them to determine which animal from the Chinese zodiac is the winner!
Age: 2 to 8 years
When: Junior Camp: Thursday, 30 January to Friday, 31 January, 2020, 10am to 1pm;
Forest Camp: Tuesday, 28 January to Wednesday, 29 January, 2020, 10am to 4pm, Thursday, 30 January to Saturday, 1 February, 2020, 10am to 4pm
HANDS camp: Tuesday, 28 January to Wednesday, 29 January, 2020, 10am to 3pm
Where: 12D Tai Shui Hang North Road, Tai Shui Hang, Hong Kong
How much: Junior Camp: $1,600; Forest Camp: $1,600 (2-day camp), $2,400 (3-day camp); HANDS Camp: $1,700
Contact: 5238 2377, [email protected], www.hongkongforestadventures.com
The Backyard Gang
The holidays are the perfect time for your little explorers to get out and about on fun and exciting adventures. The Backyard Gang’s promise to all parents is that they can expect tired, but happy kids at the end of each day of these 3-day camps! The Explorers Camps are for 3 to 4-year-olds and require an accompanying caregiver. The Backyard Gang Camps are for 5 to 9-year-olds. In every Explorer camp, you can expect construction, messy, sensory and wet play, while in every Backyard Gang camp, there’s a beach, hike and stream day, along with a fire session.
Age: 3 to 9 (Children under 4 must be accompanied by a caregiver)
When: Explorer camps: Wednesday, 29 to Friday, 31 January, 2020, 9:45am to 11:45am (AM session), 2:45pm to 4:45pm (PM session);
Backyard Gang Camps: Wednesday, 29 to Friday, 31 January, 2020, 9:30am to 12pm (AM session), 2:30pm to 5pm (PM session)
Where: Pick-up and drop-off points will vary across Hong Kong island depending on the plan for the day
How much: Explorers camps: $1,200 (3-day camp); Backyard Gang camps: $1,500 (3-day camp)
Contact: [email protected], www.thebackyardgang.com
Have a sporty kid you need to keep entertained? Minisport is offering active camps for kids aged 1.5 to 9 years this holiday across various locations. There are even Playgroup glasses for the littlest ones as young as 1.5 years. The CNY camps (2.5-year-olds and above) include different sports and Chinese New Year-themed games treasure hunts. Your children are bound to be kept entertained and happy! There are also discounts for booking as a group (children don’t need to be siblings).
Age: 1.5 to 9 years
When: Wednesday, 29 January, 2019 to Friday, 31 January, 2020, various times
Where: Multiple locations – Causeway Bay, Repulse Bay, Pok Fu Lam and Sai Ying Pun – check here for details
How much: Playgroup Camp starts at $750, CNY Camp starts at $900 and upwards, depending on location
Contact: 6183 7084, www.sportsclassesforkidshk.com
Active Kids Sports Club
The Centre for Sports and Exercise at HKU runs an Active Kids Sports Club through the year and on public holidays. There’s a slimmer choice this year for the short CNY break, with only football being offered for different age groups – Tiny Tots (for your littlest ones) and Asia Pacific Soccer Schools and Brazilian Football Academy for those from 5 to 14 years.
Age: 1.5 to 14 years
When: Wednesday, 29 January, 2019 to Friday, 31 January, 2020, various times
Where: HKU Stanley Ho Sports Centre Complex, 10 Sha Wan Drive, Sandy Bay, Hong Kong,
How much: Prices vary, starting at $220 for a single session
Contact: 2872 1205, [email protected], www.online.ihp.hku.hk
Always fun for the children, this popular rugby class is back for the CNY holidays with camps at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park in Sai Ying Pun. Expect games such as Mr Spaghetti, Sleeping Monster and Hot Potato to get your children familiar with the kicking, running and try-scoring skills needed for this team sport.
Age: 2 to 5 years
When: Wednesday, 29 January, 2019 to Friday, 31 January, 2020, 9am to 10am (2 to 3.5-year-olds), 10am to 11am (3.5 to 5-year-olds)
Where: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, 16 Eastern Street North, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
How much: $500 for 3 days, $200 for a drop-in session
Contact: 5307 6677, [email protected], www.rugbytots.hk
S.T.E.A.M & Computers
Just as it did for Christmas last year, Cobo Academy is conducting a series of holiday camps that merge seamlessly with its regular courses. It’s a great way to see if your young tech enthusiast has the desire to learn about coding, robotics, AI, VR and more. He or she can join any of the 2, 3, or 4-day camps. Seats are limited, so book early!
Age: 4 to 16 years
When: Check the website for details
Where: 6/F, Yam Tze Commercial Building, 23 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Prices vary
Contact: 3905 1111, WhatsApp: 9816 3905, [email protected], www.coboacademy.com
Feed your little ones’ curiosity this year with Curiosity Kids’ Science Camp. At the Kennedy Town class, your children will be immersed in slime-making, tie and dye, an ocean lava lamp and other exciting projects. At the Hung Hom class, they will be hooked onto the world of magnets, colours and space exploration.
Age: 4 to 8 years
When: Wednesday, 29 January to Friday, 31 January, 2020, 10:15am to 11:45am
Where: Kennedy Town: FunZone, 1/F Westwood Mall, Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong;
Hung Hom: Wow Factor HK, 7/F Heng Ngai Jewellery Centre, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Kennedy Town: $450 per day (includes FunZone admission for the day); Hung Hom: $400 per day (10% discount for Early Bird registrations before Wednesday, 15 January, 2020)
Contact: [email protected], www.curiositykidshk.com
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YWCA Centre of Learning and Life Enhancement
From fencing and gymnastics, to trampoline and tennis classes (with arts, crafts and cooking options as well!), here’s one way to keep kids busy and engaged! YWCA specialises in offering well-rounded options for kids from 3 to 12 years old and it’s got a plethora of options over the CNY break. You’re sure to find something your child will love.
Age: 3 to 12 years
When: Wednesday, 22 January to Tuesday, 4 February, 2020
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
Bebegarten’s Chinese New Year Curiosity Camp promises to be full of fun, exploration and discovery. Over three days, there will be cooking, STEM and performing arts workshops, conducted in immersive English for 3 to 6-year-olds.
Age: 3 to 6 years
When: Wednesday, 29 January to Friday, 31 January, 2020; 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm
Where: Unit 301-305, Level 3, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: $3,200
Contact: 3487 2255, [email protected], www.bebegarten.com
This CNY, your little ones can enjoy workshops that run from two to three days 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!
Age: 3 to 17 years
When: Monday, 20 January to Saturday, 1 February 2020
Where: ActiveKids Learning Centre Hong Kong, Unit A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
How much: Prices vary, starting at $1,250 for a 2-day camp
Contact: 3480 4199, [email protected], www.activekidshk.com
Featured image courtesy of Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of First Code Academy, image 2 courtesy of jezreelfaith via Pixabay, image 3 courtesy of EvgeniT via Pixabay, image 4 courtesy of Elephant Community Press, image 5 courtesy of HK Forest Adventures via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of Anita Balagopalan, image 7 courtesy of Getty Images, image 8 courtesy of arembowski via Pixabay.