‘Tis the season for a jolly good time!
If you’re staying in Hong Kong with your family for this winter, keep the kids happy and engaged with our roundup of educational and fun-filled holiday camps! You can rest assured that they’ll be in good hands learning from teachers, coaches and experts, all while making new friends this festive break. Read on to discover all the programmes and special perks for Sassy Mama readers. From basketball training camps to forest adventures, we promise there’s something for everyone!
You know you can always rely on family members’ club, Maggie & Rose, to have fun and creative Christmas activities planned for your kids! During this season of giving, you don’t even need to be a member to avail of what’s on offer at both its Repulse Bay Beach Club or its Causeway Bay City Club. In true Maggie & Rose style, there will be plenty of seasonal-themed activities that include arts & crafts, cooking, and music. Your children will be building a snowman, cooking up Christmas treats (and having a bake-off!), making Christmas tree decorations and rocking out to carols and jingle bells. All Maggie & Rose Christmas activities and materials are provided by their family members’ club in London and are based on the learning-through-play concept.
The three-hour camps are for 4 to 8-year-olds, and there are classes in the City Club for kids as young as six months if they are accompanied by an adult. Repulse Bay classes are for members only and their guests, while Causeway Bay is open to members and non-members. Just note that non-members are unable to use member club facilities unless as guests of a member who must also be present at the time.
Sassy Mama readers who sign up and pay before, or by, Sunday, 15 December for any Christmas Camp at either club will enjoy one complimentary coffee and pastry (valued at $90) to be consumed on the day of the booked class. Please mention “M&R x Sassy X’mas” during enrolment. T&C apply.
Age: 4 to 8
When: Monday, 16 December 2019 to Friday, 3 January 2020
Where: 301 The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong; 308 & 311 Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $600 (member), $850 (non-member) per camp. Prices include meals and snack. Early bird offers now on at both clubs till Sunday, 15 December, 2019
Contact: Beach Club: 2638 7191, City Club: 2337 7571, [email protected], www.maggieandrose.com.hk
This Christmas, why not give your little learner a programming headstart? First Code Academy teaches programming to kids through a variety of courses that suit students of different experience and skill levels. It encourages each student to create something of their own interest with a project-based approach.
First Code Academy has Christmas Camps running for children from 4 to 14 years old. There are flagship courses on mobile app development (both Android & iOS) that will teach beginner block-based coding to advanced syntax-based usage. It also has a Build & Code combo with the use of Lego Mindstorms EV3 where kids build things that they find meaningful and code them to life! Last but not least, it also offers popular gamer series camps. Two levels of camps with progression are offered on 3D Minecraft & Roblox, helping your kids become coding ninjas! For the juniors, the Christmas coding camps are mostly screenless and teach fundamental computer science concepts like loop and function via fun toolsets. There is also a new First Code STEM Lab for Kindergarteners – for ages 3 to 5 which will widen your kids’ exposure on crucial STEM topics with hands-on projects!
Sassy Mama tip: Book before Monday, 25 November to take advantage of the early bird offer. There are also bundle discounts for those who book multiple camps and best rates for booking the STEM lab for three months or more.
You can enrol your child in a coding workshop (available throughout November and December) to check his or her interest and skill before deciding on the right Christmas camp. While the regular price is $250/ workshop, it’s FREE for Sassy Mama readers. Register here to book your free workshop now.
Age: 4 to 14
When: Tuesday, 17 December 2019 to Friday, 3 January 2020
Where: Classes available at three locations in Sheung Wan, Yau Ma Tei and Fortress Hill
How much: Prices vary
Contact: 2772 2108, [email protected], www.hk.firstcodeacademy.com
Enrol your little dramatist or playwright in one of Faust’s Winter programmes and help them hone their love for the theatre! Faust’s fun and challenging workshops are well-known and well-loved and have been enriching the creative world of students since 1999. So what’s on offer this year? Winter Holiday Theatre, for children aged 4 to 12, is where they get to learn and practice wonderful drama skills through winter-themed stories. You will get to see their histrionic abilities for yourself at an open session at the end of the week. If your child is better with the pen, enrol him or her in the Creative Writing workshop where kids (ages 6 to 13) are encouraged to express their own ideas and stories, while learning different writing techniques. At the end of the week, children will build up their portfolio of written work to share with parents. Early bird registrations (10% off) are on till Monday, 18 November 2019.
For busy Sassy Mama readers, if you miss the 18 November deadline for early bird registrations, simply quote “SassyMama” to receive a 10% discount! This cannot be combined with the 10% sibling discount.
Age: 4 to 13
When: Winter Holiday Theatre – Tuesday, 17 to Friday, 20 December, 2019 and Monday, 30 December, 2019 to Friday, 3 January 2020 (no class on Wednesday, 1 January, 2020). Two 2.5 hour batches (AM & PM sessions) available per 4-day programme
Winter Creative Writing – Tuesday, 17 to Friday, 20 December, 2019 and Monday, 30 December, 2019 to Friday, 3 January 2020 (no class on Wednesday, 1 January, 2020). Two 2-hour batches (AM & PM sessions) available per 4-day programme
Where: 5/F, Nan Dao Commercial Building, 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $2,160 before Monday, 18 November, 2019, $2,400 afterwards per 4-day programme
Contact: 2547 9114, [email protected], www.faustworld.com
A Sassy Mama favourite to get your kids moving and grooving, singing and ringing, Baumhaus is offering Babies Holiday Camp and Big Kids Holiday Camp at its Wan Chai campuses this year. There are Kindermusik classes for the babies (aged 0 to 3 years) and Baumhaus Stage, Baumhaus Voice and Baumhaus Move classes for the 4 to 8-year-olds to encourage performing arts, singing and dancing. The holiday camps are early on in December, so you might be able to make them even before you leave on your holidays!
Age: 0 to 8
When: Monday, 16 to Sunday, 22 December 2019
Where: 1/F, Kar Yau Building, 36-44 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (Babies Holiday Camp);
15/F Tesbury Centre, 24–32 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (Babies & Big Kids Holiday Camp)
How much: $300/class (for one or two classes), $285/class (for three classes or more), includes free playroom access
Contact: 2321 5898, contact here, www.baumhaus.com.hk
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
When: Monday, 18 November 2019 to Thursday, 23 January 2020 (Causeway Bay), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 to Thursday, 2 January 2020 (Discovery College)
Where: Flat 49, 14/F, Eton Tower, 8 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; 38 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
How much: $410/2-hourclass (Causeway Bay), $500/2-hour class (Discovery Bay)
Contact: [email protected], www.bananaartclub.com
From December right until the end of January 2020, Central Dance is offering Hip Hop, K-Pop and Jazz for kids from 2 to 16 years. The one-week classes are structured to fit in with different schools’ schedules.
Age: 2 to 16
When: Monday, 2 December 2019 to Friday, 31 January 2020
Where: 12-13 Jubilee Street, 15/F Man On Commercial Building, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $325/class
Contact: 9202 8831, www.centraldancehongkong.com
Sports & Adventure
Perfect for sporty kids of all ages, Minisport is offering active camps for kids aged 2.5 to 9 years this Christmas across various locations. Plus, there are even Playgroup classes for your littlest (1.5 to 2.5 years) at Victoria Park, Tseung Kwan O and Sai Ying Pun. The camps include basketball, football, tennis, athletics, rugby and Christmas-themed games. At some of the locations, there is also a beach day included in each camp. Super Earlybird discounts are available until Friday, 22 November. There are also discounts for booking as a group (children don’t need to be siblings).
Age: 1.5 to 9
When: Monday, 16 December, 2019 to Friday, 3 January, 2020, various times
Where: Multiple locations
How much: From $1,500
Contact: 6183 7084, www.sportsclassesforkidshk.com
Trying to get your kid moving this Christmas? Choose from the ESF Multi-Sports Camp to the Tennis, Fencing, Football, Swimming and Gymnastics Clinics that run at various ESF schools from Tuesday, 17 December to Friday, 20 December, 2019.
Age: 2 to 11
When: Tuesday, 17 to Friday, 20 December 2019
Where: Multiple locations available
How much: Prices vary depending on the participant’s age and sport selected – from $1,000
Contact: 2711 1280, [email protected], www.esf.org.hk
This popular sports club at Stanley Ho Sports Centre is offering multiple sports classes in football, tennis and climbing. As always, admission is fairly flexible and you could opt for daily classes as and when your children have a free day or opt for a week’s worth of classes. Tiny Tots Soccer and Kinder Kicks cater to the younger ones (2 to 4-year olds) while the other classes are suitable for those up to 14 years.
Age: 2 to 14
When: Monday, 16 December 2019 to Friday, 3 January 2020
Where: Henry Fok Health and Fitness Complex, Stanley Ho Sports Centre, 10 Sha Wan Drive, Sandy Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Prices vary
Contact: 2872 1204, 2872 1205, [email protected], www.online.ihp.hku.hk
Hosted by GMF Sports Academy, NIKE Basketball Camp offers professional basketball coaching by local, certified mentors and overseas basketball players. During the camp, the academy director and coaching teams will closely monitor your kid’s learning. This means a flexible learning plan will be made according to your child’s skill level and progress. To keep good teacher-class ratios, spaces are limited. Camps are being conducted at four locations this year, including Nord Anglia International School, South China Athletic Association, the Chinese YMCA and Yew Chung International School. Details here and here.
Age: 5 to 16
When: Sunday, 22 December 2019 to Saturday, 4 January 2020
Where: Multiple locations
How much: Prices vary depending on the class type. From $1,890 – prices include Nike Sports Camp training tee and cooling towel, certificate and basketball
Contact: Message here (for registration at Nord Anglia International School); 2577 5367 (for registration at SCAA); 2783 3611 (Chinese YMCA); 2337 0369 (Yew Chung International School), General enquiries – 3996 8912, www.gmfsports.com.hk
This martial arts and wellness studio in Central is hosting two sets of 4-day, 12-hour Christmas camps for kids. The camps will focus on Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and yoga. Each 4-day camp is limited to 15 children. Starting January 2020, the studio will also launch regular Saturday classes for children.
Age: 7 to 11
When: Week 1 Camp: Monday, 23 to Saturday, 28 December 2019 (no class on Wednesday, 25 and Thursday, 26 December), 9am to 12pm; Week 2 Camp: Monday, 30 December 2019 to Friday, 3 January 2020 (no class on Wednesday, 1 January), 9am to 12pm
Where: 19/F, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Each four-day camp is priced at $2,400. Early bird prices before Saturday, 30 November 2019 is $1,800
Contact: 6600 1116, [email protected], www.bewater-hk.com
Want your kids to get out and about and discover their own backyards? That’s exactly what The Backyard Gang promises to do. 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. These camps run for two to three days in different locations. Each day is planned to include loads of activities, games and socialising. In every camp, a beach session, an active session and an adventure or two are included. Expect tired, but happy kids at the end of the day!
Age: 3 to 9 (Children under 4 must be accompanied by a caregiver)
When: 3-day Christmas camps: Monday, 16 to Wednesday, 18 December, 2019 and 2-day New Year camps: Thursday, 2 to Friday, 3 January, 2020. Explorers Camps – 9:45am to 11:45am (AM sessions), 2:45pm to 4:45pm (PM sessions). Backyard Gang Camps – 9:30am to 12pm (AM sessions – currently full), 2:30pm to 5pm (PM sessions)
Where: Pick-up and drop-off points will vary along Hong Kong island depending on the plan for the day
How much: Explorers camps: $1,200 (3-day camp), $800 (2-day camp), Backyard Gang camps: $1,500 (3-day camp), $1,000 (2-day camp)
Contact: [email protected], www.thebackyardgang.com
Split into pre-Christmas and post-Christmas camps, HK Forest Adventures is offering a set of four 3-day camps. Winter in the forest can be a magical time and the camps promise to have your little ones discovering Nature’s treasures from the tiniest ant to the tallest trees and everything in between. There will also be cooking over an open fire, tree-climbing and simple games with sticks and stones. Sounds like something your kid will enjoy? Sign them up!
Age: 3 to 8 (Children under 4 must be accompanied by a caregiver)
When: 10am to 4pm; Pre-Christmas camps – Monday, 16 to Wednesday, 18 December, 2019 and Thursday, 19 to Saturday, 21 December, 2019; Post-Christmas camps – Friday, 27 to Saturday, 28 December, 2019 and Monday, 30 to Tuesday, 31 December, 2019
Where: 12D Tai Shui Hang North Road, Tai Shui Hang, Hong Kong
How much: $2,400 – Pre-Christmas camps, $1,600 – Post-Christmas camps
Contact: 5238 2377, [email protected], www.hongkongforestadventures.com
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. But seats are limited, so book early!
Age: 4 to 16
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
This Chinese language-only day camp is perfect for slightly older children who care for the environment. This camp focuses on pollution problems caused by petrochemical energy and renewable energy possibilities. To sign up, download the registration form from the official website and send the completed form to the Hong Kong Science Museum.
Age: 10 to 12
When: Monday, 30 and Tuesday, 31 December 2019
Where: Hong Kong Science Museum Laboratory
How much: $168 (Student discount)
Contact: 2732 3249, hk.science.museum
Have a child obsessed with the mysteries of the universe? Sign him or her up for one of these camps that include overnight camping. The website may be a bit difficult to navigate, so your best bet is to call them up directly. You might even be interested in the Christmas Family Camp!
Age: 6 to 13, Family Camp for families with children aged 3 to 6 years
When: Monday, 23 to Tuesday, 31 December 2019
Where: Solar Tower, 14 Tai Yuk Road, Ma Wan, Hong Kong
How much: Prices start at $1,200
Contact: 8201 1122, www.solartower.com.hk
Language & Learning
The British Council will have your child writing the perfect letter to Santa (for next year, since classes are after Christmas this year!). With activities customised to students at different levels, the British Council offers a series of fun and practical workshops to improve your child’s English. From the Gingerbread Man’s Adventures to building their language ability with LEGO bricks, your little elf will definitely find something interesting from its wide range of learning activities. In order to develop their interest in the English language, kindergarten and primary level students will participate in many interactive activities, while secondary-level students will focus on developing their writing skills.
Age: 3 – 16
When: Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Monday, 30 December 2019, various times
Where: British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
How much: Fees vary, starting at $1,980. Early bird discount of 10% if you register on or before Sunday, 8 December.
Contact: 2913 5100, www.britishcouncil.hk
Got a young novelist on your hands? Look at one of the many Christmas writing workshops being offered by Elephant Community Press. Super Early Bird discounts are on until Friday, 15 November and Early Bird discounts continue until the end of November. The workshops are age-appropriate and have rather charming Christmassy names. Enrol here.
Age: 4 to 13
When: Monday, 16 December 2019 to Friday, 3 January 2020
Where: Unit 704, Lap Fai Building, 6-8 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Prices vary. Starts at $660 for a 2-day workshop. Super Early Bird, Early Bird, Multiple Workshops and Bring-a-Friend discounts available
Contact: 3487 3153, www.elephantcommunitypress.com
Designed for children learning Mandarin as a second language, Mandarin for Munchkins (by Yi Fan Mandarin Ltd.) Christmas Camp is perfect for brushing up that “xīn nián kuài lè” for the New Year! The camp offers a relaxed and fun environment to learn Mandarin through arts and craft, music, stories, cooking, games and science, and if the weather permits, outdoor activities.
Age: 3 to 14
When: Week 1 – Monday, 16 to Friday, 20 December, 2019 and Week 2 – Monday, 30 December, 2019 to Friday, 3 January, 2020
Where: Unit A, 14/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 75-77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong; Unit 08, G/F, Office Block 1, North Plaza, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $1,494/3 days (minimum of three days enrolment required), 8% discount for five-day enrolment for Morning camps at Central and Discovery Bay (classes for 3 to 7-year-olds); $1,200/3 days for Afternoon camps at Central (classes for 8 to 14-year-olds)
Contact: 2486 9012, [email protected], www.mandarinformunchkins.com
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Not sure what type of camp your kid will love? Check out ActiveKids. It has something for everyone with its Science Adventures, RoboCode, Stormy Chefs, Art Crafts, Mission Runway and The Chess Academy programmes.
Age: 3 to 17
When: Monday, 16 December 2019 to Saturday, 4 January 2020
Where: Unit A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
How much: Prices vary. Starts at $1,250
Contact: 3480 4199/ 9178 7376, [email protected], www.activekidshk.com
Woodlands is offering Christmas camps at three of its locations – Mid-Levels, Repulse Bay and Sai Kung. The 2-day, 3-day and 7-day camps include storytelling, cooking, science experiments, crafts and more.
Age: 2 years 8 months to 6 years (must be toilet-trained)
When: Monday, 23 December 2019 to Friday, 3 January 2020, 9am to 12pm
Where: Woodland Montessori Academy (Caine Road), Woodland Beachside (Repulse Bay), Woodland Sai Kung
How much: $1,600 for 2-day camp, $2,250 for 3-day camp, $5,040 for 7-day camp
From Chinese calligraphy to basketball classes, the YWCA is great for children looking for a wide selection of courses. While some classes do have specific language requirements and age restrictions, the YWCA is offering over 100 classes this Christmas, so there’s definitely something for everyone!
Age: 2 to 12
When: Monday, 16 to Tuesday, 31 December 2019
Where: 3/F, 1 MacDonnell Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Prices vary, click here for more details
Contact: 3476 1340, [email protected], clle.ywca.org.hk
Featured image courtesy of Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of Maggie & Rose, image 2 courtesy of First Code Academy, image 3 courtesy of Faust International Youth Theatre, image 4 courtesy of Baumhaus via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Lukas via Pexels, image 6 courtesy of The Backyard Gang, image 7 courtesy of Cobo Academy, image 8 courtesy of British Council, image 9 courtesy of ActiveKids.