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Winter Camps 2020: How To Keep Your Kids Busy This Christmas

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‘Tis the season for a jolly good time!

This year has been an unusual year and many families are choosing to stay on here over the Christmas break, rather than navigate quarantine rules in different countries. If you are here over the winter break, no doubt you will need ideas to keep the kids busy (and not too glum about missing out on their annual holiday). Fret not! With our roundup of educational and fun-filled holiday camps, you can rest assured that they’ll be happy and engaged, 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!

Multi-activity
Creative And Performing Arts
Outdoor Adventure And Sports
Science And Technology
Language And Learning

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. 

Read more: Hong Kong Charities To Support This Christmas And Holiday Season

Multi-Activity Winter Camps

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Woodland Pre-Schools

Wondering how to keep up with your little bundles of joy (read: energy) this Christmas break? Sign them up for the Woodland Winter Wonderland camp. These dynamic multi-activity programmes cater to children aged 2 years 8 months to 6 years. Woodland has tied up with the best kids’ class providers for the camps, such as Major League Football Academy, Kindermusik, Rugbytots, Top Flight Basketball Academy, Faust, The little gym and Little Movers. You can sign up for one week (or two) of action-packed fun and learning before Wednesday, 9 December 2020.

Camps are being conducted at three of the eight Woodland campuses across the city. While the camp is available for both Woodland students and non-students, there is 15% off those who are already attending a  Woodland class. What’s more, the Winter Camp is a great way for your little ones (and you!) to see how much they love the activities and environment – in which case, you might want to consider enrolling them regularly. Winter Camp children will receive registration fee credit if they enrol in December 2020 to join their term-time programme in January 2021.

Age: 2 years 8 months to 6 years
When: Week 1: Monday, 21 to Thursday, 24 December 2020; Week 2: Monday, 28 to Thursday, 31 December 2020
Where: Woodland Montessori Academy (Caine Road), Woodland Beachside (Repulse Bay), Woodland Sai Kung
How much: $2,000
Contact: [email protected], www.woodlandschools.com

YWCA Centre of Learning and Life Enhancement

With classes ranging from Chinese calligraphy to Tae kwon do, comic illustration to gymnastics, the YWCA Christmas camps are great for children looking for a wide selection. While some classes do have specific language requirements and age restrictions, the YWCA is offering close to a 100 classes this Christmas, so there’s definitely something for everyone! We’re looking forward to the nature play activities this year and accompanying our little ones to the Botanical and Zoological Gardens.

Age: 2 to 17 years
When: Monday, 14 to Thursday, 31 December 2020
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

ActiveKids

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! This year, it is also offering an online tie-up with Ivy Camps USA for kids who are interested in entrepreneurship and video production. 

Age: 3 to 17 years
When:  Monday, 14 December 2020 to Saturday, 9 January 2021
Where: Unit A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
How much: Prices vary. Starts at $1,850
Contact: 3480 4199, 9178 7376, [email protected], www.activekidshk.com

Read more: Extracurricular Activities And Classes In Hong Kong: From Toddlers To Teens

Creative And Performing Arts Workshops

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Faust International Youth Theatre

For 21 years, Faust has introduced young people in Hong Kong to the wonderful world of theatre, performing arts and creativity with much-loved after-school and holiday camps. So what’s on offer this year? There are five exciting courses (old favourites Holiday Theatre, Creative Writing and Play In A Day along with new offerings Musical Theatre and Dramatic Arts & Crafts) available for children aged 3 through to 15 years, spread over three weeks in four different locations.

The ever-popular Holiday Theatre programme is where kids get to learn and practise their acting skills through Winter-themed stories, while the Creative Writing programme is for budding playwrights. At the end of the week, children will build up their portfolio of written work to share with parents. Kids who enrol for the Play in a Day workshop will experience bringing a theatre performance to life over the course of a day. Musical Theatre is a new offering for children who love singing, dancing and acting. Dramatic Arts & Crafts are for those who would like to combine theatre with art (and may find a future in set design!). Since many children do more than one week of programmes, Faust makes sure that new content is available every week. Register by Friday, 27 November 2020 for a 10% discount. 

Sassy Mama Perk

Busy mums, this one’s for you! If you miss the deadline for early bird registrations, simply quote “SassyMama” to receive a 10% discount. This cannot be combined with the early bird or multiple sibling/programme discounts.

Age: 3 to 15 years
When: Monday, 14 to Friday, 8 January 2021
Where: Faust Studio, Sheung Wan (Holiday Theatre, Creative Writing, Musical Theatre, Dramatic Arts & Crafts, Play in a Day), KGV School, Ho Man Tin (Holiday Theatre), Island School, Tai Wai (Holiday Theatre, Creative Writing), Sai Wan Ho (Holiday Theatre)
How much: $1,190 to $2,980
Contact: Book here. 2547 9114, [email protected], www.faustworld.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. They are also conducting online classes if you are not comfortable sending the kids in just as yet.

Age: 4 to 16 years
When: Monday, 16 November 2020 to Friday, 29 January 2021 
Where: Flat 49, 14/F, Eton Tower, 8 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $480/2-hour class, $610/3-hour class
Contact: [email protected], www.bananaartclub.com

Central Dance

From December right until the first week of February next year, Central Dance is offering Hip Hop, K-Pop and Jazz dance camps for kids from 3 to 18 years. The one-week classes are structured to fit in with different schools’ schedules so find the slot that best suits your kids.

Age: 3 to 18 years
When: Monday, 7 December 2020 to Friday, 5 February 2021
Where: 12-13 Jubilee Street, 15/F Man On Commercial Building, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $3,250/week (age 3 to 6), $3,650/week (age 7 to 10), $3,650/week (age 11 to 18)
Contact: WhatsApp: 9202 8831, www.centraldancehongkong.com

Move For Life

Move For Life offers camps throughout the year. These are centred on a philosophy of fun and individual development. Move For Life is offering dance camps for close to three weeks and you can buy a package of five classes to be used anytime during this period. The Little Movers camps are for the youngest ones (2 to 5 years), while Dance Monkeys are for primary school-aged children (6 to 12 years). Move For Life also offers Koala Bop classes for kids with special needs. These include a mix of dance, arts and crafts, sensory play, story time and games.

Age: 2 to 12 years
When: Week 1: Monday, 14 to Friday, 18 December 2020; Week 2: Monday, 21 to Thursday, 24 December 2020; Week 3: Monday, 28 to Thursday, 31 December 2020
Where: West Island School, 250 Victoria Road, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong (Little Movers & Dance Monkeys),
Jockey Club Sarah Roe School, 2B Tin Kwong Road, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong (Koala Bop)
How much: from $2,000 to $3,700 depending on week/package bought. Early bird prices available if booked before Monday, 23 November 2020.
Contact: WhatsApp: 5577 8047 (10am to 2pm), [email protected], www.moveforlife.asia

Other creative and performing arts winter workshops this year:

Colour My World
Kids’ Gallery

Read more: Hong Kong-Themed Christmas Decorations For You To Print And Colour In

Outdoor Adventure And Sports Winter Camps

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Learn With Dragonfly

The Hong Kong winter is the best time to get the kids outdoors. Why not use the opportunity to also help them hone skills that they will need in the future? Dragonfly is conducting 2-day and 3-day camps in December which integrate leadership, emotional intelligence (EQ) and soft skills education into an outdoor learning programme.

In this Winter Leadership Camp, participants can choose from over 10 types of outdoor education activities. These land-based activities are set in beautiful Sai Kung and each one focuses on a particular set of leadership skills, ranging from resilience to problem-solving. Expect your tweens and teens to return home more confident, mature and capable of tackling the challenges that lie ahead in the new year.

Sassy Mama PerkSassy Mama readers can avail of a 5% discount with the code SMA1225.

Age: 7 to 10 years and 11 to 13 years
When: Monday, 14 to Wednesday, 30 December 2020 (all weekdays except Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and public holidays)
Where: Sai Kung
How much: $2,320 for the 2-day camp, $3,420 for the 3-day camp (7 to 10 years); $2,550 for the 2-day camp, $3,650 for the 3-day camp (11 to 13 years)
Contact: For 7 to 10-year-olds, book here. For 11 to 13-year-olds, book here. 2111 8917, [email protected], www.learnwithdragonfly.com

Ark Eden

For close to 12 years, Ark Eden has been offering very popular holiday 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 during the course of their outdoor adventure. Most are day-camps offered on weekdays, though there are also a few options for overnight camps where children pitch and sleep in tents.

Age: 5 to 11 years
When: Monday, 14 to Friday, 8 January 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

Treasure Island Group

Your water babies will love the Treasure Island Group’s popular Winter Adventure Camps Programme! A mix of day and overnight camp, this one is for the slightly older, independent and confident child (5 to 16 years). The kids get to develop outdoor leadership skills while having a whale of a time! There are different outdoor activities every day, including a beach cleanup and gorging and an overnight camping experience (usually from Thursday to Friday). Lunch and snacks are included daily.

Sassy Mama tip: This isn’t one for the faint-hearted (kids and mamas!). While Treasure Island Group has an excellent safety record, your little campers must be capable and confident swimmers with good overall fitness and stamina.

Age: 5 to 16 years
When: Week 1: Monday, 7 to Friday, 11 December 2020; Week 2: Monday, 14 to Friday, 18 December 2020
Where: Treasure Island, Pui O Beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
How much: $980/day, $4,480/week
Contact: 5236 7016, [email protected], www.treasureislandhk.com

HK Forest Adventures

Hong Kong Forest Adventures is offering a wide range of winter camps this year, targeting different age groups. The Junior Camp targets the littlest ones (2 to 4 years) while the Science Camp, Hands Camp, Wild @ Heart Camp and One Day Camp are all for 4 to 8-year-olds. If your younger one wants to tag along with his or her older sibling, sign them up for the ever-popular Forest Camp (3 to 8 years) that will have them practising bushcraft skills, climbing trees and inventing their own games with sticks and stones. Sounds like something your kid will enjoy? Sign them up soon as slots fill up quickly!

Age: 2 to 8 years (Children under 4 must be accompanied by a caregiver)
When: Tuesday, 15 to Thursday, 31 December 2020; All camps run from 10am to 3pm, except the Junior Camp which is 10am to 1pm (different activities and camps offered on different days, so check the schedule here)
Where: 12D Tai Shui Hang North Road, Tai Shui Hang, Hong Kong
How much: From $850 to $3,600 (depending on the class and how many days)
Contact: 5238 2377, [email protected]www.hongkongforestadventures.com

Watch out for winter camps coming up later in the year, from:

The Backyard Gang
Kembali

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Minisport

No one knows how to keep the kids occupied and burning off steam like the team at Minisport! Their camps are jam-packed with activities and a great way to introduce young kids to multiple sports. These are spread out across the city, so take a look at their schedule to find and book a spot that’s convenient to you. Minisport even offers classes for toddlers who have just started walking or running. Playgroup camps (for 1.5 to 2.5 years) require the little ones to be assisted by an adult guardian.

Age: 1.5 to 8 years
When: Monday, 14 December 2020 to Friday, 8 January 2021, (book by week)
Where: Multiple locations (Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Park, West Island School, Victoria Park, West Kowloon Nursery Park, Tseung Kwan O Velodrome Park, Repulse Bay Beach)
How much: From $1,125 to $1,875 per week (depending on the week booked). 10% early bird discount for bookings before Monday, 30 November 2020 at 4pm
Contact: 6183 7084, [email protected], www.sportsclassesforkidshk.com

ESF Sports

With ESF’s holiday programmes, the fun doesn’t stop just because school is on a Christmas break! At the ESF Winter Sports Camps and Clinics this year, you can expect multi-sport, dance, swimming, tennis, fencing, football, gymnastics and basketball classes. These are available at a range of ESF schools and are open to ESF and non-ESF students, so look at the options available at a location closest to you.

Age: 3 to 15 (depending on the sport)
When: Tuesday, 14 December 2020 to Thursday, 31 December 2020 (book by week)
Where: Multiple locations available
How much: Prices vary depending on the participant’s age and sport selected, ranges from $1,000  to $3,750
Contact: 2711 1280, [email protected], www.esf.org.hk

Nike Basketball Camp

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 Nord Anglia International School this year.

Age: 5 to 16 years
When: Sunday, 27 December 2019 to Tuesday, 29 December 2020; 10am to 1pm (5 to 7 years), 1pm to 6pm (8 to 13 years)
Where: Nord Anglia International School (NAIS), 11 On Tin Street, Lam Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
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). Early bird discounts are available if registered before Friday, 18 December 2020.
Contact: The website isn’t yet up-to-date so it’s best to speak to them directly. Message here (note: type English to change the language setting to English), 3996 8912, www.gmfsports.com.hk

Watch out for news on winter camps coming up later in the year, from:

Active Kids Sports Club
RugbyTots Hong Kong

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

Science And Technology Winter Holiday Programmes

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Cobo Academy

Cobo Academy is offering winter coding camps this year over four weeks, running from December to January. Camps are available at the Wan Chai centre but you could also make a request for online classes if you are not entirely comfortable with sending your kids out yet (completely understandable with the recent flu-like outbreaks). 

Age: 4 to 16 years
When: Monday, 14 December 2020 to Friday, 8 January 2021 (book by week)
Where: 6/F, Yam Tze Commercial Building, 23 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Prices vary, starting at $2,960/week
Contact: 3905 1111, WhatsApp: 9816 3905, [email protected], www.coboacademy.com

First Code Academy

For your young coding genius, look at the online coding winter camps being conducted by First Code Academy via Zoom. These 4-day or 5-day camps are held in small groups of 1:4 and cover different levels of coding technicals based on the ages of the children. 6-year-olds will start with Scratch while teens and tweens can train in more advanced web programming.

Age: 6 to 12+ years
When: Week 1: Monday, 14 to Friday, 18 December 2020; Week 2: Monday, 21 to Thursday, 24 December 2020; Week 3: Monday, 28 to Thursday, 31 December 2020
Where: Online
How much: Prices vary
Contact: 2772 2108, [email protected], www.firstcodeacademy.com

Hong Kong Science Museum

This Cantonese language-only science day camp is perfect for slightly older children and will focus on the basic principles of optics and the characteristics of light. They will make their own periscope and telescope and conduct experiments to examine their visual reliability and discrimination ability. While there is a capacity of 20 kids per session, this will be reviewed keeping the latest health and safety protocols in mind.

Age: 10 to 12 years
When: Wednesday 23 and Thursday, 24 December 2020 (10:30am to 5:30pm)
Where: Hong Kong Science Museum Laboratory, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $168 (Student discount)
Contact: Register online here, 2732 3249www.hk.science.museum

General science and coding classes are also being offered by:

Curiosity Kids
Koding Kingdom

Read more: Skills That Our Children Will Need In 10 Years’ Time

Language And Learning Winter Camps

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British Council

British Council is offering Winter Intensive Courses for kids of all ages in Hong Kong. Kindergarten students will develop their blending and reading skills through their Phonics course, all while going on an adventure with the Gingerbread Man. Primary school students will work on their reading and writing skills as well as prepare for their Secondary 1 admission interviews. For secondary students, the focus will primarily be on writing and presenting.

Sassy Mama tip: Don’t forget to book a consultation or a free English test as this is a requirement for new P1 to S4 students to assess their language level and help them select the most suitable course for their needs. New students taking Phonics courses will have to take a phonics assessment.

Age: 3 to 16 years
When: Tuesday, 28 to Thursday, 30 December 2020, various times
Where: British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong (online option also available for older students from S3 to S4)
How much: Fees vary, starting at $2,050. Early bird discount of 10% if you register on or before Sunday, 6 December 2020
Contact: 2913 5100, www.britishcouncil.hk

Elephant Community Press

This Christmas break, Elephant Community Press is offering both in-person and online workshops. Some of the Play & Write workshops will be held at the premises of Press Start Academy. Private and small-group sessions can also be arranged, subject to teacher availability. The online Christmas workshops will be conducted live so the children can interact with teachers and their fellow students. Most of these winter camps run for 3 or 6 days.

Age: 4 to 12 years
When: Monday, 14 December 2020 to Friday, 8 January 2021
Where: Unit 704, Lap Fai Building, 6-8 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong;
Suite 506, Car Po Commercial Building, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong (Play & Write programmes in partnership with Press Start Academy); Or online
How much: Prices range from $750 to $3,150. Early bird discount of 10% if booked by Tuesday, 15 November 2020
Contact: 3487 3153, www.elephantcommunitypress.com

Yifan Mandarin

Designed for children learning Mandarin as a second language, Yifan Mandarin’s 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. There is also a Mandarin theatre camp for kids aged 6 to 9 years and a full-immersion afternoon camp for those who are 9+. Yifan Mandarin offers a full refund if in-person camps need to be cancelled by the company.

Age: 3 to 13 years
When: Monday, 14 December to Thursday, 31 December 2020
Where: Unit A, 14/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 75-77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong;
LG07, Office Block 1, North Plaza, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Starting from $2,004/week, discounts are available for multiple weeks enrolment. 5% discount for payment made by 1pm on Saturday, 14 November 2020
Contact: 2486 9012, [email protected], www.yifanmandarin.com

Mulberry House

With a pure-Mandarin speaking environment, expect your bilingual babies to thrive this Christmas. At Mulberry House’s Whimsical Winter Fun camp, there will be engaging holiday activities such as science experiments, craftwork, drama and storytelling, and even a visit from Santa Claus (all in Putonghua!).

Age: 1 to 12 years
When: Monday, 14 December 2020 to Saturday, 2 January 2021
Where: Studio 2403, Universal Trade Centre, 17-19 Caine Road, Central, Hong Kong;
801-802 One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: $420/60-minute session (1 to 2 years), $600/90-minute session (2 to 3 years), $966/half-day session (3 to 12 years)
Contact: 5598 0509, [email protected], www.mulberryhouseasia.com

Also watch out for the Christmas camps offered by:

Mandarin Time
ESF Language & Learning

Read more: The Best Christmas Books For Children Of All Ages

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Featured image courtesy of Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of Woodland, image 2 courtesy of Faust International Youth Theatre, image 3 courtesy of Dragonfly, image 4 courtesy of Getty Images, image 5 courtesy of Cobo Academy via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of British Council.

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