Tis’ the season for a jolly good time!
If you’re staying in Hong Kong with your family 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!
Creative Arts, Music, & Drama
Maggie & Rose
As if our little tots need any extra help getting into the festive spirit, Sassy Mama favourite Maggie & Rose is running its annual Christmas camps, which are sure to create classic childhood memories…This years’ activities include seasonal arts and crafts, cooking and Make & Make Believe creative play and music. On top of that, your lil’ Christmas elves will build a snowman (“Do yooou wanna build a snowman? No? Frozen anyone?), make gingerbread men, and make their own tree decorations, and much more. At Maggie & Rose kids learn through play, and attendees this year will also experience a very cultured Christmas, as they get artsy and inspired by the likes of Banksy and Rauschenberg. The camps are open to members and non-members, and run for 3 hours a day in Repulse Bay and at its brand new Causeway Bay club. Be sure to check out maggieandrose.com.hk to see the full timetable of events.
Mention Sassy Mama when booking and enjoy a free coffee and pastry while the kids tire themselves out!
Age: 4 – 8
When: 17 December 2018 to 4 January 2019
Where: Repulse Bay & Causeway Bay
How much: $850 per camp, three hours, snack and meal provided.
Contact: [email protected], 2638 7191, maggieandrose.com.hk
Rumple & Friend’s
Let your kids experience the razzle-dazzle of show business in the funnest way possible at Rumple & Friend’s Christmas Adventure Camp! A performing arts camp that includes arts and crafts, games, dance and drama and culminates in a spectacular performance – perfect for boosting kids’ confidence and creativity. The camp leaders are actually professional actors working exclusively with Rumple & Friend’s, so your mini showstoppers will be learning from the best, but most importantly, having bucket loads of fun, as after all Rumple & Friend’s believes that kids learn best when they’re having fun. Expect Christmas cheer and festive merriment each day, with a new activity every day for students along with the chance to create their very own Christmas adventure play. Sign up your sugar plum fairy now – places are based on a first come, first served basis. Email [email protected] to claim your spot now.
When booking, use the promo code RFXSASSY18W to receive 10% discount off the camp fee.
Age: 3 – 10
When: Monday 7 – Friday 21 December, 10am – noon
Where: Sheung Wan Studio, 5B, Kin On Commercial building, 49-51 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $2,000
Contact: [email protected], 9830 8287, www.rumpleandfriends.com
Faust International Youth Theatre
Winter is coming and Faust International Youth Theatre is ready for it. Faust offers winter camps for children from 4 years old to 13-year-old tweens. If you’ve got a creative one on your hands then you have the option to join either the Winter Theatre or Winter Creative Writing Camps. The theatre camp will have kids practising their acting chops through winter-themed stories, letting their imaginations run wild. At the end of the week, your festive thespians will have the chance to share what they’ve learnt in an open sharing session where families are invited to watch. If your kid prefers to put pen to paper rather than hitting the stage, than they can join one of the small group writing classes which aim to unlock your child’s creative potential. The young writers will learn new storytelling techniques and build a portfolio of their work to share with captive readers at the end of the week.
Register your kid for a camp by 16 November to save 10% on all registrations!
Age: 4 – 13
When: 17- 21, 27 – 29 December, or 2 -4 January
Where: 5/F, Nan Dao Commercial Building, 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: December 17th to 21st (5 days) $2,680 before November 16th, $2,980 afterwards
December 27th to 29th and January 2nd to 4th (3 days) – $1,610 before November 16th, $1,790 afterwards
Contact: [email protected], 2547 9114, www.faustworld.com
Woodland Pre-School Holiday Camp – Elves Workshop
Sign your kids up for a fun Christmas session with the Woodland Elves! From Santa Sack Races to Polar Bear Chase, the Elves Workshop offers many fun activities to keep your kids entertained. Each day is separated into three parts: Move, create, and learn. This means your kids will not only get to engage in snowball fights, but also unleash their creativity and make the most out of Christmas! With multiple locations to choose from, these one-day workshops are definitely worth the go.
Age: 3 – 7
When: 20, 21, 27, 28 December 2018, 2, 3, 4 January 2019, 9.00am – Noon
Where: Woodland Montessori Academy (Caine Road), Woodland Harbourside (Aberdeen), Woodland Pokfulam, Woodland Beachside (Repulse Bay), Woodland Sai Kung
How much: $750 per day
Sports & Adventure
Perfect for sporty kids of all ages, Minisport is offering active camps for kids aged 1.5- 7 years old this Christmas, in Pok Fu Lam and Causeway Bay. Plus, this year there are even camps for your littlest, as Minisport now offers camps for toddlers aged 1.5 – 2.5 years old at its new location in Cyberport. The reason why Minisport is so beloved by Hong Kong parents and kids alike is that it allows children to sample multiple sports before going on to specialise in their favourite at a later stage. Expect a variety of activities such as beach trips, arts and crafts, yoga, Lego building, and of course the classic end of camp party. This year’s closing bash includes delights such as Delaney’s food and an epic bouncy castle. Get in touch now to discover plenty of discount options for multiple children signing up (up to 5 kids!) and early bird offers!
Age: 1.5 – 7
When: 17-20, 24, 27, 28, 29 December, 2-5 January
Where: Multiple locations
How much: From $1,500
Contact: 6183 7084/6900 0531, www.sportsclassesforkidshk.com
ESF Winter Multi-Sports Camp
Trying to get your kid moving this Christmas? ESF Sports Camp offers multi-sports camps taught by specialist coaches in a safe environment. It is perfect for young athletes looking for a fun and socially-positive experience to improve their athletic skills. With a wide range of activities, this is also the perfect opportunity for your children to run, jump, toss and turn all they want! The wet camp is only available at Renaissance College, so if your kid is interested in taking a dip in the pool, make sure to head over to the Ma On Shan campus.
Age: 2 – 11
When: 17 – 21 December 2018
Where: Multiple locations available. Including Renaissance College (Wet camp – swimming available): 5 Hang Ming St, Ma On Shan, South Island School (Dry camp – no swimming): 50 Nam Fung Rd, Deep Water Bay, and Kowloon Junior School (Dry camp – no swimming): 20 Perth St, Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong
How much: Prices vary depending on the participant’s age. Prices start at $2,850.
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, so what are you waiting for? Register here!
Age: 5 – 16
When: 27 December 2018 to 1 January 2019
Where: Indoor gym, Nord Anglia International School, 11 On In Street, Lam Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Prices vary depending on the class type, prices start at $2,400. Classes include certificate, basketball, training tee, and towel.
Contact: 3996 8912, www.gmfsports.com.hk
HK Forest Adventures
Christmas bonfires, gingerbread fairy houses, and toasty marshmallows? We know this sounds too magical to be true, but HK Forest Adventures is here to make it happen! The Christmas Camp is the perfect camp for kids looking for a cosy winter, outdoor adventure and hot chocolate. If your kids are mystery lovers, then the Top Secret Camp might just be the right camp for them. Campers will be faced with mysterious locations every day and will engage in top-secret missions. Sounds like something your kid will enjoy? Sign them up!
Age: 3 – 8 (Children under 4 must be accompanied by a caregiver)
When: 10am – 4pm, 17 – 19 December (Christmas Camp 1), 20 – 22 December (Christmas Camp 2), 27 – 29 December (Top Secret Camp)
Where: 12D Tai Shui Hang North Road, Tai Shui Hang, Hong Kong
How much: $2300
Contact: 52382377, [email protected], www.hongkongforestadventures.com
For coding clever clogs, Cobo Acadamy is the place to go. These camps are designed by ex-Microsoft Engineer & tech veteran, Harris Chan, and aim to help develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. For kids ages 4 to 16, there are several tech-based camps to choose from including sessions on micro:bit, Minecraft, mBot, Web Development and more. The coolest addition to this year’s camps is Codey Rockey, a new robot who will be used to create fun AI and data-driven projects. There’s a small student to teacher ratios here, too, typically between 4:1 to 8:1. It isn’t all just about the hardware though, Cobo also focuses on the software (of our kids that is!), and builds critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity over these interactive, 3-5 day camps. Make use of its early bird offer and book before 30 November to enjoy a discount of $300. Or grab a friend and make use of the buddy discount, where you and whoever you refer, can each earn a $300 discount if you sign up together.
Sassy Mama readers can use the promo code SASSYXMAS to enjoy a $200 VIP discount on all Christmas Camps.
Age: 4 – 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, [email protected], www.coboacademy.com
My Alchemy – Science Day Camp from the Hong Kong Science Museum
This Chinese language-only day camp is perfect for aspiring scientists with a passion for chemistry. If your little one is interested in learning all about different elements and playing with rare metals, sign them up for this engaging workshop with the Hong Kong Science Museum! To sign up, download the registration form from the official website and send the completed form to the Hong Kong Science Museum.
Age: 10 -12
When: 27 and 28 December 2018
Where: Hong Kong Science Museum Laboratory
How much: $161 (Student discount)
Contact: 2732 3249, hk.science.museum
Noah’s Ark – Solar Tower English STEM Camp
Noah’s Ark is bringing back its English STEM Camp this Christmas! With its experienced English tutors, your kids will have the opportunity to improve their language skills by learning about the ecosystem and appreciating nature. Sign up now for a Christmas with an incredible outdoor experience!
Age: 6 – 10
When: 27 – 30 December 2018
Where: Solar Tower, 14 Tai Yuk Road, Ma Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $3,500
Contact: 8201 1122, www.solartower.com.hk
Not sure what type of camps your kid will love? Check out ActiveKids. They have something for everyone and cater to children from ages three to 17. This winter, there will be six different camps to choose from: science, cooking, chess, robotics and arts and design. They last between three to five days and promise to be both fun and educational. If you need help deciding, here’s a brief summary of what each has to offer.
Science: Kids will be able to build their very own motorised lunar rover or help to investigate the disappearance of dinosaurs.
Cooking: Budding master chefs can try their hand at making and tasting their own starters, mains and desserts.
Chess: This promises a great brain workout and will be taught by coaches with decades of international experience.
Robotics: Kids attending this camp will be building and coding their very own delivery robot.
Art: Your little one will be given the chance to unleash their inner Picasso.
Design: Fashionistas will be able to create their very own winter party costumes.
Age: 3 – 17
When: Monday, 17 December – Saturday, 5 January
Where: Unit A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
How much: $1,850 – $2,950
Contact: 3480 4199/ 9178 7376, [email protected], www.activekidshk.com
YWCA Centre of Learning and Life Enhancement
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 over80 courses this Christmas, so there’s definitely something for everyone!
Age: 2 – 12
When: Throughout December. Click here for more dates.
Where: 3/F, 1 MacDonnell Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Fees vary, starting at $340 per class
Contact: 3476 1340, [email protected], clle.ywca.org.hk
Language & Learning
British Council Winter English Courses
The British Council will have your child writing the perfect letter to Santa this year. With workshops customised to students at different levels, the British Council offers a series of fun and practical workshops to improve your child’s English. From making 3D snowman 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: 27 – 29 Dec 2018
Where: British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
How much: Fees vary, starting at $1,880.
Special offer: Early bird discount: Register before 9 December for a 10% discount.
Contact: 2913 5100, www.britishcouncil.hk
Mandarin for Munchkins Christmas Camp
Designed for children learning Mandarin as a second language, Mandarin for Munchkins Christmas Camp is perfect for brushing up that “xīn nián kuài lè” for the new years! The camp offers a relaxed and fun environment to learn Mandarin through out-of-classroom activities, including cooking and science discovery. With its philosophy to inspire learning and nurture curiosity, this camp will leave your kid feeling excited to start school again in January!
Age: 3 – 14
When: 17 – 21 and 31 December 2018, 2 – 4 January 2019
Where: Central and Discovery bay
How much: five-day camp $2,250, three-day camp $1,440
Contact: 2486 9012, [email protected], www.mandarinformunchkins.com
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A special thanks to Lydia Ching for helping curate and write this article.