Keep ’em busy this spring!
We may be excited about the upcoming holiday, but we aren’t excited about our kids having all that time off with nothing to do! If you’re staying in town, you’ll need a list of places to keep those kids busy, no matter their age or interest. Fret not, ladies! We’ve got a round up of the best Easter camps and classes for your little ones! From sports activities to immersive language classes to creative workshops, learning new skills and hands-on technology camps – there is more than enough to keep your children entertained (with educational and eye-opening activities)!
Creativity and Performing Arts:
Get your drama queens (and kings!) moving at Faust’s theatre camps! Young actors will have no time for boredom here; self-respect and respect for others is enforced, and kids will learn the important of trust, taking risks, and working together as a team. Its two holiday camp options, Holiday Theatre and Creative Writing Programme, are designed to ignite creative minds and unleash their writing skills. In the Holiday Theatre, Faust’s experience drama leaders will guide budding actors who care about the environment (we hope that’s every child!) and ignite those theatrical skills. As they explore the wonders of nature by reading hand-selected stories, they will brainstorm ideas about how to protect the environment. If you’ve got a miniature Shakespeare on your hands, he or she love Faust’s Creative Writing Programme! In a fun, interactive environment, these writers will pen stories based on their own experiences and imagination. We can only guess what these little minds will come up with!
Sassy Readers who are both new and returning members to Faust will receive a 10% discount! Simple quote ‘Sassy2018’ when registering online.
When: 26 to 29 March, 3 to 6 April and 10 to 13 April from 10:00am to 12:30pm or from 2:00pm to 4:30pm.
Where: The Faust Studio, 5th Floor, Nan Dao Commercial Building, 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Age: Holiday Theatre Workshops: age 4 to 12, Creative Writing Workshops: age 6 to 13
Contact: Enrol your child here today, or visit faustworld.com/prog_theatre.asp to learn more.
Is your little cook always trying to get in the kitchen? Get them to Maggie & Rose’s Cooking Camps where they can get their hands dirty (literally!) baking treats to celebrate the season. In these three-hour, drop-off camps, kids will whip up chick cookies and bunny biscuits, carrot calzones and eggy bread pudding. Their day will be jam-packed with fun activities, and this is also perfect for picky eaters, because they are doing the prep work, they will want to try the results! And be sure to join the Art Camps where they’ll also learn to make fantastic Faberge-inspired crafty eggs, and when the time comes to burn off those calories, they’ll be popping balloons that have been dipped, dyed and filled with paint!
When: 2 to 6 April, from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm. $810 per child for non-members.
Where: Maggie & Rose, 301 The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
Age: 4 to 8 years
How much: $810 per child for Non-members
Contact: [email protected], 2638 7191
Ahoy there, little mateys! At Rumple & Friends, your wee ones will embark on a week-long ‘trip’ to Easter Island where the chicks have taken over and the bunnies have all gone missing! In this super exciting camp for kids, children will be asked to help get Easter back on track using drama, storytelling, games, arts and crafts and more. Gotta find those bunnies in time for the big day! At the end of the ‘journey,’ the kids will put on a performance to illustrate their incredible story. Rumple & Friends camps are taught by professional actors who use drama, magic, and a helping of good old fashioned fun to teach social skills, teamwork and confidence. Those are some values we think every parent will love!
When: 26 to 29 March, 3 to 6 April, and 9 to 12 April, from 10am to 12pm.
Where: Rumple & Friends, 5B, 5/F, Kin On Commercial Building, 49-51 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Age: 3 to 8 years
How much: $2,350
Kids baking are cute, kids baking and learning are awesome! Sign up your young ones for the Junior Baker Easter Camp to really get their culinary skills cooking. The Mixing bowl has designed five classes to take your littles on a culinary journey this Easter. The themes include World Kitchen, Cooking Essentials, Healthy Eating, Food Science, and Cook to Impress. Once you get a taste of the results, you’ll see it’s a camp the whole family will be thankful for!
When: 2 April to 6 April
Where: The Mixing Bowl, 23/F, The Pemberton, no. 22-26, Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Age: 9 years and older
How much: $3500 per child
Contact: Click here to register; 2524 0001
Name any art or craft, and there’s a huge chance that Banana Art Club offers what you’re looking for this Easter. From sewing and making slime to painting and cartoon creating, it has it all. Everybody will find something interesting, the most difficult part is to choose which one!
When: 24 March to 14 April
Where: Multiple locations, click here to see all
Age: 4 to 16 years
How much: $398 for 2 hours, $590 for 3 hours in Causeway Bay, $1680 for 4 days on Lantau island, book your place here
Contact: 6020 5476; www.bananaartclub.com
Baumhaus believes in early development through music, dancing and drama. Aside from the famous Kindermusik with the first stage for practically newborns and DramaLab for the older ones, Baumhaus has prepared a special Bunny’s Easter Adventure for kids aged between 0 and 4 years old. While your tiny tots are busy with their class or playing at the excellent playroom, enjoy some coffee and healthy snacks, because you deserve it, mama!
When: 3 April to 6 April
Where: Various locations, click here to see all
Age: 0 to 6 years
How much: From $300 for one class to the playroom to $840 for three classes (access to the playroom is included into the price), book your place here
Contact: 2321 5898 (Wan Chai) and 3585 8577 (Harbour City); www.baumhaus.com.hk
Sports and Action:
There’s a reason Minisport has become one of Hong Kong’s most popular holiday camps – its dedication to small groups and good ratios is something we think will help little campers have the times of their lives! Counselors here use experimentation, fun and making new friends to engage your kids, making these camps ones to remember (and go back to!). Kids from 2.5 years to 7 years old will be actively engaged as they develop their sporting techniques in soccer, tennis, basketball and athletics, and the new Minisport yoga program will have them wishing they could nama-stay all year ‘round! If those activities aren’t enough to keep your child busy, its popular party games will have your tykes laughing and yearning for more! Minisport teaches more than 400 children each week through its popular private classes, parties and holiday camps. The Easter camps are filled with multiple sports through one programme, and usually include signature games and team-building activities. Enrol your kids into one of these sessions if you’re looking for an active Easter break!
When: 26 March to 12 April
Where: Various locations around Hong Kong
Age: 2.5 to 7 years
How much: $2,000 (with a $5,000 deal for three children), depending on the location, more info here
Contact: www.minisport.hk, [email protected], 6183 7084
Looking for a full day camp with all expenses covered? We found one, and it has lunch, transportation and a day trip out, all included! Your little ones won’t have a choice to be anything but active in its many fun-filled camps. They’ll learn to cook and create art projects, and if they are the type that needs to be busy, busy, busy, they’ll burn off steam while doing sports climbing and enjoying day-out trips! All camp activities are designed to provide kids with positive character-building experiences. And because YMCA cares about its core values (caring, honesty, respect and responsibility), so its experienced camp leaders will use traditional camp games, arts and other activities to emphasise these characteristics, enhance skills and build character, helping each and every little learner develop into a leader of tomorrow.
When: 29 March to 30 March; 2 April to 4 April; 5 April to 6 April
Where: YMCA of Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui); Hong Kong Red Cross Headquarters (West Kowloon)
Age: 5 to 6 years
How much: $1460 to $2280 (members); $1580 to $2400 (non-members)
Contact: 3476 1340, www.ymcahk.org.hk/camping
If your little sport is looking to improve his or her game, look no further than PowerSportsForKids camps! These classes are run by experienced coaches whose goal is to empower kids and foster confidence. No sitting on the sidelines or wishing for a turn – kids here will be able to improve their motor and social skills through football, basketball, tennis, rugby, athletics, gymnastics, yoga and various social games (played in a sporty way!). Power Sports Asia was launched in 2011 with Adults Indoor Soccer League, and it was so popular it opened a kids branch last year. Now focused on Sports Holiday Camps, weekly classes and the ever-popular sporty birthdays, it’s the go-to place for the active kid. The camps are the perfect match between improving talent and enjoying the game. The result: wide smiles on kids’ faces!
As an exclusive bonus, Sassy readers will get a 10% on PowerSportsForKids Easter Camps!
When: 3 April through 6 April, 9 April – 13 April
Where: Different venues in Happy Valley, Kennedy Town, Pok Fu Lam, Causeway Bay, click here for exact addresses
Age: 2.5 to 10 (split into age groups)
How much: From $540 for a one-day pass, 15% discount for multi-kids registration
Contact: www.kids.powersportsasia.com; www.facebook.com/powersportsforkids
As the sister company of YMCA, there’s plenty in store here. From basketball to gymnastics to trampolining, you’re sure to keep your kids on the go with the classes offered here. YWCA features well-rounded options for kids of all ages, and this Easter, it’s got even more in store, with non-sport related activities like Chinese Calligraphy, Picasso Artist Creations and Magic Kingdom, if you’re looking for something a little different.
When: 28 March to 13 April
Where: Various locations throughout Hong Kong
Age: 4 and older, depending on activity and camp
How much: Click here for the full schedule and fee
Contact: clle.ywca.org.hk, 3476 1340
The ESF Sports Camp is holding multiple sports camps where you can leave your kids completely worry-free. This spring, ESF will be holding tennis, swimming, gymnastics and multi sport camps for students to further enhance their existing skills. The qualified coaches here ensure that each class is a progressive and enjoyable learning process. Choose from one- to two-week camps that will suit even the busiest holiday travel schedule.
When: 9 April to 13 April
Where: Camps are located across several ESF schools
Age: 2.8 to 11 years
How much: Click here for the full schedule and fee
Contact: www.esf.org.hk/camps, [email protected], 2711 1280
This Easter Multi-Sport camp is where children will have the opportunity to play football, basketball, rugby, gymnastics, and swimming. Targeted for kids age 4 to 12, it’s the perfect opportunity to help your child home in on new skills that are in the curriculum at school. A win-win. This year, children will also be involved in arts and craft activities, too. As a bonus, there is a bus service pick-up and drop-off from Admiralty, Kowloon Tong and Tai Wai Station.
Does your child have a sense of adventure? Get them out in the great outdoors of Lantau with a variety of outdoor sports, exploration and fun! From surfing to sailing, your kids will scramble along the scenic Pui O beach while learning about the environment and ocean awareness. The activities range for 7 to 16 year olds, so teens and tweens will be more than entertained here. Plus, lunch, snacks and transport is included!
When: 2 April to 6 April; 9 April to 13 April (check its website for more details)
Where: Pui O Beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Age: 7 to 16 years
How much: $4,200
Contact: www.treasureislandhk.com, [email protected], 2546 3543
Language & Learn:
Mini Mandarins strongly believes in learning through play and real life scenarios (in its Mini Metro!) helps in the success of learning a new language. And after checking out its facilities with our little ones, we couldn’t agree more! This Easter, your children can experience a fun zoo at the Causeway Bay campus or exploring a fashion boutique at the Central campus. Through cooking, arts and crafts, storytelling and science, students will enjoy learning and practising their Putonghua this Easter!
When: 26 March to 7 April, closed 30 March to 2 April
Where: Causeway Bay Campus: 7/F, Capital Commercial Building,26 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, Central Campus: Room 1703, 17/F, Universal Trade Centre, No. 3-5A Arbuthnot Road, Hong Kong
Age: 2.5 to 10 years
How much: $800 per day, 10% off Early Bird discount on or before 19 March.
Contact: 2320 1128 (Causeway Bay) or 2320 5208 (Central) for more information and to register. minimandarins.com
Calling all explorers! Our favourite waterpark is hosting an Adventure Camp where your child will embark on an journey with hands-on activities, up-close animal observations and a variety of challenges that will engage them in a whole new way! Campers will learn to show their talents, grow in confidence, care for animals and work in teams. The Little Explorers (ages 4 to 5), Junior Explorers (ages 6 to 8) and Adventurous Nighttime Excursion (ages 8 to 12) will keep your kiddos exploring all Easter long.
When: 24 March to 24 April, 2018. Click here for Little Explorers, here for Junior Explorers and here for Adventurous Nighttime Excursion
Where: Ocean Park, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Age: 4 through 12 years
How much: Click here for more information for the Little Explorers, here for Junior Explorers and here for Adventurous Nighttime Excursion
Contact: Click here for more information
Let your kid dive deep into English: from speaking to creative writing, ESF Language and Learning has it all! The youngest munchkins will enjoy classes full of stories, play and do arts and drama to build their communication skills and confidence. The older ones will act and bring stories they write themselves to life, developing fluent reading, as well as intonations and pronunciation. Meanwhile, the oldest groups will find themselves at the other side of the table, creating pieces of writing which could impress any publisher. With two weeks to choose from and multiple locations, this is a great choice for your kid and you!
When: 3 April to 13 April
Where: Multiple locations, to see them all click here
Age: 2.8 to 11 years
How much: $2580 first week (Tuesday, 3 April through Wednesday, 4 April and Friday, 6 April through Saturday, 7 April), $3225 second week (Monday, 9 April through Friday, 13 April)
Treat your little explorer to a real adventure on Lantau island! Various activities will help your kiddos to bond with nature and teach them to appreciate its beauty. Throughout the day, children will jump right into games, treasure hunts, cooking, farming, hiking to beaches and waterfalls and so much more! They won’t be bored and you will have precious ‘me’ time. Win-win.
When: 2 April to 6 April, 9 April to 13 April
Where: Drop off at Central Pier 6 or Mui Wo Pier
Age: 5 to 11 years
How much: $670 per day with discounts available
Contact: 2988 5355; arkedenonlantau.org
Technology and Coding:
Got a little tekkie on your hands? Or maybe just a Minecraft lover? First Code has a range of technological camps this year for every age and interest. From 3D Minecraft Modding where you can design your own mods to creating electric dough (it conducts electricity!), there are loads of times and camps to choose from.
When: Classes run from 3 April to 13 April
Where: First Code Academy (it has offices in Sheung Wan, Yau Ma Tei, Causeway Bay, and Kwun Tong). Main office: Unit 302-305, 3/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Age: 4 and older
How much: Classes start at $2,250 and up
Contact: https://hk.firstcodeacademy.com/en 2772 2108 (main office) 2772 2101 (Sheung Wan) 2772 2161 (Kowloon); contact email: [email protected]
Depending on your child’s age, your young ones can either take a fun Robotics Camp, a Junior Wizard Camp or a Mechanics Workshop. Robotics Camp has the kids working with a robot named Dash. They will learn how to program and use different configurations for the model as well as learn programming (age 8 and older). Junior Camp (age 4 to 7) is called Wizards, and they will create magic wands or magical weapons – anything wizards would have! And for the littlest tykes, the Mechanics they’ll build models as they use simple machines, pulleys and gears.
When: 26 March to 29 March and 3,4,6 and 7 April. Robotics Camp from 1:30pm to 4pm; Wizards from 9am to 10:30am; Mechanics from 10:30 to 12:30 or 4:00 to 6:00pm.
Where: Unit B, 1/F, Southern Pearl Court, 151 Wong Nai Chung Rd, Happy Valley, HK, or Unit B, 12/F, Prince Edward – The Lamma City, 761 Nathan Road, Prince Edward, Kowloon
Age: 4 and older
How much: Prices at time of publication: starting at $2,080 (three courses in one family gets you the members rate of $1,780 per class) ; Robotics Camp $3080 (member rate is $2,680)
Contact: 2591 0100, 2591 4100 [email protected]
Nothing gets a kid more excited than when they can get down and dirty making creative experiments! For kids ages 3 to 6, there is the Math & Science Odyssey where tykes will be tasked to find out the biology of animals, the chemistry behind eggs and who can make the best tasting candy! But if Coding & Science (age 7 to 11) is more your child’s speed, they will love delving into the physics behind technical toys and electric contraptions!
When: 29 March and 3, 4 and 6 April
Where: Science Workshop, 1205 Universal Trade Center, 3 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong
Age: 3 and older
How much: $640 per class (15% off if you pay in full by 9 March, 2018)
Contact: http://www.aceacademy.com/en-US/swhome, 2523 3066
If your computer addict can’t get enough screen time, the camps here will blow their minds! There are several Easter camps to choose from (and many locations!), and Kingdom Koding has specially designed camps will help teach the fundamentals of computer coding in a really fun and interactive place. Everything from STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) to Minecraft, there will be something for everyone!
When: 26 March to 29 March, 3 April to 6 April and 9 April to 13 April
Where: Cyberport Headquarters; Shop 404, Level 4, The Arcade, 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong; Lai Chi Kok, Rm 1802, Global Gateway Tower, 63 Wing Hong Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong; Tin Hau, 3/F Citicorp Centre, 18 Whitfield Rd, Tin Hau, Kwun Tong, Meeting Room A, 10/F, The Wave, 4 Hing Yip St, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, Science Park, Meeting Room 05, 1/F, Core Building 1, Phase I, Hong Kong Science Park
Age: 3 to 15
How much: Prices vary. Click here to find out more.
Contact: Click here to register or find out more; [email protected]gdom.com; 3706 8917