Give yourself a break from homeschooling and keep the kids happily engaged this Easter!
With schools still closed amid the Covid-19 outbreak, many Easter camp providers are offering something new and different this year. With smaller groups, online instruction and relevant content that’s sure to keep your little ones hooked, here’s a look at the options.
Editor’s note: All camp providers were operational at the time of publication, but please check individual providers’ websites as well as government directives before signing up.
Creativity and Performing Arts
Do your kids love the adorable, white bunny, Miffy? She is 65 years old this year and Maggie & Rose is celebrating her birthday this Easter, with two specially-themed art classes and Easter camps. Miffy creator, Dick Bruna, believed in encouraging children’s imaginations, which mirrors Maggie & Rose’s approach to learning which focuses on creativity being key to child development. The collaboration launches in Hong Kong on Wednesday, 1 April 2020 with a Miffy-themed afternoon tea (available till Thursday, 30 April) at the Leah Café at Maggie & Rose City Club in Causeway Bay. Guests can nibble on homemade goodies including savoury sandwiches, scones, cakes and Miffy cookies, washing the treats down with a healthy carrot shot and a cup of tea. You can also meet Miffy herself on Saturday, 28 March at the Maggie & Rose Beach Club at Repulse Bay and Sunday, 29 March at the Maggie & Rose City Club in Causeway Bay.
When booking a camp, mention Sassy to receive a free tea or coffee and pastry or cake slice (subject to availability, for non-members).
Besides the Miffy-themed options, there are also other classes and camps available during the Easter break. They will be Singing for Spring, exploring baby animals, flowers, vegetables and nature, as well as bugs, butterflies, birds and bees. There’s also an Easter Parade with arts & craft, along with cooking. Little ones can also try out Make & Make Believe classes and camps.
When: Monday, 6 April to Friday, 17 April 2020 (each camp is 3 hours long)
Where: Maggie & Rose, 301 The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong (classes only for members, camps available to members and non-members);
Maggie & Rose, 308 & 311 Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (classes and camps available to members and non-members)
Age: Easter Camps: 4 to 8 years; Easter Classes: 6 months to 8 years (accompanied by an adult)
How much: Camps: $850; Classes: $350 to $430
Contact: 2638 7191 (Repulse Bay), 2337 7571 (Causeway Bay), [email protected], www.hk.maggieandrose.com
Are your little ones into spells, potions and all things magical? While school continues to be out, sign them up for Faust’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as it uses classic stories such as Room on the Broom, Sleeping Beauty and Harry Potter to engage your children.
When: Monday, 6 April to Thursday, 9 April; Tuesday, 14 April to Friday, 17 April, 2020 (Easter Theatre: 10am to 12:30pm or 2pm to 4:30pm; Creative Writing: 10am to 12pm, or 2pm to 4pm)
Saturday, 18 April, 2020 (Play in a Day – Treasure Island: 10am to 5:30pm)
Where: 5th Floor, Nan Dao Commercial Building, 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Age: Easter Theatre Workshops: ages 4 to 12; Creative Writing Workshops: ages 6 to 13; Play in a Day: ages 8 to 12
How much: $2,400 per child (Easter Theatre or Creative Writing), $890 (Play in a Day) – enrol here
Contact: 2547 9114, [email protected], www.faustworld.com
As always, this popular kids’ art class is offering flexible holidays camps. You can choose two-hour or three-hour options on days that suit. With an extended break this year, Easter camps are available all the way through until mid-May. Besides the usual art and craft activities, this time, the camps also have fashion and design elements. Though usually conducted in the morning, the holiday classes are also available in the afternoon upon request.
When: Monday, 23 March to Friday, 15 May, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Flat 49, 14/F, Eton Tower, 8 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Age: 4 to 16 years
How much: $410 for a 2-hour class, $610 for a 3-hour class
Contact: 6020 5476, [email protected], www.bananaartclub.com
Elephant Community Press is the perfect option for aspiring writers. Its four-day writing workshops cater for children who are six and up. Its Easter camps this year include four egg-themed workshops along with Easter Storyland (for 4 to 6-year-olds), available either at the ECP Centre in Central or online (in-person sessions are limited to four kids each).
When: Monday, 6 April to Thursday, 9 April, or Tuesday, 14 April to Friday, 17 April (various times)
Where: Unit 704, Lap Fai Building, 6-8 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong
Age: 4 to 13 years
How much: Prices vary, starting at $1,320
Contact: 3487 3153, [email protected], www.elephantcommunitypress.com
Sports and Adventure
This Easter, ProActiv (formerly Sports4Kids) is offering multi-sports camps where children will have the opportunity to get active, along with indulging in some Lego, arts and crafts and team-building games. If your child prefers gymnastics, there are also focused camps for that. These activities have been running through March and will continue until Friday, 17 April.
When: Week-long camps currently running every week until Friday, 17 April
Where: Stanley beach, Repulse Bay beach and Velodrome Park (Tseung Kwan O)
Age: 18 months to 12 years
How much: $250/day, $1,250 for 5 days
Contact: 2772 1666, 9144 8759, [email protected], [email protected], hk.proactivsports.com
With the coronavirus outbreak, many kids’ classes in the city have shut down or adapted. Active Kids Sports Club, as part of the Hong Kong University Centre for Health and Exercise, had kept away from most activities, following government advice. From this week until Friday, 3 April, it is offering Fun Camps of tennis and climbing (while still avoiding high-contact team sports like football and basketball).
When: Now until Friday, 3 April
Where: HKU Stanley Ho Sports Centre Complex, 10 Sha Wan Drive, Sandy Bay, Hong Kong
Age: 4 to 16 years
How much: Prices vary, starting at $240
Contact: 2872 1205, [email protected], online.ihp.hku.hk
This year, Minisport isn’t having its usual Easter camps. What it offers instead are private camps at your home or a playground near you, for your child and his or her friends. These are strictly capped at eight kids, but usually have two to five children. Football, basketball, tennis and rugby are included in each programme, but you can request specific sports.
When: Currently on
Where: Venue of your choice
Age: 1.5 to 5 years
How much: Prices vary – $750 per hour for a single child, $200/hour for each child in a group of five
Contact: WhatsApp: 6183 7084, [email protected], www.minisport.hk
Get your kids moving this Easter at the Flex Kids & Teens Aerial Fitness Camp in partnership with TrybeKids Gymnastics & Acrobatics. The camp is suitable for both beginner and advanced students and participants will be divided according to skill levels. It might be something that your adventurous young learner would like to try.
When: Monday, 30 March to Friday, 3 April; Monday, 6 April to Friday, 10 April
Where: 308-310 One Island South, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Age: Group 1: 5 to 7 years, Group 2: 8 to 12 years
How much: 1-week pass: $1,500, 2-week pass: $2,900, day-pass drop-in: $350 (Trybe students are allowed to use one makeup credit as a day pass)
Contact: 2813 2212, WhatsApp: 9610 4223, [email protected], www.facebook.com/flexstudiowch
Want to treat your water baby? Treasure Island is offering two Spring Adventure camps at Lantau and Sai Kung during the Easter break. It currently also has Community Adventure camps running if those dates suit you better. With water sports, your child will develop teamwork and leadership skills, along with a sense of adventure and environmental awareness. For all of you mums working from home whose kids are joining the community camps at Lantau, there’s a bonus – The Beach Club restaurant is now open as a co-working space.
When: Spring Adventure Camps: Monday, 6 April to Friday, 17 April; Community Adventure Camps: Currently running until Friday, 3 April
Where: Treasure Island, Pui O Beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong;
Victoria Recreation Club, 210 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong
Age: 7 to 16 years
How much: Prices vary, starting at $900 per day for the Spring Adventure Camps, $250 per day (Pui O) and $360 per day (Sai Kung) for the Community Adventure Camps
Contact: 2546 3543, [email protected], www.treasureislandhk.com
Have a little adventurer at home? They can head into the forest to let their wild side loose! The Epic Day Camp (for 3 to 8-year-olds) will have kids scavenging through the forest, looking for insects, climbing trees and practising their bushcraft skills. For the even younger ones (2 to 4-year-olds), the Play852 Easter camp will involve exploring the vegetable garden, looking for Easter eggs, discovering mini beasts and the world of birds.
Age: 2 to 8 (Children under 4 must be accompanied by a caregiver)
When: Epic Day Camps: Monday, 6 to Thursday, 9 April and Tuesday, 14 to Saturday, 18 April, 10am to 3pm
Play852: 2-day camps on Monday, 6 to Tuesday, 7 April, Wednesday, 8 to Thursday, 9 April, Tuesday, 14 to Wednesday, 15 April and Thursday, 16 to Friday, 17 April, 10am to 1pm
Where: 12D Tai Shui Hang North Road, Tai Shui Hang, Hong Kong
How much: Epic Day Camp – $850/day ($700 for sign-ups before Tuesday, 31 March); Play852 (2-day camp) – $1,200
Contact: 5238 2377, [email protected], www.hongkongforestadventures.com
Treat your little explorer to a real adventure on Lantau island. Daily adventures include pizza making, exploring the treehouse, watery play, Easter bunny games and more. You can opt to join in by the day (one has an overnight option as well) for activities that will help your kids to bond with nature and teach them to appreciate its beauty.
When: Monday, 6 April to Friday, 17 April
Where: Drop off at Central Pier 6 or Mui Wo Pier, Ark Eden, 11 Tung Hang Mei, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Age: 5 to 11 years
How much: $670 to $750 per child
Contact: 2988 5355; www.arkedenonlantau.org
Language and Learning
We love the real-world approach to teaching a language at Mini Mandarins. This is a simulated environment where children learn to converse in Mandarin in settings such as supermarkets, restaurants and clinics – helping in the success of learning a new language. All the classes are taught by experienced native teachers and provide practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Through cooking, arts and crafts, storytelling and science, students will enjoy learning and practising their Putonghua this Easter! This year’s role play involves a Chinese restaurant at the Causeway Bay campus and a construction site at the Central campus. Baby Chick workshops are for 2.5 to 3-year-olds, Smart Bunny workshops are for 3 years +.
When: Monday, 6 April to Thursday, 16 April, 9:30am to 12pm, 1:30pm to 4pm
Where: Central Campus, Room 1703, 17/F, Universal Trade Centre, 3-5A Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong; Causeway Bay Campus, 7/F, Capital Commercial Building, 26 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Age: 2.5 to 10 years
How much: $400 per 2.5-hour session
Contact: Register online (as Easter camps are filling up fast, get in touch for pre-Easter camps that are also being conducted at both campuses), Central campus: 2320 5208, WhatsApp: 6729 6466, Causeway Bay campus: 2320 1128, WhatsApp: 5387 2011, [email protected], www.minimandarins.com
Celebrate Easter with this fabulous Mandarin immersion programme led by passionate and experienced teachers. You can expect storytelling, games and magical science experiments – along with classic Easter activities. There are three weeks of camp, each with a different theme. Week one involves decorating arts and crafts, week two focuses on storytelling and the last is about celebrating Easter with an egg hunt and more. Classes have limited space this year, so send an email early to book your child’s spot.
When: Monday, 6 April to Saturday, 25 April
Where: Central Campus, Studio 2403, Universal Trade Centre, 17-19 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong; Wong Chuk Hang Campus, 801-802 One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Age: 2 to 12 years
How much: $600, $966 and $1,500 per class (90 mins, 2.5 hours and 5 hours)
Contact: 5598 0509, [email protected], www.mulberryhouseasia.com
Technology and Coding
Got a little techie on your hands? Or maybe just a Minecraft lover? First Code has a range of technological camps this Easter for every age and interest. From 3D Minecraft Modding where kids can design their own mods, to coding with Scratch, there are lots of times and camps to choose from.
When: 4 to 5-day camps run from Monday, 30 March to Thursday, 16 April
Where: 5/F, Gee Tuck Building, 16-20 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Age: 4 to 18
How much: Prices vary – contact for more details (there’s an early-bird discount of $180 off if you enrol before Friday, 20 March)
Contact: 2772 2108, 2772 2101, [email protected], www.hk.firstcodeacademy.com
Depending on your child’s age, your young ones can join one of the small-sized (maximum of four per class) special workshops being offered by the Genius Workshop this year at its four locations. For 7 to 12-year-old Star Wars buffs, the 3-day Jedi Code academy is sure to be a hit! For the younger ones, the task is to build a motorised bunny and use a hand-generator for the bunny to find an Easter egg or carrot.
When: Monday, 30 March to Friday, 17 April
Where: Various locations
Age: 4.5 to 12
How much: $300/day/hour (4.5 to 7-year-olds), $1,500 + material cost of $380 for the Jedi Code Academy
Contact: WhatsApp: 6211 1968, [email protected], www.g-workshop.com
Tech enthusiasts will definitely want to spend time at Cobo Academy. Kids will expand their knowledge of STEM coding, robotics and 3D printing in a fun and social environment. The 3 to 5-day holiday camps are designed in a way to tie in with regular classes, if you would like to make sure your children stay connected to their topics of interest. In-person class sizes are limited, but you can also choose to join online classes that follow the same curriculum. You can also contact the centre to organise a private session for your child and his or her friends.
When: Monday, 30 March to Wednesday, 29 April
Where: Cobo Academy Flagship Campus, 6/F, Yam Tze Commercial Building, 23 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Age: 4 to 16
How much: Prices vary
Contact: 3905 1111, [email protected], www.coboacademy.com
With nine programmes including online and in-person options, spanning four age groups, Press Start Academy has something to appeal to every member of the family. In-person classes are held at its brand spanking new studio in Central, while online classes are conducted via Zoom. We’re particularly intrigued by the 3-day online Food Heroes camp. It involves storytelling, movement and extension activities and is based on Food Heroes, an award-winning game-based curriculum that looks at food sustainability and health. It’s being developed by international NGO JUCCCE (the Joint US-China Cooperation on Clean Energy). Press Start Academy has invited Meredith Bosco, one of the Food Heroes curriculum developers, to teach this unique collaboration course. Other camps involve lessons in journalism, Lego and entrepreneurship.
When: Monday, 6 April to Friday, 10 April
Where: Suite 506, Car Po Commercial Building, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
Age: 6 to 18 years
How much: Prices vary
Contact: Register online, 9283 2312, www.pressstart.com.hk/academy
Worried about sending the kids outside? Aimed at older kids this year, ActiveKids’ Easter Camps are concentrating on what can be taught online. Let your children have “Science Adventures” with fabulous Physics fun, Gizmos, Gadgets and Goops, or get a great brain workout at the Chess Academy.
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Featured image courtesy of Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of Maggie & Rose, image 2 courtesy of Banana Art Club, image 3 courtesy of minibaby via Pixabay, image 4 courtesy of Treasure Island, image 5 courtesy of Mini Mandarins via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of First Code Academy via Facebook, image 7 courtesy of Andrea Piacquadio via Pexels.