Just some of the options available for keeping the kids busy
The summer holidays may have only just ended but it’s never too early to start planning what’s next! Over Mid-Autumn Festival and October half term, there are plenty of ways to keep the kids entertained and get them out of the house. We’ve been on the hunt for fun, interactive camps and classes that are easy to get to and even some where parents can get involved!
Rumple and Friends
No boring bits here: At Rumple and Friends’ Mid-term Camp this year, you’ll find everything from art, to creativity, teamwork, circus skills, laughter and magic. A creative camp offering a mix of drama, musical theatre, magic and arts and crafts, you won’t find a team of professionals more dedicated to helping your little ones have the best week EVAH! The team is made up of professional performers and have a wealth of experience. They know all the tricks of the trade to get your child shining like the stars they truly are. The week will culminate with a final stage show performance, with costumes, props and the full works – a highlight for both kids and parents.
Use the discount code R&FSassy18 to receive 10% off.
Simply quote the promo code when booking.
Age: 3 to 9
When: Monday, 15 to Friday 19 October, 10 am to noon daily.
Where: Unit 5B, Kin On Commercial Building, 49-51 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $2500. Use the discount code R&FSassy18 to receive a 10%. Simply quote the promo code when booking.
Contact: 9830 8287, [email protected], www.rumpleandfriends.com
Minisport, Hong Kong’s early years sports specialists, is back again with its signature holiday camps. Now, this may not be the camp for your kid if you’re looking for some hardcore sports training, but it’s most certainly is the camp for you if they’re looking to have heaps of fun, get stuck in and try out a multitude of different activities. Your little ones will get to experiment with basketball, football, yoga, tennis, athletics and more. Minisport prides itself on sending your kids back to you having made plenty of friends, developed new skills and potentially found a new favourite sport. If your babe is younger than 2.5 years old, make sure to inquire about the new Baby Camp courtesy of Minisport’s playgroup programme!
Age: 1.5 to 9
When: Monday 15, October – Friday 19, October
Where: Multiple locations across Hong Kong
How much: From $2200 for one child, $3900 for two children, $5,300 for three, $1766 per child for four children +. Prices subject to 15% off before 3 September and 10% off if booked before 17 September. Super Early bird discount expires on 2 September. Early bird discount expires on 1 October.
Contact: 6183 7084, [email protected], www.minisport.hk
First Code Academy
Coding is a superpower within your children reach. First code Academy’s mid-autumn workshop is instilling a creator’s mindset to young curious minds through tech camps for kids ages 9 and older. This year’s theme is ”AppJamming” where kids and parents can work together in this interactive workshop. Join the First Code team to explore hands-on programming and create your own mobile apps! Kids (and parents) will be introduced to basic computer programming, algorithms and logic controls. The teachers here are top-notch tech pros, so students are in good hands, as they learn from the best. Please note: children must bring their own laptops.
Age: 9 and older
When: Saturday, 1 September. More dates TBA
Where: Multiple locations across Hong Kong
How much: $200 per child and parent
Contact: 2772 2108, [email protected], hk.firstcodeacademy.com
Complete Deelite: Mooncake Making Workshop
It’s not Mid-Autumn Festival without mooncakes, so now is the perfect time to learn how to make these classic tasty treats! Complete Deelite offers parent-child classes so you and your little chef can team up to produce either traditional custard mooncakes, or shake things up and create some rainbow snowy alternatives. All ingredients are provided to make six mooncakes to take home.
Age: 7 and older
When: Saturday 15 September or Saturday 22 September
Where: Complete Deelite, 2/F, On Lan Centre, On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $580 (kids age 7 to 14 years old), $680 (for one child plus parent)
Contact: [email protected], completedeelite.com
HK Dragons Football Camps
If your little ones are football crazy then HK Dragons will set them up for soccer success. The coaches at HK Dragons have a combined 25 years of football experience, so it’s no wonder they know how to coax the best out of kids. There are three locations for the Dragon’s October footy camps: Pui O, Stanley and Discovery Bay. Expect students to master defence and tackling, tactical awareness, movement and agility, teamwork and ball control. Don’t forget the shin pads!
Age: 3 and older
When: Monday 15 to Friday 19 October (excluding Wednesday, 17 September)
Where: Discovery Bay, Pui O and Stanley
How much: $800 for four days
Contact: 5360 0565, [email protected], dragons.hk
Koding Kingdom offers a whole heap of technology-based camps throughout the year. This October, there’s plenty to choose from; Virtual Realty coding, STEM, Minecraft coding, multimedia design, app and mobile games development, to name just a few. For young coders completely new to this kind of tech, there’s the Computer Science for Kids class (for ages 4 to 6) which covers learning objects such as understanding basic algorithms, inputs, processes and outputs and identifying how technological systems are represented.
Age: 4 to 12 and older
When: Dates vary depending on the course. Most camps are 1 to 2 hours long and take place over four or five days.
Where: Shop 404, Level 4, The Arcade, 100 Cyberport Road, Cyberport, Hong Kong; Room 1802, Global Gateway Tower, 63 Wing Hong Street, Lai Chai Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong; Unite 6, 1/F, The Parkside Mall, 18 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong.
How much: Prices vary depending on camp. Enquire for details.
Contact: 3706 8917, [email protected], www.kodingkingdom.com
Comic Illustrations Camp
If your child is constantly doodling in his or her notebook, put that creativity to good use at this comic illustration four-day camp. Hosted by Hong Kong Artist, Karki Ng, there are two separate sessions for kids ages 5 to 7 and 7 to 10. Younger artists will work on their comic drawing skills and design fun flipbooks. Older kids will design their own comic book, focusing on creating characters, developing storylines and binding their very own comic creation. Lessons are taught in English and Cantonese. Register here.
Age: 5 to 7, 7 to 10
When: 15 to 19 October (excluding 17 October); 14:30 to 16:00
Where: 3/F, 1 MacDonnell Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $1440
Contact: 3476 1346, clle.ywca.org.hk
ESF Sports and Language Camps
With ESF camps, you know that your kids will be learning from some of the most experienced pros. Open to both ESF and non-ESF students, there are multisport options and specialist clinics for those that have already found their favourite sport. ESF’s language courses also come highly recommended and can be combined with a sport clinic to design a pretty great all-round day camp experience. Keep an eye out on the ESF website for confirmed dates and prices.
Age: 15 months to 13 years old
When: Dates TBC
How much: TBC
Contact: 5360 0565, www.esf.org.hk
YWCA Science Camp
Get kids hooked on science at these fun and silly science camps. Hosted by native English teachers from Gateway Education – teachers Dan and Sally have been providing fun, engaging and super silly science sessions at the YWCA for over 10 years. So this day camp is well and truly tried and tested. Kids will be encouraged to get involved with hands-on, giggle-enduing experiments. There is the Little Scientist camp for 3- to 6-year-olds (note this is an unaccompanied camp) and the Junior Scientist camp for 6- to 11-year-olds.
Age: 3 to 6, 6 to 11
When: 15 to 16 October, 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Where: YWCA, 3/F, 1 MacDonnell Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $665
Contact: 3476 1346, clle.ywca.org.hk