Keep the kids busy this autumn break!
The summer holidays may have only just ended but it’s never too early to start planning what’s next! Over the 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 (there’s even some that involve the parents too)!
If your little one loves to get hands-on with crafts they’re in for a spooky treat this autumn with Maggie & Rose’s Halloween timetable. Spanning two weeks (Monday, 21 October to Friday, 1 November 2019) and set within its creative environment for your little ones to learn through play, kids will have an amazing Halloween experience with a huge range of creative options packed with fun. Make super cool spider pies, batwing pizza or other ghoulishly delicious treats during the cooking lessons, graduate from the Monster Academy in Make & Make Believe, get down with the ghouls in the extra spooky music course, or make creepy spider hats in the Spider Art Factory, plus much more! Round off the half term with Pollock Pumpkins, where little ones will get to splat their very own Pumpkin!
The regular autumn timetable is also available from now until Friday, 13 December 2019, inspiring creativity, engaging imaginations and developing life skills as kids learn through play. Note, Repulse Bay classes are for members only and their guests, while Causeway Bay is open to members and non-members, and non-members are unable to use member club facilities unless as guests of a member who must also be present at the time.
Sassy Mama readers who sign up and pay before or by Monday, 30 September 2019, for any Maggie & Rose City Club Halloween class will enjoy a complimentary slice of cake with coffee or tea (valued at $90) when quoting M&R x Sassy Halloween during enrolment. T&Cs apply, contact for details.
When: Monday, 21 October to Friday, 1 November 2019
Where: 301 The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay;
308 & 311 Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay
Age: 12 months to 8 years
How much: $300 to $380 per class (members), $350 to $430 per class (non-members)
Contact: 2638 7191 (Repulse Bay), 2337 7571 (Causeway Bay), [email protected], www.maggieandrose.com.hk
Empower your kids to become creators with technology and have a great time doing it at First Code Academy! This October, youngsters can take part in the half-term break coding camps, available from Wednesday, 2 to Friday, 25 October 2019. With camp options from three to four days, kids will love these fun camps designed for any skill level, working on projects that include the game development series of Minecraft modelling and Roblox, creating their own 3D games, Lego Mindstorm, an introduction to Swift 4.2, plus so much more! Through the Junior, Tinker, Explorer or Creator camps, children of all ages will be tech-savvy in no time.
First Code Academy is also the first and only in Hong Kong that’s an Apple Authorised Training Provider (AATP), where certified trainers teach the Apple curriculum, enabling students to be Apple certified. What’s more, it will be launching the new edition of AppJamming Summit – the international mobile app development competition in 2020! The October camp will be a great start for students to also learn the tool of AppInventor which can be used for designing apps that address social problems (suitable for ages 8 to 16). Students will learn the operation of the tools needed during the October camp and start preparing for entries (registration commences on Monday, 9 September 2019)!
Age: 4 to 14+
When: Wednesday, 2 October to Friday, 25 October 2019
Where: 5/F, Gee Tuck Building, 16-20 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong;
Unit 11B, 11/F, KP Tower, 93-95 King’s Road, Fortress Hill, North Point, Hong Kong;
Unit 404, 4/F, Kowloon Building, 555 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Early bird discounts are available when booking before Wednesday, 11 September 2019, and if you refer a friend you can get $380 in credit and your friends will get the same discount in cash!
Contact: 2772 2108, [email protected], www.firstcodeacademy.com
Minisport, Hong Kong’s early years’ sports specialist, is back again with its signature half-term camps. It most certainly is the camp for you if your kids are 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 after they’ve made plenty of friends, developed new skills and potentially found a new favourite sport. If you’re looking for a more personal approach, try the private classes that are available on request at a time and venue that suits you. The passionate coaching team will make sure your kids get the most out of every class, become well-rounded confident young athletes, and blow off enough steam that they’ll sleep soundly at the end of the day!
Age: 2.5 to 9
When: From Tuesday, 8 October to Thursday, 24 October 2019
Where: Multiple locations across Hong Kong
How much: From $1,750 with discounts available when booking for multiple children
Contact: 6183 7084, [email protected], www.minisport.hk
It wouldn’t be an October half-term camp if there weren’t some spooky Halloween goodies involved! Luckily for your little bakers, Complete Deelite is offering a range of week-long workshops (running from Monday, 7 October to Friday, 25 October 2019) for the kids to get stuck into. Budding bakers can try their hand at a boolicious cookie bouquet, clever pumpkin loaf or a 3D monster surprise cake plus other yummy (and scary!) snacks.
Age: 6 and older
When: Monday, 7 October to Friday, 25 October 2019
Where: Complete Deelite, 3/F, On Lan Centre, 11-15 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $550
Contact: 3167 7022, [email protected], www.completedeelite.com
You’ll find a wide range of mid-term October camps and courses to fit your youngsters’ interests. Suitable for students from ages 3 to 17, take your pick from Science Adventures (space and rocketry), The Chess Academy (great for a brain workout!), Stormy Chefs (appetisers, entrées and desserts), RoboCode where kids can actually build and code their own robot, ArtCrafters (painting and drawing) and Mission Runway where youngsters will design their own Halloween costume! With over 60-plus schools and club locations to choose from (with the main centre in Kennedy Town) you’re sure to find a place to suit you.
Age: 3 to 17
When: Tuesday, 8 October to Saturday, 12 October 2019; Monday, 7 October to Friday, 25 October 2019
Where: Unit A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
How much: From $1,250 to $3,400
Contact: 3480 4199, [email protected], www.ActiveKidshk.com
Distinctive and dynamic, this camp follows a slightly different format to the standard Rugbytots classes, with a greater emphasis on play, plenty of games and group participation. Rugbytots believes that when children have fun, the process of learning, playing, being challenged or even just joining in from the sidelines becomes more meaningful and memorable. Your kids are guaranteed to have a whole lot of fun in this dynamic and passionate environment – they’re sure to come away with a smile! So confident are the team that youngsters will have the best time, they’ll give you every penny back if not!
Age: 2 to 3.5 and 3.5 to 5
When: Tuesday, 8 October to Friday, 11 October 2019; Monday, 14 October to Friday, 18 October 2019
Where: Happy Valley (rugby pitch 6), Victoria Park (on the grass lawn), Kennedy Town (Cadogan street, temporary playground)
How much: $175 per day; $850 for a full week; $225 drop-in
Contact: 5307 6677, [email protected], www.rugbytots.hk
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 (four-day camp), Stanley (five-day camp) and Discovery Bay (four-day camp). 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: Between Tuesday, 8 October to Thursday, 31 October 2019
Where: Discovery Bay, Pui O and Stanley
How much: Contact for details
Contact: 2987 4274, [email protected], www.dragons.hk
Koding Kingdom offers a whole heap of technology-based camps throughout the year. This October, there’s plenty to choose from – Virtual Reality 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 which covers learning objects such as understanding basic algorithms, inputs, processes and outputs, and identifying how technological systems are represented. Not all October camp information was available at the time of publishing, so contact the team for more details.
Age: 4 to 12 and older
When: Dates vary depending on the course
How much: Prices vary depending on the camp, contact for details
Contact: 3706 8917, WhatsApp: 9224 6986, [email protected], www.kodingkingdom.com
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 aged 3 to 5 and 6 to 9. 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: 3 to 5 and 6 to 9
When: Tuesday, 8 October to Friday, 11 October 2019
Where: 3/F, 1 MacDonnell Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $1,440 (APH Fee), $1,480 (standard fee)
Contact: 3476 1340, [email protected], www.clle.ywca.org.hk
On the topic of YWCA, the Comic Illustrations Camp is not the only offering. In fact, you’ll find a huge range of options for the October break for kids aged between 3 to 9 years old. Try the Little and Junior STEM Science camps, hosted by native English teachers Darren and Sally who have been providing fun, engaging and super silly science sessions at the YWCA for over 10 years. Or the Helen O’Grady Drama class, packed with ad-libbing, speech drills, music, movement and more. Kids can get creative in the kitchen with the Kids Can Cook camp, or if you’d rather they focus on their language skills, opt for the phonics or reading camps.
Age: 3 to 9
When: Between Tuesday, 8 October to Friday, 25 October 2019
Where: 3/F, 1 MacDonnell Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: From $399 to $1,896
Contact: 3476 1340, [email protected], www.clle.ywca.org.hk
With ESF, 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 pastime. This autumn, there are two options for budding sport stars to enjoy – the swimming or football clinic. The swimming camp has a choice of three locations (Discovery College, Renaissance College or South Island School), with classes available from 2.5 to 7 years and older. Its qualified coaches will help little swimmers develop their comfort level and improve techniques through fun games and activities. The football camp will take place at King George V School in Ho Man Tin and will grow your youngsters’ love for the sport (aged 5 to 9 plus)!
If your family has green fingers, Ark Eden on Lantau will be right up their street. It’s part of a larger project (global ecological restoration centres) that works towards providing sustainable solutions for global, environmental and social issues – so not only will your kids have a great time at these October half-term camps, they’ll be giving something back as well! Through imaginative play, problem-solving (through storytelling) and connecting with nature, children will grow their skills on how to cook, make things and take care of themselves through compassionate, curious, creative and adventurous learning. The October camps (for kids aged 5 to 11 years old) run for a week and kids can try their hand at pizza making, building treehouse dens, hunt for beach treasures and much more!
Age: 5 to 11
When: Monday, 7 October to Friday, 11 October 2019
Where: 11 Tung Hang Mei, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong (see the schedule for pick-up/drop-off pier locations in Central and Lantau)
How much: $670 to $750 per day
Contact: 2988 5355, [email protected], www.arkedenonlantau.org
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on 27, August 2018 and updated by Alex Purcell Garcia on 6, September 2019.