Keep the kids busy this autumn break!
The schools have only just reopened for face-to-face classes but it’s already time to think ahead to the next break. The next one coming up is the Mid-Autumn long weekend. With social restrictions on, this short holiday is ideal for a concentrated dose of fun and learning. While some schools have announced that they are doing away with or shortening the half-term holidays, there are a few that are going ahead, as planned. If your child’s school is having a mid-term break, you will probably be looking for ways to keep the kids entertained. These are some of the Mid-Autumn and half-term workshops, camps and classes being planned this year, even as many class providers are continuing to provide online and private classes during this period.
Editor’s Note: All information posted here was accurate at the time of publication. However, the situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving and this article will be updated as more class providers announce their plans and camps. Many businesses are taking extra precautions, but please make sure you follow the latest government advice and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms.
Over the week of the Mid-Autumn festival, your little ones can cook up some festive treats, learn about The Jade Rabbit, a legend of the Mid-Autumn Festival in art class, go on a Make & Make Believe moonlight picnic. Those are just some of the fun activities planned from Monday, 28 September to Friday, 2 October 2020. Meanwhile, Maggie & Rose is continuing with its online classes: Tuesdays and Wednesdays are for cooking and Thursdays are for art. The Repulse Bay classes are open to members only, while the Causeway Bay classes and camps are open to members and non-members.
When: Mid-Autumn Camps: Monday, 28 September to Friday, 2 October 2020; Online classes are ongoing
Where: 301 The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong;
308 & 311 Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Age: 6 months to 8 years
How much: Prices vary, depending on the class or camp chosen, check the details here
Contact: 2638 7191 (Repulse Bay), 2337 7571 (Causeway Bay), [email protected], www.maggieandrose.com.hk
With different schools having breaks at various points in October, Faust is offering holiday classes throughout the month. Whether your child is new to drama or writing, or an experienced performer/writer, he or she is sure to enjoy these week-long Holiday Theatre and Creative Writing programmes.
When: Monday, 5 October to Friday, 30 October 2020, Creative Writing: 10am to 12pm, Holiday Theatre: 9:30am to 12pm, 1:30pm to 3pm
Where: 5/F, Nan Dao Commercial Building, 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Age: 4 to 13 years
How much: Creative Writing: $2,980 per course (2 hours x 5 days);
Holiday Theatre: Morning Sessions – $2,980 per course (2.5 hours x 5 days), Afternoon Sessions – $1,980 per course (1.5 hours x 5 days)
Early Bird offers available until Wednesday, 30 September, as also discounts for multiple bookings.
Contact: 2547 9114, [email protected], www.faustworld.com
Yifan Mandarin will have face-to-face immersive Mandarin classes this autumn (so important for a child learning a new language!). The weekly programmes include arts and craft, music, theatre, games and STEM activities, all designed to help your child learn Mandarin. If the weather (and social distancing) permits, the team will also take the kids outdoors for snack time, games and to visit the surrounding areas. For the older kids on their half-term break, there are afternoon camps which combines language learning and outdoor activities with complete Mandarin immersion. While you may be wondering what happens if rules change, Yifan Mandarin guarantees a fee refund if the in-person classes are cancelled by the company.
When: Monday, 19 October to Friday, 30 October 2020
Where: Yifan Central: Unit A, 14/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 75-77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Yifan Discovery Bay: Unit 08, G/F, Office Block 1, North Plaza, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
Age: 3 to 14 years
How much: Prices start at $2,000
Contact: 2486 9012, [email protected], www.yifanmandarin.com and www.mandarinformunchkins.com
There are plenty of options to keep the kids entertained at the YWCA October Half-Term Break Camps this year. Ranging from archery to drama to comic illustration (which we love!) and lots more, there are camps and classes to suit all age groups. If your child is constantly doodling in his or her notebook, put that creativity to good use at this comic illustration five-day camp. Hosted by Hong Kong artist, Karki Ng, there are two separate sessions for kids aged 3 to 5 and 6 to 9 years. Or else, 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. What’s more, there are being held over multiple days by different providers. So no matter which school your child attends and when their half-term break is, there is likely to be a suitable class for him or her.
Age: 3 to 9 years
When: Monday, 19 October to Friday, 30 October 2020
Where: 3/F, 1 MacDonnell Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Prices vary
Contact: 3476 1340, [email protected], www.clle.ywca.org.hk
Sign your little scientist up for short mid-term science sessions with Curiosity Kids camps at PMQ in Central. You can choose to sign up your child per session, rather than commit to the whole week. This popular kids’ class provider is also offering weekly private classes at residential areas in the city, outdoor classes at Cyberport and regular online sessions.
Age: 4 to 8 years
When: Monday, 19, Tuesday, 20 and Saturday, 24 October 2020
Where: Shop 508, 35 Aberdeen Street, PMQ, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $250/1-hour session
Contact: [email protected], www.curiositykidshk.com
5678 Studio is offering a 5-day mid-term camp that combines fun, fitness, and creativity with activities that include aerial arts, drama improvisation, dance, vocal training, stop motion animation and drumming!
Age: 5 to 12+ years
When: Monday, 19 October to Friday, 23 October 2020
Where: 7D Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong
How much: $3,200
Contact: 3996 7529, WhatsApp: 5721 2691, [email protected], www.5678studio.net
ESF was one of the first to announce that its schools would be going ahead with the October break as planned. Naturally then, it is going ahead with its half-term multi-sport camps and single-sport classes. 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 basketball, fencing, tennis, football and gymnastics classes along with the regular multi-sport camps.
If your kids have green fingers, Ark Eden on Lantau will be right up their alley. 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 Mid-Autumn 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 holiday camps are for kids aged 5 to 11 years old and they can join in any of the days, depending on what’s convenient and sounds exciting! On the agenda is making musical instruments from nature, damming the stream and exploring mini-beasts.
Age: 5 to 11 years
When: Monday, 28 September to Friday, 9 October 2020
Where: 11 Tung Hang Mei, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong (please note, there’s a different schedule for pick-up and drop-off on public holidays)
How much: $670 to $750 per day
Contact: 2988 5355, [email protected], www.arkedenonlantau.org
After spending the first half of the year being cooped up indoors, you may want your daughters to get out and about, play in the mud and dirt and get back to nature. Kembali is offering October holiday programmes for young girls (and mamas who are interested!) and can customise its half-term camps and classes if these dates are not suitable. The Daughters of the Earth and Gaia Girls Immersion camps consist of bushcraft & adventure days for girls of different ages. They will be guided to swim in waterfalls, learn how to make fire the way our ancestors did, whittle sticks into spoons and knives and commune with Nature in the safety of sharing space with women and girls.
When: Monday, 19 October to Friday, 30 October 2020 (each 4-day camp runs on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of each week)
Where: Hong Kong Island
Age: 7 to 12 years
How much: Daughters of the Earth: $1,850, Gaia Girls Immersion: $2,500
Contact: [email protected], www.kembali.org
Sign up your water babies for fun in the sun with Treasure Island’s Autumn Adventure camps. Those who enjoy exciting pursuits will love these camps as they develop outdoor leadership skills such as trip preparation, equipment management and self-organisation including a whole lot of fun! Adventure Camp has different activities every day, in various locations on Lantau Island, with an overnight camping experience (usually from Thursday to Friday). Lunch and snacks are included daily.
When: Mid-Autumn camp from Thursday, 1 to Sunday, 4 October; Half-Term camps from Monday, 19 to Friday, 23 October and Monday, 26 to Friday, 30 October 2020. 15 June to Friday, 10 July 2020 (8am to 4:40pm)
Where: Pui O Beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong (pick up and drop off available from Central Ferry Pier 6)
Age: 5 to 16 years
How much: $ 980 to $ 4,480
Contact: 2546 3543, [email protected], www.treasureislandhk.com
Living Oceans Education is running two types of ocean education camps during the half-term break. For the junior marine explorers (aged 6 to 8 years), there will be beach discovery and a gorge hike, Peng Chau exploration and a coastal and environmental challenge. For older children (aged 9 to 13 years), there is a half-term adventurous 3-day ecosystem exploration programme to introduce kids to Hong Kong’s rich and diverse marine and coastal environments. These include mangrove explorations, snorkel discoveries and island adventure races.
When: Junior Marine Explorers: Thursday, 22 to Saturday, 24 October 2020; Hong Kong Ecosystem Exploration: Monday, 19 to Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Where: Various beach and ocean locations in Hong Kong
Age: Junior Marine Explorers: 6 to 8 years; Hong Kong Ecosystem Exploration: 9 to 13 years
How much: Junior Marine Explorers: $2,000; Hong Kong Ecosystem Exploration: $2,600
Contact: 6701 9203, [email protected], www.livingoceanseducation.com
Some of the most popular children’s class and camp providers are currently providing smaller, private classes and will announce their camps in due course. Do keep an eye out for camps and classes from:
Editor’s note: This article originally published in 2018, updated by Alex Purcell Garcia in September 2019 and further updated by Anita Balagopalan in September 2020.