October is the time for the half-term holidays for most schools in Hong Kong and that can only mean one thing – time to find some exciting holiday camps and classes for the kids. We find out the best activities and workshops to keep children busy during their autumn break!
Although the schools have only just reopened, it’s already time to plan ahead for the October break! With travel restrictions still on, this short holiday is ideal for a concentrated dose of fun and learning for kids remaining in Hong Kong. With that in mind, here are some of the Autumn and half-term workshops, camps and classes being planned this year. With schools taking breaks at different times, not all class providers have got their details out just as yet, so bookmark this page and watch out as we keep updating it with the best holiday camps this season. Whether you are looking for sports classes or speech workshops, outdoor adventures or music lessons, we have lined up holiday camps that will keep your kids busy through the October mid-term break.
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.
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When: All Year Round
Where: 6/F The Eastmark, 21 Sheung Yuet Road, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Age: Super Science: 4 to 12 years; Signature Mandarin Course: 3 to 12 years; Robotics & Coding: 5 to 8 years; Enrichments Classes: 3 to 12 years
How much: $360+
Your favourite sports class provider is running exciting daily drop-in half-term camps for active young kids this October, giving parents maximum flexibility and kids maximum fun! With 5 locations to choose from, Minisport is offering multi-sport camps for kids aged 1.5 to 8 years. These run from their renowned Playgroup programme (guardian-assisted) for kids as young as 1.5 to 2.5 years right through to Mini-tots (2.5 to 3.5 years), Level 1 (3.5 to 5 years) and Level 2 (6 to 8 years). Groups are kept small for safety and social distancing purposes and you can enrol in the camps on a day-to-day basis.
When: Monday, 11 October to Saturday, 16 October 2021, various time slots throughout the day. Private camps are also available outside of these dates.
Where: Victoria Park (Causeway Bay), Nam Cheong Park (Sham Shui Po), Velodrome Park (Tseung Kwan O), Repulse Bay Beach (NEW Pirates themed beach camps), West Island School (Pok Fu Lam)
Ages: Playgroup – 1.5 to 2.5 years, Mini-Tots – 2.5 to 3.5 years, Level 1 – 3.5 to 5 years, Level 2 – 6 to 8 years
How much: Playgroup – $250/day, Mini-Tots, Level1 and 2 – $375/day
If your kids are nature lovers, Ark Eden’s holiday camps on Lantau will be right up their alley. 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. There are overnight and family camping options this year and kids can join in any of the days, depending on what’s convenient and sounds exciting!
Age: 5 to 11 years
When: Friday, 1 October to Sunday, 3 October and Monday, 11 October to Friday, 15 October 2021
Where: 11 Tung Hang Mei, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
How much: $670 to $750 per day
Contact: 2988 5355, [email protected], www.arkedenonlantau.org
Catering to the different dates of term breaks across most international schools in Hong Kong, Yifan Mandarin is offering two weeks of October Holiday camps a fortnight apart. More details will be announced on Friday, 10 September so make sure you get in early to book these immersive Mandarin classes.
When: Week 1 – Monday, 11 October to Friday, 15 October 2021, Week 2 – Monday, 25 October to Friday, 29 October 2021
Where: Yifan Central: Unit A, 14/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 75-77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Age: 3 to 14 years
How much: To be announced
Contact: 2486 9012, WhatsAspp: 9208 7611, [email protected], www.yifanmandarin.com
There are plenty of options to keep the kids entertained at the YWCA‘s October Break Camps this year. After the buzz of the Olympics, you could introduce your kids to archery or opt for some indoor fun with drama, dancing, cooking and more. Most camps are at the YMCA premises in Central, except for the archery camp.
Age: 2.5 to 12 years
When: Monday, 11 October to Friday, 15 October 2021
Where: 3/F, 1 MacDonnell Road, Central, Hong Kong,
Archery camps: 2/F, Block C, Wing Hong Factory Building 781 Yu Chau West Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong
How much: Prices vary
Contact: 3476 1340, [email protected], www.clle.ywca.org.hk
More October Holiday Camps In Hong Kong
Some of the most popular children’s class and camp providers are currently offering smaller, private classes and will announce their camps in due course. Do keep an eye out for camps and classes from:
The Backyard Gang – Camps for 3 to 9-year-olds. Details will be sent through by mid-September, www.thebackyardgang.com
The World of Yoga – Holiday camps that will build your kid’s strength and improve mindfulness, www.worldofyogaschool.com
Lifelong Labs – Calling all budding fashion designers and music, film and video producers for this focused October half-term camps, www.lifelonglabs.org
First Code Academy – Coding camps in September and October, www.firstcodeacademy.com
Banana Art Club – Halloween themed art camps throughout October, www.bananaartclub.com
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2018 and most recently updated in August 2021.