We’ve rounded up the best extracurricular activities in the city, perfect for summertime.
With the holidays creeping up on us, there’s no better time than the present to help your children catch up on work, try new experiences and get involved in extracurricular activities. For teenagers, after-school clubs and classes aren’t just a way to get exam prep in, they’re also a great way to improve and develop key skills (and they don’t hurt on resumes!). Make it interesting by giving a volunteering opportunity a chance, or learning a new language. From art to sports, tech to the stage, you’re sure to find something to keep your teens (and tweens) entertained and stimulated throughout the break.
Anastassia’s Art House
Hong Kong’s only Russian art academy, Anastassia’s Art House, incorporates a vast wealth of cultural heritage in fine art in its programmes and has a team of highly qualified educators, all of whom are practising artists who hold degrees from renowned institutions. For teenagers, you can join a draw and sketch class, that covers mixed media and drawing techniques, or even go for an art appreciation course.
CreativeKids is committed to advancing creative development in children and teens, collaborating with schools, centres and corporations to bring you all kinds of art and design extracurricular activities! Its summer options for teenagers cover everything from drawing to oil painting, 3D constructing and architecture – see the summer 2019 schedule for more info.
CreativeKids, Aspen Court, G/F, 46 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2530 4336
Hong Kong Art Tutoring
Whether your child is looking for extra help with their art coursework, trying to build a portfolio for university, or simply wanting to get involved, Hong Kong Art Tutoring is just the thing! It covers life drawing, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and more with sessions taking place in its purpose-built studio.
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Aunty Lavina Education Centre (ALEC)
Aunty Lavina Education Centre (ALEC)‘s teaching philosophy strives to encourage growth, eliminate weaknesses, and provide holistic development for your children. The quality tutoring centre has a team of over 20 devoted tutors who all specialise in a variety of subjects and cover everything from IGCSEs to SATs, A levels, IB and HKDSE.
Aunty Lavina Education Centre (ALEC), 204 & 308 Chevalier House, 45-51 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Kelly Yang Project
Focusing on global knowledge, dynamic delivery, disciplined work, emotional intelligence, and community engagement, this “premiere” learning centre offers intensive young author workshops and Model United Nations (MUN), as well as competitive debate, global thinking and critical writing classes.
Kelly Yang, Park Avenue Tower, 5/F, 5 Moreton Terrace, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
You just can’t escape mathematics! Make it easier on your child by building their skills up with Mathemagic, all in the comfort of your own home. Lessons are taught in either English or Cantonese and are perfect to help them prepare for major exams such as IGCSEs, IBs, SAT and A levels.
Alliance Française’s extracurricular activities are taught in French in order to maximise exposure and give teens the opportunity to discover the culture and really practice speaking the language. Courses complement school curriculums, with new activities and resources implemented so your child can put into practice what they’ve learnt at school, work around their difficulties and extend their knowledge of French.
Hong Kong Institute of Languages
What language are you looking to learn? German? Mandarin? Japanese? There’s all that and more at The Hong Kong Institute of Languages, which offers beginner, intermediate and intensive classes for teenagers to help with prep for exams such as GCSE and IB.
The Spanish Academy
Whether your child is looking for help in passing a class, thinking about applying to an American university or is just curious about the language and culture, the extracurricular activities at The Spanish Academy are ideal for building up their confidence no matter what their goal is.
The Spanish Cultural Association
Aiming to provide the best learning environment for its student, The Spanish Cultural Association has a team of over 15 qualified native speakers (all with a degree in teaching and five years of experience!) who will make sure you master the language. Its courses for teenagers make use of a range of materials and complement big curriculums, making it perfect for both beginners and teens preparing for exams. See the full schedule for details.
The Spanish Cultural Association, Unit A, 13F, Eastern Flower Centre, 22-24 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Founded by Irish-Chinese singing teacher and singer-songwriter Weisan Au Yeung and her Scottish drum teacher and musician partner, Dave Simpson, this contemporary music school is perfect for amateurs. It offers extracurricular activities in singing, guitar, keyboard, bass and drums in a friendly and welcoming environment, with classes geared to a range of ages. Make sure to check out its Teens Group Singing Classes, Band Camp and Karaoke Club!
Aspire Music, Anton Building, 10/F, Anton Building, 1 Anton Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Parkland Music promises to go beyond traditional music education, designing its courses around “5 Key Fields” that are comprised of Pop Music, Vocal, Digital Music, Theory and Classical Music. It offers everything from guitar lessons (fingerstyle, acoustic or electric) to classical instruments and digital sound mixing. While most lessons are in Cantonese, you can reach out to course consultants to learn more about classes that are conducted in English, Mandarin and Japanese.
Parsons Music Academy
Parsons Music Academy promotes music culture and nurtures talent, offering all kinds of extracurricular activities as well as organising concerts, recitals, master classes, and music competitions. Learn to play everything from the piano to strings, woodwind, and more from tutors who have all obtained a Grade 8 or an equivalent qualification. There are over 20 locations across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, making this an ideal and (hopefully!) convenient choice. Make sure to use the course search on the site to find the right class for you.
Sol Passion Music
Pick up production tips and learn how to scratch and spin at Sol Passion Music! The centre’s team is composed of DJs, music producers, certified trainers, musicians, booking agents, and event coordinators with years of professional experience in the industry. Check out the options for teenagers (up to 14-years-old) and the introductory courses which cover DJ-ing, production, instruments and percussion, and singing/songwriting.
If you’re looking to build your child’s confidence in English, this is a brilliant option that’ll help their communication and presentation skills. With over 15 education centres in Hong Kong, Dramatic English offers “actors” and “musical” courses that cover creative writing, interviewing, public speaking and more. Its annual charity musical is a Broadway-style production that follows an authentic process from auditioning right up to casting and rehearsals, and gives your child the chance to perform with professional actors.
Helen O’Grady Drama Academy
Founded by Helen O’Grady in Perth, Australia in 1979, this academy aims to aid children’s development through drama. It promises to be a place where your child can creatively express themselves while improving their interpersonal and communication skills. Open to all students attending secondary school, its comprehensive youth theatre programme (for ages 13 to 17) covers everything from ad-libs and improv to radio plays, scripts, scene planning and more.
HKU Sandy Bay RFC
Based on the south side of Hong Kong Island, this all-inclusive club aims to introduce you to the great game of rugby. Its junior section’s youth teams are perfect for teenagers, offering professional coaching, guidance and mentoring at all levels – whether they’ve never played rugby or have played all their life. Club members pay an annual subscription fee.
HKU Sandy Bay RFC, Stanley Ho Sports Centre, Sha Wan Drive, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong, www.hkusandybayrfc.com
Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy
Located in Sai Kung’s stunning countryside, the Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy offers tailored programmes that follow specialised philosophies and training methods. Sign up for one of the junior golf classes (based on Jack Nicklaus’ approach) or join the tennis under 18 training programme (that makes use of The Bruguera Method).
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
One of the oldest and largest sports clubs in Hong Kong, The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club provides comprehensive courses that cover everything from basic sailing skills to rowing, paddling, racing and more. Take advantage of the warmer weather and enjoy being out on the open sea – you can choose flexible dates based on your schedule.
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2832 2817, www.rhkyc.org.hk
26 Coaching’s team is made up of experienced and qualified triathlon (running, swimming and cycling) specialists, and offers youth programmes that cover running, aquathon, biking, and development. Ideal if your teen has plenty of energy!
Technology and Coding
“Build Something Different” BSD Education is dedicated to empowering the kids of today with the tools for tomorrow. Check out its summer extracurricular activities, including STEAM coding camps for ages 13 and above, that offer in-depth workshops where your teens can design and build their own video game or get an intro to computer science, ideal for giving them a headstart for university.
Cobo Academy’s innovative curriculum is the collective brainchild of experienced coders and educators – many of whom happen to be parents! Classes are small (typically between 4:1 to 8:1), fun and interactive, and embrace problem-based and project-based learning. Opt for a regular course or even a summer camp – you can join at any age (“principal” for ages 12 to 14 and “fellow” for 15+) with any experience.
Coding 101 offers courses for primary right up to tertiary students, covering everything from robotics to Minecraft programming and Python. Check out any of its regular classes, or if you want to dig deeper, commit to a holiday camp in Science Park.
First Code Academy
With over 10 locations across the city, First Code Academy is an ideal and convenient choice. It’s the first and largest coding school in Hong Kong, and offers an innovative “First Code Entrepreneur” extracurricular activities and courses for ages 15 and above, emphasising on computational thinking and developing an entrepreneurial mindset. Your teen will build on their foundation of web and mobile applications, engage in the design thinking process, solve problems for local non-profit organisations.
If you or your family are looking for volunteering extracurricular activities in Hong Kong, make sure to check out our round-up of all the nonprofits, charities and organisations that are definitely worth giving your time to! Not only will you be giving something back, but it has great feel-good-factor.
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