Staying in Hong Kong this Chinese New Year? Need a little something for the kids to do? Here’s a look at some of the top holiday classes and workshops going on. Time to horse around and gallop away!
ABC Chinese New Year Youth Sailing Programme
Aberdeen Boat Club
20 Shum Wan Rd, Hong Kong
Contact: (852) 2552 8182
If you’re looking to get some time on the water, the Aberdeen Boat Club is opening its docks this Chinese New Year for sailors of all levels for 7 – 18 year olds. Be sure to check certification requirements here.
Jan 11 – Feb 8
Contact: (852) 3480 4199
ActiveKids provide fun educational programmes for children between 5 and 16 years old. They encourage life-long learning and love letting ideas flow naturally! These camps are set up in Wan Chai, Aberdeen, Happy Valley and Pok Fu Lam just check out their timetable or call their very friendly staff for more details. Choose from three courses: Science Adventures, Stormy Chefs and The Chess Academy or enroll your tiny tot in all three!
An exciting hands-on course, kids will get to learn about topics such as the lunar rover, space and rocketry, and gizmo gadgets and goop.
What’s Chinese New Year without some Lucky Dumplings? Kids will get to make a full course meal featuring steamed pork and mushroom shumai, fortune ciqac cookies and much more!
The Chess Academy
Calling all budding strategists and mathematicians, don’t let Chinese New Year go by without polishing your chess skills!
Anastassia’s Art House
Various workshop locations and contact details can be found here
Anastassia’s Art House offers a variety of creative and exciting workshops to celebrate Chinese New Year for children from 3-5 and 6-12 years old. Students will use their class time to experience something completely beyond their imagination! For more info, check out the website.
Ayrtime Surf Camp
Contact: (852) 5410 2217
Want to catch some waves, dude? Check out this board-riding camp for surfers aged 7-16 taking place at Big Wave Bay. With a maximum of 4 students per teacher, this is all about putting safety first while learning some totally rad moves. For more info, see the website.
Faust International Play in a Day
5/F, Nan Dao Commercial Building, 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Contact: (852) 2547 9114
Is your little one up for a theatrical challenge? Faust’s Play in a Day aims to produce a full play in just seven hours! For little ones between 8 and 12 years, participants should bring along lunch and invite two guests to watch the final production at 5pm. For the drama-queens and kings out there, this will be a fabulous day of theatre fun.
21/F Code Plaze, 51 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2501 4842
Want to learn all about the Chinese zodiac? Ever wondered how to make a goldfish mobile? Want to find out how to make your own stylish lucky horse tote bag? Kid’s Gallery is offering courses on all these exciting Chinese traditions and more. Dates and times for each course vary and are available to view here.
Storytelling & Food Art- The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac
Perfect for the little ones in your brood, this educational story workshop has been specially created for 2.5 – 4 year olds. Not only will they get to make tasty treats to celebrate the year of the Horse but there is some festive role-play fun to be had too!
Goldfish Frame Mobile
Get ready to explore the visual elements of colour, pattern, texture, shape and form and make a lucky goldfish to ring in the New Year! Not only will it look beautiful decorating your child’s bedroom but it will also bring plenty of fortune and prosperity for the year of the Horse. Perfect for children from 3 – 6.
Lucky Horse Tote Bag
Learn all about the special features and characteristics of horses while creating a great tote! The tutorial in unique artwork is best suited to children between 3 – 6 years old and the end result is something useful and beautiful to boot.
Rockababy CNY Carnival
6/F Tung Hip Commercial Building, 244-248 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: 3586 3070
Little rockers from 9 months to 10 years will love this CNY camp featuring stories, dance, theatre, art and of course music galore! More information is available here.
YMCA Lunar New Year Camp 2014
YMCA of Hong Kong, No. 41 Salisbury Road, Tsim Tsa Tsui, Kowloon
Contact: (852) 2268-7090
For a fun filled Chinese New Year the YMCA never fails to provide challenging adventures to keep the little ones preoccupied. From cooking, ice-skating, science and sports, there really is something for everyone here! For enquiries or enrollment, call 2268-7090 and click here for detailed information on all YMCA workshops.
YMCA Jungle Adventure Camp (ages 5-7)
February 4-5 or 4-7
Chinese New Year means lots of snacking and learning about culture, and that’s exactly what this particular camp offers. There will also be sport climbing, a half-day trip and an English workshop for a perfect mix of fun and learning!
Cookery Day Camp LNY edition (ages 8-12)
Cook up a Chinese New Year storm and bring out the inner junior masterchefs in your kids! Aprons on, wooden spoons at the ready and inner chef at the reay!
Science Day Camp (ages 6-8)
For all the curious ones out there wondering about the magic of the universe, this workshop will show you how to bring a little touch of magic to the Chinese New Year festivities!
YMCA Multi-Sports Camp (ages 8-12)
Let your kids sweat it out and try out a huge array of sports in this camp. With activities like basketball, soccer, sport climbing, dodge ball and more, they’ll be sound asleep all the way home! Great if you need some rest and relaxation time to yourself mama.
Festival Walk Glacier Ice-Skating Camp (ages 7-10)
No. 21, Level UG, Festival Walk, No 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong
Does your young one love figure eights and spins on ice? If so, you’re in luck! At this camp they can simply try out the ice, or polish up those spins.