It’s almost that time of year — the long, lazy summer months are just around the corner and you’re about to have a couple of restless kiddos on your hands if you don’t find some extracurriculars to keep them occupied! For those of you setting up camp in the 852 over the summer, there’s plenty for the kids to do, from art to music to dance lessons and of course, brushing up on those Mandarin skills! Not sure where to start? Take your pick below from our Sassy Mama roundup of 2014 summer camps:
SPRING Learning covers a broad spectrum and we love the versatile range of different camps for the tiny tots to take part in. There’s the Emotional Vocabulary Workshop, SuperSports Summer Camp, Science Camp, Art Workshop, Harp Workshop, Musical Theatre and Drama Camp. Your little ones can pick out the one that sounds most interesting (we’re thinking maybe Harp Workshop?) and meet friends while making lasting summer memories!
When: July and August
Where: SPRING Learning, 3/F, Center Point, 181-185 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Workshops and programmes start at $1,800. Email them here for more details.
Hong Kong Art Tutoring
Letting your munchkins release pent-up energy in an interactive art class while you enjoy some time off sounds like a great idea to us! Hong Kong Art Tutoring has courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpting and mixed-media for young ones ready to experiment. The art classes are suitable for kids ages 8 and up.
When: 16 June-15 August
Where: Hong Kong Art Tutoring, 21/F, Chu Kee Building, 435 Kings Road, North Point, Hong Kong
How much: $1,300 per week, book two courses and get a 10% discount, book three courses and get a 15% discount.
Banana Art Club
We know how frustrating it can be when the little ones grab a set of crayons and use your beautiful cream walls as a canvas. If they’re artfully inclined, why not enrol them at Banana Art Club? They’ll be able to unleash their creativity (without all the mess and clean-up afterwards!) through fun activities such as drawing, sculpting and painting.
When: 23 June – 31 August
Where: Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, 4/F, 7A Kennedy Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Prices start at $430, for more details click here.
Kids’ Gallery has long established itself as one of the best places for kids to have some artsy fun! With centres in Kowloon, Hong Kong, Yau Tong and Bel Air in Pok Fu Lam, they’re conveniently located if your little Picasso wants to improve his or her creativity. There are half day camps that run throughout the week, full day camps and weekend camps. Kids’ Gallery also has sessions for toddlers as young as 16 months.
When: Classes start on 7 July.
Where: Kids’ Gallery, 21/F, Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong; for more locations, click here.
How much: Prices start from $1,400. For more details, click here.
Want to keep your kid’s mind sharp as a tack over the summer? The British Council has numerous English courses during the summer break for non-native speakers. Kids will improve their phonics skills, learn about speech and drama and use their imaginations for some creative writing.
When: Summer classes run through July and August; 15% early bird discount before 25 May for two or more courses.
Where: Several locations around Hong Kong, find addresses here.
How Much: For information on pricing, click here.
Up your child’s game by encouraging their Mandarin skills! At Southside Mandarin, the little one will learn Chinese songs, word recognition, character writing, comprehension and more. There’ll be site visits to the supermarket, a shopping mall, the beach and even Ocean Park for the kids to practice what they’ve learnt in class.
When: 30 June-29 August
Where: Southside Mandarin, Room 809 One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: $600 per day, $2,500 for one week, $4,800 for two weeks. Sign up before 6 June to enjoy a 10% early bird discount.
EtonHouse’s summer programme is solely focused on improving your child’s linguistic abilities. The Mandarin courses are the perfect opportunity for your kid to develop a strong foundation in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Kids will be taught by qualified teachers with native language skills, so you’re sure to be leaving them in good hands!
When: 2 July-8 August with three sessions each lasting two weeks
Where: EtonHouse, 102, 1F Red Hill Plaza, 3 Red Hill Road, Tai Tam, Hong Kong
How much: $4,850 per two-week session. Receive a 10% discount for booking two or more sessions.
Mandarin for Munchkins
One more for those wanting to improve their language skills: Mandarin for Munchkins has got a range of classes for kids ages 2.5-15 years old. Your little linguists will learn Mandarin through arts and crafts, stories, music, games and singing – definitely a well-rounded approach to language!
Each Summer Fun session at IMS is conducted using engaging, interactive methods, in either English or Mandarin as the medium. There are two-week long programmes for young ones ages 3 to 9 years old, including English Immersion, Mandarin Immersion and IMS Sports Camp. If your child is having trouble with his or her numbers, there’s even a Mathematics Made Easy camp for them to up their game.
When: 30 June-23 August
Where: The International Montessori School, 62 Tin Hau Temple Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong
How much: $4,600 and up. Download the registration form here.
For kids who are super active but may be bored of playground games, Brazilian Jiujitsu is an exciting and energy-packed sport that also builds great sportsmanship skills. It’s a great way to keep kids energised throughout the summer holidays, and may instill a lifelong sense of fitness as well as a love for mixed martial arts.
When: Classes start at the end of June.
Where: Jab, 5/F, Kimley Commercial Building, 142-146 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
How much: Email Jab here for more details, or call 2581 6684.
If you’re keen to get the mini Beckhams and Kournikovas out of the classroom, Sport4Kids is great for honing their sporting skills, all the while improving their motor and coordination abilities. The instructors are friendly, the environments secure and the camp agendas filled with jam-packed action! This is definitely the place to make summer buddies while letting loose on the field.
When: Classes start 30 June, click here for the summer schedule.
Where: Various locations around Hong Kong including Parkview, Hong Kong Academy, French International School and Club Siena in Discovery Bay.
How much: Classes start from $1,900. Email Sport4Kid here to register.
Flex Studio’s age-appropriate classes are the hallmark of their popular camps. Choose from Flying Pilates to Yoga to Funky Dance and Ballet, all designed for children ages 2 to 12 years old with friendly, helpful instructors and one-on-one interaction.
When: Week 1 runs from 30 June-4 July; Week 2 runs from 7-11 July.
Where: Flex Studio, Shops 308-310, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
How much: Click here for more details.
Explore the magic of movement through Spotlight Studio’s varied dance classes for babies up to teenagers 17 years old. “Disco Babies” course lets little ones wiggle and dance to interactive songs while the “Broadway Stars” class teaches tots 3-6 years old singing, dancing and drama for a triple threat! Older kids 7-17 years old can enrol in the “Spotlight Factor” or “Video Hype” course which lets kids star in their own music video!
When: July and August
Where: Spotlight Studio, 4/F, Cheong Sun Tower, 116-118 Wing Lok St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How Much: Click here for pricing details.
Bebegarten offers a variation of classes for toddlers and older. Kids will learn about different geographic regions such as the jungle and the savannah and be taken on trips around the world, enhancing their cultural curiosity. Enrich your child’s education with art, design, cooking, dance, drama and or phonics classes.
When: Classes start on 30 June, for more details click here.
Where: Bebegarten Education Centre, Level 3, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: Starting from $325 for the under 3’s playgroup, click here for more details.
The W Hong Kong’s newly-launched W Academy for kids promises to keep your litter entertained during the summer months. For kids ages 1.5 to 3, there are fitness and creative classes on Saturday mornings. Children ages 3 to 5 have the opportunity to explore the world further with Kiddy Picasso, World Explorer and Future Actor programmes. Older kids can learn etiquette techniques, turn into little master chefs or pick up some art and presentation skills. Head to a session of the Kids Got Talent finale to see what your child has been up to and see them participate in a graduation ceremony!
When: 7 June to 9 August, for more details click here.
Where: The W Hotel Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: 5-class sessions are $1,400-$1,700 and 10-class sessions are $2,700-$3,200, depending on age group. Download the registration form here.
With more than 10 types of creative workshops, including music and dance programmes, RockABaby’s got a solid variety of creative classes to keep the kids dancing and jiving through summer. They’ll learn music, presentation, social and communication skills and more.
When: 5 July-16 August
Where: RockABaby, 6/F, Tung Hip Commercial Building, 244-248 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong
How much: Classes start from $650 for two weeks, click here for more information. Enrol before 5 June and enjoy a 5% early bird discount. Download the registration form here.
For the child who has varied interests, Safari Kid’s summer offerings are perfectly suited to them. There’s Mandarin, dance, art, drama, gym and even tech courses for kids to improve their computer skills. Classes are available in one- or two-week sessions, perfect for slotting in-between travel plans.
When: 28 July-22 August
Where: Safari Kid, L101 Chi Fu Landmark, Chi Fu Fa Yuen, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong,
How much: Click here for more information.
For tots ages six months and up, SunKids has got a great range of summer programmes that include phonics, English, Mandarin and more. Playgroup-aged kids will engage in stimulating activities including playing with musical instruments – a great way for them to develop a love of music! Older kids will learn about the alphabet and forming sentences, as well as how to piece together a story so it has a beginning, middle and an end. SunKids’ Mandarin course gives students a solid foundation if they’re pursuing language goals.
When: 7 July-22 August
Where: 1/F, King Inn Mansion 13-15 Yik Yam Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
How much: Programmes start from $1,900. For more information, email them here.
There’s excitement and mystery at Tutor Time’s summer programme! Kids who love a good whodunit get to imagine themselves as secret agents who have to vanquish the pesky villain, Dr. X. There are four operations, each one lasting two weeks, where kids will be able to unleash their creativity and get to be real life heroes.
Rumple and Friends
Is your little one a born acrobat? Enrol them in Rumple and Friends’ Rumple’s Silly Summer Circus, the only circus school in the city! Your child will learn juggling, spinning and general clowning around! They’ll also get to learn some acrobatics and acrobalance in a safe environment and take part in some fun and games.
When: Week 1 classes commence on 30 June and run until 4 July, Week 2 classes commence 7 July and run until 11 July
Where: Eric Hotung Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $2,500 if you book before 1 June, $3,000 regular price