Hey mamas! Chinese New Year is just around the corner and along with fireworks, red envelopes and moon cakes a-flurry, you might just have a very restless child on your hands if you don’t fill up those itineraries fast! CNY camps are popular in Hong Kong but spaces can be limited, so we’ve shortlisted our top picks for you below that still have openings – all you need to do is pick your kid’s favourite activity, register and breathe a sigh of relief… From lion dancing to creative writing to theatre classes and more, it’s all here in our Guide to Chinese New Year Camps 2015!
Sports4Kids is one of our go-to programs for munchkins interested in all types of sports, whether it’s rugby, basketball, swimming or gymnastics! Can’t decide? Their CNY camp covers a Mixed Sports Camp for kids ages 3-10 years old which lets participants enjoy a wide range of sports while building friendships and key sportsmanship skills. The week-long camps encompass basketball, soccer, rugby, gymnastics, and general athletics, and daily sessions focus on teamwork, sharing and foundational skills. CNY camp runs from 16-18 February at The French International School. Download the registration form here. $1,500 per child
French International School, Blue Pool Road Campus and Hung Hom Campus
Woodlands CNY Camp
Tennis is one of the best ways to build strength, endurance and sportsmanship, and it’s never too early to start! Woodland Pre-school is hosting its Peak Performance Tennis Academy CNY camps from 16-18 February, at both its Woodland Harbourside and Woodland Montessori locations for kids ages 3 years and up to get in on the action! Not a big fan of the racket? No worries, kids who are better on foot can join the Kids in Motion Soccer Camp – both are priced affordably at $690 per child for the entire camp! Email [email protected] for a registration form.
Woodlands Pre-school, 1/F to 3/F, On Fung Building, 110-118 Caine Road, Mid Levels, Hong Kong
This extra-curricular institution offers all different types of sports classes and camps for kids in Hong Kong, with a mission to “Enrich Life Through Sport”. They offer an amazing CNY camp every year, and this year is no exception! For the Chinese New Year break, Multi-Sport will be offering a comprehensive sports camps for kids 6-11 years old, covering ball sports (soccer, basketball, tennis, hockey, indoor cricket, etc.), gymnastics and trampolining, and team building and problem-solving. All classes will take place in the spacious, air-conditioned sports hall at the French International School’s Jardine’s Campus, with children rotating sports throughout the day in age-appropriate groups. Each day will end in team-based games and a bit of friendly competition! The CNY Camp lasts from 23-27 February (9am-12:30pm daily) and costs $2,500, or $800 / day. Enrol here.
Multi-Sport, 8/F, Kingdom Power Comercial Building, 32-36 Des Voeux Road West, Hong Kong
Get out on the pitch with CNY holiday classes at Kinderkicks, which will offer CNY classes for 5 year olds at the Sandy Bay, Kings Park and Nike Camp locations from 16-18 February with plenty of fun activities for tots! Little ones can also get in on the action with special classes for 2, 3 and 4 year olds at the Sandy Bay location. Taught be experienced instructors, Kinderkicks classes encourage pre-schoolers to take their first steps out on the pitch, gaining an introduction to soccer while learning valuable motor skills and and social skills.
Stanley Ho Sports Centre, 10 Sha Wan Drive, Sandy Bay, Hong Kong
Aberdeen Boat Club
Have your sights set on the seven seas? Get out in the open waters with the Aberdeen Boat Club’s February sailing camp, a one-week programme from 23-27 February which gives kids ages 7-11 years old a chance to learn basic sailing skills with the ABC Youth Sailing Scheme. With nearly 2,000 kids taking part, the ABC junior programme has become a popular choice to kickstart your kid’s introduction to the open waters, with different types of boats and programmes available depending on age group and skill level. Click here to enrol in the CNY programme now, and remember to wrap up as the water is colder this time of year!
Aberdeen Boat Club, 20 Shum Wan Road, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Cricket Club
Enjoy a variety of sports and make lasting friends this CNY with the Sports Fun Camp at Hong Kong Cricket Club. Run by HKCC professional coaches, the fun camp includes tennis, basketball, cricket, golf, hockey, rugby, soccer, squash, tennis and plenty of fun tournaments to bring a little friendly competition to the table! The camp runs from 16-17 February and is $575 per day or $1,090 for the whole camp for members ($630 per day, $1,195 for the whole camp for non-members). Register here.
Hong Kong Cricket Club, 137 Wong Nai Chung Gap Road, Hong Kong
RockABaby Music Academy has joined up with Miles ELP International Academy to offer music education classes for your tiny tots. Kids will get to explore musical instruments and learn basic theory including rhythms and melodies. Those who love to dance will surely enjoy the Shake Your Body Kit class. From 16-18 February, they will host a variety of CNY-themed workshops including dance, music, drama and treasure hunting. Sign up on or before 4 February to enjoy a 5% Early Bird Discount! Can’t make the CNY camp but want to try a regular class? No problem, mama – RockABaby is featuring a number of promotions next month, with up to 45% off music, instrument, movement or Mandarin classes from 2-14 February. Bring friends and enjoy up to 60% off. More details can be found here.
RockABaby, B102, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, www.rockababy.com.hk
Anastassia’s Art House
From 16-18 February, join Anastassia’s Art House for a crafty CNY camp embracing the Year of the Sheep! Kids will learn quick and easy CNY crafts inspired by the festive season, including “Red Lucky Sheep painting in Traditional Chinese Style”, “Goat Painting on Canvas” and “Sheep Decoration Paper Creation”! This is a fantastic opportunity for budding artists to let their creativity and imaginations run wild! They’ll be able to bring home their artistic pieces at the end of the camp, thus making lasting memories. Classes are available in Sai Kung, Happy Valley, Repulse Bay and Stanley Plaza. Click here for more info!
Anastassia’s Art House, G/F, 1A Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
Elephant Community Press
Elephant Community Press has got a host of writing workshops that are themed around Chinese New Year. Programmes for toddlers and younger kids include the Chinese New Year Storyland where they’ll get to read three related stories and then do some creative writing activities of their own, or Odd Sheep Out, where kids will be encouraged to develop a creative story featuring an “oddball” character (The Ugly Duckling, anyone?). Older kids can develop a story about their own sheep-themed idiom in the “Illustrating Idioms” course, for kids 12 to 14 years old. It is the Year of the Sheep, after all! More details can be found here.
Elephant Community Press, Unit 704, Lap Fai Building, 6-8 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3487 3153, www.elephantcommunitypress.com
The art camps at Little Picasso will offer you maximum flexibility – kids can join camps for 2, 3 or 5 days over the Chinese New Year period so it’s perfect no matter what itinerary you have in store. Your bubs will learn origami skills, paper crafts and canvas painting at this popular arts centre for little ones. There are classes suitable for kids aged between 3 and 5 and for kids aged 6 and up. More details here; enrol here.
Little Picasso, Studio 10, 21/F, Oceanic Industrial Centre, 2 Lee Lok Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, 3521 1046, www.littlepicasso.hk
Get creative at Kids’ Gallery, the Hong Kong art center for your little ones who love painting, drawing and getting crafty! They’re hosting a series of Chinese New Year workshops this holiday that will keep your busy bees entertained throughout the break while you sit back and enjoy a few dainty mooncakes. For 2.5-4 year olds, the Art & Storytelling Workshop lets kids make their own dragon puppets and role play the traditional lion dance, or sign up for the Art class where little ones can make their own hanging scrolls to welcome luck and prosperity into the home. Kids 3 to 6 years old can join the Art & Musical Theatre class, where they’ll act out their favourite characters from Kung Fu Panda and learn traditional Chinese songs and dances. Classes take place 16-18 February, click here for more details.
Kids’ Gallery Central, 21/F Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong; see other locations here
Harbour City Lion Dancing
If your child is fascinated by the lion dances at Chinese New Year, why not have them participate in a workshop run by Harbour City? Keung’s Dragon & Lion Dance Team will introduce the history of lion dancing and teach your little ones all the dance and drumming skills. Email [email protected] and note down your name and which time slot you’d like your little one to take part in. There’s also a $100 fee which will be donated to the Hong Kong Blood Cancer Foundation. Camps run on 1 February, 8 February, 2.30-3.15pm, 3.45-4.30pm, 5-5.45pm.
Harbour City, Atrium, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Le Club de Cinq
For something more out of the box, pop over to Le Club de Cinq: this French school is hosting fun CNY camps that will keep your kids entertained cooking, dancing and doing arts and crafts while of course, picking up on basic French words! Workshops are for kids 2 to 5 years old from 16-27 February, and will encompass Chinese cooking classes ($350 / class), a French Immersion arts & crafts shop ($350 / class) a Make Your Own Movie Course ($1,700 / 5 classes) and a professional DJ mixing class ($1,700 / 5 classes)! It’s time to get inspired! Visit their Facebook for all the info.
Le Club des Cinq, 2/F King Dao Building, 14 Burrows Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Faust International Youth Theatre
Faust World have got theatre and creative writing workshops for kids of all ages this Chinese New Year. Their trained instructors will have your kids swimming in confidence in no time, as they learn to get comfortable presenting in front of an audience and showcasing the best of their dramatic flair! For kids who’ve got wild imaginations, the creative writing courses are perfect for them. More deets here!
Holiday camps at ActiveKids this CNY are all about getting creative and using those brain cells! Taking place from 16-27 February for kids ages 5-16 years old, ActiveKids offers three holiday camps to choose from: Hands-On Science Lunar Workshop, Chinese New Year Cooking and the Great Brain Workout! The science workshop is for your budding geniuses who want to get space-aged by building their own Lunar Rovers and marble meteorites. Young chefs will love making scrumptious appetisers and desserts in the Cooking workshop, while brainiacs can develop their superior chess skills through the Great Brain Workout, taught by chess coaches with decades of international experience.
ActiveKids, Unit A, 11/F, Ya, Tze Commercial Building, 23 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Kung hei fat choi! Happy Chinese New Years, mamas!