With the summer holidays on the horizon, it’s time to think about how to keep your little ones entertained on their time off! For those staying in the ‘Kong, not to fret – summer camps here run aplenty. From sports camps to language immersion to creativity programmes and more, kids have unbounded ways to stay in ‘learning mode’ without compromising a moment of fun. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourites in our Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps 2015 below!
Treasure Island Surf Camp
Make your way over to Lantau Island, where Treasure Island Surf Camp is offering a variety of daily ocean activities for your little adventure-seeker. Aspiring wave riders will learn to navigate the surf and learn ocean safety at these fun-filled summer camps – all while getting wet and wild with their new camp buddies! Kids aged 5-9 years old can get a comprehensive introduction at Grommets Beginner Surf courses, which features surf lessons, arts & crafts, ocean education, water safety and beach games. Surfers Intermediate is for your adolescent aged 9-15 years old with a keen interest in developing surf and SUP skills. For kids & teens aged 9-18 years old with a thirst for the great outdoors, Adventure Camp will fill up their summer with kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, surfing, and a night of camping in tents on Pui O beach! All camps are led by qualified instructors with daily pick up / drop off at Central Piers 6 and lunch & refreshments provided.
When: Monday, 22 June – Friday, 14 August, Monday-Friday
Where: Pui O Beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
How much: $3,980 for Grommet Camp, $4,200 for Adventure Camp and Surfers Intermediate. Register online at www.treasureislandhk.com. For more information, call 2546 3543 or email [email protected].
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
For an introduction to sailing this summer, look no further than the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, which provides comprehensive courses for kids aged 6-18 years old. Courses last for 5 days and are available from Monday, 22 June through end of August, so you can choose flexible dates based on your schedule. Your child will learn basic sailing skills, how to control a boat, how to tack and gybe and boat setup and racing. For the older kids, classes include more advanced rigging and boat handling skills, as well as learning how to handle moderate wind conditions. All students will have a chance to get their hands wet, while enjoying being out on the open sea!
When: Monday, 22 June – Friday, 21 August, 5-day courses available
Where: Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Click here to enrol.
Camp Boom Shaka-laka
Get your kids involved in Camp Boom Shaka-laka’s outdoor fun! They’ll get to experience the best of Hong Kong: museum visits, sports days, a farm tour, a nature tour, a trip to the beach, a visit to an outlying island and more. Kids will be split into age groups for different activities. It all ends with a visit to Disneyland and Ocean Park… sounds like fun!
When: Camp Boom Shaka-laka runs week-long camps for a total of 6 weeks, starting on Monday, 13 July and ending on Friday, 21 August.
Where: Meet at Star Ferry in Central each day
How much: Book your child’s spot before Monday, 1 June and enjoy the early-bird discount rate of $2,900. Regular price is $3,900. There are limited number of spots for 1-day adventures; email [email protected] for enquiries.
Aberdeen Summer Youth Sailing Programme
Sail off into the unknown and feel the summer sea breeze with Aberdeen’s Summer Youth Sailing Programme. This HK institution has been teaching the art of sailing since 1967, and your kids are sure to be in safe hands with their expert team of sailing professionals. They offer several summer schemes starting from Monday, 29 June for sailors aged 7-18 years old. Whether your kid is a novice or experienced sailor, programmes are available for all ages and levels.
When: Summer programmes start from Monday, 29 June and run through Saturday, 29 August. Click here for more information.
Where: Aberdeen Boat Club Ltd., 20 Shum Wan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
How much: Starting from $1,300 for a non-member price (discount applies for members).
This is one for the whole family! Travel to Niseko, a beautiful part of Japan for a week of outdoor adventures. Scheduled activities include working on a farm, cherry picking, Taikoo drumming, sports, cultural immersion, fishing, cooking, wood work, biking and vegetable gathering. It’s the perfect getaway from the busy life of Hong Kong and gets kids involved in nature.
When: Week 1 is Monday, 13 July – Friday, 17 July, Week 2 is Monday, 20 July – Friday, 24 July, Week 3 is Monday, 27 July – Friday, 31 July
How much: $5,515 per child (and one accompanying adult), excluding flights. Contact them to enquire about the cost for other family members. More details here.
CREATIVE – MUSIC / ARTS / DRAMA
Kick off your summer holiday with five fun-filled days at Kickstart Education, where you’ll travel the African continent and assume the roles of a tiny caterpillar or even a mighty rhino! This drama camp is all about developing kids’ creativity and confidence! Drama classes will be led by the team from Helen O’Grady Drama Academy Hong Kong. This year, the play is based on a traditional African tale, “A Caterpillar’s Voice”. The big question among the elephants, rhinos and leopards is: Who will be king of the animals? Activities include ad-libbing, speech drills, music and movement, snippets, prop/costume making and performance play. The summer camp is sure to become the highlight of your child’s holiday! Suitable for kids ages 5-8 years old. Camps are limited to 12 students per camp with a teacher-student ratio of 1:6.
When: 5-day camps start Monday, 13 July, Monday, 20 July and Monday, 10 August, Mon-Fri from 1:30-4:30pm
Where: Kickstart Education, 6/F, 151 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $2,800 per week, enjoy $400 discount if booking is made before Sunday, 7 June. Email [email protected], visit www.kickstart-hk.com/summer-courses or call 3711 3020 for more details.
Embrace your inner Picasso, put on your twinkling ballet shoes, or strap on your pirate’s hat this summer at Kids’ Gallery, with a host of classes to keep little ones entertained until back-to-school season arrives! Classes are diverse, from a Hello Kitty-themed musical theatre course to a Hip Hop & Pop dancing session. Whatever your little one’s interests are, they’re sure to have a ball at Kids’ Gallery this summer!
When: Classes start on Monday, 6 July.
Where: Kids’ Gallery, 21/F, Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong; for more locations, click here.
How much: Pricing detail is available here. To sign up, click here.
Enjoy an innovative, therapeutic approach to play at BabySteps, which is holding a series of summer camps through August that touch on all areas of creative arts. Led by certified play and music therapists, summer camps at BabySteps include “Music and Cartoons”, “Show and Tell”, “Music and Movement”, “The First Choir” and many more. Little ones who are crafty with their hands can take place in the “Moulding Madness” course – complete with mementos to take home – as well as the “Creative Drama” course, with full productions and role playing. There’s something for everyone at BabySteps, so take a look at their course schedule now and enroll before spots fill up! Suitable for kids ages 3-6 years old. Classes run for 4 days per week (2.5 hours per day) and all materials are included.
When: Monday, 20 July – Friday, 28 August
Where: BabySteps, 25/F, 2501-02 Universal Trade Centre, 3-5A Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2887 7585; additional location on Caine Road
How much: $3,500 for one week ($350 per class), $6,500 for two weeks, $9,000 for three weeks, $10,000 for four weeks; Register through [email protected]; more info available at www.babysteps.com.hk
Banana Art Club
If you’re looking for a flexible summer camp, look no further than Banana Art Club for the kids, where you can pick your date, time and number of weeks, while working around your planned holidays, mama! Banana Art Camp is offering a selection of creative classes, including Mixed Media, Manga & Cartoon, Painting, Sketching and Arts & Crafts.
When: Monday, 15 June – Monday, 31 August
Where: Room 101, 1/F On Hong Commercial Building, 145 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $380 for a 2-hour class (10% off for 6+ classes). Click here for more information and to register.
Flex Teens Summer Programme
Get moving with Flex Teens’ dynamic summer programme at One Island South, featuring musical theatre, pilates, yoga, hip hop, aerial arts and even circus camp! Flex Teens is run by experienced instructors, who will have your kids moving and grooving all summer as they learn a variety of new skills and make summer camp buddies.
When: Various camps running from 22 June – 21 August
Where: One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Hong Kong
How much: Prices starting from $950 for a one-week camp. RSVP at [email protected]
Miles ELP International Academy Beachside Summer Camp
Choose from a plethora of creative and stimulating summer courses at Miles ELP International Academy, all taking place at a relaxing beachside location at The Pulse. A flexible schedule lets children aged 8 months to 6 years old take place in dance & movement, musical instruments, drama, creative art, drum jam, treasure hunt and much more. Whether it’s learning kung fu or drumming it up at the Music Academy, mix and match to create your perfect summer camp experience. For more details, check out the full schedule here.
When: 6 July to 14 August
Where: B102, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Click here for pricing. Early Bird Discount – Sign up on or before 27 May to enjoy 10% off, and on or before 5 June to enjoy 5% off. Email [email protected], call 3586 3071, or click here to register.
Insight Summer Programme for Teens
This one is definitely a bit different and targeted at mamas with older kids interested in interior design. Hone your kids career path with Insight’s summer programme for teens aged 16-18. Whether they are building their portfolios for further study, or just want to get a taste of the design world, this course is perfect for kids looking to unleash their creativity. No previous design experience is required. They’ll learn drawing, generating creative ideas, and even get to weigh in on a live interior design case study.
When: Courses are 1 or 2-weeks long and begin on Monday, 6 July.
Where: 24/F, Federal Centre, 77 Sheung On Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong
How much: Prices start from $6,900
Little Picasso’s summer camp is all about being inspired by nature, so be prepared to fill your days with woodland creatures, flowers, birds and lots of fresh air and greenery! The summer camp will explore the topic of nature through the mediums of observational drawings, paintings and 3D modelling, all guided by their friendly, expert instructors. Students will have the opportunity to create masterpieces that they can take home as lifelong mementos of their summer at Little Picasso!
When: Monday, 29 June – Friday, 14 August (flexible dates)
Where: Studio 10, 21/F, Oceanic Industrial Centre, 2 Lee Lok Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, 3321 1046
How much: Click here for more information and to register.
LEGO Summer Workshop 2015
Is your child a fan of LEGOs? If so, you won’t want to miss the official LEGO Summer Workshop 2015, where children will be encouraged to build structures and exercise their creativity – all with their favourite LEGO toys! The workshop is based on the LEGO EDUCATION Afterschool Program (LEAS) and is led by a group of certificated LEAS Teachers. Activities encourage team-building, and offer a unique opportunity for children to learn through hands-on play and exploration. Workshops are available for ages ranging from 3-10 years old.
When: Click here for more information.
Where: Workshops available in Central, Prince Edward and Ma On Shan.
How much: $1,580
Summer Days at SPRING
Kids aged 2-6 will have fun exploring diverse talents with active, creative courses at SPRING. Expressive children will love the emotion, dance, drama, and even catwalk classes for the aspiring model. Sport and Tae Kwon Do classes are geared toward the active type, and cooking classes are available for your little foodie. Make your own schedule by purchasing any of the courses mentioned to create a custom package!
When: Tuesday, 7 July – Monday, 31 August
Where: 3/F, Centre Point, 181-185 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 3465 5000
How much: $1,400 for a minimum of 4 classes; $350 per class; 5% discount for 8-11 classes, 15% discount for 12+ classes
Faust Summer Holiday Programme 2015
Get creative on stage at Faust, which has been hosting their popular summer program for over 15 years. Kids will thrive in the fun-filled learning environment, with workshops and classes aimed at developing self-confidence and teamwork. The Summer Theatre (for ages 3 to 14) lets kids explore different aspects of the performing world and develop skills such as improvisation, devising, clarity of expression, movement and script work. The Creative Writing Course (for ages 6 to 13) is designed to get children comfortable with expressing their ideas and thoughts, with a specific topic or theme each week.
When: Monday, 29 June – Friday, 28 August
Where: Faust Studio, 5/F, Nan Dao Commercial Building, 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $2,760 for a week long workshop, 2.5 hours per day. Enjoy a siblings or loyalty discount of 10% ($2480 per workshop). Click here for more information.
Sweet Soirees Creative City Summer Camp
Enjoy the party over at The White Loft all summer long, where Sweet Soirees will be hosting an interactive Creative City Summer camp for kids to enjoy a fun-filled, well-rounded experience. This 6-week long camp incorporates arts and crafts, costume DIY, interactive games and photography, giving your child the opportunity to learn and create something new every day. With a 5:1 child to team member ratio, each child will receive the help and attention they deserve with the goal of providing each child with an experience which is not only creative and educational, but also tons of fun! Themes include Around the World, Space, Wild Animals, Hollywood, Under the Sea and Party Planner.
When: June – July, 10am-12pm for 4 to 8 year olds; 2pm-4pm for 8 to 12 year olds
Where: The White Loft, 10/D Yally Industrial Building, 6 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang (Parking in One Island South)
How much: $500 per day and $2,000 per week. Find more information at www.thewhitelofthk.com and sign up here.
Rumple and Friends Silly Summer Circus
Fun and laughter is what your little ones will be looking forward to at Rumple and Friends’ circus camp. This year’s agenda includes their signature circus school, drama classes, musical theatre course, and a brand spankin’ new puppetry course – with a chance to partake in a live performance at the end. All courses are led by professional actors and performers, including Matt Coombes from The National Centre for Circus in London!
When: Monday, 29 June – Friday, 28 August, Monday – Friday
Where: Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 9471 1192
How much: $2,500 per child; 10% discount if booked before Monday, 1 June
If you’ve got a budding baker or pastry chef at home, this one is definitely for them. Whisked Baking has got cooking classes where kids will learn sweet and savoury dishes. Classes are for kids aged 3-4 (parents are required to join their toddlers for this session), 5-7 and 7-10. They’ll learn to make scones, madeleines, breakfast oatmeal bars and more. More details here.
When: Beginning on Monday, 20 July until Tuesday, 11 August
Where: Whisked Baking Studio, 21/F, Xiu Ping Commercial Building, 104 Jervois Street Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: Baby Whisks is $1,500 for four sessions; Little Whisks is $1,600 for four sessions and Junior Whisks is $1,800 for four sessions.
YWCA Centre of Learning and Life Enhancement
A perennial favourite, the YWCA has got a great variety of classes you can enrol the little ones in, from arts and crafts and English to sporty fun at soccer and martial arts classes. Little Masterchefs can also get involved in the cooking courses – maybe there’s dinner in it for the whole family…
When: Summer holiday camps start on Monday, 29 June
Where: 3/F, 1 MacDonnell Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Prices for each session vary, click here for more details on the summer holiday programme and enrol from there.
The multiple sports masters are at it again this summer, with camps that not only cover popular playground sports, but also introduce activities such as tennis, athletics, circus and a range of team-building games for children aged 3-9. All classes are taught by qualified instructors, and mini games and competitions help to instill self-confidence, sportsmanship and leadership abilities. There’s plenty on offer at the Minisport camps this summer, so jump on the website to scope out their courses – and don’t miss out on their special “Bring-a-friend” deal to snag a discount!
When: Week 1 (except Wednesday, 1 July), Monday 29 June – Friday, 3 July; Week 2, Monday 6 July – Thursday, 9 July; Week 3, Monday, 3 August – Thursday, 6 August; Week 4, Monday, 10 August – Thursday, 13 August; Hours 10am-1:30pm
Where: West Island School, 250 Victoria Road, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
How much: $2,400 for 1 child, $4,000 for 2 children (or $2,400 for 1 week, $4,000 for 2 weeks)
Chito Ryu Karatedo
Hiiiiya! Learn the ancient art of karate and release pent-up energy at Chito Ryu Karatedo’s kickin’ camps. Create your very own superhero and battle the “legions of doom” at the Super Powers Camp, or learn to be silent in the night at the “Secret Ninjas” camp – either way you’ll come out stronger and fitter than ever, while mastering the art of karate!
When: Contact [email protected] to find out schedule details.
Where: 18/F, Room B, Prosperous Commercial Building, 54 Jardines Bazaar, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Click here for more information and to register.
Harry Wright International
It’s never too soon to learn how to swim! Jump in to the water with Harry Wright International, Hong Kong’s premier swim school since 1975. Harry Wright’s proven curriculum of basic swimming training for tots and kids is designed to give students of all ages an introduction to the benefits of swimming, along with the opportunity to pursue competitive swimming in the future if they choose. Their summer camps start with classes for kids just 2 years old (with parents) and progress to older kids who are interested in more advanced swimming tactics.
When: Click here for schedules.
Where: Locations available at West Island School, South China Athletic Association, Aberdeen Marina Club, Hong Kong Country Club, Club Siena Discovery Bay and Kellett School
How much: Click here for more information and to register.
Island Dance Limited
Get your little ones movin’ and groovin’ all over Hong Kong with Island Dance’s summer programmes. Step to the beat of Freestyle, Jazz Funk, Hip Hop, Ballet and Contemporary, and learn about each style through dynamic, fun-filled workshops that will have you working up a sweat. This dance camp is available for 7 weeks during the summer holidays, and is suitable for children aged 4-12 years old.
When: Tuesday, 7 July – Friday, 21 August
Where: Island Dance Limited, Suite 514, DB Plaza, Block C, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong, 2987 1852. Additional locations include: Hong Kong Football Club, Hong Kong Parkview, Kowloon Cricket Club, The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club, and Club Siena in Discovery Bay.
How much: $2,000/week
Flex Kids Summer Camp
Fit and fun is what Flex Kids Summer Camp has in store, with activities geared toward kids 7-12 years old. Kids will thrill in learning the ropes of Hip Hop, Yoga, Flying Pilates, Musical Theatre, Circus Prep and Aerial Arts. All courses are led by experienced instructors on hand to encourage and inspire kids from beginners to advanced levels.
When: Classes start from Monday, 29 June
Where: Shops 308- 310, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, 2813 2212
How much: Camps start from $950. Check www.flexhk.com to register.
Kiddie gym Kiddynastix has got a whole host of fun for kids of all ages including Zumba, Mini Football, Arts, Crafts & Exploration and Gym in both English and Cantonese. Owner Natalie Turner has developed a programme that’s perfectly suited to different age groups. Check out the schedule here.
When: Programmes start on Monday, 29 June and run through ’til Friday, 21 August.
Where: 5/F, Tern Centre Tower 2, 251 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: Classes start at $200 per session. Pay for 6 sessions or more and get a discount. Existing members get 5% off, and siblings also get 5% off.
Strap on your dancing shoes and leap and twirl at Twinkle Dance Company this summer, with ballet and jazz classes available for kids of all ages. The ‘Under the Sea’ class caters to your littlest ones starting from age 14 months old, teaching basic movement and fun with music. Older tots and kids can get their groove on with 60’s Agogo Jazz, 70’s Disco, 80’s Retro and more. This camp is sure to be a barrel of fun for juniors looking to let loose on the dance floor.
Summer Classes at Growhouse
In an exclusive programme devised by London Gifted and Talented, Growhouse is providing courses for children aged 5-13 to nurture their giftedness and creativity through books and films. A Book Explorers summer reading course takes your budding bookworm on a literary adventure through magical lands and alternate universes, featuring the latest book titles. The more intensive Core Programmes challenge and develop critical thinking skills, with an emphasis on classic and mainstream fiction, nonfiction and film texts. If this sounds ideal for your child, trial classes are available starting in May.
When: Trial classes are available from now until Saturday, 13 June; Summer classes available starting now
Where: G/F, Baskerville House, 22 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3468 7620
How much: Trial classes available for $400. Early Bird Special – Enrol by 30 May to enjoy 10% off enrolment for registration of Core Intensive Programmes.
EtonHouse Bilingual Language Camp
Conducted in both English and Mandarin, this month-long camp engages children through science, music, art and creative expression. As they learn different subjects, children will have the chance to develop, strengthen and communicate their bilingual skills. Each week will include a focus on Hong Kong’s natural wonders, letting them explore the seas, mountains and jungles that make this place so unique.
When: Monday, 6 July – Friday, 31 July
Where: 102, 1/F, Redhill Plaza, 3 Redhill Road, Tai Tam, Hong Kong, 2353 5223
Easy Peasy Services
Kath Sly of Easy Peasy Services offers tutoring, counselling and holiday programmes. This summer, there will be four weeks of summer camps in Minecraft Adventures – think writing, school readines, organisation and planning for students. She’ll help your little ones develop confidence with age-appropriate and fun activities.
When: Monday, 29 June – Friday, 3 July; Monday, 6 July – Friday, 10 July; Monday, 3 August – Friday, 7 August; Monday, 10 August – Friday, 14 August
Where: 81B Sai Kung Road, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong
How much: Email Kath at [email protected] for more info.
Safari Kids’ Summer Adventure
In Safari Kids’ Summer Adventure, your kids will have the chance to travel the globe for six weeks without stepping outside of Hong Kong. They’ll explore a new continent each week through typical customs, food, and arts & crafts. Partnering with Little Kickers, kids will get active every morning with music and movement from around the world. The programme also includes Mandarin, science, art, “Top Chef”, Legotronics, music, drama, and more skill development workshops. This world-renowned camp is suitable for kids aged 6 months to 7 years.
When: Monday, 6 July – Friday, 14 August
Where: L101, Chi Fu Landmark, Chi Fu Fa Yuen, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong, 2177 0001
There’s no doubt that learning a second or third language is extremely useful in today’s society, so get your tots started early to lifelong learning at Southside Mandarin. They’ll be fully immersed in Putonghua and have a full cultural experience with Chinese dancing, painting, music, drama and more. All of this while improving their Chinese grammar!
When: Monday, 15 June – Friday, 14 August. Click here for the class schedule.
Where: Unit 809, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: $640 per session and mamas need to book a minimum of three sessions for their bub. More details here.
Email: [email protected]
Choose from a variety of summer workshops to stimulate your children and unlock their potential from at Mindquest Group. In collaboration with The Family Development Centre, Mindquest is offering a host of workshops led by experts in childhood development that aim to cover everything from teen talk to building self-awareness to leadership skills. With a focus on self-development and growth, these classes are sure to give your kids the boost they need to feel confident and ready to tackle the school year ahead.
When: 6 July to 14 August
How much: Click here for pricing and RSVP info.
British Council Summer Courses
British Council have got summer courses for all ages! Young kids will enjoy ‘Stay and Play’ where they’ll learn through themes such as ‘A Teddy Bear’s Picnic” and “Sea Creatures”. Primary school-aged kiddos can brush up on their phonics and language skills with themes including Matilda, Peter Pan and more. Mamas with tweens and teens can focus on learning literary and language techniques through thrilling mystery novels and film making. Sounds like a fun and well-rounded way of learning language to us!
When: Each course has a different start and end date – take a look at more details for kindergarten kids here, primary school kids here and secondary school kids here.
Where: 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Join Pro-Active Learning at their renowned SuperCamp this summer, celebrating 23 years in Hong Kong. Founded originally in the U.S., this programme helps to enhance leadership, communication and social skills for developing kids while giving them a boost of self-confidence and motivation in life. Kids will engage in an 8-10 day programme with activities focusing on both the academic and the social side, under the guidance of renowned instructors from the U.S. Focused curriculum includes Quantum Study Strategies, Reading, Writing, Mind Mapping, Creative Thinking, Problem-solving, Motivation and Goal-Setting.
When: Thursday, 16 July – Friday, 21 August
Where: St. Stephen’s College, 22 Tung Tau Wan Road, Stanley, Hong Kong
How much: Click here to enrol.
Here’s to a fun-filled and educational summer holiday, mama!