Art, drama, languages, sport? We’ve got extracurricular classes to make every little one love learning
Hooray! The kids are almost back in school! But a new school year means we’ve got to get our kid’s calendars sorted – we have a lot of after-school activities to plan. In our back-to-school series, we’ve already covered where to get everything you need for school and given you some lunchbox recipe inspiration. Now it’s time to think about your child’s extracurricular activities for the upcoming academic year. Whether you’re looking for art classes to keep your kid’s creativity flowing, outdoor activities to make sure they stay on their toes, or language lessons to give your little bilingual genius an extra hand, we’ve lined up a whole range of classes that are guaranteed to satisfy every eager student!
At Southside Mandarin, Putonghua is taught using a balanced mix of modern and traditional teaching methods to help each child reach their maximum potential. Kids will develop their Putonghua here with a focus not only on language learning but through cultural understanding and appreciation. It’s the first fully licensed Mandarin learning centre in Wong Chuk Hang (which is now so convenient to get to thanks to the new MTR!) and with its 2,500-square-foot campus, it’s certainly a must for any parent looking to give the gift of a second (or third!) language to their kids. Classes are for ages 0 to 12 years old and are taught by top native speaking Mandarin teachers who have extensive experience in early child, kindergarten and primary teaching.
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ESF Language and Learning Centre
Instead of researching multiple language centres, we’ve got the perfect pick for you, mama. ESF Language and Learning Centre accommodates to all grades. If your little one is in need of a Mandarin playgroup, their indoor play equipment will help develop their coordination and movement. As for your teen, their writing programmes will help develop creativity, self-expression and the ability to write with meaning. Their classroom spaces have been specifically developed to provide the ideal environment for learning.
What language is your kid looking to learn this year? German? Mandarin? Spanish? Well, there’s all that and more at Hong Kong Institute of Languages! There are specialised kid’s classes to help introduce a new language to your little one and more intensive teen classes to help with exam prep such as IB and GCSE. HKIOL also follows the Jolly Phonics programme for extra phonics and English support.
Hong Kong Institute of Languages, for adults and teens: 6/F Wellington Plaza, 56-58 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong; for children: 3/F Wellington Plaza, 56-58 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong; Units 306-307, Level 3, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 2877 6160, hklanguages.com
Fast track your little one’s Mandarin learning journey through interactive and engaging activities! Starting a new language is tricky enough, so Mulberry House adds music, rhymes, storytelling, role-play, arts, crafts, science experiments, interactive games, reading and writing into the learning process! The teachers are experienced native Mandarin speakers who are super passionate about education. With a maximum class size of seven children with two teachers, your little one will get plenty of personal attention. Speaking, reading and writing in no time? Check, check, check! Don’t worry, mama, the little ones will be in great hands!
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If you can’t decide which sport is right for your little ball of energy, then check out Sport4Kids. For almost a decade now, Sport4Kids has supported over 2,000 sports-loving kids across Asia with its highly-qualified teaching staff. It emphasises building children’s character and sporting skills through praise, encouragement and positivity. So it’s easy to understand why it’s such a hit with kids and parents alike. There are plenty of sports to choose from, for all ages, across many convenient locations all over the 852. There’s the Gym4Kids programme which provides gymnastics classes taking place in nine international schools and venues all over Hong Kong, taught by passionate and dedicated coaches. Then there’s also its brand new soccer programme, Asia Sports Academy, which offers junior (5-12), senior (12-16) and girls-only classes. The main takeaway of Sport4Kids is that children have the opportunity to try out many different sports to find their favourite, and through the impassioned, positive, coaching, develop a lifelong love of sport.
Academy of Movement Hong Kong
Got a mover or a shaker at home? If you do, we’re sure you and your tiny tykes will fall in love with the Academy of Movement Hong Kong. A movement teaching team dedicated to promoting physical education to young children, adults and even elderly in a fun and exciting way, AOMHK helps train children in fitness, modern dance, stunts, parkour and more! Also collaborating with various schools for their PE curriculums, the exercises offered at the academy will undoubtedly improve your kiddo’s balance and health-conscious mindset.
At ESF Sports, they have a wide range of sports options for you to choose from: netball, football, kung fu, tennis, gymnastics, basketball, multi-sports, swimming, and even sports camp! They provide qualified coaches delivering expert coaching across a range of sports. Without a doubt, your kiddo will be the best at their desired sport in no time.
Whether your child loves or dreads their PE classes, it’s always a good idea to keep them moving outside of school hours. If anything, all that extra energy should help them be a bit calmer around the house, right? Minisport offers everything from football and tennis, to basketball and athletics. With classes in both Level 1 and 2 that caters to 3.5- 5 and 6-7-year-olds, you can be sure that your little bouncing bundles of joy will enjoy their two-hour sessions with top quality equipment and certified coaches.
Yogi Mums may already know of Flex Studio, but did you know it offers classes for kids and teens, too? Go for the AntiGravity Aerial classes for an unusual spin on traditional yoga. All classes are taught be fully-qualified professionals who will have your kids finding the fun in exercise, as they learn to swing, stretch and balance. Children over the age of 5 can get involved with the aerial classes, for those under but over the age of 3, check out Flex’s Taekwondo lessons.
Flex Studio, Shops 308-310, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, 2813 2212, [email protected], flexhk.com
Flex Studios, 3F and 4F Man Cheung Building, 15-17 Wyndham Street, Central, 2813 2399, [email protected], flexhk.com
Harry Wright International
With awesome water sports, beaches and pools in Hong Kong, we know how important it is to never feel like a fish out of water. Spend some quality bonding time, and pick up some new techniques yourself with Harry Wright International: The Premier Swim School! That’s right, these experts are offering classes for both parent and child. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to go pro, HWI caters to every level! The programme is uniquely structured specifically for your age and ability. As for the competitive stream, they have produced a variety of highly skilled swimmers from national and international levels.
Harry Wright International, West Island School, Club Siena, Discovery Bay International School, Kellett School, South China Athletic Association, Aberdeen Marina Club, Hong Kong Country Club, 2575 6279, [email protected], www.harrywright.com.hk
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Learning doesn’t always involve textbooks. Learning should be fun and interactive, especially when it comes to children. Creativity is the one thing that really makes us individual, so we can’t wait to get our little ones developing their artistic skills! Active Kids provides the best activity classes for your little ones to enjoy. From programmes such as Science Adventures, Stormy Chefs, The Chess Academy, and Robo Code! Active Kids also offer plenty of art programmes, from arts and crafts to fashion design. Students will explore many different elements of art through drawing, painting, modelling, sculpting and printing. It’ll be hard for your little one to narrow down on just one class to pick!
Anastassia’s Art House
This Russian Art Academy offers art education for children and adults in a gallery environment. The art centre incorporates a vast wealth of Russian & Western cultural heritage in Fine Art. Offering loads of classes, workshops and parties, it’ll be hard to choose from the extensive list – we’re excited about the Sculpture Creation class (for ages 3 and up). Plus, there are plenty of locations to choose from including Happy Valley, Sai Kung, Repulse Bay, Clearwater Bay School and Pacific Palisade.
CreativeKids – Art Education Centre for Kids
Get your tiny Picassos’ creative juices flowing through innovative programmes offered at CreativeKids! With an aim to encourage children’s creative spirit, CreativeKids advocates world-class creative art, design and architecture education for young children and teens. Offering weekly classes ranging from drawing, painting, 3D constructing to designing and media exploration, it also collaborates with schools, organisations, corporations as well as professional teams – you can be sure that your little one is learning from the best!
CreativeKids, Room 1202- 1204, Universal Trade Centre, 3 Arbuthnot Road, Central and G412-413, G/F, Chai Kung Mansion, 2 Tai Yue Avenue, Taikoo Shing, [email protected], 2530 4336 (Central) and 2560 1383 (Taikoo Shing), www.creativekids.com.hk
Hong Kong Art Tutoring
If your eldest is into expressing themselves creatively through the medium of art, check out Hong Kong Art Tutoring. HKAT offers art classes for kids studying art at GCSE, IB or for those who simply want to get involved (which would still be beneficial for their coursework)! There’s sculpture, life drawing, mixed media and more on offer here.
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Coding & Technology
Some kids just prefer to keep their hands busy creating, and that’s why we think Cobo Academy has a unique and exciting programme suited specifically for them! Created by former Microsoft engineer and tech veteran, Harris Chan, this problem-based and project learning class will keep even the most advanced little visionary engaged and interested. Tech enthusiasts (ages 4 to 16) will use robotics and coding to develop skills and unleash their inner potential. Harris and his experienced tech team will engage the kids in problem solving, design and more, using methods that are imperative to success: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and and creativity. Children will be assigned tasks that are aligned with a learning objective that is geared toward challenging them, but it will all be done in a fun and exciting way so there won’t be any room for boredom!
If your child prefers to do classes with a friend, that’s even better! Enrol as “buddies” and get a $200 discount per child if you sign up together! Click here to sign up now!
Sassy Mama readers who use the code “SASSYVIP” can enjoy a $300 VIP discount on regular courses!
BSD Coding offers classes for 7 to 17-year-olds with various after school and weekend options. The big draw his is the small class sizes and impressive studio to teacher ratio (8:1). The emphasis here is “real world’ application, so kids will work on developing their own tech portfolio. We think this is an especially great option for older kids with an interest in working in the tech industry.
Robots are cool. No doubt about it. There’s no denying that. At Coding 101, kids can make their own mini robot or electric LEGO creations. And after all, Coding 101 is named so for a reason, offering up a host of coding workshops. The company partners with several schools and offers small classes and camps at its Science Park base.
Coding 101, Suite 310A, Core Building One, Hong Kong Science Park, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong, +852 3705-2490, www.coding101.hk
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First Code Academy
At First Code, classes are split into core programmes based on age. So, all classes are specifically designed to be age appropriate for kids aged from 4 to 15+. It offers coding lessons but also places a strong emphasis on computational thinking and developing an entrepreneurial mindset. There are weekly classes and camps all year round – so it’s easy to sign up for a course that suits your schedule!
First Code Academy, Hong Kong campus: 302-205, 3/F Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2772 2108, Kowloon campus: 404, 4/F Kowloon Building, 555 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, 2772 2161, [email protected], www.firstcodeacademy.com
Tiny Code Hong Kong only offers private lessons which are perfect for the team to create a more tailored lesson to your child’s needs. Scratch, Python, and web development classes are available depending on the age of your child. They also have free trial lessons on offer if you’re not sure private lessons are the way to go. Tidy Code will either come to you or you can go to them at either of its campuses in Wan Chai or Kwun Tong.
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Dance & Gymnastics
If you’re looking to add some grace and finesse into your little one’s loves, then check out Ballet Blanc! Located in the heart of Causeway Bay with an aim to develop children’s emotional and physical sensitivity, along with their dance skills, Ballet Blanc offers high-quality ballet lessons for kids ranging from 0-2 to 3-6 and 7-11-years-old. P.S., Don’t forget to check out their Mum and Baby Class, where you can enjoy the beautiful rhythm of ballet all whilst spend quality time with your bundle of joy in a creative environment!
Multi-Sport’s gymnastics programme, Gym for Joy, was established in 1983 and coaches’ pre-school children from age 3 right through to advanced gymnasts. The programme covers the fundamentals with an emphasis on floor work, beam, trampette, and vaulting (box) in a safe and motivating environment. Little gymnasts will also get a chance to participate in gymnastic competitions and parent-kid sessions. The classes are divided into Beginner, Elementary, Improver, and Advanced levels, so there’s sure to be something suitable for every age!
The Little Gym
Situated in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, The Little Gym is keen to encourage your child to take on new challenges with their own skill sets. This institution prides itself on providing a “three-dimensional learning experience” for your tiny tykes. The Pre-K Gymnastics classes will have your 3 to 6-year-old confidently cartwheeling in no time, and your 6 to 12-year-olds can choose from a range of Grade School Gymnastics classes (from beginner flips to more advanced aerials… take your pick!).
The Little Gym, Suite 601, 6/F, World Commerce Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2368 8777, www.thelittlegym.com/HongKong
Twinkle Dance Company
If you’re on the hunt for an innovative dance class to get your little one’s creative juices flowing, Twinkle Dance is here to make your day. Unlike traditional schools, it strives to make dance lessons exciting by switching up themes every term. This September, tiny dancers will create dazzling routines based on the classic Alice In Wonderland. Twinkle Dance also offers specially designed, complimentary SEN classes for kids aged 3 to 5 and 6 to 10, because everyone should be able to experience the joy of dance.
At Trybe, your kids will experience movement training and personal development in a supportive, progressive, and innovative setting. From gymnastics to circus skills, acrobatics strength, dance and even active recovery, there is something every budding athlete will enjoy! Here you will find a broad range of classes from Gymnastics Fundamentals, Young Athletics (combination of gymnastics and athletic training), as well as Parent & Me (offering you a chance to bond with your 18-month-olds to 2.5-year-olds through age-appropriate movement activities). Also, each class is capped which means personalised attention. Perfect!
Trybe, Unit 209-210, 2/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, 3427 9017, www.trybehk.com
Red Shoe Dance Company
With a variety of different classes for your kids, Red Shoe Dance Company lets littles strut their stuff in whatever style they like! From ballet, jazz, hip-hop, street dance, to break dance (as if they need encouragement to do headstands!), contemporary, lyrical and musical theatre. They even offer special ballet and jazz options for 3 to 5-year-olds. Toe-tapping good fun all round!
Red Shoe Dance Company, Unit 3A, 3/F Arbuthnot House, 10 Arbuthnot Road, Central; and 22/F, Lee Fund Centre, 31 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, [email protected], 2117 9295, www.redshoedance.com
Run by professional dancers, Spotlight Studio offers dynamic dance classes such as Urban Dance and Hip Hop, plus specialised fitness programs like Zumba. This Studio is known for offering fun, energetic classes, giving everyone the chance to get fit and shine on the dance floor!
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Colour My World
Anna Tam opened Colour My World in 2000 and has been inspiring young artists ever since! These classes nurture self-expression, exploring art, music, dance and drama, and establishing an environment to capture creativity. They cater to artists from the age of 3 and up, so if your little has an artistic adventurous side, this extensive series of creative workshops could be just the thing! There are visual art classes alongside performing art lessons. This is a great spot for kids to gain confidence as they can participate in classes such as Intro to Drama (Ages 4 and up) or Speak Aloud! (7 to 13+)
This is a brilliant option if English isn’t your child’s first language. Embark your little one on a journey of English exploration at Dramatic English! With over 40 native English speakers, Dramatic English delivers courses all over Hong Kong in kindergartens, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. The extracurricular courses range from Blessing Voices Children Choir programme, phonics courses, to creative writing, interview and introductory course, the choices are unlimited.
Faust is a wonderful English-language performing art school that the Sassy Mamas in our office vouch for. Faust helps kids ages from 3 to 18 to build bundles of self-confidence. Its term-time workshops offer kids the chance to explore drama in its wider social and cultural context and there are plenty of performing opportunities, too, so parents can see their kids shine on stage. If you’re curious about enrolling your budding actor into a drama workshop, Faust is offering two free trial workshops on Saturday 25, August and Saturday 1, September for children aged 3 to 16.
Rumple & Friends
Is your budding artist looking for a round of applause (… aren’t we all)?! If you’re in search of classes to really build confidence and skills outside the classroom, Rumple & Friends Big Top Academy have plenty of new classes for the upcoming school year! With drama skills, circus stunts, magic tricks, school disco, stage combat, and musical theatre all on offer, we can’t wait to see what our friends over at Rumple & Friends have in store! Our favourite bit? At the end of the curriculum, there will be a special showcase for parents, so we get a chance to watch our little stars shine on stage.
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Aunty Lavina Education Centre (ALEC)
In need of a quality tutoring centre for your little ones, tweens or teens? Aunty Lavina Education Centre (ALEC) strives to encourage growth, eliminate weaknesses, and provide holistic development for your children. They aim at helping students climb up the educational ladder in a fun and interactive way. This centre has a team of 20 devoted tutors who all specialise in a variety of subjects accommodating to each and every individual’s need.
ALEC, Unit 204 & 308 Chevalier House, 45-51 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong; and Unit 1A Centre Mark II, 313 Queens Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, [email protected], 3998 4046, www.alec.com.hk
If your little one needs some extra help with their reading and writing – look into Kelly Yang learning centres. There is a campus in Causeway Bay, Sheung Wan with a third campus in Kowloon, the centre offers reading support classes for children age 4 and up. It also offers a range of creative and critical writing classes along with debate and critical thinking classes (in both Chinese and English). No doubt that the skills learnt here will stay with students for years to come. Kelly Yang also offers full tuition scholarships to children from lower income families.
Kelly Yang, Causeway Bay Campus: 5/F Park Avenue Tower, 5 Moreton Terrace, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, Sheung Wan Campus: 3/F Gold Shine Tower, 346 – 348 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, Kowloon Campus: 5/F King Centre, 23 Dundas Street,Kowloon, Hong Kong 28104822, [email protected], WhatsApp: 5535 0717, kellyyang.edu.hk
Mathematics skills are needed in all walks of life, whether we like it or not. The tutors at Mathemagic aim to help build your child’s maths know-how and science skills. They cover many disciplines including physics, chemistry, biology and computer sciences, all in the comfort of your own home (they come to you!). Lessons are taught in either English or Cantonese. The tutors are also able to help your teens prepare for major exams such as IGCSEs, IB, SAT and A level.
Does your little learner need some extra help with their reading and phonics? Then head to Phonics Land. The teachers here follow the PLM methods of phonics learning – Play, Learn, Master. This is perfect if you are struggling to get your kids to sit down and read through a whole book. If they get bored easily or are prone to giving up on a book, the PLM method is designed to guide students toward ease-free reading to instil a deep love of reading. Group (minimum of 2 participants) and private lessons are available. Do note, however, that if a child can’t be offered a spot right away, parents can choose to either put their child’s name on our waiting list or form their own group of 2 to 5 students.
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Parkland Music institute takes rock n roll seriously. Is your little music lover loves to rock out? Then this is where to head for some especially awesome for pop and rock musical lessons. Offering up instrumental lessons from the guitar (fingerstyle, acoustic or electric) to the more unique options such as the mastering the complex beats of the Cajun. There are specialised kids’ classes here for kids aged 2.5 to 8. The team behind Parkland are incredibly international and lessons (depending on the instrument) can be conducted in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese.
One Services Music Room
One Serviced Music Room is a specifically designed learning space for budding musicians. The sound-proofed practice room is available for hire for professional musicians. But you can also book in with a wide range of music teachers from different music schools. Many of the teachers are classically trained and are members of prestigious orchestras themselves. The language of instruction depends on the instructor, but most teach in English or Chinese.
Sol Passion Music
DJ lessons. Cool, right? We think so and we’re pretty sure your kids will think so, too. At Sol Passion Music ids can pick up production tips and learn how to scratch and spin. The centre has the most high-tech facilities to play with including a producer’s booth and a soundproof DJ practice room. The team here are experienced DJ’s, music producers, certified trainers and musicians. Check out the class options for kids and teens here
Learning an instrument is always going to be a bonus, right, mama? Get them ahead of the game with Suzuki Piano at SPRING Learning! Not only will they end up knowing how to play the piano, but they will also gain skills that are transferable to whatever they end up pursuing in life! A stable sense of self-esteem, concentration, and dedication? Tick, tick, tick! They say that learning an instrument at a young age changes the structure of the brain – we’re willing to bet on it.
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This article was originally posted on 10 August 2017 and has been updated.
Featured image courtesy of Getty. Image 1 courtesy of Southside Mandarin, image 2 courtesy of Sports4Kids, image 3 is courtesy ActiveKidsHK. Image 4 is courtesy of Ballet Blanc via Facebook, image 5 is courtesy of Igor Starkov via Unsplash, image 6 is courtesy Colour My World of via Facebook , image 7 is courtesy of Thomas Kolnowski via Unsplash, image 8 is courtesy of Congerdesign via Pixabay.