If you’re in town over the holiday, keep the littlies busy with some of these great classes and camps. There’s everything from crafts to yachting, so no excuses for sitting in front of the TV to welcome in the Year of the Snake!
Sailing is as easy as ABC with this yachting programme at the Aberdeen Boat Club. As an added bonus to parents of French International School pupils, the programme has been timed to accommodate both Chinese New Year and the FIS break the following week. Book early to guarantee a slot.
Anastassia’s Art House will host CNY workshops at their locations in Sai Kung, Repulse Bay, Happy Valley and Stanley. There will be hands-on festive projects such as snake puppet making and lion dance painting to enjoy.
The Asia Society will hold a free-to-join Chinese Family Day on 3 February. There’ll be a traditional Chinese craft corner with Calligraphy, Paper Cutting and Lantern Making, as well as a Chinese Zodiac story hour.
If the written word is what gets their creative juices flowing, Elephant Community Press are holding Chinese zodiac-themed writing workshops to welcome the year of the Snake. There’s sessions for children from 4 to 14, and there’s a choice of creative or factual topics to get them scribbling.
If your teen needs a little encouragement with their art coursework, Hong Kong Art Tutoring’s CNY Portfolio Building Camp should help them to get motivated. There’s one, two and three-day courses available with an experienced artist, and IB, A-Level, GCSE, IP and BTEC courses are all covered.
With locations in Central and Kowloon Tong, Kids’ Gallery is a great option for the littlest members of the family to get creative, with various CNY workshops suitable for toddlers up to 9 year-olds.
Get them perfecting their swing at a Kids Golf camp. Held at various schools around Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories, this full day camp will polish their technique on the golf course.
Get artsy at Little Picasso, with their traditional lucky goldfish-themed art camp for ages ranging from 3 to teens. There’s one, two and three-day camps on offer, as well as stand-alone workshops. There will be art and craft sessions, storytelling and even the chance to make a game from scratch.
Multi Sport’s CNY camp utilises the great facilities at the French International School’s (yep, those guys again!) Jardine’s Lookout campus. There’ll be ball sports, swimming, team games and gymnastics, and the camp culminates in a competition day, where participants get to show off their new skills.
We at Sassy Mama love RockABaby’s innovative approach to learning through music and their camp looks to be a riot! With a hip-hop lion dance, treasure hunt storytelling session and a mini-drama, if your kids have a musical ear, this should be your first stop! For more on RockABaby, check out our That Mama interview with founder Christy Cheung.
Science Workshop has a fabulous range of ‘Xin Nian’ programmes over the holiday period, including Math Strategies, Science Odyssey and even a science-based Tot Odyssey programme for toddlers. Perfect for mini-Newtons!
Sunkids will be hosting a Chinese New Year Fun Day on Saturday 2 February in Happy Valley. There’ll be traditional crafts, decorations and plenty of snacks to keep little tummies happy. Get dressed up in your CNY finery, and the best costume wins a $500 gift voucher from Sunkids.
Communities around Hong Kong benefit from the YMCA’s work, and their varied kids camps are a fun and cost-effective way for kids to get involved with just about any activity they are interested in. There’s sport, cookery, science, and even an actual camp (you know, under canvas!) to raise environmental awareness.