Summer’s been a long time coming this year, but now the sun has finally got his hat on, it’s time to start planning ahead for the fast-approaching school holidays! Here’s a comprehensive roundup of what’s on in Hong Kong for the kids this summer – be it sport, art, languages or whatever else takes their fancy… remember, busy kids = relaxed mama!
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If your little Gagas and Biebers crave entertainment with their education this summer, step right this way! Long time Sassy Mama fave RockABaby are offering 8 whole weeks of fun music, dance, drama, language, art and science learning from their super-convenient Sheung Wan hub. Each week has its own awesome-sounding theme… do you fancy Superheroes, To Infinity and Beyond, Back to Nature or Wild Wild West? Or how about Hollywood Movies, Fantasy Island or even Back to the Future? Too tough to choose? Go for the 8-week long programme and enjoy the culmination of all that hard work in Broadway Week, where the Grand Finale performance is not to be missed!
Camps are suitable for kids aged 6 months to 10 years, and you can find out more on the RockABaby website.
Address: 6/F, Tung Hip Commercial Building, 244-248 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 3586 307 Email: [email protected]
Encouraging and stimulating your child’s artistic talents, Anastassia’s Art House Summer camps will take their imagination on a creative journey across the globe, discovering the ‘Wonders of the World’. Making their own works on both canvas and paper, using a variety of materials these classes reference some of the most interesting places in the world. They have camps for ages 3-16 years, and all ability levels. Learn more here.
Happy Valley Academy: 11 Yuk Sau Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2838 0040
Repulse Bay Academy: Shop G107B, The Repulse Bay Shopping Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2816 6465
Sai Kung Academy: G/F, 9 Hoi Pong Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2719 5533
Stanley Plaza Academy: Shop 208, 2/F, Stanley Plaza, Stanley, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2104 3303
Clearwater Bay Academy: 3/F, Art Room, Clearwater Bay Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2719 5533
This new concept is designed to give children unique and varied learning experiences during the holidays. Drawing on the expertise of various children’s educational companies, kids get to experience multiple activities, with sessions in the kitchen, art studio and playing field each day. They’ll compete in teams and are rewarded for attitude, performance and teamwork. Ideal for children that have lots of energy and want to try new things alongside their friends!
Tel: (852) 6183 7084 Email: [email protected]
Faust is offering week-long theatre and creative writing courses for kids aged 4-14 years old, that not only develops their creative skills, but encourages teamwork and self-confidence. We love that to keep parents in the loop of all the fun they send home mid-week reports – and you won’t want to miss the open session on the final day.
Address: 5/F, Nan Dao Commercial Building, 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2547 9114 Email: [email protected]
Improve your children’s art with courses on drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, all starting in June. Classes are run by an artist who has over 18 years of experience teaching art in the international sector. Learn more here.
Address: 21st Floor, Chu Kee Building, 435 Kings Road, North Point, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 9722 8353 Email: [email protected]
The YWCA on MacDonnell Road has a mega summer lineup for all ages, where you can build your own summer camp schedule covering art, dance, sports, creative writing, Mandarin for Munchkins… you name it! Check out their complete summer course catalogue & enroll here.
Address: 1 MacDonnell Road, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 3476 1300 Email: [email protected]
Have a little Von Trapp under your roof? Then Katterwall – where it’s all about singing (and performing!) may be just the thing. They’re offering a number of themed summer singing camps for kiddos 5-18 years old, including an ocean-themed camp for little ones with songs from The Little Mermaid, Lilo and Stitch, and Popeye. Mini movie fans can sing their heart out to songs from the big screen, like ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ from Toy Story or ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’ from Mary Poppins. And for those older kids looking for some rigorous musical theatre training, they’ve got a two-week intensive course covering singing, dancing and acting. (Psst! They also offer adult summer classes…)
Address: Room 806, Arion Commercial Centre, 2-12 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2575 3931 Email: [email protected]
There’ll be fun writing projects galore this summer at KYP, with each of the creative writing workshops taking on a special theme. Kids who love Percy Jackson, The Hunger Games, Kung Fu Panda, Superheroes, Wayside School, Outer Space, and Pixar will be in for the summer of their lives! Classes are suitable for kids aged 2-17 and you can see the full course schedule here.
Address: 5/F Park Avenue Tower,
5 Moreton Terrace, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2810 4822 Email: [email protected]
Kids Gallery has a whole host of workshops for your little ones with oodles of creative classes to choose from – film courses, dance classes, art, singing… the list goes on. We love that they have classes for kids has young as 12 months (baby ballet!), all the way up to 16 years. We also love that there are lots of schedule options… weekly half-day camps, weekly 1-hour workshops, and half-day one-off Art Stop camps, which are great options to fill afternoons here and there. Check out their summer class booklet here.
Central: 21/F Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2501 4842 Email: [email protected]
Kowloon: 28 Cumberland Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2337 1001 Email: [email protected]
Little Picasso’s summer programme immerses your child in fun and creative activities with art projects covering the whole gamut include painting, drawing, as well as building recycled sculpture and clay works. Camps are led by professional artists and teachers and run during the mornings every week of July and August – and you can sign up for just one week or the whole summer, as each week is totally new and different. There’s also a Summer Fun with The Masters camp from 2 July to 20 August focusing on a (new!) Old Master every week like Paul Gauguin, Edward Hopper, Henri Matisse and Paul Klee, all of whom capture summer with their art.
Address: Studio 10, 21/F, Oceanic Industrial Centre, 2 Lee Lok Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 3521 1046 Email: [email protected]
This summer Spark Studios are offering interesting courses on art history through food, creative cooking and afternoon tea & dining etiquette, open for kids aged 5-16. Through interactive culinary activities, kids can develop their proactiveness through raising questions & improve their ability to express themselves, as well as learn new skills. Learn more here.
Address: 3/F Room 308 Westlands Centre, 20 Westland Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2682 3411 Email: [email protected]
Southside mamas can send their kids to colourful and creative art workshops in Stanley Market this summer. There’s a very flexible schedule, and workshops can be arranged any time throughout the holiday to suit your timetable.
Address: Shop E&F, Realfound Mansion, 30A Stanley Main Street, Stanley, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 5332 2429 Email: [email protected]
Educational Camps & Workshops
Bebegarten has put together a range of unique summer programmes and workshops for kids, parents and caregivers starting in July and August. There’s fun-sounding sessions such as ‘The Boy Who Fell Out of the Book’ for 3-9 year olds, and even social skills workshops for 9-12 year olds; but also healthy snack workshops for parents, and nutrition sessions for helpers. There’s definitely something for everyone here, and their amazing venue is pretty cool too.
Tel: (852) 3487 2255 Email: [email protected]
British Tutors’ summer programme offers courses and workshops across a wide range of subjects such as debating, ancient history, poetry and creative writing, with sessions suitable for children ages 3 -16. Among the varied classes are an introduction to the language and culture of Ancient Pompeii, Rap and Rhyme for children as young as 5, and Mini Apprentice or Reporter courses and Outward Bound camps for older students. See their full schedule here. They can also arrange for a summertime tutor to come and create a tailored course for your children and their friends in your home.
Tel: (852) 8191 2252 Email: [email protected]
Open to children of all school ages from preschool to university, PowerBrain RX’s summer camps consist of a minimum of three, up to maximum of five classes per week. There are two-week introductory or four-week intensive camps to choose from, all of which aim to sharpen the brain’s potential so that children start the new school year with the extra advantage of finding learning easier, faster and more effective. Learn more here.
Until 30 June 2013, new students can take the PowerBrain RX cognitive skills comprehensive assessment, have a thorough consultation with the Director to understand how brain training can help them, as well as enjoy three complementary one-on-one personalized brain training sessions (valued at HK$2000) for just HK$500. See the website for more information.
Address: 5/F, HSH Kowloon Centre, 192-194 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2302 2180 Email: [email protected]
Children’s Technology Workshop hosts a variety of educational iCamps and workshops covering all sorts of topics including interior design, engineering, energy, robotics, digital photography and art animation. Programmes are suitable for kids from the age of 4.5 all the way up to 14.
Address: Unit B, 1/F, 151-153 Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2591 0100 Email: [email protected]
DMPS offer a 3-week summer program with a different focus each week, including arts & crafts, games & activities and research & writing. Aimed for kids aged 6-9 years, the fun themes will be Crazy Science, Famous Artists and Outer Space. There’ll also be free school bus pick up and drop off. Learn more here.
Address: Shop 102, 92 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay North, Lantau, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2914 2202 or 2914 2262 Email: [email protected]
ESF offer language programmes for kids of all ages from July to August at various locations around Hong Kong. Aimed to develop and strengthen language skills, there are courses grouped by age as well as specialist English programmes and beginner Spanish programmes. If your kids love sport and language, then the all day English and Spanish Sports Camp will be perfect for them! There’s also Secondary & SAT/Cambridge prep courses. See their schedule here.
Address: Various locations around Hong Kong Island, Kowloon & New Territories.
Tel: (852) 2711 128 Email: [email protected]
ESF’s Mid-IB Review Courses are designed for students who have completed Year 12 and are looking forward to Year 13. The courses offer not only an intensive review of the major aspects of the syllabus, focusing help where it is most needed, but also cover time and stress management, university entrance applications, personal statements, preparing a resume and interview skills. For more details check out their course schedule here.
Address: West Island School, 250 Victoria Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.
Tel:(852) 2819 1962 Email: [email protected]
HK Kidz at the HK Institute of Languages caterings to kids 1 ½ – 12 years old, with instruction in English, French, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese. Classes range from absolute beginners’ level to special “mother tongue” support classes for kids who need a bit of help in one of the languages spoken at home.
Address: 3/F, 5/F & 6/F Wellington Plaza, 56-58 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2877 6160 Email: [email protected]
Happy Hearts offers a summer fun programme for children from 18 months to 8 years old that includes all sorts of fun activities like art and crafts, role-playing, singing and dancing and story time. They’ve also got unconventional activities like sensory ice play, an ice cream class, and outdoor water playtime that’s guaranteed fun for the kids! All classes are taught by native English speakers.
Tel: (852) 2580 1880 Email: [email protected]
Intensive classes that run 5 ½ days per week during July and August, with full flexibility to fit your schedule. The Learn & Play camps for children aged 1-8 (available at the Central or DB campuses) are suitable for kids with or without basic knowledge of Mandarin, as well as children visiting from overseas. Children learn through hands-on activities, such as arts and craft, music, stories, drama, audio-visuals, games and singing. For older children, camp programmes also include short outings where they are introduced to interesting attractions in Hong Kong -museums, beaches, parks – which they then document in a journal back at the classroom.
Central: Unit A, 14/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 75 – 77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2486 9062 Email: [email protected]
Sheung Wan: 6/F, Well View Commercial Building, 10 Morrison Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 24869012 Email: [email protected]
Discovery Bay: Unit 1, LG/F, Office Block 1, North Plaza, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2480 3909 Email: [email protected]
The Open Classroom (formerly L.E.A.P.), engages kids with fun, interesting topics in their 5-day workshops, all designed to build skills in public speaking, creativity and teamwork. Their programmes for older kids are all about experiential learning with guest speakers from all walks of life, e.g. an animal rescuer and an animated film maker. They also offer summer SAT and SSAT prep classes, intensive writing programmes, and leadership courses for tween and teens – including one led by Ivy League grads aimed to prepare students for university and beyond. See their full summer overview here.
Address: 11/F, King’s Commercial Center, 25 King’s Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2541 1336
There’s lots on offer from SPRING Learning this summer. Their Summer Workshop series covers a huge range of learning areas, from building confidence to fostering independence and discovering healthy ways to live. Each 8-week programme is designed to enhance your kid’s wellbeing and development, and there are classes for kids from 3 years all the way up to 11.
Sunkids offers bilingual and Mandarin language camps for 3-7 year olds, with fun activities taught by native speakers. There are also art camps with a different theme every week and they provide English reading and Chinese Pinyin and Phonetics workshops to strengthen children’s practical language skills. The programmes all offer a flexible choice of length, from one week, to the full 7 weeks. Learn more here.
Address: 1/F, King Inn Mansion, 13-15 Yik Yam Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 3107 0787 Email: [email protected]
SuperCamp is all about “quantum learning” for 9-17 year olds, and the summer programmes involve a mix of academic skills, including speed reading and creative writing; life skills, including problem solving, how to communicate, and sustaining relationships; and physical skills which includes daily sports. Take a look at their dates here.
Suite 802, Double Building, 22 Stanley St., Central, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2736 9898 Email: [email protected]
Quest’s summer courses in July and August are conducted at Kowloon Tong’s Australian International School and are aimed at helping secondary students get higher grades by learning ‘smart’ study habits, taking control of school life and getting organised.
Tel: (852) 3796 3526 Email: [email protected]
For Kids With Additional Needs
The Child Development Centre at Matilda offers summer camp programmes run by qualified special education teachers, designed for children ages from 18 months to 6 years with additional educational needs. Camps are held in Wanchai and at the Matilda Hospital, and are focused on anything from speech therapy to social skills. There are a wide variety of group classes, as well as individual speech and occupational therapy sessions and individual education services for your child’s specific needs. Another unique offer is a primary prep course for little ones ages 4-6 years with lessons built around important prerequisites for primary school, as well as building increased independence in the classroom. See an overview of their programmes here.
Address: 41 Mount Kellett Road, The Peak, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2849-2983 Email: [email protected]
Sports & Outdoor Adventures
For soccer stars ages 5-16 years old, check out Brazilian Soccer Schools and their holiday courses and camps held on weekdays and Saturdays in Pokfulam, Central, Kowloon, Sai Kung and Tung Chung.
Tel: (852) 23859677 Email: [email protected]
Inspired by the Swedish early childhood education programme, Dagis HK is one of the only outdoor activity camps in Hong Kong. Providing a relaxed environment for children aged 1-5, where the focus is on play and exploration, they promote curiosity, independence and creativity – and we like that they have a special focus on treating girls and boys equally. Sessions take place – rain or shine! – at the Chung Hom Kok Playground and Beach, or in Clearwater Bay based out of Garden House Preschool, and their summer camp will start in July.
Tel: (852) 6685 9612 or (852) 5117 2545 Email: [email protected]
ESF has one of the most comprehensive summer camps around. They offer programmes for kids ages 3-12 throughout July and August at various locations all over Hong Kong. From football camps to trampoline clinics, full day sports camps (in English… or Spanish!) to Kung Fu, they’ve got one of the widest ranges of options out there. See their schedule here.
Various locations around Hong Kong Island, Kowloon & New Territories.
Tel: (852) 2711 1280 Email: [email protected]
FlexKids offer three-to-five-day intensive camps in June and July. Kids can learn a complete foundation in traditional Brazilian Capoeira and yoga, aiming to create body awareness and confidence during the June Capoeira Yoga camp for kids aged 5-8 years old. Alternatively they can learn to groove to Gangnam Style, One Direction or point their toes to Cinderella or Alice in Wonderland in the July dance camps for kids aged 2-5.
Address: 1st Floor Regency Centre (Phase II), 43 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2813 2212 Email: [email protected]
After exploding onto kids coaching the scene last year with bright equipment and fun, positive coaches, Minisport is launching a range of summer courses on Kowloon side this summer. Whether you have a little tot or a spurting seven year old, Minisport is a great option for kids’ sports coaching. Minigames courses for 3-5 year olds send children on missions to save toy animals and other fun themed activities that promote physical activity. The games can also be brought to you, with private classes available throughout the summer.
Various locations around Hong Kong, now also in Hung Hom and Tai Wai. Tel: (852) 6183 7084
Kids aged 7-14 years will love an adventure at Palm Beach, with 3-day camps including a range of action sports in the water and on land and an overnight stay in a teepee with a bonfire to boot!
Tiny Tots Soccer Camps (18months-4yo)
For your budding soccer enthusiast, Tiny Tots has classes for preschoolers and kindergarteners from 18 months – 4 years old. Camps are in locations around Hong Kong including Midlevels, Discovery Bay, and the Stanley Ho Sports Centre in Sandy Bay. You can check out their schedule at each location here (Click on the register form link).
Tel: (852) 34887724 Email: [email protected]
Have a water baby on your hands? Surf Camp, open to children ages 5-9 years is a fun day camp at scenic Pui O beach where the kiddos get to hang ten while learning about the environment and ocean awareness. If they’re a little bit older (9-15 years,) and want to ride the waves, they can join the intermediate camp with daily surfing lessons and an overnight stay in a tent. For 9-18 year olds with a sense of adventure, the very aptly named Adventure Explorers Camp gets them surfing, sailing, rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and an overnight camping trip! Find out more here.
Address: Pui O Beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2546 3543 Email: [email protected]