Sticking around in Hong Kong this summer?
Worried there’s nothing to do now school is out? Think again! There are plenty of July activities for kids to keep your youngsters out of trouble. If you want to stay indoors (perfect for when those summer storms hit), head straight to the Hong Kong Kids International Film Festival or for outdoor fun in the sun you could send the kids off to surf camp. Do you need some time to catch up with other mums while your toddlers play? Then Bubs In Pubs is for you (don’t worry, they serve tea and coffee as well!). Maybe your child is more of a creative soul, in which case there are art workshops and circus theatre that is sure to inspire their interest in the arts. No matter how you choose to spend your time there are kids activities to suit all ages and keep everyone (parents included) entertained.
Dreaming of a beach vacation but can’t leave Hong Kong? Send the little ones over to Pui O for a week-long surf camp with Treasure Island. They have camps for grommets (5 to 9-year-olds) as well as intermediate surfers (9 to 12-year-olds). Kids will be split up into age and ability groups and not only take to the waves, but also spend time learning about beach safety and ocean education. We’re sure they’ll sleep soundly after action-packed days of adventure!
When: Camps run 7:45am to 4:40pm, Monday to Friday, every week from 17 June to 16 August.
Where: Meeting point Central Ferry Pier 6. Lessons and activities place at Pui O Beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
How Much: $4,480 per week including lunch and snacks
Contact: Treasure Island Hong Kong
Calling all Sai Kung Mummies! There’s a new drop-in soft play in town. Bubs In Pubs is the brainchild of a couple of Sai Kung mums who were fed up with the lack of space for their little ones to escape the heat and rain (and for mums to catch up over a coffee or two). In true community spirit, they approached local restaurant The Picture House, which jumped at the idea. Next thing you know the chef has created a healthy kid-friendly menu (with marmite on toast proving to be a firm favourite) and an indoor play area for toddlers to let off some steam.
When: 9am to 11am, Monday to Friday
Where: The Picture House, G/F, 66 Yi Chun Street, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong
How Much: Free with food purchase
Contact: The Picture House, 2792 6991
Let your budding artist be inspired by the masters. With these workshops by 513 Paintshop in PMQ, they can splash colours on canvas like Jackson Pollock, play with papercraft like Piet Mondrian or learn brush stroke techniques to channel their inner Monet. Suitable for kids aged 4 to 9.
When: Jackson Pollock Workshop, 7 and 28 July, 18 August; Piet Mondrian Workshop, 14 July, 4 and 25 August; Claude Monet Workshop, 21 July, 11 August, 1 September
Where: 513 Paint Shop, S513, PMQ Block A, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
How Much: $380 per workshop. Use discount code 3MASTERS to enjoy $150 off when booking three summer kids workshops together
Contact: 513 Paint Shop, 2155 2282, [email protected]
Circus skills, humour, Vietnamese culture and super-sized rattan baskets is what is in store at the A O Lang Pho performance. Your kids will be dazzled by the jugglers, acrobats and daring aerial displays as life in the serene Vietnamese countryside is brought to life on stage, before being transformed into the bustling city life that is taking over. This one is best for kids aged six and up.
When: 8pm on Friday 26 July and Saturday 27 July; 3pm on Sunday, 28 July
Where: Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium, 1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong
How Much: $380, $280 and $180. Discounts available for students, children until six, seniors and people with disabilities
The Kids International Film Festival (KIFF) is back for the summer. Escape the heat outdoors and head to the cinema for child-friendly films. KIFF aims to broaden the imagination of your kids and teens by showing diverse cultures, languages, genres and creative media. There are 11 films on showcase this year including classic favourites like “The Wizard Of Oz” as well as animations from across the world (make sure you check the language of the film and subtitles before booking).
When: 28 July to 5 August
Where: Premiere Elements, 2/F ELEMENTS, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How Much: $100. Purchase tickets directly from Premiere Elements
Contact: Hong Kong Kids International Film Festival