After another year of hard work, Summer is finally around the corner. Trisha Harjani rounds up the best camps for kids and teens this summer.
The Great Outdoors
Aberdeen Boat Club
Put the wind in your sails and take to the sea. Aimed at sailors aged 7-18, courses cater to a range of experience levels in several dinghy sizes. Parents can also opt for supervised courses for initial skill and confidence building exercises. Courses run from June until August. Starting at $1,080.
Get wet and wild in the forests of Mui Wo and Lantau with this multi-activity exploration camp.
Little ones get to swim in waterfalls, build tree houses, plant crops and climb through Ark Eden’s forest playground. Single-day camps as well as three- and five-day packages available. Prices start from $750 and run from July 3 until August 11. Pick up and drop off at Central and Mui Wo Ferry Pier.
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Blue Sky Sports Club
Catch some of the gorgeous summer sun and go kayaking, stand-up-paddleboarding, dragon boating, wake boarding, snorkeling or surfing along the Sha Ha coastline. Programmes run throughout the summer months, Monday to Friday. For ages 8 and above. Priced at $4,000.
Mini surfers, campers and explorers can get moving and learning at Treasure Island’s surfing and adventure camps. Two surf camps are available, open to first timers and intermediate kiddies. Adventuring includes kayaking, mountain biking, coasteering and more. Starting at $4,200, the program welcomes children aged 5-9.
Asia Pacific Soccer School
Take to the field this summer with mini soccer, basketball and multi-sport sessions dotted around Hong Kong. From Sai Kung to Jordan, summer classes run every weekday through July and August. $190 for an hour session.
Brazilian Football Academy
Improve your footwork with BFA’s themed football classes, which include drills, games and a mini football tournament. Aimed at 5- to 14-year-olds, the camp develops kids social skills, promotes healthy competition and improves physical fitness. Training runs from July 3 to August 26, Monday to Saturday at 9:30-11:30am at Stanley Ho Sports Centre in Sandy Bay, Pok Fu Lam.
Learn key self-defence and sword fighting skills at Excel Fencing’s summer classes. Training kids in multiple sword weights, the classes improve fitness, balance, coordination and discipline. Runs from Mid June to August 25 in Wong Chuk Hang. Classes available for children aged 3 and up starting at $350. 5 per cent discount if you book before June 8.
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Flex HK is hosting one-week summer camps for ages 6-11 and 12 plus. The Flexteen and Flexikids programs are designed to keep young ones fit with a range of activities including aerial fitness, jazz funk dance, yoga, pilates allegro and aerial yoga. Located in One Island South, Wong Chuk Hang, the camps run from June 19 until July 7. Prices start at $1,400 for a week and $280 for a drop-in session. Enroll before June 10 for a 10 per cent discount.
Sign up for Float Plus’ summer swimming courses, aimed at all ages and experiences from tadpoles to sharks. Courses are designed to develop kids’ swimming technique, build confidence underwater and teach water safety skills. All classes take place in Repulse Bay Club’s indoor pool and are open to both members and guests aged 3-12 years old. Runs from July 3-22 and is priced at $200 per class.
Hebe Haven Yacht Club
This summer, Hebe Haven Yacht Club in Sai Kung offers a range of watersports including sailing, kayaking, riding sea biscuits, beach games and day trips to islands on motor and sail. All kids need is a packed lunch, change of clothes and sun protection. It’s an all-day, five-day programme running each week from June 26 until October 6. Priced at $2,625 for members and $3,675 for non-members.
Hong Kong Basketball Academy
Shoot some hoops with HKBA’s weekly summer basketball camp for boys and girls of all ages. Emphasising teamwork, character-building and technical skills, this Stanley-based programme is designed to bump up your game and provide valuable leadership experience. Age groups range from under 8 to under 19. Prices start at $1,500. Runs from June 19 to August 12.
Hong Kong International Tennis Academy
Improve your tennis game by enrolling on the Monster Tennis programme. Lessons available in Sai Kung, Po Tsui, Ma on Shan, Causeway Bay, Morse Park and Sha Tin. The programme is designed for ages 3-18 to train their way to the top. Runs throughout July and August. Starts at $200/ class
Hong Kong Parkview
This summer, members, residents and guests can all play sport in the lush greenery of Hong Kong Parkview. Choose to develop skills in one specialised sport or enroll in a multi-sport camp. Sports on offer include gymnastics, hockey, mini rugby, tennis, basketball, rock climbing and more. Camps will run from June 26 to August 18 and prices start at $660 for guests. Early birds get 10 per cent off before June 11.
Offering a diverse range of sport oriented summer camps including basketball, gymnastics, football, and swimming. Camps take place at various locations across Hong Kong. Highlights include a swimming course at Deep Water Bay, mini-sports camp at The American Country Club in Tai Tam and multi-sports camps at South Horizons and Box Hill Kindergarten, Ma On Shan.
Tiny Tots takes little ones out onto the field for some football coaching in Mid-levels and Pok Fu Lam. Kiddies will build confidence, improve technique, fitness and engage in some competitive fun. Open to children from 18 months to 4 years old, classes run from July 3 to August 26. Starting at $210 per session.
Mindful Wing Chun
Designed to improve kids’ focus, Mindful Wing Chun offers a range of traditional martial arts classes for kids. Get 3-13 year olds one step closer to Bruce Lee with Kung Fu, Chi Sau or Wing Chun basics. Priced at $275 per class, numerous packages are available throughout the months of July and August.
Stay active with Mini Sport’s wide selection of sports including rugby, tennis, beach games, athletics and even party games. Located throughout Hong Kong, these camps employ high-quality school facilities and also give kids the option to play outdoors. One-week camps take place at Woodland Pre-School, West Island School in Pok Fu Lam, French International School in Wong Chuk Hang or Victoria Park. Camps run from July 3 to August 11. Starting at $1,250 per child per week.
Art, Crafts & Baking
For three months this summer, Active Kids is running six different themed camps coaching little ones in culinary arts, chess, robotics and more. Inviting kids aged 3-17, the camps run from June to August in Kennedy Town and Mong Kok. Prices on request.
Discover your inner artist with five days of crafts, ceramics or painting. Art Loop in Wong Chuk Hang offers a well-rounded cultural, creative and education experience with side-by-side learning about artistic legends Claude Monet, David Hockney and Andy Warhol. Workshops begin in the last week of June and run Monday to Friday. One-hour sessions start at 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:30am. Prices start at $1,500 per week.
Anastassia’s Art House
Learn to draw, paint and sculpt from the créme de la créme at Anastassia’s Art House, an award-winning Russian art academy with locations in Sai Kung, Repulse Bay and Happy Valley. Qualified specialists are flown in from around the world promoting globalised, multicultural, artistic training. Starting at $280 for a one-hour session. Runs from July 2 to August 12.
Banana Art Club
Make your mark with a brush, pencil, crayon or ink. The creative courses teach the basics of sketching, manga and cartoons, crafts, painting and more. Classes suitable for kids aged 3-17. Courses run from June 29 until September 2 in Causeway Bay, Discovery Bay and Kennedy School.
Drop your kids off for an entire day of creative exploration at Sai Kung’s lego hub with camps inspired by superheroes, ninjas, olympics, robotics and comics. Striving to educate in a fun way, the camps run throughout July and August and are aimed at 4-12 year olds. Prices start at $550, get 5 per cent off if you register and pay before June 16.
Instead of getting baked in the summer heat, get baking, decorating and celebrating at Complete Deelite in Central. Courses include making unicorn cake pops, safari cupcakes and ice cream drip cakes. These fun and funky courses start at only $650 with all supplies and tools provided. From July 5 until August 9.
Fairchild Junior Academy
Calling all infants, toddlers and preschoolers who like to run, play and sing. Fairchild Junior Academy will run weekly themed camps throughout the summer. Pick from a number of themes including animals, creative construction, simple science and more. Located in Tin Hau, the camp runs from July 3 to August 11. Prices start from $950 for two days per week.
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Develop your English, German, Spanish, French or Mandarin this summer while cooking, playing music, performing science experiments and more. Targeting 1.5-12 year olds, the program runs in Sai Kung, Central and Wong Chuk Hang. Begins July 3 until end of August. Various price packages available, book before June 9 to get the early bird discount.
Hong Kong Art Tutoring
Have some messy fun with sculpting, painting, printmaking and drawing in North Point this summer. Suitable for all kids above the age of 9, Hong Kong Art Tutoring is offering week-long courses training students in the basics of art. From June 12 to August 18, courses are priced at $1,500 per week.
Educating brick by brick, this lego-based camp inspires a creative learning process. Summer workshops run for three days with two-hour classes each day on Castle Peak Road, Lai Chi Kok. Exploring animal adventures, inventions and robotics, courses are aimed at ages 3-10. Fees start at $1,680. Book via Cityline to get $100 off.
Travel through the epochs of art week by week with hands-on art classes inspired by Picasso, Botero, Miro and Hundertwasser. The Paint like Picasso camp prompts children to channel their creative energy into wild brushstrokes, crazy clay pots, collages and printmaking while learning about creative geniuses. From July 3 to August 25 in Wong Chuk Hang.
Maggie & Rose
Take mini palaeontologists back to prehistoric times and budding architects blueprinting in this themed summer camp open to members and non-members. Running from July 3 to August 25 at the club’s Repulse Bay location, themes are rotated weekly to target students of all interests. Designed for 3-8 year olds. Starting at $3,500 for one month including four classes and two guest passes. Advance payment needed.
SKIP (Sai Kung International Pre-School)
Get your hands dirty with paint, goop, slime and sand. Paint & Play is suited for ages 1-5 accompanied by an adult. Whether you’re rolling around on the grass or crafting indoors, the sessions are relaxed, enjoyable and cooling for toddlers. Tickets on sale now at $180 per session per child. From July 17 to August 11.
thePatsy Summer Cooking Bootcamp
Turn summertime into a culinary education with a four-hour cooking camp in Wong Chuk Hang. Teaching kids to plate up an elaborate three-course meal or how to professionally bake and decorate a cake, this programme feeds all. Emphasising kitchen hygiene and health, it is suited for ages 7 up to teens. Begins June 12, Monday to Friday. Starting at $960.
Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection
AFTEC is flying in artists from the UK to shape young, budding stage actors. Offering two weeks of full day training, the camps teach three types of theatre analysis including classical, devising and movement theatre. Suitable for ages 11-13, the camp will culminate in a showcase performance on August 4 & 5. Venues include Sai Wan Ho and Chai Wan.
Colour My World
Targeting artists across all fields, the Sheung Wan-based Visual & Performing studio is a great step forward for striving artists and actors. Get the little ones trained in speech communication, creative writing, visual arts and performance from June 19-30. Open to ages 3-16. Starts at $2,200.
Fire up your creative potential with a week-long creative writing or theatre programme located at King George V School and Discovery Bay. Faust creates a fun-filled environment for students to engage with the art of theatre and the creative process of writing. Useful for confidence building, teamwork and developing interpersonal skills. Workshops begin June 26 and run until August 25. Suitable for ages 3-14, starting at $2,960.
International Academy of Film and Television
Lights, Camera, Action. These summer courses instil aspiring actors with creativity, confidence and collaborative skills and teach budding directors the fundamentals of camera work, audio recording and storyboard planning. Open to ages 11 and up. Located in Wan Chai. Starts at $3,980 with 10 per cent discount for referrals from IAFT-HK Teen Alumnis and 15 per cent for IAFT Teen Alumnis.
A filmmaking summer camp where kids independently create a short film project from start to finish. The five-day workshop involves learning how to create characters, write a script, plan a plot, direct and produce a short film. Open to kids aged 8-15 years old. Runs June 26-30 and August 7-11 in Central. Priced at $3,500.
Red Shoe Dance Company
Get kids shimmying, tip toeing and cha cha chaing in Contemporary, Classical Ballet, Jazz classes and more. The program is a five-day long commitment in Wong Chuk Hang aimed at ages 5 and older. Lessons start in the week of July 3, price at $2,500.
Twinkle Dance Company
Sway and spin your pointy toes and whip out your mini tutus for a summer of ballet. Aimed at ages 5 plus, these workshops not only teach ballet but also offer a chance for kids to choreograph their own proud masterpiece. From July 2 to August 31 on Queen’s Road Central. A variety of packages available starting at $2,240.
Rumple & Friends
Get little ones rock and rolling this summer with a themed musical course. From the signature Magic Circus to the Mini Monsters, kids are taken to a whole new world. From June 26 to August 25, Monday through Friday on Jervois Road, Sheung Wan. 3-10 years old.
Indulge in a summer of creativity with Starlit Voice offering drama, acting and musical theatre weekly workshops. Various locations across Hong Kong including Sheung Wan, Central, Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau, the summer program encourages kids to get in touch with their artistic side. Open to ages 4-11. Starts at $1,600.
Stage Right Youth Theatre
Six weeks of theatrical thunder encouraging youths to build confidence and interpersonal skills by learning acting skills and playing drama games. Culminates in a performance each week. Available in Sai Kung and Hang Hau from July until Mid-August. Prices start at $1,850.
The only local summer boarding experience in Hong Kong; a week long prestigious preparatory course for students to get a taste of traditional British schooling. Based in Harrow International School and United World College of Hong Kong, The course emphasises academics, sports and character-building skills. Accepting students 7-18 years old. Priced at $11,050.
Auntie Tam’s Summer Camps
Twist your tongue with one of Auntie Tam’s language camps offered in English and Mandarin located in Wong Chuk Hang. Alternatively, challenge your creativity with a Pick & Mix camp in creative writing, sewing, music theory, mandarin origami, phonics and reading. Each camp runs for four days from June 19 to July 28. $2,800 per 5-day camp.
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Calling all brainiacs, this project-based camp runs for one week.. Focusing on STEM subjects, the courses teach the basics of programming, 3D printing, robotics and scratch programming with all materials provided. Runs through June 26 until August in Aberdeen. Starting at $1,800 per week with 10 per cent early bird special if you register and pay before June 15.
Canadian International School
CDNIS offers a diverse selection of immersive summer courses from iOS app development to inline skating. Presented by the the likes of University of Cambridge, Summer Music Academy, Vienna Boys Choir and Camp Biz Smart. Suitable for kids from 3-18 years old, the camp runs from June 12 to August 4 at CDNIS at Wong Chuk Hang. Starts at $3,960 for non-CDNIS. Bus services are available from Central Pier No.4 to CDNIS via Central Post Office, Admiralty MTR and Leighton Road, Causeway Bay.
Coast to Coast
Making lives easier for young students, this preparatory, UK-based boarding school camp facilitates the transition from Hong Kong private school to British boarding schools or universities. Get to know your second home by spending one month in the scapes of Surrey Hills at Belmont Prep School, only an hour’s drive from London. Promotes confidence in the English language and provides a comprehensive introduction to boarding life in England. £2,200. Running from July 11 to August 8.
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Shaping budding authors and avid young readers, these one-week workshops aim to instil the foundations of good storytelling and creative writing. Themed classes allow students to try something totally new or deepen their love for a particular genre. Running from June 19 to August 25 in Central. Aimed at 4-14 year olds.
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ESF Language & Learning Summer Camp
Never has learning been more fun as Commander Earth invites you on his time-travelling cosmic quest. Training students in reading, writing, English speaking and listening, this programme is an immersive experience designed to improve children’s confidence in their communication skills. Additional camps feature primary school science, playgroup, Spanish and theatre learning. Full day camps available at Renaissance College and South Island School. Language courses in the morning. Running from July 10 to August 25. Starts at $6,300
2711 1280, www.esf.org.hk
ESF Sports Summer Camp & Clinics
Get moving with ESF’s summer sports camps designed for sport novices and experts alike. Choose from the specialist gymnastic, tennis and swimming clinics or opt for the Multi Sport Camp that promotes a wider active skill set by playing a range of sports and engaging in team-building and developmental activities. Specialist clinics target one sport, cultivating specific skills and developing children’s love for the sport. Available at Renaissance College and South Island School. Sports camps in the afternoon. Camps run from July 3 to August 11. Starts at $6,300
2711 1280, www.esf.org.hk
First Code Academy
Go geeky this summer and discover your inner computer whiz with one of First Code Academy’s five-day programmes. Whether it’s building an app or a computer that you fancy, their comprehensive range of courses are suitable for kids 5-18 years old, at all experience levels. Standout courses include robotics, 3D printing, scratch programming and minecraft modding. Classes are located in Sheung Wan, Yau Ma Tei, HKFYG Island South and Kwun Tong. Begins June 12. Starts at $4,680
Geared for children looking to polish their bilingual fluency, this program encourages a holistic learning experience with a reading, listening and comprehension or writing focus. With both Spanish and Mandarin on offer, the GAIA language summer course also includes a parallel science or music class and field trips. Running for two weeks beginning on July 3 in Central. $3,500 and up
Develop your mandarin skills while drawing, singing, dancing and storytelling. Aimed at young sponge brains aged 2.5-7 years old, the camp runs from July 3 to August 11. Fees start at $480 per three-hour session. Located in Hang Hau and Sai Kung Centre.
A far-reaching course including sport, drama, academic and music activities for kids. Two whole weeks of jam-packed fun and education. Located at the famous Kowloon Bay campus from July 3-14. Suitable for ages 5-18 years old. Starts at $3,000 per week.
The stepping stone to Silicon Valley, Koding Kingdom offers classes for kids (5-7), juniors (7-11) and teens (11-15) including those with special needs. Located in Cyberport, Lai Chi Kok, Kwun Tong and Science Park, the summer camps range from day-long programs to classes on a weekly basis from May to August. Starting at $350 per hour.
To build confidence in speaking Mandarin, these summer camps immerse children in everyday activities such as cooking, arts, crafts, music and science. Based in Causeway Bay, summer classes run from June 12 to August 31 including a Green Monday special, educating kids in food nutrition. Open to ages 2.5-10.
Sai Kung Montessori
The wholesome Montessori program provides little ones with additional holiday academic training in an enjoyable and exciting atmosphere. With opportunities to garden, cook and craft, this school encourages a healthy and active learning process. Each camp is led by certified AMI instructors and lasts for two weeks. Camps are split between ages 3-4 (8-11am) and 4-5 (12:30-3:30pm), as well as Math (July 3-14) and English (July 17-28). Priced at $3,750.
This summer, Tutor Time features a ‘Tech and Trek’ program that encourages kids to learn more about the world around them. The technology aspect will feature coding classes before taking kids outdoors to explore country parks, organic farming and attend ecological workshops. Runs from July 24 to August 18 at various locations including Tai Tam, Mid-Levels and Central. Prices vary across location.
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OWN Prometheus Summer Camp 2017
Prime your child for success this summer with entrepreneurial, programming and public speaking skills. Bringing together award-winning mentors and highly qualified scholars, this program preps children for further study and a solid career. OWN takes kids to different parts of the city everyday with a drop-off and pick up service in Central/ Sheung Wan. Suitable for ages 14-18. The programme runs from July 10-23 and costs upwards of $30,000.
Challenge the mind, brain and body in one of YWCA’s camps for little ones. Opportunities range from shooting hoops to playing junior scientist. With over 400 options to choose from YWCA has one of the most comprehensive lists around. Running throughout July and August for various age groups. Starting at $180 per basketball or soccer session. Based mostly at YWCA in Central. More specialised camps such as fencing and ice skating are located elsewhere including Causeway Bay and Tai Koo.
An indoor, age-specific summer camp designed to encourage a productive and enjoyable learning experience for kids, from newborns to 6-year-olds. It’s a flexible programme with unlimited playroom access, free pop-up playroom activities and a pass to one free summer event. Runs for eight weeks from July 11. Available at both Wan Chai and Harbour City locations.
Training kids from 6 months to 6 years of age, Blooming Buds is encouraging bilingual learning in Putonghua and English. Running story-based sessions, the summer programme aims to build children’s confidence and improve social relationships. Starting at $2,400 per week, the camp runs from July 3 to August 18 in Sai Ying Pun.
Garden House Pre-School & Kindergarten
An opportunity for little ones to walk, run, stretch and play, Garden House brings you an exciting and diverse choice of activity including yoga, gardening, crafts and nature walks. Aimed at kids aged 1-7 years old, the programme runs through July 10 to August 25 at Clearwater Bay. Prices start at $780.
Fastrack your little one’s bilinguality with English and Cantonese classes for 1-6 year olds. Super Tot’s preparatory classes are useful for pre-kindergarten kids while the bilingual summer camps are aimed at older kids. Fridays are full of cooking, art jamming and themed parties. Book before June 4 for 15 per cent off. Fees range from $180-350 per class. Located in Sai Kung.
PEKiP offers parent-infant classes through the months of July and August. Watch your baby grow with professional pedagogical guidance and stimulating exercises taking babies from 6 weeks to walking. Starts at $3,000 for 8 lessons. Located in Tung Chung
A six-week, rotational programme for children from 6 months to 7 years, this summer school is the place for children to discover their niche. With musical activities, fitness, pure Mandarin classes and much more. Runs across various locations including Kennedy Town, Pokfulam, Aberdeen, Happy Valley and Sai Kung. Starts at $2,600