There’s heaps on offer these holidays to keep the kids on their toes—and from under your feet. By Carolynne Dear and Callum Wiggins.
The great outdoors
Aberdeen Boat Club
The club’s ever-popular Summer Youth Sailing Programme is on again this summer, open to all kids aged seven and up throughout June and July. Optimist, Pico and Hong Kong Sailing Federation courses are all available.
One-day wild and woolly eco camps on Lantau designed for kids to reconnect with nature. Experiences include Walking With Waterfalls, Bush Craft & Survival and A Day on the Farm. Suitable for five-11 year olds. Drop-off and pick-up from Central ferry pier 6, or Mui Wo ferry pier.
Blue Sky Sports Club
The Sai Kung-based water-sports experts will be running five-day Wet ‘n’ Wild camps from June through to August for 8-16 year olds. Expect swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, wake-boarding, surfing and dragon boating. If you want to hone particular skills further, there are also five-day SUP and kayak adventure camps.
Hebe Haven Yacht Club
Go wild with the club’s week-long Adventure Watersports programme. Try your hand at sailing and kayaking, plus beach games, mini- olympics and oodles of fun on the sea biscuit. The programme is aimed at seven-14 year olds and runs from June 27 to August 19. Further Optimist and Hong Kong Sailing Federation courses are also available.
Surf’s up on Lantau this summer, with week- long camps for grommets (five-nine years) and intermediates (nine-12 years), including an overnight camp on the beach for the older age group. Meet at Central Ferry Pier 6 at 8am, returning at 4.40pm.
Matilda, 8, perfected her Mandarin with Jumpstart
“I went with a friend and we talked in Mandarin all morning while we did cooking, music and singing. I had heaps of fun.”
Asia Pacific Soccer School
Jumpers for goalposts? Not likely with this professional outfit. This year the School will be running two-and-a-half hour sessions for players aged five years and up in a number of venues, including Stanley Ho, King’s Park, Kowloon Cricket Club and HK Academy Sai Kung. Each week is themed – Euro Superstars, Street Soccer and Summer Fun to name but a few. They will also be running Kinder Kicks classes for under fives.
Brazilian Football Academy
Future football stars can hone their skills and add a touch of Brazilian flair to their game with the Brazilian Football Academy. Running six days a week from July 2 until August 20 at Stanley Ho Sports Centre in Pok Fu Lam, training sessions include skills and flicks, magic passing and Brazilian samba games. Saturday will be tournament day full of friendly football matches.
From multi-sport, to football, to specialist swimming, gymnastics and tennis clinics, ESF Sports summer camps will have them bouncing up and down throughout July and August. Half-day and full-day options are available from two years and up. Camp locations include AISHK in Kowloon Tong; Discovery College on Lantau; Kowloon Junior School in Kowloon; Renaissance College in Ma On Shan; South Island School in Aberdeen; and HK Academy in Sai Kung.
Hong Kong Basketball Academy
Shoot some hoops and with the HKBA summer camp which aims to improve a player’s all- round basketball skills including dribbling, passing, shooting and rebounding. Camps run from June 20 to August 13 at locations in Stanley, Wong Chuk Hang and Sai Ying Pun.
Art. Crafts & Baking
Five-day camps using art to explore classical artists (think Leonardo da Vinci) and more contemporary artists (such as Antony Gormley). Students will experience two and three- dimensional techniques, as well as studying the history of the period, at the studio’s new One Island South location.
Learn, build and play with Lego. Favourite camp themes include Galaxy Far Away, Jurassic
Brick Land, Minecraft, Ninjas and Superheroes. A special Brick Olympics will also be held to coincide with this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio. Older children can work with computers to produce stop motion animations, program and design their own robots. Those signed up for a full-week camp will get to make their own Lego minifigure to take home at the end of the week.
Colour My World
The Aberdeen-based art studio is running pre-summer camps in art and drama from June 13-30, and full summer camps from July 4 to August 31. Open to budding Picassos and wannabe Hollywood stars aged from three to 15 years.
Hong Kong Art Tutoring
Summer courses in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture run by Gail Deayton who has nearly 20 years experience of teaching in international schools. Courses run from June 13 until August 19 at the North Point studio.
All materials are included with a maximum number of 10 students per class.
It’s All About The Masters at the studio’s brand new Wong Chuk Hang-based workshop this summer. Your little artist will be using sculpture, oils, clay work, watercolour and acrylics to find out more about top artists such as Kandinsky, Chagall, Kahlo and others. Sign up for two days, a week or a whole summer. Classes run from July 4 to August 26.
Patsy Summer Camp
Culinary delights await at Wong Chuk Hang’s Patsy cooking school. There are morning and afternoon camps from June 13 through to September 2. Mini Mary Berrys will be conjuring up Japanese, Asian and Western cuisines (depending on the week you pick), or just good old fashioned baking. The courses are tailored for kids aged seven and up, and no previous experience is necessary.
New this year
Maggie & Rose
You don’t have to be a club member to enjoy the fun at brand the brand new kids club at the pulse in Repulse Bay. The Big Kids Camps will be exploring themes such as Space Cadets, Alfresco Adventures and Eco Warriors. Camps will take place indoors, on the garden rooftop, and out on Repulse Beach. Aimed at kids aged four to eight years.
Ocean Park is collaborating with Blooming Buds Kindergarten to launch a brand new Summer Science Workshop. Little scientists will be able to get up close and personal with a number of the park’s sea creatures including the sharks and jellyfish as well as learning all about forces with roller coasters. The workshops are comprised of nine classes lasting two and a half hours and run throughout July and August.
New on the Summer Camps block is British International School Kellett, with a jam-packed programme of activities. It’s open to all Hong Kong kids aged from four to 18, and camps will take place at the school’s Kowloon Bay campus, complete with running track, football pitch, swimming pool and sports hall. There’s something of everything on offer, including performing arts, cooking, fencing, football, BMX biking, gymnastics, coding and robotics.
Bome Dance is run by a team of professional British dancers which promotes small group classes for its little dancers. This summer children over six can learn Latin and Ballroom dancing at the Lockhart Road studio.
Hong Kong’s theatre and performing arts specialists will be hosting Creative Writing (ages six to 13) and Summer Theatre camps (ages three to 14) throughout July and August. The week-long workshops will see kids develop their written language skills while the drama workshops focus on a different theme each week to encourage confident performance skills.
IAFT is running both filmmaking and acting workshops for children who love to be in front of the camera or enjoy making it happen from behind the scenes. All students will work collaboratively to make a short film from original scripts.
The five-day summer camp will see young filmmakers create a short film from story concept to shooting and editing. Two separate sessions will run for students aged eight to 12 years and 13 to 16 years in the morning and afternoon respectively. Camps are held at their Sheung Wan studio.
Red Shoe Dance Company
Leading dance studio Red Shoe is hosting a Variety Dance camp featuring ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, street and AcroDance. Kids dance for two hours a day over four days, with beginners in the morning and more advanced toe tappers in the afternoon. The camps run June 27-30 and July 4-7 at the studio’s Wong Chuk Hang venue.
Rumple & Friends
The Big Top Academy Summer Camp promises to be the biggest yet in its brand new Sheung Wan venue. Every week kids embrace drama, puppetry, circus and musical theatre to explore a different weekly theme. Themes such as space, magic and circus, mythical beasts and superheroes should fire little imaginations, guided by professional performers. The week- long courses run from June 27 until August 26 for ages three and up.
Stage Right Youth Theatre
Week-long drama camps will let children work on creating an original drama performance. Family and friends are welcome to view the show on the final day of the camp. The camps run at locations in Sai Kung and Hang Hau throughout July and until August 12.
Let their creativity explode at venues across Hong Kong. Starlit Voice will be running week-long courses including Play In A Week, Dramatic Storytelling and Improvisation, for ages four to seven years and eight to 12 years. Locations include Canadian International School in Aberdeen, Kellett School in Kowloon Bay, Red Shoe Dance studio in Central, West Kowloon and South Horizons.
Twinkle Dance Company
Ballet and jazz all summer long with weekly classes and flexible drop-in classes at locations in Kennedy Town, Wan Chai and North Point, and two-week intensive classes at the school’s brand new facility in Wong Chuk Hang. And all summer dancers aged six and above are invited on a backstage tour of the Hong Kong Ballet Company on August 28.
Baker and Bloom
Courses in reading, writing and the humanities with wide-ranging themes including Star Wars, dinosaurs, US culture and history and philosophy for teens.
Canadian International School
Running from June 13 until August 5, CDNIS has an extensive range of summer programmes to cater for students with a range of different interests. IB Programmes, Kindergarten fun classes, swim school and a Cambridge Summer Programme with academic staff from University of Cambridge leading the sessions.
Camps at three different levels will help kids to boost foreign language skills. The Spanish/ English Bilingual camp (ages three- to six years) uses songs and stories to help with fluency in a fun and interactive way. Courses for older children look to boost fluency in a natural language-acquisition setting and include courses in English, Spanish, Chinese and German. Test taking skills for older children with exam preparation also available. Camps run from July 4-22 and August 1-19 with two or three day per week options.
Little linguists will love these fun, activity- packed camps. Learn English, French, German, Spanish or Mandarin through song, storytelling, drama and role-play. The Culture Enrichment Programme includes specialist courses in arts, drama, cooking and science & discovery taught in all of the afore-mentioned languages. Aimed at kids aged one-and-a-half to 12 years and held at campuses in Central, Wong Chuk Hang and Sai Kung, the company is offering a 10% on enrolments before June 15.
Improve their Mandarin in fun classes – cooking, role play, arts and crafts, song and dance and more. Two, three-hour sessions per day from July 4 to August 12. Classes are held in the centre’s two New Territories locations – Hang Hau and Sai Kung.
Improving essay writing skills and developing critical thinking and debating are some of the key areas covered during Kaplan’s summer programmes. Six classes run for three hours per day over two weeks. Suitable for children from 12 years old.
Budding superheroes can work on their own amazing powers of concentration, speed and memory with the one-on-one training held at Power Brain summer classes. A new location in Central adds to three existing locations in Jordan, Aberdeen and Fotan.
Sylvan Learning Center
Give them a head start for the next school year with three, weekly workshops covering Writing, Times Tables, and Mandarin. Each workshop lasts two hours and they are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Sylvan Learning Centers are located in Aberdeen, Repulse Bay and Wan Chai.
This multi-location education centre has fun, hands-on workshops exploring science, technology, engineering and maths. Aimed at kids aged two to six years, the imaginative camps include Ramps & Pathways, Grow it! Eat it! Cook it!, and Technology Transformers. Camps are open July 25 to August 19.
Garden House Kindergarten
The Clearwater Bay Waldorf Pre-school invites littlies aged from two to seven years to play and learn. The fun includes weekly themes and loads of play-based learning through painting, singing, waterplay, puppetry, baking and craft. Healthy snacks prepared with help from the children are also included. July 11 to August 24.
Even the teeniest tiniest tots are catered for at PEKiP (the Prague Parent-Infant Program). Aiming to encourage development, each group session includes baby massage, games and sensory intergration for babies aged six months to walking. Simple exercises prompt muscle development to encourage crawling and exploration. The classes are led by therapists specially qualified in infant massage and rhythmic movement. The PEKiP studio is located in Aberdeen and boasts heaps of specialist equipment and games.
Travel the world without setting foot on a plane, with Safari Kid’s six-week camp. The fun begins on July 4, with a different country as its theme each week. Activities include art, drama, music, sports, science and cooking classes. The camp is open to littlies aged two to six years, with an accompanied playgroup for bubs aged 12-24 months. Each session lasts three hours, with options for morning or afternoon-only, or full day. Kids must enrolls for a minimum of two weeks.
The pre-school is running an eight- week summer programme, beginning June 27, with week-long, morning- only sessions. It caters for bubs aged two years, eight months to six years. The programme is an extension of the fun academic programme that the school runs during term-time.
Woodland Pre-schools across Hong Kong are inviting youngsters to get active this summer with Motion Sports & Games Programme and Summer Soccer Camp. The Summer Phonics Camp will use songs and games to help with language acquisition. Courses run from July 4 to August 12.