It’s a well known fact that our brains are divided into two parts; the left side is logistical and academic, dealing with numbers and reasoning, while the right side is where the creative magic lies, and imagination runs wild. Luckily, Hong Kong has a whole range of exciting classes on offer which cater to both sides from the early years in life. From strengthening memory and tackling new languages, to getting creative behind the piano or the camera, these classes have your children’s mini minds covered.
The Left Side: Academic
They say that learning is a gift, and we could not agree more. Whether your child is working to manage and overcome learning difficulties, passionate about an academic topic, or striving for a spot at a top universities, these academic tutoring classes welcome all candidates through their doors.
Power Brain RX
Are you ready for a workout? It makes sense really – our brains need exercising to get stronger, just like our muscles do. And no, we don’t mean doing your homework on the treadmill. In fact, brain training exercises are a stationary activity, which are invaluable for children at any level of education. From memory exercises, to response speeds, and the ease of understanding new concepts, the passionate and playful team of tutors at PowerBrain Rx are raring to go. Brain training can even aid concentration, which can be difficult for little, energetic ones. With 45 minute sessions, between one and three times per week, your youngsters’ cognitive foundations will be getting stronger by the day. Plus, your youngster’s progress will be reviewed every 30 sessions, to ensure you understand how they are doing.
PowerBrain Rx, locations in Jordan, Aberdeen, Central, and Fotan (+852 2302 0180)
There are roughly 6,500 languages being spoken in the world today – each with their own quirks, rhythms, and sounds. So why limit your understanding to just one? Our minds are most receptive in our early years, so your child could be fluent in French, a master of Mandarin, or a natural with Cantonese.
Hong Kong Institute of Languages (HKIL)
Offering tuition in Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and English, Hong Kong Institute of Languages (HKIL) is an established hub of language learning, welcoming children as young as 18 months old through the doors. With 20 years of experience under its belt, a range of creative programmes such as Drama & Music, Nature & Discovery, and Little Chef, and courses catering for beginners, experts, and everything in between, you can rest assured that your kids are in good hands. Plus, HKIL offers courses for adults if Mum and Dad want to get in on the action! Wine tasting? Now that sounds like our kind of education.
Hong Kong Institute of Languages, 6/F, Wellington Plaza, 56-58 Wellington Street, Central, (+852) 2877 6160
Students are spoiled for choice in terms of the languages on offer, which include French, German, Italian, Dutch, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Berlitz believe that youth is the easiest time to learn a language, and offer a wide range of programs for children and teenagers designed to stimulate and entertain while instructing. All are taught by highly trained, native-fluent speakers who are experienced with and enjoy teaching young people. The programs group children of similar ages, who learn while playing and participating in other activities.
Berlitz, 2/F, Lee Garden Six , 111 Leighton Rd, Causeway Bay (+852) 2157 2222
Conveniently located between Central and Mid-Levels, GAIA Language not only offers English and Mandarin classes for kids, but also Spanish and Latin in a clean, spacious, and bright environment. Its native Spanish teachers are uniquely qualified through the prestigious Salamanca Spanish Program, and bring the Salamanca International Spanish Curriculum (SISC) to Hong Kong. Recognising that language is not just about words, but about contexts, cultures, and mentalities, the centre focuses on content, broadly using the TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) method, and inspiring students with good literature at all levels.
GAIA Language, G/F, 25B Caine Road, Central, (+852) 2530 9888
Excellence in Languages
This licensed education centre is offering a wide variety of languages including English, French, Spanish, German, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Japanese and even Latin. The languages can be taught through courses, lessons and tutoring and is available for all levels and ages. Their experienced team will cater to your individual needs, whether your child is taking their first step into learning a new language or is in need of examination support. Excellence in Languages (EIL) will also make sure that you will discover the differences and similarities in the culture and customs between your native country and the country of the language which you are studying.
Excellence in Languages, Unit A, 6/F, CKK Commercial Centre, 289 – 295 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, (+852) 2866 0608
Call A Tutor
Mastering Cantonese and Mandarin is a skill which will open a world of opportunity to your children as they grow up in Hong Kong, and the wider Asian region. Whether you’re looking for a private tutor, a Chinese nanny, or a regular group session, Call A Tutor offers a range of teaching methods to help your little ones develop their skills. You can even arrange a playgroup with your youngsters and their friends in the comfort of your own home!
Call A Tutor, Unit 2101- 2102, 21/F, Wing Tuck Commercial Centre, 177 – 183 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, (+852) 2572 8989
The Spanish Academy
Taking the crown as the second most widely spoken language in the world, Spanish is a strong choice when choosing an additional language for your child to study. Plus, at The Spanish Academy, classes are full of excitement and creativity – whether you’re singing, painting, or cooking! Welcoming little ones through the door from playgroup age, The Spanish Academy’s team of native teachers will be with your budding Spaniards every step of the way – with the opportunity to study abroad in Spain or Latin American when they hit their teenage years. Classes start at $1,200 per month.
The Spanish Academy, Suite 701, Keen Hung Building, 80 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, (+852) 6899 5497
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Sai Kung Tutors
Maths is like marmite – you either love it or you hate it! Yet, regardless of your stance on arithmetic, there is no denying it is a necessary skill. Taught in the comfort of your own home, Sai Kung Tutors will have your little ones crunching on numbers in no time at all. Nothing beats the individual attention of a one-on-one tutoring session. With the freedom to tailor sessions and learning styles to your child, this extra-curricular training will engage your youngsters, and help them reach their full potential. From students who struggle to understand new concepts, to those who are restless and unchallenged by the school curriculum, maths is a core subject which will always come in handy. Plus, Sai Kung Tutors offer classes in a range of other academic and creative subjects too!
Sai Kung Tutors, The Hive Sai Kung, 10 Po Tung Road, Sai Kung, (+852 5321 4400)
Give your little ones an one-of-a-kind learning platform at Techbob Academy, where they can learn all about Robotics, Coding, Engineering, Architecture, and a whole lot more — while having heaps of fun! Available for children between the ages of 3 to 18, each course has been designed to have a hands-on approach in order to fully nurture your little innovators. It’s game on!
Techbob Academy, locations in Ap Lei Chau, Cheung Sha Wan, North Point, Yuen Long, Kowloon Bay, and Tseung Kwan O, (+852) 6218 2306
Calling all budding scientists! Explore the world around you with Science Workshop’s hands-on sessions. From potions to periodic tables, your little ones will learn how to carry out experiments safely, and gain an insight into the workings of the world, as well as sharpening their mathematic and literacy skills. From tots to teens, these egg-citing workshops are overflowing with Easter-themed excitement. With new friends to be made and adventures to be had, Science Workshop will inspire your youngsters to observe their surroundings through a scientific perspective. From tiny tots to teenagers, there is no denying that our world needs the help of scientific minds – you might even have the next Einstein on your hands!
Science Workshop Central, 1305 Universal Trade Centre, 3 Arbuthnot Road, Central, (+852) 2523 5533
Computer science should definitely not be forgotten in this day and age, as it’s altering all types of industries: healthcare, fashion, agriculture, manufacture – the list goes on. So why not allow your child to broaden their future with digital technology and take part in the world-wide movement to learn how to code? Creative Coding is exploring coding through robotics, offering kids a fun way to approach it through design, problem solving, logic, and collaborating with others. Kids aged between 5 and 8 can sign up for the S.M.A.R.T. Kids Workshop that will focus on subjects like Robotics & Technology, Science, and Art, while children aged 8 and upwards can enrol in creative coding with mBot using STEAM based curriculum, and last but not certainly not the least, children aged 9 and above can enrol in Coding with Minecraft where they can learn all about Java programming to code and make your own mods while playing their favourite game. These folks also offer term classes and holiday camps in over 6 locations around Hong Kong – sounds interesting? Check out their website for more details.
Creative Coding, (+852) 2973 0106
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The Right Side: Creative
Now it is time to put down the calculator, and let your little one’s imagination run wild. The creativity of our children is something to be celebrated and treasured – the ideas they come up with are amazing! From music to dance, painting to film-making, finding a creative outlet for your little nippers is not a problem in our dynamic, arty city.
Rumple and Friends
Rumple the Clown and his pals want to play! With drama, arts and crafts, musical theatre, and even magic lessons, Rumple and Friends is the perfect gateway to introducing performing arts to your little ones in a fun and unique way. There are regular holiday camps available as well as group classes on offer where kids get to learn, perform, and have a ton of fun with professional performers like Melody the Mermaid, Pirate Pete, and Rumple the Clown himself!
Rumple and Friends, 5B, 5/F Kin On Commercial Building, 49-51 Jervois street, Sheung Wan, (+852) 9830 8287
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ONE Serviced Music Rooms
Let’s get musical! Playing an instrument is a hugely popular, and very rewarding pastime, and there is bound to be an instrument that takes your child’s fancy. Perhaps they enjoy rocking out on the electric guitar? Or charming those around them with a tinkle of the ivories? Regardless of their choice, there is nothing quite like kicking back and listening to your little one, as they fill the room with music. A talented team of musical maestros, including multiple members of the Philharmonic Orchestra, are waiting to pass on their wisdom to your youngsters at ONE Serviced Music Rooms. With modern fittings, natural light, and stylish furnishings, this studio makes for the perfect learning environment.
ONE Serviced Music Rooms, 5/F, Mirage Tower, 15 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2528 6800
Southern School of Dance
We all know that children have a lot of energy, which can often drain the parents. So why not channel that energy into healthy exercise especially if your child loves to dance. Does your child aspire to be the next prima ballerina, the Southern School of Dance offers classes in ballet, modern dance, jazz and even tap dancing if you perhaps have the new Fred Astaire tapping away in the house. Dancing is a wonderful way for your child to not only express themselves, but obtain good posture and get great rhythm. Watch with pride as your child will glide over the stage performing the classics such as Snow White, Cinderella or Mary Poppins. Classes are run at three different venues and students can be as young as three.
Southern School of Dance, 10/F, Tower A, Southmark, 11 Yip Hing Street, Wong Chuk Hang (+852) 2555 6917
If your little one loves to belt out a tune wherever they go, CSMA Studio is the place for you. With a long list of professional instructors and experienced performers available, they can help your mini Adele and Bruno Mars in-the-making to build and develop their singing vocals. Apart from providing private singing lessons for kids from eight years and above, CSMA Studio also has group workshops, singing clubs, as well as guitar and ukulele lessons for your little singer to have fun learning more about music, and meeting new friends. Whether it’s genres in jazz, rock, or pop, to singing in English, Chinese, or even Korean, these experts knows exactly what to do.
CSMA Studio, 2B, Timmar Court, 10 – 12 Wing Hing Street, North Point, (+852) 2762 0112 / 9229 9885
Does your youngster love snapping photos? Do they like making home videos? If so, we know the perfect spot for them. Let them get behind the camera and create a movie masterpiece at Junior Snappers. Under the guidance of a talented trio of professional film makers, your budding movie expert will learn how to write, direct, and film a piece of their own – with the appropriate costumes of course. From Greek mythology to Science Fiction, each workshop is themed to ensure your youngster is fully engaged. Student by day, movie director by night – we think this might be the coolest hobby ever! If your kid fancies a turn in the director’s seat, keep your eyes peeled for news of Junior Snappers’ summer camps.
Junior Snappers, French International School, 34 Price Road, Jardines Lookout, (+852) 9849 0050
Hong Kong Art Tutoring
If your kids are doodle-loopy, then art classes will be their idea of heaven. From painting on an easel, to experimenting with multi-media, there is no end to the creative fun at Hong Kong Art Tutoring. Not only is art a fantastic way for your child to express themselves, their masterpieces are the best decoration any parent could ask for. Allow talented artist and passionate teacher, Gail Deayton, to nurture your little one’s imagination whilst it is at its height, by taking them on a journey to become a young artist. Welcoming students aged 10 to 18 years through her doors, Gail encourages her pupils to experiment with new techniques, and introduces them to alternative medias. Perhaps your youngster fancies trying their hand at sculpting? Whatever avenue your kid chooses, this North Point based studio is the perfect venue for budding Picasso’s to let loose and create.
Hong Kong Art Tutoring, 21/F, Chu Kee Building, 435 Kings Road, North Point, (+852) 9722 8353
Fancy something a little more cozy with human touch for your little artist? KA Atelier is a private homemade painting studio. It’s a small creative space hidden in the heart of the city on Star Street. Your children can get their creative buzz on by signing up for workshops such Chinese Ink Painting, Teapot Painting Workshop, Mini Jars Painting, Acrylic & Watercolour painting and a Mini Scrapbook Workshop. The classes will be taught by the artist herself, Carole Leung who owns the studio. If you wish to see your child in action and get involved yourself you can get the opportunity to take part in the Paint Your Own Canvas Workshop.
KA Atelier, 2D Moonstar Court, 2A-2G Star Street, Wan Chai, (+852) 3484 2919
Faust International Youth Theatre
Does your little one enjoy stepping into the spotlight? If so, a life in the theatre could be a match made in heaven. From the age of four, Faust theatre school will develop your youngster’s stage presence and confidence. The annual showcase is a thrilling way for students to show off their new skills, and there will be no end to the smiles if they secure a role in the additional, large-scale performances. Formed in 1999, Faust is Hong Kong’s leading institution for nurturing local creative talent. Make sure to sign your little one up for a week of theatrical fun over the Easter break. Explore a different drama theme or topic each day, and delight as your youngster takes to the stage during the open session at the end of each week. From perilous journeys to the North Pole, to adventures in the jungle – these workshops, which welcome children aged between 4 and 12 years, promise endless fun for budding thespians.
Faust International Youth Theatre, 5/F, Nan Dao Commercial Building, 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, (+852) 2547 9114