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April Fool Around – Put Some Spring in your Step with Fun For all this Month

April 1st 2014

The madness of March is finally behind us, and with April comes the spring weather (plenty of sun and showers), and a tonne of Easter fun! Not got your month planned out yet? Let us give you a hand with the ultimate list of Localiiz happenings for the whole family, from Easter camps for kids, to culture, entertainment, mind & body and business workshops for grown-ups. So get out your diary and start filling it up – and don’t worry, no pranks from us today!

Easter Camps for Kids

Looking for something to keep the kids busy during the Easter holidays? Who isn’t?! We’ve cracked the shell on a huge basket of egg-citing camps that your kids will scramble to sign up for (too many egg jokes?). For the artsy older kids, Hong Kong Art Tutoring is running not one, but two, Easter Art Camps in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Camp One is a three-session programme running on the April 14th, 15th and 16th for HK$1,050, and Camp Two is a four-session programme running on April 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th for HK$1,250. A maximum of eight students are allowed in each class, so make contact via their Localiiz page now to reserve your child a spot!

For the mini eggs out there, get colourful and creative with Easter Card and Egg making workshops at Artful Kids. Classes run from April 5th through to April 14th for HK$380 a pop, including all materials, a BBQ sausage sandwich, healthy snacks and, of course, a glass of wine for the accompanying adult!

Got some powerful pipes in the house? Give your ears a break by signing up your singer to Katterwall’s Easter programmes for kids. Children aged 5-10 can pick between ‘Sing around the World in 4 Days’ from April 14th to April 17th and ‘Food Glorious Food’ from April 22nd to April 25th. Both programmes cost HK$1,200, and have a max student capacity of 10. Alternately, children and teens aged 10-18 can explore all avenues of stage performance with Katterwall Youth Music Theatre (KYMT). Two sessions are available over the same two weeks. Both cost HK$1,800 per child, but you can enjoy a 10% sibling discount if you’ve got two to entertain! Interested? Fill out this downloadable application form to reserve a spot at any of the above programmes!

If that’s not enough, Wan Chai’s My Musical Studio are also running crazily creative Easter camps for kids. Hip Hop, Cheer Dance, Baby Jazz, Toddler Theatre and Musical Theatre are all available for children aged 2-12 for one week between April 14th to 17th, and another week from April 22nd to 25th. Classes cost HK$1,000 for four. Contact them via their Localiiz Page to make a booking.

Those with energetic Easter bunnies on their hands will also be spoilt for choice with the range of sporty holiday camps offered by Localiiz businesses. Asia Pacific Soccer Schools are hosting two camps at three locations this year: Pok Fu Lam, Jordan and Kowloon Tong. Their first session runs from April 14th to April 17th, and the second is from April 22nd to 25th, with daily rates starting at HK$300, depending on location. Visit their website and fill out the application forms to reserve a spot.

If you’ve got smaller footie fans on your hands, Kinder Kicks is also hosting two Easter Camps over the same dates for kids aged two to four. Visit their website for application forms. And news just in (you heard it here first), Kinder Kicks is soon to launch their very first basketball classes. Keep an eye on their Localiiz Page for more information.

If your kid is more of a grand slammer, Peak Performance Tennis Academy is hosting two Easter Tennis Camps over the two school holiday weeks. Email now via their Localiiz page to lock down a spot.

And finally, if your tot is still finding their way in the world of sport, Minisport HK will be the perfect Easter solution for you! Kids aged 2-4 can burn off some energy in Woodlands Easter Camp from April 22nd to April 25th. Because the programme is brand new (and hosted in the shiny new indoor sports facility), Minisport HK is only charging HK$688 for the entire week. Fill in this form to register your little‘un for some fun!

Update:
Due to popular demand, Minisport HK has launched a morning and an afternoon session of their Easter Camp from April 14th to 17th! Their April 22nd to 25th camp is now fully booked. For a more detailed schedule of their Woodlands Easter Camp, click here.

Mind & Body

March madness is finally over, so take some time in April to relax, de-stress and get healthy. Learn to listen to your body and achieve the perfect balance with Integrated Medicine Institute’s BodyTalk Access Classes on April 3rd and 7th. You’ll leave with the skills to strengthen your immune system and stay in tip-top condition without medication. Classes cost HK$1,500 per person or HK$1,200 each when two or more people book together. Register for the April 3rd class here, and the April 7th class here. Psst: BodyTalk practitioner Angie Tourani is also hosting a free Holistic Healing session on April 9th.

Got some cricks in your back? Work out those knots in no time with Shakti Healing Circle’s Total Torso Realignment Sessions from April 2nd to 12th. Shakti is also offering some combined body and mind healing with their Gong Bath Sound Session on April 2nd for HK$100. If any of these ring your bell, call or email via their Localiiz Page and book yourself in.

If you could use a little mental recharge, head over to Kadampa Meditation Centre for their Free Your Mind Tuesday meditation talks with Katy Ellison, 7:30-9pm on April 1st, 8th and 22nd. If you’re unfortunate enough to be dealing with the loss of a loved one, join them for their Facing Death Weekend Retreat at the Kadoorie Agricultural Centre from April 4th to 6th. Gen Kelsang Tonglam will lead teachings about death and impermanence that will help you live your life with meaning despite your loss. The class will be held in Cantonese with English Translation. Struggling with stress? Try Kadampa’s Transform Life’s Difficulties talks with Gen La Khyenrab from April 18th to 20th. Through meditation and a seminar you’ll be taught to understand karma and overcome challenges more joyfully. To register for a spot at either of these programmes, call or email via their Localiiz Page.

Culture & Entertainment

There’s always room to grow your cultural sphere in Hong Kong, and what better time to start than a chock-a-block event-filled April? Kick off the month of with some catchy country tunes courtesy of Katterwall’s Honky Tonk Women 2 concert. Featuring the Kassia Women’s Choir, the April 1st concert will showcase songs by country music queens such as Dolly Parton, The Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain. Tickets cost HK$220 for adults, and HK$180 for senior citizens, full-time students and the disabled.

If you prefer classical music to boot shoot’ country, you can always count on the Hong Kong Philharmonic for and endless flow of fantastic concerts. They start April in style with an Ashkenazy and Gabetta concert on April 4th and 5th, followed by HK Phil with Lang Lang on April 10th. They continue the month with a full performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on April 18th and 19th, and finish it off strong by welcoming back Garrick Ohlsson on April 25th and 26th.

If you’re looking for something a little more risqué, be sure to catch the Instructor/Student Showcase of new Localiiz members Pole Paradise Studio on April 24th at Solas (The Centrium, 60 Wyndham St, Central). The event is free, so head over from 8pm to learn how much talent, strength and skill goes into the art of pole dancing.

Got Irish rhythm in your toes? Come tap them at the Second Hong Kong International Premierships for Irish Dance, hosted by Localiiz favourite O’Connor-Barton Irish Dance. The competition is being held at the Auberge Hotel (88 Siena Ave, Discovery Bay) on April 26th and 27th. Email dance@oconnor-bartonid.com for more information.

Wine not work your way through some fantastic wines this month? As usual, wine tasting extraordinaires etc wines shop are hosting several delicious events, starting off on April 2nd with a six-wine tasting led by Mr. Etienne de Montille from Domaine de Montille. Tickets are HK$290 for Inner Cellar Premier Cru and Grand Cru members, and HK$350 for non-members. More of a bubbly fan? On April 11th, taste six Champagnes straight from the heart of the region for HK$190 for Inner Cellar – Premier Cru and Grand Cru members and HK$250 for non-members. And if you need any more persuasion, you’ll be able to redeem your full ticket price against the purchase of any Ayala Champagnes that night! To RSVP for these tastings, contact innercellar@etcwineshops.com

Learning

Want to learn something new this month? Test your athletic ability at Pole Paradise Studio’s Static Trapeze Workshop on April 6th in Sai Kung. The class is open to all adults and kids over 10. Are you a bigger fan of fan dancing? Learn about the art of allure at the special class on April 12th. Make contact via their Localiiz page for more information and to register.

Localiiz go-to source for all things corporate learning is General Assembly, who have just stepped it up a notch by launching their new location at the Garage in Central. If you’re thinking about finally taking the leap and starting your own business, take their 10-week course in Business Fundamentals & Tactics, starting April 7th, where you’ll learn everything you need to make your venture a success. Apps are where it’s at nowadays, and General Assembly has hopped on that train too with their four-day Mobile App Bootcamp, launching on April 18th. If design is more your calling however, attend the info session on User Experience Design on April 24th and see if a career in UX is right for you.


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