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Best Kids Summer Camps

School’s (almost) out for summer, which means your youngsters have oodles of time to make new friends, discover new skills, and explore the world around them. What better way to do so than by joining one of the fun summer camps on offer around the city. Whether your child is a creative soul, a good sport, or a bright spark, there’s plenty to keep them busy and happy – your only problem might be persuading them to come home at the end of the day!


For Creative Souls

HK Art Tutoring

Art

Paint brushes at the ready! If your kids are doodle-loopy, then a summer art course at Hong Kong Art Tutoring will be right up their street. Not only is art a fantastic way for your child to express themselves, the masterpieces they will produce during these five-day courses are the best decoration any parent could ask for. Talented artist and passionate teacher, Gail Deayton, is guaranteed to get their creative juices flowing in her North Point studio, as she encourages her pupils to experiment with new techniques and alternative medias. From drawing to painting, and print-making to sculpturing, this is the perfect venue for budding Picassos to let loose and create.

When: June 13 – August 19, (9.30am – 11am or 11.15am – 12.45am)
Where: 21/F, 435 King’s Road, North Point, (+852) 9722 8353
How much: $1,500 per course; 10% discount before June 5
Click here to find out more and email info@hkarttutoring.com to register

Circus School

Roll up! Roll up! Join Rumple the Clown and his hilarious friends at Rumple’s Big Top Academy, Hong Kong’s first and only circus school. Whether your little ones dream of rocketing into outer space, diving down to the bottom of the sea, or living in a fairytale land, Rumple and his friends have a week-long themed workshop that is is right up their street. Under the guidance of this enthusiastic team of professionals, your budding circus performers aged between 3 and 10 years old, will learn the art of puppetry, acro-balance, circus tricks, and team work. Plus, there’s a showcase at the end of each course so mum and dad can see what their little clowns have learned. One thing’s for sure – they’ll have plenty of tricks up their sleeve.

When: June 27 – August 26
Where: 5B Kin On Commercial Building, 49 – 51 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, (+852) 9830 8287
How much: $2,500 – $3,0000 per week; 10% discount if registered before May 15
Click here for more information and registration


Read more! Check out our interview with Rumple the Clown.


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Theatre

Let your child’s creativity run wild this summer with the talented team at Colour My World. Whether your little one loves painting, photography, video making, sculpting, acting, singing, or even playwriting, there’s plenty to keep them entertained and inspired in the Visual Art and Performing Art departments. Little artistic thespians aged 4 to 14 will love the Theatre & Art camps, while teens aged 13 and up can enjoy the specialised week long Art/Theatre In Practice courses. This summer, the studio is also launching introductory courses to Digital Media, where students can develop their skills in filming, editing, digital illustration, and graphic design. With all this choice on offer, the hardest part might be deciding on which one to pick.

When: June 13 – August 26
Where: Room 108 Aberdeen Marina Tower, 8 Shum Wan Road, (+852) 2580 5028
How much: $1,500 – $3,500 weekly
Click here for more information and registration

If your little one’s a natural in the spotlight, let them take to the stage at Faust’s Summer Theatre (pictured above). Much more than jazz hands, children aged between 3 and 14 can enroll in programmes led by enthusiastic professionals with real experience in the world of theatre. The Holiday Theatre Programme focuses on performance skills such as improvisation, expression, and movement, whereas the Creative Writing Programme explores the world of stories, scripts, and tales. As the week draws to a close, it’s time for parents, teachers, and friends to sit back and watch with pride as their little one’s confidently take to the stage during the weekly showcase performance. Encore! 

When: June 27 – August 26
Where: Faust Studio, 5/F, Nan Dao Commercial Building, 359 & 361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, (+852) 2547 9114, or Beacon Hill School, 23 Ede Road, Kowloon Tong
How much: $2,860 per course; 10% discount if registered by May 11
Click here for more information and registration

Film-Making

Does your youngster love snapping photos? Do they like making home movies? Let them step into the world of cinema this summer and watch them create their own movie masterpiece with Junior Snappers. Under the guidance 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. Over the course of five days, 8 to 16 year olds will master the skills of storyboarding, project management, and (most importantly) catching the perfect shot. At the end of the week, all participants will come together to watch the cinematic creations of each group. That’s a wrap! 

When: July 4 – 8; August 15 – 19 on demand; August 22 – 26
Where: G/F, 4 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, (+852) 9849 0050
How much: $3,500 per 5 day course
Click here for more information and registration


For Good Sports

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 Dancing

Budding ballerinas and jazzy groovers will have a ball at the Twinkle Dance Company summer camps (pictured above). Tiny tots as young at 14 months old are welcomed through the studio doors to reap the benefits of movement and dance in the Ballet with Mommy summer camp. For slightly older dancers, weekly classes or week-long camps are available, with a variety of charming themes. From Swan Lake ballet to Taylor Swift inspired jazz, healthy bodies and happy faces are guaranteed. Down in Aberdeen, Twinkle Dance Company is also running a summer program for children with special needs.

When: July 4 – August 31
Where: Aberdeen, Central, Kennedy Town, North Point, and Wan Chai, (+852) 6608 6689
How much: $1,200 – $2,160
Click here for more information and registration


Read more! Does your little one love to dance all year round? Check out these Top 4 Dance Classes for Kids.


Fitness

For teenagers who are serious about gaining strength and getting in shape, Primal Strength has just the ticket. Their summer programme is a great way to introduce youngsters to various strength training methods, in a spacious studio jam-packed with high-quality equipment. Over the course of either two or four weeks, teens aged 15 to 20 will attend four morning weight sessions per week, with each class strengthening their core and improving their sporting capabilities. There are also adult summer camps, should the rest of the family want to join in the action.

When: June 10 – July 23
Where: Hong Kong International School, 1 Red Hill Road, Tai Tam, (+852) 5305 6323
How much: $1,900 – $3,800
Click here for more information and registration

Football

Can your kid bend it like Beckham? Then let them put their talent to the test at the Hong Kong Football Academy summer camp. Fancy footwork, ball control, and how to score the perfect goal is the name of the game at this camp. Younger players, aged between 3 and 5, can enroll in the evening Happy Feet sessions in Causeway Bay whilst older children, aged between 5 and 11, can choose between Stanley or Causeway Bay. Every player must bring their own football to the camp, which means they are all set up to continue working on their skills when they get home!

When: June 27 – August 12, (9am – 12 noon, 9.30am – 12.30pm, or 5pm – 6.30pm)
Where: The Indian Recreation Club, 63 Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay
Stanley Waterfront Playground, near Stanley Main Street, (+852) 5132 5943
How much: $300 – $400 per day; $1,100 – $1,600 per week; $100 off before June 12
Click here for more information and registration

Karate

Karate

If you’re on the hunt for an action-packed summer, then look no further than Chito Ryo Karatedo. With five themed, week-long camps to choose from, this studio (pictured above) is the perfect place for budding karate kids to master their skills. Star Wars fans will love putting their new karate technique to the test against their fellow Jedi, while Super Heroes unite to design their super capes. Karate Panda lovers will be able to kick back and watch the movie after a busy morning of self defense classes and karate games, whilst the Samurai and Ninjas get to work on their combat skills. Just remember to wax on, wax off!

When: June 27 – July 29, (9am – 12 noon)
Where: 18/F, Room B, Prosperous Commercial Building, 54 Jardines Bazaar, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2523 5200
How much: $400 per day; $1,800 per week
Click here for more information

Surfing

School’s out and surf’s up! What could be cooler than hitting the waves on beautiful Pui O Beach in Lantau? The adventurous team at Treasure Island Surf Camp is inviting the next generation of Hong Kong wave riders to join them for a week of water-based action, as they learn how to surf like a pro and be safe in the ocean. Surfers aged between 5 and 15 years can join one of three camps, which run daily and cater for all levels and interests. Mixing beach games, sports, arts and crafts, kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking, we can’t think of a better way to spend the summer. Click here to find out more about the surf camp.

When: June 20 – August 19
Where: Pui O Beach, Lantau, (+852) 2546 3543
How much: $3,980 – $4,200
Click here for more information and registration

Sailing

Ahoy m’hearties! Bid farewell to the skyscrapers and set sail this summer with the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC). Junior sailors, aged 6 to 10, will learn the ropes of wind control over the course of five days, with the potential to progress through all five stages of the optimist dinghies stage in one summer. Kids aged 11 to 18 can progress to the slightly larger pico dinghy boat, while experienced sailors take to the high seas in a separate schedule of classes. Previous experience is not necessary, however competent swimming skills are a must.

When: Sailing: June 13 – August 12 / Rowing: July 4 – August 19
Where: Middle Island, Hong Kong, (+852) 2832 2817
How much: Sailing, $1,500 – $4,200 / Rowing, $2,350 per course
Click here for more information

FLEX

Trampolining

Let your little ones bounce their way through the summer months with BOUNCE indoor trampoline park. Returning with the hugely popular Tramp Camp, these active airborne sessions are perfect for 6 to 12 year olds with tonnes of energy. In addition to keeping fit, each two-hour session is great for developing muscular control, and is guaranteed to put a smile on their faces! Surrounded by bright colours, your budding trampolinist will hone their aerial skills, play dodgeball across 80 interconnected trampolines, and engage in a spot of healthy competition for prize giveaways. Healthy refreshments and BOUNCE grip socks are included in the fee too. So, what are you waiting for? Join the free-jumping revolution!

When: Runs until August 31
Where: BOUNCEinc HK, G/F, EMAX, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, (+852) 2556 9555
How much: $500 per day; $450 per day if you book a complete week
Click here for more information and registration

Yoga

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Flex Studio (pictured above) is inviting kids aged seven and above to find their inner balance this summer through a selection of classes including jazz funk, hip hop, yoga, and flying Pilates. The southside studio will work to develop your child’s co-ordination and strength over the course of a five-day camp. With three hours of exercise per day, you’ll be amazed at how quickly the youngsters comes along.

When: July 4 – July 22, (2.05pm – 4.55pm)
Where: Flex Studio, Shop 308 – 310, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, (+852) 2813 2212
How much: $220 – $260 per class
Click here for more information and registration


Read more! Curious to know more? Get The Lowdown on Sailing in Hong Kong.


For Bright Sparks

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Brain Training

With hectic timetables, heavy workloads, and long studying hours, it’s no wonder our little ones lose their concentration sometimes. Their attention span is put to the test every day – yet, much like exercise, regular workouts are necessary to develop and strengthen these traits. Luckily, PowerBrain Rx (pictured above) has come to the rescue with a series of Summer Booster camps to help children as young as three strengthen their minds and prepare them for the school year ahead. From memory skills to response speeds, and even the ease of grasping new concepts, the passionate and playful team of tutors are raring to go at four venues across the city. With clear benefits from as few as 10 sessions (up to three per week) this programme is invaluable for children of all ages.

When: Runs until August 31
Where:
Aberdeen, Central, Fotan, Jordan, (+852) 2302 0180
How much: $650 per session (click here to check out bundle packages)
Click here for more information

Languages

Learning a new language doesn’t have to revolve around school books and vocabulary tests, and HK Kidz couldn’t agree more. They’re ditching static classes in favour of a creative, hands-on summer schedule. Through the medium of drama, singing, games, cooking, and more, your youngsters, aged 1.5 to 12 years old, can learn one of five global languages, including Mandarin and Spanish. Creative programmes such as Drama & Music, Nature & Discovery, and Little Chef ensure your child’s language learning experience is overflowing with fun. What better way to learn Spanish food vocabulary than by whipping up tortilla de patatas in the kitchen with a fully qualified, native team of teachers? Learning has never been more delicious!

When: July 4 – August 26
Where: Central, Wong Chuk Hang, and Sai Kung, (+852) 2877 6160
How much: 10% early bird discount before June 15
Click here for more information and registration

If you’re looking for a new and exciting approach to English language learning that will really engage your child, The Kelly Yang Project might be your perfect match. Founded by best-selling children’s author, Kelly Yang, kids aged 2 to 18 are welcomed through the doors to develop their language in a fresh and exciting way. From debate to creative writing, and the latest addition to the programme – Writing for Youtube – students from across the globe return to The Kelly Yang Project centres each year for a summer of creative, linguistic fun. Fancy having a look round the new Sheung Wan centre? Meet the teachers and find out all you want to know at the grand opening on June 5 between 2pm and 4pm, or check out the Kelly Yang YouTube channel.

When: June 20 – August 26
Where: Causeway Bay, Kowloon, and Sheung Wan, (+852) 2810 4822
How much: $300 – $850 per session; 10% discount before May 31
Click here for more information and registration

Lego

LEGO

It may be the summer break, but little brains are constantly developing and learning. Keep your child’s brain active with fun activities that won’t feel like homework – it is summer after all! Pioneering a new way of learning, budding builders will love the LEGO Education Summer Workshop (pictured above). Four age groups, catering for 3 to 10 year olds, can attend these colourful, hands-on sessions at various locations across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories. The beauty of this learning approach is it gives you an insight into your child’s mind, as they replicate their understanding of the world in LEGO form. Plus, it’s easy to continue building, learning, and playing at home with mum and dad!

When: June 20 – August 31
Where: Locations vary, (+852) 2804 6883
How much: $1,680 per course; $100 discount per workshop
Click here for more information

LEGO is also the focus at Bricks4Kidz, with a range of exciting themes to choose from, including Amusement Park, Space Adventure, and Movie Making – the list goes on! From fine-motor skills to problem-solving, and social skills to improvisation, who knew learning could be so fun?

When: June 27 – August 19
Where: Bricks4Kidz, Sai Kung, and Kowloon Bay, (+852) 2791 0007
How much: Bricks4Kidz, $480 – $2,400
Click here for more information

Science

Budding scientists and curious explorers alike will love the Science Workshop Summer Odyssey Camp. Create electric bugs, find out how light turns corners, and try your hand at crafting model airplane wings. With new friends to be made and adventures to be had, Science Workshop will inspire your youngsters, aged between 2 and 13, to observe their surroundings from a scientific perspective. You might even have the next Einstein on your hands!

When: June 20 – August 26
Where: 1305, Universal Trade Centre, 3 Arbuthnot Road, Central, (+852) 2523 5533
2/F, Capital Commercial Building, 26 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, (+852) 3118 6787
How much: $1,390 – $4,420 per course; 15% off before May 27
Click here for more information and registration


Read more! Check out these Academic and Creative Classes for Kids or find out How To: Help Your Children Fall in Love with Reading.

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