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Originally published by Jenny Leung. Last updated by Catharina Cheung.
From music and painting to circus and performing arts, our dynamic city has got your little nippers covered when it comes to nurturing their creative talents. Here are Hong Kong’s best creative classes for children to sign up to!
If your little one loves to belt out a tune wherever they go, then the Christine Samson Music & Arts Studio is the place for them. With a long list of professional instructors and experienced performers available, they can help your kids develop their singing vocals and build up self-confidence along the way. Apart from providing private singing lessons for children from aged eight and above, their studio also has group workshops and singing clubs, as well as guitar and ukulele lessons for your little singers to learn more about music. Whether it’s a classic rock anthem or a new Canto-pop song, these experts know exactly how to nurture everyone’s inner star.
CSMA Studio, 2B, Timmar Court, 10–12 Wing Hing Street, North Point | (+852) 2762 0112
Owning a reputation for being one of the best music schools around town, Best Music Academy takes musical education very seriously. Offering a huge range of classes such as violin and viola instruction, piano lessons, guitar tutoring, music therapy, and musical theory, all lessons at the academy can be booked individually, in blocks, or even as specially curated courses. With a bold name like that, you know you can’t go wrong!
Best Music Academy, 18/F, Hennessy Apartment Building, 48 Percival Street, Causeway Bay | (+852) 3644 5045
If traditional instruments aren’t enough to grab your kid's interest, then perhaps Sol Passion Music is the answer. With a series of DJ and producing courses, and music creation classes available throughout the year, these passionate folks enable young students to learn all about modern music theories, key techniques, and how to make their own original music and see their creative minds come to life. Fun, pressure-free, and with all the creative freedom they need, Sol Passion Music is definitely one for the hip youngsters.
Sol Passion Music, Unit F, 4/F, Tung Kin Factory Building, Block E–H, 200–202 Tsat Tsz Mui Road, Quarry Bay | (+852) 9422 0367
Perhaps the most well-rounded of all music schools, Parsons Music Academy offers a huge range of Early Childhood music courses for kids from one to eight years old. Whether it’s the ’School of Music for Little Mozarts’ course, learning to play Chinese instruments, or harp lessons to match your little cherubim, the academy will always work to make sure that an all-rounded musical learning experience is provided. From master classes with world-renowned teachers, to public performances to help build their confidence, you can't go wrong with Parsons.
We know the idea of giving paint to your little ones may terrify you—after all, we’ve all seen those viral videos of how it can go horribly wrong—but at MessyJam you don’t have to worry about a thing. They offer private workshop sessions for four to eight kids, where canvases, acrylic paints, and all other equipment is provided. With no specific learning curriculum, MessyJam is all about letting your little monkeys be creative, have fun, and just get down-right messy without you ever having to stress about the clean-up!
MessyJam, Flat D, 2/F, Tai Fat Building, 37 Ko Shing Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 9366 9836
If your kids are doodle-loopy, then art classes are surely their idea of heaven. From painting on an easel to experimenting with multi-media, there’s no end to the creative fun at Hong Kong Art Tutoring. Talented artist and passionate teacher Gail Deayton is on hand to nurture your little ones’ imaginations by taking them on a journey to become a young artist. Welcoming students aged 10 to 18 through her doors, Gail encourages pupils to experiment with new techniques and alternative mediums. Perhaps your youngster fancies trying their hand at sculpting or print-making? Whichever direction they choose, this North Point-based studio is the perfect venue for budding Picassos to let loose and just create.
Hong Kong Art Tutoring, 21/F, Chu Kee Building, 435 King Road, North Point | (+852) 9722 8353
Fancy something a little more cozy with a human touch? KA Atelier is a private painting studio with a small creative space inspired by Chinese painting, hidden in the heart of the buzzy Starstreet Precinct. Your budding artist can get their creative kick by signing up for workshops such Chinese ink painting, teapot painting workshops, mini jars decorating, acrylic and watercolour painting, or mini scrapbook workshops. If you wish to see your child in action, or even get involved yourself, then you can give their Paint Your Own Canvas Workshop a go!
KA Atelier, 2D Moonstar Court, 2A–2G Star Street, Wan Chai | (+852) 3484 2919
Originally set up as a small art studio for kids to explore their artistic talents, Kid’s Gallery now operates not just in Hong Kong, but also in mainland China with a huge selection of creative classes and workshops for toddlers to young teens. Apart from encouraging children to express their creativity through visual arts, the gallery also work with well-respected art authorities around the globe to offer exam courses for little artists who wish to take their talents one step further.
Kid’s Gallery, locations across the territories
Do you have a dramatic little starlet on your hands? If your kid loves nothing more than stepping into the spotlight, then the Faust International Youth Theatre could be their perfect match. With annual performances and festivals, drama workshops, and holiday theatre programmes, the Faust team are experts when it comes to helping youngsters develop self confidence, refine their drama skills, and begin an exciting journey into the adventurous world of theatre.
Faust International Youth Theatre, 11/F, Nan Dao Commercial Building, 359–361 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2547 9114
Let your child’s creativity run wild with the talented team at Colour My World. Whether they love painting, photography, video-making, sculpting, acting, singing, or even playwriting, there’s plenty to keep them entertained and inspired here. With classes covering visual arts, performing arts, as well as holiday workshops over Easter and summer holidays, there’s no shortage of fun for kids to get involved in. The only difficulty might be deciding which class to pick!
Colour My World, Room 108–110, Marina Tower, 8 Shum Wan Road, Wong Chuk Hang | (+852) 2580 5028
As Hong Kong’s premier performing arts training studio for kids aged three to 18, CentreStage Studios provides a welcoming platform for youngsters to build self confidence and develop communication skills, all the while having the most fun possible on stage. With passionate expert coaches ready to pass on their knowledge through a series of courses and workshops, the studio offers everything from vocal and acting coaching to musical theatre and even LAMDA examination prep! If you have yourself a mini actor or actress in-the-making, these guys are the perfect coaches to guide them on their way to stardom.
CentreStage Studios, 6/F, The Repulse Bay Club, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay | (+852) 5689 2272
Is your little one a cake or a cookie monster? Let them find out at one of Complete Deelite’s Friday afternoon Creative Cake and Jumbo Cookie Jam workshops. These sweet treat maestros invite kids to get creative with sprinkles, buttercream, and fondant colours as they decorate sugary delights to their little hearts’ content. All decorating tools, embellishments, and expert guidance is included, and there are also parent-child classes available.
Complete Deelite, 3/F, On Lan Centre, 11–15 On Lan Street, Central | (+852) 3167 7022
Catering for Baby Whisks (ages three to four), Little Whisks (ages five to seven), or Junior Whisks (ages seven to 10), this quaint little baking studio has got your mini chefs covered. Classes are taught weekly in either English or Mandarin Chinese, and introduces children to various baking tools and techniques as they create both sweet and savoury recipes. As well as promoting healthy eating habits in students, classes also help encourage kids with their reading, mathematics, and communication skills—not to mention their cleaning up skills!
Whisked, 21/F, Xiu Ping Commercial Building, 104 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 3460 3130
Still trying to figure out what type of creative art your little tyke is interested in? No worries, YWCA is here to help. Offering a long list of activities from Chinese calligraphy to magic workshops, the Centre of Learning and Life Enhancement at the YWCA headquarters in Central has almost everything you can think of to learn! With a large number of different classes available for kids of all ages, you can easily work something into your busy schedule, or simply dip your toes into a bit of everything before your child commits to anything long-term.
YWCA, 3/F, 1 MacDonnell Road, Central | (+852) 3476 1340
Offering a wide range of creative writing workshops for budding authors in Hong Kong, Elephant Community Press provides a unique opportunity for young voices to be heard. From generating original ideas and drafting stories, to publishing their very own book to have and hold, professional teachers here are always on hand to guide young poets and authors through every step of the entire writing and publication process.
Elephant Community Press, Unit 704, Lap Fai Building, 6–8 Pottinger Street, Central | (+852) 3487 3153
Does your youngster love making TikToks or filming home movies? Why not let them get behind the camera and create their own masterpieces at Junior Snappers? Under the guidance of a talented trio of professional filmmakers, your budding movie expert will learn how to write, direct, and film a piece of their own—even with the appropriate costumes. From Greek mythology to sci-fi, each workshop is themed to ensure students are fully engaged. Student by day, movie director by night; we think this might be the coolest hobby ever for a kid!
Junior Snappers, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 9849 0050 (WhatsApp only)
This lovely space in Tai Kwun offers children the chance to try plenty of different creative endeavours including decoupage, magic tricks, cookie decorating, and even maraca making, but we’d choose to come here for their terrarium workshops. Kids will make their own miniature landscape using living plants, rocks, and creative decorations, as well as learn about what a micro eco-system is. The chance to bring home lovely slice of fairytale nature is just the cherry on top!
Bonart, locations in Central and Kwun Tong