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Originally published by Jenny Leung. Last updated by Kopal Manglik and Alisa Chau.
School is (almost) out for the summer, which means that your youngsters have oodles of time to make new friends, discover new skills, and explore the world around them. What better way to spend the summer break than to sign up for one of the fun camps on offer around Hong Kong? 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! Here are Hong Kong’s best summer camps for kids.
Providing your little ones with a wonderful stepping stone to learning a new language while building their communication skills, The Spanish Academy offers a range of exciting Spanish summer courses that are taught by teachers who are not only native speakers, but are also highly qualified and experienced in tutoring kids and teens in Hong Kong. With classes for playgroup level, toddlers, kids, and teens all the way up to high school, children of all ages have the opportunity to learn or brush up on their language skills.
Summer classes are already in session and courses start on the first of each month. Fees start from $275 per hour, depending on age. Intensive courses are also offered at a discount.
The Spanish Academy, Suite 701, Keen Hung Building, 80 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai | (+852) 6899 5497
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The famed Hong Kong Institute of Languages (HKIL) offers language and activity summer camps for children aged four to 12. With huge flexibility in their camp schedule, your little ones will get to explore and experience culturally-themed, fun and educational language activities .
The school offers French, German, Spanish, and Mandarin workshops which are perfect opportunities for children to ease into a new language without feeling the pressure of a regular schoolroom environment. Summer classes start on 5 July until 27 August, with full days and half-days available.
Hong Kong Institute of Languages, 6/F, Wellington Plaza, 56–58 Wellington Street, Central | (+852) 2877 6160
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Want to ensure your kids learn new skills during the summer while also having fun? Check out the wide variety of programmes available at ActiveKids, suitable for children between the ages of three and 17.
Courses taught by expert teachers include their renowned Chess Academy, Science Adventures, RoboCode, Stormy Chefs, ArtCrafters, and Mission Runway. ActiveKids also offers a special online course, Ivy Camp, for students to learn from top US universities. Anything that your child might want to pursue, ActiveKids has!
Register before 15 June for an early-bird discount. Summer courses are already in session and run until 28 August. Fees start from $1,500 per camp, and you can sign up for multiple camps, too.
ActiveKids, Unit A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town | (+852) 3480 4199
Arch Education is offering a truly special experiential summer programme this year, where students of all ages get to learn from industry experts and professionals! Does your child want to become a STEM scientist, a fashion designer, a lawyer, or a CSI expert? Arch Education presents an incredible opportunity to learn from the best. With both theoretical knowledge and hands-on application, this unique experience might just help your little ones figure out their dream career! (If not that, then they can at least live out detective fantasy.)
Summer camps run from 14 June until 16 August, with fees starting from $5,600 per summer programme.
Arch Education, Unit 202–205 & 4/F, Wilson House, 19–27 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2877 6160
Summer is all about spending time outdoors, and what better way to do that than by playing, exploring, and learning at Ark Eden’s eco-education camps? Offering a different themed adventure every day, your mini-explorers will be challenged to find hidden treasures, have watery adventures, or even fight off a “zombie!”
Come rain or shine, Ark Eden welcomes children from ages five to 11 to engage and connect with nature and develop basic outdoor skills. If your kids are interested in learning cooking or mountain biking, be sure to check out their specialised camps held in Mui Wo. Summer camps are from 21 June to 27 August. Fees start from $670 depending on the number of camp days, with specialised camps starting from $5,000 per week.
Ark Eden, Mui Wo, Lantau Island
Let your little ones ride out the waves at the Treasure Island summer surf & adventure camps, and truly take advantage of the hot summer months on beautiful Pui O Beach. With two different camps available for children between the ages of five to 16, young adventurers will get to experience a range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, gorging, kayaking, and beach cleaning. Kids can also choose to focus all of their time on developing the skill of surfing. Either way, it is sure to be a week full of sun, sand and fun!
Summer camps are held from 17 June to 16 August. Early-bird prices start from $4,480 for a five-day camp.
Treasure Island Group, Pui O Beach, Lantau Island | (+852) 5236 7016
Schools are out, but ESF continues to provide excellent education and fun for your students all through the summer! ESF schools across Hong Kong are offering a variety of sports camps, which include swimming, gymnastics, tennis, football, and kung fu, ensuring that there’s a camp for everyone.
There is also have a multi-sports camp so that your child can experience a range of sports and activities. Held at the ESF schools with exceptional facilities, these summer camps are a no-brainer for those looking for something to keep their kids busy. Available from 5 July to 13 August. Fees start from $1,500 per week.
Is your kid ready to take their love of tennis to the next level? Do they have a basic understanding of forehand, backhand, volleys, and everything in-between? On The Rise Tennis provides an invaluable experience to hone your little ones into the tennis champions they are meant to be. With classes that cater to tiny tots to teens, your children will love meeting and playing with their friends, all while developing their tennis skills!
Summer camps are from 15 June to 20 August. Fees start from $370 per day.
This summer, AP Soccer provides open camps for kids between the ages of five and 13. Boys, girls, novices, and football fiends are all invited to join their multiple locations for weeks of football. With a focus on developing skills through interesting challenges and games, or allowing students to test out their learnings in small side games, AP Soccer and their expert coaches will help your kids not just learn, but also enjoy the game! If your child is a budding football star, AP Soccer is your go-to.
Summer camps are held from 5 June to 13 August. Fees start from $300 per day.
If you’re on the hunt for an action-packed summer, then look no further than Chito Ryu Karatedo. With four themed camps to choose from, this studio is the perfect place for budding karate kids to master their skills. Whether you have a mini-Jedi, a ninja in the making, or a real Potterhead on your hands, there will be plenty of fun games, padded weapons, and karate to keep your little ones up fully active.
Summer camps are held during the last week of July and in August. Fees start from $2,000 per week.
Chito Ryu Karatedo, Shop 4B, Vincent House, 513–515 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 6777 3581
Dive into a world of colourful cake pops and rainbow cakes as Pallavi Sheth of I Love Babycakes presents a series of fun (and definitely delicious) workshops to keep your little ones busy this summer. Classes are divided into age groups and the number of sessions, and covers everything from adorable unicorn cupcakes and beautiful floral butter cookies to incredible rainbow cake pops! What are you waiting for? Ready, set, bake!
Camps are held during June and July on different dates. Fees start from $1,200 for two sessions.
I Love Babycakes, BiteUnite, 15 Lung On Street, Wan Chai
Every Friday, kids between eight and 12 years old are invited to BiteUnite to cook to their heart’s content! Learning to cook a range of super yummy treats, such as pizza and pasta, fresh spring rolls, and Mexican tacos, your children might become more proficient at cooking than you after going through these courses!
Book the cooking classes for your kids and allow them to find the joy of cooking! Bite Unite’s four-week summer cooking camp will take place across four dates in July from 2 pm to 4 pm. Fees start from $2,400.
BiteUnite, 15 Lung On Street, Wan Chai
Complete Deelite has cooked up some tasty workshops this summer. Dividing each week to focus on baking or dessert decorating, children from the age of six and upwards will have the choice of whipping up everything from ice cream drip cakes and adorable puppy crush cupcakes to learning all about royal icing flower and fondant toppers. Mini-chefs of all ages are sure in for a (sweet) treat!
Summer camps are available from July to August. Fees start from $420 but are course-dependent.
Complete Deelite, 2/F, On Lan Centre, 11–15 On Lan Street, Central
Learn to cook like a pro at Black Sheep Restaurants’ summer programme! Designed for teens between the ages of 15 and 18, this four-day culinary crash course offers budding chefs the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a working kitchen. From becoming an expert at essential cooking techniques to learning how to source ingredients, this summer boot camp culminates in the ultimate test: preparing a full meal for the parents! Choose to do your summer camp at popular restaurants like Fukuro, Buenos Aires Polo Club, Osteria Marza, and more.
Alternatively, if you are looking for some short and sweet fun, join head pastry chef Karys Logue at Butter to create your very own sugary confection! From baking to decorating, the two-and-a-half-hour workshop will take you through each step of how to create one of Butter’s signature cake recipes, which you can bring home to share.
Master Chefs In The Making summer camp ($4,500 per person) is available across the first two weeks of August and the Butter Baking Buddies workshop ($1,000 per person) is available on 10 and 12 August. Click here to sign up for the various summer programmes.
If your kid loves nothing more than stepping into the spotlight, then the Faust International Youth Theatre’s three-week-long summer programmes will be their perfect match. In the exciting Summer Theatre drama workshop for children aged three to 15, your little star or starlet will be able to develop self-confidence and refine their drama skills as they step into the exciting world of theatre.
A week-long creative writing workshop will also be available for kids aged six to 13 and is perfect for unlocking your young writer’s creative potential. And they even have a musical theatre camp for kids aged eight to 15, to develop their singing, dancing and acting, and live their best Broadway dreams!
Summer camps are held from 21 June to 27 August. Fees start from $2,980 per programme.
It’s time to get those creative juices flowing at Colour My World. Catering to a diverse range of talents, there’s plenty to keep kids entertained and inspired. Your kids will be guided by practising artist-educators and deep-dive into the visual and performing arts. It’s an opportunity for your kids to learn, understand, and create! Check out the full schedule for the summer—we promise there will be no shortage of fun.
Summer camps are held from 22 June to 27 August. Fees start from $2,250 per week.
Colour My World, Room 108, Aberdeen Marina Tower, 8 Shum Wan Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Take your children’s theatre dreams to the next level at Centrestage Studios. These world-class tutors help students between the ages of three to 18 to build self-confidence, develop communication and social skills, and broaden their cultural awareness, all while learning the ways of the stage. With camps ranging from public speaking and musical theatre to singing, it’s time for your kids to break a leg—because the show must go on!
Summer camps are held from June to August. Fees start from $1,500 per week.