Activity and Nature
It’s so important for kids to get outdoors and in touch with nature, and the CNY camps at Ark Eden allow for just that, rain or shine! Set on a hillside in Mui Wo, the camps offer a new theme each day, like learning about composting and digging their hands in the dirt making vegetable beds at “A Day on the Farm” camp. There’s also the imaginative “3 Little Pigs” camp, which tests their ability to build a strong shelter and gather food from the garden, in case that big bad wolf shows up.
Dates: 4 – 12 February 2019
Ages: 5 – 11 years
Location: Mui Wo, Lantau Island (drop off/pick up available at Central ferry pier 6 or Mui Wo ferry pier)
Book: $670 – $750 per day, 2988 5355 or [email protected]
Sport4Kids multi-activity camps take place at two venues in the city, depending on what they fancy. Children as young as 18 months can take part in ball games and coordination exercises, and older kids get to tackle rock climbing and aerial adventures at Parkview in Happy Valley. Over at the Atom Academy in Wong Chuk Hang there’s a bit of everything for ages 2.5 to 8, with mornings or afternoons full of sport, dance, art and science.
Dates: 4 – 13 February 2019
Ages: 18 months – 14 years
Location: Wong Chuk Hang, Happy Valley
Book: from $1160 for two days, 2773 1650 or [email protected]
A great way to learn about Hong Kong’s marine ecosystems, the F.I.S.H. (Fully Immersive Scholar’s Holiday) course at Harbour School’s Ap Lei Chau campus gives them a taste of what being a marine biologist is all about. Kids aged 8 to 13 will explore mangroves and beaches, then spend time in the lab dissecting specimens, using microscopes and making notes of their adventures on the school’s 50-foot outdoor classroom, the Black Dolphin.
Dates: 4 – 8 February 2019
Ages: 8 – 13 years
Location: Ap Lei Chau
Book: $8000 for 5 days, 3905 0180 or eventbrite
Spend a couple of hours at Victoria Park with your wee one, watching them learn and play through a range of engaging activities. There’ll be fundamental fine and gross motor skills, numbers, colours and animals to discover, and storytime. Bigger boys and girls can let loose at camps in Pok Fu Lam with football, tennis, yoga and various athletics, while learning all about the importance of team building.
Dates: 4 – 8 February 2019
Ages: 1.5 – 9 years
Location: Pok Fu Lam and Victoria Park
Book: from $450 per day, 6183 7084 (WhatsApp) or [email protected]
Even your fussiest child will find something they like at YWCA’s Chinese New Year camps, with more offerings than ever. Do they want to learn the lion dance? How about kung fu? Maybe they love inventing things, dabbling in Chinese cookery, or have always wanted to have a go at fencing? Camps and classes will take place in different venues, and with no shortage of choice, they’ll be occupied until school starts up again.
Dates: 4 – 15 February 2019
Ages: 3 – 17 years
Book: from $300, 3476 1340 or [email protected]
S.T.E.M. and Coding
The Chinese New Year camps at The Genius Workshop let your 7 to 14 year olds embrace their scientific and artsy side: after they’ve constructed their own Chinese New Year lion dancer with EV3 robotics tools and code, they’ll get to watch it move to the beats of festive music. Choose from one-day camps, with the choice of adding on a two-hour S.T.E.M. workshop, at four locations.
Dates: 4, 8, 11, 12 February 2019
Ages: 7 – 14 years
Locations: Happy Valley, Taikoo, Prince Edward, Hung Hom
Book: $700 for 1 day Robo Lion Dance Camp, Whizpa, enter discount code HKHUB to enjoy 5% off; $1,330 – $1,420 for 1 day Robo Lion Dance + 2 hour S.T.E.M. workshop, Whizpa, enter discount code HKHUB to enjoy 5% off
Dates: 4 – 8 February 2019
Ages: ages 8 and up
Locations: Sheung Wan
Book: $4180 for 5 days Intro to Web and Game Dev, Whizpa, enter discount code HKHUB to enjoy 5% off; $4580 for 5 days Robotics with Microbit, Whizpa, enter discount code HKHUB to enjoy 5% off
If they need to get acquainted with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) or further their skills, there’s a variety of entertaining workshops and camps at First Code Academy. Aimed at beginner to advanced levels, “Juniors” (ages 4–5) get to crack Cubetto, a Montessori-inspired coding toy, and “Creators” (ages 12–14) will take a morning field trip to Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, then build their own mobile apps in the afternoon.
Dates: 1 – 15 February 2019
Ages: 4 – 14 years
Location: Sheung Wan, Yau Ma Tei
Book: from $380 per day, 2772 2108 or [email protected]
Creative Coding is hosting four camps across Hong Kong, perfect for parents from Aberdeen to Tung Chung. The younger set get five fun days of S.M.A.R.T Kids Code, exploring science, maths, arts, robotics and technology. Older kids will love creating their own virtual world while learning real programming at different Minecraft code camps.
Dates: 4 – 9 February 2019
Ages: 5 – 15 years
Location: Discovery Bay, Tung Chung, Kowloon, Aberdeen
Book: $2100 or $3500, 2707 6578 or [email protected]
Help them maintain their Mandarin language skills, with some play thrown in, at these Mandarin immersion CNY camps. Chinese New Year-themed activities are in store, along with arts and crafts, music and storytelling. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about Chinese culture, and maybe even pick up a few cooking tips via some “mini chef” role play.
Dates: 4, 8, 11, 12, 13 February 2019
Ages: 2.5 – 10 years
Locations: Central, Causeway Bay
Book: $800 per session (Early Bird $720 per session until 26 January 2019), Whizpa, enter discount code HKHUB to enjoy 5% off
We haven’t forgotten about the littlest ones! Here’s a CNY Mandarin immersion camp just for toddlers, where Chinese painting, paper cutting and traditional costume dress-up are some of the learning tools. Traditional elements like lion dancing, fireworks and lanterns will also be explored, and taste buds will be tempted with dumpling cooking. A primary camp for kids aged 9 to 12 featuring all of the above is also available, so no one feels left out.
Dates: 28 January 2019 – 16 February 2019
Ages: 2 – 3 years and 9 – 12 years
Locations: Central, Wong Chuk Hang
Book: Toddlers’ Camp – $600 per session, Whizpa, enter discount code HKHUB to enjoy 5% off; Primary Camp – $966 (2.5 hours) or $1,500 (5 hours) per session, Whizpa, enter discount code HKHUB to enjoy 5% off
Teens in need of brushing up their Mandarin skills will do well in Yifan Mandarin’s small class setting at the CNY Intensive Mandarin Workshop. They’ll never feel left out, with full attention on their individual needs, and with maximum four students per group, they may even make a new friend through side-by-side Chinese reading and writing, speaking and comprehension, and exam prep.
Dates: 11 – 15 February 2019
Ages: 12 and up
Book: $420 per session (minimum 3-day enrollment), 2486 9012 or [email protected]
Summer or winter, the folk at Faust International Youth Theatre know how to entertain children of various ages with their lively camps. During Chinese New Year, they’ll do so via 2-day theatre and writing camps: “Dragons and Royalty” lets them be Cinderella or King Arthur, and “Winter Creative Writing” unlocks their creative potential through amusing writing challenges. The “Play in a Day” workshop is just that – they’ll put on a performance in one day.
Dates: 4 – 9 February 2019
Ages: 4 –14 years
Location: Sheung Wan
Book: $890 (Play in a Day) or $1790, 2547 9114 or [email protected]
Celebrate the Year of the Pig with handmade puppets! Children as young as 3 years of age can join one, two or three-day camps and create their own traditional Chinese paper puppets. They’ll learn how to make their own pretty designs inspired by the Chinese horoscope, as well as have fun with painting scrolls, making lucky charms and lanterns, which they’ll get to hang up at home.
Dates: 4, 7 – 9 February 2019
Ages: 3 and up
Location: Wong Chuk Hang
Book: $450 and up, 5220 7720 or [email protected]
Unleash their artistic sides through assorted mediums, and maybe you’ll discover your son or daughter is really good with clay, or perhaps is a calligraphy master in the making? Classes are offered until February 23, with mixed media, painting, arts and crafts, manga and cartoon, sketching and plenty more to partake in. Pick a flexible time slot and let them paint/draw/create away.
Dates: 28 January – 23 February 2019
Ages: 4 –16 years
Location: Causeway Bay
Book: $398 (2 hour class), $590 (3 hour class) 5220 7720 or [email protected]
There’s more to getting stage-ready than learning lines – we musn’t forget hair and make-up! The “Sleeping Beauty Theatre and Makeup Workshops” will give them a chance to apply dramatic theatre makeup themselves, and pick up some hairstyling tips along the way. But first, the tale of Sleeping Beauty will be told, incorporating elements of the fairy tale into fun dance exercises.
Dates: 4 and 8 February 2019
Ages: 3 – 12 years
Locations: $450 (1 hour class), Causeway Bay, Central, Wong Chuk Hang
Book: 6608 6689 or [email protected]
A Chinese New Year camp where you get to eat what you make, and bring home the leftovers! This cake shop/baking school has something sweet in store for young bakers, and parents too. Keeping in theme with Year of the Pig, kids will be able to roll up their sleeves and make some Piggy & Friends Baked Donuts, Piggy Drip Cake, and custard and chocolate Piggy Baos. Mum and dad get their turn in the Parent-Child Macarons class.
Dates: 2 – 12 February 2019
Ages: 6 – 14 years
Book: $550 per person, $500 per person for 2–3 workshops, 3167 7022 or [email protected]