Summer Camps

There’s heaps on offer this holiday to keep the kids on their toes — and from under your feet, says Carolynne Dear.


The great outdoors

Treasure Island
Surf’s up on Lantau this summer, with weeklong camps for grommets (five to nine years) and intermediates (nine-12 years), including an overnight camp on the beach for the older age group. Meet at Central ferry pier 6 at 8am, returning at 4.40pm.

Hebe Haven Yacht Club
Go wild with the club’s week-long Adventure Watersports programme. Try your hand at sailing and kayaking, plus beach games, mini-olympics and oodles of fun on the sea biscuit. The programme is aimed at seven-14 year olds and runs from June 27 to August 19. Further Optimist and Hong Kong Sailing Federation courses are also available.

Aberdeen Boat Club
The club’s ever-popular Summer Youth Sailing Programme is on again this summer, open to all children aged seven and up throughout June and July. Optimist, Pico and Hong Kong Sailing Federation courses are all available.

Ark Eden 
These one-day wild and woolly eco camps on Lantau are designed to help children reconnect with nature. Experiences include Walking With Waterfalls, Bush Craft & Survival and A Day on the Farm. Suitable for five- to 11-year-olds. Drop-off and pick-up from Central ferry pier 6, or Mui Wo ferry pier.


Flex Studio 
Keep your kids moving this summer with Flex Studio’s summer camps. Try the popular Pilates or Flying Pilates camps, or a high energy dance camp run by Spotlight Studio. Children’s yoga is also available. Weekly camps run from July 4-22 and are suitable for ages seven and up. Locations in Central and Aberdeen’s One Island South. Register by June 6 to receive 10 percent off.


ESF Sports
From multi-sport, to football, to specialist swimming, gymnastics and tennis clinics, ESF summer camps will have them bouncing up and down throughout July and August. Half-day and full-day options are available for children aged two years and up. Camp locations include AISHK in Kowloon Tong; Discovery College on Lantau; Kowloon Junior School in Kowloon; Renaissance College in Ma On Shan; South Island School in Aberdeen; and HK Academy in Sai Kung.

Get stuck in with camps covering gymnastics, arts and crafts, football, rugby and basketball. There are also loads of competitions and camp games. Open to all high-energy kids aged 18 months through to 15 years.

Hong Kong Parkview
The Tai Tam-based club has tons to offer throughout June and August, from hour-long mini-sports lessons for littlies (18 months to three years) to tennis, basketball, football, hockey and rock climbing for older children (ages four-10). Four- to 11-year-olds can also check out the full-day arts and gymnastics camps. Plus, there’s an early-bird ten percent discount if you sign up before June 11. Email bookings only –

Asia Pacific Soccer School
Jumpers for goalposts? Not likely with this professional outfit. This year the school is running two-and-a-half hour sessions for players aged five years and up in a variety of venues, including Stanley Ho, King’s Park, Kowloon Cricket Club and HK Academy Sai Kung. Each week is themed: Euro Superstars, Street Soccer and Summer Fun, to name a few. There are also Kinder Kicks classes for under fives. (five years and under); (five years and up).

South Horizons Clubhouse
The Ap Lei Chau club is running minibasketball classes for littlies aged one-anda- half- to three-and-a-half years old. There’s also multi-sport for three to seven year olds; basketball for three- to 11-year-olds; and mini rugby for six- to seven-year-olds. Classes run from July 11 to August 19. Telephone bookings only – 2518 1393

Hong Kong International Tennis Academy
Serving up aces over July and August, HKITA’s mini and junior tennis camps are aimed at three- to 12-year-olds. Locations on Hong Kong Island include Causeway Bay and the Hong Kong Tennis Centre in Happy Valley.

Brazilian Football Academy
Future football stars can hone their skills and add a touch of Brazilian flair to their game with the Brazilian Football Academy. Running six days a week from July 2 until August 20 at Stanley Ho Sports Centre in Pok Fu Lam, training sessions include skills and flicks, magic passing and Brazilian samba games. Saturday is tournament day and full of friendly football matches.

Tinytots Soccer  
Summer soccer programmes for one- to four-year-olds at the Stanley Ho Sports Centre in Pok Fu Lam. Little ones can learn skills of the beautiful game in a safe and structured – but above all, fun – way. Classes start from July 2 and run until the end of August. 

A little bit of everything

Hong Kong International School
The Tai Tam school’s varied summer programme is split into two, three-week blocks (20 June -July 8 and July 11 -July 29) with a half-day or full-day option. It’s open to all Hong Kong primary- and secondary-aged children. Camps include Basketball, Dance & Music, Art, Math & Science, Reading, Mandarin. The Summer Exploration camp is packed with fun activities.

International Christian School 
ICS aims to bring out the hero in everyone this summer with a programme that celebrates important hero characteristics through drama, arts and crafts, music, science, sports and much more. The first session takes place from July 4-15 and the second session from July 18-29 at the ICS Shek Mun campus and Kindergarten campus in Ma On Shan. Suitable for children aged three and up.

The International Montessori School
Half-day or full-day sessions at IMS’s Summer Fun Programme reinforce learning throughout the year. Suitable for children aged three to nine. Themed two-week sessions are available from June 27 to August 19. Choose from Insects & Creepy Crawlies, Microclimates Around the World, The Amazing Human Body and The Plant Kingdom. Classes to be conducted at their Stanley campus.

Art, crafts & baking

Colour My World
The Aberdeen-based art studio is running pre-summer camps in art and drama from June 13-30, and full summer camps from July 4 to August 31. Open to budding Picassos and wannabe Hollywood stars aged three to 15.

Learn, build and play with Lego. Favourite camp themes include Galaxy Far Away, Jurassic Brick Land, Minecraft, Ninjas and Superheroes. A special Brick Olympics will also be held to coincide with this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio. Older children can work with computers to produce stop motion animations, program and design their own robots. Those signed up for a fullweek camp get to make their own Lego minifigure to take home at the end of the week.

Hong Kong Art Tutoring
Summer courses in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture run by Gail Deayton who has nearly 20 years experience of teaching in international schools. Courses run from June 13 until August 19 at the North Point studio. All materials are included with a maximum number of 10 students per class.

Little Picasso
It’s All About The Masters at the studio’s brand new Wong Chuk Hang-based workshop this summer. Your little artist will use sculpture, oils, claywork, watercolour and acrylics to find out more about top artists such as Kandinsky, Chagall, Kahlo and others. Sign up for two days, a week or a whole summer. Classes run from July 4 to August 26.

Patsy Summer Camp
Culinary delights await at Wong Chuk Hang’s Patsy cooking school. There are morning and afternoon camps from June 13 through to September 2. Mini Mary Berrys will conjure up Japanese, Asian and Western cuisines (depending on the week you pick), or just good old fashioned baking. Courses are tailored for children aged seven and up. No previous experience is necessary.

Art Loop
Five-day camps use art to explore classical artists (think Leonardo da Vinci) and more contemporary artists (such as Antony Gormley). Students will experience two- and three-dimensional techniques and study the history of the period at the studio’s new One Island South location.

Performing arts

Faust International
Hong Kong’s theatre and performing arts specialists are hosting Creative Writing (ages six to 13) and Summer Theatre camps (ages three to 14) throughout July and August. The week-long workshops help children to develop their written language skills, while the drama workshops focus on a different theme each week to encourage confidence and improve performance skills.

Rumple & Friends
The Big Top Academy Summer Camp promises to fire little imaginations in its brand new Sheung Wan venue. Every week, children are guided by professional performers to use drama, puppetry, circus and musical theatre to explore a different theme – space, magic and circus, mythical beasts, superheroes… Weeklong courses run from June 27 until August 26 for ages three and up.


Starlit Voice
Let their creativity explode at venues across Hong Kong. Weeklong courses include Play In A Week, Dramatic Storytelling and Improvisation, for ages four to seven and eight to 12. Locations include Canadian International School in Aberdeen, Kellett School in Kowloon Bay, Red Shoe Dance studio in Central, West Kowloon and South Horizons.

Red Shoe Dance Company
The Variety Dance camp features ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, street and AcroDance. Children dance for two hours a day over four days, with beginners in the morning and more advanced toe tappers in the afternoon. Camps run June 27-30 and July 4-7 at the studio’s Wong Chuk Hang venue.

Twinkle Dance Company
Ballet and jazz all summer long with weekly classes and flexible drop-in classes at locations in Central, Kennedy Town, Wan Chai and North Point, plus, two-week intensive classes at the school’s brand new facility in Aberdeen’s One Island South. All summer dancers aged six and above are invited on a backstage tour of the Hong Kong Ballet Company on August 28. This year, the dance company is also hosting four complementary workshops for children with special needs (aged three to 10) at its Central studio (July 7, 14, 21 and 28).

Junior Snappers
This five day summer camp sees young filmmakers create a short film, from story concept to shooting and editing. Two separate morning and afternoon sessions run for students aged eight-12 and 13-16, respectively. Camps are held at the Sheung Wan studio.

IAFT is running both filmmaking and acting workshops for children who love to be in front of the camera or enjoy making it happen from behind the scenes. All students will work collaboratively to make a short film from original scripts.

Bome Dance
Bome Dance is run by a team of professional British dancers. This summer children over six can learn Latin and Ballroom dancing in small group classes at the Lockhart Road studio.


Taiwan Fun Camp, Yunlin, Taiwan
Get them back to nature in rural Yunlin and improve their Mandarin. Three, week-long courses between July 4 and 22 are open to students aged six-12 with prior exposure to Mandarin. Children will enjoy themed classes (dance and sport in week one, technology in week two and journalism in week three), plus Chinese classes and fun field trips.

iCAMP, Thailand
Asia’s first “American style” overnight camp takes place in the mountainous environment of Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Offering sports, dance, music, arts and crafts and horse riding, the three week camps leave little time for idle hands. Aimed eightto 16-year-olds, July 16 – August 6.



ESF Language & Learning
Morning camps encompass a wide range of activities including drama, science, writing and coding. Children can keep up their language skills too with English, Spanish and Mandarin lessons. Stay the whole day and take part in multi-sports and art camps in the afternoon.
Programmes are flexible and can be booked on a weekly basis over the whole summer holidays.

Auntie Tam’s Education Centre
This brand new facility in One Island South, Wong Chuk Hang, opens its doors from July 4 with a range of camps, including Book Club (ages five-10); Touch Typing (ages seven-10); Our Amazing World (ages seven-10) and Sewing (ages five-10). Camps run for up to two hours per day over a five-day period.

British Tutors
Innovative and educational programmes led by UK-based tutors. Highlights include Shaking Up Shakespeare in which children decode the bard and link Elizabethan life with modern day Hong Kong (Hamlet living on the Peak, anyone, or Prospero on Lamma?). Hot Off The Press is for takes budding journos from creating a scoop to producing their own newspaper.

Sylvan Learning Center
Give them a headstart for the next school year with three weekly workshops covering writing, times tables, and Mandarin. Workshops last two hours each and are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Sylvan Learning Centers are located in Aberdeen, Repulse Bay and Wan Chai.

Jumpstart Mandarin
Improve their Mandarin in fun classes – cooking, role play, arts and crafts, song and dance and more. Two, three-hour sessions take place every day from July 4 to August 12. Classes are held in the centre’s two New Territories locations: Hang Hau and Sai Kung.

Tutor Time
This multi-location education centre has fun, hands-on workshops exploring science, technology, engineering and maths. Aimed at children aged two to six years, the imaginative camps include Ramps & Pathways, Grow it! Eat it! Cook it!, and Technology Transformers. Camps are open July 25 to August 19. Locations include Tai Tam.

HK Kidz
Little linguists will love these fun, activitypacked camps. Learn English, French, German, Spanish or Mandarin through song, storytelling, drama and role-play. The Culture Enrichment Programme includes specialist courses in arts, drama, cooking and science & discovery taught in all of the afore-mentioned languages. Aimed at children aged one-and-a-half to 12 years old and held at campuses in Central, Wong Chuk Hang and Sai Kung. Ten percent off enrollments before June 15.

Power Brain
Budding superheroes can work on their amazing powers of concentration, speed and memory with one-on-one training at Power Brain’s summer classes. A new location in Central adds to three existing locations in Jordan, Aberdeen and Fotan.

GAIA Language
Camps at three different levels help children boost their foreign language skills. The Spanish/English Bilingual camp (ages three to six) uses songs and stories to help with fluency in a fun and interactive way. Courses for older children look to boost fluency in a natural setting in English, Spanish, Chinese and German. Test taking skills and exam preparation are also available. Camps run between July 4-22 and August 1-19 with two- or three-days-per-week options.

Baker and Bloom
Courses in reading, writing and the humanities with wide-ranging themes including Star Wars, dinosaurs, US culture and history and philosophy for

Canadian International School
Running from June 13 until August 5, CDNIS’s summer programmes cater for students with a range of different interests. Choose from IB Programmes, Kindergarten fun classes, swim school and a Cambridge Summer Programme with academic staff from the University of Cambridge leading the sessions.

Improving essay writing skills and developing critical thinking and debating are some of the key areas covered by Kaplan’s summer programmes. Six classes run for three hours per day over two weeks. Suitable for children from 12 years old.

Southside Mandarin
Give your kids a complete Chinese cultural experience with Southside Mandarin’s Summer Camp. Children will be fully immersed in a Mandarin environment while learning Chinese reading, writing, pinyin and grammar. Other fun activities include Mandarin Art, Chinese Music, Wushu, Chinese Dance and Drama. Suitable for children aged three to 12. Camp runs from June 14 to August 31.


Journey into the vibrant world of critical reading and thinking this summer with Growhouse. The Intensive Literacy Enrichment Programme covers fiction, nonfiction and film and runs from June through to August for ages five-16. Courses take place in a relaxing and sunny environment, surrounded by a carefully crafted selection of books that enhance critical thinking. Locations in Central and The Repulse Bay Arcade.


Even the teeniest tiniest tots are catered for at PEKiP (the Prague Parent-Infant Program). Each group session includes baby massage, games and sensory integration for babies aged six months to walking. Simple exercises prompt muscle development to encourage crawling and exploration. Classes are led by therapists specially qualified in infant massage and rhythmic movement. The PEKiP studio is located in Aberdeen and boasts heaps of specialist equipment and games.

Garden House Pre-school
The Clearwater Bay Waldorf preschool invites littlies aged two to seven for play-based learning through painting, singing, waterplay, puppetry, baking and craft. Healthy snacks prepared with help from the children are also included. July 11 to August 24.

Southside Kindergarten
The pre-school is running an eight-week summer programme, beginning June 27, with week-long, morning-only sessions. It caters for bubs aged two-years-and-eight-months to six years old. The programme is an extension of the fun academic programme that the school runs during term time.

Safari Kid
Travel the world without setting foot on a plane, with Safari Kid’s six-week camp. The fun begins on July 4, with a different country as its theme each week. Activities include art, drama, music, sports, science and cooking classes. The camp is open to littlies aged two to six years, with an accompanied playgroup for bubs aged 12-24 months. Each session lasts three hours, with options for full day, morning- or afternoon-only. Children must enroll for a minimum of two weeks.

Woodland Pre-schools
Woodland Pre-schools across Hong Kong are inviting youngsters to get active this summer with the Motion Sports & Games Programme and Summer Soccer Camp. The Summer Phonics Camp uses songs and games to help with language acquisition. Courses run from July 4 to August 12. Branches in Repulse Bay, Pok Fu Lam, The Peak, Tai Tam, Happy Valley and Kennedy Town.

Hong Kong Basketball Academy
Shoot hoops at the HKBA summer camp which aims to improve a player’s all-round basketball skills, including dribbling, passing, shooting and rebounding. Camps run from June 20 to August 13 at locations in Stanley, Wong Chuk Hang and Sai Ying Pun.

Parkview International Pre-School
Little explorers can embark on exciting adventures through stories, art, science and cooking. Both PIPS and non-PIPS students aged one to six are welcome.

New this year

Maggie & Rose
You don’t have to be a club member to get involved at this brand new kids club at the pulse. Big Kids Camps run from July 4 to August 26 and explore themes including Space Cadets, Alfresco Adventures and Eco Warriors. Camps are aimed at children aged four to eight years and take place indoors, on the garden rooftop and out on Repulse Bay Beach. Rates for non-members start at $750 per camp, which includes a three-hour activity session plus either lunch or dinner. Book before June 10 for the early bird rate.

Ocean Park
Ocean Park is collaborating with Blooming Buds Kindergarten to launch a brand new Summer Science Workshop for children under eight. Little scientists can get up close and personal with a number of the park’s sea creatures – including sharks and jellyfish – and learn all about forces with roller coasters. Workshops lasts two and a half hours (at a cost of $600) and run throughout July and August. Ocean Park’s popular Summer School also features a number of new programmes this year for four- to 11-year-olds, starting at $1,788.

Kellett School
New on the summer camps block is British International School Kellett, with a jampacked programme of activities. It’s open to all Hong Kong kids aged four to 18. Camps take place at the school’s Kowloon Bay campus, complete with running track, football pitch, swimming pool and sports
hall. There’s something for everyone, including performing arts, cooking, fencing, football, BMX biking, gymnastics, coding and robotics.