The best winter camps & events to check out this December (for kids and adults!)

The Christmas season is well underway… besides festive markets and fetes, here are some Christmas camps for your children to attend and events for you to visit!

DEC 3, 4, 10 & 11
Santa Tour at Bookazine
Bookazine has invited Santa to its four stores, ahead of Christmas. He’ll be coming straight from Lapland on a whistlestop tour as, of course, this is his busiest time of the year. See him at the Repulse Bay store on December 3, 2-4pm, and ask him questions, listen to stories and belt out a few songs. G/F, Shop 107C-D, The Repulse Bay Arcade, 2750 1136 (for the full schedule, visit bookazine.com.hk). To register, email enquiries@bookazine.com.hk

DEC 4
Hong Kong Corporate Sevens
Suits play sevens. The 2016 tournament has set their sights on raising $1 million for The Deaf Rugby Programme. Free entry. 9am-8pm. So Kon Po Recreation Field, 55 Caroline Hill Road, www.corporate7s.com.hk

DEC 10 & MID-JAN
Pie-making at The Butchers Club
The Great British Bake Off as we know it may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to put away your spatulas. As the colder weather sets in, learn how to make sweet and savoury pies at The Butchers Club’s new “All About That Pie” classes with Head Chef of Events Nick Ratzlaff. Enjoy a welcome brunch buffet and Bellini to start, plus charcuterie, free-flow mimosas and wine all day long. $1,000 per head. Classes take place on December 10 and mid-January 2017 from 11am-5pm at 13/F, Unit C, Sun Ying Industrial Centre, 9 Tin Wan Close, Tin Wan, Aberdeen. Maximum 12 students per class. Book online at store.thebutchers.club

sport4kidz

DEC 12-30
Sport4Kids’ Christmas camps
The Mini-Sports Camp (for children aged 18 months – 3 years) focuses on developing children’s skills and movement through ball games and coordination exercises, as well as teaching them about healthy eating, the rules and ethics of sports and teamwork.
At the Multi-Sports Camp (ages 4-10) children have the opportunity to play tennis, rugby, basketball, soccer, hockey and more. A packed lunch is provided at the end of each day.
Mini-Sports and Multi-Sports camps run weekly, from December 12-30. Choose from three, four- or five-day options. For Mini-Sport, fees start at $570 for three days for members ($690 for guests). For Multi-Sport, fees start at $1,620 for three days for members ($1,770 for guests).

Meanwhile, campers at the Mandarin and Multi-Sports Camp (ages 3-6) can sample gymnastics, soccer, basketball and an athletics obstacle course. Mandarin is taught through storytelling, music and movement and arts and crafts. Camps run weekly from 19-30 December; three- and five-day options available. Fees start at $1,200 for three days for members ($1,380 for guests).

Camps take place at Hong Kong Parkview , 88 Tai Tam Road. Pay before December 10 for a 10 percent discount. To sign up, call Parkview directly on 2812 3945 or email spa@hongkongparkview.com

esf-winter-camps

DEC 13-30
ESF After School Winter Camps
Give your kids the runaround this Christmas with ESF’s winter sports camps and clinics. Choose from Multi Sports Camps (for ages 2+) and clinics in football, basketball, netball, gymnastics and tennis. All programmes are run by specialist coaches.
For something less sporty, ESF’s Kindergarten Winter Wonderland English Language Camp takes students on a journey into the world of well-loved stories, developing their vocabulary and confidence in drama and role-play.
Sports camps ($1,035 – $3,300 per week) take place Monday to Friday; language camps ($2,400) from Wednesday to Saturday, across several ESF schools. Check out the schedule and sign up at www.esf.org.hk/camps

banana-art-club

DEC 14 – JAN 6
Banana Art Club’s Christmas Camp
Kids can get creative with a combination of fine art painting, drawing and mixed media creation, including painting “Christmas around the globe”, making Arctic animal coasters with Hama beads, i-clay gingerbread houses and felt stuffy door hangers. Camp runs in the morning (times vary) but does not run on public holidays. Suitable for ages 3-17. $398/ two hour session, $590/ three-hour session. All materials included. Get five percent off when you book six or more sessions. Causeway Bay center, Discovery College and Kennedy School. bananaartclub.com, 6020 5476

DEC 14-16 & 19-23
Little Picasso Christmas Camp
Go glitter mad and add a bit of extra sparkle to your Christmas through drawing, canvas painting and 3D creations! Daily mini art projects include making a Santa’s belt, a reindeer headband, a chimney for Santa, decorating baubles and more. Choose from two-, four- and five-day camps. Suitable for ages 3 and up. Prices start at $900 for two days. Studio 6, 15/F, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, 5220 7720, littlepicasso.hk/camps

DEC 14-30
HK Kidz Christmas Workshops
For multi-lingual Christmas fun, HK Kidz is organising fun and activity-packed festive camps in English, French, German, Spanish and Mandarin. Explore the North Pole, learn all about animals in the Arctic, Inuit culture and more. Morning sessions (9:30am-12:30pm), afternoon sessions (1:30-4:30pm) and whole day sessions available at their campuses in Central, Southside or Sai Kung. Please contact Stella on 2877 6760 or e-mail them at infokidz@hklanguages.com.

DEC 15 – JAN 5
Tute.HK Christmas learning package
Online tutoring company and education consultancy Tute.HK is offering tailor-made online revision courses for English, Maths, Sciences and Languages at a special package rate of $2,850 for six lessons from December 15 – January 5.

The one-to-one learning platform employs live video streaming, speech and text functions and an interactive whiteboard to enable students and tutors to interact in real time from wherever they are in the world.

Classes are taught by tutors from premier British universities, predominantly Oxford, Cambridge and the Russell Group. Students can view their tutor profiles before booking and schedule classes instantly through the e-booking system, email or by phone.
For enquiries, call 3166 5988 or email help@tute.hk

DEC 19-31
Southside Mandarin
Learn all about Christmas through songs, stories and Santa himself, while also exploring Chinese culture. Activities include Chinese music, Chinese dance, Wushu and Putonghua art. Children in primary years will focus on creative writing, with themes including: “Christmas holiday with my family” and “My favourite winter activity”. Suitable for children aged one and a half to 12 years old. Morning and afternoon sessions available. $600 per two-and-a-half hour session (reduced rates for block bookings). Email info@southsidemandarin.com and sign up before December 10 to get 10 percent off. Shop 106-107 One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, www.southsidemandarin.com

hka

DEC 19-23 & JAN 3-6
Hong Kong Academy’s Extended Learning Winter Programme
Courses range from football to parkour, robot coding and an introduction to magic. Plus, one drop off and pick up time makes life easier. Enrol by December 5 to save 10 percent – use the code “10% EARLY BIRD” online. Courses run from December 19-23 and January 3-6 . Half-day sessions (either 9am-12pm or 12-3pm) start at $2,000. For information, call 2655 1205 or visit www.hkacademy.edu.hk/extendedlearning

art-loop

DEC 19-23, 28-30 & JAN 3-6
Holly Jolly Holiday workshops at Art Loop
Spend time with your kids at the two-day Family Ceramics Workshop ($2,000 for one adult and one child) where you can both work together to make a gingerbread family home decor piece. Alternatively, if your children want to go it alone, sign them up for the two-day Ceramic Ornament Workshop ($660). One-day painting workshops ($320) are also available where kids can design their own snow globe or Christmas tree posters. Suitable for ages 3 and up. Each day workshop session lasts an hour and a half. To register, call 5238 8186 or email info@artloop.hk. 621 One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Aberdeen, www.artloop.hk

DEC 19 – JAN 6
Sport4Kids’ Christmas camps
Football Camp (ages 5-14) is run by specialist coaches and develops a range of skills while making sure kids have fun. Camp takes place from 12-3pm. Fees are $3,000 for five days.
For something broader, try the Multi-Sports Camp (ages 4-11) which involves a variety of sports, games and activities. Camp takes place from 9am-12pm. Fees are $2,800 for five days. Both camps take place at Hong Kong Academy, 33 Wai Man Road. To sign up, call 2773 1650 or email info@sport4kids.hk

maggie-rose

DEC 20-22
Big Kids Christmas Camp at Maggie & Rose
Three-hour camp sessions let kids get messy at ‘School of Elf’ where they can write letters to Father Christmas while simultaneously exploring Jackson Pollock and having snowball fights on the club’s festive sea-view roof. Open to members (for $575 per session) and non-members ($810). Suitable for children aged 4 to 8 years old. To book, email info@maggieandrose.com.hk or call 2638 7191.

DEC 21 – JAN 2
Ocean Park Winter School 2016
Ocean Park’s famous Winter School is back with Super Animals Camp (ages 4-5; $1,788) and The Animal School (ages 6-8; $2,840). Both three-day camps use illustrated picture books to teach children about various animals, as well as close encounters with the animals themselves, music and art. www.oceanpark.com.hk

popsy

UNTIL DEC 31
Cookie making at Popsy Modern Kitchen
Get the whole family to make and decorate their own cookies at Popsy Modern Kitchen. Every weekend, budding artists and chefs can try their hand at piping icing onto holly-shaped homemade sugar cookies. Good to eat as well as hang on the tree, the cookies are fit for Santa himself. Cookie decorators can enjoy hot chocolate during the class and take their cookies home in a merry gift box. Classes run from 3pm-5pm. $168 per person. Visit www.popsymodern.com for more details or call 2907 8188.

 

 

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