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Hong Kong Holidays 2014: Summer camps and activities for kids

Whether it makes you whoop with delight or fills you with a mild dread, the long summer break for schools is almost upon us. If you’re looking to add a bit of structure to a few weeks of the holiday, there are plenty of action-packed camps, clubs and workshops on offer for children across a wide range of interests. Be it craft, learning games, acting, or activities for kids, we’ve got your summer courses sorted over the Hong Kong holidays. Here’s a rundown of just a few.

Mission: Possible

Excitement and mystery will mix with learning in Tutor Time’s Summer Program, “Mission X”, running from 28 July to 22 August. There are four weeklong themes for children to enjoy:

28 July – 1 August     Operation: Save-a-Saurus

4-8 August                  Operation: Moon Mayhem

11-15 August              Operation: Toxic Trouble

18-22 August              Operation: Save Ourselves

Each “Operation” works on the premise that mischievous villain Dr X is trying to destroy the world, with the children becoming secret agents who must stop him by learning about dinosaurs, space, the ocean and health. There’s plenty of fun and physical activity involved, and recognition patches will be awarded to each completed operation. Agents who enroll early will receive limited edition Mission X binoculars.

The action takes place in all six of Tutor Time’s campuses, with well-equipped playgrounds, gyms and nature gardens. The Summer Program will also offer field trips and in-house visits from interesting guests, plus water days and a bouncy castle. As with the regular term-time classes, full-immersion, bilingual English and Mandarin are used by instructors. The courses are offered to children aged six months to six years.

For addresses and phone numbers of the Tutor Time campuses, visit the website.


Dancing Days

For children who are keen on a career in dance and the performing, or for beginners who just want to have some summer fun, Red Shoe Dance is offering two 5-day programmes at their studios in Central and Aberdeen in July.

Summer Dance Camp 2014 exposes students to a whole range of dance styles including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Street Dance and Musical Theatre. Students will dance for two hours each day over five days, taking different dance styles each day. The morning sessions will be dedicated to those who are beginner or novice level whereas the afternoon sessions are for students who are intermediate or advanced level. Minimum age: 5.

Hip Hop & Street Dance Camp 2014 specialises in a range of Street styles including Hip Hop, Breakdance, Popping and Locking, Waacking, House and Jazz Funk. Suitable for both boys and girls, the programme will include two hours of dancing each day, with a focus on the different styles mentioned above. Minimum age: 7.

Locations: Red Shoe Dance, 22/F Lee Fund Centre, 31 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen; 3A, 3/F Arbuthnot House, 10 Arbuthnot Road, Central

Activities Galore

Looking for fun learning activities to keep your child or baby entertained at home or while on holiday during the summer months? creates different activity packs for children aged one to six, and delivers them to parents anywhere in Hong Kong – or the world, for that matter.

The packs are designed around fun themes – from princesses and pirates to bears and bugs – and filled with all of the materials and inspiration required for hands-on projects. Kids can explore with arts and crafts, science activities, imaginative play, and games and songs. New packs are delivered every month – just open the box and let the fun begin.

Kid Packs (ages 2 to 6): Focusing on core skills which are key for developing a child’s mind and body, including literacy, math concepts and motor skills.

Baby Packs (ages 1 to 2): Teaching babies to explore through their senses, to help prepare them for playgroup, preschool and beyond.

If you have two or more children, you can get extra supplies included each month, along with a “no-fight guarantee”. And if your brood happens to straddle both age groups, try the Family Pack so they can have fun together.

Sign up online for a monthly subscription or choose the three-month Summer Package and your kids are all set for the holidays.

For more information, email, call 2818 2278, or visit the website.


Budding Thespians

Faust’s Summer Programme returns for its 15th anniversary year, with a fun-filled nine weeks of Summer Theatre and Creative Writing. The weeklong programmes run from 23 June to 22 August and follow the same kind of content as offered in Faust’s term time, only with a different format. Students meet as a group each day for 2.5 hours (either 10am to 12.30pm or 2pm to 4.30pm) at one of several locations across Hong Kong and Kowloon. Here’s a breakdown of what your children will learn from the qualified and professional instructors.

Ages 4 to 5: Children are introduced to the actor’s instruments (voice, body, imagination). Through a range of games and activities, they explore their imagination and use this as a basis for drama.

Ages 6 to 8: This workshop develops drama skills and explores different aspects of the wonderful world of theatre. Children will start to explore what is needed to put on a play, as well as the different roles and responsibilities.

Ages 8 to 11: This age group will develop the skills needed to be a successful performer, as well as exploring the different inspirations behind plays. Children may devise their own play or use literature as inspiration for performance.

Ages 11 to 14: This workshop involves more complex drama techniques and theories and uses scripts and other stimuli for performance.

For more information, call 2547 9114, email, or visit the website.