By: Melissa Stevens
Are you spending the school holidays in Hong Kong and are looking for holiday camps and summer programmes to keep the kids occupied? Party entertainment experts Rumple and Friends have been running holiday camps for kids for the past three years. Find out why they’re so popular from director Matt Coombes.
Tell us about the holiday camps run by Rumple and Friends.
We’ve been organising regular holiday camps as a way to get kids involved with a fantastic mix of drama, musical theatre, arts and crafts, as well as magic and circus programmes. Our camps are all performing arts-based. They are usually themed, so they will have a focus for the arts and crafts sections, as well as a script for the final performance.
What’s the format?
Our summer camps generally have two different age groups: three-to-six-year-olds and six-to-ten-year-olds. There’s sometimes some crossover as we like to keep siblings together – unless the parents request that they be split up! Each week has a specific theme, such as Comic Book Crazy or Around the World in 80 Days. Sessions are two hours long, with a morning and afternoon session.
What’s the aim of your holiday camps?
Our main aim is to have fun! We believe that kids learn best when they’re in an environment they enjoy, so we try to foster that. The little ones in our classes learn teamwork, make friends and grow in confidence speaking and performing while playing. Of course, we want to spread the enjoyment of drama and performing arts to kids across Hong Kong!
A word from parents
“Ben really enjoyed his week as a pirate – he’s still singing all the songs he learned! The show at the end was lovely as we got to see all the children having fun” – Summer Camp parent
“We made a lot of new friends on the camp and it really helped Elise’s confidence in meeting new people and going to a class on her own, despite her being a bit wobbly at the beginning. Your staff were wonderful and friendly, and Elise totally loved Brooke by the end!” – Christmas Camp parent
“Stephanie attended for four different weeks in the summer and loved each and every day. She came home with so many new songs, and so much craft that we didn’t have space for it all in her room. She learnt new skills and is still practicing her juggling at home – she wants to be a clown when she’s older!” – Summer Camp parent
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This article first appeared in the April/May 2018 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.