Hong Kong's Best Summer Programmes for Kids
Instead of having your child glued to their phones and tablets for the next two months, why not sign them up for an exciting summer programme? With their break just right around the corner, we've gathered up a list of fun-filled skill enhancing summer programmes for you (and the kids) to choose from.
BSD Code and Design Academy
Get your kids interested in technology by introducing them to the world of coding. BSD in Sheung Wan presents a four-day programme where your child can learn the basics of coding, explore robotics, create 3D games or even develop their own apps. They’ll be guided by instructors who have extensive experience in web development, design and youth education.
Treasure Island Group
Ready for some sun, surf and sand? The Treasure Island Group (TIG) makes sure your child is well-equipped to handle even the gnarliest of waves. Through its 10-week Surf and Adventure Camp, the TIG team teaches kids their way around a surfboard, while also providing unforgettable hikes on some of Hong Kong’s most scenic trails. The camp is now in its 11th year and welcomes students from all over the world.
Cheung Do Kwan
Kick your kid’s summer into high gear with Cheung Do Kwan’s Korea Taekwondo Summer Camp. Limited to only 10 students, aged 8 and above, children are immersed in the history of this martial art by going back to where it all began: Korea. The camp includes a visit to Yong In University, which offers one of the world’s best taekwondo programmes, and children train under some of Korea’s best “taekwondoin” masters. A visit to Kukkiwon, the world headquarters of the sport, is also on the agenda.
Hong Kong International School Summer Discovery Programme
Hong Kong International School is once again running its Summer Discovery Programme, open to both HKIS and non-HKIS students. Held at the school’s Tai Tam campus, each programme lasts three weeks. Courses include Engineer’s Let’s Build, teaching the fundamentals of how things are built; Creative Writing, for budding writers; Hoop Stars, a basketball camp for junior and teen ballers; SAT Prep; and Public Speaking.
If you want your child to speak Putonghua, do consider the summer camps run by Mandarin House. Open to local and overseas students aged 5 to 15, children are not only taught the Chinese language but immersed in Chinese life and culture through workshops and excursions. Camps are half-day or full-day and include up to 20 lessons and five cultural activities per week.
Russian Ballet School
Under the tutelage of multi-award winning ballerina Leila Alpiyeva, the Russian Ballet School offers an intensive five-day course for children aged 9 to 12, as well as to young adults 17 years and above. The programme employs the Russian Vaganova method, which has been adopted in most professional ballet companies.