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Entertain your kids this summer with our guide to what's on in Hong Kong

Are you spending this summer on home turf? If so, there's plenty of ways to keep your little ones entertained over the long break

 

SURF SAFARI

It's tough to get kids to stay active over the sweltering summer months, but you can trick them into getting some exercise, while also scoring some cool points yourself, by sending them to a surf camp. The school holiday camps run by Surf Hong Kong are some of the best in Hong Kong and, as an added bonus, they're held on one of the city's most spectacular beaches - Sai Wan in Sai Kung Country Park. During July and August, Surf Hong Kong are running a range of three-day (HK$2,700) and five-day (HK$4,200) camps where youngsters aged eight to 17 will learn the basics of board riding, as well as exploring the surrounding area and generally living the beach-bum lifestyle. surfhongkong.com

 


 

BEATS WORKING

Not your usual music school, Rockstar Camp HK lessons take place in a live performance venue in SoHo with professional musicians. "It's a great way for them to develop confidence and understand that music is more than just memorising notes and chords," says co-founder Tsang Tak-hong. At the end of the camp, students get a chance to perform live for their friends and family. facebook.com/rockcamphk

DJs are some of the biggest music stars of today, so you'll probably find youngsters more receptive to a DJ course than piano lessons over the summer. Sol Passion Music welcomes children to its popular courses on DJ techniques and music production. A two-hour introductory course covers the basics of DJ equipment and beat-matching, while the four-week beginner's course will equip your mini mixer with enough skills to consider a career behind the decks. solpassionmusic.com

 


 

MAKE A SONG AND DANCE OF IT

Pint-sized funksters can hit Red Shoe Dance Company's hip hop and street dance camp from July 7-11. Students are taught a wide range of street dance styles including hip hop, breakdancing, popping, locking, waacking, house and jazz. redshoedance.com tel: 2117 9216

If your children want to catch the zumba bug then Spotlight Studio has them covered, while budding stars should check out Spotlight Studio's Video Hype course where students get to recreate their favourite music video - the more moves the better. spotlightstudiohk.com

 


 

GET CRAFTY

Maloy Luakian of Tears of the Tiger is hosting jewellery making workshops in Sheung Wan this summer for eight to 12 year olds. Children will learn to make jewellery and accessories out of materials such as ribbons and beads. Afterwards they can take their works of art home. jubilatehk.blogspot.hk

W Hotels' summer school, W Academy is offering a variety of workshops, including a Little Artist course, where children learn how to make their own accessories out of wool and felt, as well as hair bands and T-shirts. w-hongkong.com

 


 

MASTER BUILDERS

There's plenty on offer for Lego fans this summer, with the Children's Technology Workshop holding week-long innovative technology camps. At the senior iCamp older children can select from 10 themes - including Ninja Quest, Mission to Mars and Superhero Rescue - to create their own mini Lego movies using stop-motion animation and sound effects, while junior iCampers can create simple narratives using digital books. There's also an automaker camp where children can experiment with different car models to learn what makes them work. ctworkshop.com.hk

Lego summer day camps are running from June 23 to August 27 at various locations and for a range of ages. leas.com.hk

 


 

COOK UP A STORM

 

Spark Studios in Quarry Bay has fun classes to keep little foodies busy over the holidays. Designed for children over four years of age, the courses - six classes per unit, all taught in English - are held in a child-friendly kitchen and include so-called "creative cooking" where children will learn about healthy eating. The "art history through food" lets kids copy artists' work onto cakes and cookies. Little tai tais in the making should sign up for the "hosting an afternoon tea" workshop to learn about table manners and napkin etiquette. sparkstudioshk.com tel 2682 3411 or 9681 0610

 


 

FAMILY-FRIENDLY FILM CARNIVAL

Looking for some indoor fun? If so, consider checking out this year's International Children's Film Carnival which runs from July 11 to August 17. Among the 13 feature films and two selections of animated shorts in its programme is Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Mel Stuart's music-filled 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl's magical tale about a poor boy who embarks on a wonderful adventure in a fantastic chocolate factory. Also worth a watch is Sepideh, an uplifting documentary about a girl living in a remote village in Iran who dreams of becoming an astronaut. hkiac.gov.hk/2013/en/programme_childrenfilm

 


 

STATE OF THE ARTS

 

The city's first 3-D Museum is due to open in Tsim Sha Tsui next month. Featuring more than 70 illusion-laden pieces of art in five themed zones, the 10,000 sq ft space will keep curious children busy for hours. hk3dm.com.hk; tel: 3568 2827

The annual International Arts Carnival, which runs from July 11 to August 17 includes workshops, theatre, music, dance and multimedia shows by performers from around the world. hkiac.gov.hk

Or, simply head down to Times Square for the Batman 75th Anniversary Exhibition, from June 16 to July 20, with replicas of Bat vehicles, collectibles, comic book covers, 3-D art and a giant Batman standing atop the clock tower.

 

 


 

STAND CORRECTED

Stand-up paddle boarding is a great way for children to work out and enjoy nature at the same time. Born in Hawaii, SUP is relatively new to Hong Kong. It provides a cardio workout as well as working core muscles and improving balance and coordination. The gear is simple - a surfboard and a paddle, plus plenty of sunscreen. Hong Kong Stand Up Paddle Board Association has been advocating the sport since it was established in 2011. Blue Sky Sports Club in Sai Kung's Yim Tin Tsai Village, where most of the courses, races and summer camps are held, has been its long-time collaborator. hksupba.com; tel: 3502 1823; bluesky-sc.com

 


 

GIVE SOMETHING BACK

 

Summer is a great opportunity for children to learn the value of volunteering and giving back to the community. Good causes can also be good fun. Take Hong Kong Rescue Puppies for example. It's a grassroots organisation that places puppies in loving homes. They are always looking for children to help out at their puppy homing sessions, most often on Saturdays in Sai Kung. Kids can spend the day with the puppies and encourage passersby to adopt. Less outgoing youngsters are also needed to help design creative posters for the puppies. hkrescuepuppies.com

 

 

 

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