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From learning a foreign language, to martial arts, water sports, music and more, these are the best extracurricular activities and classes to enrol your kids into in Hong Kong

Want to ensure your children are making the very most of the school day? Whether it’s learning Mandarin, picking up a new instrument, joining a sports team or even getting to grips with coding, along with being educational, these activities can help to instil key skills and values. With so many options available in the city, and for a range of ages, we’ve done the legwork for you by rounding up several of the most popular activities, and where to head to in Hong Kong.

From brushing up on different skills to trying new experiences and making new friends, these extracurricular classes are sure to keep your kids entertained and stimulated after the school bell goes.

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Languages

Mini Mandarin Learning Centre
Mini Mandarin promises to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment that encourages children to develop their passion of Mandarin and Chinese culture. Both group and private classes are available for children aged one to 10.

Hong Kong Institute of Languages
Offering language classes for children and teens, HKIL has been around for over 35 years and provides classes in an array of languages, from English to French, German, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese and more.

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Music

MusicSage
MusicSage is an online platform that allows you to conveniently search for a professional tutor who matches your child's specific preferences. Tutors cover instruments such as piano, guitar, flute, violin and many more, with the option to learn in the studio, at home or online.

Aspire Music
Aspire Music is a contemporary music school based in Wong Chuk Hang offering music lessons for kids and adults in singing, drums and keyboards in a friendly and welcoming environment.

M.nt Academy
M.int Academy aims to provide an inclusive community that cultivates passion and excellence in classical music, with one-on-one classes available in a range of instruments including piano, violin, saxophone and clarinet. Immersive group classes exploring dynamics, tempo and pitch are also available for children aged 18 months and up.

Sol Passion Music
Got a budding DJ or music producer on your hands? Sol Passion offers one-on-one tuition and complete courses which cover all there is to know about using club-grade equipment to make music.

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Gymnastics

Trybe
Trybe provides kids with a fun and safe space to roll, jump, swing, flip and more. Classes on offer cater to a range of abilities and ages, teaching the fundamentals of gymnastics to under six-year-olds, right up to teens.

Kidnetic
As the largest private gymnasium in Hong Kong, Kidnetic's experienced and qualified coaches offers a diverse range of gymnastics programmes for kids of all ages.

Rugby and Football

HKU Sandy Bay RFC
HKU Sandy Bay RFC sets out to be family-friendly community of rugby enthusiasts, providing a fun environment for all players to learn and excel at the skills of the sport, with classes for everyone from under fives to seniors.

Asia Pacific Soccer School
Asia Pacific Soccer Schools run football classes all over Hong Kong, with the professional coaches running sessions for over 4,000 players every single week. Available for children aged 18 months up to eighteen, APSS also provides elite team training, girls only groups, and special goalkeeper training.

Hong Kong Football Club Junior Soccer
The HKFC Junior Soccer programme offers the opportunity for young players, boys and girls, Club members and non-members, to learn and play football. The club caters for players of all abilities aged five to 18, with both recreational and competitive and competitive programmes available.

Tennis

Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy
Found in the heart of Sai Kung, the HKGTA junior programme is a learning centre for children that creates the perfect environment for them to develop their tennis skills, personal growth and athletic mindset. Introductory programmes designed for children aged three to 10 years are on offer, along with more advanced classes for tennis players between the ages of 10 and 18.

Tennis Elite
Tennis Elite specialises in delivering a full range of tennis coaching services exclusively to private residences in Hong Kong, with programmes catering to all ages and abilities, ranging from private lessons, adult clinics, and junior group classes.

Horse riding

Beas River Equestrian Centre
BRRS is a Hong Kong Jockey Club members-only facility that offers one of the most extensive range of equestrian facilities in Hong Kong. Recognised by the British Horse Society as a certified Riding and Livery Centre, BRRS has the facilities to support riders of all levels, from beginners to experienced and competitive riders who wish to train their horses further.

Clearwater Bay Equestrian & Education Centre
Another private member-based equestrian centre, the CEEC also offers riding options available for non-members, though to ride regularly a membership is advised. The centre caters to all riding interests and levels, actively encouraging participation from parents and other family members, offering camps in the school holidays for riders of all levels.

Dance

Move for Life
Encouraging kids to have stronger minds, healthier lifestyles and to be more confident, Move for Life's instructors have over 50 years of dance experience between them, providing a wide variety of dance based courses and workshops for kids of all ages.

The Carol Bateman School Of Dancing
Operating in Hong Kong since 1948, The Carol Bateman School Of Dancing was Hong Kong’s first established ballet school. Today, the school has three locations––in Mid-levels, Causeway and Prince Edward––and offers children aged two to eighteen a range of classes, from classical ballet to jazz, character dance and more.

Arts

CreativeKids
Open since 1991, CreativeKids is committed to advance creative development in children and teenagers aged one and a half to 18. It provides a range of programs, from comprehensive art and design programs to focused workshops with specific approaches and types of projects

Colour My World
Colour My World is one of Hong Kong's leading creative arts studios. Offering a vast array of seasonal and fixed workshops. Classes are available for learners aged from three years, right up to teens.

Drama and theatre

Faust International Youth Theatre
Faust has been bringing the world of theatre and performing arts to young people in Hong Kong through its after-school drama workshops since 1999. Along with fun-filled drama programmes to develop greater self-confidence, teamwork and performance skills for the stage and beyond, the school also provides term-time creative writing workshops via Zoom for ages six to 13.

Helen O’Grady Drama Academy
The Helen O'Grady Drama Academy offers a series of drama classes to help with confidence building and resilience for children and young adults––catering for students aged three to 17 at a range of locations across Hong Kong.

CentreStage Studios
Offering an array of courses and workshops––from acting and singing, to dance––for ages seven and up. The school also has a special Young Cubs programme which is designed to introduce kindergarten students from aged three to six to the performing arts.

Technology

Cobo Academy
Embracing problem-based and project-based learning, Cobo Academy helps to develop timeless core skills in your kids for the present and future. Providing small group and private classes, both online and in person, Cobo provides the basics of coding and more for pre-schoolers to high schoolers.

Innovation Academy by BSD
Just like Cobo, BSD (Build Something Different) gives your kids the tools to help them later in life, focusing on both online and in-person after-school programmes that expose them to and engage them with technology.

Martial arts

Mindful Wing Chun
Deriving from the lineage of the famous Grandmaster Ip Man, Mindful Wing Chun teaches the art of Wing Chun, a concept-based Chinese martial art and form of self-defence. Dedicated to promoting personal growth, inner balance and healing, classes are available for three to five year olds, six plus and those aged nine to 12.

Shotokan
In its 43rd year of teaching the art of karate-do in Hong Kong, Shotokan offers classes for children aged eight to seventeen, teaching out of the South China Athletic Association in Causeway Bay.

Swimming and Watersports

Aberdeen Boat Club
The Aberdeen Boat Club’s Junior Sailing Programme welcomes children aged seven to 11 who are interested in learning sailing skills. The club also offers a Youth Programme for those aged 11 to 18 to take your skills to the next level.

Harry Wright Hong Kong
Established in 1975, Harry Wright International is a premier swim school in Hong Kong and has been offering a program of swimming lessons and training for children from professional swimming instructors and coaches for over 40 years. Classes range from infant aquatic programmes, to learn to swim and competitive programmes.

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
Along with private lessons for yourself or a group up to three people, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club offers a junior sailors programme for six to 10 year olds, and a youth sailors programme for aged 10 and up. Led by expert instructors, the courses teach the basics of sailing, with fun hands on activities.

Volunteering

Hong Kong Girl Guides Association
A full member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association offers memberships to girls aged four and up. Focused on personal development and leadership training, HKGGA encourages its members to actively participate in service projects to develop a caring and positive attitude to life and to enable them to become self-sufficient leaders. Girls can enrol in either English-speaking or Cantonese-speaking units. 

HandsOn Hong Kong
HandsOn Hong Kong is a Hong Kong charity that serves as a hub for volunteers and NGO partners, providing more than 100 volunteer opportunities each month. In 2020, the charity launched its Youth Empowered Programme to encourage teens to volunteer, bringing together their passion, talents and dedication to positively impact the community.

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