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Instead of having your child glued to their phones and tablets during the holiday break, why not sign them up for an exciting summer programme? From ballet to eco-tours and educational camps, we've compiled a list of fun-filled skill-enhancing summer programmes for you (and the kids) to choose from.

BSD Academy

Get your kids interested in technology by introducing them to the world of coding. BSD Academy in Sheung Wan presents a summer 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.

Discover more at hk.bsdacademy.com

See also: 7 Best Summer Family Activities In Hong Kong

Taskpins

Besides offering unique summer programmes such as yoga, clay art and artisan soap making workshops, Taskpins also runs blogging courses throughout the year for kids.

Over the summer, students can fast track their learning by starting their first blog in just five days (2.5-3 hours per day), learning everything from content planning to generating traffic as well as internet privacy and etiquette. By the end of the course, students will have a fully functional blog, complete with their own domain for an entire year.

Discover more at taskpins.com

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. 

Discover more at russianballetschool-hk.com

See also: 5 Best Music Schools In Hong Kong For Kids

Ark Eden

Located in a forested garden valley in the foothills of Mui Wo on Lantau Island, Ark Eden offers year-round environmental workshops and eco-tours for children, as well as summertime outdoor adventure camps with different nature themes designed for kids aged 5 to 11. From waterfall hikes to organic farming and tree climbing, all the camp activities are guaranteed to make your kids' summer break equal parts fun and educational.

Discover more at arkedenonlantau.org

See also: The Best Glamping Sites In Hong Kong

OWN Academy

This summer, OWN Academy has curated a special programme for children aged 10 to 17 to experience how it is like to be a marine biologist on the outskirts of city. Students will board a boat to visit two beautiful coral reef habitats in Hong Kong—Bluff Island and Pak Pai—and explore coral reef ecology and biology through brainstorming scientific questions and conducting experiments under expert guidance. If you're looking for a fun, hands-on way for your little ones to learn science, this programme will not disappoint. 

Discover more at ownacademy.co

The Backyard Gang

The Backyard Gang fosters teamwork, character building, confidence, curiosity and the development of emotional intelligence through its themed learning programmes for pre-schoolers and children aged 5 to 9. The academy is now offering a selection of holiday camps that feature a carefully planned daily schedule of activities to keep the children engaged and active while enjoying Hong Kong's great outdoors. Whether it's hiking in the trails, exploring the beautiful beaches or building a fire to cook, there's plenty of summer adventures to look forward to. 

Discover more at thebackyardgang.com

See also: The Best International Schools In Hong Kong


This article was originally published on 15 May, 2017 and was updated on 7 July, 2020.