First published on 29 Jun 2012. Updated on 22 Aug 2012.
From calligraphy to financial intelligence, this year there's a summer camp for every kid. Keep the children entertained over the summer school holidays with our run down of the ten best summer camps in Shanghai.
At Active Kidz’ ‘fun camp’, mornings are given over to action-packed, sports-based activities such as tennis, swimming, baseball and a mini-Olympics, while afternoons offer arts and crafts, cooking and films. Register at www.activekidz.org and check out details of other camps, including football (see below), gymnastics and tennis.
Ages? 4-6 years and 7-9 years.
How much? 2,180RMB/week (members), 2,330RMB (non members), includes daily round-trip transportation, lunch, snacks and all camp materials.
When? 9.30am-3pm, Mon 25-Aug 10.
Where? BISS Puxi.
Sport For Life’s mixed arts/sports camp combines football, tennis, basketball and swimming with arts, crafts and drama activities with themes like ‘Knights and Princesses’ or ‘Cowboys and Indians’ to get kids’ creative and competitive juices flowing. See www.sportforlife.com.cn for registration plus a list of alternative camps.
Ages? 4-14 years.
How much? 1,400RMB/week (half day); 2,200RMB/week (full day).
When? 9am-midday (half day), 9am-3pm (full day), Mon 25-Aug 31.
Where? Various locations in Pudong and Puxi; see www.sportforlife.com.cn for details.
Intended for toddlers and pre-schoolers, The Nest’s creative camp offers activities such as art, drama, puppetry, story-telling and ‘sand and water play’ based around unusual themes (two of this year’s are ‘Mother Nature’s Creations’ and ‘Our Cosmos’) to fire kids’ imaginations.
Ages? 16 months-6 years.
How much? 1,340RMB/week (half day); 1,750RMB/week (full day).
When? 9am-midday (half day) or 9am-3pm (full day), July 2-Aug 24.
Where? The Nest Creative Children’s House.
Colorbox Creative Arts Center has packaged its popular arts and crafts sessions into a series of lengthier structured programs this summer. For very young tots, there are well-supervised music, movement and story-telling activities while older kids can learn the skills behind printmaking, Chinese calligraphy, drawing and painting.
Ages? 2-5 years (July 2-Aug 31); 6-10 years (Mon 4-Aug 20); 11-18 years (Wed 6-July 25).
How much? 1,500RMB/week, with a 20 per cent discount for four or more weeks (2-5 years); 1,000RMB/4 weeks, 1,300RMB/6 weeks, 2,000RMB/10 weeks (drawing and painting, 6-10 years); 1,200RMB/4 weeks, 1,600RMB/6 weeks, 2,000RMB/8 weeks (printmaking, 6-10 years); 1,200RMB/4 weeks, 1,600RMB/6 weeks, 2,000RMB/10 weeks
When? 2-5pm Mon 4-Aug 20 (drawing and painting/Chinese arts), Wed 6-Aug 20 (printmaking), Wed 6-July 25 (intensive drawing/printmaking/mixed media/painting); 8.30-11.30am July 2-Aug 31 (music, movement and storytelling).
Where? Colorbox Creative Arts Center.
YK Pao School’s ‘Coppelia Dance’ camps will keep tiny dancers entertained with performance-based activities (ballet, tap, jazz), music and dance theory, and practical backstage activities including costume, prop making and hair/makeup sessions. The camp is conducted in English and Chinese, so kids can hone their language skills, too.
Ages? 5-10 years.
How much? 2,000RMB/week.
When? 9am-3.30pm, 2-13 July.
Where? YK Pao School.
Sign spendthrift kids up for SAS Puxi’s ‘Camp Millionaire’, a US-founded financial literacy programme which aims to teach teens the value of money through a series of attention-grabbing, interactive activities revolving around budgeting, money management and (appropriately for these straightened times) the dangers of debt.
Ages? 11 years and above.
How much? 5,670RMB/4 days (includes lunch).
When? 8.30am-3pm, Tues 19-Fri 22.
Where? SAS Puxi.
One for budding Beckhams, Sport for Life is running its International Shanghai FC camps next month. Kids train for four days building up to the big tournament. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ages? 6-13 years.
How much? 1,400RMB/week.
When? 9.30am-12.30pm (6-9 years); 1.30-4.30pm (10-13 years), July 2-6 and 9-13.
Where? Century Park, Pudong and Western International School of Shanghai (Puxi); see Listings.
An equally good alternative is Active Kidz’ summer soccer camp, which combines skills workshops, practice sessions and mini-games in full or half-day sessions. Email email@example.com to register.
Ages? 5-15 years.
How much? Full day camps: 1,700RMB/week (members), 1,900RMB/week (non-members); half-day camps: 1,200RMB/week (members), 1,350RMB (non-members).
When? 9.30am-12.30pm (half day), 9.30am-3.15pm (full day) Mon 18-Aug 10 (Mon-Fri).
Where? Children’s Field.
Led by local rocker and producer Adam Gaensler, JZ Rock Camp is one of the edgier music camp options, covering everything from the history of rock and music theory to lots of hands-on jamming experience. Vocalists, drummers, guitar-, bass- and keyboard-players all welcome.
Ages? 10-17 years.
How much? 4,900RMB/week.
When? 10am-1pm, Mon 25-Sat 30 and July 2-7.
Where? JZ Music School.
Nike Swimming Camps in the lovely Mandarin City pool certainly aren’t cheap but the quality of tuition (bilingual Mandarin/English) promises to be top-notch. Every child gets a personal evaluation before being grouped by age and ability, and there are never more than ten kids to one coach.
Ages? 8-18 years.
How much? 1,868RMB/week.
When? 10am-1pm, July 2-6 and 9-13.
Where? Mandarin City.