Top summer camps for kids 2012

Ten of the most entertaining kids camps in Shanghai 2012
Top summer camps for kids 2012
published on 29 Jun 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 2012.


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 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 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 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.

Art and Design

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
(11-18 years).
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.

Financial intelligence

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
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 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.


Posted by : pamela knight on 02/04/2014 11:29:52
Hi! I wanted to let other mothers know that there is a Chinese language camp for kids and teens. I tried it out last summer because I was busy at work and didn't know where to leave my 6 year-old kid (since I don't like him to just be looked after, I believe that kids should learn as much as they can since a very early age), anyways the Chinese summer camp could be from 1-8 weeks depending on what you are looking for. This was the best decision, my kid now speaks very good Chinese, he had fun, and made some new friends. The camp is very safe as the teachers stay with them in the facility, it includes Chinese lessons, activities, meals, and accommodation! I truly can't complain, my kid and I are very happy! If you are also a busy parent check this camp out!
Posted by : sowmya.gowda on 13/03/2014 11:18:48
Hi I see this summer camp interesting so
Posted by : China Sports United on 01/02/2014 19:37:11
Shanghai Sports United is running Camps throughout the year. Suitable for different ages, with different types of sport. Go to for more info!
Posted by : ayesha on 20/06/2013 13:48:55
@Johanna: Hi I am looking for a summer camp for my friends 3 year old son.Something that keeps him engaged and happy in the summer break.Where are you located?
Posted by : Time Out Shanghai on 19/06/2013 12:27:06
Dear Johanna, Thank you for the comment, here is the entry to 2013 Summer camps Best, Time Out Shanghai



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