With the kids heading back to school, it’s time to fill their time outside the classroom. From creative arts to playgroups to sports and a lot more, check out what’s on offer in Discovery Bay, Lantau island and wider Hong Kong!
Internationally-experienced children’s performing arts company Acting Antics, is offering acting and singing classes to kids, aged four to 12 years old. With over 10 years of experience in teaching, Acting Antics builds on your child’s acting, singing, stagecraft, public speaking, performance and leadership skills. Young performers also take part in a stage performance twice a year. Its age-appropriate after-school classes in DB are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Contact: www.ctchk.actingantics.com, [email protected],
DB North Plaza
A.C.T Worldwide offers a drama-intensive extracurricular programme for kids aged eight to 12. The one-and-a-half-hour classes explore various drama-based activities and train students to speak confidently in front of others – whether during theatre productions, school presentations or speech festivals. One-to- one public speaking and basic acting sessions are also available, as well as classes for adults.
Contact: www.actworldwide.org, [email protected], 5996 0921 (WhatsApp).
Banana Art Club’s after-school classes are held on Tuesday afternoons for kids aged two-and-a-half and up. Students are given the opportunity to explore and develop their artistic creativity through a varied range of mediums, such as drawing, sketching, water colour and canvas painting. Term starts on August 14.
Contact: www.bananaartclub.com, [email protected], 6020 5476.
Discovery Bay International School & across Hong Kong
Formed in 1999, Faust nurtures local creative talent and brings the wonderful world of theatre, performing arts and creativity to children. Its weekly term-time drama workshops, held on Saturdays, for kids aged three to 18, provide a funfilled learning environment in which kids develop performance and theatre skills, teamwork, individual expression and confidence for the stage and beyond.
Contact: www.faustworld.com, [email protected] / [email protected], 2547 9114.
Discovery Bay Recreation Club, Club Siena & DB Plaza
Celebrating 25 years of turning passion into performance, Island Dance offers ISTD Freestyle, ISTD Hip Hop, RAD Ballet, tap and Bollywood classes six days a week. Island Dance also provides and organises dance workshops, birthday parties, flash mobs and camps throughout the year. Free trial classes are available on request.
Contact: www.islanddance.com.hk, [email protected], 2987 1571/ 9159 0663.
DB North Plaza
New to DB, PapyrusEDU offers quality play-based learning programmes for kids aged five to 13. Classes include 3D-modelling and printing, and there’s a Lego Education after-school programme. Children experience creative hands-on learning by building new projects from concept to completion. PapyrusEDU also offers Tai Chi and arts classes for adults.
Contact: Papyrus EDU Facebook page, [email protected], 6360 1715.
Rumple and Friends brings fun and games to young performers aged three to 10. Its signature course, Magic and Circus, sees students performing magic and circus tricks, while other courses include Treasure Hunters, Comic Book Crazy and Around the World in 80 Days. Morning and afternoon classes are held in Sheung Wan until August 24 only.
Contact: rumpleandfriends.com, [email protected], 9830 8287.
Ark Eden offers year-round experiential environmental field trips and camps to help children understand the importance of cultivating caring, sustainable communities, not just for people, but for the planet and all living creatures. Additional extracurricular activities include half-term holiday camps for children aged five to 12 in October, and family camping weekends coming later this year.
Contact: www.arkedenonlantau.org, [email protected], 2988 5355.
Dr Bear Education Centre offers a range of courses through which Mandarin learners can develop their language skills in a creative and motivating environment. For children, aged two to three-and-ahalf, there’s a Mandarin Fun Playgroup, while students, aged three-and-a-half to five, enjoy play-based learning on the Mandarin Boost Course. Regular Mandarin courses for native and nonnative learners are also available.
Contact: [email protected], 6762 6264 (WhatsApp).
Funfit’s Wiggle Worms (from six months), Busy Bees (from walking) and Tumble Tots (from 18 months) classes provide 45 minutes of non-stop action! Children have fun crawling through tunnels, bouncing on the bouncy castle, moving and grooving to musical activities and much more. Funfit guarantees to shake those sillies out and train children to be confident and capable movers. Parachute games and messy play provide lots of extra fun.
Funfit’s Little Steps (one- to two-year-olds) and Big Steps (two- to four-year-olds) classes aim to prepare children for ‘drop-off style’ playgroups. Funfit retains the structure of a playgroup, but a parent or guardian remains in the class with the child. In every class, activities include circle time, free time, snack and story time, a craft activity, sensory play and fitness fun.
Contact: Funfit (Hong Kong) Facebook page, [email protected], 6302 6327.
DB Plaza, Coastal Skyline and Seaview Crescent clubhouses
Kidznjoy specialises in English-language playgroups for children from nine months to three years. It’s unique ‘Play and Learn’ methodology provides rich content and fun and stimulating activities for children to develop their social skills and confidence. Classes include singing and dancing, arts and crafts, circle-time, indoor messy time, 3D story-telling, sensory trays and much more. Participating children must be accompanied by a guardian. Free trial available on request.
Run by a Montessori-trained and first-aid qualified teacher, Playtime Kids provides a supporting, stimulating and loving environment for children, facilitating interaction and learning. Both drop-off classes (15 months to four years) and mum-and-baby sessions (six months to 24 months) are on offer. Activities include free supervised play, story time, snack time, singing and dancing, painting and colouring, rice and sand play, and baking.
Contact: [email protected], 9054 0565.
The Sound Waves programme is a phonics-based approach to learning English. The individual sounds of words (phonemes) are used as building blocks, ensuring success in reading, writing and speaking English. During Kindergarten 1 and 2 classes, students build a strong foundation in these skills. Primary 1 (K3) and 2 classes explore vocabulary, spelling patterns and grammar. Primary 3 to 6 students apply their phonics skills in reading comprehension, grammar activities and creative writing.
Contact: www.soundwaves.com.hk, [email protected], 2164 7210 / 9045 2914.
Tree of Joy provides an extension of the family experience since children play and learn in a fun, engaging and supportive setting. Classes, run by qualified and experienced Early Years teachers, offer inquiry-based programmes with a focus on play. Programmes include a nursery class, parent-toddler class, afternoon camp and a weekend cooking class.
Contact: www.treeofjoydb.com, [email protected], 9787 2755.
Operating in DB since 2010, Woodentots Montessori playgroup offers drop-off classes for children from 18 months to five years. Woodentots provides a caring, family-oriented setting, with small class sizes encouraging learning through selfdiscovery and self-discipline. Sessions consist of free-choice activities, arts and crafts, circle time, music and movement, yoga and Mandarin.
Contact: Woodentots DB Facebook page, [email protected], 6108 9131.
DB Plaza & Tai Pak Wan Discovery Bay
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teaches the gentle art of Jiu-Jitsu to kids, teenagers and adults. As an efficient ground fighting system, the non-violent martial-arts-style teaches self-defence through grappling techniques for all ages. Classes for toddlers (aged four to seven) teach mobility and control, while kids (seven to 11) develop strength and coordination. Teen classes (12 to 17) equip teenagers to peacefully handle conflict and build on self-confidence.
Contact: www.discoverybaybjj.com, [email protected], 5424 9219.
Embody’s full schedule of classes for kids, teens and adults is up-and-running again on August 20. Children, aged four to 10, can get fit and have fun through Zumba and yoga. Bounce DanceFit – a total workout, combining dance, fitness, cardio and flexibility – is now on offer for kids aged five to 10.
Contact: www.embody.hk, [email protected], 6624 8712.
Discovery Bay International School
Harry Wright International’s Learn To Swim Programme is a progressive programme for children aged three to 15 years, which ensures swimmers learn to swim in a safe, positive and structured environment. Talent is nurtured in young swimmers, whether they want to swim competitively or simply enjoy the sport. Term 1 commences on August 20.
Contact: www.harrywright.com.hk, [email protected], 2575 6279.
DB, Tung Chung, Mui Wo, Pui O & Stanley
HK Dragons’ Term 1, starting on August 20, brings football coaching for girls and boys of all abilities, aged three to 21. The club motivates players to try new things, develop their game skills and realise their full potential both on and off the pitch, and especially when competing in tournaments and matches. Football camps are held through the year and football birthday parties are organised upon request.
Contact: dragons.hk, [email protected], 5322 5556.
Discovery Bay International School & EpicLand
iGym offers high-energy gymnastics classes for girls and boys aged three to 17. All-boy classes are held on Saturdays. Rhythmic gymnastics classes, held on Tuesdays, are new this term. The club is welcoming additional highly-qualified international coaches to its team this year, and aims to instil a passion for gymnastics in its students. International camps are organised annually.
Contact: www.igymhk.com, [email protected], 6077 2758.
DB North Plaza
Kapuhala Train-in Space’s youth classes make strong kids! Targeting children aged five to 13, Kapuhala offers daily classes ranging from fitness sessions where they learn how to correctly use different equipment and spin bikes, to boxing classes and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. All classes help kids release some steam after a long day at school and are organised by age.
Contact: www.kapuhalaspace.com, [email protected], 9480 5949.
Overtime Basketball Academy’s autumn season begins this September for kids aged six and up. Classes follow the I’m Possible training curriculum used to develop NBA players such as Victor Oladipo and Kyrie Irving. With over 600 skills and methods of training such as drops, pockets and floats, Overtime Basketball Academy builds on skill development for players of all ages and abilities – from kids to pros.
Contact: www.overtimebasketballhk.com, [email protected], 6355 7674.
Discovery College & EpicLand
Run by Progressive Sports Asia, Tekkerz football programme develops the technical and ball mastery skills of young players, aged five to 14, using a ‘maximum touch’ approach. On average, players touch the ball over 1,000 times per one-and-a-half-hour session, learning a range of skills and high-intensity drills. Players compete in regular friendly and competitive games, and Mini Tekkerz sessions are on offer for kids aged three to four.
Contact: www.prosportsasia.com, [email protected], 9770 4548/ 9043 3095.
The Beat Dance & Fitness Studio offers a wide selection of dance and fitness classes for children of all ages this autumn. At ballroom dancing class, children learn to cha cha, rumba, samba and jive. The Beat also offers Irish dance, Zumba kids and teen fitness classes. Fun and entertaining seasonal camps are on offer throughout the year to further develop skills among children.
Contact: www.thebeat.com.hk, [email protected], 5194 9630.Tags: arts, back to school, bootcamp, discovery bay, drama, extracurricular activities, football, gymnastics, kids activities, lantau island, mandarin, playgroups, rugby, sports, swimming