Get out the house with our top 10 Easter holiday activities.
Set in the beautiful, peaceful Outward Bound complex off Tai Mong Tsai Road, this five-day Kids’ Discovery Course, aimed at children aged eight to 10, includes a range of fun outdoor activities and builds valuable personal development skills such as teamwork, leadership and problem-solving. Conducted by experienced and qualified instructors, the course includes all sorts of water sports, a camping and exploring expedition, as well as drama, arts and crafts. Providing children with the perfect opportunity to forge new friendships, try new experiences and enjoy plenty of fresh air, the course ultimately aims to increase your child’s social skills, self-confidence, self-esteem and independence in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Outward Bound’s Kids’ Discovery Courses run from March to December and cost $3,800 for five days, including accommodation and meals. For details, call 2791 3228, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hebe Haven Yacht Club
Holidays are always busy at HHYC, and Easter is no different. Among the many five-day courses on offer for children and teenagers is the always-popular Adventure Watersports Week – a high-energy combo of sailing, day trips, barbecues, raft building and other activities – plus sailing courses at all levels in Lasers and Optimists. There’s also a spinnaker and trapeze training course. Prices from $2,500. For details and reservations, contact the sail training team at 2719 0926 or email email@example.com.
Clearwater Bay Equestrian and Education Centre
This popular horse-riding centre is offering non-member rides on weekdays throughout the holidays. With coffee, picnic, bike-riding and kite-flying facilities, as well as beaches and great walks, there’s plenty to do before and after your ride. For details and reservations, call 6398 6241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sai Kung Watersports Centre
Get wet during the holidays at Blue Sky’s new Sai Kung Watersports Centre (SWC), a 6,000-square-foot premises located between the public swimming pool and Sai Sha Beach. It is running five-day stand-up paddle board camps on April 18-22 and 25-29 ($3,500 for five days), plus a surfing camp on April 18-22 ($750 a day). All activities are available for anyone over eight years old who can swim 100 metres without a flotation device. The grand opening is April 23, after which it will be offering a host of activities as well as kayak tours, and boat tours of the GeoPark – a perfect Easter outing. For more details, contact Bryan Ng on 2791 0806, email email@example.com or visit www.skswc.com.
ESF Educational Services
Get those sprogs moving with five-day sports camps at Renaissance College and South Island School. Run daily from April 26-30, 9.30am-noon, ESF runs general sports camps, aimed at improving co-ordination and skills, organised by age for children aged three to four, five to six and seven-10. Specialist camps include football, basketball, swimming, gymnastics, kung fu and ESF Lions Development. Also available are a range of language camps, aimed at improving English skills in a variety of fun ways (for children aged three-12), and two-day IB revision courses for older children. For details and online reservations, visit www.esf.org.hk.
Cricket Centre of Excellence
Former Hong Kong international cricket coach Lal Jayasinghe brings cricket to Sai Kung. He is looking for players of all ages for his new Cricket Centre of Excellence school, which starts its 12-week term on April 5. Taught by qualified coaches, the 90-minute sessions are $100 each, and will be held at the Pak Kong village football pitch from 4.30pm-6pm. All equipment provided. For more details, contact Lal on 2330 7287 or 9143 6197, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling all drama queens (and kings). Faust International is running its ever-popular holiday programmes from April 26-30, and still has spaces on both its theatre and creative-writing workshops. Held in Sheung Wan, and suitable for children aged three to 12, the Holiday Theatre explores a different theme, topic or skill at morning or afternoon sessions over five days, with a chance to perform for parents at an open session on Saturday morning. The creative-writing workshop gives young writers a chance to hone their skills in different styles and subjects in a fun, stimulating environment with plenty of professional feedback. Both courses are $2,450 for five days, or $2,250 if more than one sibling signs up. For details and reservations, contact Faust on 2547 9114, or visit www.faustworld.com.
Anastassia’s Art House
Put paintbrush to paper at Anastassia’s special Easter workshops from April 18 to 30. With all sorts of seasonal themes, including eggs and bunnies, the workshops are organised by age, with one-hour classes for children aged three to six, and 90-minute sessions for six- to 12-year-olds. There will also be two-hour family workshops where mum and dad can join children of any age in fun sessions that could produce a masterpiece for the living-room wall. Schedules were yet to be finalised at press-time, so for more information please call 2719 5533 or visit www.arthouse-hk.com.
Swiss Art Studio
Got a budding Vermeer in the family? Swiss Art Studio is offering classical painting lessons in a variety of techniques and media, including oils, acrylic paints and watercolour. Learn the delicacy and skills employed by Rembrandt and other Dutch masters in the “Flowers and Still Life” course. Before enrolling, new students can try it out during free one-hour trial classes where they can practice different drawing techniques in a wide choice of materials. Junior classes (for children aged three to six) are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10am-noon, or Sunday from 2pm to 4pm. Senior classes (for children aged six and up) are held from 4pm to 6pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. For details and reservations, call 3188 4127 or email email@example.com.