Summer is on its way, which means one thing: school holidays. Keep your kids occupied, entertained and happy with our great selection of summer camp options. Whether your little ones are interested in sports, theater or practicing their Putonghua, we’ve got you covered.
3e Summer Camp
Children have fun while learning in an interactive bilingual environment. Little ones get a chance to discover both inside and outside the classroom. With half-day and full-day options available, children ages 2 to 8 will spend four weeks exploring English and Mandarin through hands-on experiential learning and investigation.
Full day: RMB 12,800; 8.30am-3.30pm. Nursery: RMB 7,650; 8.30am-11.30am. Jun 21-Jul 16. 3e International, 9-1 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District (6437 3344) www.3eik.com
Ivy Bilingual School Summer Camp
During this two-week camp, children create a Planet Pandora. Kids will design plants, animals and other creatures to live on the imaginary planet. On the last day, parents are invited to an Alien Exhibition, which will showcase the children’s artwork. Camp will be conducted in Chinese.
RMB 3,500 (includes lunch, excludes schoolbus) + RMB 200 uniform fee. Jul 19-30 (Mon-Fri), 9am-3pm. 1) Ivy Bilingual School, Ocean Express Campus, Bldg E, Ocean Express, 2 East Third Ring Road, Chaoyang District (8446 7287/85). 2) Ivy Bilingual School, Orchid Garden Campus, 18 Xinjin Road, Cuige Xiang, Chaoyang District (8439 7080/87). For details, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.ivyschools.com.
Beijing Playhouse Summer Kids Theatre Camp
On Saturday, May 22, kids ages 6 to 13 can audition for a role in Gulliver’s Travels. Some English proficiency is necessary, but all actors, singers, dancers, acrobats and musicians are welcome. No need to be nervous, as everyone who auditions will get a part. For the older set, theater internships for students ages 14 to 22 are available. This two-week course ends with a family performance on July 3. Spots are limited to the first 30 students.
RMB 5,500 (includes lunch, snacks and beverages). Auditions are on May 22, 2pm. The camp runs Jun 21-Jul 3 (Mon-Sat), 9am-4pm. Dulwich College, Legend Garden Campus, Shunyi (shuttle bus departs each day from the CBD). For details, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. www.beijingplayhouse.com
"Our daughters Aubree and Cassie Frost loved the camp! The activities and performance helped raise their self-confidence and gave them an experience to truly be proud of. Job well-done!" – Melinda and Jason Frost, USA
"I like theater because you can be a totally different person. You can overreact and be crazy and loud" – Helena Von Werthern, 11
ClubFootball Summer Programs
The World Cup arrives in South Africa this summer and it’s time to get into the celebrations. Kids can hone their soccer skills at ClubFootball camps that run from June to mid-August. Options include three-day or weeklong programs, with each day focusing on a different theme.
RMB 500-1,200. 9am-12pm. Jun 14-18, Jun 21-25, Jul 5-30, Aug 2-5, Aug 9-12. Venue TBC. For details, call 5130 6893/4/5/6 or visit www.clubfootball.com.cn, www.wanguoqunxing.com (in Chinese).
Dulwich Community Programs
Jia You Football Club
For ages 4-14. Head coach Gary Saunders hails from the UK. An FA-qualified coach, Saunders and his team of professional assistants will develop kids’ soccer skills and match play.
Half day: RMB 1,500 (excludes lunch), Full day: RMB 2,500 (includes lunch, indoor activities and swimming). Jun 21-25, Jun 28-Jul 2, Jul 5-9, Aug 2-6, Aug 9-13. Dulwich College, Legend Garden Campus. www.dulwich-beijing.cn
For ages 2-5. Lisa Li and Linda Liu, two experienced Early Years Practitioners from Dulwich College, will ensure your little ones are cared for and stimulated during a morning of fun activities.
RMB 1,500 (includes lunch). Jun 21-25, Jun 28-Jul 2, Jul 5-9, Aug 2-6, Aug 9-13. 9am-noon. Dulwich College, River Garden Campus. www.dulwich-beijing.cn
For ages 5-12. This one-week camp is conducted by the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, which was founded in Australia in 1979. Sign up for an action-packed, engaging program that exposes children to the various aspects of drama.
RMB 1,600 (excludes lunch). Jun 21-25. 9am-noon. Dulwich College, Riviera Main Campus. www.dulwich-beijing.cn
"I like playing football in the morning, because it is not too hot and not too cold. I have a lot of time to practice my technical skills with the coach. After football we get a good lunch and some free time. Then, we have two hours of swimming to relax and cool off." – Alexander Pugeat
AEA/US Embassy Summer Camp at BCIS
Expect plenty of swimming, sports, arts, culture, weekly field trips and fun. Open to English-speaking children. Registration kicks-off on May 8 at the BCIS Spring Fair. During the camp, a shuttle bus will be available from designated stops.
USD 375 per week (lunch and transportation included; increased price for late sign-ups). Jun 14-Aug 6 (Mon-Fri). 9am-4pm. Beijing City International School. To register, call 8531 3349/4602 or e-mail email@example.com.
Mikids Summer Camp
Mikids Camp has been running for seven years, and this year they’re adding a Toddlers’ Camp and a Chinese Camp to their summer program. This is a great chance for your toddlers to experience all sorts of games and activities in a safe environment. Meanwhile, the older kids will love practicing their Mandarin.
Jun-Jul. Ages 2-3 (Toddlers’ Camp); ages 5 and up (Chinese Camp). The International Montessori School of Beijing. Details available upon inquiry. Contact Ms. Wang at 136 5129 7915 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Etonkids Summer Camp
Etonkids’ Summer Camp is designed for children ages 3-6. Kids get to develop a wide range of skills while having fun in a supportive environment. Through dance, music, fine art, swimming, rollerblading, tennis, golf and more, children will discover how to harness their creativity and focus their energy. There will also be an emphasis on communication and expression through mediums such as sign language, theater, world literature and story time.
1) RMB 13,160 (full day includes lunch); RMB 1,980 per week. Jul 5-Aug 20. 8.30am-4pm. International Kindergarten. For details, call CBD Global Trade Mansion Campus (6506 4805) or Shunyi District Pinnacle Plaza Campus (8046 5338).
2) RMB 13,160 (full day includes lunch); RMB 1,980 per week. Jul 5-Aug 20. 8.30am-4pm.
Bilingual Campus. For details, call 8975 1102.
3) RMB 5,280 (full day includes lunch); RMB 800 per week. Jul 5-Aug 20. 8.30am-4pm. Huizhi Campus. For details, call 8480 5538.