Is all this bad air getting you down? It’s understandable that you’d rather stay in than venture outdoors once the AQI hits 200. Yet, you still need to keep the kids happy and busy. Summer break is far from over! Here are a few options that can enable them to learn something new while safeguarding their health.
MAC Time Mini Art Summer Camps
MAC Time Community Art Center is hosting Mini Art Summer Camps at Europlaza, with many ways for budding artists to express themselves. The camp features fun themes such as Arty Fruity or Animals Galore for young ones (ages 3-4) and Drama Craze or Contemporary Art Craze for older kids (ages 5-12).
Mini camps are run in small groups of 6 to 8 children. Conducted in Chinese, the mini camps are a great way to for children to explore art forms while reviewing basic Mandarin skills. The camps run weekly on the fifth floor of Europlaza.
Ages 3-4: Mon-Fri 10am-noon (RMB 1,280, including all materials and a camp T-shirt)
Ages 5-12: Mon-Fri 10am-12.30pm (RMB 1,480, including all materials and a camp T-shirt)
Learn Guitar or Voice with Anthony
Anthony is a friendly teacher who works well with kids. Having trained as a voice major, this is his forte – but he plays a mean guitar too. Anthony can teach proper voice techniques for budding songbirds. Guitar lessons can be geared towards acoustic or electric, with a strong emphasis on proper finger technique.
Our family has been working with Anthony for over a year now and appreciate his dedication to music, as well as his gentle demeanor. Bonus: During breaks in the lessons, he serenades the kids with his own compositions.
Contact Anthony (133 9159 1907) to enquire about lessons in Shunyi.
Academic Enrichment Camps
Stuck in Beijing for the summer? Help the kids keep up their study skills with The Learning Center’s academic enrichment camps for Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6. Each age group will have different weekly themes throughout July and August, including Public Speaking and Reading Strategies, Physics 101 and Clever Categories, and Phonics Focus and Homes and Habitats. The camps generally run Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Prices vary.
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Dana is the beijingkids Shunyi Correspondent. Originally from the Philippines, she moved to Beijing in 2011 (via Europe) with her husband, two sons and Rusty the dog. She enjoys writing, photography, theater, visual arts, and trying new food. In her free time, she can be found exploring the city and driving along the mountain roads of Huairou, Miyun and Pinggu.