If your family is staying in Beijing for at least part of the summer holidays, chances are you’re already looking at camps. With many camps slated to start in June, deadlines for enrollment and early bird discounts are coming up fast. Here’s the first part of our annual, multi-part roundup of summer camps. We’ll keep posting summer camps as we hear of them, so check back on the blog or follow our social media streams on WeChat (beijingkids), Weibo, Twitter, or Facebook.
That’s Mandarin Chinese Summer Camp
Ages 7-17. Once again, That’s Mandarin is running a varied Chinese summer camp program for kids, teens, and families visiting and residing in Beijing. There are five camps: morning camp, day camp, full camp, family camp, and homestay camp. That’s Mandarin camps include field trips, variety classes, and cultural activities as well as in-depth language learning.
Dates: Camps run from June to August. Start dates are June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, and August 10.
Day camp : RMB 9,000 (two weeks), RMB 17,200 (four weeks)
Morning camp: RMB 5,000 (two weeks), RMB 9,200 (four weeks)
Homestay camp: RMB 24,000 (two weeks), RMB 46,000 (four weeks)
Full camp (hotel shared room): RMB 20,000 (two weeks), RMB 38,000 (four weeks)
Family camp: Prices TBA. Available for one adult and one kid, two adults and one kid, one adult with two kids, and two adults with two kids.
Discounts: Early bird and friend discounts (5% off if you sign up with a friend) currently available
How to sign up? Use That’s Mandarin’s online form
Contact: 1/F, Bldg 4, 12 Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng District (5218 6432, firstname.lastname@example.org) 东城区新中街乙 12 号 4 号楼1层
Ivy Academy Summer Camps
Ages 3-6. Ivy Academy (IA) is offering several summer camps for younger kids, including the Traditional Chinese Culture Camp; Science Shenanigans Camp; Think, Paint, and Create Art Camp; DramaFit Camp; Lego Camp; and Advanced Chinese Camp. Each camp features its own unique activities, field trips, and classes; check IA’s website for more details.
Dates: Start dates throughout July and August
Price: RMB 7,200 per camp
Discounts: Early bird discount of 15% available for those who sign up before May 22 (20% for Ivy students)
How to sign up? Use Ivy Academy’s online form (click on the camp you’re interested in)
Beijing Playhouse Summer Camps
Ages 6-14. Beijing Playhouse, Beijing’s only English-language theater troupe, is running four drama camps this summer: Pinocchio, Once Upon a Time, and Beauty and the Beast, and Romeo and Juliet. All camps last two to three weeks, are limited to 30 kids, and end with a performance. All participants must audition. Theater internships are available for older teens.
Dates: June 29-July 11 (Pinocchio), July 13-25 (Once Upon a Time), July 27-August 8 (Beauty and the Beast), August 10-29 (Romeo and Juliet)
Prices: RMB 8,000 for Pinocchio, Once Upon a Time, and Beauty and the Beast; RMB 12,000 for Romeo and Juliet
Discounts: Early bird discounts of 10% available until April 11 (check Beijing Playhouse’s website for enrollment deadlines)
How to sign up? Contact Beijing Playhouse at email@example.com
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.beijingplayhouse.com
HoK Summer Camps
Ages 3-6. House of Knowledge International School and Kindergarten (HoK) has a host of summer programs for both expat and locak kids. In the first week, kids will learn about the ocean’s different animals, landscapes, and life forms through arts, crafts, science, and games. The second week is dinosaur-themed, with students becoming paleontologists to dig up bones and hunt for eggs.
Dates: June 29-July 3 (week 1), July 6-10 (week 2) from 9.30am-3.30pm
Prices: RMB 2,200 per week (full day), RMB 1,720 per week (half-day with lunch), RMB 1,350 per week (half-day without lunch), RMB 200 per week for bus transportation
How to sign up: Email or call HoK (see below)
Contact: email@example.com, 400 650 7747
Artistic Summer Camps
Ages 5+. For the third year in a row, Atelier is offering artistic summer camps at its Sanlitun studio and newly-opened Shunyi branch. Each camp lasts one week and includes thematic exploration, techniques, and art projects. Morning sessions are for ages 5-8 and afternoon sessions are for ages 9 and up.
Dates: Start dates are June 15 through July 13 weekly, and then the last two weeks of August.
Prices: RMB 1,500 per week
Discounts: Siblings or kids taking more than one camp are eligible for a reduced rate of RMB 1,200 per week.
How to sign up? Email Atelier at firstname.lastname@example.org
1) Apt C202, Jinxiu Yuan, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区幸福村中路锦绣园C202
2) 204-205, Bldg 2, Central Park, 16 Yufeng Lu, Shunyi District 顺义区裕丰路16号院会展誉景2号楼204-205（商铺A入口2楼）
CISB Summer Camps
For the ninth year, the Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) is offering summer camps for toddlers, kids, and teens. Programs are open to all and include the Kindergarten Creative Camp, Summer Enrichment Camp, and Summer Enhancement Camp. Dates are from June 29 to August 7 for all camps.
Kindergarten Creative Camp
Ages 18 months-6 years. The kindergarten camp includes phonics and reading, English, Chinese language and culture, arts and crafts, music, swimming, and PE activities.
Full day: RMB 6,500 (two weeks), RMB 9,750 (three weeks), RMB 18,500 (six weeks)
Half-day: RMB 4,300 (two weeks), RMB 6,450 (three weeks), RMB 12,000 (six weeks)
Summer Enrichment Camp
Ages 6-15. This well-rounded program offers camps with topics like math, science, sports, and performing arts.
Camp 1 (Math, Science, and Sports): RMB 7,500 (two weeks), RMB 11,250 (three weeks), RMB 21,500 (six weeks)
Camp 2 (Horseback Riding and Golf): RMB 12,500 (two weeks), RMB 18,750 (three weeks), RMB 36,500 (six weeks)
Camp 3 (Performance Arts): RMB 10,500 (two weeks), RMB 15,750 (three weeks), RMB 30,500 (six weeks)
Summer Enhancement Camp
Grades 6-11. This program for older kids aims to increase skills and knowledge in mathematics, literacy, and leadership. CISB students completing the six-week program can apply for completion of the math or English programs in which they’re currently enrolled at CISB.
Full day program: RMB 15,750 (three weeks), RMB 29,500 (six weeks)
English or Math program: RMB 9,750 (three weeks), RMB 17,500 (six weeks)
Discounts: 15% discount available for CISB, ISNS and CCSC students; 5% early bird discounts available (sign up before April 30)
How to sign up? Apply in person or by email to email@example.com before May 29
Contact: 38 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6465 7788, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.cisb.com.cn 朝阳区亮马桥路38号加拿大国际学校
TLC Summer Programs
Various ages. Throughout the summer, The Learning Center (TLC) will have classes for a variety of grade levels and topics. Subjects include SSAT and SAT prep, academic transition programs to prepare kids for international schools or schools abroad, English, social studies, math, science, and history.
Prices: Classes last one week and start at RMB 2,365 for half-day and RMB 4,490 for full day.
Discounts: Available for multi-week bookings. Early bird discount of 5% before June 1
How to sign up: Call or email (see below)
Contact: Call 8046 3886 or email email@example.com. To find out more about TLC, visit www.thelearningcenter.cn.
Roots Language Training Center Summer Day Camps
Ages 7-12. Founded by a Canadian expat, Roots is a language training center that focuses on fluency through speaking. At the end of July and in August, Roots is holding five summer day camps with different weekly themes. Attendees will be able to experience a real western-style camp with sports, movies, fairs, picnics, workshops, and more. For teens, Roots is also offering summer jobs as camp counselors.
Dates: July 20-24, July 27-31, August 3-7, August 10-14, August 17-21 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm)
Prices and discounts: TBC (check back for details)
Contact: To pre-register or apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LVMS Masterchef Camp
Ages 3-6. For the first three weeks of August, Little Village Montessori School (LVMS) is hosting cooking camps based on Junior Masterchef for young children. Kids will get to make a different dish every day with their teachers (or on their own if they can) and keep recipes to replicate at home.
Prices: RMB 3,500 (LVMS students), RMB 4,800 (other students)
How to sign up: Call or email LVMS (see below) by July 15. If the group reaches 20 students before that date, signup will close.
Contact: Rm 2310, 3/F Jingyun Shengtong Building, 5 Huilin Lu, Fulicheng West, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District (5876 6610, email@example.com) 朝阳区双井富力城西， 惠林路5号， 京运盛通大厦3层2310
Blue Bridge Summer Art Camps
Ages 4-12. Blue Bridge International Education is offering four art camps with different themes this summer: Little World Explorer (exploring the world through Disney movies), Song of the Sea (Celtic culture and stories), Back to the Future (time travel), and Night at the Museum (artists and curators).
Dates: July 13-17 (Little World Explorer), July 20-31 (Song of the Sea), August 3-14 (Back to the Future), August 17-21 (Night at the Museum)
Prices: RMB 3,280 (Little World Explorer and Night at the Museum), RMB 5,980 (Song of the Sea and Back to the Future)
How to sign up: Call or visit Blue Bridge’s website (see below)
CBD Studio: Rm 753, Tower A, Chaowai SOHO, Chaoyang District (5900 0270) 朝阳区朝外SOHO A座753室
Lido Studio: Shop 118, Andersen Garden, Upper East Side, Chaoyang District (5947 2275)
Dulwich Community Programmes (DCP) Summer Camps
All ages. Dulwich College Beijing is holding a series of DCP summer camps open to the wider Beijing community with soccer, swimming, basketball, and tennis.
Dates: Throughout June, July, and August (check website for details)
Prices: Various (see website)
Discounts: Available for some camps for signups of two weeks or more
How to sign up: Registration is from May 2 to June 17. Parents can either register and pay in person at the Legend Garden Sports Club at DCB (cash and card) on weekdays from 8am to 9pm and weekends from 9am to 7pm or at the Riviera Main Campus and Little Riviera (cash only) during school hours. They can also register online and pay by bank transfer.
Contact: 6454 9150, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prestige Education Centre Summer Camp
Ages 6-14. Prestige Education Centre (PEC) is holding an English-language summer camp designed by UK-qualified teachers. Participants will explore subjects like literature, art, science, music, and math using creative approaches. The learning themes are pirates and seasons.
Dates: June 29-August 21 (9.30am-3.30pm)
Prices: RMB 3,850 per week
Discounts: Early bird discount of 5% available before June 10
How to sign up: Email or call (see below)
Contact: Bldg 9, 5 Guantang Donglu, Chaoyang District (8430 8674, email@example.com) 朝阳区官塘东路5号9号
Keystone Summer Archway
For students entering Grades 6-9 in fall 2015. Designed for non-native English speakers, Keystone Academy’s Summer Archway program is designed for non-native English speakers who intend to attend Keystone or similar schools in China and abroad. Participants in the three-week camp will learn how to work in an international or American-style learning environment, with a focus on improving academic English and exploring key concepts in the arts, sciences, and humanities.
Dates: July 13-31
Prices: RMB 15,600 (includes application fee, tuition, materials, lunch, use of Keystone’s sports facilities, and certificate of completion). Optional bus transportation available for RMB 980
How to sign up: The four-step application process consists of filling out an application form, submitting a personal essay, scheduling an interview, and paying the application fee. Click here for full details. The signup deadline is April 20.
Contact: Keystone Academy, 11 Anfu Jie, Houshayu, Shunyi District (8049 6008 ext 2009, firstname.lastname@example.org) 顺义区后沙峪镇安富街11号北京鼎石国际学校
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