Long Hot Summer Camps

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Is the long, hot, school-less summer already bearing down on you like a Szechuan hotpot? Never fear – Beijing’s summer camps are here! Tania McCartney finds eight camps that will fire up the kids, while parents stay nice and cool

ABC Music & Me Half-Day Camp
Kindermusik educator Sarah Peel Li explores a different musical theme each week. What? African drumming, folk music, jazz, crafts, games and sports. Who? Ages 4 to 7. When? July 21 to August 29, Mon-Fri, 8am-4.30pm (half-day sessions), full-days possible. Where? Children’s Learning Center of Beijing (CLCB), Shunyi district. How? 139 1062 5893, kmwithsarah@yahoo.com.cn, kmwithsarah.com.cn. Cost? From RMB300/day half-day to RMB1500/week full-day. Single days available. Bus RMB25-100. Discounts available.

Yes, yes – it’s a true-life sleepover camp!

Beijing Playhouse Summer Camp
The Playhouse’s first two-week summer camp, culminating in a performance of Alice in Wonderland on July 12. What? Kids dance, sing, act and learn scripting, set design, costume making and more. Who? Ages 6 to 18. When? June 30 to July 12, Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm, plus Saturday July 12 performance. Where? Dulwich College Legend Garden campus, Shunyi district. How? 137 1890 8922, performance@beijingplayhouse.com, beijingplayhouse.com. Cost? RMB4,900. Lunch included. Discounts available.

Camp Adventure
Running eleven years now, Camp Adventure hosts its first Downtown camp. What? Activities include dance, cooking, art, tennis, track and field, basketball, swimming and a weekly field trip. Who? Ages 4 to 13. When? June 16 to August 7, Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Where? Beijing City International School (BCIS), Chaoyang district. How? 6532 3831 ext 5084, aeabeij@eastnet.com.cn, bcis.cn. Cost? RMB2625/week pre-camp, RMB2800/week post-camp. Bus service and lunch included. Discounts available.

Camp Beanstalk
Daily themes including Wet and Wild Wednesdays and Field Trip Fridays – what more could you ask for? What? Littlies can enjoy arts, crafts, sports, music and indoor/outdoor play. Who? Ages 2 to 6. When? June 30 to July 25, Mon-Fri, 9am-3.30pm, half-days available. Where? Beanstalk International Kindergarten (BIK), Chaoyang district. How? 6466 9255, bikoffice@bibs.com.cn, bibs.com.cn. Cost? RMB1,500/week half-day, RMB2,000/week full-day. Bus RMB800/4 weeks. Lunch RMB25/day. Discounts available.

Eton International Summer Camp
Two camps – Chinese Language & Culture and Playground Olympics! What? Games, sports, arts and music, including folk dancing, martial arts and Chinese language. Who? Ages 18 months to 6. When? June 30 to July 25, Mon-Fri, 8.30am-4pm. Where? Eton International School, Global Trade Mansion, Lido and Shunyi campuses. How? 6533 6566 ext 1035, education@etonkids.com, etonkids.com. Cost? RMB1,815/week full-day, RMB1,210/week half-day. Lunch RMB33/day. Discounts available.

Daily themes including Wet and Wild Wednesdays
and Field Trip Fridays – what more
could you ask for?

Haus des Wissens Summer Adventure Camp
Yes, yes – it’s a true-life sleepover camp! Kids board for five days in the countryside. What? Hiking, tae-kwon-do, theatre, games… and kids get to sleep in a ginormous tent! German, English and Chinese teachers. Who? Ages 6 to 12. When? July 14 to August 1, Mon-Fri. Where? Village View Resort, Huairou. How? 8470 5928, fdanicek@hausdeswissens.com, hausdeswissens.com. Cost? Approx RMB4,000. All meals and bus service included. Discounts available.

Neighborhood Chinese Center Summer Camp
A perfect opportunity for kids to brush up on their Mandarin. What? Learn Chinese through games and activities including gongfu, aerobics, swimming, field trips, Chinese painting, calligraphy and paper-cutting. Who? Ages 5 to 12. When? June 16 to August 22, Mon-Fri, 9am-3.30pm. Where? Beijing Riviera Clubhouse, Shunyi district. How? 8450 1789, mrwangs@chineseneighbor.com, chineseneighbor.com. Cost? RMB2,980/2 weeks. Bus 300RMB. Lunch included. Discounts available.

Summer Enrichment Programs
Multifaceted programmes for Elementary, Middle and High School students, encompassing language, arts and academic enrichment. What? Includes drama, reading, creative writing, public speaking, poetry, science, art, math and SAT preparation. Who? Ages 6 to 18. When? June 16 to August 8, Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm, half-days available. Where? The Learning Centre, Shunyi district. How? 8046 3886, registration@learningcenter.com.cn, thelearningcenter.cn. Cost? RMB1,400-RMB3,130/week depending on days and weeks registered. Bus service included. Lunch RMB25/day. Discounts available.

First published, in part, in Time Out Beijing magazine.

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