Yeah, here's 15 winter camp things you can have them do instead of... that.
Awesome Kids Club is hosting three weeks of learning and playing at their winter camp for little ones aged 2-6. School will provide snacks, lunch, and dedicated time for the good stuff — naps! Families with younger kids need to provide a changing bag with the essentials: diapers, change of clothes, cream etc.
Cost varies between 2,600-2,800rmb.
Soccer-loving crew over at FD Football Academy are having a six-week intensive camp over December and January. Course has been broken into three categories: fundamentals (4-6 years), girls-only — because they're that badass! — (7+), and development (7+). Practices will be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays (for the fundamental and girls-only groups), or Fridays and Saturdays (development group) with each session lasting 1.5 hours.
Fundamental and girls-only group: 7 sessions cost 995rmb, 14 sessions cost 1,790rmb.
Development group: choose between 5/7 or 12 sessions, and cost 710/1,190 or 1,710rmb.
Got a kid with itchy feet? The Elite Dance Company have their own winter camp this year — cue the twinkle toes, pirouettes, and jumps. Classes will include jazz and ballet and each day will focus on a different theme inspired by a holiday song: "Jingle All the Way", "Frosty the Snowman" and "Santa Claus is Coming To Town". Suitable for kids aged 3-6.
Costs 500rmb for one day, 900rmb for two, or 1,300rmb for all three days.
Little Kickers is running a four-day camp finishing up on Christmas Eve for Shanghai's youngest footballers. Kids get to learn some soccer basics like dribbling, passing, and scoring while doing what kids do best — having fun. Each day runs from 9am-noon with locations being disclosed after sign-up. Suitable for ages 5-7.
Camp is 1,800rmb per child.
LUC-FGA is hosting a Mandarin intensive winter camp for youngsters aged 2 to 6. Each day of the program will focus on a different aspect of Chinese culture and history to help kids learn more about their host country. To find out more, take a look at the schedule.
Camp costs 3,250rmb per kid.
AKS' camp will have a whole bunch of activities for kids to get involved in both before and after Christmas, like football, basketball, mixed sports, coding, arts & crafts, and more. Classes will be held in Pudong and Puxi at different locations. Age ranges from 3 years to 15 years depending on the activity.
Costs between 600-2,000rmb. Prices are split into half-days, full-days, and deal packages for three-day experiences.
FD Football Academy is holding their Christmas Challenge where kids receive training and play against one another in matches. Program is suitable for children 7 to 15 years and each day lasts three hours.
Single day of playing is 400rmb, but there's also a discounted three-day package for 1,100rmb.
Another of the city's well known dancing studios, Shanghai City Ballet, will also be running camps this winter. Classes are suitable for children as young as 3 up to 12 and will teach various styles including contemporary, Zumba, ballet, as well as choreography from the winter stage classic, The Nutcracker. There will also be some festive crafting.
Attendees can choose from four packages which cost 170-1,740rmb and can get a cheeky 150rmb discount simply by sharing the flyer.
Contact SCB's WeChat for more information.
This Christmas tennis camp is offering dedicated training to improve skills plus a chance for kids to play head to head in real matches. There are two training leagues: Orange Ball for Early Year kids (3-11 years) and Green Ball for Juniors (11 years and above).
Orange Ball is 2,000rmb per week and Green Ball is 2,250rmb.
Shanghai's halfpipe Xperts over at ICONX are running their winter skateboarding camp again this year at three of their skateparks: the Jing'an Fitness Center, the Huamu and the Crystal Plaza. Along with learning the important skill of getting back on the skateboard after a grind gone wrong, kids will learn various skating techniques, form and safety, and some cool tricks. Suitable for ages 6-15.
Costs 3,299rmb. Sign two kids up at the same time to get yourself a 20% discount.
Scrap purchasing new holiday decor and cards and have the kids make 'em instead. Queen of Arts will run a two-week art camp where kids learn how to make wreaths, candles, hand-printed cards, and other decorations. Register by December 14 to get early-bird prices. Suitable for ages 5+.
Dec 23-24 is 1,799rmb (early-bird) 1,950rmb (regular).
Dec 28-31 is 3,599rmb (early-bird) 3,900rmb (regular).
Running for two weeks, three days per week, this camp aims to teach kid the importance of strength conditioning and stretching in gymnastics. Coaches will help students work on balance beam, vault, floor exercises, etc. Classes are from 9am-noon each day. Various classes suitable for kids aged 4-16.
A single day of attendance costs 650rmb or 1,800rmb for 3 days. If you sign-up before December 6 you can get a 10% discount. Siblings who join together get 5% off.
This camp is aimed at tweens with a creative edge. Course will look into the basics of graphic design, key elements and principles of design overall, and give attendees a crash course on how to use Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. Suitable for kids aged 10-13.
Costs 3,000rmb. Parents who sign up before December 5 can receive a 10% discount.
Think your kid's a mini Bradley Cooper or Lady Gaga in the making? This winter camp, hosted by iStage Academy, gives youngsters a chance to develop their acting and vocal techniques, learn improvisation, physical acting, Estill Voice Training, and more. There are two groups, separated by age: 6-9 years and 10-16 years.
Costs 5,264rmb for the full four days.
At the Ambassy Club in Pudong, Multi-Sport will run a four-day sports camp where kids can take part in activities such as football, dodgeball, gymnastics, etc. Suitable for ages 4-12.
Costs 3,000rmb per child. Parents who pay before December 4 can receive a 5% discount.
Find our full rundown of winter camps for kids and all things happening this festive season via the SmSh Christmas page.