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[The List]: Summer Camps in Shanghai

Places to put your kids during the summer months where they might actually learn something.
2017-05-08 18:50:25

If you’re sticking around Shanghai this summer, it doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with your kids. SmartShanghai is here to help with a list of activities to keep the little ones busy on their summer break—and hey, they might even pick up a skill or two along the way. We have compiled a list of various activities to suit an array of personality types and interests from skateboarding to dancing to filmmaking. If you’re a vindictive parent we even found some academic programs to keep those brains working while school’s out.


WOW Kids: Creativity and Technology Camp

Runs from: July 3 to August 25

This one isn’t just a summer camp, think of it more like an investment. Today, send your kid to WOW Kids Tech Camp, tomorrow they become the next tech billionaire. Here kids can explore areas that might not get covered in school from Robotics to Video Game Coding to 3D Printing. Give your kids the tools to be the next Elon Musk—and they’ll have fun too. This is definitely the only camp where your kid can participate in a drone race on their lunch break. WOW kids is for campers ages 6 to 12. There are 8 weeks of 5 day programs between July 3 and August 25. Each 5 day program costs 5,500rmb. Remember it’s an investment.

For more info: 177 1702 8020

Annie Gymnastics

Runs from: July 31 - August 4

One of the best gymnastics classes for kids in Shanghai now offers a summer camp. This class is for kiddos 3 and up. The program runs Monday through Friday from 10.45am to 1.30pm and a 1 week session costs 1,600rmb (including lunch). An early bird special will run until June 11 and after that date the price for the camp will increase. So get in there early and let your kid somersault their way through August.

For more info: 138 0165 1312
WeChat: anniegymnastics

Shanghai City Ballet

Runs from: July 3 to August 25

If your child covets a position in a ballet company or just really likes to sport a tutu, here’s a camp with a full day dance program. SCB has an intensive dance program for kids ages 3 to 12. Obviously this place specializes in ballet but they also offer an intro to hip-hop, tap, and jazz. Sessions range from 1 to 3 weeks over the summer break from July 3 to August 25. Programs cost 1,900 per week (lunch not included) but some discounts are available including an early bird special before May 31st.

For more info: 6448 5362
WeChat: SCB-admin


Runs from: June 26th to August 31st

Have your kid shred through summer at IconX Indoor Skate Park. Between June 26 and August 31, IconX is offering ten 1-week full day skateboard camps. The program focuses on building technical skills in skating, but also academic enrichment and support, leadership and character development, health and nutrition, and exposure to different parks throughout the city. Skateboards and Safety gear provided. This camp is for kids ages 5 to 15 years. Each 1 week session costs 2,799rmb, and an extra 250rmb from Sproutworks.

For more info: 180 1706 3650


Runs from: June 19 to August 18

Founded in 2008, SportsWorld is camp for (surprise!) all kinds of sports. Here a structured space is provided, for kids ages 4-12, to try their hand at swimming, tennis, karate, and basketball. The camp involves full day programs with a focus on swimming in the morning and one other sport of your choice in the afternoon. Lunch is included. 9 week-long sessions are available from June 19 to August 18. A week costs 2,780rmb for full day and 1,800rmb for half day. Lunches from Sproutworks, a welcome pack, uniform and swim cap are included.

For more info: Check here

Active Kidz Shanghai

Runs from: June 26 to July 28

AKS is well established in Shanghai with a range of sporting programs offered during the school year. For Summer, AKS has 3 camps over 5 week sessions from June 26 to July 28.  The camps come in the form of full day sports, full day sports with CCS activities and half day camps (just sports). Sports at AKS include baseball, basketball, and soccer. The CCS activities aim to teach kids leadership and life skills. Prices vary from 2,500rmb per week for full day with sports, 3,000rmb for full day with sports and CSS, and 1,800rmb per week for half day camp.

For More info: check here


Runs from: June 26 to August 11

Multisport Summer Camp programs are split between their Pudong and Puxi locations and seek to enrich the lives of young ones through sport. This camp caters to a host of activities including but not limited to swimming, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, and tennis. But don’t be fooled by the name—Multisports also dabbles in art activities such as pottery, jewelry design, lantern making, and t-shirt design. For kids ages 4-12 years old. 7 week-long sessions running from June 26 to August 11. Each week costs 3,000rmb but early bird and other discounts are available. Lunch is included in fee.

For more info: Check here

Naked Discovery

Runs from: July 3 to August 25

If you want something different from the norm and think it would be neat for your kid to DJ their next birthday party then this camp is the one you’re looking for. Naked Discovery offers a multitude of activities including fencing, DJ mixing, cooking, rock climbing, filmmaking, scuba diving, and more. Your kid can enjoy a program with different activities packed into each day if they sign up to be a creator (ages 4-9), a thinker (7-13), or a life hacker (4-9). Each sessions lasts 2 weeks and there are 4 of them from July 3 to August 25. Prices for each session range from 16,800-18,880rmb.

For more info: Email

Awesome Kids Club

Runs from: June 19 to August 25

Awesome Kids Club is for the renaissance-child, here elements of sports, arts, education, and team-building are all combined for some good summer fun. Kids are split into groups based on age and spend the day in a group of about 20. Activities take place in a classroom setting, with both an English and Mandarin speaking camp leader per group. Suitable for kids 1-10, with week long sessions from June 19 to August 25. Costs 2,500rmb per week and lunch is an extra 40rmb a day.

For more info: Call 5403 9916

JZ School

Runs from: August 1 to August 29

Forget band camp, there’s jazz camp where some of the best musicians in China are on staff. Classes during this one month program include: one-on-one private instruction, group instrument/vocal instruction, ensemble course, and lecture-style classes in music theory and appreciation. The program takes place in the month of August (1-29), 5 days a week, 10am to 6.30pm. Must be at least 15 years old to participate. Costs 7,700rmb with an additional equipment deposit of 1,000rmb.

For more info: Check here

Sport for Life

Runs from: June 26 to August 25

Sport for Life has been providing summer fun in Shanghai for 13 years and this year is no exception. Mixed sports camps are available for kids ages 4 to 16 to experience new sports and learn new skills. A soccer-focused program is also available. Coaches teach in English. Prices and classes vary depending on location (check the website for details). At the Pudong and Puxi locations full day sessions cost 2,700rmb, half day 1,600rmb. Sessions take place from end of June to late August.

For more info: Check here

CodeAcademy 123

Runs from: July 10 to July 28

CodeAcademy123 is offering a few different programs this July, where kids ages 4 to 14+ can either learn the basics or deepen their skills in the world of coding. There’s everything from coding for kindergarteners to gaming101 to a crash course on Python. Give your kids a super head start or nurture their existing curiosity. This is less a summer camp and more a summer course with classes spanning a week, varying between 5 to 15 hours in total. Cost also varies depending on the course from about 1,500rmb to 3,600rmb.

For more info: Check here

That’s Mandarin Summer Camp

That’s Mandarin is offering a summer camp designed to strengthen students’ understanding of the Chinese language, culture and history. This camp is for kids ages 7-17, and learners of all levels are welcome, even beginners. Campers will get interactive Chinese lessons, a healthy dose of pre-planned cultural activities, and field trips to some of the best sites in China. Five different types of camp are offered (class-only, day camp, full day, homestay, and family camp), but each session runs between 2-4 weeks from June 12 to August 20. Prices range, starting at 6,000rmb for a two week class-only camp to 44,000rmb for the 4-week full day camp.

For more info: Check here, call 6152 0017 or write to

Schools Open For Summer

Most international schools and kindergartens offer summer camps, though most prioritize enrolled students. Depending on the school, typical activities can include field trips to museums, singing, acting, sports, and academics.

Nord Anglia International School Shanghai (NAIS)

Runs from: June 26 to July 21

NAIS is offering a few programs this year from enrichment to theater to sports—they’ve got it all. From June 26 to July 21 is a “Get Creative” program where students 4 to 12 can enjoy the arts, music, and sports. On their Puxi British International School campus, they offer programs for students ages 3 to 18. There are even opportunities to study abroad this summer—but space is limited.

For more info: Check out the Pudong schedule here and the Puxi schedule here

Britannica International School, Shanghai

Runs from: April 18 to June 29

A summer term is offered at BISS, including a focus on English with “Sports Saturday School.” The program is held on the school’s campus in Gubei and will be held every Saturday from 9am-1pm, for students ages 5-16. BISS is also offering a 9-week swimming program, available to secondary and primary students.

For more info: Check here or email

Western International School of Shanghai (WISS)

Runs from: July 3 to July 12

WISS has got 4 camps this summer: soccer camp July 3-7, business camp July 3-July 8, theater camp at ISTA Performing Arts Summer Academy July 3-7, and a 3-day program on goal keeping July 10-12. All programs about 4,000rmb (with an early bird discount of 500rmb if you register before May 5). The 3-day goal program costs less at 2,100rmb.

For more info: Check here or call 6976 6388

Dulwich College Shanghai

Runs from: TBA

Dulwich College Shanghai had a camp last year. More details to come for this summer.

For more info: Call 5899 9910

Montessori School Of Shanghai

Runs from: July 3 to August 4

Bilingual staff lead this Chinese immersion program from the Montessori school. Through the summer kids can keep on getting cultural-education along with math, language, and some arts and crafting. Sessions are two weeks long. Ages 3-6.

For more info: Check here

Shanghai Livingston American School

Runs from: June 26 to August 4

Shanghai Livingston American School’s summer programs cater to students (K-High School) who seek academic enrichment, English and Chinese language learning, and high school credit courses. This program runs for 6 weeks from June 26 to August 4, but you can register by the week. Full day costs 3,168rmb a week and half day costs 2,313rmb a week. There is a discount for early registration.

For more info: Check here

Sino European International Preschool

Runs from: TBA

SEIPS will have a camp this summer for preschool and kindergarten students. More details to come.

For more info: Check here

Freesoul Montessori Kindergarten

Runs from: July 3 to August 25

Freesoul Montessori Kindergarten's 2017 Summer Camp is just 'round the corner. It's an 8-week summer camp with themed activities every week, including cooking, outdoor education, water, etc. Price is 4,000rmb per week, with an early bird discount available if enrolled for 2 or more weeks; 20% off before May 27, 10% off before June 23, 5% off after that. Ages welcome are 18 months to 6 years old, and the camp runs from 8.30am-4pm.

For more info: Call 5588 8396

Shanghai Community International School

Runs from: June 19 to July 14

SCIS has two summer programs available on their Hongqiao Campus from June 19-July 14, one for Preschool through Grade 1 and one for students in Grade 2 through Grade 5. A camp for Preschool through Grade 5 also available on SCIS’s Pudong Campus. Both programs include games, sports, outdoor exploration, and Mandarin practice. Full day costs 3,500rmb a week, and half day 2,500rmb a week (early bird discount available through May 15).

For more info: Check here

The Little Urban Center Preschool

Runs from: June 26 to August 18

LUC is holding summer camp for 8 weeks this summer, each week focusing on a famous Alumni from fashion designers to filmmakers. This program runs from June 26th-August 18 and cost 3,800rmb a week. Meals are covered for 200rmb a week and if you sign up for over two weeks at a time there is a 10% discount.

For more info: Email

The SMIC Private School

Runs from: July 3 to July 28

From July 3-28, SMIC will be offering two concurrent language programs: English and Chinese immersion. The program runs 5 days a week through the month of July, 9am to 3:30pm. Students can spend their summer strengthening their language skills with an experienced instructor and a teaching assistant in a class of 20. Total cost is 8000rmb.

For more info: Check here

Hongqiao International School

Runs from: June 19 to July 14

HQIS’s summer school program is returning from June 19 to July 14 to offer many different areas of focus including Chinese, Biology, and Aerospace Science. The Aerospace Science program gives students a rare opportunity to learn all about aviation. Students from kindergarten to grade 8 are welcome and so are non-HQIS students. Registration is due by May 13.

For more info: Check here

Morgan Rothschild Academy

Runs from: July 3 to August 25

This summer program, runs from July to August, is open to children currently enrolled at Morgan Rothschild (others welcome if space is available). Kids ages 3-7 engage with bi-weekly themes that encourage exploration and academic growth.

For more info: Check here

Bright Start Academy

Runs from: July 3 to July 28

Bright Start Academy has a summer school program for students ages 2-6. Each classroom will have a Chinese teacher and a English teacher, but the goal is English immersion, so classes are taught in English. 2 week sessions are offered from July 3 to July 28. Sessions are slightly discounted if you sign up for multiple sessions at a time.

For more info: Check here

Tiny Tots International

Runs from: June 26 to July 29

From June 26 to July 29, Tiny Tots is offering 5 weeks of summer school. Pre-schoolers and kindergarteners will have the opportunity to participate in activities like swimming, arts and crafts, gymnastics, and more. The five week session costs 15,000rmb.

For more info: Check here

Julia Gabriel Centre For Learning

Runs from: July 10th to August 18th

Julia Gabriel is offering summer classes for 6 weeks from July 10th to August 18th for the very young ones. There are 4 different programs available broken down by age. The Playnest (for kids 6-18 months) is an hour and a half session twice a week for 2 weeks and costs 1,800rmb (or 3,600 for same program 4 times a week). The Play Club, is for kids 18-36 months, costing 2,320rmb for twice a week for 2 weeks (or 4,640rmb four times a week for two weeks). The third program is the Nursery 1&2 program for kids ages 2-4, costs 9,600rmb for a 2 week program (including 2 Haba sessions of 45 mins each week).

For more info: Check here

Fortune Kindergarten

Runs from: July and August

Fortune Kindergarten holds a summer camp for six weeks during July and August. Information regarding summer camp will be posted on the news and events board in May. So stay tuned and check out their website for more details.

For more info: Check here

Sunrise Montessori International

Runs from: TBA

Sunrise Montessori had a camp last year from pre-School and kindergarten students. More details to come for this summer.

For more info: Email