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Winter Camps 2020: Where To Send The Little Ones

Ideas for where to make your kids cooler and more cultured than you.
Jan 15, 2020 | 09:56 Wed
Hey parents! Guardians! Caretakers! January's creeping on, and that means just two things: earmuffs are a hot commodity, and the end of winter holidays are going to come quicker than you expected. We've collected a bunch of exciting, enriching and engrossing winter camps/workshops to keep your bright young thing(s) engaged with the world, learning new skills, making new friends, and most importantly, buying you a little more time to yourself to shop for some good earmuffs.

Click the event listings for info on how to sign-up.


ColorJam is an arts and craft studio providing art education and experiences for small kids. The team is made up of a group of young artists and the bilingual teachers are mothers who hold official teaching certificates from international schools. During the winter break, they're running courses for young creators aged 4 and up; in February, their MiniMuseum brings world famous museums to Shanghai so children can learn about the history, culture, architecture and paintings housed there-in. February 3-7 features the Hermitage Museum and February 10-14 showcases the Paris Orsay Museum, from 9.30am-2.30pm. The price is 3,000rmb/week/person for non-members, or 2,800rmb/week/person for members. Price doesn't include a lunch.

From January 1-19, they're also running one hour classes for kids on Multimedia Art Creation (280rmb per class) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Pippa Studio offers extra-curricular workshops for kids. They're holding an intensive fashion workshop during the winter holidays, where kids will develop their creativity designing a unique look suitable for the winter season. Drawing and crafts will be present during this exciting and creative program. The program takes place over five days, from 9.30am-12.45pm. Teaching is in English, though Chinese translators are provided in some groups. It's 4,600rmb for the "Design" junior group (5-10 years old) or 4,800rmb for the "Sewing" senior group (11 to 16 years old). All materials and the final project is included.

Stoke City FC Academy at WISS provides premier football training to 45 students in Shanghai over five days in late January, from 9am-3pm. All ages and all levels are welcome to join either on a per day basis (750rmb) or for the full five-day program (3,500rmb per day).

iStage Academy is a bilingual Performing Arts company in Lujiazui. They offer drama, dance, and music courses for kids. During this break, they're putting on a production where students age 9 years and up learn a musical from start to finish and then perform it by the end of the week. This winter, the production is "Beauty and the Beast." It takes place from January 20-24, 10am-5pm, culminating in a final performance led and performed entirely by the students. It's 5,280rmb per student (with discounts available for group enrollments).

Calin Fashion Academy is a Shanghai based training center, providing the quintessential learning experience for makeup art and fashion design for teens and adults. "Get ready for a super creative week, and enjoy developing your sketching & color sense, your design ideas and your technical skills! All this will be fun and engaging as you will be guided by dedicated professionals with great international experience in fashion design!" The winter camp is takes place over 3 sessions (January 20-24; January 27-31; February 10-14), from 10am-3pm, costing 5,888rmb with healthy lunches included. All classes are conducted in English.

That's Mandarin runs Chinese Winter Camps from November to January with a variety of Chinese lessons, cultural activities and field trips to famous landmarks in Shanghai. While the standard Winter Program this season has already finished, students can always join their tailor-made Winter Camp programs, with course content prepared just for them. Speaking, listening, reading and writing classes taught with story-telling, games and role-playing; cultural activities like calligraphy, cooking workshops and paper cutting; and field trips to historical, cultural or politically significant sites around Shanghai. Day Camp classes start at 1pm and end at 4pm. Tailor-Made Day Camps are 7,500rmb/student/week, or 4,500rmb/student/week for just Tailor-Made Class-Only Camp.

Storyland has four storytelling centers in Shanghai, inspiring over 3,000 children from ages 3 to 15 to become fluent, passionate readers, writers and creators, as well as a community library that stocks thousands of imported English children's books to borrow. The library is staying open over the winter holidays (except 1/20-2/1), and they're running storytelling workshops.

One of them is the SILC workshop from February 3-7, for kids 5-12 years old, focusing on improving the children's integrated learning skills through stories, combining storytelling, literacy, drama and public speaking. They will accomplish a literacy work and a performance work, either drama or public speaking at the end of the camp. A five-day workshop costs between 2,250-4,500rmb, depending on the kids’ English level.

They're also hosting BAC (Big Art Camp) from February 2-8, six hours a day, combining drama, filmmaking, musical theatre, storytelling, helping students learn to express themselves through stories. At the end of the camp, every kid participates in a musical theater performance and work in a filmmaking team as a director, actor or cameraman. Price is 10,080rmb.

ICONX Skateboarding holds regular skateboarding winter camp for your budding pro skaters. They lay particular emphasis on skateboarding teaching and training for kids aged 5-15 years, using professional authorized skateboarding lesson plans by USSEA. This winter, ICONX is hosting four 5-day winter camps at both their Puxi and Pudong campuses, from 9am-3pm. There're still some slots left! They're catered for beginners and intermediates, though there's an intermediate-advanced camp in mid February. It's 3,099rmb for the five-day camp, with 20% off if your kid signs up with a friend.


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