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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.
Last updated: 2020-01-15

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.


Ended on Fri Feb 14, 2020

ColorJam Winter MiniMuseum

ColorJam 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. More information here (Chinese). Sign up by contacting or call 5465 1838.

Ended on Fri Jan 17, 2020

Pippa Fashion Winter Camp

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. Sign-up by scanning the QR code on the flyer.

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). Apply by scanning the QR Code in the flyer.

iStage put on productions where students age 9 years and up learn a musical from start to finish and then perform it by the end of the camp. 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). Sign-ups available on WeChat at ISA_2016, or 5072 5172. Email is More info is available here.

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. Sign-up by contacting the academy.

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. Sign up by emailing or get in touch with their WeChat channel at nihaothatsmandarin.

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'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. Contact them at, or on their WeChat channel Hi-Storyland.

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, and there are still some slots left. They're catered for beginners and intermediates. It's 3,099rmb for the five-day camp, with 20% if your kid signs up with a friend. Camps are on January 19-23, January 27-31, February 3-7 and an intermediate-advanced camp from February 10-14. Call or scan the QR code on the flyer to register.