chool’s out for the summer in Shanghai, so let your children take up a new skill or improve themselves during the holidays. Held from June to August, there are camps for sports, workshops for budding fashionistas, and therapeutic sessions to help them feel great about themselves. Check out 10 of them below.
The runway beckons @ iShine Studio
Budding fashionistas can experience what the fashion industry is all about at this summer camp by iShine Studio. Covering both Chinese and Western styles, campers will design their own clothing, learn about fabric dyeing, painting, and production, then show off their creations at a runway show. The camps are conducted in Chinese but the coaches are bilingual.
iShine Studio summer camp
July 1 to August 23, Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4pm
For children aged 6 to 16 years old
Primary class: ¥5,000 per week
Advanced class: ¥6,500 per week
Shanghai Mart, 8b58, 2299 Yan’an Xi Road
Nearest metro station: Gubei Road
Turn, twist, and split @ Bodylab Rhythmic Gymnastics
Bodylab Rhythmic Gymnastics Summer Intensive Program will focus on body skills technique, flexibility, ballet and dance routine, apparatus technique, new acrobatics skills and more. The course will not only be filled with lots of training, but also has a ton of fun and team building activities. The programs are taught by highly qualified instructors with bachelor and Master’s Degrees in rhythmic gymnastics, dance and physical education. Classes are conducted in English and Chinese.
Bodylab Rhythmic Gymnastics
July 1 to July 26, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
For children aged 5 to 13 years old
A310, 2108 Yanggao Zhong Road
Nearest metro station: Fangdian Road
Future Federers @ ISD tennis camp
Jump start your children’s tennis career with ISD tennis camp, which is offering two programs for children of different ages and abilities. There’s the recreational tennis camp for those new to the game, which will teach them the basics while improving their physical skills, communication, and social awareness. The performance tennis camp is targeted at those with intermediate abilities, and will turn campers into more confident players while accelerating their physical and mental capabilities. Taught in English.
ISD tennis camp
June 24 to August 23, Monday to Friday, 9am to 12pm
For children aged 8 to 12 years old
“Recreational camp: ¥485 per day or ¥2,175 per week
Performance tennis camp: ¥650 per day or ¥2,975 per week
Expo Huangpu Sports Park
1353 Waima Road
Nearest metro station: Shibo Avenue
Science and sporting adventures @ Worldstrides Global Camps
Enhance your child’s mind and body at Worldstrides Global Camps. Open to kids between 5 to 12 years old in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou, there are three programs that cover everything from science to sports. The Discovery Program teaches them STEM skills alongside theater and creativity, while the Sports Program covers tennis, golf, horseback riding, and drone piloting. For the little tikes there’s the Junior Explorer Program spanning creative science experiments, hilarious drama games, and age-appropriate sport adventures.
Worldstrides Global Camps
June 24 to August 9
For children aged 5 to 12 years old
¥9,960 to ¥16,140
Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou
Let your freak flag fly @ K&H Shrek musical summer camp
Everyone’s favorite ogre comes to the stage with Shrek The Musical JR. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animation film and staged by K&H International School, your child can take part in this adventure by joining the camp that is part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and an entirely irreverently fun show for the whole family.
Shrek JR – Summer camp
July 1 to August 25, Monday to Friday, 9am to 11:30am, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Includes meals, course materials, and costumes
2/F, 767 Xizang Nan Road
Nearest metro station: Laoximen
Therapeutic fun @ ELG summer program
Help your children get ahead in the world at ELG‘s therapeutic summer program. Physical therapist and sensory integration specialist Regina Nicolas Schaufelberger, along with a team of other therapists and educational professionals, has created a range of therapeutic activities aimed at facilitating improvement in areas such as interaction, motor movement, self-regulation, coping with anxiety, and problem-solving skills. Conducted in both English and Chinese.
ELG therapeutic summer program
July 8 to August 2, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 3pm
Open to children aged 2.5 years and up
¥6,000 per week
No.19-20, Lane 209, Zhennan Road
Nearest metro station: Liziyuan
Confident kids @ SPORTSWORLD 童励
SPORTSWORLD 童励 introduces camps for kids that will expose them to a range of sports while developing them holistically. There’s the explore camp for pre-schoolers designed to ignite a passion for sports through fun and challenging games, activities, and classes. The active camp is targeted at primary school children and builds on their physical and mental development with different games and friendly competitions. Conducted in English with Chinese translation.
June 26 to August 23, Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm
For children aged 4 to 10 years old
Explore and active camps: ¥3,080 or ¥3,580 each depending on locations
Locations in Changping, Hongqiao, Huangpu, Pudong districts
Shred and slide @ Iconx skateboard camp
Kids take to skateboards like ducks to the water, so let them learn the correct way at Iconx skateboard camps. Designed for children between 6 to 15 years old, the experienced coaches will teach them proper techniques, how to fall correctly, and increase their overall confidence on a deck. Conducted in both English and Chinese.
Iconx summer camp
June 24 to August 30, 9am to 3pm
Five-day sessions for each camp
¥3,099 per session
20 percent off if you and a friend sign up together
For children aged 6 to 15 years old
Locations in Xuhui and Jing’an districts
Young fashionistas @ Calin Fashion Academy
Kick off your youngster’s creative ride at Calin Fashion Academy‘s Fashionista Summer Camp. Open to teens and young adults, campers get to learn how to design and make clothing from scratch, as well as spot trends and create a collection. They also get a chance to bring one outfit from their collection to life, with a professional photographer, makeup artist and hairstylist to send that design down the runway. Conducted in English.
Calin Fashion Academy
June 17 to July 26, 10am to 2pm
For teens and young adults aged 13 to 20 years old
Light snacks and drinks included
Tower 1, Room 1402, 1528 Xinzha Road
Nearest metro station: Jing An Temple
Ace the game @ sportED tennis camp
This tennis camp by sportED trains players in the best way possible: by getting them to play as much as they can and have fun. Open to everyone aged 3 to 17 years old, the camps divide players according to their levels and follow a set curriculum with daily themes, so everyone is challenged while enjoying themselves. Conducted in English and Chinese.
sportED tennis summer camp
July 1 to August 23, Mondays to Fridays, 10am to 3pm
For children aged 3 to 17 years old
¥1,700 to ¥ 3,500 per week
Early bird discount of 10 percent off until June 16
Locations in Xuhui and Minhang districts