The best summer camps for kids this year in Shanghai

Have youngsters discover a new hobby or dive deeper into an existing one

Photograph: courtesy Sport For Life
School's out but that doesn't mean the learning has to stop until autumn. Have your little ones discover a new hobby, dive deeper into an existing one and burn off some energy with these fabulous summer camps around town.

Academics and STEM

Code Academy 123

Code Academy 123

Code Academy 123 is here to help kids learn more about the digital world. This year, its summer camps revolve around coding, artificial intelligence, machine learning and the use of Python and Scratch. By the end of a session, kids will be creating a game or robot of their own. 

Ages Four to 14 years old.
Dates Multiple sessions in July.
Cost From 1,150RMB per weeklong session.
Register Add WeChat contact ‘royam0820’ or email info@codeacademy123.com.

Rainbow Tree Academy

Rainbow Tree Academy

In these two-week-long S.T.E.A.M.-centred camps, participants will take part in hands-on activities and attend bilingual classes and project labs, with plenty of snack and nap time each day for younger kids. Through its camp, Rainbow Tree Academy aims to foster autonomy, respect for others and an enthusiasm for exploration.

Ages Two to five years old.
Dates Multiple sessions between July and August.
Cost Two-week sessions at 5,255RMB (early bird); 5,500RMB (discounts applicable for enrolling in multiple sessions).
Register Visit Rainbow Tree's website or email info@rainbowtreeacademy.com.

Community Center Shanghai

Community Center Shanghai

Through Community Center Shanghai's Amazing Speed Reading summer camp kids will hone speed-reading skills over eight sessions. By the end of the camp, organisers tell us, participants will be able to read up to ten times faster than their current reading speed.

Ages Eight to 16 years old.
Dates Three sessions in June and August.
Cost 12,000RMB (early bird).
Register Visit Community Center Shanghai's website to sign up.

Arts and stage

MusicLAB

MusicLAB

With programmes ranging from themed weekly music crash courses (think pirate- and astronaut-themed music activities) to one-on-one intensive classes that cater to older kids, camps at MusicLAB offer something for kids of all ages and learning abilities – it’s also offering a camp for kids with special needs aged six years and above this year.

Ages Two years old and up.
Dates Multiple sessions from Mon 24 Jun to Fri 2 Aug.
Cost 102-360RMB per hour.
Register Add WeChat contact ‘musiclabcn’.

Shanghai City Ballet

Shanghai City Ballet

At Shanghai City Ballet’s summer camp, kids will learn a combination of ballet, jazz and hip hop techniques, making this a good choice for kids who love to move or who are looking to explore different styles of dance. At the end of the weeklong camp, participants will put on a mini performance for family members to show off new skills.

Ages From three to 10 years old.
Dates Weekly sessions in July and August.
Cost 1,800RMB per weeklong session.
Register Add WeChat contact ‘SCB-admin’.

Craft’d

Craft’d

This summer, kids will get the chance to try their hand at all sorts of craft activities at this arts and crafts studio – from learning sewing machine skills to making lipsticks and soaps and even to acrylic and watercolour painting. This year, each camp will have a different theme that all activities will be based around including Harry Potter, tropical, unicorns and bedroom makeovers.

Ages From six to 12 years old.
Dates Sessions start every week between Mon 1 Jul until Fri 9 Aug.
Cost Three-day camps 1,200RMB (half-day); 2,400RMB (full-day). Two-day camps 750RMB (half-day); 1,400RMB (full-day)
Register Visit the Craft'd Shanghai website for more.

Calin Fashion Academy

Calin Fashion Academy

At Calin Fashion Academy's Fashionista Summer Camp, kids will sketch silhouettes, spot trends, create storyboards, drape and sew and much more. By the end of the two-week course, campers will have designed and sewn an original design and will then get to model it down a runway and take part in a professional photoshoot.


Ages 13 years old and up.
Dates Three sessions in June and July.
Cost 13,800RMB for a two-week-long session.
Register Visit Calin Fashion Academy's website for more.

Shanghai Community International School

Shanghai Community International School

At Shanghai Community International School’s summer camp, kids can participate in up to four weeks’ worth of games and activities at both its Hongqiao and Pudong campuses. Each week, camp activities will revolve around a different theme. Activities will change each week but will generally include art, science, cooking, drama and sports.

Ages Three to 11 years old.
Dates Mon 17 Jun until Fri 12 Jul.
Cost 2,250RMB (half-day) and 3,000RMB (full-day) per week.

iStage Academy

iStage Academy

At iStage Academy’s intensive musical theatre summer camp, kids will hone their singing, dancing and acting skills and get the chance to put up a musical performance at the end for family members. The musical for the final performance will change every week, but can include Annie, Matilda, Peter Pan, Hercules, Treasure Island and The Wizard of Oz.

Ages Five to 16 years old.
Dates Mon 17 Jun until Fri 23 Aug.
Cost 4,890RMB (one week) to 9,880RMB (two-weeks).
Register Add WeChat contact ‘ISA_2016’.

Language and culture

That’s Mandarin

That’s Mandarin

At summer camps from That’s Mandarin, kids will explore Chinese language and culture with language classes, historical site visits and hands-on cultural activities like dumpling making, with options for day camps, home stays and teen immersions all available. Schedules varies from week to week, so participants who choose to attend the full eight weeks won’t have to worry about repeating activities.

Ages From seven to 17 years old. 
Dates Multiple start dates from June to August. 
Cost From 3,000RMB per week.
Register Visit That's Mandarin's website for more. 

WildChina

WildChina

This camp starts off in Beijing and ends in Shanghai, and through it, participants will be able to give back to the communities that they visit by designing and building infrastructure projects in small villages like Wuyao and farming side by side with ethnic minorities. Campers will get to practice and improve Mandarin language skills and also learn to cook regional delicacies and fish in a local style among other culturally immersive activities.

Ages 14-18 years old.
Dates Thu 25 Jul until Fri 8 Aug.
Cost 18,700RMB.
Register Email education@wildchina.com.

Sports and outdoors

China Sports United

China Sports United

At China Sports United’s upcoming summer camps, kids will get to try their hand at a whole bunch of different sports including basketball, tennis, football, volleyball, rugby, swimming and dance. These weeklong camps take advantage of both indoor and outdoor facilities at both its Gubei and Pudong locations, so that kids get to soak up the summer sun, but still get to play on rainy days.

Ages Five to 14 years old. 
Dates Multiple sessions between June and August.
Cost 3,080RMB for a weeklong full-day camp and 1,500-1,700RMB for a weeklong half-day camp.
Register Add WeChat contact ‘Paulinesisi’ or email info@chinasportsunited.com.

Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong

Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong

Let your kids hone their soccer skills at Dulwich College’s summer football camp this year. Open to all kids aged five to 12 regardless of soccer experience, the weeklong camp will be recreational and will be held both outdoors and indoors, depending on the weather. Though the camp will be all about football, staff will introduce other sports to help participants improve their coordination, balance and spatial awareness.

Ages Five to 12 years old.
Dates Two sessions in June and August.
Cost 2,500RMB per weeklong session.
Register Contact DEQ@dulwich-shanghai.cn.

Sport for Life

Sport for Life

Sport for Life’s mixed sports camp returns this year with nine weeks’ worth of activities at both its Puxi and Pudong locations. At this camp, kids can not only expect to participate in football, basketball, dance, swimming and tennis, but also take part in other activities ranging from team building and camp games to arts and craft.

Ages Three to 12 years old.
Dates Mon 24 Jun until Fri 23 Aug.
Cost Half-day camps 1,600RMB per week; full-day camps 2,700RMB per week.
Register Call 6282 1762, email info@sportforlife.com.cn or add WeChat contact 'sportforlife2004'.

ICONX

ICONX

ICONX’s annual skateboard summer camp returns this year with professional skateboard coaches and fun after class activities to ensure that your little one has fun and is able to pick up on the skateboarding basics and more. These half-day weeklong camps consist of skateboard filming, skateboard painting and even water gun fights apart from the scheduled bilingual skateboard lessons, and are held at both its Jing’an and West Bund skate parks.

Ages Six to 15 years old.
Dates Mon 24 Jun until Fri 30 Aug.
Cost 3,099RMB.
Register Call 17321285456 (Jing’an) or 18016292267 (West Bund) or add WeChat contact ‘ICONXSKATE3’.

Refuge MMA

Refuge MMA

Let your little one pick up some self-defence skills at Refuge MMA's summer camp. In this 10-day camp, kids will get to try their hand at both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Thai Boxing. By the end of the camp, organisers tell us participants will have a faster reaction time and greater confidence in their ability to defend themselves. They will also improve upon their social skills and learn respect and discipline through martial arts.


Ages Six to 12 years old.
Dates Two sessions in July and August.
Cost 4,520RMB (early bird) or 5,650RMB per 10-day camp.
Register Add WeChat contact ‘RefugemmaCX’.

Western International School of Shanghai

Western International School of Shanghai

At Western International School of Shanghai's football summer camp, premier football training will be provided to participants by Stoke City FC Academy. In this five-day camp, kids will not only get to experience high-performance football training, but also get to learn more about the World Cup and the champions league through games and activities.


Ages Five to 16 years old.
Dates Mon 1 to Fri 5 Jul.
Cost 500RMB per day or 2,250RMB for the full five days.
Register Email scfc@wiss.cn.

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