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This grandparent-grandkid summer camp is bridging generational and cultural gaps

Two sessions take place this month, organised by new Changning education centre Bookends Academy

Photograph: Sue Zeng via Unsplash
Child-rearing practices have changed considerably over the last couple decades and sometimes – let's be real – grandparents have yet to catch up, leaving parents in an uncomfortable position sandwiched somewhere in the middle.

Bookends Academy, a new Changning education centre, helps bridge that gap with their series of classes for both children and their grandparents. If you're part of a lucky family that actually has three generations living nearby each other, it may be one worth looking into this month.

The academy's bilingual summer camps focus on art and creativity skills where grandparents are invited two afternoons per week to join in on activities and get in some quality bonding time – a strong connection to grandkids can help older adults stay both mentally and physically active, too, says to the organisation.

Photograph: courtesy Bookends Academy

During first session, titled ‘Magical Music & Movement’ (which kicked off this week, but is still open for enrollment for July 9-13) campers both young and old will get to create their own music and hear it performed on the last day. During the second session, ‘Dazzling Design & Dance’ (July 16-27), grandparents and grandkids will work on art projects and choreograph a dance together.

Both sessions are designed for kids between three and six years old, and cost 7,188RMB including lunch and snacks, matching shirts for participants and a water bottle. After-care is available up to 5.30pm at an additional cost of 1,000RMB per session.

Photograph: courtesy Bookends Academy

For more info, extract the QR code below. You can also register your family by clicking this link or sending an email to info@bookendsacademy.org.

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