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Camping it up this summer for fun and learning

AFTER hitting the books all year, kids can finally have fun at summer camps - and learn some things they can't find in textbooks.

Children's Haha TV offers nine educational and recreational programs. They feature expeditions, military drills, water sports, English, drama, TV hosting, painting and tinkering to come up with small science inventions.

Now in its fifth year, the camps are open to all Chinese and expat kids from four to 14 years old.

The registration deadline is the end of July. There are two new camps. One is aimed at expat families and offers a five-day stay at Club Med in Cherating Beach, Malaysia. There are not only beautiful scenery and water but also interactive games and competitions.

Another camp introduces kids to the mysterious world of insects. After several days' exploration in a park and insect museum, kids will play roles of different insects in a play about a bug's life.

Last year's Haha camps drew around 1,500 children and teenagers. Organizers expect more this year despite the economic slowdown.

So far nearly 1,000 children have applied, says Tao Xin from Haha TV.

"Camps that can foster children's creativity, independence, self-confidence and artistic tastes are among the most popular ones," Tao adds.

Each session runs for five to six days through August 24. They are held on campuses, parks or in the suburbs.

There are the usual drawing, outdoor expeditions, speech and singing, but there will be more collaboration with popular children's TV shows.

Education experts and well-known TV hosts are camp consultants and mentors. Kids who demonstrate leadership, independence and talent can take part in the shooting of Haha programs like "Home Alone" and "Happy Scampering."

For more details about the schedule and price, visit or call 6873-6161.


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