Ocean Park Hong Kong

Nature Exploration (2-3 years old)

“Children will communicate and express their creativity through imitating sounds, body language, and simple vocabulary.”

Ocean Park and Oxford University Press have collaborated to provide this unique learning course for children from 2-3 years old. Using the diverse storybook range of Oxford Path, children will be supported to dive deeper into the world of storytelling and see the stories come to life through games, activities and outdoor exploration of Ocean Park’s unique animals and environment. With all lesson plans approved by Oxford University Press, our experienced Native English educators  <Learn more>  will support children to develop a love of learning and nature through thoughtfully designed activities that will challenge children to step outside their comfort zone and being to develop confidence with their social-emotional, communication, gross and fine motor skills

Key Features

  • Increasing Communication in an English Speaking Environment:
    Children will be supported to gain confidence and begin communicating through the English language by a fun, supportive, positive classroom environment.
  • Bonding with nature:
    Children will be supported to develop a love and respect for nature and its benefits and its ability to affect social-emotional, cognitive and physical health.
  • Increasing Social Emotional skills:
    Through the storybooks and the supportive environment, children will be supported to foster the development of a positive attitude, kindness to others, accountability and strong values.
  • Develop School readiness:
    The classroom routine including snack time will help children practice communication, turn taking, sharing and enhance awareness of self-care and working together as a class with their peers and educators.

    Class Rundown Sample

    *Note gathering time is 15 minutes prior to class.

    Estimated Time Activities Venue
    15 min Circle Time
    (Class greeting/singing & introduction)
    Park / Classroom
    15 min Snack & Social Time Classroom
    15 min Oxford Path story time
    (Story telling, story game, songs)
    15 min Individual/Group Art Creation/Sensory/Lesson related Activities Classroom
    30 min Nature Exploration
    (Animal exhibit/Nature environment/Back of House area)
    Depending on the monthly theme

    *Duration and sequence of activities are subject to change, depending on the monthly theme.

    Programme Details

    An Ocean Park specifically designed 9-month course with each lesson uniquely themed including visiting and exploring the animals and/ or environment. Within each month, there will be approximately 2 visits for animal observation, 1 special experience and 1 nature / outdoor play activity. Participants may join on a monthly basis or have continuous learning across the 3-month (Semester) or 9-month (Year) programme.


    • From the 3rd September 2019 to 28th June 2020 (excluding December)
    • 4 classes per month; 3 classes in January
    • Children attend class once a week ​

    Class duration: 
    90 min (including walking time between different locations)

    12 children per class (plus one accompanying adult)

    Staff to child ratio: 

    The programme will be conducted in English and taught by a native English speaking educator. Some activities will be led by our experienced local educators.

    Food Menu

    Snacks such as biscuits, cookies and fruits will be provided for children. Please list out in the application form if your child has a food allergy or requires special care.

    Record Your Child’s Learning and Parental Sharing

    Nature Exploration (2-3 years old) is designed as a 9-month continuous learning programme which builds on the child’s knowledge through the Oxford Path storybooks and Ocean Park’s animals.

    To recognize the benefits of continuous learning we include the following milestones:

    • 9-month continuous attendance* – Finale Graduation Party – each child and two adults are invited to a graduation lunch including a special animal encounter experience and an exclusive photo taking opportunity with their peers and educators. Each valid 9-month enrolment will also be entitled with an HK$1,000 coupon for in-park spending. 
    • 3-month continuous attendance* – Semester Presentation Party - each child and an adult are invited to a party where they are presented with an individualized learning portfolio and certificate plus a soft copy of photographs taken during the child’s journey. They may also enjoy up to 12% course fee refund, you may refer to this url for more details: http://bit.ly/2lXMAtt
    • 1-month attendance* – each child will receive a class-based monthly journal which logs the exciting content that the child has been learning throughout the class. 

    *Note must have 80% attendance – See Note for Parents for leave request.

    Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
    September - November* January - March* April - June*

    *Programme is charged on a monthly basis, January programme fee will be calculated on pro-rata basis

    Programme Fee Per Month

    Price (per person) Apr to Jun
    SmartFun Annual Pass members
    Enrolment starts on 18 February 2020 from 4:00 pm onwards
    Early bird discount for non-SmartFun Annual Pass members
    Semester 3: Enrolment starts on 20 February 2020 from 4:00 pm onwards until 3:59 pm on the 20 March 2020
    Non-SmartFun Annual Pass members
    Enrolment starts on 20 March 2020 from 4:00 pm onwards

    *Each participant in the programme must be accompanied by one parent or one guardian authorized by a parent (aged 18 or above), and does not need to pay for admission to join the class. Yet, all participants (including parent or guardian authorized by the parent) are expected to leave Ocean Park after the class. Participant who would like to remain at the Park to enjoy its facilities after the class must present valid SmartFun Annual Pass or purchase admission tickets.

    About Oxford Path

    Oxford Path is an English-learning system designed for children at the age of 0-6, a system that aims at fostering reading habit at an early age while developing English literacy progressively. Through the application of “Spiral Learning”, it helps build a strong foundation of English providing a fun and stimulating environment. To meet children’s developmental needs and to enhance their eight main generic skills, Oxford Path’s multi-sensory items and storybooks do not only enrich children’s vocabularies, but are also connected to children’s day-to-day lives such that they can easily find relevance in what they are learning to generate an interest.

    Before enrolment, please read the “Other Terms and Conditions” and “Note to Parents”.

    • Enrolment of participants under 3-year-old can be made under a parent’s SmartFun membership (must be valid on the date of application and throughout programme period) to enjoy the privilege. Please apply for or renew the SmartFun Annual Pass at least 5 days before your application in order to get the SmartFun membership barcode from Guest Relation office for an application.
    • Enrolment deadline: 7 days before each class commences.
    • Enrolment will be postponed for 1 day if the following circumstances happen at 12:00pm:
      • Tropical cyclone signal number 8 or above is hoisted by The Hong Kong Observatory.
      • Black rainstorm warning issued by The Hong Kong Observatory.

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    Please call (852) 3923 2323. (Please select the language after connecting, and press [4] to contact  Ocean Park Discovery and Education Department).

    Information is subject to change without prior notice. In the event of a dispute, the decision of Ocean Park will be final.