Water World
Water World Ocean Park Hong Kong

Nature Exploration (1.5-2.5 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 young children 1.5-2.5 years old. Using the well-established Oxford Path materials and lesson plans approved by Oxford University Press, children will be supported to develop an early love of communication and nature. By combining Ocean Park's unique environment, the storybooks will come to life providing a multi-faceted style of learning through storytelling, interactive story games, movement-based activities, art creation, animal observation and outdoor play. Our earliest learners will be encouraged and supported to participate in this fun-filled English immersion environment conducted by trained Native English Educators <Learn more>

Key Features

  • Build confidence in an English Speaking environment:
    Children will be supported at this early language acquisition stage to be familiar with English songs and language and begin expressing themselves through imitation of sounds, body language and simple vocabulary.
  • Cultivating an early love of storytelling and reading:
    Using the fun-filled storybooks of Oxford Path, we will see our characters and stories come to life within Ocean Park’s unique indoor-outdoor learning environment helping to consolidate learning.
  • Supporting gross and fine motor skills:
    For our earliest learners being outside and learning to hop, jump and skip through our adventures around Ocean Park, children will be encouraged to move and be active whilst learning. Specifically designed classroom-based activities will support children to practice their fine motor skills.
  • Develop School Readiness:
    Through participating in the circle time, storytelling session and group story games, children will be supported to express their wishes, increase their independence skills and enhance their awareness of self, others and their environment.

    Class Rundown Sample

    *Note gathering time is 15 minutes prior to class.

    Estimated Time
    (Including walking time between different locations)
    Activities Venue
    20 min Circle Time
    (Class greeting/singing & introduction)
    Park / Classroom
    20 min Oxford Path Story Time
    (Story telling, story game, songs)
    20 min Individual/Group Art Creation / Sensory /
    Lesson related Activities
    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

    This programme is a 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 1 September 2020 to 27 June 2021 (Excluding December & Semester 1 programme cancelled due to COVID-19)
    • ​4 classes per month; 3 classes in February
    • Children attend class once a week
    Class duration 90 min (including walking time between different locations)
    Capacity* 8 children per class (plus one accompanying adult)
    *The minimum number of children would be 3 for each class.
    Staff to child ratio 1:6
    Language The programme will be conducted in English and taught by an Oxford University Press trained native English educator. Some activities will be led by our experienced local educators.

    Record Your Child’s Learning and Parental Sharing

    Nature Exploration (1.5-2.5 years) 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:
    • 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.
    • 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 to Parents for leave request.

    Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
    September - November*
    (Programme cancelled due to COVID-19)
    January - March* April - June*
    *Programme is charged on a monthly basis, February programme fee will be calculated on pro-rata basis.

    Programme Fee Per Month

    Price (per person)
    Jan & Mar
    Price (per person)
    SmartFun Annual Pass members
    Enrolment starts on 30 November 2020 from 4:00 pm onwards
    Early bird discount for non-SmartFun Annual Pass members
    Semester 2: Enrolment starts on 30 November 2020 from 4:00 pm onwards until 3:59 pm on the 23 December 2020
    Non-SmartFun Annual Pass members
    Enrolment starts on 23 December 2020 from 4:00 pm onwards
    HK$1,980 HK$1,485
    *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.
    • Enrolment deadline: 7 days before each class commences
    • Enrolment will be postponed for 1 day if the following circumstances happen at 12:00 pm:
      • Tropical cyclone signal number 8 or above is hoisted by The Hong Kong Observatory.
      • Black rainstorm warning issued by The Hong Kong Observatory.



    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.