From sports to arts and crafts, here's Time Out's ultimate guide to fun after-school activities in Abu Dhabi
Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Arts & crafts
Abu Dhabi pottery Kids who like to create will love shaping and moulding clay into beautiful pots and pretty trinkets. Dhs120 per class (discounted rate for a series). Sat-Thu 4.30pm- 5.30pm. 16th Street, Khalidiya (02 666 7079).
Art Beat The studio offers different types of media to work with. Painting on ceramic, glass and canvas is possible, as is wax painting on candles, or even papier mâché. Plus there’s sand art, too. Timings and prices vary. Shop 2, Muroor Road (02 444 5135).
Kidz Factory Whether your home is filled with artistic intensity or is more a haven for free spirits, Kidz Factory offers a wealth of classes for all ages and skill levels. Dhs540 (Busy Butterflies), Dhs600 (Crazy Cuckoos), Dhs900 (Little Picassos), Dhs1,020 (Master Monet). All for a term of 12 classes. Inside Wanasa Land, Al Wahda Mall (02 671 1269).
Mad science The exciting programmes are carefully structured to ensure that students get the most out of the activities and are in line with the ever- changing dynamics of education. Timings and prices vary. Various locations across Abu Dhabi, www.uae.madscience.org (04 337 7403).
Computer Explorers If you have a little computer whizz, they will love the after- school classes in digital technology, including computer programming, robotics and coding. Or for those who want to get inside the gaming side of technology, brush up on their creative computing skills, such as animations and 3D game design. Timings and prices vary. Nation Galleria Mall, Corniche Road West, www.computerexplorers.com/uae (02 681 8824).
Little World Discovery Centre Imaginative design in creative art, science experiments in the innovation station, role-play exercises and dress-up and dance sessions. Prices subject to membership. Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. Nation Galleria, Corniche Road West, www.littleworlduae.com (02 681 8824).
Abu Dhabi Thistle FC Football is the number one sport for kids the world over, and Abu Dhabi more than caters for this obsession. Abu Dhabi Thistle FC trains sporty kids aged five to 18 and there are three girls’ squads to play for. From Dhs80 a session. Zayed Sports City and British School Al Khubairat, www.abudhabithistlefc.com (no number).
Emirates Aikdo Centre Self-confidence, self-discipline and focus are just some of the many skills parents see improving in their kids when they start to learn a martial art. Students are taught to both defend themselves from attack and protect their opponent from injury. Timings and prices vary. Zayed Sports City, firstname.lastname@example.org (050 662 9533).
Hamilton Aquatics Swim academies are a brilliant way of honing kids’ skills and technique. Hamilton Aquatics’ Learn To Swim programme is based on a framework developed by the Amateur Swimming Association, England’s national governing body for swimming. Dhs1,800 per child, per term (20 weeks). Various locations including Brighton College, Al Muntazah, www.hamiltonaquatics.ae (056 546 733).
Little Stars Sports Club This club holds classes in both rhythmic and artistic gymnastics for tiny tots, to advanced sessions. Classes from Dhs1,040. Al Nahda National School for Girls, Mushrif, www.littlestarsabudhabi.com (050 781 0635).