With spring break looming Time Out takes a closer look at the best activity camps in Dubai. Get ready for fun
Let your kids run themselves ragged at a spring camp that offers a multitude of sports. There are a host of such camps for little bundles of energy running across the city, and many also offer more subdued activities such as arts and crafts, drama and dance.
The fitness freaks down at E-Sports (firstname.lastname@example.org) offer kids a choice of five activities from a long, long list that includes computing, climbing, gymnastics and dance. Held at GEMS World Academy from April 5-9 and Wellington International School, Jumeirah Primary School and Royal Dubai School from April 5-9 and April 12-16, the camps are geared up for kids aged five to 14 years. Half-day (8.15am-1.45pm) and full-day (8.15am-5pm) options are available at Dhs950 per week and Dhs1,100 per week respectively.
The Active Sports Academy (050 274 0041; email@example.com) is running its Easter camp at Regent International School in Emirates Hills and at the Pharaoh’s Club, Wafi City. From 9am-1pm, kids aged between four and 14 years can take part in all sorts of sports, including bowling and climbing. The camps run from April 5-16 and cost Dhs150 per day or Dhs500 per week.
Another option at the Horizon school near Safa Park is run by Dorrel Sports (04 306 5061/050 659 8500; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.tennisdubai.com). For over-fives, it runs from April 6-9 (Dhs350) and April 12-16 (Dhs450) from 8am-noon. They’ll also hold an afternoon climbing camp (www.climbingdubai.com) at Dubai’s newest – and the country’s tallest – climbing facility in the World Trade Centre Club, Sheikh Zayed Road. SoccerKids Dubai (04 362 7770; www.soccerkidsdubai.com) hosts a two-week multi-sport camp for five-14 year olds at Meadows Village Hayya Club from April 5-9 and April 12-16, 9am-2pm. It costs Dhs135 per day or Dhs675 per week with discounts for members.
Artistic types should head down to Bead Palace and Accessories (04 395 2771; email@example.com), where there’ll be daily Easter craft programmes from April 1-12. A perfect opportunity to let rip with all that creativity, there’s an array of activities to choose from, including beading, woodcraft, painting, pottery, felt sewing, scrapbooking, card designing, cake decorating, cooking, knitting, T-shirt painting and glass painting. Suitable for boys and girls aged five to 15 years, younger kids can also take part if mum or dad stays to help. The sessions run from 2pm-5pm and cost Dhs135 including ‘happy treats’. Or check out the creative arts programme at Finishing Touch (04 427 2452; firstname.lastname@example.org) where kids aged seven to 14 years can learn to create three-dimensional canvases, Sunday-Thursday over the two-week break, 12.15pm-1.45pm.
Perfect for little groovers, the newly opened Favourite Things (04 434 1984; email@example.com) at Marina Mall is showing off its Kadomz Dance Studio with a spring dance camp. Eight-15 year olds will learn hip hop, funk and old skool, contemporary, Nike Rockstar, musicals, scene work, duet/partner work (we’re hoping mini-dance pros will know what we’re talking about). Classes run from April 5-9 and April 12-16 from 11am-2.30pm, and cost Dhs600.
Mad Science (04 337 7403) is hosting a five-day camp featuring engineering, crazy chemistry, the science of sport, the birds and the beasts, and shutter bugs. Dhs550 for kids aged four to six years (9am-1pm) and Dhs750 for seven-12 year-olds (9am-3pm); there’s also a bus service available for a fee.
Cool off with a three-day ski camp (starting April 7) or a five-day camp (April 12) at Ski Dubai (04 409 4000; firstname.lastname@example.org) for skiers aged three-13 years and snowboarders aged eight-13 years. Classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced.
Dive in to an intensive swimming class run by Dubai Swim (email@example.com) at Uptown Primary School in Mirdif. Running from April 9-13, and again from April 14-18, by professional Austswim-accredited teachers, they are for kids aged four years and over and teach everything from water confidence and moving to formal learn-to-swim classes, progressing to stroke technique. Dhs300 for five days.
Favourite Things (04 434 1984; firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Marina hosts a fun camp from March 29-April 2, April 5-9 and April 12-16. From 9.30am-1pm, kids aged from two to eight years (under-fours must be accompanied by an adult) can indulge in face and body painting, cooking and science, dress-up, dancing and singing. Available from Dhs120 per day for members.
If your little darling is slightly rough around the edges, why not pack them off to Finishing Touch (04 427 2452, email@example.com) spring holiday workshop at Knowledge Village. The youth etiquette programme for seven-13 year olds runs from April 5-9 or April 12-16 from 10.30am-noon and includes sessions on general manners and party manners for your little lady or gent.
Apparently, there are some kids out there who actually enjoy sums. If yours is one of them, you may be interested in Mathnasium (04 427 2452, firstname.lastname@example.org) running Sat-Thu from April 4-18 at 2.30pm-3.30pm and 5pm-6pm.
A boon for working parents, some nurseries are opening over the break. Child’s Play (04 348 0778; email@example.com) has a five-day programme including art and music activities. Kids’ Island (04 394 2578; firstname.lastname@example.org) has activities for kids aged two-five, including cooking, experiments, singing and storysacks, from April 5-16.By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,