Babyshop/Insportz Sports Summer Camp: If the kids are bursting with pent-up energy, pack them off to the Chevrolet Insportz Club where they can run around like maddies enjoying games like indoor cricket, soccer, basketball, throw ball, volley ball, dodge ball, hand ball and table tennis. Their brains are exercised, too, with board games and other constructive play, and camp organisers take them bowling every week. The camp runs Sunday to Thursday, 9am-1pm and is suitable for kids aged five to 14 years old. The cost is Dhs75 per day or Dhs300 for the week, plus a Dhs15 administration charge.
(04 347 5833; email@example.com; www.insportzclub.com)
Hatta Fort Hotel: Is offering special weekend pool rates so you can enjoy the sun and the beautiful mountain scenery as you laze by either one of the hotel’s two temperature controlled pools. Day entry to the pools is now only Dhs90 per adult and Dhs50 per child under 12 years and is valid on Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays only.
(04 852 3211; firstname.lastname@example.org)
SAE Creative Camp: Would-be artists get a chance to learn from the experts at this specialist creative arts and media camp. For kids aged nine to 15 years, the programme incorporates elements of acting, television, film-making, 3D animation, story boarding, photography, graphic design, music recording and mixing and drawing skills. Located at the SAE Institute in Knowledge Village, campers will have access to studios, edit suites and a host of other film equipment. The camp runs for seven days, 10am-5pm until August 29 and costs Dhs3,500.
(04 361 6173; email@example.com; www.sae.edu)
Carpet design at Bait Al Naboodah in Sharjah Head to Sharjah’s Heritage Area to learn the intricacies of carpet design at this weekend family workshop. Aimed at kids aged six to 11 years and their parents or caregivers, the programme is free and starts at 11am, lasting for around 90 minutes. With space for just 25 attendees, it’s best to reserve your spot in advance.
Cooking camp: Foodie mum Tina McFadzean is, rather bravely we feel, opening her kitchen to kids aged five to 11 years for cooking camp. Little chefs will learn all about where food comes from, kitchen safety, food preparation and get to try their hand at recipes from around the world. Go for the day (Dhs120) or sign up for the whole week (Dhs500).
(050 458 3015; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Children’s City: This Creek Park stalwart is like a little mini Natural History Museum – an educational centre for kids aged three to 15 years where they can investigate, explore, play, discover, and learn about the world they live in. Divided into different edutainment areas such as nature, discovery space, computers and communication, the way we live, culture, science and the human body, there’s ample opportunity for fun, hands-on experiments and fun learning. There’s also a planetarium with shows throughout the day, as well as a play area for under-fives. Entry is Dhs15 for adults, Dhs10 for kids, or you can get an annual membership. Open 9am-8.30pm, 3pm-8.30pm on Fridays.
(04 334 0808, www.dubaichildrencity.ae)
Horse riding: Take the kids for an early morning canter at the stables at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa. All class of equestrian can enjoy trekking, trail riding, training or lessons with friendly, experienced instructors at the paddock or outside. Prices range from Dhs150 for a 30 minute riding lesson to Dhs200 for a one hour outdoor ride. The stables operate daily except Mondays from 7am to 12 noon and again from 4pm to 7pm.
(04 883 6000; email@example.com)
Kung Fu Panda at Movies & Munchies: Catch Kung Fu Panda from the cooling comfort of the pool at Desert Palm. Slacker panda Po (voiced by Jack Black) finds himself having to become a Kung Fu Master in order to save the Valley of Peace from a psychotic snow leopard. Aided on his quest by crotchety Zen master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) and his menagerie of high-flying legends, the Furious Five, can the pudgy Po attempts to ditch the noodles and transform himself into a Kung Fu force to be reckoned with. For Dhs30 per person, enjoy the movie and a bowl of popcorn, or you can splash out on barbequed burgers, hot dogs, marinated wings and ice cream. Towels are provided, and there will be some inflatables, but feel free to take your own lilo.
(Desert Palm, 04 323 8888)
Little Pastry Chef class: Get the kids involved in the kitchen making delectable desserts such as white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies and chocolate crispies. The class costs Dhs150 and for an additional Dhs60, kids receive a personalised L’atelier des Chefs apron. Running every Wednesday and Saturday 4pm-5.30pm, make sure you stipulate that some sweet samples make it home for parental testing.
Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa: Have a splashing time in three temperature-controlled swimming pools plus access to the 800m palm-lined private beach. Midweek access from Sunday to Thursday is Dhs150 per adult and for every paying adult, one child under 12 years enjoys free access, as well as complimentary access to all activities at the Peaco Club from 9am to 6pm and 50 per cent discount on all food and soft drinks.
(04 883 6000; firstname.lastname@example.org)