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Prepare for the half term holidays in Dubai with these fun kids' clubs

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Active Sports Academy: Active Sports Academy’s camps are bursting with activities including swimming, arts and crafts, football, basketball, dodgeball, rollerblading, drama, yoga, gymnastics, balloon shaping, face painting, karaoke and lots more. April 4-15, Wafi Pharaoh’s Club and Regent International School, 8.30am-1pm. Ages 4+. Dhs150 per day, Dhs550 for five days.
(050 559 7055; activesports@eim.ae; www.activeuae.com)

Clark Francis Tennis: Mini tennis fans can indulge in their favourite sport every day of the spring break, with plenty of time to hone new skills and get in lots of energetic court work. The camp includes lessons in coordination, fitness training and team games as well as match play. April 4-8 and 11-15, Aviation Club, 9.30am-1pm. Ages 4-14. Dhs150 per day, Dhs650 per week.
(04 282 4540; headtenniscoach@esportsdubai.com)

Dubai Holiday Camps: Dubai Holiday Camps’ activity programme includes bouncy castles, singing and dancing classes, storytelling, ball games, swimming, water polo, martial arts, arts and crafts, face painting, movies and dodgeball. March 28-April 1, Dubai International Academy. Ages 3-13. Dhs140 per day, Dhs590 per week, with a 20 per cent discount for siblings.
(04 331 8704 / 050 6887421; www.dubaiholidaycamps.com)

DUCTAC: There isn’t a specific spring camp at Ductac, but there are loads of activities of the singing, dancing, drama and crafty kind. Classes include drawing, painting, sculpture and pottery, paper craft, henna painting and mosaics, singing, drama and musical theatre classes for kids aged four and up. Mini comedians can join the Laugh Out Loud! kids comedy workshops and, if they’re still driving you potty, why not enroll them in a dance class? Choose from ballet, tap, street jazz and hip-hop, to traditional Indian dance and Irish dance.
(04 341 4777; www.ductac.org)

Favourite Things: Favourite Things’ spring camp includes puppet shows, cookery classes, arts and crafts, science sessions, games, sing-a-longs, storytelling and magicians. Lunch and free play in the play area is included. April 4-15, Dubai Marina Mall, 9.30am-1pm. Ages 2-8. Dhs155 per day, Dhs620 for five days (members have a discount). Parents who sign up before March 15 get a 10 per cent discount.
(04 434 1984; www.favouritethings.com)

Finishing Touch: Make sure your brood knows how to behave with these etiquette camps. The courses aim to improve confidence, posture and body language and curb rude behaviour, while teaching kids the correct ways to use knives and forks, how to eat difficult food politely and how to address those finer details – like thank you notes, invitation notes and use of titles. April 1-10, Knowledge Village, 10.30am to 1pm. Ages 7-12. Dhs1,200.
(04 427 452; info@finishingtouch.ae)

Football Camp: If your kids are soccer mad, book them in for these coaching sessions run by E-Sports and concentrating on skills, drills, competitions, small sided games and more. April 4-8, Wellington International School, 10am-2pm. Ages 5-16. Dhs650.
(050 286 1041)

Kids Island Nursery: Kids Island Nursery’s camp activities include the usual fun line up of singing and dancing sessions, lots of arts and crafts and storytelling. April 5-16, Kids Island Nursery, 8am-12.30pm. Ages 2-5. Dhs420 for three days, Dhs700 for five days. Registration Dhs150.
(04 394 2578)

Science Camp: Brilliant for budding Einsteins, this five-day camp explores subjects and activities including birds and the beast, science of sports, crazy chemistry, shutterbugs, junior engineers, periscope construction, build a bridge and make your own sidewalk chalk. April 4-8 and 11-15, Al Khaleej Building, Karama, 9am-3pm. Ages 5-12. Dhs825.
(04 337 7403; www.madscience.org)

Libra Spring Camp: Multi activity camps providing kids with a whole load of activities including ball games, racket sports, swimming, arts, crafts, music and drama. March 25 to April 15, Greenfield Community School and Dubai British School, 8am-1.45pm. Dhs750. Ages 3-14.
(050 934 5963; www.libra-uae.com)

Mathnasium: These daily, hour-long sessions are a great way to polish your algebra, tackle those algorithms and get ahead in a difficult subject. March 31-April 10, Knowledge Village. Ages 7-12. Dhs900 for six sessions.
(04 421 6939; www.mathnasium.ae)


Bead Palace
With a huge itinerary of crafty and creative activities on offer, Bead Palace is the perfect solution for artistic youngsters, offering cookery classes, paper crafts, T-shirt printing, pottery and jewellery making. Daily classes from March 1 to April 16, Bead Palace, Beach Road and the Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, 2pm-5pm. Ages 3+. Dhs140 per session.
(04 349 7858; 04 349 7859; beadpalace@regencyglobal.ae)

E-Sports Holiday Camps
An activity-packed camp that takes place across several schools in Dubai and will keep kids busy with sessions in hockey, table tennis, football, swimming, dodgeball, gymnastics, basketball, cookery, music, arts and crafts and lots more. April 4-16, Wellington International School, Dubai American Academy, Royal Dubai School, Jumeriah Primary School, GEMS World Academy, Winchester School, Cambridge International School. Ages 4-16. Dhs350-750 per week.
(050 361 1574; www.esportsdubai.com)


Don’t fancy camping it?

Dubai has loads of other fun things on offer. Here our top five alternatives.

1 Park life: Dubai has some brilliant parks. Safa Park has loads of play areas and four-wheel cycles for hire, while Mushrif Park has its own cycle track for pushbike fans. Al Mamzar Park offers great beaches and Jumeirah Beach Park is brilliant for barbecues. Alternatively, take a trip to Creek Park and check out the cable cars with awesome views of Dubai’s creek. Cheap as chips trips.

2 Cool times: Don’t forget about the ski slope and the ice rinks. Ski Dubai’s Snow Park is the perfect way to introduce wee ones (three and up) to the white stuff. Dubai Mall’s ice rink (04 437 3111) runs sessions for mums and tots: the pair of you can book in for daily two-hour sessions from 10am until noon for Dhs50, including skate hire. Or visit the smaller rink at Stargate (04 325 9988), which costs Dhs25 for a 45-minute session including skate hire, and the Hyatt Galleria where a package of four 30-minute group lessons including skate hire costs just Dhs250.

3 Music: Let ’em bash out their energy with a drumming lesson. Dhs50 gets them an hour-long session with the Dubai Drums team at Mall of the Emirates (050 396 9898). Or, test their vocal cords with a singing session at the Jumeirah Music Centre choir (04 349 2662).

4 Arty stuff: Take your little monkeys along to Café Ceramique (04 344 7331; www.cafe-ceramique.com) for a plate of chips – and a plate to decorate as well. Alternatively, The Jam Jar (04 334 8706) lets little masters loose on canvas. Dhs95 sets them up with everything they need for a full-on creative session.

5 Edutainment: Visit KidZania at The Dubai Mall (04 448 5222) and book them in for a full day’s play, Dhs120 for kids four and up. Alternatively, Children’s City at Creek Park will also keep them amused with its various learning zones and library (04 334 0808). Stargate at Za’abeel Park offers more fairground-style fun than learning zones, but there’s plenty of cool stuff to do (04 325 9988).

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