Summer camps for kids in Dubai

Keep your cool! We’ve found 41 camps where you can ditch the kids

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Update: this is an article from 2010. Click here for 2012 summer camps in Dubai

Active Sports Academy: Bursting with activities including swimming, arts and crafts, football, basketball, dodgeball, rollerblading, drama, yoga, gymnastics, balloon shaping,
karaoke and outdoor trips, there’s plenty here to keep ’em busy.
DESS, Uptown Mirdif, Regent International School. Sun-Thu, Jul 4-Sep 9, 9am-1pm, some afternoon sessions available. Ages 4-14. Dhs150 a session, Dhs550 a week, Dhs2,100 a month. (050 559 7055; www.activeuae.com).

Al Nasr Leisureland: Swimming lessons followed by ice skating, arts, crafts and games.
Behind American Hospital, Sun-Thu, May 30-Aug 19, 9am-2pm. Ages 3-14. Dhs575 per month (ages 6-14), Dhs750 per month (ages 3-6). (04 337 1234; www.alnasrll.com).

Atlantis: Enjoy everyday adventures, including rock climbing, theatre, arts and crafts and gaming at the Day Camp, become a Hollywood star at the Superstar Camp, which also includes cooking and painting, or take to the water with the Aqua Camp, where trips to Aquaventure, Dolpin Bay and The Lost Chambers await. Junior dive programmes are also available.
Atlantis The Palm, Sun-Wed, Jun 13-Aug 11. Ages 4-12 (check with specific camps). Dhs650-2,200 per week. (04 426 1387; dxb-activities@atlantisthepalm.com).

Australian International Swim Schools: Intensive weekly swimming courses in shaded or indoor pools where little fish can gain water confidence, learn to swim, improve on their strokes and learn the basics in water safety.
Uptown Primary School Mirdif and Dubai British School, Springs. From Jul 4, morning and afternoon sessions available. Ages 2+. Dhs350-375 per week. (04 372 1220/050 883 8091; mhilu@aiss.ae).

Bead Palace: With jewellery-making, wood craft design, cookery, paper craft, T-shirt printing, pottery, painting and yoga, there’s plenty of variety for creative types.
Bead Palace, Jumeirah 1, just up from Dubai Zoo, next to Green Art Gallery; Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates; Mirdif City Centre. Jun 20-Sep 16, 10am-1pm or 2-5pm. Ages 3-14. Dhs140 per day, Dhs625 per week, including snacks. (04 349 7858/04 395 2771; beadpalace@regencyglobal.ae)

Blossom Nursery: Themed camps based on mad science, the Wild West and fairytales feature swimming, baking, crafts, mini Olympics as well as a weekly Thursday party.
Umm Suqeim, Street 10a, off Al Thanya. Jul 4-Aug 26, 8am-1pm/3pm/5pm. Ages 2-5. From Dhs180 per day, Dhs790 per week
(04 348 6275; www.theblossomnursery.com).

Café Ceramique: The café comes into its own over the summer, either for a one-off visit or its three-day summer camps including, funnily enough, ceramic painting, plus crafts, cooking and games.
Jumeirah Town Centre and Dubai Festival City. Jul 4-Aug 3, Sun-Tue, 11am-2pm. Ages 5-15. Dhs79-99 per day (04 344 7331/04 232 8616).

Centre for Musical Arts: Introduce your kids to music with camps that combine instruments and note reading with arts and crafts (ages 5-7 and 8-12). Those who can already read music and play an instrument can join bands and ensembles for woodwind, brass and strings, and there’s a guitar group, jazz ensemble, folk band and theory club. Instrumental lessons are also available (Ages 6+).
Gold & Diamond Park and Mall of the Emirates. Jul 3-14, 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm. Dhs500 for five days (04 341 8872, www.cmadubai.com).

Child’s Play: A themed camp, the fun starts with A Commotion Under The Ocean featuring swimming, water play, Dolphinarium trip and more.
Umm Suqeim, off Al Manara St. From Jul 4-Aug 14, 8am-12.30pm. Ages walkers to five years. Dhs600 per week (04 348 0788; chplay@eim.ae).

The Children’s Garden: These summer schools for tots include the usual games, crafts and music, plus splash pools in the Jumeirah branch and swimming, French and German activities in the Green Community school.
Jun 27-Jul 22, 9am-2pm. Jumeirah, ages 3-7, Dhs800 per week (lallen@tcgjumeira.ae); Green Community, ages 3-6, Dhs1,000 per week, Dhs3,200 for four weeks (hsetta@childrensgarden.ae).


Update: this is an article from 2010. Click here for 2012 summer camps in Dubai

Children’s Oasis Play Centre:

Plenty of ‘summer fun’ where kids get stuck into a wide variety of activities including intriguing customised programmes such as Little Cooks, Mushy Junk and Mini Picasso.
Al Shalal Beach Club, between buildings 7 and 8, Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah, daily throughout July and August, 8am-11am for ages 4-6 years; 11am-2pm for ages 7-9 years. Dhs600 per week (04 390 5100).

Circus and magic camp: Run by Laugh Out Loud!, little clowns learn circus arts such as acrobatics, juggling, stilt walking, rola bola, magic and more – with an end-of-week show for family and friends.
Various locations, Jul 4-29, Sun-Thu, 9am-1pm. Ages 6-12. Prices vary (050 927 3621; lol@vivadubai.com).

Cité des Enfants: A fantastic educational experience, pop the kids in for a 45-minute learning activity followed by 75 minutes supervised play in the exhibition area.
Playnation, Mirdif City Centre, Jun 13-Sep 2, 10am-noon or 2-4pm. Ages 3-7. Dhs210 for three days, Dhs320 for five days. (800-LEISURE/534 7873).

Core Kidz Summer Camp:
Dance, musical theatre, swimming fun and lessons, sports and more. Transport provided.
Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa. Jun 27-Aug 26. 8.30am-1.30pm. Ages 4-15. Dhs150 per day, Dhs550 per week. (04 420 1679 / 050 129 3846; info@coredirection.com)

Dubai Drums: ‘Empowering kids with healthy values’ is the aim of Dubai Drums’ summer camp. That and banging on drums, one assumes. Sessions also include puppet shows, storytelling, arts, crafts, drama, team games and lots of rhythmic activities.
Al Noor School for Special Needs, Aug 1-12, 9am-1pm. Ages 4-12. Dhs600 per week. (050 659 2874; www.dubaidrums.com).

Dubai Festival City: A range of classes including aerobics, drama, arts, crafts, cake decorating, dancing (ballroom and modern) singing, modelling – and a talent show for tots.
South Court, first level near Toys R Us at Dubai Festival City, Jun 11-Jul 31, 10am-9pm. Ages 4-12. Dhs125 per day, Dhs500 per week. (050 624 0846).

Dubai Holiday Camps: These action-packed programmes include footie, water polo, dodgeball and rounders as well as drama, music and plenty of arts and crafts. Kids can attend for half a day or a full day and, for an extra Dhs150, there are classes where they can polish up on their weaker subjects before joining in the afternoon activities.
Dubai International Academy, Jun 27-Aug 19; Deira International School, Jul 4-Aug 19. Ages 3-13. 8.15am-1.45pm/5pm. From Dhs125 per half-day/Dhs495 per week depending on the venue (050 688 7421; admin@dubaiholidaycamps.com; www.dubaiholidaycamps.com).

Dubai Ladies’ Club: Two-week camps for boys and girls include Mad Science, Playball and crafts.
Dubai Ladies’ Club, Jul 4-15; 18-29; Aug 1-12; 9am-12.30pm. Ages 6-11. Dhs750 per two weeks (04 349 9922; www.dubailadiesclub.com).

DUCTAC: Many groups run their summer programmes from here, and Ductac runs its very own morning art camps where kids can get stuck into painting, pottery and more.
Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, July-August. Ages 6-8 and 9-12. Five/10-day art workshops cost Dhs900/Dhs1,500 and include all materials and a summer camp T-shirt. (04 341 4777; www.ductac.org).

E-Sports: Covering all areas of Dubai and every sporty or crafty activity imaginable, there’s bound to be an E-Sports camp near you (and transport is available).
GEMS World Academy, Dubai American Academy (from Jun 20 for four weeks), Wellington International School, Royal Dubai School, Jumeirah Primary School, Winchester School, Wafi (from Jul 4 for 10 weeks). 8.15am-2pm/5pm. Ages 5-14. Dhs400-750 per week. (04 282 4540/050 361 1547/050 586 8204; www.esportsdubai.com).


Update: this is an article from 2010. Click here for 2012 summer camps in Dubai

Eton Language School:

Kids can use their time off to learn a new language – and have fun of course – in programmes across different levels and age groups in English, Arabic, French, Spanish, German, Italian and American sign language.
Knowledge Village. Jul 11-29, Aug 8-26. Ages 4-7, 8-11, 12-16. From Dhs825 for 15 hours over three weeks. (800 3866; www.eton.ac)

Excel Sports: Loads on offer, from swimming to tennis, football, games, arts and crafts – they’ll be exhausted after excelling themselves.
Al Murooj Rotana, Jul 4-Sep 2, 9am-1pm. Ages 4-14. Dhs650 per week (040 223 9235; www.excelsports.com).

Farjam Collection Art Camp: Run in conjunction with the Islamic art exhibition of the same name, kids explore their creative talent and learn about some of the finest works of art from the past, including calligraphy, paintings, ceramics and textiles.
The Farjam Collection @ DIFC, Jul 18-Aug 12, Sun-Thu 8am-2pm. Ages 6-9; 9-12. Dhs500 per week. (rebecca@farjamcollection.com).

Favourite Things: Popular camps that feature puppet shows, cookery classes, arts and crafts, science sessions, games, fit kids, sing-a-longs, storytelling and magicians. Lunch and free play in the play area is included.
Favourite Things, Marina Mall. Jun 27-Sep 9, 9.30am-1pm. Ages 2-8 (Kids aged three and under must be accompanied by an adult). Dhs155 per session/Dhs620 per week with discounts for members (04 434 1984; www.favouritethings.com).

Finishing Touch: Make sure your brood knows how to behave with etiquette camps to improve confidence, posture and body language and curb rude behaviour.
Knowledge Village, Jun 20-Aug 19. Ages 7-13. Dhs2,350 for 10, 2-1/2 hour sessions, including a four-course formal dining tutorial luncheon (04 427 2452; info@finishingtouch.ae; www.finishingtouch.ae).

Fun City: The aptly named ‘summer fun’ programme is bursting with cool activities including cooking, crafts, science experiments, and field trips plus use of the play zone and designated Fun ‘n’ Learn areas of these mall-based centres.
Arabian Centre, BurJuman, Reef Mall, Ibn Battuta, Mercato. From Jun 13 for two months, Sun-Wed 11am-3pm. Ages 3-8. From Dhs100 per day to Dhs1,250 per month, including lunch and snacks (nevanya.nadar@cplmg.com).

Galleria Ice Rink: Cool down with the Galleria’s ‘summer camp on ice’ – an ice skating, ice athletics camp taught by certified coaches. Featuring dance, performing and arts and crafts, snacks and lunch are included.
Hyatt Regency Dubai, Jul 4-29, Sun-Thu, 8.30am-2pm. Ages 6-12, Dhs900 (04 209 1234).

Hayya! Summer Sports Camp: Packed with energy-busting activities such as football, basketball, dodgeball and more.
Hayya! Meadows Club. Jul 4-Sep 9. 9am-2pm. Ages 5-14. Dhs125 per day, Dhs625 per week (members) Dhs135/Dhs675 for non-members. (04 3627770; info@hayya.com)

Imagine Education: A carousel of fascinating subjects, kids choose from creative IT, dance and drama, team building, photography, acting and media skills and performance poetry. Taught by qualified British Curriculum teachers, afternoon specialist workshops allow students to probe subjects in more depth.
Repton School, Jul 4-29, Aug 22-Sep 2, camp runs 8.30am-12.30pm, workshops 1-3pm. Ages 5-12. Dhs700 per week for camp, Dhs600 per week for workshops. (055 369 5642; www.imagine-education.com).

Inspire Nursery: Learn through exploration and discovery with instruction for kids in music, movement, dance, arts, gym and in the splash pool.
Al Safa 2, near Spinneys. Jul 11-Sep 2, various times between 7.30am and 5pm. Ages 6 months – 5 years. Contact for prices. (04 395 5473; www.inspireallchildren.com).


Update: this is an article from 2010. Click here for 2012 summer camps in Dubai

Jumeirah Music School:

Music camps where kids sing, listen to orchestral music, play and construct instruments and develop self expression through rhythmic and creative movement. Each week concludes with a performance.
Jumeirah Music School. Jul 4-Sep 9. Ages 3-8. Dhs500 plus Dhs50 for harmonica and art materials. (04 349 2662; www.jumeirah-music.com)

Kadomz Dance Camp: Teaching little groovers urban hip hop, contemporary dance, breakdancing, belly dancing (and more styles we haven’t heard of), this camp culminates with a show for parents.
Favourite Things, Marina Mall, Jun 27-Aug 19, 11am-2pm. Ages 7-12, Dhs600 for one week, Dhs1,000 for two (04 434 1984; operations@favouritethings.com).

Kamp KidzArt: Themed art camps are guaranteed to capture your little one’s imagination when they explore other countries and cultures and realms through their art, including 3D, painting, sculpture and other projects.
Ductac and Uptown Primary School, Mirdif, Jul 4-Aug 12, 2.30pm-5.30pm. Ages 5-12. Dhs850 per week, Dhs1,550 for two weeks (055 222 0129; www.kidzart.ae).

Kangaroo Kids: Arts and crafts, cooking, water play, stretch-n-grow exercises and more.
Umm Sequim (near Safa 2 Park) and Residences@Downtown Burj Dubai, Jul 4-29, 9am-2pm. Ages 6 months-4 years. Dhs125 per day, Dhs625 per week, Dhs2,500 per month. (04 395 5518; info@kangarookids.ae)

Kids’ Island Nursery: A fun arts and crafts holiday camp with weekly themed activities, singing, interactive story-telling, junior chef and fun experiments, dress-up, sand and water play and more.
Umm Suqeim, Al Hamra St, off Umm Al Sheif St, Jul 4-Aug 26, 8am-12.30pm. Ages 2-5. Dhs420 (3 days), Dhs560 (4 days), Dhs700 (5 days). (04 394 2578/9; www.kidsislandnursery.com).

Kids’ Theatre Works! Summer Camp: Open to all, no auditions are required for these theatrical camps, where kids fling themselves into all aspects of musical theatre – writing, lighting, prop-making and, of course, performing – before putting on an end-of-week show. Themes include Who Dunnit?, comic heroes, wacky soaps and Dr Seuss.
Ductac, Jul 3-7, 10-14, Aug 22-26, Aug 29-Sep 2, 9am-3pm. Ages 7-14. DESS, Oud Metha, July 4-8, Aug 28-Sep 1, 9am-2pm. Ages 4-10. Dhs650 per week. (050 158 5653; www.kidstheatreworks.com).

Kindermusik Camp: Parent and child sessions packed with music, stories and plenty of ‘giggle-approved’ activities designed to nurture bub’s natural curiousity, with sessions for newborns to 18-month-olds and 18-month to three-year-olds.
Jumeirah Music School. Dhs515 for five weekly sessions. (04 349 2662; www.jumeirah-music.com)

Language Camp: Kids need to practise their language skills? Join this fun, interactive course in Arabic, English or French.
Dar el ilm School of Languages, Dubai World Trade Centre, Jun 20-end Aug, 9.30am-12.30pm. Ages 4+. Dhs660 per week (04 331 0221; www.dubailanguages.com).

Libra Camp: Bursting with action, Libra Camps include ball games, racket sports, swimming, dance, drama, languages, and music – all taught by qualified and experienced instructors.
Greenfield Community School, Dubai British School. Jul 4-end Aug, 8am-1.45pm. Ages 5-14. (050 325 5492; www.libra-uae.com).

Libra Swim Camp: Learn to swim with Roanne Piek or take part squad training led by Chris Viljoen, one of South Africa’s top swimmers.
Jumeira Baccalaureate School. Jul 4-Aug 12, Sun-Thu 8-11am. Ages 4-16. Dhs300-350 per week. (050 325 5492; camps@libra.com)


Update: this is an article from 2010. Click here for 2012 summer camps in Dubai

Little Chefs:

Cooking classes for budding wee chefs who are at a loose end this summer. Lunch is provided too.
Near Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road. Jul 4-Sep 9, Sun-Thu. Ages 5+. Dhs150 per class, Dhs700 per week. (050 458 3015; hungrymum@yahoo.com).

Mathnasium: Daily, hour-long sessions to help polish your algebra, tackle those algorithms and get ahead in a difficult subject.
Knowledge Village. Through the summer. Ages 3+. Prices start from Dhs150 per session, with discounts for block bookings. (04 438 0377; uae@mathnasium.com).

Méridien Summer Swimming Camp: Learn to swim or perfect those strokes with this two-month, 26-lesson package taught by qualified instructors and including pool sessions, races, dry land exercises and drills. Parents can tuck into a Dhs50 express breakfast at the pool bar while they watch.
Le Méridien Dubai, starting early July (register by July 15th), every Sun, Tue and Thu (7am-8am, 8am to 10am). Ages 6-18. Dhs1,000 per package. (04 702 2550).

Mushrif Equestrian Club: Desperate for some fresh air? Let them loose in these late-afternoon swimming, stable management and riding lessons in the ghaf forest of Mushif Park.
Sun-Thu throughout the school holidays, 4.30pm-7.30pm, Dhs1,250 for a 10-session package. (04 257 1256; www.mushrifec.com)

My Gym: Half-day camp including gymnastics, arts, crafts, science, storytime, music and more. You can book for one, two four or five days per week.
Jumeirah Beach Road. Jul 4-Sep 4, 9am-1pm. Ages 3.5-8. Dhs200 per day, Dhs850 per week, discounts for members. (04 394 3962; info@mygymuae.com)

Peekaboo!: An active indoor camp for little ’uns featuring dancing, yoga, cooking, arts and crafts, animated story time and loads of fun games.
Mall of the Emirates 10am-2pm; Village Mall Jumeirah, 9am-2pm; Ibn Battuta Mall, 10am-2pm. Ages 3-1/2-seven. Dhs450 per week. (04 347 0622 / 04344 7122 / 04 429 7949; info@peekaboo.ae).

Ski Dubai: ‘Learn to ski’ camps catering to beginners, intermediate and advanced levels, culminating in a ski/snowboard race and including parental access so you can watch them progress.
Mall of the Emirates, Jun 20-Aug 5, classes at 10am and noon. Ages 3-6, 1 hour, Dhs700 for five sessions; Ages 7-13, 1-1/2 hours, Dhs850 for five sessions (04 409 4000; www.skidxb.com).

Soccer Circus: Soccer drill and practise sessions to boost ability on the pitch, the week ends with a tournament and is peppered with fab additional activities at Magic Planet, Yalla Bowling, iFly and Sky Trail.
Playnation, Mirdif City Centre, Jun 20-Aug 5, 9.30am-5pm. Ages 7-14. Dhs1,200 per week. (800-LEISURE/534 7873).

Soccer Kids Dubai: Despite the name, this multi-sport programme offers everything from football to dodgeball to swimming.
Meadows Hayya Club, Jul-Sep. Ages 4-14. Dhs650 for non-members, Dhs600 for members (04 362 7770; www.soccerkidsdubai.com).

Stageability: A selection of one-week performing arts workshops including song and dance routines and prop-making ahead of a final performance.
Raffles International School (South) Jul 4-15 (ages 4-7), Jul 18-29. Ages 8-16. Dhs540-850. (www.stageability.ae).

Surfari: Kids spend three nights and four days in Oman, messing about on the water under the watchful eye of a team of experts.
Contact for dates. Ages 6-13. Dhs1,250-1,500. (04 399 0989/050 882 3819; www.surfschooluae.com).

‘Write Start’ Handwriting Camp: Designed to improve kids’ writing skills, kids pick up helpful hints, and take part in gross motor, sensory motor and fine motor activities in these sessions run by trained occupational therapists and physiotherapists.
KidsFIRST Medical Center. Jul 19-Sep 1 (Mon, Tue & Wed), 2.30pm-4pm. Dhs1,200 per week. (04 348 5437; kidsfirstmedicalcenter@gmail.com)

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