Dubai summer camps 2011

40 summer camps to keep kids entertained in the summer

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Update: this is an article from 2011. Click here for 2012 summer camps in Dubai

Maria’s summer art workshop:
Join Maria’s fun art camp and learn basic painting techniques and designs on canvas which you can to take home with you afterwards. Maria is a qualified art teacher with more than 20 years experience, so what better way to spend a summer morning, or afternoon?
Until July 31, ages 8-16, 10.30am-1.30pm. Or ages 6-10, 2.30pm-4.30pm, Sun-Wed. Call ahead for price and location details. 050 873 2366

The Kidz Club Camp: A fantastic all-rounder activities camp, offering all manner of sporting fun, including badminton, swimming, basketball, tennis and soccer. Mini chefs can also get stuck into pizza making, mocktail shaking and cupcake decorating.
Until Aug 11, ages 5-12, 9.30am-4pm, Dhs800 (five days) Dhs170 (one day). Grand Hyatt Dubai, 04 317 2449

Craft Land: Sign up for some creative sessions in sewing, craft, cross-stitch, knitting, crochet, embroidery and much more at Craft Land’s creative programmes this summer. Beginners and experienced crafters will find levels of tuition to suit them in equal measures, and little ones as young as four can get involved.
Throughout July and August, ages 4-10, hours vary. Dhs40-370 (depending on the class you choose). Town Centre Jumeirah, 04 342 2237; www.mycraftland.com

Child’s Play and Small World nurseries: Lots of fun for your little ones, tots get stuck into all manner of fun activities, including dress-up and role play, singing sessions, music and movement, arts and crafts, active play and a themed summer schedule, so that there are different activities they can get involved with each week.
July 3-28, ages 1-4 years, Dhs130 (daily) Dhs650 (five days) with the choice of booking two, three, four or five day camps. 8am-12.30pm, Jumierah (Small World) Umm Suqiem (Child’s Play). www.childsplaynurserydubai.com and http://www.smallworldnurserydubai.com

Rising Stars nursery: Book your little ones into the fun summer programme at Rising Stars. With stimulating, spacious classrooms, large role play area, bright indoor soft play facilities and a shaded outdoor playground with grass and a sandpit, they won’t want to leave at pick-up time.
July 3-28, ages 1-4 years, 8am-12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm. Dhs750-1,100 (for five days, depending on pick-up time). 04 348 8805; www.rsn.ae

Dubai Mall: Stupendous summer camps with oodles of fun stuff to do, nippers get to do four creative workshops at the hugely popular KidZania. Or, they can spend a cool week taking part in the intensive skating camp at Dubai Ice Rink. Mini marine biologists, can get behind the scenes experiences at the Aqaurium, while another camp offers a trip up the Burj Khalifa.
July 3-Sep 1, ages and prices vary. 9am-3pm, 04 448 5200; enquiries@thedubaiaquarium.com

Little Scholars nursery: Lots of fun activities including singing, role play, dress up, arts and crafts, as well as themed activities on a weekly basis, including ‘going on holiday, ‘animals’, ‘the circus’ and a ‘teddy bears’ picnic’.
Until Aug 31, ages 3 months-5 years, 7am-1.30pm/3pm/6pm. Dhs750-990 (per week) depending on pick-up times. 04 395 5532; www.lsa.ae


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All round action camps

Active Sports Academy: Loads of sporty fun and games, including tennis, cricket, hockey, relay games, basketball, arts and crafts, handball and fitness. Active Sports also run a few more unusual activities, including a weekly excursion for ice skating, bowling, a visit to the Dolphinarium, and the Dubai Aquarium. There’s a 20 per cent discount for siblings and transportation too.
Al Areesh Club, DFC, (Jul 3-Sep 8), Dubai English Speaking School (Jul 3-Sep 8) Regent International School (Jul 3-Sep 1) Dubai Ladies Club (Jul only). 8.30am-2pm, Dhs150/day , Dhs375/three days, Dhs550 (five days). Ages 4-14 (boys up to eight at Dubai Ladies Club). 055 546 3264; www.ActiveUAE.com.

Atlantis: Offering all manner of fun activities for kids aged 3-12, the Atlantis Kid’s Club summer camp focuses on adventure, fun and exploration through group play. Little ones can be pirates, animators or even mad scientists. Your brood will learn all about the marine life living at Atlantis, and can even try their hand at scuba diving, two climbing walls, movie sessions, loads of arts and crafts and of course, the chance to have fun in Aquaventure.
Atlantis, The Palm, Jun 26-Aug25, 9am-5pm (late pick up at 6pm). Ages 3-12, Dhs2,500/week; 971 4 426 1000; atlantisthepalm.com.

Dubai Holiday Camps: Offers two camps: One for little ‘uns aged 3-4 featuring arts and crafts, music and dancing, cooking, inflatable fun and playground games plus sporty ball games, gymnastics and swimming. Meanwhile, older kids can get stuck into all sorts of sports from football to swimming (with inflatable water slides) to tennis and rounders, with dance, drama and computer club thrown in for good measure.
Deira International School (Jul 3-Aug 25), Dubai International School (Jul 3-Aug 25), Raffles International School (Jun 26-Aug 25). 8.15am-1.45pm, extended day option to 5.30pm at Raffles. Ages 3-14, Dhs495-Dhs850, depending on location and timings. 04 331 8704; wwwdubaiholidaycamps.com.

Dubai Mall: Stupendous summer camps, with oodles of fun stuff to do, nippers get to do four creative workshops at the hugely popular KidZania. Or, they can spend a cool week taking part in an intensive skate camp at the Dubai Ice Rink. Mini marine biologists can get behind the scenes experiences at the Aquarium, while another camp offers a fabulous trip to the top of the Burj Khalifa. If you can’t make up your mind, just book them into the biggie camp, which lets them do all of those activities in one packed programme.
Dubai Mall, Jul 3-Sep 1, 9am-3pm. Ages 7+. Prices vary. 04 448 5200; enquiries@thedubaiaquarium.com

E-Sports: Offering more sporty fun and games than you can fling a flip flop at, E-Sports is a great option – even for fussy fusspots – thanks to the sheer range of activities on offer. There’s football, basketball, gymnastics, water polo, tennis, rugby, dance, fitkids, netball, swimming, arts and crafts, squash, drama, dodgeball, table tennis, cricket, ICT, hockey and rounders… Phew! You can also add in transportation, early and late pick-ups and weekly field trips to the Dolphinarium, ice skaking and the Aquarium, as well as discounts for siblings.
Wafi City (Jun 12-Sep 15), DAA (Jun 26-Jul 21), GEMS World Academy (Jun 26-Jul 21), Wellington International Academy (Jul 3-Sep 1), Royal Dubai School (Jul 3-Sep 1), JPS (Jul 3-Sep 1). 8.30am-2pm, 8.30am-5pm (extended day at WIS and Wafi), 2-6pm (afternoon camp at Wafi). Ages 4-14, Dhs650-950. Transport available. 050 361 1547; camp.director@esportsdubai.com.

Libra: Running a raft of sports specific camps, including swimming and football, as well as performing arts, the folks at Libra are well known for their experience and excellence when it comes to keeping the nippers well organised and entertained.
Dubai British School, Al Mizhar, American Academy for Girls, Sharjah Football Club, Jebel Ali Primary School, Jumeirah Baccalaureate School, Greenfield Community School, Raffles. Jul 3-Aug 25, 9am-2.30pm. Ages 4-14, Dhs800/week. academies@libra-uae.com.

Playnation: Footie fans can spend days in Soccer Circus perfecting their dribbling, tots can get all constructive at the education-centric Little Explorers centre, while Magic Planet, the Sky Trail, Yalla! bowling and iFLY offer a raft of fun and physical activities.
Mirdif City Centre. Soccer Circus, Jun 12-Aug 24, 9.30am-3pm. Ages 5-14, Dhs700 (five days) Dhs120/day. Magic Planet, Jun 5-Aug 25, 9.30am -1pm. Ages 9-13, Dhs120/day, Dhs700/week. Little Explorers, Jun 5-Aug 25 Ages2-7. Prices and timings vary. 0800-LEISURE/5347873, www.playnationme.com.


Update: this is an article from 2011. Click here for 2012 summer camps in Dubai

Craft camps

DUCTAC: Unleash the creativity in your little ones with a range of arty/crafty camps for kids. Choose from a general art summer camp that explores painting, drawing, ceramics and more, or budding artists aged 10 and over can try their hands at the oil painting, acrylic painting, making mosaics, cufflinks, pet name tags and taking part in yoga creativity workshops.
Ductac, Jul 10-Aug 4, 10am-2pm. Ages 6-12, Dhs900/week, Dhs1,500/2 weeks. 04 341 4777; www.ductac.org.

Farjam Art Camp: Surrounded by a range of rare and outstanding works including calligraphy, paintings, ceramics, textiles, and jewellery, kids will explore the fascinating world of Islamic art through games and hands-on craft activities.
Farjam Gallery, DIFC, Jul 3-28, 8am-2pm. Ages 7-11, Dhs500/week. 04 323 0303; www.farjamcollection.org.

KidzArt: Your mini Monets create their own canvas on miniature easels as they explore the interesting properties of water. Paint a killer whale on canvas, learn about futuristic underwater vehicles, paint with ice, experiment with saltwater painting, make sculpture and take it all home with you afterwards. Ductac, Favourite Things, Regent International School and Mirdif, Jul 3-28.
Ages 4-5 (two hours daily) Dhs550/week. Ages 6-10 (three hours daily) Dhs800/week. 055 222 0129; hetal15@eim.ae.

Performing arts

Dubai Drums: Get your tribe in touch with their primal side by letting them develop rhythm through drumming, singing, drama, art, storytelling, team games and puppet shows. Parents can even join in with the community drumming sessions from 12.30-1pm free of charge.
Al Noor Centre, Jul 10-28, 9am-1pm. Ages 4-12, Dhs750/week. 056 744 2129; kidz@dubaidrums.com, www.dubaidrums.com.

Drama Scene:
Learn acting, musical theatre, and props and costume making as well as working towards an end-of-the-week performance for parents.
Ductac, Jul 3-9 and Jul 10-14, 9am-2pm. Ages 5-12, Dhs1,100/week Dhs1,980/2 weeks. 050 454 1713; www.dramascenedubai.com.

Solid Rock: Little maestros can tune into their talents by enrolling on one of the many musical courses run at the Solid Rock music school this summer. Learn how to strum a guitar, bang a drum and tinkle the ivories – or even take a few lessons in jazz, salsa, hip hop or visual arts. Lots of fun and noise to be had.
Barsha 1, Pinnacle Building, Jun 1-Aug 31, camp timings and prices vary, open weekends too. Ages 6+. 04 395 7808; www.solidrockdubai.com.


Update: this is an article from 2011. Click here for 2012 summer camps in Dubai

Sports camps

Al Qudra Swim School: Kids can hone their strokes and burn off some serious energy with a course of intensive group swimming lessons. Perfect for children who need to up their water confidence, without the added pressure of a daily schedule.
WorldGym Al Shabab Al Arabi Swimming Pool Complex, Al Mamzar, Jun 1-Sep 1. Ages 4-16. 7am-11pm, Sat, Mon, Wed and Fri. Dhs400 (10 group sessions). 02 448 8012; www.alqudrasm.com.

Australian International Swim School: Improve their swimming skills and keep them fit to boot with one of the five-day intensive swimming programmes run by the experts at AISS. With courses to suit tots from two and up, and morning and afternoon sessions, they’ll be splashing about like fish in no time.
Dubai British School, Uptown Primary, Jul 3-Aug 25, 8-11am and 4-6pm. Ages 2+, Dhs350-375/week. www.aiss.ae; info@aiss.ae.

IFA (International Football Academy): Kids participate in a number of activities including, football (naturally), dodgeball, cricket, basketball, soft tennis and volleyball. Loads of competitions, at the end of the week medals and prizes will be presented. IFA also offers a fully flexible schedule, so you can opt to pay for half-days, full days, three days, or the full week.
STAR International School, Umm Sheif, Jul 10-Sep 1, 9am-noon or 3pm, noon-3pm. Ages 5-14, Dhs75-Dhs650 www.ifasport.com.

Natural Elements Swim School: Improve stroke techniques, work on water confidence, stamina, and endurance in these group sessions (no more than eight children per class) run by fully qualified swimming instructors. Perfect for kids who need a little extra time in the pool to perfect their skills.
Natural Elements Spa and Fitness Centre, Le Meridien Airport Hotel, Al Garhoud. Jun 19-Aug 18, 9am-10am. Ages 5-12, Dhs600 (10 lessons) Dhs1,000 (20 lessons). 04 702 2430; naturalel@lmdubai.com.

My Gym: My Gym provides a half day of fun and fitness through gymnastics and sports in the gym as well as music, arts and crafts that change according to weekly themes. Perfect for little ones – but they must be potty trained.
My Gym, Jumeirah 3, Jul 3-Sep 11, 9am-12.30pm. Ages 3+, Dhs200/day Dhs850/week, member discount. 04 394 3962; www.mygymuae.com.

Ski Dubai: Get your kids sliding down the slaloms and perfecting the pistes, as well a getting to grips with the ski lifts. Ski Dubai is running five-day camps for beginners, intermediate and advanced snow bunnies. Children do 60-minute or 90-minute sessions, while the older dudes can try snowboarding too!
Ski Dubai, Jun 19-Jul 28, mornings only. Ages 3-6, Dhs770 (ski school only), ages 7-13 Dhs900 (Ski and snowboarding). 800 534 7873.

Kids’ Theatre Works!: Led by professional actresses and musical theatre specialists from the UK, this theatrical camp sees kids explore a different theme each week, culminating in a a fabulous show in the Kilachand Theatre, Ductac, on the last day. There’ll also be opportunity to work with Dean Elliot – a special guest instructor from the UK who played Buddy in the West End Musical. For younger kids, Kids Theatre Works! also runs a camp at DESS, where children can enjoy a week of drama and art, as well as a show they will perform at the end of the camp.
Ductac, Jun 26-Aug 18, 9am-3pm. Ages 7-14, Dhs750. Dubai English Speaking School, Jul 3-7, 9am-2pm. Ages 4-10, Dhs750. 04 341 4777 ext 234/5, 050 158 5653; www.kidstheatreworks.com.

Sports Skills camp: From Grass Roots Golf and Cavekids from Caveman Fitness, this programme is devised to boost children’s skills, performance and self-esteem as highly-qualified instructors take them through a range of sports from golf and boxing to swimming and racket sports.
Emirates Golf Club, Jun 26-Jul 28 (week beg Jul 10 for ages 12-16 only). Ages 6-11. 8.30am-2.30pm. Dhs850/week. 050 457 9420; jane@mgwgolf.com.

The Little Gym: The Little Gym is a cool place to hang out this summer, with plenty of safe, skill-building fitness activities. Each week will be designed around a theme such as ‘Guppies to Puppies’, ‘Sports Spectacular’ and ‘Harry’s School of Magic’ and will include games, obstacle courses and crafts.
The Little Gym, Ibn Battuta, Jul 2-Sep 1, 10am-1pm or 3pm-6pm. Ages 3-12, Dhs160-180 (member/non member day rate) to Dhs650-750 (member/non member’s weekly rate). 04 445 6850; thelittlegym@eim.ae.


Update: this is an article from 2011. Click here for 2012 summer camps in Dubai

Best for Little ‘Uns

Blossom Nursery: Tots will have loads of fun at this active and creative camp which aims to ‘secretly teach’ a multitude of new skills through play. From Wild West barn dances and luxurious regal balls, to swimming, baking, crafts, mini Olympics and more.
Blossom Nursery, Umm Sheif; Blossom Village Nursery, Umm Suqiem, Jul 3-Aug 25, 8am-1pm ,3pm and 5pm. Ages 2-6, Dhs790-990/week. 04 394 8837/04 348 6275; www.theblossomnursery.com.

Building Blocks Nursery: Get your little ‘uns involved in a whole heap of organised activities with classes in coordination and flexibility, stamina and strength, rhythm and music, drama, creative encouragement, basketball, rounders, netball, volleyball and lots more. Building Blocks Nursery, Motor City, Jul 3-28, 8.30am-12.30pm. Ages 0-7, Dhs700/week, member discounts. 04 453 4360; camp@building-blocks.ae

British Orchard Nursery: Themed weeks will help keep your little horrors entertained and full of the joys of learning at this well-established nursery. Arts, crafts, music and dance, cooking, investigative learning, outdoor play, story times, drama, free play and lots, lots more.
Bur Dubai, Jul 3-Aug 25, 10am-2pm. Ages 2-6, Dhs150/day, Dhs600/week. 04 398 3536; www.britishorchardnursery.com.

Children’s Garden Nursery: Plenty of music, swimming, movement, creative art and language classes to keep your tots entertained – perfect if they have a natural aptitude for French and German too.
The Children’s Garden, Green Community, Jul 3-28, 9am-2pm. Ages 3-7, Dhs1,100/week. 04 885 3584; www.childrensgarden.ae.

Favourite Things: Nippers will find all manner of activities to keep boredom at bay. Arts and crafts, science lessons, cooking, face painting, Fit Kids, fun and games and free play will wear them out nicely.
Favourite Things, Marina Mall, Jun 26-Sep 1, 9.30am-1pm. Ages 2-8, Dhs155/day Dhs620/week, member discount. 04 434 1984; www.favouritethings.com.

Fun City: Brilliant fun for little ones, Fun City summer camps offer and range of educational and physical activities to keep your brood amused all through the hot season. Arts, crafts, interactive cooking, yoga sessions, music and dance, gymnastics, martial arts and field trips, will help burn up all that excess energy.
Arabian Centre, Ibn Battuta, Lamcy Plaza, Mercato, Oasis Centre, Al Reef Mall. Jun 19-Aug 24, Sun-Thu, 11am-3pm. Ages 3-8, Dhs200/day, Dhs500/week. www.funcity.ae.

Inspire Nursery: A summer camp with daycare options for tiny babies as well as boisterous toddlers, Inspire offers lots of indoor sports along with splash and swimming fun, music and movement, arts and crafts and daily sessions of dress-up and drama.
Al Safa, Jul 10-Sep 1, 7.30am-2pm or 5pm, 9am-2pm or 5pm. Ages 3 months-4 years, Dhs650-1,200/week. 04 395 5473; admin@inspireallchildren.com.

Kensington Nursery: A new theme every week will keep little ‘uns happy at this well-run and structured nursery camp. Kids can explore a range of themes each week, including ‘The Circus’, and ‘On Safari’ and dive into plenty of games, sports and arts and crafts.
Umm Suqeim, Jul 5-Sep 1, 7.30am-2pm (late pick up until 6pm). Ages 2-7, Dhs650-800/week. 04 394 4473; www.thekensingtonnursery.com.

Kid’s Island: Offering all manner of entertaining activities, from dance and drama, dress up and music, indoor games and sports, cooking and science experiments as well as role play and interactive storytelling.
Kid’s Island Nursery, Jumeirah 3, Jul 3-Aug 25, 8am-12.30pm. Ages 2+, Dhs405/3 days-Dhs650/week. 04 394 2578/9; www.kidsislandnursery.com.

Kidville: Energetic fun and games for kids aged up to six who are fed up with being cooped up. Book your little monkeys into a playspace session, an energetic class or the action-packed Camp Kidville.
JBR, Uptown Mirdif, MotorCity. 04 440 1220; www.mykidville.ae.

Peekaboo: Running a huge range of activities including dance, dress-up, music sessions, cookery classes, arts and crafts and organised games, Peekaboo is perfect for little ones who like to be busy in the mornings while mums indulge in their love of shopping.
The Village Mall, Ibn Battuta, Mall of the Emirates, Jul 3-Sep 2, 10am-2pm. Ages 3-7, Dhs100/day, Dhs450/week. 050 459 6588; www.peekaboo.ae.

Small World Nursery: Loads of stimulation with music, outdoor games, field trips, fun projects, cooking and competitions. Transportation is provided.
Jumeirah 2, Jul 3-Aug 4, 8am-12.30pm. Ages 1-4, Dhs130/day, Dhs650/week. 050 425 1279; www.smallworldnurserydubai.com.


Update: this is an article from 2011. Click here for 2012 summer camps in Dubai

Cooking camp

Little Chefs school: Foodie field trips, cultural culinary classes, plenty of tasting and good kitchen practice are all part of the Little Chefs summer programme. Run by foodie mum, Tina McFadzean, lunch and snacks are provided and little ones get to take home their delicious creations. Weekly campers also get an apron, cooking tools, a certificate and recipe book.
Sheikh Zayed Road (behind Metropolitan Hotel) Jul 3-Sep 1, 9am-1pm. Ages 5+, Dhs150/day, Dhs700/week. 050 458 3015; hungrymum@yahoo.com.

Education camps

Discover Me: Help your children tap into their undiscovered talents by enrolling them in these creative thinking camps designed to improve leadership skills, confidence and initiative.
Favourite Things, Jul 3-14, 10.30am-12.30pm. Ages 3-5, call for prices. 055 406 9095/050 785 8604; www.discovermedubai.com.

Finishing Touch: A series of etiquette classes designed to turn little toe-rags into perfectly mannered mini ladies and gents. The two-week mini finishing school includes a course on table manners and sessions on behaving impeccably. Meanwhile, if you want to hone your literacy and numeracy talents too, check out the Mortimer English Club, and the Mathnasium classes which introduce kids to a range of tricks to impress their peers and teacher.
Finishing Touch, Knowledge Village, Jun 26-Aug 2. Ages 3-18, timings and prices vary. 04 427 2452/ 438 0377; info@finishingtouches.ae.

Imagine Education: Concentrating on a range of learning-though-fun activities, little learners can hone their Apple Mac IT skills, indulge in creative art, dance and drama, photography and movie making, team building and fun games, emotional intelligence and more. Coordinated and run by experienced teachers, these camps are designed to build confidence, help kids make friends, learn new skills and technology and above all else have fun!
Repton, Kings’ Dubai, Regent Schools, Jul 3-Aug 25, 8.30am-1pm. Ages 4-14, Dhs150/day, Dhs700/week. 055 3695642; info@imagine-education.com.

IngeniousEd: Educational programmes for children of various ages include The Literacy Intervention Programme (LIP), an intensive reading and writing intervention for children struggling with any aspect of literacy skills. It runs for one hour, Sunday to Wednesday for four weeks. The Summer Skills Enrichment Programme is a fun way for kids to keep engaged with their literacy and math skills – perfect for keeping their skills fresh. Literacy Intervention programme, 10am-12noon.
Ages 6+, Dhs1,300 assessment fee and Dhs3,800 (for four weeks). Summer Skills Enrichment Programme, Ages 6-12, Dhs600/week. Both programmes are ongoing throughout the summer. 04 421 8443/050 874 1269; info@ingenioused.com.

Mad Science: Little brainboxes can hone their investigative skills by taking part in one of three camps. ‘The Garden Camp’, ‘Moving Science’ and ‘Chemicals, Cells and Crimes’ cover a range of fascinating topics for little Einsteins.
Locations to be announced, Jul 3-Sep 1, 9am-1pm and 9am-3pm. Ages 4-6 (Garden Camp only), otherwise, ages 7-12. Prices vary. 04 337 7403.

Summer camp abroad!

International Camp Suisse: If your kids fancy escaping the heat altogether, why not consider sending them on European summer camp adventure? International Camp Suisse offers a fun-filled, action packed programme for 7-17-year-olds from all over the world. Husky dog sledding on a glacier, banana boating on lake Geneva, mountain biking, hiking and camping, rock climbing, cheese and chocolate factory excursions, zip wires and lots more, will ensure they have a fantastic adventure holiday. Torgon, Switzerland, Jul 3- Aug 5, From Dhs4,744 -Dhs9,428 per week, depending on the time of travel. Each camp lasts two weeks. International Camp Suisse, +44 845 5191 031; www.campsuisse.com.

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