Summer camps for kids in Dubai

Save your sanity - and some cash - with these top kids' activities

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Active Sports Academy
School may be out, but fun is definitely in! Active Sports Academy will keep your active nippers on their toes through the long, hot summer holidays with their multi-activity camps. The sports and games are chosen to encourage team spirit and inclusion of all abilities. Activities include football, tennis, cricket, basketball, gymnastics, dodge ball, badminton, netball, circuit training, baseball, hockey, arts and crafts, swimming and trampolining, as well as relay games, team building exercises and party themed activities. With a wealth of professionally qualified instructors and coaches, parents can relax and enjoy their summer too. Plus, there’s a cool 20 per cent discount for siblings or ‘buddies’ who sign up together. What a bargain!
Wafi Pyramids, DESS, Regent Int School. Jul 1-Aug 30. 8.30am-2.00pm. Dhs550/week, Dhs375/3 days, Dh150/day. Ages 4-14. 050 559 7055; www.activeuae.com; info@activeuae.com

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The whole caboodle

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, 1 July-6 Sept. 9am-5pm (early drop off at 8am, late pick up at 6pm). Ages 3-12, Dhs2,750/week (Aqua Camp), Dhs1,750/week (Adventure Camp). 04 426 1294/5; kidsclub@atlantisthepalm.com

Dubai Holiday Camps
Offers two camps: One for little ‘uns aged 2-4 and the other for 3-14 year olds 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 rounder’s with dance, drama and we even have a computer club thrown in for good measure. We have door-to-door transportation options available, a special activity programme for 2-4 year-olds, a money back guarantee if your nippers can’t make camp, and siblings get a cool 20 per cent off on weekly bookings.
Deira International School (Jul 1-Aug 16), Dubai International Academy (Jul 1-Aug 30), Raffles International School (Jun 24-Aug 30), Raffles Lakes Nursery (Jul 1-Aug-16), Raffles Marina Nursery (Jul 1-Aug 16). 8.15am-2pm (half day) 8.15am-5.30pm (full day). Fee: Dhs525-625/week, Dhs125-150/day. 04 331 8704; wwwdubaiholidaycamps.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, netball, swimming, arts and crafts, 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 skating and the Aquarium, as well as discounts for siblings.
WIS (Jul 1-Sept 2), JPS (Jul 1-Aug 30), RDS (Jul 1-Aug 30), WSO (Jul 1-26), WPS (Jul 1-26), Winchester School Jebel Ali (June 24-Jul-19), DAA (June24-Jul 19), Greenfield Community School (Jul 1-26), Uptown School Mirdif (Jul 1-26), DBS (Jul 1-Aug 30), Jumeirah Baccalaureate School (Jul 1-26). 9am-2pm (half day) and 9am-5pm (full day camp only at WIS). Ages 4-14, Dhs150/day, Dhs500-950/week. Transport is available. 050 5868204, 050 3611547; camps@esportsdubai.com or camp.director@esportsdubai.com

Gulf Star
Running at three locations around town, the Gulf Star multi-activity camps have something to offer even the fussiest sprog, from swimming, racquet games, karting and laser tag (Dubai Autodrome only) to more crafty pursuits like drama, performing arts and crafts. There are discounts for siblings too, depending on the package you choose.
Jebel Ali Primary School (Jul 1-Aug 30), 9am-2.30pm. Ages 4-14 years. Dubai Autodrome 9am-1pm. Ages 8-15 years. The Sheraton Hotel JBR 9am-1.15pm. Ages 4-12 years. Weekly, three-day and daily options. Prices vary according to location. 050 429 4860; info@gulfstarsports.com

The Kidz Club Camp
A fantastic all-rounder with lots of sporting fun, including badminton, swimming, basketball, tennis, soccer, science experiments, dance coaching and fun indoor games galore. Mini chefs can also get stuck into pizza making, mocktail shaking, dining etiquette and cupcake decorating. Lunch is included and there are discounts for early bookers, siblings and referrals.
Grand Hyatt. Jun 24-Jul 14, 9.30am-4pm. Ages 5-12, Dhs180/day, Dhs800/week. 04 317 2449

The Jumeirah kids’ camp
This six-week multi-activity camp includes trips to Wild Wadi, kids’ fitness classes, mini chef master classes. Xbox tournemants, arts and crafts, and more, all designed to keep little minds and bodies interested
as well as teaching them new talents.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Sinbad’s Kids’ Club. Jun 24-Aug 2. 10am-4pm. Ages 5-12. Dhs850/week, Dhs200/day. 800 58 634 724; www.jumeirah.com

Playnation
Footie fans can spend days in Soccer Circus perfecting their dribbling, tots can get all constructive at the education-centric Little Explorers, while iFLY Dubai offers a thrilling flight experience and physical activities.
Mirdif City Centre, Jun 10-Aug 23, 9.30am-3pm. Ages 5-14, Dhs700/week, Dhs200/day. Little Explorers, Jun 20-Aug 23. Ages2-7. Prices and timings vary. 800-386. www.theplaymania.com


Art camps

Craft Land
Sign up for classes in sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting and embroidery at Craft Land this summer. Beginners and experienced crafters will find levels of tuition to suit them in equal measures.
Town Centre Jumeirah. Jul 1-Aug 30. 10am-12noon. Ages 8+. Dhs50-370 (depending on the class you choose). See the schedule in-store. 04 342 2237; www.mycraftland.com

thejamjar
Join them up to the jamjar’s crafty summer programme, which features a variety of artistic workshops focussing on creative experimentation, and technical skill.
Al Quoz, Jun 25-Jul 19. 10am-12 noon. Ages 6-14, Dhs220-850. 04 341 7303; www.thejamjardubai.com

Super Dooper
Get them stuck into fashion design, story telling, puppet making, wood painting, acting and music at this creative camp in Dubai Marina.
Waves DAMAC Building, Jun 24-Aug 30. 9.30am-1.30pm. Ages 3-12. Dhs700/week, Dhs150/day. 04 454 8391; www.superdooper.ae

Mirath Art Center
Mirath Art Center is offering summer workshops that are all about creativity, learning and freedom of expression. Hourly, half-day or full-day workshops are planned around creative and educational themes that include painting, mixed media, collage, clay modeling, mosaics, drama, and music activities. Nippers and older kids will enjoy creating and bringing home their own works of art and quality craft projects.
Amwaj 3, JBR. Jun 25–Jul 30. Dhs80/hour, Dhs750/week. 04 434 0128

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 can try oil painting, acrylic painting, making mosaics, cufflinks, pet name tags and taking part in yoga creativity workshops. All art supplies are provided, including an ‘Arts Camp’ t-shirt.
Ductac, Jun 24-Aug 2. 10am-1.30pm. Ages 6-12. Dhs900/week. 04 341 4777; www.ductac.org

Cafe Ceramique
Lots of arty ceramic painting with cookery classes thrown in for good measure. You book by the day, and the camp runs from Sun-Wed. Lunch is provided.
DFC and Town Centre Jumeirah. Jun 10-Jul 10. 11am-2pm. Ages 5+. Dhs150/day. 04 232 8616/04 344 7331; www.facebook.com/cafeceramiqueuae

Tashkeel
Tashkeel are running a huge array of art programmes over the summer. The three-week course options include screen printing, photography, character creation and even Photoshop classes.
Nad Al Sheba. Jul 1-19. Dhs1,800-200/course. Age and timings TBC. 04 336 3313; www.tashkeel.org

Farjam art camp
This four-week programme enables kids to practice a wide range of artistic techniques through hands-on art activities, surrounded by rare and outstanding artworks from Dr Farjam’s expansive collection. Children will have the chance to discover art in all its varieties with weekly rotating activities in such disciplines as calligraphy, painting, ceramics, sculptures, and photography.
Farjam Gallery, DIFC, Jul 1-31, 8.30am-1pm. Ages 7-10, Dhs500/week. 04 323 0303; www.farjamcollection.org

Kidzart
KidzArt summer campers can participate in themed programmes including ‘So You Want to Be a World Explorer?’ where children will explore different countries through their art and architecture, ‘Paint, Draw and Design Like a Famous Artist’ where children will have fun cartooning, painting on canvas and creating using clay – all based on the works of inspiring artists. The activities include communication, imagination and expression which keep the kids’ brains in an active learning mode.
Locations vary. Jul 1-Aug 30. Ages 4-5 (two hours daily), Dhs550/week. Ages 6-10 (three hours daily), Dhs800/week. 055 222 0129; hetal15@eim.ae.

Kids Theatre Works!
Join the Kids Theatre Works! summer camps for five action packed weeks of singing, acting, creative writing and dancing with a talented team of West End performance instructors. Kids get fully involved with all aspects of creative drama and create a never-before-seen showpiece. As well as developing some useful skills they can be proud of, each week will be following a different theme for big, collaborative fun! Spaces fill fast so register sooner rather than later.
Ductac (Jul 1-Sept 6), Emirates British Nursery (Jul 1-12). Ages 3-14, Dhs750/week, 9am-2pm/3pm. 050 158 5653, 04 341 4777 ext 234/5; www.kidstheatreworks.com.


Sports camps

Hamilton Aquatics Swim School
Make the most of summer and get your tots water proficient by booking them in to the Hamilton Aquatics Learn to Swim, Summer Swimming or Squad programmes.
Locations and prices vary. 050 325 5492; summer@hamiltonaquatics.ae

Splash N Bounce
This ‘Summer Splash Camp’ involves lots of fun sessions in the pool, as well as arts and crafts, dance and music, and new themes every week.
Jun 15 onwards. Ages 5-8 years. prices vary. 050 282 5257; www.splashnbounce.com

Ignite Fitness and Wellness
Loads of footie fun is to be had by kids at this state-of-the-art indoor football facility behind Times Square Mall. Nippers get one-to-one coaching as well as lots of play time.
Football Centre. Jun15-Jul 30. 9.30am-12.30pm. Ages 5-16 years. Dhs2,000/1,500/month. Dhs120/day. 04 348 3869; www.ignite-wellness.com

HoofBeatZ
Perfect for pony-mad youngers, this fun and interactive equine camp is all about getting to know the four-legged residents of the HoofbeatZ team, by either grooming them, washing them, painting them, taking them through courses and generally finding out all about horses. Picnic lunches and water bottles must be provided by parents, along with proper, closed in shoes (no Crocs or flip flops).
Jul 3-Aug 30. 10am-2pm. Ages 5+. Dhs300/day. 050 181 0401; www.hoofbeatz.com

Centre of Excellence
Keep practicing this summer with the Centre of Excellence as their professional coaches continue coaching at the indoor facility at Safa Park. Boys and girls, aged 5-14 years, can take place in a range of football-related activities including skills, matches and mini tournaments.
Safa Park. Jul 1-Aug 30, 9am-12noon. Ages 5-14 years. Dhs650/week Dhs400/3 days, Dhs150/day. 04 883 0828; www.jaicentreofexcellence.com

My Gym
My Gym provides a half day of fun and fitness through gymnastics, arts, crafts, cooking, science, storytime and more with changing weekly themes.
Jumierah 3, Beach Road. Ages 3.5-8. Dhs200/day Dhs850/week (Mon/Thu). 9am-12.30pm. Accompanied Baby Camp Sun 10am-12pm. Dhs150. Ages18-36 months. Member discounts apply. 04 394 3962; www.mygymuae.com

Ski Dubai
Get your kids sliding down the slaloms and perfecting the pistes, as well as 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 17-Jul 15, Aug26-Sept 9. 10am, 12pm and 2pm. Ages 3-6, Dhs770 (60min skiing). Ages 7-13, Dhs900 (90min skiing or snowboarding). 04 4094242; www.skidxb.com

The Little Gym
Active kids learn gymnastics, various sports and do their fair share of arts and crafts as well as other fun activities too. And even if summer camp isn’t your thing, you can just join in with the fun scheduled classes anyway. They have cool names like Beasts or Super Beasts, Funny Bugs, Giggle Worms and Hot Shots. Fun!
The Little Gym, Ibn Battuta, June 24-Sep 6, 10am-1pm or 3pm-6pm. Ages 3-12, Dhs175-190 (member/non member day rate), Dhs775-875 (member/non member weekly rate), Dhs2,800-3,000 (member/non member’s weekly rate). 04 445 6850; thelittlegym@eim.ae

Zebra Crossing
This brand new children’s activity centre just off Sheikh Zayed Road is running a wide range of creative and sporty activities, including pizza making, clay pot moulding, ceramic and sponge painting, dance and music sessions, and of course, lots of running about in the soft play and activity structure. Another bonus is that parents are welcome to hang around too – and can make full use of the centre’s free wifi at the cafe, a boon if junior takes a little while to settle down at camp this season.
July 1-Aug 30. 9am-3pm (lunch provided). Ages 4-10 years. 050 559 4943 or 055 556 5903.


Best for little ones

Asya’s Nursery
Located on the Palm Jumeirah, Asya’s provides a structured nursery camp and daycare service throughout the summer months. Infants and toddlers will be surrounded by fully qualified and experienced teachers in a stimulating and warm environment. The educational fun filled summer camp includes lots of themed activities, dress up and role plays, arts and crafts, music and games.
Throughout July and August. 7.30am-6pm. Ages 6 months to 4 years. Price depends on schedule (two/three/five day camps available). 04-4356627; www.asyasnursery.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 3-30. 8am-12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm. Ages 1-4 years. Dhs750-1,100 (for five days, depending on pick-up time). Summer camp dates are subject to change. 04 348 8805; www.rsn.ae

Little Scholars Academy
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’, ‘at the farm’, ‘at the sea side’ and ‘in outer space’.
Jul 1- Aug 30. 7.30am-1.30pm/3pm/6pm. Ages 3 months-4 years. Dhs775-1140/week depending on pick-up times. 04 395 5532

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.
Umm al Sheif and Umm Suqiem. Jul 1-Aug 23. 8am-1pm/3pm/5pm. Ages 2-6, Dhs790-990/week. 04 348 6275 (BN)/ 04 394 8837(BV); www.theblossomnursery.com

Golden Beach Nursery
Lots of indoor and outdoor activities are available on this structured nursery programme including: water play, French, music, gymnastics, cooking, arts and crafts.
Umm Suqiem 3. Jul 1-Aug 16. 8am-3pm/5pm. Ages 2-5. Dhs6,500/seven weeks, Dhs800-1,000/week. 04 380 9336/050 926 2611

Building Blocks Enrichment Centre
Get your little ‘uns involved in a whole heap of organized activities such as dance, sports, arts and crafts, beach wear kid’s fashion show, etiquette training, water play, and learning the catwalk. There’s different themes and activities every week.
Building Blocks Enrichment Centre Motor City, Jul 1 to Aug 30, 8.30am-12.30pm. Ages 14m-10years, Dhs700/week, member discounts. 04 453 4360; camp@building-blocks.ae

British Orchard Nursery
Themed weeks will help keep your little ones entertained and full of the joys of learning at this well-established nursery. Arts, crafts, music and dance, role play, cooking, investigative learning, story times, drama, free play and lots, lots more.
Bur Dubai, Jul 1-Aug 23, 9am-1pm or 3pm (Through Ramadan until 2pm only). Ages 2-6, Dhs125/day, Dhs600/week. 04 398 3536; www.britishorchardnursery.com

The Children’s Garden
This camp offers plenty of music, water play, movement, creative art and language activities to keep your tots entertained – perfect if they have a natural aptitude for French, German or Arabic too.
Jumeirah and Green Community locations. Jul 1-26, 9am-2pm. Ages 3-7, Dhs1,100/week. Children’s Garden, Green Community, 04 885 3584; www.childrensgarden.ae or 04 349 2985; www.tcgjumeira.ae

Family and Friends
Immerse them in all manner of constructive activities, from sports to keep them fit and active, to arts and crafts which will help develop their fine motor skill, along with games to promote confidence, positive relationships and their own creativity. The Family and Friends centre at JBR is providing everything your active little nippers will need to keep them happy this summer. Food must be provided by parents.
JBR, Jul 1-Sept 6. 8am-12pm/2pm/5pm. Dhs120-200/day, Dhs540-900/week. Ages 0-five years. 050 956 9072; www.dubaifamilyandfriends.com

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.
Marina Mall, July 1-Sep 6, 9.30am-1pm. Ages 2-8, Dhs155/day Dhs620/5 days for non members, Dhs125/day Dhs520/5 days for members. 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, Kiddie Aerobics, martial arts and field trips, will help burn up all that excess energy.
Arabian Centre, Ibn Battuta, Oasis Centre, Al Reef Mall. Jun 24 -Aug 16. 10am-2pm. Ages 3-8, Dhs799/week. www.funcity.ae

Rainbow Valley Nursery
A nursery-based activity programme with special themes including Animal Kingdom, Robot World and Fantasy Adventure. Lots of crafts, cooking, dancing, singing and playing too.
JLT. Jul 22-Aug 16. 8am-1pm. Ages 2-6 years. Dhs150/day, Dhs650/week. 050 440 4863; info@rainbowvalley.com.

Toddler Town Nursery
A new British nursery with fantastic indoor facilities and lots of fun activities to keep your active kids amused. Weekly themes include Super Science, Hooray for History and Magical Music.
JBR. Jul 4-Aug 16. 9am-1pm. Ages 2-5 years. Dhs850/week. 04 452 8080; info@toddlertown.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. Themes include Camping, Hawaiian Hullabaloo, Pirates and Princesses, We’re All Scientists, and much more!
Al Safa, Jul 8-Aug 30, 7.30am-6pm with flexible pick up and drop off options. Ages 3 months-4 years, Dhs700-1,400/week. 04 395 5473; admin@inspireallchildren.com.

Orange Tree Nursery
Nippers aged four months to 4.5 years will love this multi-themed camp at the newly opened IPC Orange Tree Nursery in Jaffilya, Bur Dubai. Weekly themes include Splash Sports, Science Adventure, Animal Antics and Kids’ Kitchen.
Bur Dubai, Jul 1-Aug 2, 9am-1pm. Ages four months-4.5 years, Dhs500/week, Dhs100/day. 04 386 1578 ; www.orangetreedubai.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 & Cocoon Nursery
These two nurseries are running a nine-week programme packed with exciting activities, including arts and crafts, 3D model making, gym tots, creative sand and water play, cooking and fun experiments, role play and interactive storytelling.
Jul 1-Aug 30, 8am-12.30pm. Ages 2-5½ years. Dhs135/day. 04 3949394 or 04 3942578 ; www.cocoonnursery.com or www.kidsislandnursery.com.

Little Pandas Nursery
Join the Little Pandas Fun Attack summer camp at this newly opened nursery near Dubai Zoo. The structured programme at this brand new nursery focuses on arts and crafts, which include model making, messy play, culture and language classes, lots of Lego construction for budding engineers, cake and biscuit decorating, sports activities and more. Perfect for active nippers.
Jul 1-Aug 30, 8am-1pm. Ages 6 months-8 years. Dhs490/week. 04 344 6371; www.littlepandasnursery.com

Kidville
Camp Kidville offers little campers and their counsellors lots of fun activities to get stuck into. Nippers get to visit different classrooms where specialists lead them through all kinds of activities: gym, arts and crafts, music and hands-on exploration. There are also the Fairy Princess and Superhero training camps for kids who love role-play and lots of active games.
Until Aug 23. Timings vary, two, three or five day-options. Ages 18 months-6 years. Price depends on package. 04 440 1220 (JBR) 04 454 2760 (MotorCity) 04 236 3648 (Mirdif); www.mykidville.ae

Kidz Venture
Offering structured activities in art, cooking, craft, drama and music, themes include big top circus, paper puppetry, music madness, movers and shakers, fairy tales and fantasy. Kidz Venture coaches will also run sessions in mini golf, tae-bo, soccer, basketball, tennis, badminton, climbing, paddle tennis, dodge ball and more. With two venues available, there is something for all ages.
Discounts are available for those who register early. Jun24-Aug 30. 9am-2pm. Kidz Venture Community Center( Ibn Battuta); ages 2- 5 years. Winchester School; ages 6-14 years. Dhs.650/week, Dhs150/day. 04 04 361 9315; www.kidzventure.ae or info@kidzventure.ae

Peekaboo
Running a huge range of activities including cooking, arts and crafts, music sessions, storytelling and organised games, Peekaboo is perfect for little ones who like to be busy in the mornings over the summer while mums indulge in their love of shopping.
Jul 1-Aug 30 The Village Mall (9am-1pm), Ibn Battuta and Mall of the Emirates (10am-2pm). Ages 0-7 (children under 3 1/2 must be accompanied by an adult or a one-on-one child care service is available). Dhs100/day, Dhs400/week. 050 459 6588; www.peekaboo.ae


Education camps

Discover Me
Help your children tap into their undiscovered talents by enrolling them in these creative thinking camps designed to improve, confidence and initiative.
Jul 1-12, 10.30am-12.30pm. Ages 7-13. Location TBC. Call for price details. 055 406 9095/050 785 8604; www.discovermedubai.com

Finishing Touch
A series of two-week summer camp courses designed to turn little toe-rags into perfectly mannered mini ladies and gents. The mini finishing school programme 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 FT English Club, and the Mathnasium classes which introduce kids to a range of tricks to impress their peers and teacher.
Knowledge Village. Jun 24-Aug 30. Ages 3-18, timings and prices vary. 04 427 2452/ 438 0377; info@finishingtouches.ae

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

The Brain & Learning
Boost your nippers’ intelligence over the summer with this stimulating summer programme that literally, exercises the brain. After all, it’s far too easy to end up with sponge heads after the long holidays away from school.
Grosvenor Business Tower, TECOM. 9am-1pm. Ages 6+ . Dhs235-250 (per hour). www.thebrainandlearning.com. 04 337 7403.

Little Chefs
Little Chefs Dubai are back this summer with heaps of delicious fun on offer. The daily sessions, which include lunch, healthy snacks, a recipe booklet, an apron and a foodie field trip (at the end of each week’s camp) help teach kids all about nutrition, healthy eating, safe and hygienic food preparation and lots of yummy recipes from around the world.
Behind the old Metropolitan Hotel, Aug 5-30. 9am-1.30pm. Dhs800/week. Ages 5-11 years. 050 458 3015; hungrymum@yahoo.com.

Dar il elim
Kids can take their pick from either Arabic, French or English classes, and the programmes are based on fun ways of learning, related to the students’ own routines. Subjects like travel, hobbies, family, the beach, birthdays, sports and outings, are all part of discussion – and arts and crafts are incorporated into the learning process.
DWTC. June10 onwards. 9.30am-12.30pm. Dhs660/Sun-Wed. Ages 4-11 years. 04 331 0221; www.dar-el-ilm.com

MetaMindz
Avoid the summer learning loss (which can be as much as six months) after the long hols by boosting your child’s brain power with an educational camp that hones numeracy, literacy and cognitive enhancement.
Reef Tower, JLT. Throughout the summer. Sat-Thu, 10am-7pm. Prices vary. 04 368 5604; www.metamindz.comday. Ages 4-14. 055 546 3264; www.activeuae.com


WIN! A week’s camp!

Diverse Choreography
Get into the groove with this two-week all-singing and performing summer camp run by the experts at Diverse Choreography. Musical youngsters can get to grips with harmonizing by performing their favourite songs during the first ‘X Factor’ week, which is run by music professionals. Students also get help with creating their band ‘look’ and perfecting techniques such as microphone control. The second week concentrates on musical theatre and drama and both weeks of the course culminate in the children performing for their parents. Discounts for siblings and full sign-ups available.
GEMS World Academy, Jul 1-12. 9am-3pm. Ages 6-12 years. Dhs700-800 (Diverse students/non diverse students). 050 115 2347; www.diversechoreography.com


For older kids!

Rock Academy
Develop their skills in drums, bass, guitar, vocals, keyboards and DJ’ing. Forming real bands on the first day and working intensely with professional tutors for the week, students will perfect cover versions of rock and pop songs as well as writing their own material. Students who subscribe to the course will find themselves playing to a 200-strong crowd. Family and friends of the students turn out to see tomorrow’s rock stars turning their dreams into a reality. Rock Academy is managed by two UK musicians, drummer Chris Stone and guitarist/singer songwriter Chris Kelly who have both had extensive experience in the music industry.
English college (Jul 1-5). Other venues TBC (Jul 8-19). 9am-3pm. Ages 11-18, Dhs1,500/week. 0044 7811 443366; www.rockacademyworldwide.com, info@rockacademyworldwide.com


Reader's deal!

IFA Sport
Kids participate in a number of activities including, football, cricket, basketball, soft tennis and volleyball. There’s daily competitions and prizes, wacky hair day, and a prize presentation on the final day of each week. Led by FIFA and English FA qualified coaches with over 40 years combined experience, IFA also offers a 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 01-Aug 30, 9am-noon or 3pm, noon-3pm. Ages 5-13, Dhs100-Dhs650 www.ifasport.com

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