Whether they’re falling behind in school or you think they just need a boost, there’s a whole slew of extra-curricular options here in Dubai. We’ve tracked down language classes, grinds, private tutors, development programmes and much more!
Baby Brain Boosters
Baby Arabia at Favourite things
There’s a ton of research which states pre-schoolers pick up languages as easily as they do the flu, so it’s now or never. And seriously, what better tongue to get their little chops around, than that of our host country- Arabic. This class mixes stories, singing, sounds, rhymes and words and before you know it, both you and bubs will be conversing with your new friends. Great for language skills, building confidence and making tons of friends.
9.30am-10.15am, Sundays. 2nd Floor Dubai Marina Mall. www.kadomzdancestudio.com (04 434 1984).
Kidville’s Mess Lab
Get those little minds thinking creatively with this problem-solving course. Aimed at mini-investigators aged two to four years of age, the course explores the world around us with a messy and magical mix of art, science and engineering. Discover how things work with a whole bunch of hands-on stuff like paint and putty, magnifiers and magnets, blocks and builders, and everything in between.
Mess Lab is a 16 week course costing Dhs1,895. Dates still to be confirmed. Kidville, The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence. www.kidville.com (04 440 1220).
KidzArt Squiggles and Giggles
Get their right-lobes activated with this arty introduction from KidzArt. Aimed at two and three year olds the course focuses on discovering the ‘language’ of art packed with crafty practice, storytelling, poetry, and sing-alongs. There is extra emphasis on interaction with kids of their own age, motor skills and creativity and developing their language and community skills.
Eight week course costs Dhs560. Starts mid-September. KidzArt, DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates. www.kidzart.ae (055 2220 129).
Grade School Geniuses
Success Saturdays at Discover Me Dubai
Get them exploring, experiencing and experimenting with essential life skills that are linked to success. Think communication, perseverance, creativity, responsibility, time management and more. And in no time they’ll be applying them to everyday life and hopefully improving their all-round abilities and chances of success.
Classes held between 10.30am and 1.30pm Saturday and available for three to six year olds, seven to 10 years old and 11 to 14 years old. DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates. www.discovermedubai.com (055 406 9095).
iQids Abacus & Life Skills
By combining logical and creative skills the iQids programme activates and stimulates both left and right brain hemispheres. As if that weren’t enough, there’s also leadership and negotiation skills, creative expression, presentations and debates. The course instills students with a mighty sense of self belief, and equips them with the skills to be winners in all areas of life.
Classes are designed for kids aged three to 14 years and cost Dhs1,500 per semester. Two hour classes held on Saturday between 9am and 3pm at Star International School, Umm Al Sheif (056 116 5747).
Alliance française French Classes
For French classes with the best accent in town, it has to be the Alliance française. There are classes for all ages each with an emphasis on fun, interaction and communication, all at an age where learning language is natural and easy.
Classes start after school from 9 September to 29 October, twice a week and costs Dhs1,550 for the course. Alliance française Oud Metha, near American hospital. www.afdubai.org (04 335 87 12).
Everyone loves the world’s favourite maths tutoring school. With locations worldwide and numerous handy locations the length and breadth of Dubai, you’re never far from a centre. The unique Mathnasium technique is tailored to suit each student and is not only popular but effective too, apparently 10 lessons raises an average score by 27 percentage points!
Classes available for three to 16 year olds and prices vary depending on level and number bought. Mathnasium available in Al Barsha, Jumeirah, Mirdif, Motor City and Knowledge Village. www.mathnasium.ae.
For nippers nine and up, Gore’s offers tutors for Mathematics, Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology), English, French, Spanish, Business Studies, Accounting, Economics, ICT for GCSE, IGCSE, IB, Key Stages I, II and III, A levels, O levels, SATs and Home Schooling curriculum. Phew! Tutors are highly trained and the class sizes are small, intensive and exam oriented. Focus remains firmly on student performance both for school exams and test preparations.
Classes are held daily from 10am to 1pm and evenings 3pm to 8pm. Prices start at Dhs75. Gore’s Tutoring Center, Block 19, Dubai Knowledge Village. www.dubai-tuitions.com.
And now for something a little Different…
Got a budding comedian in your family? Don’t knock it, try nurturing it with Duomedy. Apparently comedy training improves confidence, empowerment, memory, language skills and more, all while having a right good belly laugh.
Classes are for kids ages 10 to 14 years old and start Saturday 28 September from 9.45am to 11am. The six week programme costs Dhs600 with a final performance. Duomedy, JLT Studio. www.dubomedy.com (04 374 6789).
Become a horse whisperer with Hoofbeatz
Get them speaking ‘Horse’ with Hoofbeatz speak horse programme. They’ll learn how to communicate with animals, read them, ride them and then go on to try vaulting - the gorgeous sport of gymnastics on horseback. Benefits include empathy, balance, coordination, core strength, self-confidence and more.
Open daily and prices vary. Hoofbeatz, Dubai Polo ad Equestrian Club. www.hoofbeatz.com (050 181 0401).
Something for the weekend with Little Explorers
If you want to give their brains a boost during the weekend, then head along to Little Explorers at Mirdif City Centre. With 97 exhibits and five epic zones, kids aged two to seven will spend the day experimenting and learning in such a fun environment they won’t even realise its educational! Designed to develop their spatial awareness, social identity, enhance their thought process and develop their thirst for knowledge this place is a sure fire winner.
Dhs130 for a full day pass, with one adult free. Little Explorers, Mirdif City Centre. www.theplaymania.com/little-explorers.
Most things Dubai does are pretty impressive and on a superlative scale and Kidzania are no different. Imagine a town entirely run by kids, where they fly the planes, serve McDonalds and man the fire engines and ambulances. Kidzania take role play to a Dubai-esque level and kids just can’t get enough. As they work their jobs they will earn money to spend, hopefully learning the premise of work ethic, job fulfillment and more. Dhs140 entry. Kids aged four to 16. Kidzania, Dubai Mall. www.kidzania.ae.
Tutor Tales: With youngest daughter Carla’s math’s grades just not up to par, mum Fiona Mitchell decided to employ a tutor to bring her up to speed. “I spoke to the teacher and she said some kids just don’t develop as quickly as others - she backed my decision to get some outside help, before the issue became a problem. We got a math’s coach twice a week and Carla really hasn’t looked back. She’s enjoying the benefits of powering through her regular class in school and gained real confidence from understanding and not being in the bottom few”.