Looking for ways to amuse the sprogs once the school bell rings? Check out our comprehensive round up of boredom-busting after school activities.
Mini Minors Tennis
This fun introductory course offers a systematic training process that includes learning basic stroke production, footwork and coordination for beginners. There are classes for older kids too, including Young Guns for kids aged seven to 15, and Top Guns for kids aged ten plus.
Where: American University in Dubai tennis courts
When: Weekdays 4.15pm-5.15pm
Price: Dhs95 per class (Dhs80 for registered students)
Contact: www.dubaitennisacademy.com (050 286 8025).
Karate is a great sport for boys and girls of all ages, offering benefits such as self defense, improving confidence, and keeping fit.
Where: Jumeirah Primary School
When: Starting Saturday 21 September 2013, every Saturday from 11am-12pm
Price: Dhs60 per lesson or Dhs720 for term of 12 lessons including the cost of a karate suit
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (050 646 5139).
Clark Francis Tennis
Classes that cover basic fundamentals of tennis including technique, agility, co-ordination movement and tactics.
Where: Various locations across Dubai
When: Different classes from Sunday to Thursday
Price: Dhs550 for 10 week course
Contact: www.clarkfrancistennis.com (050 685 8304).
Mini Hurricanes Rugby
Tag, touch and contact rugby lessons for kids of different ages, focusing on areas such as communication, ball handling and awareness of space and the pitch.
Where: The Sevens Stadium
When: Every Friday. Different timings for different age groups
Price: From Dhs900 including kit
Contact: email@example.com, www.dubaihurricanes.com (050 950 9956/050 551 5627).
Tee & Putt Mini Golf
This challenging glow-in-the-dark mini golf course offers entertainment for the whole family. Mini golf can help develop kids’ concentration, physical exercise ability levels and social interaction skills.
Where: Wafi Mall
When: Saturday-Wednesday 10am-10pm, Thursday-Friday 10am to midnight
Price: Dhs65 per person in a group of three or more, Dhs75 individual
Contact: www.teeandputt.com (04 357 32 90).
Elite Football Coaching
Kids’ after-school football coaching programme with UEFA qualified coaches that will enhance the physical, mental, emotional and technical growth and development of young athletes.
Where: Various locations across Dubai
When: Available daily after school and on weekends
Price: Dhs75 per session including a football kit
Contact: www.elite-fc.ae, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (04 458 4024).
MPAC Sports Basketball works with schools, communities, clubs and recreational facilities to enrich the educational experience of students and athletes through structured training, competitions, leagues and games.
Where: Over 50 Locations including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Al Ain and Ras Al Khaimah
When: Saturday-Thursday 2pm-9pm
Contact: www.MPACsports.com, (04 385 1777 / 050 142 9330).
Hamilton Aquatics Swimming lessons and Squad coaching
Whether you are a total beginner or an adult learning to swim, Hamilton Aquatics has the expertise and know-how to help you achieve your goals.
Where: Convenient locations across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha
When: Term starts September 15
Price: From Dhs65 per session (20 week term)
Age: Beginner to adult.
Contact: www.hamiltonaquaticsdubai.com, email@example.com (04 045 8832).
YO! KIDZ - FUN with YOGA
Yoga is a discipline that can lead kids on the path towards a calm and balanced mind, as well as helping them build a strong and flexible body. In the world of competition, high expectation and peer pressure, yoga helps kids to relax and de-stress when they feel upset or down. It soothes their frayed minds and helps them get back to a normal state of balance.
Where: GEMS World Academy
When: Starting Mid September every Sunday 3:45pm-4:30pm
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Absolute Swimming Academy Swimming Lessons
Absolute Swimming Academy provides a variety of swimming programmes for kids of all ages and abilities. Their baby swim instructors are experienced in developing aquatic skills for babies aged three months and over.
Where: Locations throughout Dubai and Sharjah
When: Weekdays after 3pm and weekends
Price: Dhs65 per group class
Age: 3 months+
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (050 556 0890).
Kids who enroll in the skateboarding course will not only get their very own skateboard on the first day and learn how to assemble it, but will then learn a large range of skills and tricks. The lessons teach students technical skills, as well as developing their self belief and focus.
Where: Tashkeel Skatepark, Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba 1
When: Starting on September 28 classes will be held throughout the week from 4pm-7pm
Price: Dhs150 for a one hour lesson or Dhs1200 for a 12 week package including a skateboard of their own
Contact: www.tashkeel.org (04 336 3313/050 394 8680).
Introduction to Surfski
Surfski is a healthy and fun activity for kids, teaching boat set up, paddle and gear, safety and technique.
Where: Kite beach
When: 06:30am daily plus flexi time on the weekends
Price: Dhs200 per hour
Contact: email@example.com (050 919 9756).
Fitness classes incorporating sports and gymnastic skills to build strength and flexibility, balance and coordination. Kids’ will enjoy getting fit in a safe and clean environment, while making friends at the same time.
Where: Jumeirah (near sunset mall)
Price: Dhs1250 for returning members for 10 weeks including one class and one free play. New members pay Dhs250 lifetime membership fee and get a welcome pack and access to over 200 gyms worldwide
Age: 6 weeks to 13
Contact: www.mygym.com/dubai (04 394 3962).
Horse Stable Management Programme
This course is designed to provide kids with the skills needed to properly care for horses in training or boarding facility. Starting with a review of horse knowledge and the basics of proper horse handling, they will learn to observe all the conditions which affect the horse, from health care to equipment choice and maintenance. They will also learn about the use of different restraints and oral medications.
Where: Umm Suqeim Model School, St. 29B Al Safa 2, Dubai
When: Saturday 9am-10am
Price: Dhs100 per hour
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (055 167 0188).
Drama and Dance
James & Alex Dance Studios Kids Dance Programme
The James & Alex Kids Programme is jam-packed with a variety of dance styles allowing kids to have their moment to shine, whilst building their confidence and keeping them fit at the same time. Kids’ can choose from ballet, hip hop, jazz, modern contemporary, musical theatre, acting and even dynamic salsa.
Where: James & Alex Dance Studios in Dubai Media City
When: New term starts September 8, all classes run after school from 4.30pm
Price: From Dhs900 for 15 weeks of one hour dance sessions, with plenty more sessions and workshops to choose from
Contact: www.jamesandalex.com, e-mail email@example.com (04 447 0773).
Kids’ Theatre Works
A drama school offering a range of classes in Drama, Acting and Musical Theatre; the acting and music classes put on two stage shows every year, a perfect opportunity for budding starlets to show off their stage skills.
Where: Ductac, Marina Mall, Motor City, Mirdiff and various schools
When: Term Begins on September 1st. Registration begins on August 18
Price: Varies per class. Term runs for 13-15 weeks depending on the location
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kidstheatreworks.com (050 158 5653).
Hayley’s Comet Theatre Company
With different classes in vocal training, acting lessons and dance classes, kids’ interested in song and dance will enjoy the theatrical training on offer by skilled professionals.
Where: James & Alex Dance Studios, Dubai Media City
When: New term starts 8th September. Timings vary according to class/age group
Price: From Dhs900 for 15 weeks of classes
Contact: email@example.com, www.hayleyscomet.com (055 104 0538).
Diverse Performing Arts School
Diverse is the only PA school in the UAE that offers all aspects of performing arts providing, RAD Ballet, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Dance Fusion, Contemporary, Private Singing Exams, Trinity Drama and ISTD Tap and Modern.
Where: Diverse Studios, The Curve Building, Sheikh Zayed Rd
Age: 3 to adult
Price: From Dhs55 AED per hour
Contact: www.diversechoreography.com (04 330 7338).
Contemporary Dance Dubai
Kids’ looking to improve their dancing techniques will be pleased with the offerings from Contemporary Dance Dubai (CDD), including Contemporary dance, Contemporary ballet and Contemporary fitness. What’s more, kids’ can take advantage of the Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa’s facilities with access to the relaxation areas after class.
Where: Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa
When: Starting Sep 1, A CDD dance term is six weeks for adults and 12 weeks for children. CDD offers two classes per week for all levels
Price: Dhs420 per class
Contact: www.cdd.ae (050 949 5801).
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial arts that combines dance, folklore and music. During Capoeira sessions, children will learn martial art techniques, improve coordination, discover Capoeira acrobatics, play music instruments and sing, improve focus and concentration, boost confidence, be active and have lots of fun.
Where: Across 25 schools in Dubai
Contact: www.levelupskills.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (050 865 9897).
Street Jazz and Ballet Classes
Sharmila Dance school offers street jazz classes with styles varying from hip-hop, lyrical contemporary, funk, camp, commercial jazz and ballet.
Where: Chalhoub Studio, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates
When: Saturday-Thursday, timings vary for different classes
Price: Dhs66 per class
Contact: www.sharmiladance.com, email@example.com (04 341 4777).
Kids will enjoy learning ballet basics at this play lounge; after class they can have a blast exploring the tiny park and tiny workshop in the play area.
Where: Tiny Town
When: Tuesday 5pm-6pm plus 30 minutes free access to play area
Price: Dhs40 per class or Dhs420 for 12 classes
Contact: www.tinytown.ae (044 232 578).
Drama Scene is the largest skill based acting school in the UAE which equips kids with a full drama skill set. Based out of Ductac, its classes are age specific and offer students over five years of age optional annual LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) Examinations with accredited certification.
Where: Ductac, Mall of Emirates
When: Classes for all ages Sunday-Thursday from 2:30pm-8:00pm
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dramascenedubai.com (055 310 0984/050 454 1713).
Ballroom and Latin American competition dancing
For the first time, The Dance Project is offering the chance for kids in Dubai to take classes like the Strictly stars. Kids’ will be taught all of the latest moves and learn to dance like their favourite celebrities.
Where: Numerous locations across Dubai
When: Daily from 12.30pm-5.30pm depending on location and age
Price: Dhs750 per 10 classes
Contact: www.danceprojectdubai.com (052 726 0950).
Bollywood Dance Class with an International Twist
Nisha’s Bollywood dance class is a vibrant, high energy class that starts with a unique warm up designed to increase flexibility and strength. The class then flows into an exciting dance routine to the latest Bollywood track. Various dance styles are also taught such as belly dance, bhangra, hip hop and contemporary.
Where: Ductac and Burjuman Community Hall
When: Starting September 6 every Saturday 7pm-8pm at Ductac, and every Friday 1pm-2pm in Burjuman Community Hall
Price: Dhs55 per class
Contact: www.dancewithnisha.com (050 749 2067).
Fairmont Falcons Juniors’ After School Club
The Falcons Juniors’ Club offers a varied after school programme which includes arts and crafts, fitness and dance. Children will use their creativity and imagination at the same time as having fun and making new friends. Each session includes a selection of activities, games and crafts. Children will also have the opportunity to use the climbing wall and our refreshing splash park.
Where: Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
When: Valid from September 8 until December 11 (excluding school Holidays), from Sunday-Wednesday 2.30pm-6.30pm
Price: Dhs45 per hour
Contact: email@example.com (04 457 3331).
Kidville offers a wide range of educational classes in a safe, clean and fun environment. Sign up for Kidville Korner and enjoy two hours of structured activities each day, from a selection of gym, arts and crafts, music, entertainment and dance.
Where: Kidville JBR and Kidville Mirdif
When: Two days, three days or five days a week from 3pm-5pm
Price: From Dhs70 per hour
Age: 14 months to six
Contact: www.mykidville.ae (04 440 1220/04 236 3648).
Sports classes at Kidz Venture
Kidz Venture has a variety of sports classes to choose from such as Badminton, Tennis, Basketball and Football, coached by friendly professional Instructors. While kids are learning, mums can enjoy retail therapy in
Where: Ibn Batutta Mall
When: Sunday-Thursday 3pm-8pm. Advance booking is required
Price: Varies according to the programme. Programme is for 12 weeks per term. Discounts can be availed for lump sum payments.
Contact: www.kidzventure.ae, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 361 9315/04 368 4130).
Kids’ can choose from an array of different classes including Fairy Tale Ballet, Belly Dancing, Giggle Bellies and Arts and Crafts.
Where: Al Barsha Mall, Ground Level, Al Barsha 2
When: Times vary depending on class
Price: Dhs85 per class or Dhs390 for eight sessions
Contact: www.cheekymonkeys.ae (04 385 0875).
Arts and Crafts
PAINT POTS Art Club
Weekly interactive creative art classes to take you on a journey round the globe – each week explores a new country. Explore, create and have fun while you learning about the amazing world and variety of cultures.
Where: Creche Out Art and Craft area, Mirdif City Centre
When: Saturday 7 September starting 10.30am, continuing weekly
Price: Dhs75 per hour or Dhs250 for four weeks
Contact: www.crecheoutinternational.com (04 231 6262).
KidzArt Fine Art Program
KidzArt is a Drawing based Fine Art Programme. It was developed as a fun programme to help kids to be creative thinkers and problem solvers. KidzArt is not limited to artistic children. Classes are designed to reach every child from Picassos-in-training to kids who never thought they could draw.
Where: Al Barsha/ JLT/JBR/ Mirdif
When: Ongoing program. Offered at different location/days/timings
Price: Dhs560 / Dhs720 for 8 weeks (price includes all art supplies needed for the project)
Contact: www.kidzart.ae, email@example.com (055 222 0129).
Young Artist Programme (YAP)
Providing an understanding of contemporary visual art practices and concepts, the Young Artist Programme aims to give an insight into the arts scene and how to think, work and present as an artist. The course offers the opportunity for participants to join at Foundation or Intermediate level. These levels reflect a continuum of skills, application and critical thinking in the visual arts.
Where: thejamjar, Al Quoz 3, St.17a, Comm. 368
When: Mondays and Tuesdays 3:30pm-5:30pm
Price: Dhs2200 for 11 Sessions
Age: Foundation Level (9-12) Intermediate Level (10-14)
Contact: www.thejamjardubai.com (04 341 7303).
Create Education is an education consultancy and provider offering professional development programmes and classes in robotics, design and technology.
Contact: www.facebook.com/createeducation (050 543 9759).
Iqra’a’s After School Activities
Iqra’ a’s offers numerous Arabic related after-school activities, where kids have the opportunity to learn Arabic in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere which will boost their confidence and understanding of Arabic language.
Where: Jumeirah 3
When: Sunday-Wednesday 4pm-7pm
Price: Dhs80 per hour
Contact: www.iqraalc.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 388 1155).
Build It, Break It, Fix It
In this kid-constructed building class, kids’ will master the skills of using basic tools and tackle projects like laying bricks, planting gardens, tiling floors, painting walls and much more. Kids’ will also become familiar with road signs and safety items they see in everyday life.
Where: Apple Seeds, Gold and Diamond Park
When: Starting September 8, every Sunday and Monday at 5.10pm
Price: From Dhs918 for eight weeks
Contact: www.appleseedsdubai.com (04 380 6064).
MetaMindz is a unique learning center that teaches the digital natives of today the way they want to learn. Fully individualised, powered by technology and embedded with constant assessments and motivating feedback, Maths, English and other school subjects have never been so much fun.
Where: Jumeirah Lake Towers and opening soon in Motorcity
When: Saturday-Thursday 10am-7pm
Price: Packages of 10/20/30 hours starting at Dhs100 per hour
Contact: www.metamindz.com (04 368 5604).
Caboodle Pamper & Play Workshops
Caboodle Pamper & Play is running three workshops in September: Back to School, Autumn Workshop, and Play with Clay, all featuring games, activities and imaginative play.
Where: Caboodle Pamper & Play, The Dubai Mall
When: Back to School Workshop 5-6 Sep 1pm-9pm. Autumn Workshop every Wednesday 3pm-7pm. Sculptors Saturday 3pm-7pm
Price: Varies depending on activity
Contact: www.caboodle.ae (04 325 3367).
Baby Arabia Languages
Baby Arabia introduces kids to new words, songs and numbers in other languages including French, English and Spanish.
Where: 11 locations across Dubai
When: Starting Sep 15, once a week
Age: Toddlers to kids aged six
Contact: www.babyarabia.com, email@example.com (050 624 7263).
Mathnasium, The Maths Learning Center
Using illustrations and puzzles, Mathnasium offers engaging maths classes. Kids attending will gain a deep understanding of maths and learn skills to make them feel more confident at school.
Where: Five locations across Dubai
When: Sunday-Thursday from 1pm-7pm and Saturdays from 10am-6pm
Price: Packages of 10, 30 and 60 sessions (hours) available. From Dhs1490 per 10 sessions (prices differ by level)
Where: www.mathnasium.ae (04 421 6939).