After school fun for kids

After school clubs to keep kids happy and entertained in Dubai

Activities

When the school bell rings, let the fun begin with the Time Out Kids guide to the best after school classes and activities in Dubai…

Get Active

Move to the rhythm
The Class: If your kids love to dance, enroll them into a term of classes at James and Alex Dance Studio in Dubai Media City. Pick from classes in ballet, contemporary, break dance, hip-hop, salsa and musical theatre. Can’t decide which to pick? The company is running a Free Class Week from 6th to 11th September, so kids can try any class free of charge and decide which suits them best!
Ages Suitable: 2-16 years
The Cost: From Dhs700 per 14-week term
The Address: James & Alex Dance Studios, 813 & 814 Concord Tower, Dubai Media City (04 4470773) www.jamesandalex.com.


Take to the water
The Class: Whether your child wants to take their swimming seriously or to simply have fun in the water, there is a class at Hamilton Aquatics to suit their level. Beginner lessons start by building confidence in the water, before moving onto advanced classes in stroke correction, technique improvement, and (when they are ready) introducing skills for competitive races.
Ages Suitable: From 3 months
The Cost: From Dhs1400 per 20-week term
The Address: Various locations across Dubai, including Jumeirah, Safa, Meadows, Springs, Motor City, Silicon Oasis, Al Sufouh, and Al Khail Road (04 450 8832) www.hamiltonaquaticsdubai.com.

Bollywood Dreams
The Class:
Take budding Bollywood stars to Nisha Dance Centre for a vibrant, high-energy dance class. Each session starts with a warm up to increase flexibility and strength, before moving into an exciting dance routine to the latest Bollywood tracks. Little movers will get to learn various different dancing styles, including belly dance, bhangra, hip hop and contemporary – and it’s a great way to encourage them to keep fit, while having lots of fun!
Ages Suitable: From 7 years
The Cost: Dhs55 per class or Dh550 per 11-week block
The Address: Nisha Dance Centre, Burjuman Community Hall, Burjuman, Dubai www.dancewithnisha.com.

Sporting Talent

The Class: If your kids can’t decide which sport to pick as an after-school hobby, Elite Sport Coaching is the company to consult. With after-school coaching courses in football, swimming, gymnastics, karate, rugby, basketball, and general fitness, there’s something to suit every child and level. Kids can focus on their strongest activity or swap every term until they find their niche. Coaches are highly qualified and experienced, with a low kids to coaches ratio to ensure your budding sport star gets the best possible training.
Ages Suitable: 4-18 years
The Cost: Dhs80 per class (discounts applicable if attending more than one class per week)
The Address: Various locations across Dubai, including JESS Jumeirah and Star International (Al Twar) (04 458 4024) www.elite-fc.ae

Swing a racket
The Class: If your kids show talent with a racket or simply enjoy whacking a ball over a net, enroll them in an after-school group class at Dubai Tennis Academy. Working on tennis strokes, footwork and coordination, there are three different age groups to suit players from 5 years upwards. The training starts with a basic introduction for the smallest participants and moves up to advanced skills and competitive play for the older kids.
Ages Suitable: From 5 years
The Cost: From Dhs100 per class
The Address: Dubai Tennis Academy, Grand Hyatt Dubai and American University Dubai (04 399 1125) www.dubaitennisacademy.com.


Get Creative

Paint together
The Class: Want to spend some quality time with your children when you pick them up from school? Dubai International Art Centre runs a ‘Fun Painting with Kids’ course, where parents, grandparents or carers stay with the child to get creative together. The 10-week course encourages kids and adults to experiment with materials and tools, make discoveries about art, and expressing their ideas and feelings through the medium of paint.
Ages Suitable: From 5 years
The Cost: Dhs1340 (non-members) and Dh1030 (members) per 10-week term
The Address: Dubai International Art Centre, Villa No.27, Street 75b, Jumeirah 1, Dubai (04 344 4398) www.artdubai.com.


Pencil to paper
The Class:
If your kids love to draw, the Drawing Skills workshop at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, will help them perfect their skills. Under the guidance of a professionally qualified art tutor, attendees will learn the basics of drawing using pencil. From the very basics of how to correctly hold a pencil and the variety of pencil grades and their strengths, the classes will progress to perspective composition, 3D light and dark, and shading techniques. Buy your budding Picasso a set of good quality pencils before they start.
Ages Suitable: 9-16 years
The Cost: Dhs440 per 4-week term
The Address: DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai (04 341 4777) www.ductac.org.


Get Learning

Baby Arabia
The Class: Kick-start your little one’s love of languages by enrolling them into Baby Arabia classes after school, with French or Arabic taught through interactive mediums like music, dance, games, picture cards and story time. Each 45-minute class covers letters, relevant words and phrases in the languages, with the focus always on having fun so that little people look forward to learning. The perfect class for introducing children to languages in such a multi-cultural city as Dubai.
Ages Suitable: 3-6 years
The Cost: From Dhs750 per 10-week term (plus Dh100 registration for new members)
The Address: Various locations across Dubai, including Dubai Ladies Club, Jumeirah Beach Road (050 624 7263) www.babyarabia.com.



Get Performing

Song and dance
The Class:
Head to DUCTAC at Mall of the Emirates to take part in the Musical Theatre Class by Kids Theatre Works! The loud, fun-packed musical theatre class teaches kids to sing and dance to music from Broadway shows such as Mamma Mia, Annie, Mary Poppins, and The Wizard of Oz. The class culminates in performances at two biannual shows for your little performers to enjoy their moment in the spotlight.
Ages Suitable: 5 years and up
The Cost: From Dhs1465 per 14 week term
The Address: Kids’ Theatre Works, DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai (04 341 4777) www.kidstheatreworks.com.

Feel the music
The Class:
Whether your child wants to learn guitar, piano, electronic keyboard, drums, bass guitar, violin or singing, Dubai Music School is the place to head. With a 1:1 ratio of child to teacher, your budding Beethoven will attend two classes a week to quickly learn and improve their skill. The school is open until 8pm every evening, allowing you to fit lessons in after school and other commitments.
Ages Suitable: From 5 years
The Cost: From Dhs200 per month, inclusive of eight lessons
The Address: Dubai Music School, Zabeel Road (Opposite General Post office), Karama, Dubai (04 396 4834) www.dubaimusicschool.com.

Take to the stage
The Class:
Acting enthusiasts can join theatre company Hayley’s Comet for professionally led workshops, suitable for both total beginners and kids with advanced stage presence. The classes are sorted into age groups to make sure your little one gets the very best training, with vocal training, acting lessons, and dance classes all included in the timetable.
Ages Suitable: 4-18 years
The Cost: Dhs600 per 12-week term (plus Dh80 registration fee)
The Address: Hayley’s Comet Theatre Company, James & Alex Dance Studios, 813 & 814 Concord Tower, Dubai Media City, Dubai (055 104 0538) www.hayleyscomet.com.

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