1. Hayley’s Comet Theatre Company
Theatrical kids will enjoy the all-singing, all-dancing classes, which culminate in an annual showcase at the Madinat Theatre.
Where: Concord Tower, Dubai Media City
When: Sun 4.30pm-5.30pm (six to eight year olds), 5.30pm-6.30pm (nine to 10 year olds); Mon 5pm-7pm (11 to 13 year olds); Tues* 5pm-7pm (nine to 11 year olds) *advanced auditions only class; Wed 5pm-7pm (14 to 16 year olds).
Ages: Six to 16 years
Price: Dhs980 per term (1 hour classes) and Dhs1680 per term (2 hour classes). Dhs80 registration charge.
To Book: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 055 104 0538
2. Mini Monsters After School Playdate Deal
The new Mini Monsters at DNATA Building offers an afterschool deal every weekday, including two hours of play, a kids meal and juice.
Where: DNATA Building, off Sheikh Zayed Road
When: Sun-Thurs, 3pm-8pm
Ages: All ages, but play area recommended for three to six year olds
Price: Dhs60 per child
To Book: No need to book. For more information, call 04 259 8843
3. Just FOOTBALL Youth Academy
Footie-mad kids will be coached by some of the highest qualified and experienced coaches in Dubai.
Where: Seven venues across the city (indoor and outdoor)
When: Sun-Thurs 3.45pm.
Ages: Four to 18 years
Price: Dhs910 for 14-week term
To Book: Email email@example.com or call 055 909 4809
4. Lessons at Surf School Arabia
Kids will learn how to ride the waves on a surfboard or SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding).
Where: Dubai Marine Hotel, Beach Road, Jumeirah
When: Hourly until 5pm, every day.
Ages: From 5+ years old (must be able to swim)
Price: Dhs125 (group lesson, minimum two kids); Dhs200 (private lesson)
To Book: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 055 601 0997
5. Classical Ballet at Royal Academy of Dance
Classically trained dancers will turn your children into mini ballerinas.
Where: Royal Academy of Dance, Detroit House, Business Park
When: Lessons throughout the week
Ages: Three years and above
Price: Dhs750 per term
To Book: Call 04 344 9776
6. Mighty Mites at My Gym
Relays, games, and gymnastics help to improve strength and flexibility in little class members.
Where: My Gym, Al Barsha
When: Mon 3pm-4pm
Ages: Three to four years
Price: Contact directly for details
To Book: Visit www.mygym.ae or call 04 394 3962
7. Gulf Star Gymnastics Club
Kids start with an introduction to flexibility, stretching and technique, then move onto more advanced moves and apparatus.
Where: Hartland International School
When: Mon and Wed, 4.15pm-7pm
Ages: All ages
Price: Dhs900 for 12-week term
To Book: Email email@example.com or call 050 429 4860
8. Robotics Workshop at Fun Robotics
Kids can get hands-on as they learn how to build and program robots.
Where: Safestway Building, Sheikh Zayed Road
When: Sun - Wed 5pm-6.30pm; Thurs 4pm-5.30pm
Ages: Seven to 17 years
Price: Dhs150 per session
To Book: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 04 338 8354
9. Hip Hop Dancing at Favourite Things
Streetwise kids can get their bop on at these fun dance classes.
Where: Favourite Things, Marina Mall
When: Sun 5.15pm-6pm (Five to 11 years old); Wed 3.15pm-4pm (Three to five years old)
Ages: Three to 11 years
Price: Dhs65 per session
To Book: Call 04 434 1984
10. Bounce Junior Jumpers
Bounce trampoline park offers after-school sessions every day for kids who are over the age of three, but under 110cm in height. There’s no supervision, so parents will need to get jumping too!
Where: Bounce, Al Quoz
When: Sun-Thurs, until 4pm
Ages: 3+ years old
Price: Dhs70 (first session), Dhs50 (second session and thereafter).
To Book: No need to book. Visit www.bounce.ae for more information
11. Tiger Training Group Session
This behavioural workshop helps to build positive leadership skills, whilst kids gain confidence, respect, and happiness.
Where: Tiger Training Authenticity Coaching and Consultation, Al Barsha
When: Sun 4.30pm-5.45pm (13 to 16 years old) Mon 4.30pm-5.45pm (Five to six years old), Tues 4.30pm-5.45pm (Seven to nine years old), and Wed 4.30pm-5.45pm (10 to 12 years old).
Ages: Five to 16 years
Price: Dhs1,900 per term
To Book: Call 04 399 0008
12. Reebok Junior Run Club at Urban Energy Fitness
The club teaches children the correct techniques for running to help develop a lifelong enjoyment of exercise.
Where: Al Barsha Park
When: Sun, Tues, Wed at 4:30pm-5:30pm.
Ages: Seven to 12 years
Price: Contact directly for details
To Book: Email email@example.com or visit www.urbanenergyfitness.com
13. Meditation 4 Mums and Kids Play at Kidz Venture
Let your kids play at this new play area, while you indulge in a spot of meditation with other mums.
Where: Double Tree Hilton, Jumeirah Beach (off JBR)
When: Wed 3.30pm
Ages: Three to seven years
To Book: Booking is essential due to limited class sizes. Email Janelle@womenmoneyandstyle.com or call 052 276 8237
14. Fencing Lessons at MK Fencing Academy
Introduce your kids to the Olympic sport of fencing, which requires patience, determination, discipline and competitiveness.
Where: Raffles International School
When: Lessons throughout the week
Ages: Seven to 14 years
Price: Dhs90 per session
To Book: Call 050 684 2935
15. LAMDA Singing at Diverse Choreography
If they love singing, these individual lessons will allow them to take exams within the LAMDA syllabus.
Where: Diverse Choreography, Sheikh Zayed Road
When: Sun-Wed, various times
Ages: 8+ years old
Price: Dhs1,860 per term.
To Book: Call 04 330 7338
16. Rotate play dates.
Start a regular playdate with a group of friends, rotating around your houses on a weekly basis, with the hosting parent preparing tea for all the kids.
17. Involve kids in dinner prep.
Give older kids recipe books and ask them to pick a dinner. Pile into the car to pick up the raw ingredients and help them prepare their dish when you’re back at home.
18. Host a movie screening.
Shutting the curtains and providing a never-ending stream of popcorn will make the afternoon very exciting!
19. Build a den.
Build a den at home – and let the kids climb inside with torches books, and a picnic-like dinner.
20. Make pasta jewellery.
Get kids to paint tubes of pasta every colour of the rainbow and then thread them together onto string for fun, homemade jewelery.
21. Teach them to play board or card games.
Turn off the TV and pull out a board game or pack of cards for some good, old-fashioned fun.
22. Cupcake decorating.
Bake cupcakes while they are at school – and that afternoon, lay out different coloured icing and toppings so they can get creative.
23. Playdough Play.
Make playdough more exciting by adding accessories like straws, uncooked spaghetti and pasta, shells, leaves, twigs or stick-on wobbly eyes.
24. Map a road on the floor.
Map out a road with masking tape on the floor (or a rug for a smaller area) for a ready-made road system for driving cars!
25. Desert picnics.
Drive into the desert at sunset for a picnic in the dunes. One after-school activity they will never forget!
26. Hit the beach.
We are blessed with beautiful free beaches here in the UAE, so why not make the most of it?
27. Explore the park.
We are spoilt for choice when it comes to parks in Dubai – so why not swing by on your way home from school?
28. Take them swimming.
If your apartment or villa has a pool, head outside for a splash!
29. Explore Dubai and cross the creek.
Choose a different Dubai landmark every week to learn about - and then swing by in the car so they can see the building or area for themselves.
Also, explore Dubai’s rich history by heading to the old town and taking a ride over the creek in an abra to visit the souks.
30. Ride bikes or scooters.
There are plenty of great places to take scooters and bikes in the city. Pick a spot and get racing!
31. Ride public transport.
Whether it’s speeding along in Dubai Metro or a Water Taxi nipping across the Marina, getting home from school on public transport can make an exciting change.
32. Visit a themepark.
If your kids love to burn off energy, why not treat them to an evening trip to a waterpark or adventure park. Try Wild Wadi Waterpark, Aquaventure Waterpark in Atlantis, Adventure HQ, or drive through to Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi for an extra treat!
Still need inspiration?
Visit www.afterschool.ae for dozens of ideas for after school activities across the UAE! With a few clicks you can access dates, times, locations and prices of each of the activities. With all this information at your fingertips you are able to quickly choose and book activities that best fit in with busy schedule!