Healthy hobbies

We’ve rounded up ways your kids can have fun while staying fit and healthy

Sports and Outdoor

Ever fancied becoming a SUPing (stand-up paddleboard) master?

You can now. (Or, at least try.) Families are welcome to put their balancing skills to the test every weekend down on The Beach, opposite JBR.

Experts from the Oceanman team are on hand to teach adults and kids how to perfect the paddleboarding technique and, most of all, have fun.

The SUPing lessons, as they are referred to by fellow paddleboarders, are designed to teach adults and kids how to stand upright and master moving across the water with only a paddle.

If you’ve not tried it, it’s definitely worth giving it a go.

Paddleboarding could be the perfect hobby for your brood to enjoy at a weekend, where you can have a relaxing but energetic afternoon outdoors.

The SUPing lessons are available for adults and kids over five.

Dhs60 per 30 minutes, Dhs100 per hour. Each lesson includes a brief on techiques and safety tips. Register beforehand at

Kick Start
Offers fitness training for kids. Professional coaching is available for a variety of classes such as gymnastics, football, tennis and much more. Children can also sign up to take part in team games and tournaments. For info visit (05 0429 4860).

Upside Down
At My Gym UAE kids can hang around, jump over, run wild or tumble with their friends. A variety of daily classes are available for all ages. Open daily. Villa 18a, Street 35, Al Wasl Road. For info visit (04 394 3962).

Roll Around

Offering a cool air-conditioned warehouse space for all the skating-mad kids across the city. Located on the corner of a major junction in Al Quoz, the Zoo Skatepark is a great venue for older kids and teens. Al Quoz,

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