Spring break is coming up and you have plenty of camps for the kids to learn while having fun. Here are our top picks:
This Dubai nursery is ensuring kids fall in love with nature at this exciting spring camp. Youngsters aged one to five will be taught the basics of gardening while learning to nurture plant life and understand its importance in sustaining the ecosystem. They will also be treated to nature walks, closely observing the lifecycles of plants and understanding the relationship that insects have with plants. Indoors, they’ll be learning how to make the green connection with popular story books.
From Dhs500. Sun-Thu 9am-2pm or 7.30am-5.30pm. Mar 25-Apr 5. Various locations including Basement 2, Business Central Tower, Dubai Media City (04 438 5255).
This spring camp is all about creativity. Throughout the camp, little artists are given the opportunity to choose their own projects from a variety of mediums, which encourages a love of learning, independence, creativity and artistic flow. Kids aged four to 12 will explore various techniques and learn to create different textures, giving depth to their painting.
Dhs840 (per child). Sun-Thu 10am-1pm. Mar 25-29 and Apr 1-5. DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Mattel Play! Town
This spring camp brings together the best of fun and imagination with a programme full of amazing games and surprises. Created for kids aged five to ten, the five-day camp is full of amazing games and themed activities including characters games, live shows, puppet shows and themed crafts. The tasty part? It includes breakfast, a lunch buffet and snacks.
Dhs599 (per week). Sun-Thu 8am-4pm. Mar 25-Apr 5. City Walk, Al Safa Street (800 637 227).
The kids’ museum is holding two camps to fit kids aged five to nine. The Makers’ Camp will teach kids how to use real tools to turn everyday materials into extraordinary projects, while The Innovators’ Camp will make them use their hands to learn more about the basics of computational thinking, coding and simple circuits – without screens!
Dhs950 (per child). Sun-Thu 9am-1pm. Makers’ Camp: Mar 25-29 (ages seven to nine); Apr 1-5 (ages five to six); Innovators’ Camp: Mar 25-29 (ages five to six), Apr 1-5 (ages seven to nine). 4th Street, Al Quoz (04 702 7300).
At this camp, kids aged four to 12 old can mingle and make new friends while enjoying a 1.3km white sandy beach, waterslides and a lazy river. Emirates Palace has partnered with Haddins Fitness, an Abu Dhabi family gym, for a blend of exhilarating activities, in addition to wakeboarding, cooking classes, kite-making, different sporting events and even Zumba.
Dhs190 (half day, excluding lunch), Dhs275 (including lunch), Dhs1,255 (including lunch). 8.30am-4.40pm, Mar25-Apr5 West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi (02 690 7310).
Hiltonia Beach Club
Open to kids aged four to 12, this camp covers it all, from fun activities including sports and fitness games to little chefs’ cooking classes, arts and crafts sessions, face-painting and watersports. There will be team-building and creative learning events where kids can paint and swim, and a field trip in store for them too. Snacks, lunch and drinks will be provided for all participating children.
Dhs940 (per week), Dhs210 (per day). Sun-Thu 9am-3pm. Mar 25-Apr 5. Hiltonia Beach Club, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi (02 692 4324).
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Running at the hotel’s purpose-built play centre, The Sandcastle Club, this spring camp will feature a packed itinerary of enriching activities. Youngsters aged four to 12 will be enjoying age-appropriate activities separately, which will include team-building games, arts and crafts sessions, and swimming lessons. A healthy, delicious lunch will be provided each day, in addition to fruit and other snacks. Every child will receive a gift pack containing a baseball cap, shirt and sling-style bag.
Dhs272 (per day), Dhs1,099 (five days). Sun-Thu 9am-3.30pm. Mar 25-29 and Apr 1-5. Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8991).