21 to try: Summer camps in Dubai

Dubai is home to an incredible line-up of activity camps. From science to sports <em>Time Out</em> looks at some favourites

Dubai Swim
Dubai Swim
Dubai Drums
Dubai Drums
Favourite Things
Favourite Things
Small World
Small World

Update: this is an article from 2009. Click here for 2012 summer camps in Dubai

Active Sports: Active Sports hold their camps at Wafi Pharaoh’s Club and schools around Dubai. Aimed at ages four to 14, there are usually morning and afternoon sessions. Swimming is a big focus at the camps, but kids can also try their hand at football, cricket, tennis, hockey and more.
Transport to and from the camp is available. Prices range from Dhs150 for a day to Dhs1,900 for the month. Call 050 559 7055 or visit www.activeuae.com for more info.

Al Nasr Leisureland: The main draw at Al Nasr Leisureland is the ice rink, but there’s also a focus on other sports and arts and crafts, plus field trips and entertainment shows. The main camp is offered to kids aged six-14 years, and there is a separate crèche for under-sixes. Pay a registration fee of Dhs525 for the camp, or Dhs700 for the crèche, and that covers you for a month, with 10 ice-skating coupons. After that you buy Dhs5 coupons for each additional activity.
Call 04 337 1234 or visit www.alnasrll.com for more info.

Bead Palace: A craft camp for arty types aged five to 14, it runs all year round, but summer is a great time to get creative. Just call beforehand to tell them how many kids are coming and they will set up ready for your arrival. The camp costs Dhs135 per day, and for that kids get to try jewellery-making, pottery, sewing, card-designing, cooking and T-shirt-making.
Call 04 395 2771 for more info.

Blossom Nursery: A camp for three- to five-year olds with swimming, drama, music, adventure playzone, sports and more, the nursery also provides healthy snacks and lunch and has CCTV. Open from July 5-August 27, camp runs from 8am until 1pm, 3pm or 5pm. Rates from 150 DHS per day.
Call 04 348 6275, visit www.theblossomnursery.com or take a tour.

Dorell Camps: Indoor sports and fun camps run throughout July for kids aged five to 12 years. Activities include climbing, football, arts and crafts, drama and it even has a professional skate park.
See www.climbingdubai.com for details.

Dubai Drums: Camps with a difference: expect African hand drumming, handheld percussion instruments, singing, storytelling, drama, painting, dance movement and more. The sessions are for five to 12-year-olds and are held at various venues across Dubai, from 9am-1pm, Sunday to Thursday throughout July.
Call 050 659 2874, email info@dubaidrums.com or visit www.dubaidrums.com.

Dubai Holiday Camps: Sports of all shapes and sizes plus drama, music, arts and crafts, cooking and good old-fashioned games held at various locations across Dubai. The sessions run Sunday to Thursday, 8.15am-1.45pm, with a full-day option. Prices range from Dhs490-Dhs790 per week. Camp runs from June 28-August 20 and transport is available for Dhs150 per week.
Call Chris on 050 688 7421 or visit www.dubaiholidaycamps.com for more info.

Dubai Swim: This Mirdif-based class will offer five-day intensive courses throughout the summer for kids aged four years and older, covering water confidence and stroke correction. Each course costs Dhs300 and runs from Sunday to Thursday.
Call 050 883 8091 or email melissa@dubaiswim.com for details.

Ductac: rt activities including painting, card-making, glass-painting and pottery available on an ongoing, daily or weekly basis for kids aged six to 14 years.
Call 04 341 4777 for more information.

E-Sports: E-Sports claims to provide the biggest indoor camps in Dubai and offers myriad activities such as climbing, football, swimming, arts and crafts and computer club. Sessions run from 8.15am-1.45pm, with options for kids to stay until 5pm, and take place at four schools across Dubai from June 28 until September 3. For kids aged five to 14 years, prices range from Dhs550 to Dhs1,000 per week.
Call 04 282 4540 or visit www.esportsdubai.com.

F1 in schools: Perhaps the coolest camp this summer, sign up to be part of a Formula 1 challenge where you and your team design, construct and market a mini F1 car. The week-long camps cost Dhs700 and include indoor karting at Dubai Autodrome.
Visit www.f1inschools.ae for details.

Update: this is an article from 2009. Click here for 2012 summer camps in Dubai

Favourite Things:

A great place any time of the year with its fancy dress room, play areas, coffee shop and boutique for parents, its holiday camps include arts and crafts, crazy science, fit kids, face-painting and magic shows. Running 9.30am-1pm, June 21 to August 27, one session costs Dhs150, Dhs610 for a week (discounts available for members). Ideal for kids aged two to four (if accompanied by an adult) and four to seven.
Call 04 434 1984, email info.marina@favouritethings.com or check out www.favouritethings.com.

Finishing Touch: Transform little tykes into polished individuals at this Youth Etiquette summer camp where they’ll learn all about posture and body language, minding their manners, how to eat difficult food and organise the perfect party. Camp starts on June 21.
Call 04 427 2452 or email info@finishingtouch.ae for more details.

Fun City: A summer fun package from June 28 to August 19. Sessions run Sunday to Wednesday and include cooking, martial arts, children’s theatre and outdoor field trips. Fees range from Dhs125 per day to Dhs1,000 for 16 sessions. Run across various Fun City outlets from either 11am-1pm or 10am-2pm.
Contact any branch of Fun City for details.

Jumeirah Music Centre: Morning sessions at the Jumeirah Music Centre are for three to five-year-olds and run from 9.30am-12.30pm, while six to eight-year-olds are in the afternoon, 2.30pm-5.30pm. A different composer is studied each week, as is singing, creative movement and even learning how to make your own instruments from household objects (we recommend you hide your pots and pans now). The cost is usually around Dhs500 per week, with an additional Dhs50 for art materials, a harmonica and snacks.
Call 04 349 2662 or visit www.jumeirahmusic.com to find out more.

Kadomz Dance Camp: A new camp on the block, this Summer Dance Camp teaches kids hip hop, contemporary dance, musicals and many other styles we haven’t heard of (Nike Rockstar anyone?) with parents invited to a recital at the end of the week. For kids aged eight to 15 years, a week costs Dhs600.
Contact Favourite Things on 04 434 1984 or email info.marina@favouritethings.com.

Kids Island: This Umm Sequim nursery welcomes kids aged two to six years for a camp packed with fun interactive activities such as 3D model making, singing, indoor dress-up, storytelling, creative sand and water play and more. From 8am to 12.30pm, July 3 to August 20, it costs Dhs675 for five mornings per week (plus a non-refundable Dhs150 registration fee) with a minimum sign-up of two mornings a week.
Call 04 394 2578/79 or visit www.kidsislandnursery.com for further information.

MyGym: MyGym on Jumeirah Beach Road runs camps for kids aged three-and-a-half to eight, with different themes and activities each week. Morning or afternoon sessions include gymnastics, arts, crafts, science, story time, music and more. Sign up for either three or five days a week. Prices vary, and discounts apply for members.
More info on 04 394 3962, or visit www.mygymuae.com.

Mad Science: Unique science camps for kids aged four to six and six to 12 years, in which nutty professor types teach participants about the world of science through hands-on activities, games and reading.
Call 04 337 7403, email madscience@eim.ae or visit www.madscience.ae.

Mathnasium: Got a maths genius in your midst? Let them have a summer of sums with Mathnasium – hell for some, heaven for others.
Call 04 438 0377 or email uae@mathnasium.com.

Small World: Opening its doors to kids aged two to six years from June 28 to August 20 this nursery offers water play, music, arts and crafts, role play and outdoor activities. The camp costs Dhs600 per week and is run by qualified Early Years teachers.
Call 04 348 0788/04 349 0770.

Update: this is an article from 2009. Click here for 2012 summer camps in Dubai

Modhesh is back

Love him or hate him, you can’t deny the little yellow fellow’s staying power. And if Modhesh is back, that means Dubai Summer Surprises is here. Now in its 12th year, 2009’s theme is ‘Surprising Dubai’ and Modhesh will be appearing in malls, handing out goody bags, posing for pics and doing stage shows. Running from June 11 to August 14, events kick off with World of Stories from June 12-23, featuring Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and tales from the Qu’ran in both English and Arabic. With kids’ fashion week and olympics in July, DSS promises yet another entertainment and shopping extravaganza to help us through the summer. See www.mydsf.ae for details.

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