GFX gym launches summer kids’ campTim Skinnerhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/408764-gfx-gym-launches-summer-kids-campTue, 25 Jun 2019 06:36:22 +0400No, summer isn’t reserved for sitting indoors, fanning oneself and binging on Netflix and letting the aircon do the hard work because it’s palpably icky outside.

It can be, if you let it, but there are also loads of summer camps, summer deals and  summer discounts to help you, and specifically in this instance, the little ones, give their brain (and body) a good working out during the year’s hottest climes.

And GFX, the gym in Business Bay that’s also home to the wonderfully immersive, allegedly “virtual reality” spinning class that is The Trip by Les Mills, has gone all-in on its summertime kids’ camps.

The brilliantly-named Mathnasium summer camp has got five different activities crammed into one summer camp, that runs from Sunday to Thursday from Sunday July 7 (just as the schools end) through until Thursday August 29.

Included in the camp are activities and programmes including group fitness classes (like Zumba and hip-hop fitness), maths games, science experiments, maths programmes and even robotics classes (much like, we presume, Apple’s robotics summer camp, although that does cost a little extra.

The camp charges Dhs210 per day per child, Dhs900 for one week (five days), Dhs1,700 for two weeks and Dhs5,145 if you really want to drum robotics, maths and fitness into your kid (the robotics course does cost Dhs200 extra per five days at camp.

It's time to get active.
Prices vary. Jul 7-Aug 29. F52 Bay Avenue, Executive Towers, Business Bay (04 456 1603).

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Beat the heat at this indoor beach partyReema Rahmanhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/408557-beat-the-heat-at-this-indoor-beach-partyMon, 24 Jun 2019 07:01:25 +0400It may not be the weather for playing on the beach with the family but don’t worry, Dubai Marina Mall’s indoor beach party is back to save all you parents this summer.

To coincide with the 22nd edition of Dubai Summer Surprises, the popular mall has been transformed into a beach party and you’re all invited. The kid-friendly beach party will be packed full of carnival games, an arts and crafts area, a ball pit, a sandpit and more.

All you need to do is spend a minimum of Dhs100 at any of the mall’s 100 plus outlets, present the bills at the information desk and you’ll get a voucher that allows the little ones to access the party.

Did we mention you’ll also get a raffle ticket to win an Emaar gift card worth a whopping Dhs50,000?

Forget the factor 50 and head on down for an indoor day of beach-style fun.

For all the top things to do in Dubai for kids, teenagers and families click here.
Dhs100. Daily noon-8pm. Ongoing until Sat Aug 3. Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina (04 436 1020).

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New Children's Museum exhibition to open at the Louvrehttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/408498-new-childrens-museum-exhibition-to-open-at-the-louvreSun, 23 Jun 2019 12:43:56 +0400Have kids that are interested in art and culture? There’s a new must visit attraction Louvre Abu Dhabi that’s worth journeying to the capital for this summer.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi Children’s Museum will soon be reopened with an exciting new exhibition.

A Costume Adventure, is an engaging, interactive space that will let young art and history enthusiasts dive into the wardrobes of great figures from the past.

Open from Tuesday July 9 2019 until July 2020, children will be able to explore original artworks and then dress up to look like the people in the paintings.

There are also games, challenges, and the chance to make your own digital avatar, while those under three can have some adventures in the Toddler Space.

The new exhibition forms part of the upcoming Changing Societies season for 2019/20, which all sounds absolutely fascinating.

Entrance to the Children’s Museum is included the general admission tickets to the Louvre Abu Dhabi and you can find out more by visiting www.louvreabudhabi.ae.
Free (kids under 13), Dhs31.50 (aged 13-22), Dhs63 (adults). Open Sat-Sun & Tue-Wed 10am-8pm, Thu-Fri 10am-10pm. Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi www.louvreabudhabi.ae.

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Ex-NBA pro running basketball camp for kidsDean Wilkinshttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/408487-ex-nba-pro-running-basketball-camp-for-kidsSun, 23 Jun 2019 09:29:54 +0400Quicker than a fast-break by LeBron James the NBA Basketball School camp is returning to Dubai.

And, all budding ’ballers will have ex-pros and coaches giving expert insight throughout the week.

Kids can up their game in skill-based sessions that aim to cover everything from the fundamentals right up to the necessary steps to go pro.

Former Boston Celtics guard Greg Minor will join Jeff Christensen, NBA Basketball School Dubai technical director and former Reno Bighorns (NBA G League) assistant coach.

The course returns to the city following a hugely successful debut in March, and will run from Friday June 28 to Friday July 5 at the Dubai American Academy in Al Barsha.

Parents should register online beforehand.

The course is priced at Dhs1,200 each for six to 11-year-olds and Dhs1,500 for 12 to 18-year-olds. It includes a full training kit.

It has been developed by the NBA’s Elite Basketball Development team in consultation with current and former NBA coaches, NBA players, and player development experts.

NBA associate vice president of basketball operations, Europe and Middle East, Neal Meyer said: “The appetite to play basketball and learn the fundamentals of the game among youth in Dubai and across the region continues to grow.

“Building on the success of the inaugural camp, we look forward to working with a new group of talented young boys and girls seeking to improve their fundamentals under the direction of NBA personnel.”

The NBA is teaming up with StryxSports, one of the UAE’s leading sports providers, for the camp.

Seif Tawfik, Stryx Sports’ CEO, added; “After an outstanding first NBA basketball school camp in March, we were extremely delighted by the positive feedback and support we received from our players and parents.

“Our team is proud to take part in fostering the local UAE talent, enabling them to pursue their dreams and passion.”

Don’t forget to read about more summer camps kids can join in across Dubai here.
Dhs1,200 (ages six to 11), Dhs1,500 (ages 12 to 18). Jun 28-Jul 5. NBA Basketball School, Dubai American Academy, Al Barsha, uae.nbabasketballschool.com.

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Save 20% on summer camp for future stars of sportDean Wilkinshttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/sports-and-outdoor/408260-save-20-on-summer-camp-for-future-stars-of-sportThu, 20 Jun 2019 06:12:35 +0400Just because school’s out for summer it doesn’t mean kids have to stop learning – especially at a world-class sports camp.

Dubai Sports City is bringing together the region’s top sports academies to harness the best out of sports stars aged between three and 11 – and you can save 20 percent if you book soon.

From cricket to rugby, tennis to football, the huge indoor dome will host six weeks of summer sports under the guidance of qualified and expert coaches from each respective discipline.

Kids can emulate football’s greatest Lionel Messi at the Spanish Soccer School, have a try at scoring, well, tries with Dubai Eagles rugby, smash sixes like Eoin Morgan at the ICC Academy for cricket or become an ace like Roger Federer with the CF Tennis Academy.

It runs from Sunday June 30 to Thursday August 8 with students able to sign up week-by-week.

Camp costs Dhs695 per week and runs 9am to 3pm on weekdays.

There is an early bird discount of 20 percent on offer to those who sign-up before the end of June. Plus, there is also a 20 percent sibling discount offer.

At the end of each day, there will also be a range of activities for children to choose from, including rounders, dodgeball, table tennis, foot golf, arts and crafts, human chess and tug of war, plus many more.
Dhs695 (per week). Sun-Thu 9am-3pm. Jun 30-Aug 8. Dubai Sports City, www.dsc.ae/SSCamp.html.

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Pots, Pans & Boards hosts kids’ fashion showReema Rahmanhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/408237-pots-pans-boards-hosts-kids-fashion-showThu, 20 Jun 2019 04:56:12 +0400Does your little one think they’re the next Gigi Hadid or David Gandy?

If the answer to that is yes, head on down to Pots, Pans & Boards on Thursday June 27 between 3pm and 7pm and let them unleash their inner top model.

Time Out Dubai’s Best Breakfast spot is hosting its first-ever kids fashion show.

The popular family-friendly spot in JBR will be showcasing the latest kids’ collection from Swedish eco-friendly brand, Gardner and the Gang.

The new collection is called ‘Power or Dreams’ and budding fashionistas between the ages of three and ten will be able to show off their modelling skills. Once they’re all worn out from strutting their stuff they can take part in a cupcake workshop.

From British Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens, popular beachside spot Pots, Pans & Boards is always heaving at the weekends, thanks to its family-friendly vibe, kids play area and proximity to the sands of JBR.

And in even better news, during the fashion show mums and dads can get 20 percent off the total bill and can enjoy British classics from salads to roasts and traditional mains and even an afternoon tea featuring mini sandwiches, homemade pastries and a selection of different teas.

Parents, it’s time to get the cameras ready.
Thu Jun 27, 3pm-7pm. Pots, Pans & Boards, The Beach, JBR (04 456 1959).

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VR Park launches three new family-friendly ridesAmy Mathiesonhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/408216-vr-park-launches-three-new-family-friendly-ridesWed, 19 Jun 2019 11:22:19 +0400Have kids that love virtual reality? There’s good news at VR Park in The Dubai Mall has now launched some brand-new family-friendly rides.

VR Park asks visitors to “challenge reality” and has a range of attractions including being a Ghostbuster in The Void as well as massive rollercoasters that make you feel like you’re falling off Burj Khalifa.

So far, so terrifying. But if you have family that wants to try out the park there are now even more at-tractions to try, and little ones won’t feel left out as there are three new rides to entertain them.

Cosmo Jet, Flying Chairs and Magic Bikes are now ready to try at the park in Downtown Dubai.

Cosmo Jet lets families embark on a space mission in a mini-space jet, in an interactive two-person ride. It has two joysticks and an interactive screen, so one player takes charge of how the vehicle moves, while the other has the joy of blasting aliens.

Magic bikes allows you to (virtually) fly – and the faster you pedal the higher you’ll go. Meanwhile Flying Chairs soars around to upbeat music.

For Dhs119 you can get seven rides at the theme park, and for Dhs169 you’ll get seven rides, plus Dhs100 credit.

It’s time to put on that VR headset.
From Dhs119. Open daily 10am-10pm. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai www.vrparkdubai.com.

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Fairmont The Palm launches nine-week summer campAmy Mathiesonhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/408187-fairmont-the-palm-launches-nine-week-summer-campWed, 19 Jun 2019 10:01:10 +0400Kids looking forward to the summer break? Wondering how to keep them occupied? Fairmont The Palm is running a summer camp to entertain little ones in the school holidays.

Fairmont Falcon Kids’ Club summer camp kicks off on Saturday July 7 and will run for nine weeks. Each week will have a different theme, starting with “The World of Adventure” and run-ning through to “When I grow up” from Saturday September 1 to Thursday September 5.

The camp will encourage kids to stay “active and entertained” and will include group games, arts and crafts, ice cream parties and lots more.

The kids will also get fitness games and dance fitness classes twice a week.

Prices start at Dhs200 for one day, Dhs460 for three days and Dhs700 for five days, per child. There’s a ten percent discount for siblings or return guests.

The full list of weeks is:
July 7-11: The World of Adventure
July 14-18: Amazon Adventure
July 21-28: Beyond The Beach
July 28- August 1: The Big Bang Galaxy
August 4-8: Getting Ready for the seasons
August 11-15: Heart Beat and Harmony
August 18-22: Inventor’s Workshop
August 25-29: Enchanted World
September 1-5: When I Grow Up

And if you want to make a weekend of it, the hotel has just announced a new staycation deal, where you book before the end of June, you’ll be able to get 40 percent off stays at Fairmont the Palm’s Fairmont Gold rooms, suites and apartments, through until Sunday December 22.

It’s time to start planning the summer.
From Dhs200. Jul 7-Sep 5. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3331).

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Six summer camps for kids at Atlantis The PalmDean Wilkinshttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/activities/408040-six-summer-camps-for-kids-at-atlantis-the-palmTue, 18 Jun 2019 11:07:02 +0400Summer is coming and it’s time to prepare the kids to get off Netflix, stop Facegramming on Snapbook and burn off some proper energy.

Atlantis The Palm is running six summer camps for ages three to 17 – teaching everything from cooking to taekwondo and running exciting events such as diving and treasure hunts.

Each class can be booked per week and they run from Sunday July 7 to Thursday August 29.

Don’t forget mums and dads, all parents get free access to Atlantis’ pools and beaches while the kids play.

Plus, there’s a 30 percent discount on this spa package too.

Here’s your quick guide to the summer camps:

Aquamania
Atlantis The Palm is world-famous for its underwater worlds and now children can dive into the fun. Whether it’s going on a marvellous boat tour, learning to scuba dive with the PADI Seal Team, snorkelling in the Ambassador Lagoon or learning all about dolphins and other marine mammals at Dolphin Bay, this is one camp that kids will remember forever.
Dhs2,500 (per week, ages eight to 17). Sun-Thu 9am-5pm. Jul 21-Aug 22.

Junior Athletes
This one’s perfect for kids bursting with energy and will keep their minds and body active. There are a variety of sports and athletic events to join in including football, badminton, basketball, and taekwondo. It’s ideal for kids aged three to 12 and they’ll also learn what it takes to care for more than 65,000 marine animals through our Fish Tales Tour.

Junior MasterChef
Wouldn’t it be great if you came home from work and the kids had cooked dinner for a change? Well, enrole them on the Junior MasterChef course and the dream could soon become reality. Food-loving kids will be taught how to rustle up sushi, pizza and Middle Eastern classics from some of the top cooks in Dubai. Plus, they’ll have the chance to bake cupcakes and other sweet treats.
Dhs1,700 (per week, ages eight to 12). Sun-Thu 9am-5pm. Jul 7-Aug 22.

Summer Adventurers
Everyday little adventurers can join a varied programme where they can transform into a pirate, a superhero or even a mad scientist before taking on an obstacle course and joining a treasure hunt. There’ll be lots of pool activities, too. The week-long camps run from Sunday July 7 to Thursday August 22 and are ideal for ages three to seven.
Dhs1,200 (per week, ages three to seven). Sun-Thu 9am-5pm. Jul 7-Aug 22.

Teen Xtreme
This is not for the faint-hearted as children will join an action-packed week of adrenaline-pumping adventure. The Teen Xtreme camp takes youngsters on the Leap of Faith – one of Aquaventure Waterpark’s terrifyingly fun slides. Then, they can experience kayaking or join a junior lifeguard training course.
Dhs1,400 (per week, ages 13 to 17). Sun-Thu 9am-5pm. Jul 21-Aug 29.

Teen Athletes
This promises to be an endless summer of sport – so it’s ideal for older kids who like to be active. Expect plenty of outdoor games, fitness challenges, amazing water adventures and activities such as basketball, football, running, taekwondo, yoga, bowling plus many more. What better way to spend the summer than becoming the next sporting superstar?
Dhs1,400 (per week, ages 13 to 17). Sun-Thu 9am-5pm. Jul 14-Aug 15.

Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, kidsclub@atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 1387).

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Apple launches free summer camps for kidsTim Skinnerhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/407910-apple-launches-free-summer-camps-for-kidsTue, 18 Jun 2019 04:45:35 +0400If you feel like your kids are permanently attached to their tablets or smartphones, here's a way to benefit from it. Apple has launched a brand-new summer workshop that is designed to get little ones learning about how to code, and how to build a future in tech.

And the best part is that it’s entirely free.

Kids aged eight to 12 are encouraged to head along to the camp, which takes place at the Apple stores at The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates over four consecutive weeks in July and August (starting on Monday July 8, with various dates and times available).

There are four different camps, all with various dates and times.

Kids will learn how to direct and edit their own movie in iMovie, using certain Apple software and devices – but they’ll learn how to find the angles and shots they want for their clips, then how to edit it together, and tell their story.

There’s also a design course where they’ll learn how to design their own park purely from their own imagination, while the GarageBand camp will teach kids how to create a song from scratch – including programming beats, creating melodies and riffs using smart instruments and the basics of rhythm.

Finally, there’s a coding camp where kids can programme Sphero robots (seriously, they’re really cool), and they’ll get to programme lights, sounds, movements and animations from their own little Sphero.

All devices are provided so there’s no basic requirements to take part, and it’s totally free.

For more information, visit www.apple.com/ae/today/camp.
Free. From Mon Jul 8, times and dates vary. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai and Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.apple.com/ae/today/camp.

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