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Summer’s here (despite what any friends and family in Europe may be telling you at the moment!) and with it comes the vexed question of keeping the kids amused.
In the UAE, there’s now a wide range of summer camps to help answer that inevitable query: “What can I DO?” Here, we present a round-up of just some of the activities on offer.
Check back here with us often, because we’ll be updating this page as we get more news of further activities. And if you want us to feature your own camp, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org!
Dubai Holiday Camps, one of the leading holiday camp providers in the UAE, will once again be conducting programs during the summer in Children’s City (Creek Park) and Dubai International Academy (Emirates Hills).
They’re registering register children from 3-12 years of age on a weekly basis - last year over 1,200 kids signed up.
For more information please go to http://www.dubaiholidaycamps.com or contact the office on 04 3318704
A unique approach to the summer camp idea is offered by the Oriental Yoga Sanctuary, at Umm Suqueim, Al Wasl Rd, Dubai.
It’s offering a 15-day, fun-filled programme to help nurture children and instill in young minds the ability to face any challenges and strengthen their inner personality.
Subjects covered include an introduction to yoga and yogic exercises, balancing techniques, public speaking, personality development, arts, crafts and games.
The program is scheduled to start on 1st July and concludes on the 15th. The sessions last from 10am-1pm, with a five-hour programme on Friday mornings. Snacks & drinks will be provided.
The package costs Dhs400 for children Dhs500 for teenagers. For further details telephone 04 3956066 or e-mail email@example.com
Do you want your child to get a head start and sharpen their skills this summer? kidsFIRST medical center offers fun, multi-sensory camps for children ages 4-9 for pre-writing, printing, cursive and reading skills.
If your child is struggling in school and is experiencing frustration with handwriting or reading assignments, having behavioral challenges associated with school work, poor eye-hand coordination, difficulty getting ideas down on paper, and/or poor comprehension, these camps may help.
Call 04-348-KIDS(5437) to book your space. An initial assessment and workbook fee of Dhs200 is required. Camps are
Dhs125 for each class and taking place throughout July and August.
If music rather than words is your child’s passion, the camp being run this month by The Music Institute, located in Dubai Knowledge Village, may be the one for you.
This two-hour, month-long camp in July offers singing, instrument-playing and music appreciation. There’s also a camp covering the visual arts and instrument-making.
For more information call 04-390 0786 or log on to http://www.tmi.ae.
If you’re looking for something different for your children to do this summer, try My Gym Summer Camp - a half day of gymnastics, arts, crafts, science, story time, music and more.
This camp, from July 22 to September 1, is geared for children ages 3 to 8. Children are divided into age appropriate groups for all activities. Fees start from Dhs385 for three days a week.
My Gym is also running a Saturday “Mommy & Me” Camp for 2 to 3.5 year olds. Parent participation required. Call 04 394 3962 or log on to http://www.my-gym.com for more information.
If you’d like your child to enjoy playing and discovering, and making new friends in a safe and friendly environment, try Peekaboo - a creative play center offering fun and creative activities for children aged 0 to 7.
Peekaboo offers a safe and secure environment under the careful supervision of trained, professional staff who have all been CPR trained. All children entering Peekaboo’s gated premises will be tagged with a security wristband for additional safety and Peekaboo has a special summer day camp during July and August.
For more information, ring Peekabo at The Village Mall on Jumeirah Beach Road, 04-344 7122, Peekaboo at Magic Planet, Mall of the Emirates, 04-347 0622 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Dubai Country Club Kids Summer Camp, between 1st July-6th September, offers a relaxed social and friendly environment against a backdrop of top sports and leisure activities. Call 04 3331155 for details
Horizon School or Ductac, MoE
Dubai Drums Summer Drum Camp for kids. Week One: July 1st - 5th. Week Two: July 8th - 12th. Week Three: July 15th - 19th. Week Four: July 22nd - 26th. Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm. Drumming, dancing, singing and rhythm games. Week One & Two @ Horizon School and Week Three & Four @ Ductac, Mall of the Emirates. Please indicate your interest by emailing email@example.com
July 1 to August 23
Kid’s Island Nursery premises, Jumeirah
Eight week Summer Holiday Camp packed with fun arts and crafts projects; including: Weekly programme of themed interactive activities, Group 3D model making, singing twice a week with a music teacher/keyboard, indoor dress-up and pretend free play, story telling, creative sand and water play and more. For children between the ages of 14 months to 6 years. Number of days and weeks can be selected. Please contact 04-394 2578/79 for further information or log on to http://www.kidsislandnursery.com.
July 8-12 and July 15-19 9:30am - 3pm
In conjunction with a leading Youth Theatre in England, Streetwise is repeating last year’s highly successful Theatre classes to be held in Dubai during the second and third weeks of July. The location is to be on the campus of Jumeirah College. The classes will run for five days, from 8th - 12th July and from 15th to 19th July. Each day, from 9.30am to 3pm, students will work in the fields of Acting, Music and Choreography culminating in a Gala performance at the Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates on the Thursday evening at the end of each week.
July and August
Jumeirah Music Centre at Jumeirah Plaza or at the Tender Love and Care campus in Dubai Media City
Music Summer Camps: These fun, new music camps are especially designed for young musicians ages 3-8 years. Although the emphasis is on music, each session will integrate and utilize all of the creative arts and music, dance, drama, visual art and literature. Children will participate in singing, listening to orchestral music, playing percussion instruments, constructing instruments and developing their unique self expression through rhythmic and creative movement. Join any week as we focus on different composers, learning about their works and listening to their compositions. Each camp concludes with a performance on the last day. FEE PER WEEK: Dhs400 (includes morning / afternoon snacks). Materials: Dhs50 (includes harmonica and art materials). For further details regarding the Music Summer Camps, please call 04-349 2662 or log on to JumeirahMusic.com.
1st July-6th September
Dubai Country Club Kids Summer Camp
For details call Dubai Country Club on 04 3331155 or contact Active Sports - email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 050 5597055
17th June-6th September
Wafi City Summer Camp at Pharoahs Health and Leisure club at Wafi City run by Active Sports - see website http://www.activeuae.com. All activities are indoors except for swimming. Dhs 100 per day, Dhs 400 per week and Dhs 1500 per month. Transport available at additional cost for those attending one week or longer. For more details, e-mail email@example.com or call 050 5597055.