A round-up of the best Summer Camps in Dubai for 2017.
If you have a budding athlete, or just a toddler with waaaaay too much energy, an active summer camp will keep everyone sane.
This well-loved company is ideal for little monkeys, with two branches (Barsha and Al Wasl Road behind Boxpark) offering weekly camps this summer. As well as active games, they will enjoy arts and crafts, with everything suited to their age group. Camps are open to children from 18 months to 3 years when accompanied by parents or a nanny, and from 3 years to 8 years, providing they are potty trained, starting from 9am to 1pm every week from June 26 to September 7. Call 04 394 3962 (Al Wasl) or 04 3471018 (Barsha) to book.
How much? AED175 per day.
Want to well and truly tire out your little terrors? Fit Republik might be the answer. With everything from martial arts to gymnastics, Frisbee to obstacle courses, this state-of-the-art gym in Sports City is offering aspiring athletes the chance to try all sorts of sports this summer. Timings are flexible, with drop-offs from 8.30am and pick-ups until 4.15pm, from July 2 to August 31, and it’s suitable for ages 5 to 14.
How much? AED1,000 per week for mornings, or AED1,200 for five full days, with sibling discounts available.
With morning sessions for ages 6 to 9, and afternoons for 10 to 14 year olds, Parkour Dubai’s summer camp will help your little Spiderman (or woman) reach new heights as they climb, balance and leap their way through the hottest months. Held in a super cool Al Serkhal warehouse, the camp is running from June 25 to September 7, meaning there’s plenty of time for them to perfect those moves, as well as building confidence and fitness.
How much? AED250 per day, or AED1,100 per week.
How about your mini Monet makes some mess somewhere else? These summer camps will let them unleash their inner artist away from home turf.
One of the city’s hidden gems, this inspiring centre in Nad Al Sheba is a must for anyone wanting to get in touch with their artistic side. There are courses and classes throughout the year, but the summer camp is available to younger artists aged 4 to 7, with a special Story Time theme, when picture books will inspire a drawing or crafting activity. Running from July 9 to 20, from 10am to 1pm, attendees aged 8 to 16 years can sign up for individual workshops in everything from screen printing to 3D woodwork, all taught by experts in their field.
How much? AED250 for one workshop, AED1,200 for one week or AED2,200 for two weeks.
With ceramic painting, soap making, and candle making, the summer camp at this new creative play space in Level Kids, CityWalk, is perfect if you want to drop the kids off for some fun while you get some shopping done or head to one of the nearby cafes for a work session. They’ll also enjoy dance classes, yoga and Mad Science, with sessions suitable for ages 4 to 10 and changing every week so they’ll never get bored. Parents can sign up their little artists for one day, a week or more, and they’re taking place from 10am to 3pm, running from June 25 to September 7.
How much? AED140 per day or AED650 per week, including lunch.
To book email info@cloud7dubai.
DUCTAC’s summer camp welcomes youngsters from age 6 to 13, encouraging them to explore exciting artistic disciplines and mediums, from sculpture to classes on painting like the great Masters. Your pint-sized Picasso will also learn about upcycling and sustainable art, with the choice of morning or afternoon sessions, or both, from July 2 to July 27.
How much? AED750 for five days of morning or afternoon sessions, or AED1,200 for both, including lunch. 10% sibling discount available.
Your little booklover or performer will love the chance to get creative this summer.
Julia Donaldson Summer Camp
Every child we know is a fan of Julia Donaldson, creator of The Gruffalo, so this five-day camp will be a real treat. Each day they’ll look at a different picture book by the author, then enjoy creative activities inspired by it, from games and roleplay to crafts and drama. Taking place at The Courtyard Playhouse in Al Quoz, this camp is best-suited to children aged 5 to 9 years, and you can choose from morning or afternoon sessions.
How much? AED1,100 per week.
Kid’s Island & Cocoon Nursery
One of Dubai’s best-loved nurseries is opening up its enviable library this summer for the Storytime Explorers summer camp. Great for tiny ones aged 12 months to 4 years, each week they’ll be diving into the pages of the children’s favourite books, creating artwork, doing crafts, singing and enjoying splashy days from 8am to 1.30pm, July 2 to August 30. Located in Jumeira 3, just off Beach Road, the nursery has a great mix of indoor and outdoor space, and passionate educators on hand to make your child’s summer magical. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
How much? AED170 per day.
Founded by West End actress Hayley Doyle, the award-winning theatre company Hayley’s Comet will this summer teach your children the songs and routines from Oscar-winning movie LaLaLand. Open to musical maestros aged 6 to 14 years, the camp is running from 27 to 31 August, 9am to 3pm, at James & Alex Dance Studios in Media City and spaces are limited.
How much? AED900 per week.
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From waterslides to glee club, here are some of the craziest camps in town.
Perfect if you’d like your child to continue learning (in a fun way!) over the summer, this camp at Masterminds Education in Umm Suqeim includes languages, maths, violin, science, art and glee club. Snacks and lunch is included, and it’s open to ages 18 months to 4 years, 9am to 1pm, from July 2 to August 24.
How much? AED250 per day, or AED1,050 per week.
Atlantis, The Palm
For a summer they’ll remember forever, Aquamania at Atlantis, The Palm fits the bill. They’ll meet the dolphins, feed fish, kayak, learn to scuba dive with the PADI Seal Team and more, making it perfect for mini marine biologists. It will keep 8 to 15 year olds busy from 9am to 5pm, for various weeks from 9 July to 7 September, but there are also summer camps for younger water babies, plus activities for keen cooks and adrenaline junkies.
How much? AED2,950 per week for Aquamania, others camps priced from AED950.
Little Lewis Hamiltons can escape the heat while burning rubber at Dubai Autodrome. The week-long camp includes indoor karting, lasertag, a Sony Playstation zone, team games and RaceRoom sim racing, and is ideal for ages 7 to 15 years. Taking place from 9am to 1pm, spaces are limited.
How much? AED1,150 per week.