School's out: 12 summer camps for children in Dubai
Dance, photography, sport and more, there’s plenty to keep your kids off the iPad over the warmer months…
School’s out for the summer, but there’s plenty of ways your nippers can find their creative side, get physical and make new friends this summer.
Here are our picks for the 10 best summer camps in Dubai…
Dance Infinity Performing Arts
July 8 to August 30
A week-long dance camp where kids aged four to ten years get to explore a variety of popular styles of dance including ballet, musical theatre, contemporary, jazz, hip hop and ballroom. To showcase their skills, there will be a finale performance at the end of the week for parents and friends. Students must bring their own shoes and snacks.
Al Attar Business Tower, Al Barsha, Sun to Thurs 9am to 1pm, Dhs380 per week. Tel: (052) 888 6936. danceinfinity.com
Flip Out Dubai
July 7 to August 30
Flip Out Dubai are offering three camps for kids aged five years to teens this summer where they can practise the acrobatic art of trampolining, parkour and 3D wall running. Young ‘uns can also play games such as bubble soccer, archery tag, dodgeball, volleyball, football and basketball.
Flip Out Dubai, Warehouse 5, Sheikh Zayed Road, Sun to Thurs 9am to 6pm (half-day sessions available), Dhs140 per session including snacks. Tel: (600) 567568. flipout.ae
ISM Multi Sports Summer Camp
July 15 to August 23
The goal of this camp is to introduce kids to as many sports as possible and develop their athletic skills and improve team play and sportsmanship. It’s a great way for them to meet new friends and learn sports such as tennis, football, basketball, swimming, badminton, rugby, karate, and dance. Camps are divided into different age groups, from four to 12 years.
Raffles International School, Street 20, Al Wasl, Sun to Thurs 9am to 2pm. Dhs 615 per week. Tel: (050) 519 3899. ismsports.org
July 1 to August 30
If you think your kid has what it takes to be the next Gordon Ramsay or Marco Pierre White, then it might be worthwhile enrolling them at Atlantis the Palm’s culinary camp. Kids age eight to 12 years can learn from the resort’s top chefs on how to make the perfect pizza, whip up desserts and master the art of sushi-making. As part of the package, kids get lunch and snacks provided and access to Aquaventure Waterpark and pool games at the Royal Pool or Zero Entry Pool.
Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Sun to Thurs 9am to 5pm, Dhs1,700 per camp. Tel: (04) 426 1387. atlantisthepalm.com
Moving and Groovin’ Camp
July 8 to August 30
For kids who love being active, FitRepublik gym’s summer camp has a range of energetic activities including crossfit, martial arts and gymnastics. Aimed at children age five to 14, the camp is held over eight weeks and parents can choose from either half-day or full-day sessions. Kids can also enjoy having fun on the huge water obstacle course and enjoy creative classes such as dance, bracelet-making, play dough modelling and graffiti art.
FitRepublik Fitness Centre, Dubai Sports City, Sun to Thurs 8am to 3.30pm or 8am to noon, Dhs262.50 daily, Dhs1,103 per week for half day, Dhs1,313 per week for full day, (15 per cent discount for sibling bookings). Tel: (04) 556 1800. fitrepublik.com
Nikon Kids Photo Club
July 8 to 27
This summer camp teaches children the art of photography and how to visualise a picture. The 15-hour course is aimed at kids age tive to 16 years and teaches them how to operate a camera and to capture images for various styles such as portrait and animal photography, food and fashion. The camp price includes a free Nikon D3400 DSLR camera worth Dhs1,999.
Jafza Views 19, Jebel Ali, Dun to Fri 10am to 12.30pm, Dhs1,850. Tel: (055) 825 2728. kidsphotoclub.com
Summer Camp for Champs
July 8 to August 2
The Global Indian International School is a go-to spot for active kids as young as three years to 12 this summer. The program has over nine activities per week including swimming, soccer, karate, dance, theatre, tennis and gymnastics. Kids can also rock out and learn to play the drums and get creative with face painting. The camp has a flexible schedule so you can choose to enrol your child for a week or for the entire month.
Global Indian International School, Al Barsha South, daily 9am to 1pm, Dhs450 per week for GIIS students, Dhs500 per week for public, Dhs1,550 per month for GIIS students, Dhs1,650 per month for public (Dhs500 extra for transport). Tel: (04) 225 5681. globalindianschool.org
Swiss International Scientific School
July 8 to 12, 15 to 19
Swiss International Scientific School offers sports, swimming, horse-riding and tech camps open to both students and the public. Camp programmes are designed for various age groups from age three to 15 years and include activities such as tennis, football, basketball, gymnastics, robotics, 3D designing and more.
Swiss International Scientific School, Dubai Healthcare City, Al Jaddaf, Sun to Thurs 9.15am to 3.30pm, Dhs735 to Dhs995 per week. Tel: (058) 895 9377. sisd.ae/holiday-camps
Tashkeel Young Artists Summer Camp
July 1 to 5, 9 to 13
Young artists aged eight to 16 years can try a range of creative workshops focusing on areas such as pinhole photography, sculpture, screen-printing as well as sign painting, casting with silver and papermaking. Kids can sign up for one workshop or take part in a weekly camp. A bespoke plan is also available and sibling get ten per cent discount.
Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Sun to Thurs 10am to 1pm, Dhs250 per workshop, Dhs1,200 per week or Dhs2,200 for two weeks. Tel: (04) 336 3313. tashkeel.org
Young Talents Cricket Academy
July 1 to 15
This cricket camp has been coaching kids age 13 to 17 since 1998 and is designed to help develop confidence in young players. They’ll learn the fundamentals of cricket through various frills and games and get the chance to learn from professional players and coaches from the UAE and Australia.
Al Sadiq Islamic English School, Al Qusais, Sun, Tue and Thurs 6pm to 8pm, Dhs500 for ten sessions. Tel: (055) 107 5277. young-talent.com
NASA Summer Camp
July 15 to August 23
The UAE’s first NASA Space and Rocketry summer camp opens its doors to budding scientists and engineers aged 9 to 14 years old. Led by NASA experienced space experts from North America and Europe, they’ll learn what it’s like to live and work in space and about about missions to Mars. Students at the weekly camps will also get to taste real space food.
Lapita Hotel Ballroom, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai, 10am-4pm, DHs2650. Tel: (05) 6 455 1574. Taxi: Dubai Parks & Resorts. dubaiparksandresorts.com
UAE Team Emirates Summer Camp (Cycling)
July 8 to 29
Just Play has teamed up with UAE Team Emirates to give budding cyclists aged 11 to 16 the chance to see what it takes to be a pro. The daily coaching clinics run Sunday to Thursday and are themed on the Tour de France. Just Play’s Summer Camp also offers football, basketball, touch rugby and ninja warrior.
Dubai Sports World, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, 8.30am-5pm, DHs150 to DHs885 per week, DHs1800 to Dhs3000 per month (Dhs50 extra for early drop or late collection and 10% sibling discount). Tel: 04 348 3869. Taxi: Dubai Sports World. justplay.ae/summercamp