Banish boredom: 11 summer camps for your kids to try in Abu Dhabi
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 in the capital. Here’s our pick of the city’s camps running this July and August
Junior Wellness Camp
Organised by lifestyle consultancy group Innerseed, this camp teaches kids about self-health and mindful living and develops skills to prepare them for a stronger school year ahead. Sessions build self-confidence and work on children’s social skills to help manage their emotions and make friends.
July 8 to 12, July 15 to 19
The Studio UAE, villa 42, Corniche, Abu Dhabi. Sun to Thur 9am to 1pm, Dhs150 per day, Dhs185 per day with lunch, Dhs700 per week, Dhs875 per week with lunch. Tel: (050) 4199195. Taxi: near Third Place Café, Corniche. innerseeduae.com
Al Forsan Kids
Al Forsan’s summer camp offers a variety of activities including martial arts, basketball, swimming, volleyball, football, and arts and crafts. The camp is divided into three age groups, catering to children aged four to 14 years. An early drop-off from 7.30am to 9am will cost Dhs20 extra and if you’d like to pick your kids up between 3pm to 5.30pm, you can do for an additional Dhs30. Lunch can also be provided as part of the package.
July 1 to August 31
Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 9am to 3pm, Dhs600 per week. Tel: (02) 5568555 Taxi: Al Forsan International Sports Resort. alforsan.com
Brighton College’s summer camp with Advantage Sports starts on July 8 this year and parents can enroll their kids for day sessions, weekly camps or a full eight weeks. The programme keeps nippers active while also educating their grey matter. Activities include tennis, swimming, football, gymnastics, dance, arts and crafts as well as quizzes and games, a treasure hunt and a mini Olympics. Students at the school get ten per cent discount.
July 8 to August 30
Brighton College, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 8.30am to 2pm, Dhs175 per day, Dhs750 per week, Dhs1,300 for two weeks, Dhs2,400 for four weeks, Dhs4,400 for eight weeks. Tel: (02) 6792156. Taxi: Brighton College. advantagesportsuae.com
City Football Schools Camp
The capital’s relationship with English Premier League champions Manchester City is well documented, and kids can get a flavour of it at Zayed Sports City. Footballers aged six to 12 years can improve their football skills with drills and games, stay healthy and make friends at this fun camp which is led by professional coaches.
July 8 to 12, July 15 to 19, July 22 to 26
Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 8.30am to 2.30pm, Dhs950 per week. Tel: (05) 64205685. Taxi: Zayed Sports City. cityfootballschools.com
Vogue Fitness Camp
There’s plenty of activities to get your kids’ hearts racing and their legs moving at Vogue Fitness’ four-day summer camp in sunny Yas Marina, including Crossfit, rope climbing, dodgeball and bulldog games, arts and crafts and cooking classes. Parents who sign up two children can save a few dirhams as well – you’ll get a ten per cent discount.
July 15 to 18, August 26 to 29
Vogue Fitness, Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Wed 10am to 2pm, Dhs750 per camp. Tel: (02) 5832380. Taxi: Yas Marina. vfuae.com
Zayed Sports City Kids’ Holiday Camp
Zayed Sports City has been holding summer camps for kids for several years now, and this one is designed for nippers aged five years to 12. The week-long sessions take place daily and have activities such as bowling, ice skating, arts and crafts, indoor sports and teambuilding challenges.
July 8 to August 13
Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to 5.30pm, Dhs1,050 per week (discounts for siblings and multiple sessions.) Tel: (02) 4034200. Taxi: Zayed Sports City. zsc.ae
Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana
Your children can enjoy a range of water activities including a banana boat ride, island tour and arts and crafts at the Flipper Kids’ Club. Games are age appropriate for children between five to 12 years.
July 1 to August 30
Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan By Rotana, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur, Dhs140 per day for members, Dhs160 per day for public, Dhs575 per week for members, Dhs650 per week for public. Tel: (02) 6570182. Taxi: Khalidiya Palace. rotanatimes.com
For parents with busy schedules, this Emirates Palace camp is ideal as it offers day sessions as well as weekly sign-ups and siblings can enjoy a 20 per cent discount. Kids aged five to 12 can let off steam and have a go at archery and enjoy Zumba and yoga in the hotel’s regal surroundings. The camp focuses on games and sport such as football as well as water activities including kayaking and wakeboarding.
July 8 to August 30
Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, daily 8.30am to 4.30pm, Dhs275 per day with advanced booking, Dhs350 per day walk-in rate, Dhs1,255 per week with advanced booking, Dhs1,400 per week walk-in rate. Tel: (02) 6907310. Taxi: Emirates Palace. emiratespalace.ae
Louvre Abu Dhabi
The summer program at Louvre Abu Dhabi is perfect for kids who like to get creative. It’s for children age seven to 15 years and during the five-day camp, they will learn how to express themselves through portraits and enjoy sessions in writing and drawing everyday objects. At the end of the week, they’ll present their work to family and friends.
July 1 to 5, July 8 to 12
Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 9am to 3pm. Dhs945 per week, Dhs1,050 per week including lunch. Tel: (600) 565566. Taxi: Louvre. louvreabudhabi.ae
Superheroes Kids’ Camp
Children can enjoy beach activities, swimming pool games, water sports, squash and tennis lessons, football, Zumba and various arts and crafts and even an island trip at this camp. Lunch is included and parents get a pool and beach pass every day when their child attends the camp. Families who sign up two or more siblings receive a 15 to 20 per cent discount.
July 1 to August 30
Sheraton, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi. Sun to Thur 9am to 2pm. Dhs180 per day, Dhs850 per week, Dhs3,000 per month. Tel: (02) 6970272. Taxi: Sheraton. sheraton.com
Hilton Kids Summer Camp
For children with a competitive streak, the Hilton’s summer camp for four to 12 year olds offers a variety of activities including obstacle courses, races and treasure hunts. As well as outdoor sports such as beach tennis and trips to Heritage Village, there will also be arts and crafts sessions for children that prefer indoor activities. Offering daily and weekly bookings for busy parents, lunch and snacks are also provided as part of the package. Members of Hiltonia Beach Club get 15 per cent off summer camp rates.
July 1 to August 31
Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 9am to 3pm, Dhs190 to Dhs850. Tel: (02) 6811900. Taxi: Hilton. hilton.com