It’s that time of the year when school’s out and the sun’s out as well – summer vacation! We’ve got a host of activities and programmes to keep the kids occupied for the next seven weeks and keep boredom at bay.
1. Here’s a summer goal – make FIFA more real than matches on TV screens or PS4 games for the kids. City Football Schools are organising a summer camp for boys and girls from July 12-July 26 at Zayed Sports City’s Mubadala Arena. Divided into three weekly sessions that each run from 8.30am-2.20pm, the indoor classes are aimed at kids aged six to 12 years old and will train them on the philosophy and programme of Manchester City Football Club. From Dh950 per week. Call 056 420 5685 or email CFSAbuDhabi@Cityfootball.com. Kids must get their own lunch, training kits (shirt, shorts and socks) cost Dh150.
2. French-speaking kids can join the Alliance Française Dubai’s multi-activity summer camp. The four-week programmes for children aged five to nine includes educational workshops, trips and discovery of the world, countries and cultures through activities such as baking Russian cakes or dancing to African rhythms. From July 1-26, 9am-3pm. Dh850 for a week and four weeks costs Dh3,200.
3. Your little divas can act out (for real) and hone their star power at Hayley’s Comet Theatre Company’s drama summer camp. Kids aged six to 14-years-old will develop team skills and learn routines, songs and basics of musical theatre; they will then perform a play for family and friends at the end of the course. The camp will take place at James and Alex Dance Studios in Media City and costs Dh750 per child per week. From 9am-3pm, with the additional option of an After Camp Club from 3pm-6pm for kids of working parents. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
4. Girls can have all the fun at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy (FBMA) month-long summer camp. From July 8 to August 2, girls aged five to 15 years old can enjoy swimming, gymnastics, mixed martial arts and more at the Abu Dhabi Ladies Club. The camp will also cover team sports such as football, volleyball and basketball and for those with a creative bent there’ll be dance classes, movie screenings and arts and crafts workshops. The highlight at the camp will be the Master Classes – a series of workshops conducted by local talent, including football coach Houriya Al Taheri, recognised playing a leading part in developing a culture of women’s football in the UAE, and Salma Al Busaeedi, a basketball player who plays in the first national team of Al Nasr Club. From 9am-2pm, Dh1,800 per child. Call 02 679 0299.
5. Hilton Abu Dhabi’s Summer Camp has activities that exercise the mind and body while have a whole lot of fun – from July 1-August 31 kids aged four to 12 will splash about in aqua gym sessions, sports such as volleyball and football or test their clue-cracking skills at treasure hunts. Dh190 per day and Dh850 per week including snacks and lunch. Call 02 6924324.
6. It’s time for young bookworms in Abu Dhabi to prise their noses out of books and step into their nearest libraries. The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi)’s Around the World Summer Programme from July 1-August 31 will see select libraries conduct reading-specific activities, such as the Summer Reading Challenge that eggs on voracious readers to read 30 books from around the world this summer and weekly events themed after a different culture or country. Kids also get to be on the other side of the return counter thanks to the Young Librarian programme that lets kids aged eight to 14 during a month of seven hour work shifts supporting library staff. Participating libraries will also conduct workshops on robotics, business plans, Emirati etiquette, recycling and languages. Visit library.dctabudhabi.ae.
7. Kayak, swim and race across Le Meridien Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina’s Club Mina summer camp. Kids aged six to 12 can become experts on ocean awareness and safety. Camp-goers will also learn to plant trees and master first-aid skills, among a sea of thrilling activities. Kids can swim through five temperature-controlled pools and their private beach till August 26. Kids are required to bring packed lunches daily. Dh750 per child, per week, and Dh160 per child, per day for Club Mina members and hotel guests, and Dh850 per child, per week, and Dh195 per child, per day for non-members. Call 04 318 1315 or email email@example.com.
8. The Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort brings the best of both indoors and outdoors with its Little Sailors Kids Club summer camp. Tots aged three to eight can dabble in arts and crafts, painting or burn off energy with rock climbing or bounding around on Aqua Bounce Fujaira – Fujairah’s first floating waterpark. From Dh575 for one week; four weeks cost Dh500 per child. From 10am-5pm, until September 30. Call 09 204 1011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Kids in RAK don’t have to feel left out at all thanks you the Rixos Bab Al Bahr Ras Al Khaimah’s summer camp. Kids aged six to 10, and teenagers aged 11-16 can explore their creativity with face painting, handicrafts and cooking classes all through July. From 11am-5.30pm and Dh150 daily per child. With options of weekly and monthly payments. Call 07 202 0000 or visit babalbahr.rixos.com.
10. Time to hand your little masterchefs an actual spatula and chef’s hat – Italian restaurant Ricetta is hosting cooking classes for kids. After cooking classes held under the guidance of Chef Prabin the budding chefs can go home with the hard copies of recipes and a certificate validating their new found skills! Every Saturday till August 25. Dh100 per child per class or avail of discounts on booking all eight classes per child. Call 04 397 7444 or email
11. The Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort’s Superhero Summer Camp is back this year and will kapow boredom until August 30. The programme immerses kids in sports and outdoor activities such as swimming pool games, water sports, squash and tennis lessons, football, Zumba, arts and crafts and an island trip. The superhero camp also acts as mum and dad’s fairy godmother – kids will be served a delicious lunch daily and parents will be gifted a complimentary pool and beach pass on days their child attends camp. From 9am-2pm for kids aged four to 14. Daily rate is Dh180 per child and monthly rate is Dh3,000. Call 02 6970 272 or email email@example.com.
12. Kids and their imaginations can run free and wild at The Courtyard Playhouse’s storytelling camp called Little Monsters. At the camp, kids will enact five picture books written by award-winning children’s author Julia Donaldson, such as Spinderella and Tabby McTat that will help develop skills of miming and basic stagecraft through role play and theatre games that will give them a taste of what it entails to tread the boards as well as build confidence. Every day for three hours until August 30; Dh1,155 per child. Call 050 781 2269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit courtyardplayhouse.com.
13. Now this summer camp will turn your kids into all-rounders who excel in everything, from Bollywood dancing and pizza making to constructing Legos structures – the Dubai Parks and Resorts’ Summer Camp. Until September 6 kids aged five to 14 will keep busy with an array of activities spread across the four theme parks – they’ll get lessons in Kung Fu and make miniatures of favourite animation characters, such as Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon at Motiongate; cool off with water rides at Legoland Water Park and don the director’s cap or an actor’s greasepaint for a day at Bollywood Parks. From Dh950 per child including transportation and meals and rides at all parks, from 9am-5pm. Visit dubaiparksandresorts.com.