School’s out & camp’s in!
Ahhh summer holidays, the best time to make memories and get a well-earned rest from school (yes, mamas included). If you’re not jetting off to faraway lands or you need to fill a week here and there, fear not, we’ve put together a list of some of our fave summer camp options to suit all kiddos for 2016. From sporty to literature themed, arty to dramatic – it’s time to book your spot, mamas!
The brightest little minds need a summer camp with a difference – all those days off school may sound like fun but curious kiddos need fun and stimulation – and we know just the place to find it! The Bright Minds Summer Camp for 2-5 year olds is all about making sure that the summer holidays are full of exciting activities and inspiring games. With Curiosity Lab Science on board as a partner, wannabe Einsteins can get stuck into everything from experiments to science classes – while weekly themes including Under The Sea, Secret Garden, The Farm and Space & Aliens will keep the kiddos busy with Bright Minds Whole Brain Training Classes, drama and movement classes, sensory games and art workshops plus much much more!
Located at the Centre for Musical Arts in Gold & Diamond Park (spot of window-shopping after drop-off mamas?), this summer camp will keep the tinies busy while weaving in a healthy dose of developmental benefits and learning that’ll keep their minds active and stimulated.
When: July and first week of August
Where: Centre For Musical Arts, Gold & Diamond Park
Ages: 2 – 5 years
Times: 9am – 12.30pm (1pm pick-up also available)
Cost: AED 890 per week (AED 50 discount if you sign and pay before Saturday, 25 June – sibling discounts also available)
How to book: Call + (971) (0) 56 688 0773 or email email@example.com
Wonder how to discover the hidden talents of your kiddos? Well, we know just the place to find out! Atlantis, The Palm is all about offering the most diverse summer camp options to make sure your children have a chance to unleash their potentials! Whatever their age, passion or idea of fun, the five Atlantis summer camps are here to cater for the little dreamers.
Is your tiny one brave enough to tackle challenges? If your answer is a firm yes, then the ‘Summer Survivor’ will turn your fearless littles into Atlantis Pirate crew or a Candy Olympian, and they will be challenged from obstacle courses to treasure hunts! Got a little adventurer in the family? The ‘Adventure Seeker’ featuring indoor rock climbing and a trek through the mysterious lost city of Atlantis is sure to test your kids’ strength, courage and imagination. If you have a little Picasso or a junior chef at home, the ‘Kidzart’ and ‘Junior Masterchef’ summer camps will make their dreams come true! From innovative arts and crafts activities, to sushi making and cupcake decorating workshops, your kids will come out with creativity like no other! Get close with the marine mammal friends at Dolphin Bay and Sea Lion Point if you have a water lover in the household. ‘Aquamania’ takes you behind the scenes and into the wonderful world of water!
When: Sunday, 3 July – Thursday, 25 August, 9am-5pm
Where: Atlantis, The Palm, Crescent Road, The Palm, Dubai
Ages: 3-12 years
Cost: From AED 1,700 to AED 2,950 (inclusive of daily lunch and healthy snacks) – various prices and packages available – please check out their website for details
How to book: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or +971 4 426 1387
Fostering a love of literature in our little people is way up there on our list of priorities so this summer camp ticks so many boxes mamas. Based on Dr. Seuss’s wonderful books, The Summer of Seuss camp at the gorgeous Bright Sparks preschool in Al Barsha South will offer everything from music and movement to dress-up and cooking plus invention, travelling and that all-important ‘ready to start school’ preparation week! Sound good? We think so, the Dr. Seuss characters are perfect for igniting little imaginations, whether it’s to create The Cat In The Hat costumes to cooking up Green Eggs & Ham.
And while fun is the main agenda, the Bright Sparks crew will also be making sure that the preschool values are woven into every day’s activities. This family-founded learning centre is all about supporting the individual needs and abilities of each little person and encouraging development through play in their fab facilities (we’re talking library, media corner, sensory area, large indoor and outdoor play areas, climbing wall, technology zone…and more).
Perfect for kids aged 2 – 8 years and with 2 pick-up time options, we guarantee that your little bookworms will love this super sassy Summer Camp. As Dr. Seuss himself once said ‘Don’t smile because it’s over. Smile because it happened.’ – they’ll be smiling into September mamas.
When: Sunday, 10 July – Thursday, 25 August
Where: Bright Sparks ELC, Al Barsha South
Ages: 2 – 8 years
Times: 8am – 1pm: AED 875 per week, 8am – 3pm: AED 975 per week
Discounts: 10% off if you register for 4+ weeks, 10% discount for siblings
How To Book: Call + (971) (0) 4347 7065 or email email@example.com
Pssst, mamas, the word on the street is that Ibn Battuta Mall is the place to be! Not only are there shops galore but the fabulous CreaKids Early Learning Centre and Play Zone offers kids between the ages of 3 and 10 years a whole lotta fun combined with developmental skills. Offering a Montessori and British curriculum during the school term, once that final bell rings this awesome space offers the kind of camp we wish was around when we were young.
With fun activities around themes including superheroes, firefighters, under the sea, around the world, construction, fun and fitness, knights and princesses and Jurassic world – each day will bring with it something new and exciting. And right next door, the CreaKids Play Zone offers a newly renovated soft play space with trampolines, a 3 story play structure, multiple playhouses and a dedicated toddler room – hooray! The perfect combination of fun, arts & crafts and exercise – you can be sure that the littles will leave happy (and tired) at the end of each day. Need a day or two to catch up on chores? Not a problem, they offer day rates too. Perfect.
When: Sunday, 26 June – Thursday, 25 August
Where: CreaKids, Ibn Battuta Mall
Ages: 3-10 years
Times: 8am – 1pm
Cost: AED 650 per week or AED 200 per day
Early bird offer, register your child before Thursday, 23 June and quote Sassy Mama to receive AED 100 off the weekly price.
How To Book: Call +(971) (0) 4 361 9315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If they’re happiest with a pencil or paintbrush in hand then allow your kiddos to experience the sheer joy of creating, unleashing their artistic potential and appreciating art with art joy-DUCTAC’s art camp this summer. They’ll not only get to explore different eras and styles of art but also learn creative writing skills, discover abstract patterns and optical illusions, recreate the genius of famous painters, create unique clay forms and have fun with origami, crafts and printmaking – all with weekly themes and artist-based days.
When: Thursday, 26 June – Thursday, 4 August
Where: DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates
Ages: 5 – 11 years
Cost: AED 200 per day, AED 1,000 per week or AED 1,800 for 2 weeks (a 20% sibling discount applies to 1 sibling)
Times: 9.15am – 1.30pm
How to book: Call +971 (0) 43414777, Ext:323 or email artsreception@ductac.
We’ve watched and marvelled as olympic divers have twirled and splashed into the pool – and now mamas – your kids can give it a go too! The perfect way for complete beginners to give diving a go, DuDive’s summer camps use trampolining, gymnastics and diving to work towards the DuDive assessment criterias (that’s basically smart talk for getting really good at diving). This is the only springboard and highborn diving club in the whole of the UAE and is all about helping build children’s self-confidence and water confidence whilst improving coordination, flexibility and spatial awareness (and diving of course). The camps give a great opportunity for intensive diving practice, with most children fast tracking through the lesson programme and are a great way to keep active over the long, hot summer months in the very very cool world class Hamdan Sports Complex. We love the sound of this camp – and we’d secretly love to leap off that really high board…
When: throughout the summer holidays
Where: Hamdan Sports Complex
Ages: 3 years and up
Times: 10am – 3pm or 10am – 12pm
Cost: AED 230 per day or AED 1,000 per week for 5 hour per day camp or AED 130 or AED 600 for 2 hour per day camp. Long term and siblings discount available.
How to book: Visit www.dudive.com and fill out the enquiry form
Want your kiddo to have busy days full of adventure and discovery, fun and games – plus a little learning thrown in the mix too mamas? Of course you do! Which is why the Emerald City Nursery Summer Camp might be just the thing to book over the holidays.
The thing we love most about this gem of a learning space? Their commitment to holistic development that includes organic veggie and flower patches, plenty of outdoor space, shaded sandplay and activities such as natural rock-climbing plus a whole lot more. Not only will your kiddos have the chance to get stuck into everything from arty activities to drama, rhythm and dance, cooking to music and story-time, they’ll also have homecooked breakfast and lunch provided – prepared daily in the nursery kitchen using mostly organic produce. YUM. And mealtimes at the nursery is celebrated as a social experience so each little camper will be encouraged to sit and eat as a group – just the kind of thing we love them to learn.
Whether your kids are at nursery already or you’re keen to test the water before September, Emerald is a great summer choice mamas.
When: Friday, 3 July – Wednesday, 18 August
Where: Emerald City Nursery, Jumeirah 2, near Box Park
Ages: 6 weeks – 3+ years
Times: 7.30am – 2.30pm or until 5pm
Cost: AED 150 until 2.30pm and AED 200 until 5pm per day
How To Book: Call +(971) (0) 4 349 0848
Now we’re big fans of the Falcon Kids’ Club (don’t believe us? Check out our beach club roundup), and we’re so happy that they’re hosting a summer camp! With themed weeks such as Treasure Hunters, Tropical Paradise, Safari Adventure, Raiders Of The Lost Artefacts and Space Is The Place plus loads more, this camp offers 8 weeks of exciting and educational activities. Choc-full of arts and crafts, sports activities plus a cooking class every Thursday and an ice-cream party every Tuesday, there’s no way your littles are getting bored over the holidays! The best thing about it all? This awesome kids club is designed with both an indoor and outdoor space, including a splash park to cool off in – perfect! Oh to be a kid again.
When: Wednesday, 3 July – Thursday, 25 August, Sunday – Thursday, 1-5pm
Where: Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Ages: 3 years and up
Cost: AED 60 per hour, AED 180 per day, AED 430 for 3 days and AED 610 for 5 days. Siblings and return guests will receive a 10% discount.
How to book: Email email@example.com or ring (+(971) (0)4 457 3331
There’s no need to resort to screen time this summer mamas, those kiddos need to burn off some energy and we know just the place for them to do it!
Awesome sports destination FitRepublik is offering a daily summer camp from for littles aged between 5 and 13 that promises everything from swimming (in their incredible indoor pool), gymnastics, playing on a WIBIT, breakdancing, martial arts and sports games there’s something for every child, whether they’re particularly sporty or not.
So that’s the energy part taken care of – but this summer camp offer so much more as each activity is geared towards promoting leadership skills, determination, resilience and also to making friends and celebrating everyday achievements. Fab! Can mamas join too?
When: Sunday, 3 July to Thursday, 25 August, 2016, 9am – 1.30pm
Where: FitRepublik, Sports City
Ages: 5 – 13 years
Timings: 9am – 1.30pm
Cost: AED 650 per week or AED 220 per day
Book for 2 weeks and get 5% off, so you only pay AED 618
Book for 3 weeks and get 10% off, so you only pay AED 585
Book for 4 or more weeks and get 15% off, so you only pay AED 555
Family discount: Get 12% off if you enrol two children for a weekly package, get 5% off if you enrol two children for a daily package. And if you’re enrolling three or more children, you’ll get 15% off the weekly package and 10% off the daily package per child.
Budding superstars can spend their summer singing, dancing and acting with lots of comedy and drama thrown in the mix too (sounds like a normal day in our homes right mamas?!). The Hayley’s Comet Theatre Company allows kids aged 6 – 14 years to get creative and energetic, make loads of friends and perform in a show at the end of their week for parents and friends. Perfect for your little drama queen (or king).
When: July and August
Where: Tecom/Media City
Ages: 6 -14 years
Cost: AED 750 per week (and a one-time registration fee of AED 80 which includes a t-shirt for newbies).
Times: 9am – 3pm
How to book: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Got a little traveller in the family? This fantastic nursery is celebrating multi-culturalism with their 8-week Around the World in 40 Days summer camp, which will take your tots to all corners of the globe without actually leaving Dubai!
From navigating the River Nile to experiencing the magic of Arabian Nights, celebrating a Mexican Fiesta to learning about the Arctic Wonders and even travelling the Orient Express, braving the African Wild, trekking the Rainforest and enjoying Outback Camping – each of the camp’s activities will focus on learning about the big wide world through play activities; think arts and crafts, food, music, role play and much more. We’re huge fans of anything that supports and teaches multiculturalism and puts the littles in touch with the world around them – especially when they’ll be having so much fun in the process! So mamas, if you’re not jetting off to far-off lands this summer, at least your kids can be – chocks away!
Psst… Inspire are also offering a Mummy’s Me Time session (for only AED 100 per day in July), allowing you to drop bub off from 9 to noon, three days a week (perfect if you need to pop out to an appointment and great if you just want the tots to try nursery for the first time!
When: Sunday, 3 July – Thursday, 25 August
Where: Inspire Nursery, Villa 8, Street 16a, Al Safa, Jumeirah, Dubai
Ages: 3 months – 4 years
Times: 7.30am – 6pm (flexible half and full day sessions available), from AED 650 per week
How to book: (+971) (0) 4 395 5473 or email email@example.com
A magical picture book journey for any kiddo keen to tread the boards, learn the art of story-telling and act out some of their fave Julia Donaldson tales.Over 5 days, The Courtyard Playhouse crew will introduce your littles to a new story – The Smartest Giant in Town, Tabby McTat, Tiddler, The Dinosaurs diary, A squash and a squeeze and more – and bring each to life through a wide range of creative activities such as story telling, poetry, puppetry, crafts, acting out stories, role-play, face painting, drama games and much, much more. The perfect summer camp for kids with a passion for storytelling, who want to develop communication skills, work as a team and build confidence – all in a cosy 70 seater theatre. Sounds awesome right mamas?!
When: Sunday, 26 June – Thursday, 30 June and Sunday, 3 July – Thursday, 7 July, 10am until 1pm and 2pm until 5pm
Where: The Courtyard Playhouse Theatre, The Courtyard Building, Al Quoz 1
Ages: 4 years – 9 years
Cost: AED 800 including all materials
How to book: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +971 (0) 50 986 1761
One of our fave kiddie play areas, Kids HQ in Al Barsha, is currently undergoing a little facelift (and a huge upgrade) and will be offering summer camp to lucky tots aged 3 – 8. With everything from arts & crafts to obstacle courses, karaoke story telling to sand art and cookie decorating – plus plenty of play in their awesome space of course, you can guarantee that the kids will have a tonne of fun. AND this is a camp that won’t break the bank mamas – hooray to that – but first make sure you try to win yourself (or rather your little one) a week in our current competition – too easy (and good luck!).
When: Sunday, 10 July – Thursday, 25 August, 9am – 1.30pm
Where: Kids HQ, Umm Suqeim Street, Al Barsha
Ages: 3 – 8 years
Cost: AED 90 per day or AED 390 per week
How to book: Call +971 (0) 4 379 4233
If you are looking for a summer camp where your kiddies can unleash their creativity and talents, we have just the one for you! Camp Kidville is THE place for learning, playing, and making new friends from May to August! Each small camp group participates in developmentally appropriate activities in gym, music, art, exploration and more! Weekly themes such as The Wild Wild West and Safari Adventure set the stage for sports and movement games, live jam sessions with a Kidvillemusician, take-home art projects, interactive story time and dramatic play in our state-of-the-art air conditioned facility. No sweltering heat, no sunburns, just an amazing line-up of exciting and structured Kidville activities all summer long! (You can register for daily, weekly and monthly packages!)
When: 26 June – 25 August (1 week Eid break from 3-7 July)
Where: Kidville JBR, Kidville Uptown Mirdiff, and Kidville Jumeirah
Ages: 12 months – 6 years
Times: 9AM – 1pm, 9am – 3pm, 9am – 5pm. (Early drop off and late pick up available)
Cost: Starting from AED 750 for 3 days a week and AED 995 for 5 days.
- Book before 30th June and get AED 100 dhs off.
- Buy 4 weeks of camp and get 5% off.
- Buy 8 weeks of camp and get 10% off.
How to book: Call your nearest Kidville location: JBR 04 440 1220, Mirdif 04 236 3648, Jumeirah 04 394 6066
Looking for something in Mirdif mamas? This cute camp offers public speaking, manners & etiquette, video & film-making plus arts, crafts and painting for kids aged 5 years and up.
When: Sunday, 26 June – Thursday, 25 August, 1oam – 1pm
Where: Monarch Learning & Development Centre, Uptown Mirdif (next to Fitness First)
Ages: 5 years and up
Cost: AED 150 per day, AED 500 per week, AED 1,800 per month
How to book: email email@example.com or call +971 (0) 4256 5222
Sharjah really isn’t a long drive from Dubai mamas – and it’s especially worth doing for the Mushmis Summer Camp organised by Sharjah Ladies Club. Catering to kids aged between 3 and 13 years (boys up to 9 years), they’ve come up with over 50 (yes, 50!) activities to keep your little ones occupied and make it a summer to remember.
With 4 sub-programmes that cater specifically for different age groups, expertly designed by specialists and with the aim to keep the kiddos physically active AND having loads of fun in the school holidays, we just love what they have planned. From arts & crafts to swimming, sports to cooking, messy play to cooking and even going on field trips, this camp is all about making constructive use of time, discovering new talents, reinforcing positive behaviour and making lots of new friends! This camp is all about letting kids be kids, away from technology and screens – plus build self-esteem and learn about the world – all of which gets a huge Sassy Mama thumbs up!
When: Sunday, 10 July – Thursday, 1 September, half and full day options available
Where: Sharjah Ladies Club, Sharjah, Al Qulayaa Area
Ages: 3 – 13 years (boys until 9 years)
Cost: From AED 120 per day or AED 550 per week – various prices and packages available – please call for details
How to book: +971 (0) 65067740 or +971 (0) 65067733
Woohoo, mamas, this is the UAE’s first Parkour Summer Camp! Kids love to move, learn and play and these guys will teach them to do all 3 in a super cool way while exploring their environment. In a Parkour class kids learn useful skills like balancing, climbing, jumping, and crawling – taught by qualified professionals who always prioritise safety first (no need to worry mamas). If your kids are climbing the walls at home, insisting on using every piece of furniture to jump from and generally thinking of themselves as quite cool then this is the camp to go for – Parkour is an incredibly fun activity that resonates with kids who are naturally inquisitive about the world around them! The camps run daily from 10-3pm in a private indoor warehouse in Al Serkal Avenue (Al Quoz) where they’ll have all the cool equipment and obstacles set up. All food, snacks and drinks are included too!
When: June, July and August
Where: Al Serkal Avenue (please contact Parkour Kids for exact warehouse location)
Ages: 6-9 years and 10-14 years
Cost: From AED 375 per day and from AED 1,500 per week including all meals, snacks and drinks
Times: 10am – 3pm
How to book: Call +971 (0) 529 308 709 or +971 (0)56 823 74 59
Mamas, if you haven’t checked out thejamjar’s gorgeous new space then you must. Now at Al Serkal Avenue in a gorgeous warehouse style set up complete with huge windows, lots of space and oodles of light – plus all of the paint and materials the kids could possibly want, the Summer Jam summer camp is perfect if you have a creative kid or budding artist at home. From learning to capture shadows to screen-printing, ‘drip, splash and splatter’ like Jackson Pollock to ‘up-cycling’, graffiti and a frozen monster sculpture workshop, thejamjar have put together the perfect programme of sessions to enable experimenting and learning technical skills through all sorts of mediums. This is a summer camp with a difference – made up of sessions from which to pick and choose. And while under 6’s have to be accompanied by an adult, parents can enjoy a DIY painting session while the kids attend their class. We love.
When: Sunday, 3 July – Thursday, 1 September
Where: thejamjar, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz
Ages: 4 – 12 years (4 – 6 year olds must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: 1 session – 110 AED / 2 sessions – 200 AED / 6 sessions – 550 AED 10 sessions – 900 AED 15 sessions – 1250 AED 20 sessions – 1500 AED 20 + sessions – 75 AED per session
Times: Mornings: 9am – 11am and afternoons 12pm – 2pm
How to book: +971 (0) 4 341 7303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Advanced booking is required.
A range of fun-filled and educational activities for kids aged between 3 to 8 years old at the very cool Little Explorers space in Mirdif Town Centre. This camp has been designed specifically with children’s learning and development in mind and will include everything from dance classes to magic shows, arts and crafts to sports competitions and a different theme each week – Water Factory, Wild Wonders, Kitchen Superstars and loads more! Oh, and delicious and healthy lunches and snacks are included – yippee!
When: Sunday, 12 June – Thursday, 1 September
Where: Little Explorers, Mirdif City Centre
Ages: 3 – 8 years
Cost: AED 160 per day and AED 650 per week – including lunch and snacks
Times: 9am – 2pm
How to book: Call +971 (0) 4 231 6289
This pottery/dance/painting 2 week summer workshop sounds really fun – combining Yadawei Ceramics Studio in Al Quoz with the Soul Art Centre in Downtown Dubai and allowing attendees to discover both venues and lots of skills!
The program will cover the basics of ceramic art, from design to glazing – and each little participant will get to take 2 ceramic objects home to display proudly at the end. Every week all students will also get access to the Soul Art Centre to try their hand at painting and dance -just to mix things up a bit!
When: Monday, 11 July – Thursday, 21 July and Monday, 25 July – Thursday, 4 August
Where: Yadawei Ceramic Studio Monday – Thursday and Soul Art Centre Sunday
Ages: 7 – 11 year olds and 12 – 16 year olds
Cost: AED 1,700 per program
Times: 10am – 1pm for younger group and 3pm – 6pm for older group
How to book: Call +971 (0) 4 379 1312