With half-term holidays fast approaching, children in schools across Dubai are jumping for joy! Parents however, well if we’re being honest, maybe not so much…
Words: Zaheda Muntazir
If you’re looking for a quick fix to a house full of bored kids, why not consider enrolling them in an activity camp? It’s a great way to keep them entertained, enlightened and help expand their social circle.
We’ve collated a range of options, to help take the ‘erm?’ out of half-term.
DUCTAC Halloween Camp
Let your kids’ imaginations run wild at this spookily-themed camp at Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC). Activities include pottery, arts and crafts, painting, magic and more. It sounds like such good fun that we’re a bit disappointed we don’t fit in to the permitted age range. Early bird and late pick ups available for an extra fee of AED 25.
9.30am-1.30pm. October 29th-November 2nd. Ages 6-12. 1000/week, or AED250/day. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org
Elite Sports Academy
Do your little ones love sport? Or maybe they prefer sitting around playing video games all day and could really do with a bit of fresh air and exercise? Either way, as the Dubai Fitness Challenge has been so keen to showcase, being active benefits us all.
To aid this goal, Elite Sports Academy runs three camps: multisport, football, and swimming. The camps help children learn technical skills, team play, and socialisation, and most importantly how to have fun.
Dates between 29th October-1st November Multisport: 8am-3.30pm, Sunday-Thursday. Multiple locations. Football: 4pm-5:30pm, Sunday-Thursday. Multiple locations. From AED 100 per session. Ages 8-14. Swimming: beginners (4pm- 4:30pm), intermediate (4.30pm-5.15pm), advanced (4.30-5.30pm). Multiple locations. From AED 400 per week. For locations, pricing and registration information please visit www.elitesports.ae
This award-winning camp will be held in schools across Dubai (in Jumeirah, Mirdif, Al Sufouh and other areas), ensuring convenience for parents. Activities include aqua fun, football, dance, tennis, dodgeball, rugby, cricket, and drama. If your child is showing promise as an all-rounder, this is the perfect place for them to go.
Prices vary (based on place) from AED 560 per week. 29th October-2nd November. 9am- 1.30pm. 4-11 years. For a full list of locations and prices, check www.esportsholidaycamps.com
If you can’t commit to a whole season of camp, try one of these half-term classes?
Kids Pottery on Saturdays
Let your children slab, coil, and pinch their way through mounds of clay as they learn the basics of hand building pottery. Kids will also learn how to decorate their work and apply glazes (don’t worry they are non-toxic).Keep in mind that it takes at least four classes to finish your project.
AED 170 (one class) AED 660 (four classes). Five per cent sibling discount available. 11am- 12.30pm, Saturdays. Yadawei, Al Quoz 1. www.yadawei.net.
Sharjah Art Foundation
If you live in Sharjah, or just like to make the most of FREE classes (including materials), head to Sharjah Art Foundation where kids and adults alike can join classes. Children’s workshops coming soon include architectural photography, caricature drawing, transforming objects into accessories and more.
If Sharjah is just a little too far, the art foundation are also offering some events at venues across Dubai, including Dubai Design District (D3).
For more details on children’s (ages 7-15) and adults (16+) events, including locations and time tables visit www.sharjahart.org
Me and My Dragon
This one day drama workshop for 3-6 year olds, by Kids’ Theatre Works at Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC), promises to take kids on a magical journey with a cowardly dragon. By the end of the event, your little darlings will have helped the dragon overcome his fear of Halloween and have one blockbuster of tale to tell their friends at school the following week. If that doesn’t make you say ‘awwww’ then you’re a stronger person than us.
AED 195. (ages 3-6). 9am-2pm, 31st October. DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai. 050 158 5653.