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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 April 2019

Spring Camps 2019: Where children can enjoy fun activities in the UAE

This school break, kids are spoilt for choice with camps that feature storytelling, ice skating, art, go-karting, drama, languages and even exciting educational endeavours

Children can enjoy two weeks of sports and activities at the French Olympic Camp at Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi, including events to mark the recent Special Olympics World Games. Photo by Julien Meillon / Courtesy Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi 
Children can enjoy two weeks of sports and activities at the French Olympic Camp at Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi, including events to mark the recent Special Olympics World Games. Photo by Julien Meillon / Courtesy Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi 

Classrooms may be closed from March 31 to April 11, but the learning won't stop. Camps across the UAE will keep kids engaged, active and interested with activities and opportunities to make the most of spring break.

ACROSS THE EMIRATES

British Orchard Nursery

Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11

Courtesy British Orchard Nursery 
Courtesy British Orchard Nursery

Children aged one to four can explore the world of numbers at the British Orchard Nursery’s Spring Camp. Through activities based on stories by author Julia Donaldson – A Squash and Squeeze and What the Ladybird Heard – children will learn about the concepts of size and space as well as planning and critical thinking.

9am to 5pm, from Dh650 per week, all branches of British Orchard Nursery in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, 800 773 724665, www.britishorchardnursery.com

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ABU DHABI

Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi

Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11

The French Olympic Camp at Alliance Francaise is open to children aged four to 10, where they can take part in sports such as badminton, volleyball, football, dance, acrosport and judo. Kids will make plaster medals and paint them in gold and silver, create a 3D Olympic flame and make cookies in the shape of medals. To mark the recent Special Olympics World Games, activities will be organised to raise awareness of people with disabilities. There will also be an outing to NYU Abu Dhabi in the first week, and to Zayed Sports City in the second week. The camp will end with an Easter egg hunt.

9am to 2pm, from Dh700 for Alliance Francaise members; from Dh799 for non-members, Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, www.afabudhabi.org

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ZSC Academy Sports Camp

Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11

ZSC Academy Sports Camp Courtesy Zayed Sports City
Courtesy Zayed Sports City

ZSC Academy Sports Camp features two sports-specific camps, in ice skating and tennis, that are designed to rapidly improve skills. Led by internationally qualified coaches, the programmes target fitness, with the aim of keeping children motivated and healthy.

8am to 2.30pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh840 per week for ice skating, which runs April 7-11; from Dh1,050 per week for tennis, which runs March 31-April 11, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, register at 02 403 4228, academy@zsc.ae

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ZSC Kids Holiday Camp

Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11

Children will enjoy the variety of activities available at the ZSC Kids Holiday Camp.
Courtesy Zayed Sports City

ZSC Kids Holiday Camp, for children aged five to 12, has indoor and outdoor sports and activities all day long, including bowling, football, arts and crafts, games, team building challenges and more.

8am to 5.30pm, from Dh1,050 per week, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, register at 02 403 4222, kidscamp@zsc.ae

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AL AIN

Al Qattara Art Centre Spring Programme

Monday, April 1 to Thursday, April 11

Courtesy Al Qattara Arts Centre 
Courtesy Al Qattara Arts Centre

Children aged six to 13 can take part in a two-week spring programme of educational art workshops at Al Qattara Art Centre. On Mondays, children can learn the art of doll-making and create their own fabric friend. On Tuesdays, the focus turns to the mixed-media discipline of decoupage as kids cut images and paste them to canvas in artistic ways. Wednesdays is pottery day and children will create their own clay items and paint and glaze them, too. The fine art of Arabic calligraphy is the topic on Thursdays and children will learn the craft of various fonts.

10am to noon, Mondays to Thursdays, Dh315 for the entire two-week programme, Al Qattara Art Centre, Al Ain, 03 711 8225, qac@dctabudhabi.ae

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DUBAI

Dig It Spring Camp

Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11

Courtesy Dig It
Courtesy Dig It

Children aged four to 10 can take part in the Dig It spring camp, where they can learn, play and stay active during the school break. There will be sports and games, puppet shows, storytelling, dancing and workshops to make photo frames, summer accessories and painting.

9am to 1pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh170 per day; from Dh700 per week, Dig It, Dubai, 04 438 4479, enquiries@digitdubai.com

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Kartdrome Spring Camp

Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11

Gulf Star Sports offers children aged seven to 15 an adrenalin-fuelled spring break of go-karting, laser tag in the medieval maze, race-room simulators, billiards tournaments, video games, team games and competitions at the Kartdrome Spring Camp.

9am to 1pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh995 per week when booked two weeks in advance; regularly Dh1,150, Dubai Autodrome, Dubai, info@gulfstarsports.com, 050 429 4860

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Gulf Star Spring Camp

Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11

Children aged three to 13 can take part in activities as part of the Gulf Star Spring Camp, including sports, arts and crafts, drama, dance, adventure games, martial arts and more. There will also be fun games to go along with a special weekly theme such as superheroes and space.

9am to 2.30pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh735 per week for early-bird booking, March 15; then from Dh840 per week, Foremarke School, Dovecote Green Primary School, Jebel Ali School and Clarion School, Dubai, 050 429 4860, info@gulfstarsports.com

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SAE Institute Creative Spring Camp

Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11

Courtesy SAE Institute 
Courtesy SAE Institute

Register your children aged 12 to 16 for the SAE Institute Creative Spring Camp, where they can take part in practical, interactive sessions in the fields of film, animation or graphic design. Each five-day course is designed to help them develop their knowledge and skills in comic illustration, photography, audio, games development and more as they explore creative thinking, improve team-building skills and make friends with students of similar interests.

9am to 2pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh1,500 per week, SAE Institute, Block 16, Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai, 04 360 6456, hello@saedubai.com

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Junior Improvisers at Courtyard Playhouse

Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11

Children aged eight to 11 can take part in the Junior Improvisers Theatre Spring Camp at the Courtyard Playhouse. The intensive experience lets campers explore different styles of improv, characterisation, stagecraft and storytelling. The finale at the end of the week will be a showcase performed for friends and family.

9am to noon, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh1,155, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, 050 781 2269, juliana@courtyardplayhouse.com

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Storytelling Theatre at Courtyard Playhouse

Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11

Children aged four to seven can explore five creative books in the Storytelling Theatre Spring Camp at the Courtyard Playhouse. Giles Andreae’s books will inspire a series of games, role-playing and arts and crafts: Be Brave Little Penguin, Giraffes Can’t Dance, The Great Heffalump Hunt, Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs and Charlie and the Lion Who Wanted Love.

9am to noon, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh1,155, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, 050 781 2269, juliana@courtyardplayhouse.com

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The Kidz Club at Grand Hyatt Dubai

Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11

The Kidz Club spring camp is for children aged five to 12, and features hands-on activities such as arts and craft sessions, outdoor excursions, cooking activities, swimming and more as they make new friends in a safe and professional environment. Lunch will be provided.

9.30am to 4pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh350 per day; from Dh1,100 per week, The Kidz Club, Grand Hyatt Dubai, Dubai, 04 317 2449, kidsclub.grandhyattdubai@hyatt.com

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Tashkeel Spring Camp

Sunday, April 7 to Thursday, April 11

Courtesy Tashkeel 
Courtesy Tashkeel

Tashkeel’s Spring Camp features challenging and creative workshops for kids aged eight to 16, which encourage them to use their imaginations to produce works of art. They’ll learn new skills as they experiment with a range of disciplines throughout the venue’s facilities including Brilliant Bowls, to create textured clay pots; Patterns, which explores the principles of the Bauhaus architectural school; Watercolour Galaxy, focusing on colours, gradients and textures in space; Still-life, from observation to sketching to painting; and Automata, and building a kinetic sculpture.

10am to 1pm, from 1,300 for the week, Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, www.tashkeel.org

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Amazing Oceans Spring Camp

Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 4

Courtesy OliOli
Courtesy OliOli

Children in age groups four to five and six to nine can explore creatures of the sea in the Amazing Oceans Spring Camp at OliOli. The engaging, Steam-based projects include making scuba gear, building boats and creating 3-D cardboard figures.

9.30am to 1.30pm, from Dh250 per day; from Dh990 per week, OliOli, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, 04 702 7300, www.olioli.ae

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Easter Holiday Camp at Alliance Francaise Dubai

Sunday, April 7 to Thursday, April 11

Children aged five to seven can attend the Easter holiday camp at Alliance Francaise Dubai, where they can enjoy fun, French-language activities that feature all things festive for the spring, including bunnies, eggs, chocolates and more.

9am to 3pm, from Dh250 per day; from Dh850 per week with a snack and lunch included, Alliance Francaise Dubai Theatre, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, mediatheque@afdubai.org

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Dubai Sports City Spring Camp

Sunday, March 31 to Thursday, April 11

Courtesy Dubai Sports City 
Courtesy Dubai Sports City

The Dubai Sport City spring camp lets children enjoy sports over the school break under the guidance of qualified coaches. Kids can choose among Spanish Soccer School, Claude Harmon III Performance Golf Academy, Dubai Eagles rugby, ICC Academy cricket and the Clarke Francis Tennis Academy.

8am to 4pm, from Dh150 per day; from Dh695 per week; from Dh795 per week when extended to 5pm, Sports Village, Dubai Sports City, Dubai, 04 448 1355, www.dsc.ae/SSCamp.html

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Updated: March 28, 2019 04:55 PM

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