With many people choosing to stay in Dubai this summer, parents may be panicking at the idea of a long summer entertaining the children indoors during the hottest months of the year. But there is much to do still. Bridging the gap from distance learning to school come September will certainly be made easier with one of the many summer camps and courses available around the city through the likes of science, sport, mental wellbeing and the arts.
For parents keen to ease the transition back into socialising for children, summer camp can be the perfect bridge. Bringing children back together in small groups, in safely monitored settings will be vital for those children who have missed the interaction of fellow pupils as well as teachers. For many, this will help ease the anxiety of returning into a group setting, as well as prepare them for the discipline of the classroom again. The following camps are running in-person activities throughout July and August, following the required protocols - but as these may change, it's best to double check details directly with each camp.
Splash N Party
This Jumeirah-based children’s water park has an action-packed timetable of activities running throughout the summer. Beginning the day with water fun including zipline, paddle boats, water balloons and aqua Zumba, the mid-morning and early afternoon are then dedicated to a mixture of sports, arts and crafts, cooking activities and games. Think archery, karaoke, air hockey, ceramic painting, banana split making, magic shows and more. Lunch is provided.
Age: 4-13 years
Location: Splash N Party, Al Safa 2, Jumeirah
Timings: 9am-2pm (drop off from 8.30am)
Price: Dh499 per week/ Dh150 per day
This indoor ski slope in Al Quoz uses innovative Maxxtracks revolving belt technology from the Netherlands to realistically simulate the experience of skiing or snowboarding on real snow. It is holding a summer programme for children covering skiing, fitness and fun, including snacks and lunch. Limited slots due to Covid precautions.
Age: 4-12 years
Location: Infinite Ski, Al Quoz
Timings: 10am-1pm (drop off from 8.30am)
Price: Dh825 per week (10% sibling discount)
Dubai Summer Playcation
Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club is offering an all-day summer camp, featuring swimming, cookery classes, painting, little princess beauty classes, gardening, board games, fitness and even some lessons in managing the horse’s stables.
Age: 4 years+
Location: Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
Timings: 8am to either 3pm or 5pm
Price: Dh699 per week or Dh180 per day (until 3pm) or Dh999 per week or Dh240 per day (until 5pm)
Contact: 043618111 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ISM Sports Under 11s Football Camp
Early morning football drills, followed by a cooling swim session with water games and activities (all staff are swim qualified, and there is also an in-house lifeguard). Then it’s indoors for games and activities for the rest of the camp. Children will need to bring masks and sanitizer, and ISM Sports assure that the activities will be in small, socially distanced groups, with all safety checks in place.
Age: 4-10 years
Location: The Address Montgomerie Dubai
Price: Dh780 for one week; Dh525 for 3 days; Dh210 per day
Contact: 0505193899; email@example.com
Fly High Fitness Summer Camp
Offering children sports of all kinds from gymnastics to martial arts, as well as arts and crafts, children will be in a colourful haven. Under the guidance of trained experts, the camp is a great way for children to improve their sports skills as well as developing the likes of cognition and motor skills.
Prices: Dh110-150 for half/full day / 475/575 half/full day week
Timings: Half Day 8.30-12.30 / Full Day 8.30-14.30
Location: Fly High Fitness, Dubai Investment Park
Learning the skills of superheroes, running, jumping, rolling and climbing, this summer camp blends play with sport. Where children can develop physical and mental agility as well as confidence, this camp is perfect for letting out all that pent up energy.
Age: 6-9 / 10-14
Price: Dh700-1000 per week depending on limited amount of hours allowed
Location: Parkour DXB, 5 15A St, Al Quoz, Dubai
Contact: 800 PARKOUR ( 8007275687) / firstname.lastname@example.org
Ecoventure Summer Holiday Camp at Kings' Schools
Offering two camps, parents can choose from a wide range of activities from sports to STEM, arts and crafts to performing arts, tailored to a child’s needs.
Location: Kings’ School Dubai, Kings’ School Al Barsha & Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba
Timings: Drop off and pickup: 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Fees: Dh875 for the week (Early bird price is Dh775) / Daily rate Dh200
Contact: email@example.com, 0543351174
IFA Football Camps are designed to give players of all ages the opportunity to progressively develop their football skills in a fun and positive environment. During the five-day camps, players will learn about all areas of the game with themes such as ‘Stay On The Ball’, ‘Control Possession’, ‘Take Your Chance’ and ‘Win The Ball’. The summer camps are open to boys and girls of all abilities.
Location: Dubai Sports World, DWTC
Timings: 9am-12, Sunday to Thursday
Price: From Dh65 per hour. Discount packages available.
Contact: 04 4541683 / firstname.lastname@example.org
For parents who would prefer not to send their children to a camp in person during the pandemic, there are plenty of excellent virtual camp options that can help keep kids occupied and give parents or caregivers extra resources to keep them stimulated during the hottest months of the year.
Coding offers children experiences that encourage communication, thinking, and problem solving. This two-week online camp offers 21st century skills forming the basis for children's future success in this evermore digital world.
Price: Dh700 for two weeks
Whether your child is joining ‘big school’ or simply preparing for a return in September, this summer could be key to bridging that transition. Children can catch up on development or brush up their life skills with this flexible online summer school.
Price: Dh2,700 for nine weeks / Dh300 per week
Mindful Magic Summer Sessions
Weekly sessions themed around mindfulness for children, the UK programme centres around five ‘mini spells of the session’; Move, Breathe, Focus, Create and Meditate. One-hour Zoom sessions teach children tools for mental wellbeing with a resource pack to support each magical session. Children will make breathing wands, dragon eggs, calming jars and more.
Price: Dh120 per class or 800 for full eight-week summer programme. (Limited to 10 places.)
Contact: email@example.com / +971 56 575 9462
Virtual Willow Summer Camp: Willow World Explorers
Children will be able to travel around different parts of the world with Willow’s weekly topics to keep the little ones entertained. A resource bag is sent to children with five activities for the week along with plans and instructions all loaded onto the Willow Nursery’s Educore application. Willow aims to keep screen time to a minimum so the ideas and activities have been created for the whole family.
Age: Up to 4-years-old
Price: Dh1,100 per month (per 4 weeks)
Contact: 04 321 44 33 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Brainobrain Online Summer Camp
For those under six, camps focus on fun, games and infotainment. Cognitive, communication and creative skills are all at the heart of this online course to develop the little leaders of the future. From six to eight, children delve deeper into skills such as vocabulary, science experiments, arts and crafts and competitions.
Contact: 050 467 0150
Katie Jane Dubai
Several home classes will run through the summer while Katie Jane waits to get back to on-location offerings.
Course name: Online Sing and Story Classes
When: Every week day 10am and 11:15 am (Sunday to Thursday).
Age: 1 - 4 year olds
Price: Dh90 for 5 classes / Dh75 for 4 classes / Dh60 for 3 classes. (Valid for the week.)
Course name: Online Baby Sign Language
Age: for mums with babies ages 4 months - 20 months.
When: 5-week course (one live session each week, then content delivered through a private members website)
Contact: 055 952 2036 / email@example.com