23 Ways to Keep Kids Fit
If your kid fancies being the next Rory McIlroy, take them to the Arabian Ranches Golf Club in Dubai this month where they can play for free. Those sponsorship deals will soon be yours! Visit arabianranchesgolfdubai. com for more details.
2 Water Parks
A surefire way to get the kids out of the house is a water park. Not only is it fun but it helps keep them fit and active at the same time. There are loads of different choices out there. Check out Aquaventure (atlantisthepalm.com) who is offering a special UAE residents rate of Dhs140 for adults, Dhs115 children.
3 Ice Skating At Dubai Mall
Next time you have to hit the malls, don’t drag them around with you. Instead let them burn some calories on the Dubai Mall Ice Rink. They can book in for lessons or if they’re feeling confident, join in a public skating session. Priced from Dhs50 (dubaiicerink.com).
4 Ballet Classes
Working out is fun, particularly when you don’t know you’re doing it. So encourage them to put on that lurid tutu they love and join in one of the numerous classes at The Ballet Centre, priced from Dhs480 (balletcentre.com).
5 Football Schools
If there’s one school that kids will want to go to – and won’t mind doing homework for – it’s one of the football academies run by E-Sports. Although this is catered mainly for boys, girls are welcome. Priced from Dhs400 (esportsdubai.com).
The easiest way for kids to keep cool when they workout is to take a dip in the pool, whether it’s taking lessons or splashing around with mum and dad. Call the Australian International Swim School on (04) 372 1220. Lessons from Dhs65.
Save your furniture and sign them up for the new kids gym at Ibn Battuta. This purposebuilt gym is aimed at kids of all ages. It has trampolines, monkey bars and a mini assault course. See thelittlegym.com for a free introductory lesson.
If you’re looking for a way for your kids to learn to protect themselves and still keep them in good shape, then a karate class is exactly what you want. It’s the perfect way for children . to practice self defence and at the same time build up body strength. Check out Hayya! gyms in Dubai (hayya.ae) who offer kids karate classes from Dhs25.
9 Adventure Camps
Ecoventure (ecoventureme. com) offers adventure camps for children aged eight to 18. Activities include canoeing, sand boarding, raft building and much more. Prices range from Dhs350 to Dhs1,000.
10 Surf Lessons
With lessons tailored for every learning level, Surf Dubai’s lessons are another fun watery way to get the kids out the house for an hour or two a week. From Dhs175 for 20 minutes instruction plus one hour free surf board rental (surfingdubai.com).
11 Dolphin Bay
With a lush tropical setting and three vast lagoon pools, Dolphin Bay is a fantastic way for children to take part in activities and indulge in some hugs and kisses with the stunning dolphins. From Dhs890 (atlantisthepalm.com).
A life on the ocean wave is a lot more fun than sitting in front of the TV. Dubai Offshore Sailing Club offers classes in paddling, helming and tacking for kids. Expect to pay around Dhs1,500 for 12 hours. See dosc.ae.
Let them live out their Robin Hood moment and join an archery class. Tuition and group classes are available. Priced from Dhs75. To find out more visit dubaiarchers.com.
14 Horse Riding
Leave the 4x4 at home and go out on a hack instead. The Desert Ranch offers hacks across the dunes. Prices start at Dhs200. See desert-ranch. com for more information.
15 Go Karting
A rush of adrenaline is guaranteed while go-karting at Dubai Autodrome. What’s more, it’s great for kids of all ages. Priced from Dhs100 for 15 minutes (dubaiautodrome.com).
16 Rock Climbing
You don’t have to leave Dubai to climb a mountain; instead you can venture down to the indoor rock climbing wall at the Pharaoh’s Club, Wafi. Price Dhs62 for one hour. Call (04) 324 0000.
17 Ski Dubai
Another way to keep cool whilst still keeping the kids active is at Ski Dubai, which not only offers ski and snowboarding lessons, but also the opportunity to visit the largest indoor snow dome in the world. With loads of activities, the twohour snow pass almost isn’t long enough. Price Dhs150. (skidxb.com)
18 Scuba Diving
The Pavilion Dive Centre offers a specialised programme for children aged eight and above, where children can try scuba diving in the pools of Jumeirah Beach Hotel and play underwater games. Call (04) 406 8828.
With so many parks all over the UAE, it’s a great way for children to get out and active by playing sports on the vast green spaces available. Zabeel Park offers a large lake where boats can be hired for Dhs20 and an adventure playground which is, sadly, just for kids.
A fun and colourful way to stay fit is paintballing. Although players need to be over nine year of age, it’s still a thrilling experience for the whole family. Be warned - bruises are guaranteed! Priced from Dhs85. See paintballuae. com for more details.
This unforgettable experience gives you the realistic sensation of sky diving, without having to strap on a parachute. Instead you feel the same forces in a wind tunnel and its suitable for all ages so no matter how old the children are they’ll be blown away by the opportunity IFLY has to offer (iflyme.com). Dhs195.
22 Quay Skillz
The next time you’re pounding away on a treadmill, encourage your gym bunny junior to join in. The new Quay Skillz gym (skillz.ae) for kids at the Madinat offers personal training and fitness classes on purpose built gym equipment for children. From treadmills to TRX, they’ll love it. Five sessions from Dhs300.
23 Circus Club
Kids love clowning around and no more so than at the Kids Comedy & Circus Club at Dubomedy (dubomedy.com). During this nine-week long course, kids will learn basic circus skills including hula hoops, juggling, spinning plates, and as well as slapstick style comedy routines. Now that will put a smile on their faces. Price Dhs585.