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Ramadan for Kids

25 Jun 2014

Bored kids make for stressed parents, so do yourself a favour and sign them up for one of these fab fun-filled camps to make sure you keep your cool this summer

Summer Camps 2014

Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
For a five-star way to keep your kids entertained, Atlantis The Palm have gone all-out with weekly camps to suit every child. From kayaking and zip-lining to science experiments and sculpting, the six camps on offer will hone the skills of your budding Picasso, mini Gordon Ramsay or a straight-up adrenaline junkie with five-day fun fests that will bring out their very best. With prices ranging between Dhs1,500 to Dhs2,750, it’s not cheap but it’s sure to make for some very happy (and supremely whacked) children come iftar time!
INFO: 9am-5pm, Sun-Thu, 6 Jul-31 Aug, 04 426 1387,

Favourite Things
Dubai Marina Mall
Every day there’s a different theme to keep your little ones occupied including arts and crafts, baking, singing and performing arts, fashion shows, science and much more. Book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment as they can only accommodate 20 children in each age group.
INFO: Dhs520 per week for members, Dhs620 for non-members. Camps run 9.30am-1.30pm, Sun-Thu, 22 Jun-Sep 4, 04 434 1984,

ZSC Ice Skating Fun Camp
Airport Road, Abu Dhabi
This summer your child could learn some serious skills on the ice, with coaches on hand to tutor children from beginners through to Delta level in two separate week-long courses in July. One thing’s for sure: don’t expect shy and retiring types to return home after signing them up here – they’ll just be dying to show off!
INFO: Dhs650 per week, 9.45am-2pm Sun-Thu, 6-10 Jul and 13-17 Jul, 02 403 4333,

Dubai Holiday Camps

Dubai International Academy, Raffles International School, Collegiate American School, Deira International School
If you’ve got kids aged between three and 14, this is a one-stop solution to keep them challenged all summer long. Boasting a 100 per cent success rate with parents, there are a whole heap of physical activities on offer, including yoga, martial arts and basketball, as well as activities like cooking classes and organised excursions – all supervised by trained sporting professionals. What we love about this one is that, unlike some of the others, breakfast is included and transportation with an English-speaking female conductor can also be arranged to take your precious little ones from door to door.
INFO: Dhs950 for one week’s full-day camp 8am-5pm (available at RIS and CAS only), Dhs695 for one week’s half-day camp 8am-2pm. Daily rates for camps also available, Sun-Thu, 22 Jun-28 Aug, 04 420 3732,

IFA Holiday Camps
Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Saeed Hall
Is your child the type who has boundless energy,  loves to kick or bounce a ball around? Then the IFA summer camp is for them! Just dress them up in comfortable sports gear with their own snacks and plenty of water and multi-lingual sports professionals will teach them ball skills in both football and basketball to turn them into mini Ronaldos or Jordans by the end of summer!
INFO: Football: Dhs125 for three hours a day, Dhs200 for six hours a day. Weekly rate Dhs500 for three hours, Dhs800 for six 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm daily. Basketball: Dhs125 per day or Dhs500 per week, 1pm-4pm, Sun-Thu, 04 454 1683,

Cascade Learning Centre
X3 Tower, JLT
An all-round experience for little ones that enhances learning through play. While English and maths are on the agenda, so are sports, games, drama, songs and dance, so you won’t even feel like school’s out for summer!
INFO: Dates and pricing on request, 04 442 1831,

The Brain Workshop
Jumeirah Terrace, Jumeirah 1
While most camps are all play and no work, this camp aims at making your child brighter and smarter and ready for the new school term by enhancing their cognitive and comprehension skills through focused one-on-one brain training. While your kid might not be instantly thrilled by the prospect, testimonials suggest that this is definitely one that they’ll be grateful for in the future, with learning becoming faster and easier through the teaching methods employed, resulting in better grades and sky-rocketing self-esteem.
INFO: 04 327 5075,

Route 66, Past Dubai Outlet Mall
If you’re grooming your children to get in with the UAE’s elite equestrian society, this camp provides hands-on experience with horses while teaching participants to ride on both real and simulated horses.
INFO: Dhs750 for three days, Dhs275 per day, 9am-11.30am Tue-Thu, 056 942 4551, 

The Step Up Academy
Apex Atrium, Motor City
With classes in all types of dance, mini Zumba, etiquette and audition skills for children four months to 10 years, this is where stars are born!
INFO: From Dhs700 per week 8.30am-1.30pm,

Salon Educators Summer Hair Camp
Tiffany Tower, JLT
Thankfully there is a camp aimed at older kids too, in the form of this hairdressing camp where teens can escape the heat, make new friends and develop new skills and perhaps make their first step in forging a successful career in the hair and beauty industry. Sure beats being miserable at home!
INFO: Dhs200 a day, Dhs950 a week, Dhs3,500 per month, 10am-3pm, Sun-Thu, 30 Jun-5 Sep, 04 452 8433 

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