15 summer camps in Abu Dhabi

So, school’s out and your original glee over the upcoming long summer holiday has turned into trepidation as it dawns on you that you need to somehow entertain the kids.

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Don’t worry, that’s where Abu Dhabi’s summer camp experts come in, and you don’t have to feel guilty about sending them off for hours on end either.

Here are some of the city’s best offers that will not only make sure your little ones have fun this summer but will also immerse them in wellness, fitness and cultural activities while teaching them valuable lifelong skills. We say that’s a win-win situation.

Summer Camp at Aladdin’s Cave
30th June-29th August

Step into Aladdin’s Cave at Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas for a magical summer camp filled with fun, educational and engaging activities. The dedicated kids club is home to a lazy river, splash pool, water slide, cinema zone and teen zone for kids to get lost in while creative games, outdoor sports and environmental films will be arranged. For children aged four to 13 years old. From AED 200 per day. Parents and families can also enjoy special rates for beach and pool access for the day. Saadiyat Island. 9am-3pm. Contact: 02 697 4097

BON Summer Stories
30th June-29th August

If your kids love storytelling then let them step into a world of adventure through the written word at the BON Summer Stories Camp. The nine-week camp hosted by British Orchard Nursery features storytelling and imaginative and creative activities inspired by award-winning author Julian Donaldson’s popular rhyming stories. For kids aged one to four years old. From AED 650, prices vary depending on branch. Al Bateen and Al Nahyan. Sun-Thu 8am-2pm or 8am-6pm. Contact: britishorchardnursery.com

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Junior Wellness Summer Camp
7th-11th and 14th-18th July

In today’s technology-driven world, our children can often end up spending too much time on devices and struggle to keep their emotions in check. That’s where the Junior Wellness Summer Camp comes in. Organised by Inner Seed UAE, the camp aims to teach children about the importance of self-regulation, how to react more rationally and less emotionally in tense situations and show children how they can control their own actions. Daily activities include yoga, a happiness programme, mindful colouring, arts and crafts and meditation. From AED 155 per day. The Studio, Corniche, next to The Third Place Café. 8.30am-2pm. Contact: 02 621 0000, innerseeduae.com

Kids Summer Camp at Stars for Special Abilities and Early Intervention
7th July-8th August

Summer is a great time to tap into your child’s potential and develop their skills through fun activities. Stars for Special Abilities aims to do just that with its summer camp for children aged five to 13 years old. Interactive group activities revolve around themes of sensory, musical and artistic sense, water activities and expression. From AED 1,450 for one week. Al Saada Street, next to old Malaysia Embassy. Contact: 02 446 2048, admin@starzuae.com 

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Manchester City Football Schools Summer Camp
Throughout July

Budding footballers aged three to 18 years old can hone their footie skills with elite coaches at the Manchester City Football Schools Summer Camp. Using the same coaching methods as the iconic club, the camp will teach boys and girls through skills work, fitness and competitive games in an indoor facility. AED 750 per week. Mubadala Arena, next to Zayed Sports City, Saif Ghubash Street. Contact: 056 420 5685cfs.abudhabi@cityfootball.com

Rumble in the Jungle
30th June-27th August

Here’s one just for the little ones. Ladybird Nursery is hosting its Rumble in the Jungle summer course where youngsters can learn about animals and explore the jungle through themed activities like sports, cooking, painting, puppet shows, treasure hunts, jungle safaris and science experiments. From AED 473 for two days per week. Bus service available for additional cost. Villa 8, Al Zaabi. Times vary. Contact: 02 667 3881, lady-bird-nursery.com

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Beach Rotana Kids’ Camp
7th July-27th August

This fun-filled camp is packed with activities, each revolving around a theme, from Earth Week and Talent Week to Superheroes and Disney. The kids will get plenty of exercise and healthy food while learning about baking, gardening and music, taking part in arts and crafts activities, pool games, martial arts and more. From AED 200 per day for non-members. Sign up before 30th June for a 10 percent discount. Next to Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiyahu. 9am-3pm. Contact: 02 697 9000, facebook.com

Self Discovery Summer Camp
30th June-22nd August

Let children explore their passion for life, express their creativity and discover their individual talents at this summer camp hosted by Teddy Bear Nursery. Child-led experiences and unstructured play sessions will encourage them to freely express themselves while having fun. From AED 550 for two days. Different locations including Khalifa City. 8am-1pm. Contact: 02 556 8566, teddybearnursery.net

Kids Fitness Camp 2019
14th-18th July

Keep the kids active this summer with the Kids Fitness Camp. Certified personal trainers will conduct gym training and physical activities with little ones aged eight to 12. As a result, kids will improve their cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, strength and more. From AED 475 for non members. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas al Nakhl, Sun-Thu 11am-2pm. Contact: 02 679 2156, advantagesportsuae.com

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Art Explorers Summer Camp
7th-25th July

There’s something for both children and teens at Louvre Abu Dhabi with the Art Explorers for Children and Art Explorers for Teenagers camps, aimed at children aged six to 11 and 12 to 16, respectively. Running from 14th to 18th and 21st to 25th July, the children’s camp will include hands-on activities that bring the museum’s collection to life through workshops, interactive games and film. The teenager’s edition, hosted from 7th to 11th and 14th to 18th July, centres around the ongoing photography exhibition, giving teens an insight into the earliest images in the world. From AED 280 per day. Saadiyat Island. 9am-5pm. Contact: 600 565 566, education@louvreabudhabi.ae

60 Days of Summer
30th June-27th August

Kids can enjoy fun days out at the 60 Days of Summer Camp with Redwood Nursery. As well as taking part in fun, educational activities like football, cooking, science experiments, a construction zone and enchanted forest, little ones will enjoy excursions to Carluccio’s to make pizza, Warner Bros World, Pottery Café and Louvre Abu Dhabi. Khalifa City. Contact: 02 556 4611, theredwoodnursery.com

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Apple Camp
From 8th July

Apple Stores has launched a summer camp for tech-loving kids aged eight to 12. A selection of four-week workshops are available, each focusing on a different concept from coding and film editing to creating songs and art and design. Free. Yas Mall, Yas Island. Times vary. Register online at apple.com/ae/today/camp.

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French Summer Camp
30th June-29th August

Embark on your own Tour de France with Alliance Française this summer. Explore the various regions of France to learn about traditions and culture through games and activities specific to each region. Activities include a digital museum, swimming lessons, cooking classes, sport challenges, theatre and more. AED 180 per day. Le Royal Méridien, Fatima bint Mubarak Street. 9am-3pm. Contact: 02 612 2900, info@afabudhabi.org

Summer Camp with Advantage Sports
July-August

If your kids love being active, then Advantage Sports UAE has a slew of summer camps for them to choose from. The company has experienced instructors in a range of sports from fitness (14th-18th July) and yoga (7th-11th July) to cheerleading (21st-25th July). If they want to experience everything wrapped up into one fun camp, sign them up for the Summer Camp at Brighton College Abu Dhabi, featuring activities in tennis, swimming, football, basketball, gymnastics, dance, arts and crafts and more. From AED 175 per day. Sibling discounts available. Near Khalifa Park, Al Muntazah. Contact: 02 679 2156, programs@advantagesportsuae.com

warehouse421 summer workshops

Summer Club
30th June-13th July

Who said summer camp is just for kids? Warehouse421 is hosting Summer Club: The Making Edition this year for participants aged 16 and above. The extensive programme features various creative workshops covering different aspects of the production process, perfect for people who want to be hands-on and hone their skills. This year’s programme includes working with textiles, leather, fragrances, on-screen printing, paper making and more. Dates, prices and times vary but most workshops start around AED 80. For a full schedule, visit: warehouse421.ae

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