Winter camps to keep your little ones entertained

School’s out for the winter holidays – but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep the little ones busy

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The final bell has rung, the kids have finished lessons until January and now they’re complaining they’re bored.

Well, we have the perfect remedy for that. Check out these winter camps the capital has to offer.

Tiny tots

Little Smarties

Baking, sensory play, dance and sports await at Little Smarties, where little ones can get in touch with their creative side. Aimed at children from two months to five years, the camp is focused on developing their early years learning through play. 17th Dec–4th Jan.
AED 200 per day, AED 700 per week. 34th Street, Khalifa City. 8am–2pm. Contact:
02 556 5500, littlesmartiesnursery.com

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Bedayati Nursery

From 17th December to 4th January, little ones from one month to five years can enjoy a new activity every day at Bedayati Nursery. With arts and crafts, cooking, messy play and maths on the schedule, there’s plenty to keep little brains busy. AED 500 per week. Off Fatima Bint Mubarak Street, opposite Burjeel Hospital, Al Dhafra. 8am–3pm. Contact: 02 444 4490, bedayatinursery.ae

British Orchard Nursery

A host of wintry activities await children up to five years at British Orchard Nursery from 17th December until 3rd January. Kids will enjoy sensory exploration, science experiments and arts and crafts while developing their language and literacy through a holistic learning style. From AED 150 per day, from AED 600 per week. Various locations including Al Bateen, Al Falah Street, near American Community School. 9am–2pm. Contact: 02 622 2903, britishorchardnursery.com

MindChamps

With learning for little ones at its core, MindChamps is offering a creative camp for children aged between 45 days and six years. With cooking, theatre, music and arts and crafts, it’s all about developing their creativity. 17th Dec-4th Jan. From AED 175 per
day, from AED 800 per week. Bloom Gardens, next to Brighton College Abu Dhabi. 8am–2pm. Contact: 02 610 9666, admissions@mindchamps.ae 

Busy brains

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Hallabolou

With STEM learning at its heart, Hallabolou’s seasonal offering for kids aged five and up offers themed activities including Wizard Week, Disney and building with bricks. 17th Dec–4th Jan. AED 150 per half day, AED 200 per day, from AED 680 per week. Villa A54, Marina Office Park, near Marina Mall. 9am–3pm. Contact: 02 622 2285,
facebook.com/hallabolou

Kip McGrath

Whether your children need a quick learning boost or just want to get ahead, Kip McGrath’s winter school is just the place. Running from 16th to 20th December and 3rd to 5th January in two sessions per day, this camp provides dedicated tuition in English and maths from qualified teachers. AED 200 per session. Al Raha Mall, off E10. 9am–3pm. Contact: 02 558 8505, facebook.com/kipmcgrathabudhabi

Alliance Française

Parlez-vous Français? Well, your kids might after a stint at Alliance Française’s winter camp, running from 17th December to 4th January. Aimed at children from four to 12, this language camp will get them familiar with French through fun activities including games and arts and crafts. From AED 126+++ per day. Le Royal Méridien, Fatima bint Mubarak Street. 9am–2pm. Contact: 02 612 2900, afabudhabi.org

Creative kids

Greenopia Eco Nursery

Oh, the places you’ll go in Greenopia Eco Nursery’s Dr Seuss-themed winter camp. Running from 17th December to 4th January, young creative minds from one-and-a-half to seven years can be immersed in the iconic author’s world, with activities, storytelling and literacy development. From AED 560 per week. Al Karamah Street, Al Mushrif. From 7.30am. Contact: 02 679 8887, greenopia-nursery.com

Happynest Playhouse

For kids from two to nine years, Happynest Playhouse has just the ticket to keep them busy from 17th December until 4th January. With messy play, team building, crazy science and cooking on the agenda, there’s plenty of fun to be had. AED 140 per day, AED 600 per week.Al Raha Gardens Plaza, Khalifa City. 7.30am–2.30pm. Contact: 02 676 0605, facebook.com/happynestuae

Inner Seed

Inner Seed’s winter offering for all ages features yoga, meditation and a happiness programme to give their minds a rest from school stress over the break. From building a snowman to story telling, games and winter arts and crafts, the camp aims to build their empowerment and self-confidence. 17th–21st and 24th–28th Dec. From AED 150 per day, from AED 700 per week. The Studio, Villa 42, Corniche, near Third Place Café. 8.45am–1.30pm. Contact: innerseeduae.com

1868 Restaurant Café and Gallery

Residents in Khalifa City will find a fun winter break respite at foodie spot 1868 Restaurant Café and Gallery. Running from 15th December to 7th January, there’s plenty on offer for creative kids aged four years and up, including clay modelling, soap making, cooking, reading and even a spot of laughter yoga. From AED 150 per half day, from AED 700 per week. Al Raha Gardens. Half day 8am–2pm, full day 8am–5pm. Contact: 02 553 1868, facebook.com/1868uae

Active campers

Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana

Obstacle courses, target paint shooting, dancing and watersports galore will be on the schedule at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana. Aimed at children from five to 12, this multi-sport activity camp promises that the kids will have a blast. 17th Dec- 4th Jan. From AED 150 per day, from AED 590 per week. Corniche West. 9am–3pm. Contact: 02 657 0182, recreation.khalidiya@rotana.com

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Hiltonia Beach Club

From magic displays to cooking classes, outdoor activities and more, Hiltonia has plenty for kids to get stuck into from 17th December to 4th January. Aimed at children from four to 12, this camp builds on skills including team building and creativity. AED 200 per day, AED 900 per week. Corniche West. 9am–3pm. Contact: 02 692 4324, facebook.com/hiltoniabeachclub 

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort

For outdoor types aged from four to 14, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort’s camp has plenty of activities to appeal. Running from 17th to 28th December (22nd and 23rd December excluded), the camp includes kayaking, banana boating, beach games, island picnics and more. As a bonus, parents get a free pool and beach pass each day that kids attend camp. AED 200 per day, AED 850 for five days. Corniche East. 9am–2pm. Contact: 02 697 0272, sheraton.resort@sheraton.com

My First Gym

With an aim of getting little ones from three-and-a-half to ten active, My First Gym’s holiday camp includes lots of sports-related fun and games. With a different theme each day, from Disney to dancing and crazy science, little ones can jump and tumble while learning more about the world around them. AED 200 per day, AED 900 per week. Delma Street, opposite Zayed Educational Camp. 9am–2pm. Contact: 02 444 3560, myfirstgym.com

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Zayed Sports City

With two camps on offer, Zayed Sports City is the place to be for active kids. Designed to offer sports-specific training in football, ice skating or tennis, the Academy Sports Camp provides instruction for future sporting heroes. Age recommendations vary. 17th–21st Dec and 2nd–4th Jan. From AED 800 per block. Saif Ghubash Street. 9am–2pm. Contact: 02 403 4228, academy@zsc.ae

From football and tennis to ice skating, bowling, obstacle courses and more, kids with a sense of adventure will have a blast at Zayed Sports City’s winter camp. 17th Dec–11th Jan. AED 1,000 per week. 8am–5.30pm. Contact: 02 403 4222, kidscamp@zsc.ae

Titan Sports

With gymnastics, kickboxing, wrestling and plenty of team sports on the schedule for Titan Sports’ camp, kids will keep moving throughout the whole day – and they’re in for a fun time. Running from 17th December to 4th January, this multi-sport camp is suitable for children aged five to 16, and is led by internationally certified instructors. AED 150 per day, AED 700 per week. Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, Al Mushrif. 8.30am-3.30pm. Contact: 050 220 0326, titansportsuae.com

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