GUIDE: Kids’ holiday camps in Abu Dhabi

Don’t let your children spend the holidays with their nose stuck in an iPad. Make the most of it with these fun winter camps

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Hiltonia

Children aged four to 12 can join in a bundle of activities from fitness games and watersports to arts and crafts, cooking and even field trips. 18th Dec-5th Jan. AED 200 per day, AED 900 per week. Member discounts apply. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche West. Sun-Thu 9am-3pm. Contact: 02 692 4324

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Sheraton Abu Dhabi 

Ditch the device and make new friends at this enriching camp. Children aged four to 14 can take part in various activities including swimming, watersports, beach games, crafts, boat trips and even an island picnic. Parents receive complimentary pool and beach access too. 18th-22nd and 25th-29th Dec. From AED 200 per day, AED 1,550 for ten days. Corniche East. Daily 9am-2pm. Contact: 02 697 0272, sheraton.resort@sheraton.com

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Alliance Française

Inspired by the winter Olympics, this French camp will include active games such as ring toss, slalom, long jump, rhythmic dancing and tug of war, all revolving around the language. For children aged four to 10. 18th Dec-5th Jan, except during public holidays and 25th Dec. AED 140 per day. Al Bateen, near American Community School. Daily 9am-2pm. Contact: 02 612 2900, afabudhabi.org

Teddy Bear Nursery

Embracing the festive spirit, this camp includes a snow zone, music sessions and winter wonderland arts and crafts, as well as picnics and field trips. For children aged six months to four years. 18th Dec-5th Jan. AED 650 to AED 850 per week. Khalifa City and Al Bateen. Daily 8am-1pm. Contact: 02 556 8566 (Khalifa City), 02 633 3350 (Al Bateen), teddybearnursery.net

Dhabian Sports Academy

If you have active children that love to learn new skills, then this unique camp is great for them. Hosted at Dhabian Equestrian Club, the programme includes various sports and games such as archery tag and horse riding. 18th-22nd Dec, 26th-29th Dec and 2nd-5th Jan. For children aged four to 14. AED 100 per day or from AED 700 per week. Al Rahba. Daily 8am-3pm. Contact: 052 891 0989, info@dhabiansportsacademy.com

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My First Gym

This fitness centre hosts three weeks of fun activities for youngsters aged three and a half to ten years old. Expect games, rides, sports, dance, gymnastics, martial arts and more, all focusing on the week’s theme: Winter Olympics, Around the World and Pirates and Princess Adventures. 18th Dec-5th Jan. From AED 200 per day to AED 1,700 for ten days. Corner of Delma and Muroor Roads. 9am-2pm. Register at myfirstgym.com

Little Smarties Nursery

Variety is the key at this nursery, which is hosting a winter camp for children aged two months to five years. Little ones can enjoy activities including gardening, recycling, music, movies, baking and story time. 18th Dec-5th Jan. AED 200 per day. 12th Street, Khalifa City. Daily 8am-2pm. Contact: 02 556 5500, littlesmartiesnursery.com

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Orange Wheels

Encourage the kids to immerse themselves in creative and unique exercises based on imaginative play at this recently opened centre. 18th Dec-5th Jan. From AED 180 per day to AED 650 per week. Al Wahda Mall. Daily 10am-3pm. Contact: 02 667 4411, orangewheels.com

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Little World Discovery Center

Boost your child’s brainpower with this STEM camp where children aged four to ten can learn essential skills for the 21st century. Through play-based learning they’ll cover everything from improv workshops to food science. 15th Dec-5th Jan. From AED 250 per day to AED 2,700 for four weeks. Nation Galleria, Corniche West. Sun-Thu 10am-2pm. Contact: 02 681 8824, littleworlduae.com

Apple Bee Nursery

If your children love to get creative, then tap into their artistic side with this fun camp. Children aged six months to five years can take part in arts and crafts, dancing, reading and drama while making new friends. Three-, four- and five-day options available. Until 14th Jan. Contact the nursery for prices, discounted rates available. 7am-5pm. Villa 22, off Hazza bin Zayed Street, Al Rowdah. Visit: 02 443 4747applebeenurseryuae.com

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Zayed Sports City

Arguably one of the most popular kids’ holiday camps in town, this option includes ice skating, bowling, films, arts and crafts and games for children aged five to 12. There are also free play sessions in tennis, football and basketball as well as proper coaching with the ZSC Academy team. 18th-22nd Dec and 2nd-5th Jan. AED 1,000 for week 1, AED 800 for week 2. Daily 8.30am-5.30pm. Contact: 02 403 4222, kidscamp@zsc.ae

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Kidz Venture Nursery & Kids Club

Inspired by Montessori, this new British curriculum nursery is offering a jam-packed winter camp for children aged three to six years old. They can learn through play with a gingerbread workshop, cooking classes, music and sensorial activities. 18th-22nd Dec. AED 650 per child, per week. Mangrove Village Compound, Abu Dhabi Gate City. Daily 8am-12.30pm. Contact: 055 959 6600, nursery@kidzventure.ae

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Hallabolou

Choose from full- or half-day sessions at this camp aimed at children from age five and above. Sessions incorporate STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics – with activities such as robotics, crafts, theatre and more. 18th-22nd Dec and 2nd-5th Jan. From AED 150 for half day, AED 200 for full day. Villa A54, Marina Village, near Marina Mall. 9am-3.30pm or 9am-noon and 12.30pm-3.30pm. Contact: 02 622 2285, happy@hallabolou.com

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Computer Explorers UAE

Inspiring the next generation of app developers, game designers, engineers and innovators, this camp targets six- to 14-year-olds with a talent for tech. Sessions vary from robotics and animation to game programming and digital music development. 15th Dec-5th Jan. From AED 250 per week to AED 2,700 for three weeks. Nation Galleria, Corniche West. Sun-Thu 11am-3pm. Contact: 02 681 8824, computerexplorers.com/uae

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ZSC Academy Ice Skating Camp

Whether your child is inspired by Elsa or wants to try their hand at something new, this camp will help children aged five and above to improve their ice skating technique and skills. With on-ice sessions from Ice Skating Institute of Asia-certified coaches, free skate and off-ice sessions, there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained. 18th-22nd Dec and 1st-4th Jan. AED 750 for week 1, AED 600 for week 2. Zayed Sports City. Daily 9am-1pm. Contact: 02 403 4333, ice@zsc.ae

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ZSC Academy Tennis Camp

Ace your technique with this camp led by highly-qualified coaches. Tennis stars aged seven to 18 that are currently playing at an intermediate or advanced level can hone their skills with lessons, fitness sessions and matches. The December camp will also give participants the chance to meet Davis Cup players and rising stars of the Hope & Spirit Foundation. 18th-22nd Dec and 2nd-5th Jan. AED 1,250 for week 1, AED 1,000 for week 2, day rates also available. Zayed Sports City. Daily 9am-1pm. Contact: 02 403 4240, vasja.gorjup@zsc.ae

Oddysey Nursery

Youngsters aged four months to six years can enjoy exploratory and sensory activities to enrich their minds and boost social skills with activiites including karate, ballet, music and art. 26th Dec-5th Jan. Two-, three-, four- and five-day options available. From AED 1,350. Register before 11th December for ten percent discount. Street 20, sector 42, Khalifa City. 8am-2pm or 8am-5pm. Contact: 02 665 5994, odysseynursery.com

Lady Bird Nursery

Spend the holidays joining in a host of fun activities from pottery, baking, popcorn days and arts and crafts to a puppet show, storytelling, traditional crafts and even a pyjama party. Aimed at children up to six-years-old, the camp offers three-, four- and five-day options from 7am to 2pm, 3pm or 4pm. 26th Dec-5th Jan. From AED 650. Villa 18, Al Zaabi. Contact: 02 658 2212, info@lady-bird-nursery.com

Blooming Minds Nursery

Each week there’s a unique theme at this children’s camp, aged at youngsters aged six weeks to eight years. Week one is all about Frozen Fantasy with karaoke themed around the hit film and craft activities to make glowing fairy jars. Week two will see kids cook up a storm with a barbecue and sandwich recipes, while week three’s Camp Out theme will feature outdoor activities and marshmallows by the campfire. 18th-22nd Dec, 27th-29th Dec and 3rd-5th Jan. From AED 400 for three days, AED 575 for five. Off 15th Street, opposite Al Forsan, Khalifa City. Daily 8am-2pm. Contact: 02 445 3411, bloomingmindsnursery.ae

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