Don’t let the little ones become idle over the holidays. Sign them up to these fun camps to keep them physically active and mentally challenged.
With an impending school break on the horizon, it’s easy for children to fall into a funk, plopping themselves in front of a games console and spending all day on a device.
But don’t despair, mums and dads. The good news is that there are various types of winter camps available to keep children challenged, active and engaged throughout the holidays, whether they’re the sporty type, more artistically inclined or eager Einsteins.
For Little Learners
Turn your little ones into budding eco-warriors at The Green Planet camp. Here, children from two months up to five years old will be taught the importance of taking care of the environment with lessons about recycling, planting trees, science experiments, arts and crafts and more. 16th Dec-3rd Jan. From AED 683. Street 20, sector 42, Khalifa City. 8am-2pm or 8am-5pm. Contact: 02 665 5994, odysseynursery.com
Hummingbird Early Learning Centre
Youngsters aged three months to six years will have their curiosity fed and creativity boosted at this winter camp, where fun lessons include storytelling and arts and crafts activities with festive-themed names such as Santa’s Workshop and the Nutcracker. 3rd Dec-3rd Jan. From AED 600 per week for half day to AED 1,400 per week for full day. Amaya Towers, Al Reem Island. 7.30am-7pm. Contact: 02 671 7701, hummingbird.ae
Teddy Bear Nursery
Taking the festive vibe to heart, this camp includes plenty of outdoor play activities, picnics and arts and crafts workshops centred on the theme of winter. For children aged 45 days to five years. 16th Dec-3rd Jan. AED 650 for three days, AED 850 for five days. Khalifa City and Al Bateen. 8am-1pm. Contact: 02 556 8566 (Khalifa City), 02 633 3350 (Al Bateen), teddybearnursery.net
The festive vibe is strong at this camp for kids from two to eight years old. With games, cooking and baking, dancing and sing-alongs all on the programme, there’s something for everyone. 16th Dec-3rd Jan. AED 135 per day, AED 625 per week. Al Raha Gardens Plaza, Khalifa City. 8.30am-1pm. Contact: 02 676 0605, facebook.com/happynestuae
Help kids avoid the dreaded learning dip during the holiday season at this specialist education centre. The winter school programme will hone kids’ English and mathematics skills through lessons that are fun, interactive and challenging. For children aged five to 18
years. 16th Dec-3rd Jan. From AED 180 per session. Al Raha Mall, off E10. 9am, 11am and 1pm. Contact: 02 558 8505, kipmcgrath.ae
Is your child showing some entrepreneurial potential? This Business and Innovation camp will inspire participants aged ten to 16 to solve problems and find solutions in a simulated business environment. Kids will also learn presentation and business planning skills, design and prototyping. 16th-19th Dec. AED 950 for four days. Office 1006, twofour54, Park Rotana Complex. 10am-3pm. Contact: 02 582 1873, eighthub.com/academy
Little World Discovery Center
This STEM and Enterprise Camp is designed to hone and sharpen creativity and problem-solving skills in children aged four to ten. Here, science and play are combined to stimulate both the mind and the senses. The activities will encourage little learners to stretch their imagination and gain new knowledge. 16th Dec-3rd Jan. AED 265, including lunch. Nation Galleria, Corniche West. 10am-2pm. Contact: 02 681 8824, littleworlduae.com
For active ones
A variety of fun and mindful activities awaits little ones aged four to 10 at the Junior Wellness Camp. The classes – designed to improve physical and mental abilities – include games, storytelling, outdoor fitness activities, yoga and meditation. Children with special needs are welcome to sign up, too. 15th-22nd Dec. From AED 150 per day, AED 800 for seven days. The Studio, Villa 42, Corniche. 8.45am-2pm. Contact: 050 352 8640, bit.ly/2AjvwRT
Zayed Sports City
Sports, games and hands-on projects are all on the agenda at the ZSC Kids Holiday Camp. Making good use of the venue’s facilities, children can try a range of activities including bowling, ice skating, basketball, football, an inflatable obstacle course, mosaic making and more. Expert coaches from ZSC will be present to give lessons, and there’s also a healthy
eating workshop. For children aged five to 12. 16th-20th and 23rd-27th Dec. AED 1,050 per week. Saif Ghubash Street. 8am-5.30pm. Contact: 02 403 4222, zsc.ae
Hiltonia Beach Club
From watersports, swimming and football to arts and crafts, Hiltonia Beach Club will keep little ones occupied from one activity to another. Open for children aged four to 12 years old, this fun camp combines indoor and outdoor sports so little ones will have plenty to choose from. As a bonus, the session includes snacks, lunch and drinks. 16th-31st Dec.
AED 190 per day, AED 850 per week. Corniche West. 9am-3pm. Contact: 02 692 4324,
Get kids off the couch with this winter camp featuring a host of sports including tennis, football, basketball and gymnastics. Activities, which include treasure hunts and arts and crafts, will encourage learning and teamwork among children aged four to 14. 16th-20th Dec, 23rd, 24th and 27th Dec, and 30th Dec-3rd Jan. AED 175 per day, AED 750 for one week, AED 1,300 for two weeks. Brighton College Abu Dhabi, off Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Street, near Bloom Gardens. 8.30am-2pm. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
My First Gym
This children’s fitness centre is hosting a three-week camp for youngsters from age three-and-a-half with activities such as gymnastics, dance workshops, cookie making, arts and crafts, laser tag and more. 16th Dec-3rd Jan. AED 756 for one week, AED 1,428 for two weeks, AED 2,041 for three. Delma Street. 9am-2pm. Contact: 02 444 3560, myfirstgym.com
Children from four to 12 years old can try multiple sports including basketball, swimming, gymnastics and tennis at this active option. Indoor and outdoor facilities will be utilised to keep young athletes busy while they learn the importance of engaging in sports, discipline, friendship and teamwork. 16th Dec-3rd Jan. AED 189 per day. GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi, Khalifa City. 9am-2pm. Contact: email@example.com, esmacademies.ae
Abu Dhabi Country Club
This Winter Sports Camp will let children channel their energy through activities that include taekwondo, football, swimming, basketball, ballet, dance and gymnastics. The club’s coaches will teach participants the drills and skills needed to play and perfect each sport. For children aged four to 14 years old. 16th Dec-3rd Jan. From AED 1,575. Shakhbout Bin Sultan Street, Al Mushrif. 9am-1.30pm. Contact: 02 657 7765, firstname.lastname@example.org
WORDS Ferdinand Godinez