The school day is over, but the learning doesn’t have to be

Whether they’re into science, the arts or just want to have fun, keep brains busy and upskill your kids with these after-school activities in Abu Dhabi.

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When the bell rings for the end of another school day, it’s not a sign that the learning has to stop for your kids – and that’s scientific fact.

Research trends are showing that when it comes to child development, after-school activities provide psychological, social and physical advantages as well as keeping kids engaged while they’re in school.

So whether they want to be the next Stephen Hawking, Lionel Messi or Taylor Swift, there’s an after-school activity that will keep them learning – and they won’t even know they’re doing it.

Future scientists

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It doesn’t get more hands-on than at Tech Shop, a maker space where children aged eight and up can get to grips with everything from ceramics to laser cutting, woodwork and more. After an induction on the machines, children are guided to make their own projects. Membership from AED 350 per month, class costs vary. Al Zeina. Sat–Thu 9am–9pm, Fri 2pm–9pm. Contact: 02 558 8624, techshop.ae   

Kids can plug in and connect with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) learning on a deeper level with a workshop at Creative Robotics, where they can design, build, programme and control their own androids while developing their engineering and innovation skills. From AED 52.50 for one hour. Emirates Bowling Village, Marina Mall, breakwater. Daily 10am–10pm. Contact: 02 681 0109, facebook.com/creativeroboticsuae

Digital literacy is going to be a skill of the future, and if you’d like your child to stay ahead of the curve, then sign them up for classes at Shining Star Education Training. The eShine course will help children adapt to the concepts of STEM through games and collaboration, while the Coding Club will give children a deeper understanding of computing. AED 750 for 12 weeks, plus AED 300 registration fee. Al Ghaith Tower, Hamdan Street. Times vary. Contact: 02 448 4918, shiningstaronline.com

Performing pupils

From acting to breakdancing, musical theatre and more, the team at Motion Studios Performing Arts have your little one covered if they dream of taking to the stage, with trained professionals on hand to guide their learning. From AED 340 per month. Al Zeina. Times vary. Contact: 800 6772, facebook.com/motionuae

Little ones can get footloose with a class or two at Arabesque Ballet Center. From Irish dance to hip-hop, ballet and contemporary styles, kids can learn musicality, rhythm and discipline from accredited instructors. From AED 60 per class, from AED 900 per term. Villa 9, Al Nashash Street, behind One to One Hotel. Contact: abudhabi.dance@gmail.com, facebook.com/arabesqueballetcenter

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Budding virtuosos can add a new string to their bow with music lessons from Music Hub. Offering professional teaching in flute, violin, guitar, piano plus musical theory and vocal lessons, the centre provides teaching for beginners, intermediate and proficient players. From AED 126 per lesson, from AED 1,260 for ten lessons. Falcon Tower, Al Nasr Street. Times vary. Contact: 02 632 7888, musichub.ae

Sports stars

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If your child’s goal is to become the next Ronaldo, then sign them up for the recreational football squad at PASS Abu Dhabi. Open to children aged two to 12, the football school teaches the techniques of the sport in a fun environment. If your little one shows some serious skill, they can also try out for the competitive squad. From AED 520 per term. Times and locations vary. Contact: 058 566 1979, passabudhabi.com

For budding batsmen or women, Zayed Cricket Academy offers after-school classes in the sport for children between four and 19 years. Younger children can learn the basics of the game, while older children have the chance to join the competitive team. From AED 800 per term. Zayed Cricket Stadium, Khalifa City. Times vary. Contact: 800 232 742 538, booking@abudhabicricket.ae

High-energy kids from three-and-a-half to 14 years should check out My First Gym, where a range of activities will keep them moving, including dance, martial arts, gymnastics and fitness classes. From AED 126 for one class, AED 1,050 for ten classes. Times and locations vary. Contact: 02 444 3560, myfirstgym.com

At Zayed Sports City, budding tennis players and ice skaters aged three and up can hone their skills with dedicated lessons at the academy. From total beginners to those wanting to perfect their sport, the facility offers professional coaching from experts in their field. Individual lessons start from AED 126 per lesson for ice skating, from AED 242 per lesson for tennis, group lessons are AED 70 for ice skating and AED 90 for tennis. Saif Al Ghubash Street. Times vary. Contact: 02 403 4200, zscacademy.ae

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For sporty kids aged four and up destined to be the next Usain Bolt, Ultimate Athletics could be the place for them to improve their skills. They’ll be running, jumping, hurdling and more with this multi-sport club and they’ll develop their motor skills while burning a tonne of energy. From AED 1,105 per term. Various locations, including NYUAD, Saadiyat Island. Times and days vary. Contact: facebook.com/ultimateathleticsuae

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Getting kids confident in the water early on is a great asset. Advantage Sports provides swimming lessons for beginners as young as three years of age to get a feel for the water and enjoy some physical activity, too. From AED 890 for 12 weeks. Various locations, including Sun and Sky Tower, Al Reem Island. Times vary. Contact: 02 679 2156, advantagesportsuae.com

Brain boosters

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From chess to maths, abacus classes and more, the accredited team at Time Master Skills Development Centre can help your child aged five and up with fun workshops aimed at developing logic, memory and processing skills. Prices vary. Office 404, ADCP Tower B, Electra Street. Times vary. Contact: 02 673 9171, timemaster.ae

At KidzUnplugged, children from three to eight can take a break from technology with some good old-fashioned fun and learn how to make their own games and toys with former early years teacher Anisa Ismail. AED 80 per hour. Locations and times vary. Contact: 02 401 2911, kidzunpluggedmena.com

If they need a little extra help with homework, then Kip McGrath is on hand. The education centre offers maths and English tutoring from qualified teachers to help your child progress at whatever stage they’re at. From AED 200 per hour. Al Raha Mall, Channel Street, Al Raha Beach. Sat–Wed 2pm–8pm, Thu 3.30pm–6.30pm. Contact: 02 558 8505, uae.kipmcgrath.com/al-raha-mall

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