It’s that time of the year when parents who opt to stay in the country for the summer holidays scramble for summer camps to keep their kids occupied.
Moreover, with summer school holidays extending for more than two months, not many working parents can afford to go away for the entire duration, making summer camps for children a necessity rather than an indulgence.
Emirates 24|7 puts together a guide of summer camps available in the city to keep your little ones occupied and entertained as they utilise their time without being glued onto a digital screen. First-off are the top-end ones, some of which may cost you an arm and a leg but some others that are well worth every dirham they seek of you.
Sinbad, at Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Whether it’s splashing around, face painting, playing sports, watching movies or doing crafts, kids are likely to enjoy their time at Sinbad’s Kids Club at Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
All activities take place within the resort and, according to the hotel, children are monitored and supervised by a trained, professional team. It’s an eight-week-long programme and kids can take trips to Wild Wadi, become a mini-chef, get into arts & crafts, and watch magic tricks, etc.
The camp runs from July 1 to August 15, 2015, Sundays to Thursdays, from 10am to 4pm for 4 to 12 years olds.
Day passes are available at Dh350 per child as well as five-day at discounted rates. The package includes daily lunch and Wild Wadi Waterpark access.
Atlantis hotel at The Palm archipelago in Dubai will be running several summer camp programmes for children aged 3 to 12 years from 9am to 5pm (Sundays to Thursdays).
The Mad Science camp is for kids who are hands-on with experiments and chemistry reactions. This is for ages 3 to 7 years and 8 to 12 years for Dh2,100 for a five-day work week.
For the art and crafts enthusiasts, there’s the Kidzart camp to enjoy painting, tie-dyeing t-shirts or getting messy with papier-mâché. It’s open to kids for ages 3 to 7 years for Dh1,750 for a week.
This is perhaps the most expensive one, priced at Dh3,850. Called Aquamania, this camp takes children behind the scenes and into a water world. From inflatable activities, Padi-certified scuba diving to meeting sea lions and dolphins, children and teenagers are promised an experience of sea life. It’s open for ages 8 to 12 and 13 to 17 years. The price is for a week.
Adventure seekers have another camp to experience scavenger hunts to visiting The Lost Chambers aquarium and Aquaventure waterpark. Designed for ages 3 to 12 years, this camp will set you back by Dh1,700 a week.
Kidzania, the educational indoor theme park, organises summer camps for children. The camp starts from mid-June until August.
There are themed camps, which include magic tricks with Urbano, arts, crafts and culinary with Bache, DJing, hosting and dance with Beebop, modelling and fashion with Chika, movie-making with Vita and fun activities for toddlers.
The latest rates are not available as of now but last year, a one-week package included Dh750 without food and Dh800 with food. Parents could also opt for multiple weeks options at a price of Dh1,400 for 2 weeks with food.
To beat the heat, Ski Dubai is also organising summer camps. If your child is in the age group of 3 to 6 years, the cost for 5 days is Dh780 for a one-hour daily class. For the age group of 7 to 13 years, the cost goes up to Dh910 for five days with a one-and-a-half-hour class.
There are Ramadan camps that will be running soon too if you want to get your kids enrolled before the summer break.
Dubai Mall summer camp
The Dubai Mall Summer Camp claims to combine ‘all the fun’ into a one-week packed programme. On certain days of the week, kids explore over 80 role-playing professions at KidZania; on another day, they enjoy ice escapades at Dubai Ice Rink followed by an animated movie session at Reel Cinemas.
One day of the week is dedicated to playing an exciting game of Broomball at Dubai Ice Rink followed by an aquatic adventure at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo with the fifth day of the week dedicated to a visit to Sega Republic indoor theme park.
These summer packages were priced at Dh675 last year per child per week with a range of activities at the five attractions within the Dubai Mall.