With the majority of families opting to stay in Dubai this summer, we’re now presented with the challenge of finding a balance between the intensive distance learning we’ve had for the past 15 weeks and the lack of routine and structure we now find ahead of us. Not everyone’s ready to dive back into normality with kids’ classes yet, and that’s ok, but for some, kids’ camps are high on the priority list heading into the hot summer. So, if you’re needing some time to catch up with work or something to keep the kids occupied then have a read below as we round up some of the best activities to keep the kids entertained and stimulated over the next 8 weeks!

Summer of Swimming with Hamilton Aquatics


Keep your kids active and develop their swimming skills with the Summer of Swimming programme from Hamilton Aquatics. Your child’s safety is the primary concern and the team have ensured all measures are in place to create a safe environment for their return to the pool. All of their teachers and coaches are tested for COVID-19, lane capacity and session duration are reduced in line with Government guidelines and they are also approved by Dubai Sports Council.

Offered at 10+ convenient locations in Dubai, the Summer of Swimming programme offers morning and afternoon swimming lessons for all ages from 3 months.

Price: You can book the intensive morning programme on a weekly basis, offering 5 lessons per week for only AED 300! Or opt for complete flexibility and book as few or as many individual lessons in the afternoon programme at AED 75 per lesson.

Book: For more details, please visit https://hamiltonaquatics.ae/summerofswimming.

Step into Summer with DPA!

We’re thrilled to learn that Dubai Performing Arts have just launched the DPA Mini Summer Pass, which offers multiple Performing Arts classes across the Summer at Dubai British School Jumeirah Park. The varied programme for boys and girls aged 3-6 years includes weekly classes in Street Dance, Musical Theatre and Ballet. The classes take place Sunday – Wednesday from 3:00pm – 3:45pm from Sunday 5th July – Wednesday 19th August. (Eid week excluded).

Price: Pay only AED 360 for one mini class per week, or join them all for a summer special price of AED 850. Prices exclude VAT.

Book: For more information or a copy of the timetable please email Info@DubaiPerformingsArts.com or call the DPA Team on 056 173 7545.

Kids Summer Playcation at Dubai Polo Club

Keep the kids entertained this summer and enrol them in the Kids Summer Playcation at Dubai Polo Club, running weekly until 13th August 2020. For 4-12 year olds, the camp is packed with fun activities, following highest levels of cleanliness and the safety guidelines issued by the authorities.

Temperature checks are conducted by the security at the entrance gate, clients are required to pass through the sanitation tunnel, and sanitisers are provided around the area while maintaining social distance.

Price: Join in daily from 8am–3pm for AED 180 or from 8am–5pm from AED 240 per child. Or for a full week, pay only AED 699 for 8am-3pm or AED 999 for 8am-5pm.

Book: To book the weekly package or daily rate, please contact 04 361 8111 or email info@poloclubdubai.com.

Take your pick with UrbanCircle

Are you looking for exciting camps and activities to keep your kids happy and engaged throughout the summer? UrbanCircle has a great selection of both online and in-person options, from coding, chess and art to dance, sports, drama and storytelling. All online activities are engaging with live teaching and require minimum adult supervision. All in-person options are very safe and social distanced.

UrbanCircle is an online platform making life easy for parents to build their own circle of support with more than 400 services. They are as picky as you when it comes to kids, partnering only with reference-checked, verified services after personal meetings. The platform provides comprehensive information including prices, reviews and videos.  Not sure what to choose? Just get in touch with the team where they can make suggestions and support you before and after you book!

Price: Prices vary per partner and class so please check the Urban Circle website for more details.

Book: Book online at www.urbancircle.ae.

Stay cool this summer with Infinite Ski

If you’re wanting the kids to keep fit this summer but don’t want them in the sun, then Infinite Ski is the perfect choice. Their summer programme offers a ski camp suitable for 4-12 year olds and it’s running weekly throughout July and August. Drop the kids in from 10am – 1pm (there’s also early drop off at 8.30am) for ski sessions, snacks, fitness, fun and lunch – all included in one weekly price. But be quick, as due to health and safety precautions there are only a limited number of slots available!

Price: Enrol your children for the week for only AED 825 per child, but you’ll also get a 10% sibling discount!

Book: Please contact 056 204 1680 for more information or to book.

Stop & Help Student Ambassador Programme

If you have a student over the age of 16 who has access to a computer and about 10 hours a week to spare, why not encourage them get involved in the Stop & Help Student Ambassador Programme. The experience will allow them to understand the social and economic impacts of a crisis on our society and they’ll also gain essential experience for UCAS applications, sign off community service hours for international awards and enjoy work experience across multiple departments. Above all, they will experience how a community project can make a world of difference to others.

Price: None – this is a volunteering initiative.

Book: If you would like to be involved, simply send an email to Heather@Stopandhelp.ae.

Private Classes at Home with Amazing Athletes

Our kids are big fans of the high energy sports activities offered by Amazing Athletes – and so are we, as the coaches bring everything right to your doorstep! This is the perfect option if you need a bit of time to get the house back in order or catch up on emails, and you know the kids will be having fun as well! The specialised coaches offer a range of sports so kick, throw, run, and play through the summer! In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, all equipment is regularly sanitised, and coaches are going beyond the government requirements to make sure that your children are playing in the safest possible environment.

Price: Amazing Athletes Dubai are currently offering a special rate of AED 250 for a 45-minute session. Under the current government guidelines, classes are limited to 4 children.  No garden or big enough space? No problem, they have a list of partners that can provide a safe indoor space at an extra cost.

Book: To book a private session, please contact 052 647 7057 or email dubai@amazingathletes.com.

Stay Active with ESM Holiday Camps

ESM Holiday Camp have a strong reputation for creating a camp environment which encourages your kids to thrive, learn and develop whilst making friends and having fun in a safe environment. The multi-activity camp (available at 8 locations) offers a balance of sports and arts & crafts activities, carefully handpicked for children 4-12 years. The camps take place at venues with great facilities and health and safety is the top priority, ensuring parents peace of mind. The ESM family have made numerous changes to the camp in light of current government requirements including, staggered session time, temperature checks, hand sanitisation and hand washing policies, equipment sanitation and an on-site hygiene champion.

Price: Summer camp prices vary but start from AED 168 per child per day, or from AED 714 per week. Places are limited due to reduced capacity and run from 9am-1.30pm, five days a week.

Book: For bookings, please visit esmacademies.ae and fill in the registration form for the camp location you wish to attend.

Art Workshops at Step Up Ceramic Cafe

Looking for something a little different for the kids this summer? StepUp Ceramic Cafe, conveniently located in Motor City, are running Art Workshops from Sunday to Wednesday from 12th July – 26th August. Suitable for children aged 4 – 12 years, there’s the option of a morning session including breakfast (9am-12pm) or afternoon session including lunch (1pm-4pm). Each day children will have breakfast or lunch followed by an art workshop and then some time on the bouncy castle before finishing with a movie and popcorn.

Price: Prices are AED 160 per day of AED 500 for the week.

Book: For more information or to book, please call 058 538 1800.

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