Right, let’s keep this real, keeping the kids happy during the Christmas holidays is basically an essential survival skill for everyone’s sanity, right? And if you’re anything like us, you’re probably nose-deep in work right up until the Christmas chaos hits. So, whether your little ones are mini sports enthusiasts, budding artists, dance floor divas or just like some good old-fashioned fun, this pick of the best holiday camps should help lighten the load and let the kids burn off some energy while keeping those creative minds buzzing.

Dubai Performing Arts Winter Workshop Camps

Dubai Performing Arts have extended their camp offerings this winter to both Dubai British School – Jumeirah Park and Jebel Ali School. DPA camps are an opportunity to give children a go at Performing Arts, building confidence, improving communication skills and encouraging teamwork. Encompassing all aspects of musical theatre; singing, dance and acting – the themes this December include Frozen, Elf, Holly Jolly Jamboree and No Business Like Snow-Business.

Dates: Week 1: Monday 11th Friday 15th December / Week 2:  Monday 18th Friday 22nd December.

Timings: Mini Camp: 9am–12.30pm or there is an option to extend the day with arts and crafts and games until the later pickup time of 2:15pm. Junior / Inter Camp: 9am–2.30pm.

Location: Dubai British School, Jumeirah Park or Jebel Ali School.

Age: Mini’s is for 3-5 years, Juniors / Inter Camp for 6-13 years.

Prices: Starting at AED 835 for the Mini Camp and AED 1,035 for the Junior / Inter Camp. There are sibling and multi-week discounts available too.

How to book: Click here.

Keep the Kids energised this Winter with Elite Sports Academy’s Camps

Elite Sports Academy are making a grand comeback with their super-popular Winter Camp Programmes! Get ready for the ultimate fun with their Multi-Sport Camps and Intensive Football Camps. There are loads of convenient locations to pick from, so you’ll definitely find one just around the corner. With six different sports every day there’s so much fun to be had, all while making a bunch of awesome new friends.

Dates: Monday 11th Friday 15th December / Monday 18th Friday 22nd December / Wednesday 27th Friday 29th December (JESS Jumeirah & JESS Arabian Ranches Intensive Football Camps ONLY).

Times: 8.30am–3.30pm.

Location for Multi Sports: JESS Jumeirah (Al Safa), JESS Arabian Ranches (Arabian Ranches 1), Regent International School (The Greens), Victory Heights Primary School (Sports City).

Location for Football Camp: JESS Arabian Ranches (Arabian Ranches 1), JESS Jumeirah (Al Safa), Victory Heights Primary School (Sports City) Regent International School (The Greens).

Age:  4–14 years for the Multi-Sport Camp and 7–14 years for the Football Camp.

Prices: AED 892.50 for a full week and AED 262.50 daily. A 10% sibling discount is also available.

How to Book:  Register now at www.elitesports.ae or call 04 554 5916. 

(Pre-registration and payment strictly required, walk-ins won’t be accepted).

Milkshake Film Club’s Winter Camp, Where Future Directors are Born!

Do you have a mini Speilberg’s at home – constantly stealing your phone to make a reel or iMovie? At Milkshake Film Club’s Winter Camp they can clap their clapperboard to their heart’s desires! Each day is filled with hands-on experiences in filmmaking, from crafting engaging stories to learning the magic of screen production. 

Whether your child is an aspiring Animator & Storyteller (Ages 8-11), a budding Movie Maker (Ages 11-14), or ready to join the Film Squad (Ages 14-18), they have something exciting for everyone. At just AED 1500, plus a one-time registration fee of AED 150 + VAT, it’s the perfect winter adventure. 

Dates: Monday 11th December Friday 15th December.

Location: DIA Barsha.

Ages: 8-18 years.

Timings: 9 am-1pm, with an early drop-off option from 8am.

Prices: AED 1500, plus a one-time registration fee of AED 150 + VAT. Sibling discounts are available.

How to book: Call 050 214 1884, email filmclub@milkshakeme.com, or visit milkshakefilmclub.com.

Shine like a Christmas Star on Stage at The Courtyard Playhouse

Got a little star in the making? Then the awesome theatre winter camps at The Courtyard Playhouse have something for every age: a Mini Storytelling Camp for 4-7 years, a Junior Actor’s Camp for 8-11 years, and the Young Performers Camp for 12-14 years. It’s all about drama, improv games, mime, role-play, and even some arts and crafts fun.

The Mini Storytellers will take your child on a festive journey where they creatively explore the imaginative world of picture books like How To Catch Santa and Be Brave Little Penguin. 

The Junior Actor’s camp is filled with fun, self-expression and spontaneity helping to build confidence and overcome anxieties while they explore characters and themes from Harry Potter, How to train your dragon and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Finally, the Young Performers will be using theatre to explore the exciting theme of Mythology! Onstage, they will discover the thrill of performing. It goes beyond pretending; it’s about embracing and becoming comfortable with your true self.

The Courtyard Playhouse are also running FREE TRIAL CLASSES for those who are curious about their camps but not sure if they will suit your child. Parents and carers can watch your kids take part in a workshop, meet the team, ask questions on Saturday 2nd and Friday 17th December. Sign up here!

Dates: Starting Monday 11th December.

Timings:  Mini Storytellers and Junior Actors have a morning camp from 9am-12pm and an afternoon camp from 1pm-4pm. Young Performers is 1pm-4pm. 

Location: The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz. 

Age: 4-14 years.

Prices: AED 1,215 per week. Sibling and multi-week discounts are available on the website. 

How to book: Click here for all the details and to book.

Let the Kids Climb to New Heights with a Winter Camp at Aventura Parks

The UAE’s largest nature playground, Aventura Parks, has just introduced two new Winter Camps and we are so excited about it. One is based around an Olympics-theme while the other is Jurassic. Kids will have access to all park activities, including ziplines, as well as receiving two free snacks and unlimited water, and a certificate to proudly take home.  

Dates: Monday 11th December Friday 22nd December 

Location: Mushrif Park.

Ages: 5-12 years.

Timings: 9am-5 pm.

Prices: Daily – AED 265 / Weekly – AED 995. (All prices are inclusive of activities, Adventure Park access and gate fee entries for Mushrif Park).

How to book: For more information on the park offers and tickets, or to make a booking, please visit: www.aventuraparks.com.

Chill-ful Choices: Kids First Group Winter Camps

If you’re looking for a winter camp that combines fun, learning and the magic of this time of year, consider these four options from Kids First Group. Each camp offers a distinctive blend of activities, from STEM-based adventures to winter wonderlands, meaning your child’s winter break is filled with laughter, exploration and memorable moments.

Willow Nurseries’ is running an Arctic-themed camp while Redwood Montessori Nurseries will enjoying the sportier side at their Olympic camp. Redwood Center of Excellence is going to cooler climbs with Winter Wonderscape camp and the Winter Life Boot Camp at Odyssey Nurseries will help your child develop their holistic life skills.

Dates: Monday 11th December Wednesday 29th December.

Location: Various.

Ages: 0-6 years.

Prices: Starting at AED 734. 

How to book: For Willow call: 800WILLOW, email: register@willowchildrensnursery.com, or go to their website:www.willowchildrensnursery.com | Reach out Redwood on: 800-REDWOOD, email: register@theredwoodnursery.com, or visit: www.theredwoodnursery.com | Contact: 800-CHILD, email: sales@redwoodcoe.com, or visit: www.redwoodcoe.com for Redwood Center of Excellence | And Odyssey is at: 800-ODYCHILD, email register@odysseynursery.com, or visit www.odysseynursery.com.

The Kids will have Sew Much Fun at ThreadWerk’s Winter Camp!

ThreadWerk are on a mission to inspire people to pick up a needle and sew at any age. They have camps with a range of sessions to suit all abilities, from total beginners to confident little sewers, along with dedicated classes for teens and those keener on knitting or crocheting.

Dates: Monday 11th December Friday 22nd December.

Location: JLT.

Ages: Various, more details here.

Prices: Classes starting AED 440 per child.

How to book: https://www.threadwerk.com/kidsteenscamps.

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