ProActive Soccer School (PASS), Abu Dhabi. If your child is inspired to shoot goals, send them to ProActive Soccer School (PASS) at Dome@Rawdhat on Airport Road. It’s a chance for 3-to-10 year-olds to learn new footie techniques in an indoor space. Experienced coaches incorporate elements of agility, balance and coordination to develop the athlete in each wannabe Messi. Delores Johnson / The National
James and Alex Dance Studios has a ballet camp for mini-ballerinas. Kids between the ages of 3-7 will learn to create a stage set and design ballet costumes, and will perform a special show at the end of each week.
surfhousedubai, Dubai Brought to you by the Capella Club, this camp lets kids between the ages of 8 and 12 enjoy the outdoors before it gets too hot – it all begins with a paddle boarding session at 7.30am each day. They then move to the surf house studio to learn how to dance hip-hop with a touch of Afro, followed by games and entertainment in the afternoon, until pickup at 1.30pm. Proud parents get to watch their kid’s slick moves in a special performance at the end of each two-week programme. Courtesy Capella Club
Dolphins Summer Camp, Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Abu Dhabi. Most of the many hotel-based camps offer a range of water-based activities, but this one tops the list in terms of variety for kids between the ages of 5 and 12 – they offer banana boating, speedboat tours, kayaking, raft-building, fishing and junior lifeguards. And when happy campers have had enough of the heat, there’s also cooking, filming, photography, painting, orienteering, sports, street dance and ballet. Warning: school might seem extremely dull after this. Courtesy Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan
Little World’s Little Discovery Camp is in Abu Dhabi’s newest shopping centre, Nation Galleria, and aims to put the awe back into science. Kids between the ages of 5 and 10 will learn how to build cars and dabble in archaeology, among other things. Courtesy Little World
Kids Holiday Camp, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi. Running a full nine hours each day, Zayed Sports City camp is ideal for parents who work full-time. Kids between the ages of 5 and 14 get to make use of the wide range of facilities, with activities such as bowling, ice-skating, billiards, arts and crafts and challenges. This camp also scores for its friendly staff.Courtesy Zayed Sports City.