With schools set for spring break at the end of the month, parents will be looking for ways to keep their children active over the holidays.
Those planning to stay in town should look no further than Zayed Sports City’s (ZSC) camps.
Running from March 26-30 and April 2-6, there will no shortage of options for children at the capital venue.
ZSC’s Kids Holiday camp offers youngsters, aged 5-12, a variety of activities including bowling, ice skating, movies and arts and crafts.
At their Ice Skating camp, those aged five and above can learn the basics of the sport under the supervision of certified coaches. Based on their popular Learn to Skate programme, it will see them build their endurance, flexibility, coordination and balance techniques through off-ice and on-ice sessions.
There is also the brand new Kids Weekend club, which will run on Fridays and Saturdays from March 31 to April 29 between 11:00 and 17:00.
ZSC are no strangers to hosting camps with their previous editions proving hugely popular and this month’s will be no different.
“Every year we refine our camps based on customer feedback and experience and as a result we reach full capacity very quickly,” said Barry Bremner, general manager of ZSC.
“Spring is the busiest season for us and we are planning on a full programme for both ZSC Kids Holiday and ZSC Academy Ice Skating camps. These have been great initiatives for us and for the community.”
“Each camp has its own unique element that makes it stand out.”
“For ZSC Academy Ice Skating camp, it’s the only one of its kind in the capital. We have a 100 per cent improvement rate in the kids abilities and skills and every single camper is a better skater on Thursday than they were on Sunday thanks to our dedicated and well-qualified coaches.”
“For ZSC Kids Holiday camp, the biggest selling point is offering the longest camp at more than nine hours. It’s perfectly timed for working parents and busy families.”
The Kids Holiday camp runs from 08:30 to 17:30 and costs Dh1,000 per week with a 10 per cent discount for additional siblings.
The Ice Skating camp will be held from 09:00 to 13:00, priced at Dh750, while the Kids Weekend club is Dh200 per day or Dh300 for the weekend. Bremner says there are plenty of positives on why parents should enroll their children.
“It’s a fun and active day and this is really important. Our camp will ensure that they keep active throughout the day,” he said.
When it comes to cricket there’s no better place for youths to learn the game than at the ICC Academy in Dubai.
Since opening in 2009, the venue has become the hot-spot for not just the stars of tomorrow but also top international players. The likes of Kevin Pietersen, David Warner and Sachin Tendulkar are just some of the players to visit when touring the UAE.
That’s no surprise considering their world-class facilities and top coaching programmes. And with the schools breaking up at the end of the month, ICC Academy have organised their Babyshop Easter camps from March 26 to 30, and April 2 to 6, for children to sharpen their skills and make new friends.
Children aged between 3 to 6 can look forward to learning some of the basic skills including hand-eye co-ordination, balance, agility, catching and batting in the Babyshop Cricket Cubs camp.
For youths aged between 7 to 12, the Warriors camp will see them learn specialist batting techniques, bowling, fielding as well as play interactive and fun games against their peers.
ICC Academy are no strangers to hosting camps with their summer editions proving hugely popular, and this month’s will be no different.
“Since launching our cricket programmes they have been very successful and support players from ages 3 to 18,” said Will Kitchen, general manager at ICC Academy.
“The great thing about cricket is that is has so many different aspects. There are various kinds of bowling variations, fielding positions, batting positions, game formats etc that there’s genuinely something for everyone.”
The Babyshop Cricket Cubs Camp sessions take place from 16:00 to 16:45 with the price costing Dh500. The Warriors camp is held from 09:00 to 12:00 and is priced at Dh900 which includes lunch.
With a few days to go, Kitchen insists there will be plenty of positives for children who sign up.
“There really is no other facility like ICC Academy in the world,” he said.
“The combination of our world-class facilities plus our expert coaches means the learning environment at ICC Academy is incomparable. We want to make sure that children this Easter break have fun but also stay active and this is a great way to learn new skills, meet new friends and also have a great time.”
To be held at United Pro Sports, Al Quoz, from March 26-30, the new partnership will see children, aged between 7 to 13, look forward to a wide range of activities, including tackling a 7.9m climbing wall and a rope quest course.
If that’s not enough, they can enhance their athletic abilities by playing football, dodgeball, rugby and basketball games.
For United Pro Sports, this month’s event will be the first time they will host a camp for nearly three years and their consultant Manish Kishore insists it will be a memorable time.
“This camp is going to be exciting for all the youths who sign up,” he said.
“The emphasis is on fun which is why it’s called the Funventure.
“This is a unique active adventure camp that will see them do a variety of activities throughout the week, which will keep them active.
“For example, there will be a series of Adventure HQ products such as the 7.9m climbing wall, as well as the six-level rope quest course. There is also a specially designed pump track that will help them improve the skills and abilities on bikes and skateboards.
“In addition, there will by opportunities for them to play football, dodgeball, basketball and rugby games.”
Children will be split into teams, which will change on a daily basis, allowing them to make new friends.
The camp will run from 08:30 to 13:30 and while they will get to enjoy each activity for half an hour, they will be under the guidance of fully-qualified instructors.
Already there’s been a lot of interest and Kishore insists there’s plenty of reasons for parents should enroll their kids.
“This is a camp that will see them do more activities that consists more sports and adventure stuff,” he said.
“It will keep them moving and active all the time and it’s a chance for people to make new friends.
“The brand we want to create is Funventure, which is something we want to build over a period of time and we’re sure it will be a big success. When it’s the summer, we will subsitute some activities with new ones which will add more excitement for the kids who sign up after this.”