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There’s plenty of fun camps and events around the coun­try to keep kids busy dur­ing their spring break.

Yas Water­world is beat­ing the on­set of sum­mer heat with its Springfest 2017 un­til April 15. Two mer­maids will make the Hairat Yas pearl div­ing tank at the park their home ev­ery week­end and in­ter­act with guests. On April 15 the wa­ter park will also hold an egg hunt for kids who will have to scav­enge for 5,000 eggs hid­den around the park; 10am-6pm.

Hyper­ac­tive kids can burn off all that en­ergy and stay fit with Flip Out Dubai’s Spring Break Camp. The tram­po­line park’s camp runs from March 26-April 6 and will of­fer park­our train­ing, 3D wall run­ning, archery tag – a game com­bin­ing dodge­ball and paint­ball – and Lit­tle Ninja train­ing, where they get to master their moves and tricks un­der the su­per­vi­sion of ex­perts. Dh140 for daily drop-ins or Dh350 for three ses­sions per week in­clud­ing snacks. Visit

Your mini master chefs can keep busy at the cook­ing classes con­ducted at Chef’s Pal­ette by Gagge­nau, a cook­ing stu­dio at Fair­mont The Palm. Kids aged 10 to 14 can don a chef’s hat and apron and learn the ba­sics of in­ter­na­tional cuisines and nu­tri­tion, then tuck into their cre­ations after. Classes are on Sun­days, 4-6pm, April 23 to June 25. Dh1,500 per child for a 10-week course. Kids must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. Call 04 457 3457.

Can’t wait un­til April to get stir­ring and whisk­ing? Cook up a storm to­mor­row at Ital­ian restau­rant Ricetta’s kids’ cook­ing class. Chil­dren aged six to 12 can learn to whip up piz­zas, pas­tas and cup­cakes un­der head chef Alex Se­bas­tianutti and his team. From 11am to noon at Four Points by Sher­a­ton ho­tel in Bur Dubai, Dh100. Call 04 397 7444.

The Dubai Mall’s Gi­ant Ball Pit is back! Chil­dren can glide down twisty slides into 400,000 colour­ful balls and use the soft-play area. It has been set up next to Botero’s Horse at the Wa­ter­front Prom­e­nade. Sadly for adults, it’s for two-to-11-year-olds only; free en­try. Un­til April 15.

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