Here’re a few ways to keep the kids busy during the summer days. The British Orchard Nursery is conducting a Storyland summer camp from June 25-September 7 for kids aged one to five years old. Based on the books for young children by Eric Carle, the courses and workshops at the camp will cover seven areas of learning – communication, language, mathematics, memory skills and arts and design and physical development, all taught in a fun engaging way through Carle’s popular stories (below right) such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Kids will use props to narrate the stores, imagine different endings and go on nature walks. From 9am-2pm or from 7.30am-5.30pm to accommodate working parents’ timings. Fees vary across branches, starting from Dh850. visit britishorchardnursery.com.
Tashkeel’s annual Summer Art Camp is back this year and there are plenty of offbeat art classes kids can sign up for instead of the usual drawing and painting. Designed for children between eight and 13 years, the two-week courses run from July 9-13 and July 16-20 and will teach kids calligraphy, screen printing, woodwork, making notebooks from eco-friendly soy oil, tie dye, pinhole photography (below) dry point etching and more. One workshop session costs Dh250, one-week package costs Dh1,200 and the two-week package costs Dh2,200; from 10am-1pm. Call 04 336 3313.
Ductac is hosting an array of summer camps to suit the tastes and hobbies of any child of any age group – there’s a fashion design camp, pottery camp, acrylic painting camps and even a visual art workshop by AVA (Academy for Visual Arts) such as origami and pop-up storybook making. Classes start on July 2; for prices, timings and age groups visit ductac.org.
Time for the kids to geek out – the JamJar at Al Serkal Avenue is hosting an action hero figures drawing camp from July 9-13. Instead of staring square-eyed at films on TV they can spend time with artist Andrew Parry and tap into their inner Stan Lee (that’s the legendary comic book author, in case you didn’t know). The workshop will teach them how to create their favourite superheroes using Japanese manga art techniques and then scale them up to a life-size drawings. For ages 10-15; 10.30am-12.30pm. Dh675 per child; thejamjardubai.com.