Friday - - Leisure Charts -

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 britishorchard­nurs­

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 duc­

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; the­jam­jar­

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