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It’s official, mom and dad – we’re back to school! And if you’re looking for ways to keep your boys and girls engaged after school and at the same time keep them learning, we’ve got you covered. Whether your kids want to take on the stage, develop their athletic side or dive into technology, these fun extracurricular activities are sure to bring out your children’s passion!
1. Performing Arts Classes at Diverse Performing Arts Center
This September, your boys and girls can sign up for FREE TRIAL CLASSES in Performing Arts training in singing, dance and drama.
Diverse caters for children of all abilities ranging from complete beginners through to students who are looking to make dance and performing arts a career. Offering a variety of classes with an extensive timetable in singing, dance and drama, Diverse offers its students the opportunity to take yearly exams within worldwide recognised syllabi as well as perform in shows and professional events.
All trial classes must be booked in advance via [email protected]
2. Kids Gymnastics with Star Gymnastics
Develop your boys and girls’ movement through fitness and gymnastics for toddlers, children and teens. Whether your child is looking to join competitive gymnastics or simply joining for recreational purposes, these classes can help to improve your child’s balance, strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, and endurance.
Classes are suitable for kids aged 18 months to adults
The first three trial classes are free
3. Story Time with Reading Dogs
Man’s best friend is here to help your kids have fun while they learn to read. Reading Dogs’ specially trained doggy team make reading fun. The dogs don’t judge or correct, they’re just there to listen and encourage your child to practice their reading.
4. Learn the Magic of Coding with StudyTec and HelloWorld
Learn coding at home at your own pace using a proper syntax-based programming language. This online coding platform aims to teach your boys and girls the concepts of coding through a fun, unique programming language called SmoothY® that is developed especially for kids.
The experience on HelloCode’s platform uses engaging storytelling, quizzes and projects to boost your kids’ passion for learning through exploring the coding world in a way they have never experienced before.
The programme is available both in English and Arabic
5. Dubai Falcons Rugby Club
Keep your kids active all year long, as they fall in love with Rugby. Dubai Falcons Rugby Club caters to kids from 4 to 18 years of age, and aims to create a fun, family atmosphere and develop future talent.
During the off-season Dubai Falcons will focus on touch rugby and agility training, to help your kids maintain the skills they develop during the rugby season, as well as keeping them fit throughout the year.
6. Improv' Classes for Kids & Teens
Teach your child to be more expressive, creative, and spontaneous through improv. Whether it’s for performance or just a fun hobby, improvisation skills can make children less scared of taking risks, more aware of their surroundings, and respond quicker than they normally would. At the end of the 12-week sessions, your kids will show off their newly-gained skills in a fun improv showcase.
7. Shaolin Martial Arts Training Club
Give your kids the opportunity to learn the basics and techniques of the very artistic Kung Fu and Taichi. Practice self defense techniques including punches, joint locks, take downs, and different animal style forms. They are Dubai’s only club teaching this traditional Chinese martial art form, taught by 4 Masters and 1 Chief Master, all of whom have trained at the Shaolin Temple in China.
They have adult classes too, so make sure to check out your preferences and schedule.
8. Online Code Club by Smart Diversity Solutions
SDS Code Club teaches your kids critical coding skills to grow as makers and creators of digital technologies. The club teaches boys and girls aged 7-10 basics of coding through Scratch and Google Blockly, while your older kids aged 11-13 are taught by using Python.
Your young learners are offered live learning sessions guided by qualified coding instructors twice a week, along with access to online support throughout the week through a virtual classroom.
Recordings will be available for personal viewing after live sessions to support personal learning, and compensate for missed classes.
Number of students is limited to allow personalized learning.
9. Dubai Skateboard School
Teach your kids all the cool tricks and flips that professional skaters can do with the support of the experienced instructors at Dubai Skateboard School. Boys and girls of all ages, and levels can join existing groups or enjoy one-off sessions. Trial sessions are free!
The skateboarding school can also provide entertainment at your kid’s next birthday party.
SoccerTots provides an early training program for toddlers where they’ll learn the basic skills of soccer that will mold them into Sportzcise Starz. Professional trainers will teach them how to dribble, stop and pass the ball as well as header-ing and throwing, and of course, scoring goals. All these techniques help with the development of children’s muscles, co-ordination and fine and gross motor skills.
SoccerTots will also be available at Fitness First locations in Arabian Ranches, Al Manzil Downtown, Meadows Town Center and City Centre Mirdif.
11. Drama Scene FREE Trial Session
New to Drama Scene and want to know what they’re all about? Register for a free trial class on September 5th, at their studios to get a taste of acting, musical theatre and public speaking too.
Spaces are limited and are on a first come first serve basis.
In Abu Dhabi
12. Riding School at Mandara Equestrian Club
Whether you’re a first timer or an advanced rider, Mandara Equestrian Club is a fully licensed riding school offering you and your horse a host of exciting facilities. They cater to all levels and ages with a team of fully trained riding instructors.
You can choose to book sessions in their outdoor or indoor arenas, and opt for private or group sessions, depending on your preference.
Please note that there may be age restrictions due to the current situation.