Published on August 1, 2013
Whether you think they just need a boost or they’re falling behind in school, there’s a whole gamut of extra-curricular courses here in Dubai. We’ve tracked down language lessons, grinds, private tutors, development programmes and much more!
IQIDS ABACUS & LIFE SKILLS
The iQids programme stimulates both left and right brain hemispheres by combining logical and creative skills. The course also offers leadership and negotiation skills, creative expression, presentations and debates for kids aged three to 14 years.
WHERE: Star International School
WHEN: Two hour classes held on Saturdaybetween 9am and 3pm
COST: Dh1,500 per semester
CONTACT: 056-116 5747
BABY ARABIA AT FAVOURITE THINGS
This Arabic class mixes stories, singing, sounds, rhymes and words. Great for language skills, building confidence and making tonnes of friends.
WHERE: 2nd Floor Dubai Marina Mall
WHEN: 9.30am-10.15am, Sundays
CONTACT: www.kadomzdancestudio.com (04-434 1984)
KIDVILLE’S MESS LAB
Aimed at mini-investigators aged two to four years of age, the course explores the world around us with a messy and magical mix of art, science and engineering. WHERE: Kidville, The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence
WHEN: Dates still to be confirmed
COST: Mess Lab is a 16 week course costing Dh1,895
CONTACT: 04-440 1220
KIDZART SQUIGGLES AND GIGGLES
Aimed at two and three year olds, the course focuses on discovering the ‘language’ of art packed with crafty practice, storytelling, poetry, and sing-alongs.
WHERE: KidzArt, DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates
WHEN: Starts mid-September
COST: Eight week course costs Dh560
CONTACT: 055-222 0 129
DISCOVER ME DUBAI
Get them exploring, experiencing and experimenting with essential life skills that are linked to success. The course makes children think and learn about communication, perseverance, creativity, responsibility, time management and more.
WHERE: DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates
WHEN: Classes held between 10.30am and 1.30pm Saturday and available for three to six year olds, seven to 10 years old and 11 to 14 years old
CONTACT: 055-406 9095
Alliance française offers French classes for all age groups, each with an emphasis on fun, interaction and communication.
WHERE: Alliance française Oud Metha, near American hospital
WHEN: Classes start after school from September 9 to October 29, twice a week
COST: Dh1,550 for the course
CONTACT: 04-335 8712
Known as one of the most favourite maths tutoring school, Mathnasium has numerous handy locations in Dubai. The unique Mathnasium technique is tailored to suit each student and is quite effective too — apparently 10 lessons raises an average score by 27 percentage points! Classes are available for three to 16 year olds.
WHERE: Mathnasium available in Al Barsha, Jumeirah, Mirdif, Motor
City and Knowledge Village
Gore’s offers tutors for Mathematics, Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology), English, French, Spanish, Business Studies, Accounting, Economics, ICT for GCSE, IGCSE, IB, Key Stages I, II and III, A levels, O levels, SATs and Home Schooling curriculum. Focus remains firmly on student performance both for school exams and test preparations.
WHERE: Gore’s Tutoring Center, Block 19, Dubai Knowledge Village
WHEN: Daily from 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 8pm
COST: Prices start at Dhs75
Nurture your budding comedian with Duomedy. Comedy training improves confidence, empowerment, memory, language skills and more. Classes are for children aged between 10 and 14 years.
WHERE: Duomedy, JLT Studio
WHEN: Saturday September 28, from 9.45am to 11am
COST: The six week programme costs Dh600 with a final performance
CONTACT: 04-374 6789
Let children become horse whisperers! Get them speaking ‘Horse’ with Hoofbeatz speak horse programme. They’ll learn how to communicate with animals, read them, ride them and then go on to try vaulting — the gorgeous sport of gymnastics on horseback.
WHERE: Hoofbeatz, Dubai Polo ad Equestrian Club
WHEN: Open daily
CONTACT: 050-181 0401
Imagine a town run by kids, where they fly planes, serve McDonalds and man fire engines and ambulances. Kidzania takes role play to a Dubai-esque level. As they do their jobs they earn money to spend. Meant for kids aged four to 16.
WHERE: Kidzania, Dubai Mall
COST: Dh140 entry
Give your child’s brain a boost during the weekend with 97 exhibits and five epic zones. Kids aged two to seven can spend the day experimenting and learning in a fun-filled educaional environment!
WHERE: Little Explorers, Mirdif City Centre
COST: Dh130 for a full day pass, with one adult free