25 to try: Doha summer camps

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The weather’s hot and school’s out. It could easily be a recipe for disaster – but don’t panic. With the help of Doha Mum’s (www.dohamums.com) we’ve come up with a whopping list of the very best camps and programmes to keep the rugrats entertained. With something for arty types, clever clogs and fit freaks, as well as top tips for staying sane when you’re stuck indoors at home, we guarantee you’ll all survive the summer, marbles intact...

Art Exploration: Kids explore a variety of media and participate in fun and creative art activities, including drawing, painting, collage, experimentation and a museum visit, wrapping up with a group exhibition at the end of the week.
July 10-14; Virgina Commonwealth University Qatar, Education City; QR1500; Ages 9-12. (4402 7520).

Café Céramique: Get messy at Café Céramique with pottery, painting, arts and crafts, cooking and more.
June 16-July 23, every Thu, Fri and Sat; Café Céramique,The Mall, upper level next to IDdesign furniture; QR95 per day (10 percent discount for three consecutive days paid in advance; 20 per cent discount for Kidsz4Art Club members; Kid’s meal and materials included); Ages 5+. (4467 1100/3394 8483).

Australian International Swim Schools: Dive in with swimming lessons, water games, safety and survival skills, diving, swim races and more. Each child receives a swim cap and a certificate as well as competing for fun prizes. Bring your own swim suit, goggles, water bottle and towel.
July 3-Aug 11, Sun-Thu; Hamad Aquatic Centre, Aspire Zone; QR450 per week plus QR100 summer registration for new students (QR50 discount for Doha Mums members); Ages 3-16 (4499 7547/6699 3325).

Evolution Soccer Summer Camp: Let your future footie star join in a summertime ‘Champions League’. Kids of all abilities learn new skills in the capable hands of licensed trainers and get a t-shirt, certificate, plus the chance to win trophies and medals.
July 3-14, Sun-Thu; Doha College Gym; QR150 per day; Ages5-14 (5506-4794).

Golf Club: Think you’re raising the next Rory McIlroy? Perfect their swing and let them learn all about how to play like a pro with these fun golf classes, booked by the day.
Until July 26; Qatar Golf Academy, Doha Golf Club; QR200 per session (10 per cent discount for siblings); Ages 5-14 (4496 0755).

Regatta Sailing Academy Summer School: Hit the high seas under the guidance of qualified RYA instructors. Buoyancy aids provided and safety boats on hand at all times means the kids are safe while they learn the ins and outs of sailing. Race coaching is available for experienced sailors, with yachting for those over 12 years old.
July 3-28, Sun-Thu; The Regatta Sailing Academy (north beach of the Intercontinental Hotel in West Bay); QR950 per week; Ages 6+ (4442 4577/5550 7846).

Fun First Nursery: Catering to kids aged two to 10 years, little ‘uns are grouped according to age as they get stuck into ‘bake it’ Sundays, ‘art attack’ Mondays, ‘so we can dance’ Tuesdays, ‘wacky’ Wednesdays and ‘let’s go out’ Thursdays.
July3-28, Sun-Thu; 7am-2pm; Fun First Nursery, West Bay, Saha; QR500 per week (additional QR100 for Thursday sessions); Ages 2-10. (4411 0953; www.funfirstnursery.com).

Gympanzee: Open all summer long, this children’s activity centre welcomes kids for yoga, swimming, origami, games, puppet-making, storytime, art history and more.
June-Sep, Sun-Thu 8am-2pm (Sat ‘drop and shop’ also available); Villagio Mall; Ages 3-12; QR500 registration fee, QR2000 per month, five per cent sibling discount. (4413 5993; www.gympanzee.net).

Kids in Motion (Qmotion): Each week has a different theme and includes a little bit of everything, from swimming and gymnastics to arts, crafts and music.  
Jul 3-Aug 4 (two-, three- and five-day options available); Doha College; QR380-880 (two to five days) with discounts for Qmotion members; Ages: 4-12 (4411 7911/6617 0883).

Starfish Lane Kids Nurseries: For up to age 10, this camp has great daily art activities, dance classes, healthy cooking, sand and water play, movie days, yoga and more. Kids can look forward to visits from a vet and a dentist, as well as ceramic painting, dance lessons, a packed library. The nursery also offers fun German lessons.
July 3-31, 7.30am-2.30pm; Aug 1-21 7am-1pm; QR750/week ages 1-2 QR700/week ages 3-10. Discount for Doha Mums. Ages 1-10. (Al Markhiya 4487 5939; Al Jelaiah 4411 0355; www.starfishlanekids.com).

Summer Multi Activity Week: A hodge podge of kiddie fun, from den building, cooking, football, sports and face painting to arts and crafts, playground art, parachute games, computer challenges, Frisbee, and competition days in both indoor and outdoor facilities, all run by qualified teachers.
July 10-14; Sherborne Qatar School; QR1500 (QR100 discount for Doha Mums); Ages 5-8. 6654 0129 after 5pm on school days).

Summer Sports Week: Wear them out with a week of sports including 5-a-side football, rounders/baseball, football cricket, basketball, badminton, table-tennis, dodge ball, tag rugby, short tennis, ultimate frisbee, handball, and a special ‘It’s a Knockout’ on Thursday (spare clothes needed!).
Jul 10-14; Sherborne Qatar School; QR1500 (QR100 discount for Doha Mums); Ages 8-14 (6654 0129 after 5pm on school days).

By Time Out Doha kids staff
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