Summer camps in Doha

It’s tough entertaining little ones during the hot months – so let someone else do it for you, with our round-up of the best summer camps for kids

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The arty one

Café Ceramique Summer Camp
The pottery experts are holding a summer camp on their premises, providing kids with a different activity every day of the week. The camp starts on a Tuesday, and day one consists of a ceramic painting workshop. Day two will be Little Barista Day, giving children the opportunity to make their own cocktails (or rather, mocktails), and they will even make a coaster to sit the finished beverage on. Day three is Ceramic Craft Day, and day four will see participants preparing and cooking for Little Chef’s Day. The last day will be used to finish off the ceramic craft started on day three.
Café Ceramique, The Mall (467 1100; Camp runs 11am-2pm, until August 7, QR110 per day (including lunch). Suits ages five and over

The body and mind one

My Centre Summer Camp
Combines education and exercise all summer long, with children spending two hours of each week getting a taste for maths, English, IT and ‘Mindlab Training’, which is apparently a way of developing brain power through a variety of games and activities. In addition, participating children will spend two hours of their week doing gymnastics and sport with MyGym, a US organisation which promotes children’s fitness. The camp runs three days a week, with morning and evening sessions.
My Centre, West Bay (498 0099). Camp runs 9am-1pm, 3pm-7pm, until August 10, QR2,750 per month, or QR2,500 if enrolling two or more siblings. Suits ages five-12

The ‘bit of everything’ one

Ritz Kids’ Club Summer Camp
The Ritz-Carlton kids’ club is offering two different activities as part of its summer camp in July – a Hidden Talents Camp and a Kids’ Olympic Camp. At the Hidden Talents Camp, which runs from July 11-15, children can enjoy a variety of arts and crafts, cooking and music, whilst the Kids’ Olympic Camp runs from July 25-30, with recreational activities including basketball, football, tennis and swimming. Each camp consists of two sessions per day, five days a week, each aimed at different age groups.
Ritz-Carlton Doha (484 8173). Camp runs 9am-1pm (ages three-seven), 2pm-6pm (ages eight-12), QR1,000 per child for one camp (includes a light meal). Suits ages three-12

The wet one

Regatta Sailing Academy Summer School
The InterContinental Hotel is offering children the chance to learn how to sail at its Regatta Sailing Academy, and parents can rest assured that their kids are safe in the hands of the Royal Yachting Association qualified instructors. The courses run for five afternoons in three sessions, from July 4, 11 and 18.
Regatta Sailing Academy, InterContinental Hotel (442 4577; Camp runs 2pm-5pm (dates vary), QR900 per child. Suits ages six and over

The soccer one

Evolution Soccer Summer Camp
To coincide with the 2010 FIFA World Cup, budding Beckhams and Ronaldos can take part in their own mini matches this summer by signing up to the Evolution Soccer Summer Camp. With a week-long session, football stars of the future can take part in penalty shoot-outs and mini World Cup tournaments. Footie students will even be briefed on the history and culture of the World Cup, and will learn all about their footballing heroes, past and present.
Doha College, Al Waab (506 4794; Camp runs 9am-1pm, July 4-8, QR750. Suits ages five-12

The multimedia one

Multimedia Skills Summer School
This summer school is aimed specifically at teaching high school teenagers advanced multimedia skills, and runs from July 25-August 5. The ‘Mobile Cultures’ summer programme is being taught at Northwestern University in Qatar’s journalism and communication faculty, and will teach students the future of media and technology. Places are limited, so interested students are encouraged to sign up sooner rather than later.
Northwestern University in Qatar, Education City (; Camp runs 9am-4.30pm weekdays, July 25-August 5, QR1,000. Suits ages 17-18

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