Summer is in full swing and in this sweltering heat, it can be impossible to entertain the little ones all day. We’ve put together this list of five top summer camps and programmes to keep the rugrats occupied and learn a skill or two. Now is the time to explore this list for a wide range of outdoor activities for kids, STEM offerings, creative opportunities and field trips.
Being Doha’s most important sporting zone, the Aspire Zone Foundation’s summer camp is loaded with fun activities including a large number of sports such as football, volleyball, athletics, taekwondo, gymnastics, aerobics and recreational games, in addition to field visits, too. There are arts and crafts courses available as well, making it accessible to almost any child.
For children aged six-13. Until July 31, 8am-1.30pm. Aspire Dome, Aspire Zone, Al Waab, email@example.com, lifeinaspire.qa.
Molecular Doha’s summer camp focuses on a tailor-made, tried and tested STEAM curriculum along with fun-filled activities and development programmes for the kids. There’s plenty of excitement including coding drones and other educational activities. There are sporting events and team challenges, too.
For children aged three-14. Until Aug 22, 8am-1pm. Various locations, moleculardoha.com (7797 8856).
If you live miles out of Doha, you don’t have to worry about driving for an hour to get your kids to summer camp. For residents of Al Wakra, Al Khor and surrounding areas, Qatar Foundation’s Pre-University Education (PUE) has expanded its camp Mukhayamna to two more locations – Qatar Academy in Al Khor and Al Wakra. The brand at Awsaj Academy remains open.
The camp caters to children aged three to 14. Through a series of STEM programmes and recreational activities, the camp focuses on character-building qualities while allowing students to explore various talents and sharpen their skills.
For children aged three-14. Until July 18, 8am-1pm. Education City, Al Rayyan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step by Step Centre
This unique summer camp is dedicated to children with special needs. The team at Step by Step Centre includes special educators, learning assistants, occupational therapists and speech and language pathologists, who will all be working together within small classes and educating the little ones on basic concepts, arts, crafts, music, dance, sensory skills, storytelling, dress-up days, cooking sessions and tactile activities.
Field trips are included, too, based on the theme of the week. Group therapy and learning programmes are part of this summer camp as well.
Until Aug 29, 8am-12.30pm. Al Waab, stepbystepqatar.com (4475 7625).
VCU arts Qatar
At VCUarts Qatar this summer, children can learn to design video games, apps, T-shirts and artistically express themselves through paintings, robot design, fashion illustration and so much more. In the Art Explorers – Under the Sea class, which is open to children aged four to six years old, children will print, paint, sculpt and experiment with mixing medias to create their own interpretations of undersea life and watery worlds. In the Robot Art Explorer course, children aged six to eight will develop their creativity and art skills by experimenting with a variety of media to create two- and three-dimensional robot artworks. For the fashion illustration class for ages ten to 14, students will be introduced to fashion drawing and using fabrics in fashion illustrator and other varieties of media. In Coding and Video Game Design for children aged five to eight, participants will learn to create video games, animation and stories and learn the fundamentals of programming. And for young adults, ages 16 and above, Design Thinking will educate them in representing themselves by using programmes like Illustrator and Photoshop to make inspirational mood boards.
For children aged four-16. Until Aug 10, timings vary. VCUarts Qatar, Qatar Foundation, email@example.com (3013 3448).