Friday, June 07, 2013

Summer with kids in Qatar 2013

It will be hot that is sure .Ramadan makes  this summer  with kids  more challenging as many facilities will be closed at day time in the middle of the summer . After last year's day care tragedy   there are less facilities offering summer camps .Indian summer camps which used to accept non-Indians nowadays are open only for the Indians . And I find  only one camp organized for both English/Arabic speaking kids .Here is the ABC of the summer activities for kids who spend their vacations in Qatar. Browse  my list to find something  interesting . Come back weekly as  I am adding new ones .

A  for Art  camp for your kids ... 5 days  for different age  groups with lunch and a lots of fun  at the prestigIous  VCUQ  at the Education City . It is quite expensive .

B for Beaches in summer  - the  most attractive beach of Qatar is at the Katara . It has all the things that you expect from a beach and though dress code is strict  kids will certainly enjoy the sand  and the toys . However I must warn you about last years big jelly fish invasion all around the shores of Qatar

C -  for  computer  education  programs
for high-school students
      for  ceramic painting as well at the cafe ceramique  Doha at the Mall  - they expect kids from age five

D for  Disney on ice

E for  Exhibitions

F for

G - gymnastics  course at the Falcon taek wan do club

 I for Ice skating  at the City Center  daily
   for Indian Summer Camps   - there are several ones - the most famous is this one . They are a bit old fashioned but low cost camps .Apparently among Indians educators there are some idealist like me who think that these camps should be non-profit as they are for the benefit of the whole society . There was a time when it was open for non -Indian kids ,There were some expat Arab and Far-Eastern kids .My child was there as well - and though at that time she spoke  better in Arabic than in English  she enjoyed it very much .
 Birla public school also organising a low -cost camp  for six weeks . The age group is from KG1  to class VIII .

K  -  Karate

L-language learning

M  -  for  Media  programs  for high-school students at the Northwestern University in Qatar - great for those who are interested in films , journalism ,broadcasting

N-for  nursery camps  Star Fish Camp has quite a good reputation - they are a child centered facility and they  let kids playing in the sand and water ... what a nice activity for summer !  Call  4411 0355 / 5553 9798

O - for Oxford Learning Centre  summer learning

P for pizza making  at the Pizza Xpress at various locations  or Park House School  summer camp for kids aged 4 -10

Q  -  QMOTION summer camps are short programs filled with fun not only sports  - for kids aged 4-12

R - renting and  riding a bike  at the MIA park  - you have to walk all along the sea promenade to find this facility which  closes around  five  good bikes for kids of all age group  - rent 25 rial/hour

S  for Soccer Camp -they accept 5 -14 year old boys and girls
    for  Science Camp  for a month   for 6 - 16 years old   kids  - they offer  mad science   more info at :5543 2330

T   for Trampoline  it is 25 rial in the MIA park  - daily  except Tuesday

W  for Watersports

Y for Yachts  and sailing
Z  for Zoo  that is closed for facelift

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