If you’ve been in Bahrain for a few years, you’ll know all too well that life tends to run at a slower pace during the summer. Most outdoor activities and services cease, and many families retreat indoors. Some will have their escape route planned, counting down the minutes until their summer getaway, but what about the rest of the time?
Keep the children inside for too long and cabin fever will soon set in (we’d give it about two minutes) – and surely there is only so much extra time DVDs or a quick jump in the pool can buy you. We think it’s best to be prepared. Have a stack of ideas ready, so as soon as they come to you looking for something to do, you’ll have a fun, exciting solution.
For the ultimate summer…
Ritz Kidz Summer Camp: This kids’ camp at the Ritz-Carlton offers a range of activities from football and swimming to tennis and cooking classes. Primarily catering for children aged between five and 12, the camp should be enough to keep kids amused whatever their interests.
The camp takes place weekly from Sun-Wed until August 12, from 10am-4pm. Each four-day package costs BD119 for non-members (BD99 members). Day packages are also available at BD35 for non-members (BD29 members).
Call the Ritz-Carlton on 17 589 380 for info.
For great value…
Fun & Laughter Factory: The RIA Institute looks set to guarantee a few laughs over the summer hols. Its summer camp runs from 8am to noon every Sunday to Thursday, catering for kids ages two to 11, with music and movement classes, art and craft sessions, water play, games, face painting, sports, yoga, cooking and weekly parties helping to keep the little ones busy and entertained. Cost is BD20 for a week or BD5 per day. The camp runs until August 20.
More info on 17 227 777.
For crafty kids…
Studio Ceramics Summer Camp: There’s a more creative summer solution over at Studio Ceramics, just off Budaiya Highway. Tots can let their imaginations run wild with ceramic paining, crazy cooking, mad science (with a little help actually from Mad Science – the kids’ party organisers, whose antics provide an educational slant) and various other games and prizes every Sunday to Thursday from 9am-1pm. There’s an early dropoff option from 8am too. The camp runs until August 31, catering for ages five-10.
Call 17 599 026 to find out more.
For budding Beckhams…
EZ Fit Sports Coaching: If your child is bursting at the seams with energy, let them put it to good use. EZ Fit is offering football coaching for children aged three-12 and cricket coaching for children aged four-10 this summer. Football coaching for under sevens takes place Saturdays from 10am-noon and Tuesdays 3pm-6pm, then for kids aged eight-12 on Sundays from 4pm-5pm and Wednesdays 4pm-5pm. Cricket is Mondays 4pm-5pm for under sixes, Wednesdays 4pm-5pm for under 10s. Sessions cost BD4 each.
Call 17 692 378.
For package deals…
Radisson Blu Summer Camp: Basketball and table tennis are among the activities on offer at the Radisson, along with yoga, face painting and treasure hunts. The summer camps are taking place from Sunday to Thursday, every week until August 20, with timings from 9am-3pm. Kids aged five-12 are catered for, and there’s a range of price deals for members and non-members depending on how long you sign up for – one day is BD15 non-members (BD10 members); one week is BD70 (BD65); two weeks BD135 (BD125) and so on.
Call the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel on 17 531 666 to find out more.
For mini Martin Scorceses…
Film & Theatre Workshops: Are your kids full of drama? Then the ‘Putting on a play’ theatre workshop at the Children House Drama Studio could be just for them, running from July 6-18 at a cost of BD120. A film making workshop will also take place from July 12-30 for BD150, both catering for children aged nine-18. Classes are designed to build self-esteem and confidence, with the kids’ final Oscar-worthy performance presented to them on a DVD.
Call Dina Shaheen for timings and more info on 36 001 777.
For rising Renoirs…
Weekly Workshops: From July 1-22, for children aged eight-12, there are two-hour creative workshops held Monday to Wednesday from 5pm-7pm at Al Riwaq Gallery in Al A’ali Shopping Complex. Activities include sketching and painting, and kids will be taught how to use water colours and poster paints. The work will be exhibited on July 22. Classes cost BD10 each. As well as holding creative workshops, children’s fims will also be screened every Thursday at 4pm.
Contact Saba on 39 221 671 for more info.
For Arabic speakers…
Qal’at Al Bahrain Museum: From July 9-23, there will be a series of workshops at Qal’at Al Bahrain Museum (in Arabic), teaching youngsters about Bahrain’s heritage and the Dilmun civilisation. Aimed at eight to 13-year-olds, it will include drawing, pottery and singing. There are 30 places up for grabs for each week-long session, and participants will be expected to attend for the whole week, each day from 9am-1pm, cost BD5.
To reserve a place, call Lena on 39 795 100 or 39 796 200.