Loads of Fun for Children This Summer in Capital

ABU DHABI - The onset of summer holidays were always treated with apprehension by parents who are otherwise short on ideas of how to entertain their zestful children and put their energy to good use.

By Olivia Olarte

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Published: Tue 11 Aug 2009, 12:10 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:20 AM

With the ongoing financial crisis putting a strain on the families’ budgets and fear of swine flu restricting the travel plans, it would be pleasing to know of various options available on the home turf.

Little bakers await instructions from the head baker.Spending this summer in the capital promises to be an eventful experience with an array of activities for children.

Many hotels in the emirate offer a range of summer camp activities for children aged between 3 and 14 primarily due to their convenient location by the beach and a good expanse of ground, which is very favourable for water sports, games and other forms of physical recreation for kids.

One such hotel is Hilton Abu Dhabi. The Hiltonia Kids Summer Camp offers a choice of indoor and outdoor activities, including football, basketball, tennis, squash, table tennis, water-skiing, banana boat rides, slinger rides, snorkelling, swimming and water polo, according to Nermin Abushnaf, public relations and marketing coordinator.

“The camp also includes a number of fun games and adventures, including treasure hunts, island trips, art and crafts, cooking and baking, martial arts, outings and fun day trips, dancing, aerobics, yoga, face painting and quiz games,” she added.

At Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, the activities include games such as tug-o-war, art and crafts, swimming, water polo and sand castle making, highlighted Kamlesh Dharugolkar, resort supervisor.

Meanwhile, the summer camp at Beach Rotana Hotel and Towers teaches kids taekwondo in addition to tennis, squash, swimming, art and crafts and face painting. “Our instructor teaches the basics for the kids to enjoy, it’s not really a lesson,” noted Joanne Montanano, Beach Club secretary.

Al Raha Beach Hotel is currently hosting a baking day every Saturday, till September, for kids as young as three years old. “We developed a recipe book with a picture of two children baking. The recipe book contains what they need to make such as chocolate chip cookies, vanilla cookies and marshmallow,” explained Hardeep Negi, sales manager.

Donning red aprons and chef hats, the “little bakers” have to follow instructions from the hotel’s baker using their small utensils, pans, dishes and trays. After they’ve completed their mix and the cookies are set, their trays are then labelled with their names and sent for baking at the main kitchen.

“While we wait, we play games,” said Negi. The best baker of the day receives a mixer as gift.

Of course, there is also the Summer in Abu Dhabi, which is becoming more spectacular and popular.


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