17 Awesome After-school Activities in Qatar
After-school activities can do more than just supplement your children’s education and keep them busy after school. They also help build confidence, teach social skills, practice problem solving and encourage healthy lifestyles through sports.
Now that summer break is over, after-school and weekend activities in Qatar are back in session. Check out these exciting extracurricular classes around Doha.
IAID Performing Arts
If you are looking for a one-stop shop for all your children's after-school artistic activities, check out IAID music, dance and vocals programmes.
Their Preschool of Music is designed as an introductory, exploratory and foundational course towards regular music classes. Dance for Tots is an introductory dance program designed for kids to explore movements through music, stimulate their imaginations and promote creativity. For something high-energy, check out IAID's hip hop programme. This popular, high-energy, urban dance style uses the movement and choreography inspired by today's top hip-hop tunes. IAID's Classical Ballet for Girls is a graded course that follows the British Theatre Dance Association (BTDA) syllabus. The course concentrates on the pleasure of movement and musicality, with the development of technique, artistry and self-discipline evolving throughout the levels.
The Indian Classical Dance program for girls is a seven-year certificate course. IAID is the only academy outside India that offers certified courses from the renowned Nalanda Dance Research Centre in Mumbai, India. Certificates are awarded to its graduates after four years and after seven years.
The western vocals programme is a certified course affiliated with the London College of Music (LCM) University of West London-UK. The wide and extensive musical repertoire brings out the best in each student as they learn sight-reading, aural awareness and music appreciation in every session.
Classes: Pre-school music, Dance for Tots, hip hop dance, classical ballet, Indian classical dance, western vocals
Ages: 3 and up
Fees: Contact for details
Location: D-Ring Road, Al-Hilal Street, Al-Tadamon Signal
Contact: +974 4432-0974, +974 4441-1234, +974 5586-0644, iaidonline.org
Evolution Sports Qatar – Evo Mini
Evo Mini comprises of four key programmes, each targeting young athletes aged two to six. Little Ballers (football), Little Ruggers (rugby), Little Bouncers (basketball) and Little Splashers (swimming) are tailored to providing our youngest learners with the core skills needed to succeed in sports.
The ‘Mini's Reward Programme’ encourages young learners to take responsibility for their own learning. Players are asked to select a target on which they would like to focus, such as listening skills, ball control, passing, dribbling, scoring, social skills and game understanding. Stickers are used to track completion of each learning objective, which is used to provide detailed termly reports for each player.
Classes: Evo Mini
Fees: QR 2100, QR 80 per session
Location: Al Waab, West Bay
Contact: +974 4407-6772, evosportsqatar.com
Gymnastics can encourage children to be physically active, stay fit and sleep better. Attending a regular gymnastics class provides young children with the opportunity to communicate with people their age, work within a team, and engage with adults. BH Gymnastics also provides ballet training to students from three years old and up and from beginner through professional levels.
Classes: Gymnastics, ballet
Fees: Vary per course. QR 960–1200 for 12 classes (2x a week), QR 1560–1920 for 24 classes (3x a week).
Location: Near The Mall, Al Ahli Sports Club (Gymnastics courses) and Doha British School (Gymnastics and ballet)
Contact: +974 7714-1700, bhgymnastics.com
Music Lounge is a certified training centre of Trinity College, London. It provides one-hour courses in music, art, dance and fitness. The training is provided by certified professionals with extensive experience in their respective fields. Students are trained for special internationally accredited exams. Transportation to and from the centre is available.
Classes: Piano, keyboard, guitar, violin, drums, art and painting, Zumba, hip hop, Indian classical dance, karate
Fees: Per month. QR 300–500
Location: First floor, Al Muftha Commercial Complex, Al Wakra Main Street, Al Wakra
Contact: +974 4421-9897, +974 5557-2429 musicloungeqatar.com, facebook.com/MLQatar
QSports teaches the fundamentals of football, basketball, swimming, tennis and mixed martial arts. But training doesn't stop there. Children are instilled with the importance of teamwork in an atmosphere favourable to developing character while having a good time along the way.
QSports football and basketball programmes focus on teamwork and the individual player, building skill sets from the ground up by giving players the tools they need to compete against higher level competition. Their tennis programme is lead by Coach Rob, a former professional tennis player who previously coached in Ireland. The swimming programme caters to children and adults at any level by following a structured programme that is ideal for learning core aquatic skills through nine levels.
If you’re looking for a children’s program that will teach your child skills for life and train your child to take on the world; then QSports Brazilian Jujitsu/Mix Martial Arts (MMA) may be the perfect solution. Their artistic gymnastics classes are recreational in nature, but will help students build strength, flexibility, balance and a solid foundation.
Classes: Football, basketball, swimming, tennis, mixed martial arts, artistic gymnastics
Fees: Swimming QR 750 (10 sessions); football, basketball, mixed martial arts, artistic gymnastics, tennis QR 1300 (20 sessions)
Location: Al Khor, Al Msherieb
Contact: +974 3308-7381, qsportsacademy.com
Gymnastics Academy offers group gymnastics class from age three and up, where gymnasts of different abilities can develop skills on the floor and vault. The programme follows the FIG Syllabus and includes training on bars, beams and trampoline. Junior gymnasts start with lots of soft play equipment. They will soon offer rhythmic gymnastics classes—a combination of ballet, gymnastics and dance and use materials like balls, ropes, hoops and ribbon. The Academy's gymnasts regularly take part in displays and take part in many competitions around Doha.
Ages: 4 and up
Fees: QR 80 per class, discounts are available for booking multiple classes
Contact: +974 5582-9428, gymacademydoha.com
First Fit Training
If your child is unsure about a class, First Fit Training offers a free trial of their course. Their tennis programme is run by an internationally certified tennis coach from the US with more than 30 years of experience. In the martial arts programmes, students will learn self-defence and how to kick and punch while boosting their self-esteem, physical conditioning and confidence.
Classes: Tennis, junior kickboxing, Taekwondo
Fees: QR 65 per class
Location: QIPCO Compound
Contact: +974 7044-6654, fftsports.com
Originating in South Africa, Playball has over 30 years developing fully researched multi-sport programmes for children.
Their classes are separated into age groups (two to three years, three to four years, four to five years, and five to seven years), with each group participating in a progressive curriculum. Playball students are taught the fundamentals of tennis, basketball, hockey, baseball, and soccer.
At Playball they do not only use balls, bats and sticks to have lots of fun but they also use sports to introduce and develop physical, cognitive, social and life skills to children.
Fees: QR 60
Location: Various locations around Doha
Contact: +974 7794-3009, playballdoha.com
Coerver Coaching is one the world's most renowned technical soccer skills coaching programmes. It is exciting, engaging and kids love it. All delivered by highly experienced coaches who have a passion for developing kids' love of the game.
CrossFit Doha offers after-school activities designed for kids and teenagers to help them develop a lifelong love of fitness. They provide fun, safe and educational fitness classes, scalable for any age or experience level, that teach children how to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Getting kids into exercise is not just about their physical health, but also their mental health as they can retain more knowledge when they are physically active.
Join CrossFit Doha kids today and get free Wibit tickets at Hamad Aquatic Center until 30th September.
Classes: CrossFit Kids
Fees: Contact for details
Location: Aspire Zone
Contact: +974 4413-8484, facebook.com/crossfitdoha
Elite Swim Academy
School may have started, but it still feels like summer break at Elite Swim Academy. They provide first-class facilities for a wide range of aquatic activities that cater to all ages and abilities.
For the month of September, all aspiring kiddy swimmers will get a 20% discount when they join Elite Swim.
Fees: QR 85
Location: Al Maha Academy for Boys
Regatta Sailing Academy
Regatta Sailing Academy is one of the longest running after school activities in Doha and over the past 20 years have taught tens of thousands of people to sail. Junior sailing courses will introduce your children to the amazing sport of sailing in a safe and controlled manner. They will start off sailing very stable boats with others and as they progress will move onto more challenging boats and perhaps even progress to sail on their own. Safety equipment is provided, but children will need shorts, t-shirts and sunscreen. They are a Royal Yachting Association recognised school, ensuring the highest level of safety and tuition.
Classes: Learn to sail
Ages: 6 and up
Fees: QR 950–1800, private tuition prices vary
Contact: +974 3363-2515, regattasailingacademy.com
Fame Basketball & Fitness Academy
Fame provides basketball training for beginner up to advanced boys and girls from age five to 14.
Their ladies only basketball and fitness programme with Coach Azra Bolic is open for anyone who wants to learn quick basketball skills, sweat a lot, make new friends and have loads of fun.
For athletes and players who need an extra fitness boost, Fame also offers a special fitness-only session with professional fitness coaches. Regardless which sports your child is interested in, they always need the right fitness level to be able to compete effectively!
Classes: Basketball skills, ladies-only basketball and fitness, fitness only programme
Ages: 5 and up
Fees: QR 500–1750
Location: Compass International School (Gharrafa and Madinat Khalifa campuses)
Contact: +974 3104-0405, fameqa.com
Laura Knight Academy of Dance
Laura Knight Academy of Dance offers carefully structured classical ballet lessons for all ages, following the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. Students will have the opportunity to participate in internationally recognised Royal Academy of Dance examinations and class awards. This gives students the best possible education to equip them either for a career in the world of dance or for areas of study that require commitment and creativity.
Fees: QR 600–700 (12 sessions), QR 60–70 single session
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Salwa Road
Contact: +974 3346-9121, facebook.com/Lauraknightacademyofdance
Hamilton Aquatics Swimming Training
Whether your child is starting his or her journey to learn how to swim or has Olympic aspirations, Hamilton Aquatics's dedicated, passionate teachers and skilled, experienced coaches will give you and your family quality swimming training. They assess every swimmer so they can make sure that your student is in the right level. The term began on 10th September, but your children can join at any time.
Quote "DFBTS10" until 31/10/17 for a 10% discount for new members. Available at selected locations, cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.
Classes: Hammy's Learn to Swim
Ages: 3 years and up
Fees: QR 85 and up
Location: Al Jazeera Academy (Abu Hammour), Doha British School (Ain Khaled), Doha English Speaking School (Madinat Khalifa)
Contact: +974 3381-2212, hamiltonaquatics.ae
STEM Xplorers' LEGO Education workshops focus on seven areas of early childhood development. Participants will learn through play and will also do hands-on science experiments. Children can also experience an introduction to robotics through WeDo2.0. Sessions encourage playful learning through designing and building of robots using motors and programming them to move. The next step in STEM Xplorers' robotics programme is EV3 Robotics. These sessions introduce children to the world of programming. They begin with basics of building, design and programming moving on to advanced levels of programming. Each term they are given challenges enhancing their programming skills. Coming soon, STEM Xplorers will offer a Science Club where they will help bring out the scientist in children of all ages by giving them the tools of observation and creativity through inspiration.
Certificates are provided on course completion. Classes conducted by trainers certified by the College of North Atlantic.
Classes: Preschool LEGO, Robotics, EV3 Robotics, Science Club
Fees: QR 450–550
Location: Jungle Zone
Contact: +974 3399-6665, facebook.com/stemxplorers
SFQ Sports Academy
SFQ Sports Academy actively integrates sports, education, and a healthy lifestyle. The academy was designed to meet the demands of individuals and groups seeking an active lifestyle in a multicultural environment. SFQ offers a range of team and individual sports, agility and wellness programmes.
Classes: Football, basketball, gymnastics, tennis, martial arts, LEGO Robotics, Ballet, Kids Animation, Korean archery, swimming
Ages: 2 and up
Fees: Starting at QR 550 per month
Location: Al Jazi Village II Gharrafa, Gulf English School, Al Jazi Garden West Bay, Kings College Al Thumama,
Contact: +974 4486-6293, sfqsportsacademy.com.qa