Looking to keep kids busy afterschool? Here are the options right here in JVT.

Now that kids are back in school yet again after the one-week Eid holidays, most parents are scheduling their after school activities to keep them occupied and fit. The choices across Dubai are overwhelming. You can keep your kids intellectually challenged with Maths, get them twirling or balancing with dance or gymnastics, teach them to swim or learn synchronized swimming, indulge in music, theatre or more. The list seems endless.

The biggest challenge for me has always been getting them there. I’m sure I’m not alone. ‘After school’ means that you will undoubtedly get stuck in rush hour traffic on your way there or back. For this reason alone, I suspect that many parents living in the neighbourhood will be happy to learn that a slew of fun pasttimes await your kids right here in JVT.


I’ve compiled some information about what’s on offer:

Ballet, Gymnastics and Karate Classes at Arcadia Prepatory School with Gulf Star Sports should be starting from 9th October. Free trial lessons will be available so contact them now to get your spot. Tel: 052-9078179.

Furthermore, community groups can rent out the school facilities either at Arcadia through Gulf Star Sports by contacting Matthew Ralton on mattr@gulfstarsports.com or at Sunmarke by contacting the school manager Elaine Baillie on activitiesmanager@forteseducation.com

Sunmarke has already started with a broad array of options offered through a host of external vendors listed below. The times/dates indicated are those communicated on the school website.  I’ve given the time/date slots to make it easy to see if the offering fits within your schedule but please note these are consolidated timings of the different age specific classes on offer. Kindly contact the vendor directly for more information.


5-6pm (Sun & Tues), 6-7pm (Thurs & Sat) Contact PSA Tel: 052-9078179.

Exercise class ‘Born to Move’

4-5pm (Mon) Contact: Stryx Gulf Tel: 0529007550


4-6pm (Sun & Tues), 1-5pm (Sat) Contact M&S Sports  Tel.: + 971 (0)4 457 2933

3-4:15 (Mon& Thurs) AquaTots and Beginner lessons with Swimming Warriors Tel: 055-880-3040


4-7pm (Mon) & 8-11am (Sat) Contact M&S Sports Tel: 050-4405921
4-6pm (Sun) & 5-6pm (Tues) & 2:15 – 3:15pm (Thurs) Contact Elite FC Tel: 045-545-916
4-5pm (Sun) Contact FC Barcelona Tel: 055-8872426


4-8pm (Sun), 4-9pm (Tues) Contact MPAC sports 04-385177
5-8pm (Mon & Wed),  9-1pm (Sat) Contact Basic Ball Tel: +056-167-0009


3-6pm (Thurs) Contact Simply Gymnastics on 055 601 6095

Rythmic Gymnastics

5-7pm (Mon), 10-12pm (Sat) Contact Stryx Gymnastics Tel: +0529007550

Wado Ryu karate lessons conducted in Japanese!

4:45 – 7pm (Mon), 9am-12pm (Sat) Contact Budo Juko Tel: +971 50 2110 3981

Dance classes for ages 5 to adult are being offered by Step Up Academy every day of the week in the following styles:

  • Street Dance
  • RAD Ballet
  • IDTA Tap & Modern
  • Cheerleading
  • Musical Theatre
  • Lyrical Contemporary

Contact them for the complete schedule on Mobile: 971 55 855 2797 or info@stepup.ae


2:45 – 4:45pm (Wed) Contact Premier Genie Tel: 0526656440

Art Appreciation

3:30 – 4:45pm (Sat) Contact Little Masterpieces Tel: 055-3877091

Math Whizz Kids

2:45 – 3:45pm (Sun & Mon), 3 – 5pm (Tues), 9:30 – 2pm (Sat) Contact Brain O Brain Tel: 055-1355747

Innovators & Entreprenuers

2:45 – 3:45 (Wed) & 2:15 – 3:15pm (Thurs) Contact I&E Academy Tel: 055-8622464

Russian Language Classes 

1:30 – 5:30 (Sun/Mon) Contact Headway Institute Tel:  +971 4 362 53 13

Let the fun begin !


School starts at Sunmarke & Jumeirah International Nurseries too!

Last week we were at Arcadia Prepatory for opening day. This week, two more wonderful schools threw open their doors to new students in JVT. We are delighted to share with you some photos of opening day at Sunmarke and Jumeirah International Nurseries, conveniently located within the campus of Sunmarke School.

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We are getting details on the extracurricular programs at both Arcadia and Sunmarke which we will share with you next week. There will be plenty to keep all the neighborhood kids busy very soon!


* Photos provided courtesy of Sunmarke School

Get all the kids in school from nursery through secondary without leaving JVT !

The Sunmarke school recently held an Open Day at Milestone in JVT. I stopped by to get you the full story on one of two new schools set to open within the JVT neighborhood. Starting in September 2016, Sunmarke will provide quality primary and secondary education as well as a nursery school catering to the youngest infants. There is even an option to avail of the afternoon nursery program hours for non-working Moms that just need a bit of a break!

The school will accommodate up to 3,000 learners at total capacity. In the opening year, we can expect 1,000 pupils as the school plans to gradually expand the staff and classrooms. Secondary school students from their sister school, Regent International, will be moving in for this coming Fall semester. With a long-standing experience in this region, the parent company Fortes Education certainly can ensure that this facility will integrate well with the community and provide outstanding learning experiences.

For example, we all know that traffic woes are a common sight in front of most Dubai schools. I’ve been assured that Sunmarke has taken this on board in the planning process and will have a multi-storey car park to avoid the usual traffic tailbacks at drop off and pick up times.

With a 600 seat auditorium, 2 swimming pools, football pitch and a multi-purpose auditorium, the community can also expect to benefit from these superb facilities. I am told that many after-school activities will be scheduled with external organizers that will welcome children from the neighborhood as well. Hopefully, this can also provide a great space for community clubs to meet or sports groups to practice.

For those enrolling their children, it can be expected that your children will greatly benefit from the human values program and the multi-smart learning platform which incorporates the arts, music, drama, dance, self-development, logic, language and people skills with all the core subjects. Importantly for parents, the school is offering a significant Founder’s discount on the first three years for those enrolling in the opening year. Get more information on their website: http://www.sunmarkedubai.com

We look forward to a fruitful relationship between Sunmarke and the community for mutual enrichment.

Don’t miss Q&A session with JVT’s Sunmarke secondary school

Sunmarke school is holding a “Meet n’ Greet” session at the Milestone Cafe in JVT on Wednesday 16th December 2015 from 9am – 11am.

Mr. Harvey Trump, Head of Secondary – Fortes Education will be available to answer all your queries.

Please RSVP your attendance to the school by filling out this short form: