Summer courses for children and youth in Cairo

Ahram Online , Wednesday 14 Jun 2017

The summer months are a time for children and young people to embark on activities they cannot pursue during the school year. Check our selection of centres providing a variety of courses and workshops

DECA activities
DECA activities (photo: courtesy of Arab Digital Expression Foundation (ADEF))

Arab Digital Expression Foundation (ADEF DECA)

143, Street no. 8, Mokattam, tel 01121147008

The non-profit organization specializes in the professionally-tailored workshops for youth aged 12-15, that span across many disciplines and which capitalize on self-expression and knowledge-sharing.

Following its annual practice, during summer some of the workshops are offered free of charge while others are given for a nominal fee.

“Our long workshops will be in three disciplines: video, visual art and computing, running between 2 July and 31 August with classes offered 3 times a week, four hours each day, and free of charge. In parallel, DECA will hold workshops with shorter duration for a small fee, specialized in comics, caricature, recycling art, theater improvisation, recycling art. We will be announcing more details on our facebook page soon,” Amr Gad, manager of DECA revealed.

Animation School - Jesuit Cairo

15 Mahrany st. El Fagalla, tel. 01000712887

During summer and in cooperation with Arab Digital Expression Foundation (ADEF), the Animation School of Jesuit Cairo will hold three free of charge two-months long courses for young people aged 12-15.

“The courses will cover music, video and visual art disciplines. The interested should follow our Facebook announcements or contact us directly,” explains Mariam Abdel Rahman, the administrative representative of the Animation School.

Jesuit Animation School Workshop
Workshop previously held at Jesuit Animation School (photo: courtesy of Jesuit Animation School Facebook page)

Cima Centre

Rostom st., Garden City

Cima Centre is an initiative founded by Mohamed Nader, Khaled Diab and Ahmed Zoghby, and offers workshops, specialized in a variety of aspects of cinematograph: scriptwriting, directing, acting, etc. with the focus given to young adults. Throughout past months, Cima centre held workshops conducted by renowned filmmakers.

“The centre embraces amateurs interested to explore cinema making. Many of the workshops’ participants find opportunities within the field,” explains the centre’s cofounder and administer manager Ahmed Zoghby.

Camera and Microphone

2, Etehad Al Mohameen Al-Arab street, Garden City, tel. 01009525412

The centre provides trainings in disciplines such as cinematography, scriptwriting, dance, painting, music, for a large age span: 5-13 and 13-30.

The upcoming summer programme includes storytelling workshop (starting 16 July), commercial cinema directing with Hani Magdi (starting 15 July), documentaries directing with Abd El Gawad (starting 18 July), vocal courses, ballet classes, among others.

“Our summer courses will continue for three months, with different duration. Some courses will walk the attendees across a few disciplines, allowing them to explore different segments of the creative field. In Camera and Microphone, we have equipment and a variety of tools to support the children and youth in their interests. For younger attendees, we also engage into discussion with parents to see which course might be the most beneficial for the young person, and how it can capitalize on or develop specific skills,” explains Khaled Sakr, manager of the Camera and Microphone.

Studio ZAT

22, El Khalifa El Ma'amoun St, Heliopolis, tel: 01111766623

Courses cover disciplines such as contemporary dance, filmmaking, acting, scriptwriting, storytelling, clowning, conducted by the renowned Egyptian and international professionals. Studio ZAT’s workshops are targeting youth and young adults

AFCA for Arts and Culture

5th Urban District, El Banafseg Zone, Area 1, New Cairo, tel. 01224673435

In its long history, AFCA has established itself as one of the Egypt’s pioneers working in education of children through arts. AFCA is also behind the annual Hakawy festival, Egypt’s only theatre festival dedicated to the youngest audience.

Each summer, AFCA holds a series of camps, activities and workshops for children aged 4-12.

This year, the summer camps will begin on 2 July and continue until 31 August and will revolve around themes such as Adventures, Travel and the World of Fantasy.

The themes will be presented through a series of artistic activities will cover disciplines such as theatre, visual arts, singing and cooking, all having as objective “the development of the children talents and enrich their vocabulary in French and English,” we read in Afca Arts Culture Facebook page. It is worth adding that this year it will be the first time for AFCA to work in English language.

The organizers add that buses will be provided for the courses’ participants.

AFCA at Concordia school
AFCA workshop held at Concordia school (photo: courtesy of AFCA facebook page)

Science Factory

135, street 1, off road 90, New Cairo, tel. 01002295294, 01023800306

Though for the Science Factory, the first set of courses already took place in May, the upcoming activities will resume in July and August with workshops taking place on Saturdays between 10am and 1pm for children aged 4-14 in winter and summer. As the project’s name indicates, the participants will explore the world of science through themed sessions. The trainers incorporate elements of art, reading and practical work in each session.


4, Yameni Building, Zamalek, tel. 01156948295

SANE centre aims at experimental learning to develop artistic and cultural mindsets, providing courses throughout the year. This summer SANE will team up with the Little Stark education company to create a set of Summer Camps for children aged 4-12.

“Throughout the year, SANE provides ballet, zumba, hip-hop among others creative activities for babies, toddlers and older children. Our summer camps will focus on arts and crafts, cooking, recycling as well as basics of engineering. The courses will span over July and August and the participants can join on monthly, weekly as well as walk-in basis,” explains Nermeen Hegazy, SANE’s manager.

Rizkallah ART Foundation

Smash Club, El Katameya Residence, tel. 01211112671

Called the Value Fun Camp, the activities will span over 9 weeks in July and August with each week dedicated to a specific theme – such as ‘We are all different and it’s beautiful’, Paint Mania, Amazing 3D Arts, Africa is born in me, etc – through sports and artistic activities. The sports and creative activities revolve around themes.

Children aged 4-12 can participate in one or more weeks and special discount is offered to early birds. This year Rizkallah ART Foundation also plans to develop courses for teenagers yet the details are yet to be announced.

Rizkallah ART Foundation Winter Camp
Rizkallah ART Foundation "Value Fun" winter camp (photo: courtesy of Rizkallah ART Foundation Facebook page)

Soma Art School and Gallery

14 Maraashli Street, Zamalek, tel. 0122 242 9292 or [email protected]

Every week starting mid-June till August, Soma offers several workshops for children between 7 and 12 years.
Comics & Video Animation & Music, and Photography and Music workshops are organised in collaboration with Dom Tak Cairo Rhythm House.

Additionally there are five other workshops across various subjects; graffiti and stencilling, animation with lego, sculpture and ceramics, printmaking, as well as zine making.

Soma’s workshops are held from Sundays to Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm.

Booking online can be made through this form

South Media

Greek Campus, Downtown, tel. 01068677554, 01090101304

The Drawing Through Storytelling, workshop teaches children between 7 to 12 years old the basics of drawing, as well as formulating simple stories and express them on paper and using other materials to craft a dynamic storytelling project.
The workshop is led by artist Hebatallah Abbas, and begins on 10 July and runs for four days from 11am to 2pm

Galileo Art Center

81 Osman buildings, Nasr City, tel. 01004422641, (02)23828869, 01208640047

A visual art and music center that was founded in 2013, the center boasts it’s simplified and modern approach to teaching children arts. “Our goal is to give training for

Galileo offers a variety of courses for children, including drawing (for two different age groups between ages 4 and 12), handcrafts (age 4-12), Crochet (age 8 - 14), pottery (age 8- 15). Additionally, Music courses are offered from age 4 and up, and are scheduled for private sessions. Workshops are divided into sessions that range from 4 to 8 and are usually offered twice a week, with several options for timings.

The center is a member of the American Group for managing Educational Projects, certified from the International Academy of Arts, Media and Creativity.


Sakkara Road, 12.5 km from Haram street, tel. 01001586715

Fagnoon Art Center offers daily workshops and activities for children, such as drawing, painting, pottery, and jewelry-making. All activities are monitored and children will work, play and learn under adult supervision. The activities are adapted to children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers -the whole family can take part in the fun. 

The art center is open daily between 9am and 6pm.

Osana Family Wellness Center

4, El Nady St., Maadi, tel 010 1773 3770

Osana Family Wellness is a center and community hub for various health and wellness activities which include, yoga, Pilates, different types of massages and treatments. “A place where conscious living is supported through mind, body & play,” according to their Facebook page.

The quaint space, in a restored villa in Maadi, provides an outdoor space and garden, a food café in addition to the studios and

The center offers two summer camps for children aged 4 to 8, allowing them to explore, learn and develop through a wide array of activities. Activities include Yoga, Art and drama, hip hop dance, meditation, cooking and organized games.

The first round is from 2 to 6 June, and the second runs from 9 to 13, daily from 9am to 4pm.

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