Saudi school and university students are set to have almost four months
for a summer holiday this year.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has issued a decree to reschedule final exams before Ramadan starts in late May.
Therefore, universities and schools are expected to close for about 120 days, which is the longest school vacation to be held in Saudi Arabia. This was also the case last year.
The holidays are set to start on May 25th
. While the news was welcomed by students and teachers, many parents are left unhappy
. With the longer vacation, parents have to figure out how to occupy their kids
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If you’re a parent and you’re wondering what the kids can do with their time, here are some ideas.
1. Summer camps
Summer camps are a great way to keep the kids active and learn something at the same time. This is especially a good option for parents who work and can’t stay home or take extended vacation all summer.
2. Art classes
If your child is artistic, you can always enrol them in art classes. It’ll be something they enjoy and it’ll foster their creativity.
3. Horseback riding
There are some places that offer horseback riding for children, such as Dirab Golf Course and Recreation Center and Al Aghar Equestrian Club Diplomatic Quarters. This would be great for children who love animals.
4. Visit museums
There are plenty of cultural places to visit, including the National Museum, Murabba Palace, the historical buildings, the Public Library, King Abdulaziz Mosque and Memorial Hall. Also, check out the water tower which has a viewing platform and the small amusement park nearby.
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5. Go ice skating
What better way to escape the heat that to be in the completely opposite climate? You can do so at Royal Mall (for women), Othaim Mall, Hayat Mall and ChinaMart Mall. It’s a great way to stay active, learn a new skill and have fun!
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6. Go Swimming
Spending time at the pool can be a great way to pass time while keeping the kids active. If you find it too hot to swim outdoors, there are also indoor pools, such as in Al Multaka Ladies Centre, Ritz Carlton, Al Manahil, Diplomatic Quarters Sports Club, ESPA at Faisaliyah Hotel and Al Luthan.
7. Take a family holiday
If you have time to take a vacation, however short, you should definitely do so. Travel can be a great learning experience for children and it’ll broaden their horizons. You can check out some great destinations deals here