Art Classes for Kids

By Grace Hwang Lynch ( page)

In recent years, school curricula has shifted heavily toward common core subjects of reading, science and math, but what about the arts? Although some may regard art education as a luxury, simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics may be more important than ever to the development of the next generation of children as they grow up.


Motor Skills: Many of the motions involved in making art, such as holding a paintbrush or scribbling with a crayon, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children. According to the National Institutes of Health, developmental milestones around age three should include drawing a circle and beginning to use safety scissors. Around age four, children may be able to draw a square and begin cutting straight lines with scissors. Many preschool programs emphasize the use of scissors because it develops the dexterity children will need for writing.

Language Development: For very young children, making art—or just talking about it—provides opportunities to learn words for colors, shapes and actions. When toddlers are as young as a year old, parents can do simple activities such as crumpling up paper and calling it a “ball.” By elementary school, students can use descriptive words to discuss their own creations or to talk about what feelings are elicited when they see different styles of artwork.

Decision Making: According to a report by Americans for the Arts, art education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The experience of making decisions and choices in the course of creating art carries over into other parts of life.

Visual Learning: Drawing, sculpting with clay and threading beads on a string all develop visual-spatial skills, which are more important than ever. Even toddlers know how to operate a smart phone or tablet, which means that even before they can read, kids are taking in visual information. This information consists of cues that we get from pictures or three-dimensional objects from digital media, books and television. Art education teaches students how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.  Knowledge about the visual arts, such as graphic symbolism, is especially important in helping kids become smart consumers and navigate a world filled with marketing logos.

Inventiveness: When kids are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives.

images-34Cultural Awareness: As we live in an increasingly diverse society, the images of different groups in the media may also present mixed messages.  Teaching children to recognize the choices an artist or designer makes in portraying a subject helps kids understand the concept that what they see may be someone’s interpretation of reality.

Improved Academic Performance: Studies show that there is a correlation between art and other achievement. A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.  (This information taken from an article written By Grace Hwang Lynch)

Below are  art classes we have found in Jeddah.  If you know of additional facilities that offer children’s art classes please let us know a  Also feel free to leave a comment below if you have an experience at one of the below facilities and would like to share with others.

Ages:  4 to 12
Activities:   send them here for fun activities, there will be an art class in which they will learn about colours and still life drawings, and basic things.

Location:  Aziziya
Whats App : 0546037489


Location:  Bani Malik near Al Ruwili Hospital
Phone:  0560724296

Ages:  3-12 yrs
Day:  Wednesday
Times:  430-730pm
Fees:  1000Sar for 4 classes
Location:  Al Naeem District
Phone:  0126224344 / 0126224345 / 0126624346 / 0533657700
Twitter: friendszonecenter

House of Traditional Arts: (focus on geometric and Islamic Arts)
Age:  child to adult
Fees:  mostly free some classes might have small fee
Location:  Balad
Phone: 054 439 8889


Little Caterpillars Club:
Ages:  Pre-school- 6yrs
Fees:  Please call
Location:  Rawdah
Phone:  054 099 7755

Ages: 3 years and up
Fees: 350Sar/month and up depending on number of times per week and dancing level of child.
Location: Al Naseem
Phone:  0592693380

Children’s art classes
Ph:  012 661 2041
Location: on Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz St, Al Andalus.

YOUNG REMBRANDTS (3 locations):
Alif Center off of Malak Road
Ages: 4-12 years
Fee: 1 month 500Sar, 2months 900Sar, 3 months 1200Sar
Schedule: Monday 4-6:30, Saturday 11-12:30
Phone:  0542153779

My Library
Al Rawdah Street in the Elegant Home building, across from Saudi French Bank.
Fee is 800 SAR for My Library Members or 1500 for non-members.  Two month program where classes are held once a week.
Phone:  055 056 5110 or 012 263 1709

Enchanted Garden:
Ages:  4-6 yrs and 7-12 yrs
Fee: 550Sar Per month/4 classes or 800Sar for 2 months/8 classes
Phone: 0546916812
Location:  Tahlia



Zumba Centers

Zumba-KidsZumba is a fun and healthy exercise option for kids. Benefits include teaching children to lead active lives, combating childhood obesity, teaching body coordination, developing relationships with others, and encouraging children to explore the world of dance and fitness.

Zumba is a fusion of Latin dance and aerobic exercise. Children will enjoy the different motions that Zumba instructors lead them through and generally learn the routines fairly quickly. Kids love to dance and move their bodies as they have a lot of energy and like to express themselves. 

In addition to the health benefits of Zumba, a dance workout can promote coordination. All children go through an awkward stage when they are self-conscious about the natural changes in their bodies. Zumba encourages children to move around with controlled motions like leg kicks, arm reaches, and hip sways. These repeated movements promote coordination and body confidence.

A key benefit of Zumba is the opportunity to be around other children of similar ages  and interests, allowing them to make new friends.  Children will have to work together to learn the routines, which instills the values of teamwork and respect for others.

If you have had experience with one of these centers, please feel free to leave a comment below.  In addition, please let us know about other centers. Be sure to click on green text for access to Facebook or Instagram pages.

Chamelle Plaza
Days: Saturdays
Times: 11-12 for girls 6-8 yrs old
12-1pm for girls 9-13 yrs.
Fee: 700Sar for 10 classes
Phone:  012 663 4355 or 012 663 4356

Dynamic Code Center
Private classes can be arranged for you and your friends.  A minimum of 6 people are needed to set up the class.  They were unwilling to give me a price quote.
Phone:  012 607 6450

Expressions Fitness Club/ Saraia Compound
Day:  Monday and Wednesday
Time:  630-730pm
Location:  Rawdah/Thalia Area
Phone:  0551930502/0505660039

Friends Zone
Ages:  5-12 yrs (boys and girls–currently only girls in class)
Day:  Sunday and Tuesday
Times:  Unknown
Fees:  500Sar/month or buy 3 month package for 1300Sar
Phone: 053 365 7700 / 

Fun Center
Days: Sundays & Tuesdays
Times:  5-6pm: children + (mother with daughter)
Fees: 75Sar single class
4 week membership: SR600
8 week membership: SR1100
12 week membership: SR1500
Phone:  055 511 8415 or 055 465 5889

Fun Is Us
Days: Twice per week (awaiting details)
Times: Awaiting details
Fees: 650Sar per month
Phone: 055 502 2353

Saudi City Playgroup
Ages: 3-9yrs (boys and girls)
Days/Times:  Monday’s 430-530 and Wednesday’s 5-6
Fee:  500 Sar/month for 8 classes (2 times a week)
Location:  Khaldiayah
Phone:  0569769775 (call between 8am-5pm ONLY)

Ages: 4-15
Fees:  1200 for 3 months (this may be a promotional fee)
Location:  Shatee (near Papaya)
Phone:  0126594169/ 0559801008/ 0126595440/ 0550880183

Pediatric Dentists and Orthodontists in Jeddah


Taking your child to the dentist can be a daunting experience for you and a scary one for your child.  Below you will find information about when to take your child to the dentist for their first visit,  how to prepare your child, and a list of dentists in Jeddah, as recommended by our readers.

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
Ideally, your child should go the dentist by her first birthday, but it’s generally fine to wait until 2 or 3. Putting it off any longer increases your child’s risk for having plaque buildup or cavities at her first visit and who wants to set that kind of precedent? Some parents assume that because baby teeth will eventually fall out, there’s little point in caring for them. This is a huge mistake. Even though you can’t see them, your child’s permanent teeth are developing under her primary ones and it’s important to have a dentist check to see that everything in your child’s mouth is developing normally. You can certainly take your child to your own dentist if he treats kids, but a pediatric dentist is often a better option, especially for young children who may be fearful. These doctors have undergone additional training in caring for children and often have extremely kid-friendly offices with toys, video games, or prizes at the end of each visit to make kids want to keep coming back. (Article adapted from


How can I prepare my child for their first trip to the dentist so they will not be afraid?

1.  Start Young

The earlier a child visits the dentist, the better. “This will provide your child with a ‘dental home’ where all her needs — whether a periodic preventive visit or an emergency — will be taken care of,” says Rhea Haugseth, D.M.D., president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. It’s best that the first visit starts at age 1 or when the first tooth is visible.

2.  Keep It Simple

When preparing for a visit, especially the first time, try not to include too many details. Doing so will raise more questions, and adding more information about an extra treatment like a filling he/she might need may cause unnecessary anxiety. Keep a positive attitude when discussing an upcoming visit, but don’t give your child false hope. “Avoid saying that everything will be fine, because if you child ends up needing a treatment, he might lose trust in both the dentist and you,” says Joel H. Berg, D.D.S., M.S., Director of the Department of Dentistry at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

3.  Watch Your Words

“Don’t use the ‘S’ (shot),’H’ (hurt) or ‘P’ (pain) words with children. Let the staff introduce their own vocabulary to children to help them get through difficult situations,” Dr. Berg suggests. Instead, tell your child that the dentist is looking for “sugar bugs” so he can clean them off their teeth. “My favorite thing to have parents tell their child is that we are going to check their smile and count their teeth — that’s it, nothing else,” says Michael J. Hanna, D.M.D., a pediatric dentist in McKee Rocks, Pennsylvania, and a national spokesperson of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Use positive phrases like “clean, strong, healthy teeth” to make the visit seem fun and good rather than scary and alarming.

4.  Consider a Pretend Visit

Before the first dentist appointment, play pretend with your child to be the dentist and the patient, Dr. Berg says. All you’ll need is a toothbrush. Count your little one’s teeth by starting with the number 1 or the letter A. Avoid making drilling noises or lining up other “instruments.” You can even hold up a mirror and show her how the dentist might look at and check her teeth. Then let your child role-play by using a toothbrush to clean the teeth of a stuffed animal or doll. The key is getting her familiar with the routine so that she’s more comfortable for the real visit.

Picture books with detailed illustrations and easy-to-understand language can also help children get a sense of what to expect. Read Spongebob Squarepants’ Behold No Cavities! A Visit to the Dentist or Dora the Explorer’s Show Me Your Smile!: A Visit to the Dentist.

5.  Do Not Try to Relate

Some parents take their children with them to their own dentist appointment, but experts say this is a mistake. Parents themselves might feel anxious about the visit without even realizing it, and their child might sense those fears. Telling “war stories” about extractions, root canals, or other negative experiences will also trigger anxiety, especially because your child may not even have those procedures. Taking your child to a sterile, adult office also gives the wrong impression, whereas most pediatric dentists make their offices kid-friendly — some have video games, pleasing pictures on the walls, and movies or TV shows kids enjoy.

6.  Prepare for Some Fussing

“It is normal and age-appropriate for a young child to cry, whine, wiggle, and not want to be examined by a stranger,” Dr. Haugseth points out. “Stay calm and remember that the dentist and his/her staff are used to working with children and have seen their share of tantrums.” Let the dental care professionals guide you; they might ask you to stay at a distance or to hold your little one’s hand, which will provide comfort and prevent him from grabbing any dental instruments.

7.  Avoid Bribery

Many experts do not recommend promising your child a special treat if he/ she behaves well at the dentist. Doing so will only increase their apprehension. Saying, “If you don’t fuss or cry, you’ll get a lollipop,” might make your little one think, “What’s so bad about the dentist that I might want to cry?” Promising a sugary treat also sends the wrong message after a dentist emphasizes having clean, healthy teeth by avoiding sweets that can cause cavities. Instead, after the visit is over, praise your child for her good behavior and bravery. Every once in a while, surprise her with a sticker or a small toy as an encouragement.

8.  Emphasize the Importance of Good Oral Hygiene

Teach your child that visiting the dentist is a necessity, not a choice, and that the dentist will take care of his teeth so that they are strong enough for him to eat. You might also explain that the dentist helps keep cavities at bay and ensures that his patients will have a beautiful smile for years to come. As Dr. Haugseth explains, “A no-nonsense attitude from the parent will set the stage for what the child should expect to achieve excellent oral health.”
(All 8 Tips also taken from

The dentists and orthodontists below are listed alphabetically by hospital.

If you have had experience with any of these doctors and would like to leave  review/comment please do so below.  If there is someone you would like to add to our list, please let us know!

Al Abeer Clinic
Dr. Sajee Alexander
Sharafiya District

Andalusia Dental Center
Dr. Moustafa Al Gedaily, Dr. Gihan Moustafa, Dr. Shimaa Hozain
Two Locations: Click here for map
Le Chateau Branch: 012 261 1111
Al Makaronah Branch: 012 670 2777

Asnani Dental Clinic
Dr. Manar or Dr. Abdualziz
Corner of Heraa St. and Amir Sultan

Dr. Rana Baraka
Amir Sultan Street

IC Center
Dr. Jeenet
Near Star Ave Mall in Bougenvillea Center

Magrabi Hospital
Dr. Ali El-Taher
Madina Road

Magrabi Dental Center-North Jeddah
Dr. Nathalio Salameh

Mushrefa Polyclinic
Dr. Ali Al-Misri

New Jeddah Clinic Hospital
Dr.  Hind
Madina Road

Dr. Shorouk Chaichan
Ruwais-Hail Street