The top experiences to share and enjoy with the whole family during the holy month
Devina Divecha and Becky Lucas
Friday Family Brunch
If your kids have had enough of Arabic iftars, herd them over to Emirates Golf Club for their Friday Family Brunch instead. Located in the Conservatory Restaurant and Terrace, this informal brunch continues through Ramadan, offering an international buffet with English carvery, live pasta station and crêpes. Emirates Golf Club (04 380 2222, www.dubaigolf.com). Fri noon-3pm. Dhs115 per adult (not including alcohol), Dhs55 per child under 12.
Bowling for kids – Dhs4 per game!
Bowling City at Festival City (get it?) are hosting a ‘bowling school’ for kids aged six to 12. Take your child down there and he/she can register for 100 games at Dhs4 per game, with trained staff showing them how to play. This is 80 per cent off the regular price and valid until the end of the Ramadan. (050 396 0811, firstname.lastname@example.org). Sun to Thu 10am-3pm.
Desert Chill Iftar Parties
Have a bit of fun at home with your brood. Desert Chill, Dubai’s only ice cream van company, is available for hire for special Ramadan Desert Chill iftar parties. Teaming up with Baskin Robbins, they create a Chill Zone in your villa or apartment, setting down bean bags and stalls. (050 612 2108/www.desertchill.ae). After sunset. Dhs500 per hour, Dhs1,000 per hour inc entertainment
Instill the spirit of Ramadan into your kids. Art charity Start is collecting kits for its Children’s Art Festival in Palestine this December. Put together a box containing coloured pencils, a glue stick, scissors, felt tips, an eraser, a sharpener, a pencil case, ink, a 30cm ruler and an A4 document holder, and drop it off at thejamjar or Total Art Gallery. Or get little hoarders to sift through their toys and The Early Learning Centre will distribute to charities. Drop off eight toys and get a Dhs50 voucher to spend on purchases above Dhs250.
Check out the kids’ classes on offer at the shiny new Sports City. There’s something for all ages, including footie for babies as young as six months (no need for dribbling training, then). Socatots is fun for nippers up to five years old and helps them develop ball skills before they progress to the Manchester United Soccer School, also at the complex. There are also golf, cricket, hockey and swimming academies. Dubai Sports City, 04 425 1111.