Kids fun this week
The top stuff for kids to do this week
Bowling City (050 333 1210) The Dubai Festival City-based Bowling City is offering kids aged six to 12 years an incredible 100 games of bowling for Dhs400 – and for the less mathematically inclined among you, that works out at just Dhs4 per game, a whopping 80 per cent cheaper than the regular price. The game card can be shared by more than one child, although only one player per game may use it, and is valid until the end of the month. There are even staff on hand to demonstrate how to bowl, hopefully meaning little nippers don’t lose any toes. Valid 10am-3pm, Sun-Thu.
Hatta Fort Hotel (04 852 3211; firstname.lastname@example.org) has extended its great summer pool deal. So pack your cozzie, fling the kids in the car and enjoy splashing around in two temperature-controlled pools or just lie back and admire the stunning mountain scenery. It will only cost you Dhs90 per adult and Dhs50 for kids under 12 and is valid on Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays.
Free! Roald Dahl Day (04 344 4009; www.magrudy.com) Fancy a birthday party with a difference? Roald Dahl, in our opinion the best children’s writer of all time, would have turned 93 on September 13. To mark the occasion, Magrudy’s book store is celebrating the life of the author who penned such kids’ classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and the Matilda series with competitions, arts and crafts, games and giveaways. Keep your eyes peeled for competition details on posters at Magrudy’s outlets, or just head down to the Jumeirah branch at 11am or the Dubai Festival City store at 5pm.
Kids Theatre Works! (04 341 4777, 050 158 5653; email@example.com; www.kidstheatreworks.com) This drama group is renowned in Dubai for offering top quality courses in a variety of theatrical disciplines including creative drama, musical theatre, acting, and physical theatre. It is holding auditions for its classes at 9am today. Don’t panic – no-one will be rejected – the audition is about ensuring the kids are challenged and engaged through their course so that each student’s individuality and unique potential is developed. Classes begin at DUCTAC on September 13 and at Mirdif, DESS and Jebel Ali Primary School on September 27.
Atlantis Kids’ Club (04 426 1295; firstname.lastname@example.org) This month, the Kids’ Club at Atlantis invites children from ages four to 12 years on a creative journey into local Arabic Islamic culture. Kids can have a go at writing their names in Arabic, make traditional paper lanterns, have a bash at moon and star origami plus the usual daily arts and crafts, animated movies and educational activities. A traditional gift and 50 per cent discount on Iftar and Sohour set menus are also included at the hotel’s Kaleidoscope, Saffron and Levantine restaurants. Kids’ Club costs Dhs95 for one hour, Dhs280 for the whole day. Please note that the Kids’ Club will close at 5pm instead of 6pm during Ramadan.
The Lost Chambers (04 426 1000 or visit www.atlantisthepalm.com) The Lost Chambers is now giving guided behind-the-scenes tours that take you even closer to the 250 marine species swimming around the attraction’s pools, lagoons and tunnels. Visit the fish hospital (yes, the fish hospital) where newborns, ailing and acclimatising marine life are quarantined and cared for, and you can get involved with feeding beasties like giant groupers, moray eels and even piranhas (try not to actually become the food if you’re brave enough to take those on). If you really want to get up close, you can paddle about in the shallow waters of the Shark Lagoon to feed cownose rays; they’re actually pretty cute, as rays go. Bring your cossie, though – you’ll get wet. For anyone over the age of six, it costs Dhs75 for back-of-house tours on top of the Dhs100 admission to The Lost Chambers. Admission costs Dhs100 for those aged 12 years and upwards and Dhs70 for three-11 year olds. Cownose ray feeding costs Dhs175, but day visitors are also required to purchase admission to Aquaventure at a cost of Dhs165 per person.
Al Boom Tourist Village (04 324 1444) Treat the family to a traditional Iftar down at the Al Boom Tourist Village. A feast for the senses, there are more than 500 lavish gastronomic delights from the UAE, Lebanon, Pakistan, Jordan and more. It costs Dhs130, half price for kids, and there’s an option for Dhs150 of an Iftar cruise on Fridays and Saturdays.
Shrek at Movies & Munchies (Desert Palm, 04 323 8888) If you’re one of the handful of people worldwide yet to catch this kiddie classic, now’s your chance to see Shrek in all its glorious green-ness from the blue of the pool at Desert Palm. A hilarious comedy that will win over kids and adults alike, Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) is a fearsome green ogre living in isolation in his cozy little swamp whose life is turned upside down when power-mad Lord Farquaad (Jon Lithgow) turns it into a relocation camp for dozens of banished fairy-tale characters. Joined by the infuriatingly talkative Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Shrek promises to free Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and convince her to marry Farquaad in exchange for the eviction of the unwanted guests. Gorgeous animataion, a unique sense of humour and compelling characters make this a must-see for all the family. It costs Dhs30 including movie, towel and popcorn. Other snacks and drinks are available at an extra charge.
Children’s City (04 334 0808, www.dubaichildrencity.ae) This Creek Park stalwart is like a little mini Natural History Museum – an educational centre for kids aged three to 15 years where they can investigate, explore, play, discover, and learn about the world they live in. Divided into different edutainment areas such as nature, discovery space, computers and communication, the way we live, culture, science and the human body – there’s ample opportunity for fun, hands-on experiments and fun learning. There’s also a planetarium with shows throughout the day, as well as a play area for under-fives. Entry is Dhs15 for adults, Dhs10 for kids, or you can get an annual membership. Open 9am-8.30pm, 3pm-8.30pm on Fridays.By Karen Iley
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