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The top stuff to do with kids this week if you're short of ideas - now get cracking and book up

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Thursday 24

The end of Ramadan means we’re hot-footing it to our latest scrummy favourite. Bacio Gelato makes its gelato (which, by the way, is like ice cream, only better) fresh every day. With its fruity creations made out of fruit – funnily enough – you can rest assured that this wonderful treat is actually good for you. Even the ‘naughty’ flavours contain far less fat than traditional ice cream. Mums and dads, you must try the ‘Affogato’ – a scoop of hazelnut gelato dolloped in a cup of delicious Italian coffee, and look out for Time Out Kids October issue which offers a free scoop for every reader. Hooray!
Bacio Gelato (04 323 2949).

Friday 25

Time is running out to enjoy a great summer pool deal at Hatta Fort Hotel. Until the end of September, you can enjoy splashing around in two temperature-controlled pools against the backdrop of 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. So what are you waiting for?
Hatta Fort hotel (04 852 3211; hfh@jaihotels.com).

Saturday 26

A pediatric first aid course for parents, nannies and caregivers covering all you need to know about dealing with emergency health issues in kids, including choking and CPR. Held at the Synergy Integrated Medical Centre, Al Wasl Road, Umm Sequim from 9.30am-12.30 pm, places are limited and cost Dhs250 per person.
Pediatric First Aid Course (04 348 5452; www.synergyctrdubai.com).

Unleash your kids’ creative side with these 90-minute painting workshops. Little artists get hands-on experience of mixing their own colours and learn how to be inspired by the environment to create their own painting. Each child will create a masterpiece which they will bring home and insist on displaying on your walls. Marvellous. Workshops run every Saturday, 10am-11.30am and cost Dhs290 for four sessions.
Painting Workshops at Dubai Ladies Club Art Centre (04 349 9922; info@dubailadiesclub.com).

Sunday 27

These swimming sessions are the perfect way to introduce young ‘uns to water, beginning a safe and fun-filled relationship which will last a lifetime. Introducing kids to the basics of swimming and water confidence, the sessions are divided into two age groups: Baby Splash (9.30am) is for tots aged three to 23 months, Toddler Splash (10.30am) is for kids aged 23 months to three years. Both sessions use songs, toys and fun play and take place in the club’s shaded and temperature-controlled main pool. Lessons cost Dhs500 for nine weeks.
Baby & Toddler Splash (04 349 9922; info@dubailadiesclub.com).

Monday 28

It’s definitely getting cooler, and the end of Ramadan means we can dig out the picnic gear again. So we’ll be rounding up our brood, packing the sarnies and sun cream and heading off to the fabulous Jumeirah Beach Park – one of our favourite outdoor spots in Dubai – for an afternoon of swimming, splashing and sand-castle-building, followed by a good runaround and a picnic in the park. Ah-ha, now we remember why we love living in Dubai. Entry costs Dhs5 per person (on foot) or Dhs20 for a car.
Jumeirah Beach Park Opposite Emirates Hospital, Jumeirah Beach Road.

Tuesday 29

Emergency first aid course for nannies and caregivers, held at Dr Keith Nicholl’s surgery on Jumeirah Beach Road. Rachel Jex is a St John’s Ambulance Certified First Aid Instructor and holds regular courses for both parents and caregivers. This one runs from 9am-noon and costs Dhs250.
First Aid Course (050 953 5075).

Wednesday 30

The final night (boo hoo!) of Movies and Munchies at the wonderful Desert Palm sees Flushed Away on the big screen. Catch a star-studded cast in this charming tale of riches to rags and back again. Aristocratic mouse Roddy St James (Hugh Jackman) is forced out of his life of luxury as the pet of a well-heeled Kensington family when he is flushed down the toilet into London’s underworld sewer network. His initial horror slowly turns into heroic conviction when he joins plucky mouse Rita (Kate Winslet) and her comrades in their resistance to the tyrannical toad king (Ian McKellan). Surely watching this from the cool of the pool can only add to the, er, atmosphere? Costs Dhs30, including towel and popcorn, with other snacks and drinks available at an extra charge.
Flushed Away at Movies & Munchies (Desert Palm, 04 323 8888).

Thursday Oct 1

We don’t need much of an excuse to treat our brood to a Sugar Daddy’s cupcake, but this month, we’ll definitely be trotting down to the Jumeirah Village café to sample one of their special edition cupcakes. The chocolate, vanilla and red devil varieties will all be topped with pink and white frosting and ribbons to mark Breast Cancer Awareness month, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the King Hussein Cancer Foundation in Jordan. Cupcakes for a cause? Sounds good to us!
Sugar Daddy’s Bakery (04 344 8204).

By Karen Iley
Time Out Dubai,

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