The top stuff to do in Dubai for kids this week
Aliens in the Attic The first kids’ flick out this month is a spin on ET and The Gremlins – only not as good. Dragged off to a remote mansion for the summer, precocious teen Tom (Carter Jenkins) and his self-obsessesed sister Bethany (High School Musical’s Ashley Tisdale) uncover a devious alien plot to launch a world-wide mind-control invasion from their loft. Parents may groan, but this could be an effective distraction for undemanding pre-teens.
Friday Brunch at The Fountain restaurant in Bur Dubai’s Mövenpick Hotel remains one of the best value, fun-packed family brunches in town. With bonuses such as the classic skylit ambience, the soothing sounds of the gentle fountain, a huge variety of quality international cuisine, the main draw for families is the huge children’s room. The little terrors get a whole hall to themselves complete with games, videos, beanbags, and even a hugely popular bouncy castle. They even get there own buffet selection, although there’s nothing to stop them from helping themselves to more grown-up food. Topped off with some famous Mövenpick ice cream or (and?) marshmallows dipped in the chocolate fountain. Brunch runs from noon-3pm, Dhs169 food only, Dhs229 with beer and wine, Dhs85 kids aged seven-12, free for under sevens.
Mövenpick family brunch (04 336 6000, www.moevenpick-burdubai.com).
Dubai Flea Market It’s back! After a summer break – at least from Safa Park – this Dubai institution is up and running again in the popular al fresco setting. Have a rummage through bargains galore, including plenty of stuff for little ones. If the nearby playgrounds, zip line, boating lake and vast open spaces aren’t enough to keep the little ones entertained, there’ll be face-painters, clowns and kiddie characters milling around. 8am-3p, Dhs3 entry fee to Safa Park.
Free! Little Scholars Academy open day (04 395 5532) Check out the latest nursery to open its doors in Dubai. Prospective pupils and parents can take a look and ask questions from 10am to noon.
Looking to bop away some excess energy with hip hop classes or be swept off your feet at a ballroom dancing lesson? Kadomz Dance Studio is worth a visit. Located within Favourite Things in Marina Mall, the studio holds classes for everyone right from boogying babies to gyrating geriatrics.
Kadomz dance studio (04 434 1984; www.favouritethings.com).
This friendly Australian and New Zealand community group is, in fact, open to mums of any nationality. It meets on Mondays, 10am-noon at Peek-A-Boo, Mall of the Emirates, but get there at 9am and you’re welcome to join everyone for coffee at Sezzam first.
Anza playgroup (050 151 3649/050 140 5598; www.anzauae.org).
A great way to bond with your baby, get those little limbs moving and do some exercise yourself, check out this mum and baby yoga class run by midwife Joanne Francis. See the full class review in October’s Time Out Kids. The first session in the four-week course (cost Dhs600) begins today at Zen Yoga. Bookings should be made via Health Bay Polyclinic or by emailing Joanne directly.
Mum & baby yoga (04 348 7140; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Bookstore Magrudy’s is marking children’s book week with a range of book-related arts and crafts, storytelling and prizes from today until October 12. Check the website for activities across the Dubai and Abu Dhabi branches.
Free! Children’s book week (www.magrudy.com).
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 runs regular courses for both parents and caregivers. This one runs from 9am-noon and costs Dhs250.
First Aid Course (050 953 5075).
Ever wished your ragamuffins would learn some manners, stand up straight and maybe, just maybe, wash their face and comb their hair? Never fear, you can sign them up to a modeling and grooming workshop where they’ll smarten themselves up, take part in a photo shoot and have a bash at strutting their stuff down the catwalk. Suitable for kids aged six to 16 years old, classes take place at Favourite Things in Marina Mall, start today and run for 11 weeks, 3pm-4pm and cost Dhs100 (Dhs120 non-members) per session.
Modelling and grooming workshop (050 245 7160 or email@example.com).
Worried about allergies? Synergy Centre on Al Wasl Road hosts support meetings every month where their naturopathic doctor, kinesiologist and nutritional therapist will be on hand to answer your questions. Topics discussed include recognising allergy symptoms, identifying the causes, treatment options and much more. The meeting starts at 7pm and is free.
Free! Allergy Support Group (04 348 5452; wwwsynergyctrdubai.com).
Thursday Oct 8
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 editions. 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).
Time Out Dubai,