The top stuff for kids and parents to do this week..
Santa at Ski Dubai (04 409 4000; www.skidxb.com) Get into the ho ho ho spirit at Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, where Santa and Mrs Claus, the Christmas fairy and Frostbite, the Ski Dubai mascot, will be entertaining the kids. The Christmas tree will be lit for the first time and carols will also be on the agenda.
Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club (04 295 6000; www.dubaigolf.com) Crank up the festive cheer with more carol singing, another tree to light and mulled beverages and mince pies to warm your chilly insides. The tree lighting kicks off at 6.45pm.
Emirates British Nursery Festive Fair (04 288 9222) Fancy a turn of the tombola or getting your face painted? Don’t miss the Festive Fair at the nursery’s Mirdif branch, with craft stalls, a manicure station and tattoo parlour, plus tasty goodies and a visit from Santa. Doors open 2.30pm to 5.30pm.
Kids’ Carnival at Arabian Ranches Golf Club (04 360 7935) Plenty of kids’ entertainment, singing, dancing and seasonal munchies. The fun starts at 4pm. Kids get in for Dhs95 each, while mum and dad can come along for a mere Dhs50.
FREE! Carols at the United Christian Church (04 884 6623) Pop on down to the United Christian Church in Jebel Ali for a traditional carol service. Starts at 7.30pm.
The Palace – The Old Town (04 344 4550) Carols, hot chocolate, freshly baked gingerbread and a tree-lighting ceremony will ensure you have a suitably festive afternoon. The fun begins a midday.
Carnival at The Montgomerie (04 390 5600) Inflatables, face painting, yummy treats and more at The Montgomerie’s Aqua Viva Terrace. Later on, Santa will be paying a visit and you’ll get to sing more carols too. Doors are open 3pm to 6pm; little monkeys cost Dhs110 and mum and dad get in for free.
Baby Loves Carnivale (www.timeouttickets.com) Get into the groove and burn off energy with Baby Loves Carnivale at the Layali Tent, Madinat Jumeirah. Perfect for boppers aged six months to seven years (as well as mums and dads), there’s a chill-out zone, crawling contest, storytelling, face painting and nursery rhymes, as well as groovy ‘choons’ from DJ Chris Fisher. 2pm-5pm, tickets cost Dhs95 for all ages (beyond crawlers).
Picnic Time (www.timeouttickets.com) The Time Out Kids Teddy Bears' Picnic starts at noon at the Aviation Club In Garhoud. Tickets are Dhs100 for adults and Dhs50 for kids (under-threes go free)
Developing young readers (050 467 8837; email@example.com; www.boneducation.com) A workshop for mums to help them instill a love of reading both on- and offline. Held at Magrudy’s Educational Resource Centre from 9am ’til noon, the session costs Dhs300 for online bookings, Dhs350 at the door.
Santa’s sleigh at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club (04 361 8111; dubaipoloclub.com) Ride a pony, have a picnic and visit Santa in his grotto at the Epona Terrace. Top the festive evening off with scrummy Christmas goodies and a good old-fashioned run around on the lawns. From 6pm to 9pm.
Workshops at Bead Palace and Accessories (04 395 2771; 04 349 7858) Spend a delicious afternoon down at Bead Palace in Jumeirah decorating gingerbread houses with all manner of goodies and festive treats. Your crafty devils can also try other activities at the special Christmas workshops, which run daily from 2pm to 5pm. Dhs140 per child, suitable for kids aged four and up.
Peter Pan on Ice at the Arabian Centre (04 284 5555; www.boxofficeme.com) Don’t miss this wonderful festive performance of the classic tale of a boy who didn’t want to grow up. An international cast with Olympic ice-skating abilities and lots of magical song and dance make this the perfect way to spend the evening. Show starts 6.30pm, tickets cost Dhs175 to Dhs275.
Digital tools for homework help (050 467 8837; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.boneducation.com) For those of us who dread school projects as much as our wee ones, this workshop teaches mums how to use the internet as a tool to help with homework, as well as revealing great sites to help develop literacy, maths and science skills. Held at Magrudy’s Educational Resource Centre from 9am ’til noon, the session costs Dhs300 for online bookings, Dhs350 at the door.
Meet Santa at Wafi (04 324 4426; www.wafi.com) Wafi is going to town this year, with the entire mall bedecked with animated scenes from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You can also pop in to see Santa – for Dhs50, little nippers will get a pressie and a commemorative photo, as well as a free child’s meal at Planet Hollywood and a pass to Encounter Zone, plus entry to a fab festive draw.
Digital literacy and cyber safety (050 467 8837; email@example.com; www.boneducation.com) Worried about how long your kids are spending online and what they’re looking at while they surf? This workshop will teach you how to interact safely, meaningfully and productively online. Held at Magrudy’s Educational Resource Centre from 9am ’til noon, the session costs Dhs300 for online bookings, Dhs350 at the door.
Horrible Histories at Ductac (04 341 4777; www.ductac.org) Last chance to see the award-winning Horrible Histories stage show at Ductac. The ultimate in entertainment as well as an educational experience, this fantastic 3D show from the UK covers tales from the Frightful First World War and Woeful Second World War with aplomb. Tickets cost Dhs120 to Dhs150 from the Ductac box office.By Karen Iley
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