Family fun in Dubai
Car art, garden parties, hip hop and more stuff for kids in Dubai
FREE! Dubai Car Art Festival at Dubai Festival City (04 425 4936; www.dubaifestivalcity.com) Something to amuse spectators both large and small, this is an art exhibition with a difference. Teams in the second Dubai Car Art Festival will create moving works of art out of cars, building 10 mobile masterpieces over a week-long period to raise money for the Dubai Autism Centre.
Full Moon Desert Drumming (www.dubaidrums.com) Get in touch with your tribal roots – enjoy an upbeat evening in the desert, with the full moon to provide an atmospheric and unforgettable experience. The evening begins with a drive through the dunes to the desert camp, where you’ll feast on a lip-smacking barbecue before dancing and group drumming sessions kick off. It’s perfect for all ages, from tots (a late-night treat) to visiting grandparents. Kids under five go free, five to 14s cost Dhs85, and adults pay Dhs190.
FREE! Open Day Garden Party at Inspire Children’s Nursery (04 395 5473; www.inspireallchildren.com) Enjoy the delights of a traditional garden party and take a peek inside the Inspire Children’s Nursery in Umm Suqeim. The theme of the day is gardening, with lots of games and activities as well as flower crafts and planting sessions. Interested parents can meet the nursery team and explore a holistic approach to education. Gates open 10am to 4pm.
FREE! Weekend family workshop at Sharjah Heritage Museum (06 568 0006; www.sharjahmuseums.ae) Design and make your own postage stamps and find out about how the postal service works (or not, as the case may be), as well as more ancient forms of message carrying. The Stamp Design Workshop is open to kids aged six to 11 and starts at 11am. Entry to the museum is free for under 12s and Dhs5 for adults, while a family ticket costs Dhs10.
Hip-hop classes at Dubai Ladies Club (04 349 9922; www.dubailadiesclub.com) Hone their rhythm and coordination skills while teaching your little groovers a couple of moves that are sure to impress their friends. These hip-hop dance sessions run from 5pm to 6pm on Sundays and 4pm to 5pm on Mondays and are perfect for kids aged five to 12. They’ll learn basic break, pop and lock and freestyle moves, accompanied by cool chart tunes fom artists including Kanye West, MIA and Lil Wayne. Sessions cost Dhs25 for members and Dhs35 for non-members.
FREE! Little Bundles Club, Organic Foods and Café, Dubai Mall (Laura@dubaifamily.org) The perfect place to catch up for a gossip with other new and expectant mums, the Little Bundles Club is also great for newbies in town. Sessions run from 10am until noon.
Chinese Circus (04 336 9773; www.dubaidolphinarium.ae; email@example.com) Make a point of booking the family in for this 90-minute action-packed show. Highlights include the spectacular high-speed acrobatics of the hoop divers, traditional plate spinning, the ancient art of Chinese jar juggling (where artists do amazing things with heavy earthenware pots) and jaw-dropping hand-balancing. The amazing Lion Dance and the famous Shaolin Warriors are also part of the line-up. Doors open Mondays to Saturdays at 6pm, with an additional matinee on Friday at 3pm. Tickets cost Dhs50-150 at www.timeouttickets.com.
Karate classes, Fun City, Lamcy Plaza (Magdi, 050 498 7696; 04 335 2700) Let your little Hong Kong Phooeys get their kicks and a healthy dose of exercise at Fun City’s karate classes. Great for helping them to blow off steam, make new friends and improve their coordination and physical fitness, you can’t really go wrong. Sessions cost Dhs50 each, are suitable for tots aged three and up, and run from 5pm to 7pm on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Al Ain Zoo (800 2977; www.awpr.ae) If you fancy escaping from Dubai for the day and getting back to nature, check out the latest attractions at Al Ain Zoo. The new animated Dinosaur Trail exhibit is great fun – it takes little Jurassics back millions of years with a walking trail of true-to-life prehistoric beasts. While you’re there, take a peek at the oh-so-cute sand kittens, and see if you can spot the white lions too.
Al Saheel horse show (050 181 0401; www.alsaheel.com) It’s back! And it’s apparently even bigger and better this time round, featuring 25 acts and incorporating light shows, singing, spectacular costumes and traditional dancing. But it’s the four-legged fellas that steal the show, wowing the crowds with Spanish dressage, stunt riding and a thrilling ‘horses with fire’ act. There’s even talking ponies and – wait for it – a horse that skips. Lasting 90 minutes, this locally-produced show takes place in the specially built HoofbeatZ Pavilion located at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club at Arabian Ranches. Running every Thursday and Friday evening at 7.30pm until May, tickets cost Dhs225 for adults and Dhs100 for kids, or there’s a Dhs325 hospitality ticket that includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the stables to meet the equine stars.By Karen Iley
Time Out Dubai,