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Brazilian carnival, diverse choreography and a song-and-story class with a difference

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Thursday 6

Perfect for cooling off as the weather heats up, don’t miss the chance to enjoy the Brazilian carnival, fireworks, a laser light show and a dolphin show at Atlantis’s Aquaventure waterpark from 7pm until midnight. The celebrations are a fantastic treat for little ones aged three to 11, who get in for Dhs165, and great fun for mum and dad (Dhs200 each). A top end-of-week outing for all the family.
Cool Summer Nights at Aquaventure (04 426 1000; www.timeouttickets.com).

Friday 7

Worried that your kids don’t know what a proper vegetable looks like? Pop down to Baker & Spice at Souk Al Bahar and take a peek at the new farmers’ market. With local produce from Dubai, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi, these fruits and veggies will have been picked just hours earlier. Check out the in-season strawberries, courgettes, fennel and corn. The market runs from 11am until 3pm – this will be the last one until autumn.
Farmers’ Market (04 425 2240).

Fancy some horses with your courses? The Dhs495 adult fee for the Meydan brunch may be difficult to swallow, but kids under 12 eat for free and they have an entire roomful of entertainment, games and kiddie grub at their disposal.
The Meydan brunch (04 381 3333; www.meydanrestaurantreservations@jumeirah.com).

Saturday 8

For one day only, the Diverse Choreography Performing Arts School is putting on You Can’t Stop the Beat, a dazzling stage medley of foot-tapping song and dance from Grease, Hairspray and Chicago, plus hits by Madonna, at the First Group Theatre at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Tickets to the matinee performance (at 4pm) cost Dhs75, while evening show seats (starting at 7pm) cost Dhs100.
You Can’t Stop the Beat at First Group Theatre (www.timeouttickets.com).

They’re back! If you and the tots rock up to Wild Wadi between 8am and 10am on Saturday mornings throughout May, you can get a special family discount on your entrance tickets to Dubai’s favourite waterpark. Mum and dad get in for Dhs165 each, while the little monsters cost Dhs135 apiece.
Wild Wadi family mornings (04 348 4444; www.wildwadi.com).

Sunday 9

Sign your little linguists up for a song-and-story class with a difference. Baby Arabia is a brand new kiddie class that uses Arabic as a main language, and the idea is that sponge-brained little tots will be able to get ahead with the local lingo while mums pick up some phrases. Aimed at tots aged five months to three years, the classes are held on Sundays at 9.30am for babies aged five months to 18 months, and 10.30am for tots aged 19 months to three years. A series of 10 classes cost Dhs600.
Baby Arabia classes at Kadomz Studio Marina Mall (04 434 1984; operations@favouritethings.com).

Monday 10

Submerge yourselves in a colourful underseas world that is home to more than 250 species. Like its big brother at The Dubai Mall, the Sharjah Aquarium also has an impressive walk-through tunnel so visitors can get really close to the action. Take a journey underwater and discover everything from large aquatic creatures to the smaller marine life to be found in the rock pools, coral reefs, lagoons and mangroves. Adults cost Dhs20 and families are Dhs50. Under fives get in free.
Sharjah Aquarium (06 528 5288; www.sharjahmuseums.ae).

Tuesday 11

Tales are told with a difference at these sessions, where suspense, surprise and interaction bring the 30 minutes of storytelling to life. Perfect for tots aged two to three, Story Drama is ideal for mums living in the Marina area.
Storytelling at Kadomz Studio Marina Mall (04 341 4777, ext 234/5).

Karate classes
Let your little Hong Kong Phooeys get their kicks at the karate classes at Fun City. The lessons are great for helping them to blow off steam, make new friends and improve their coordination and physical fitness. Sessions cost Dhs50, are suitable for tots aged three and over, and run from 5pm-7pm on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Fun City, Lamcy Plaza (Magdi, 050 498 7696; 04 335 2700).

Wednesday 12

This two-hour class covers all the essentials that parents need to know when starting to feed their babies solids. Learn about when, what and how to introduce new foods, recipe advice, storage and preparation, foods to avoid and allergies, as well as health and safety advice. The class runs from 7pm to 9pm, costs Dhs400 and takes place at the Infinity Clinic, opposite Park ’n’ Shop in Jumeirah.
Introducing solids baby class at Infinity (04 394 8994; 050 458 2633).

Thursday 13

If your little groovers are driving you bonkers with their living room dance routines, channel their energy and teach them some cool new moves by enrolling them in a dance class at the new Core Studio at The Waves Tower in Dubai Marina. Baby Ballet is especially for little ones aged three to four. Sessions start at 2.30pm.
Baby Ballet at Core Dance Academy (04 362 6385; www.coredirection.com).

A photography exhibition with a difference, the artwork for this show is a collaboration between students from the Dubai Autism Centre, photography students from Academic City and the residents of Dolphin Bay at Atlantis. The pictures are on display in Academic City, Healthcare City and at Atlantis – contact Stepping Stones for
more details.
Autism Awareness Photography exhibition (04 363 5432; www.steppingstonesca.com).

By Karen Iley
Time Out Dubai,

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