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Dance classes, arty workshops and an appearance by Elliott the Time Out bear

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Thursday 13

If your little groovers are driving you bonkers with their living room routines and renditions, channel their energy by enrolling them in a dance class at the new Core Studio at The Waves Tower, Dubai Marina. From mums-and-tots sessions to baby ballet, street jazz to musical theatre and contemporary to hip-hop and freestyle, there’s something for all ages. Call for further details.
Dance classes 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 aquatic residents of Dolphin Bay at Atlantis. The pictures are on display in Academic City, Healthcare City and at Atlantis – contact Stepping Stones for more information.
Autism Awareness photography exhibition (04 363 5432; www.steppingstonesca.com).

Friday 14

This surreal and beautifully choreographed matinée show tells the story of workers’ lives at a magical factory. The tale is told through music and dance, trapeze skills, trampoline artists and an impressive cast of acrobats, dancers and clowns drawn from the ranks of Cirque du Soleil. Doors open at 3.30pm, and tickets cost Dhs125 each.
Birdhouse Factory Cirque Mechanics Madinat Theatre, Jumeirah (04 366 6546; www.timeouttickets.com).

Saturday 15

Head down to the Jumeirah kids’ branch of Magrudy’s this afternoon for the action-packed launch of the Young Magrudy’s Camel Club – a loyalty scheme aimed at kids aged seven and under. Pop along at 3pm to see Elliott, the Time Out Kids bear, collect his card, meet the Magrudy’s camel, fling yourself into a raft of art and craft activities and join in the storytelling sessions. Don’t forget to pick up your Camel Club card, which you can get stamped every time you buy a new picture book. Collect four stamps and the fifth book is absolutely free (or grab this month’s issue of Time Out Kids for a card and two free stamps).
Magrudy’s Young Camel Club (04 344 4009; www.magrudy.com).

If you and the tots rock up 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. Mums and dads get in for Dhs165 each, while the little monsters cost Dhs135 apiece.
Wild Wadi family mornings (04 348 4444; www.wildwadi.com).

Sunday 16

Little darlings bouncing off the walls with energy? Get them down to the world’s biggest soft play area and let them off the leash. With air-powered ball shooters galore, loads of slides and everything covered in bouncy latex, they can go mad without risking bumps or bruises. Open from 10am to 10pm – a one-hour session costs Dhs25 per child.
Stargate (04 325 9988; www.stargatedubai.com; info@stargatedubai.com).

Help your kids to hone their rhythm and coordination, as well as teaching them a dance skill that is sure to impress their friends. The hip-hop dance sessions, which run from 5pm to 6pm on Sundays and 4pm to 5pm on Mondays, are perfect for kids aged five to 12 and teach basic break, pop and lock and freestyle moves. Routines are choreographed to current chart tracks including Kanye West, MIA and Lil Wayne, which will help to keep their interest up and get them moving. Sessions cost Dhs25 for members and Dhs35 for non-members.
Hip-hop classes at Dubai Ladies Club (04 349 9922; www.dubailadiesclub.com).

Monday 17

Spend a creative afternoon down at Bead Palace – just about the craftiest place in town. The itinerary includes jewellery making, T-shirt printing, cooking classes, pottery, paper crafts, card making and lots of other fun and creative activities. Workshops, which run daily from 2pm to 5pm, cost Dhs140 per child and are suitable for kids aged four years and up.
Workshops at Bead Palace and Accessories (04 395 2771; 04 349 7858).

Tuesday 18

Take them to the top – on a weekday when it won’t be too busy – for a treat they’ll never forget. The lifts are well and truly back in action in the world’s tallest building, so what better way to test your vertigo and theirs by booking your trip to the observation deck? At 126 storeys high, and with ample numbers of telescopes available, you may well be able to see your house from the top. Book in advance for the best bargain tickets. Kids under three go free and children under 12 cost Dhs75, while over 12s cost Dhs100. Trips to the top without prior bookings will set you back Dhs400 a head.
Burj Khalifa observation deck (800 28 843 867; www.atthetop.ae).

Wednesday 19

Leaving your baby with a nanny can often be an emotional and daunting experience for both parents and carers. Prepare in advance with these recently-launched babycare classes for nannies. Covering all the babycare essentials, from handling a newborn, bottle feeding, sterilisation and storage to crying, colic, burping and reflux, the session will help put your mind at rest. The class starts at 7pm at the Infinity Clinic (opposite Park ’n’ Shop on Al Wasl Road) and costs Dhs400.
Infinity Clinic Baby Care for Nannies (04 394 8994/050 458 2633).

Ever lamented the absence of traditional playgroups in Dubai? You’ll be delighted to hear that Mirdif Mums and Star International School Mirdif have teamed up to launch a new group for mums and tots. Held in the Foundation Atrium of the school, kids will enjoy half an hour of free play, followed by an hour of structured activity including arts and crafts, storytelling and singing, then more free play. There are coffee and biscuits on hand for mums, plus a healthy snack for kids – it’s a fun, value morning out for just Dhs20.
Star Tots playgroup (800 543 7873; www.playnationme.com).

Thursday 20

Kids bugging you to take them for a skydive? Then this is truly the place to be. High-flying, extreme adventure-loving tots aged three (yes, three!) and up can throw themselves into the vortex created by wind turbines, which churn out gale forces of up to 200kph. There are trained instructors to keep you happily in the air, as well as commemorative photos and a DVD to mark the occasion, making it a perfect special treat. And, they’ll be so blown away, they’ll probably leave you in peace all weekend. Peak rates (Thursday 3pm to Saturday 11pm) are Dhs195 for adults and Dhs145 for children, while off-peak rates (all day Sunday until Thursday at 3pm) are Dhs155 for adults and Dhs125 for kids.
iFly Dubai Playnation, Mirdif City Centre (800 5347873; www.playnationme.com).

By Karen Iley
Time Out Dubai,

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