Family summers in Dubai
With at least one activity a day for the rest of summer this is Time Out's guide to surviving the Dubai heat with kids
Thu July 1
Time Out Top Pick
Cool summer nights at Aquaventure: Kick off the summer in style with a real night carnival atmosphere and lots of splashing fun at Aquaventure. Stilt-walkers, street entertainers, stalls and delectable Latin street food are just some of the extras on offer at these special summer evenings, while great rates apply to the dolphin show and ray-feeding sessions. Of course, the whole family can experience the usual thrills and spills of the waterpark’s slides and attractions, all topped off with laser shows and fireworks. At Dhs200 for adults, Dhs165 for guests less than 1.2 metres, it doesn’t come cheap, but it’s a fab special treat for those hot summer nights. (www.timeouttickets.com; 04 426 2200). Every Thursday until Aug 5.
Fri July 2
Free! The magic of the circus: Workshops at Mercato Mall to teach kids how to clown around (as if they need lessons), juggle, perform magic tricks and more.
July 1-2, 9-10, 15-16, 23-24 & 29-30.
Free! Read-y for fun at Magrudy’s: Fab story-telling, arts and crafts sessions, featuring special appearances by favourite children’s book characters, take place 2pm-4pm every weekend at branches across the UAE. The fun kicks off today at Dubai Festival City and tomorrow at Deira City Centre.
(04 344 4009; www.magrudy.com). Until July 31.
Sat July 3
Time Out Top Pick
Kidzania: This extraordinary mini-town is a special treat, and it ain’t cheap, but we guarantee it will keep them occupied for at least a few hours and probably the entire day. Tots to teens can try out more than 70 different careers, including fire fighter, police officer, pilot, as well as jobs in the beauty, theatrical and media industries. We’re particularly fond of the emergency room where kids get to be doctors, nurses and patients, getting educated in essentials such as safety, risk, rescue and first aid techniques. KidZania has just launched its new TV studio in collaboration with Twofour54 Abu Dhabi, so budding presenters, producers and cameramen can put their talents to the test. Kids under four cost Dhs95, while ages four to teens get in for Dhs125.
(04 448 5222; www.kidzania.ae).
Sun July 4
Free! The Bucket Boys: Noisy nippers will no doubt appreciate this percussion duo who make as much din as possible with buckets, bin lids, pots and pans. Be prepared for a laugh – and a headache. Outside Ikea at Dubai Festival City, daily performances are at 4.30pm and 6.30pm with an extra 8.30pm show on Thursdays and Fridays.
Last day today!
Free! American Independence Day: Celebrate with a sticky afternoon in the kitchen making Uncle Sam cookies decorated with stars and stripes. We recommend cheating with a packet mix then all you need is icing, red and blue food colouring – and a very sweet tooth.
Mon July 5
Free! Tap and Hip Hop Dancers Show: A pretty groovy extravaganza, the Tap and Hip Hop Dancers Show can be seen at Al Ghurair City’s main stage, 6.30pm-9.45pm.
(www.alghuraircity.com). Running July 5-7, 15-17, 19-21.
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