Family fun in Dubai
We have enough events to keep the little scamps occupied for the entire week, including a few ideas for mums and dads too
Stargazing at Bab Al Shams
Budding astronomers can get a bird’s eye view of the UAE’s night skies at this unusual and educational evening event. The Perisades is an annual, prolific meteor shower and one of the easiest to observe, showing more than 60 meteors an hour at its peak. Meteor season runs from late July to late August, with peak showings expected this weekend. Comfortable beanbags and telescopes are provided at Bab Al Shams, and refreshments are also available in case you get thirsty. Aim to be there for 8pm, although you’re free to gaze away until 3am.
(04 809 6194)
Cine-Splash at Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club
Movie buffs should get their rears over to Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club for a family movie in the pool (call ahead for exact film details). You can also tuck into pasta dishes, pizza and plenty of popcorn. The show starts at 7pm, and tickets are Dhs30 per person.
(04 361 8111)
Friday ‘Funch’ at Emirates Golf Club
One of the new family brunches on the block, the Friday Funch at Emirates Golf Club is the perfect way to spend a lazy family afternoon with an international buffet and à la carte menu, plus games, a bouncy castle, mini golf and a kids’ buffet for little ones. Adults pay Dhs225 with beverages and Dhs125 without, while tots under four eat free and kids under 12 are Dhs65.
(04 380 2222)
Siblings class at Infinity clinic
Help your kids accept the new baby on the block by enrolling them in this hour-long class. Kicking off at 10am, it’s headed by qualified midwife and mum Anne Marpole, and costs Dhs200 per child.
(04 394 8994)
Mega painting and customisation workshop at Ductac
Kids aged 10 and above can have great fun with this extra-terrestrial crafty workshop. Dhs200 pays for a basic model spaceman, called a Mega, which they then customise as they like – perfect for letting their imagination run riot. The session, which runs from 10am to 1.30pm, has been a huge success, with young artists’ work on display in Bloomingdale’s and Virgin Megastore. Professional artists and all the gear required to decorate your little spaceman are provided as part of the package – see if your kids can make theirs as out of this world as possible.
Barclays International Football Academy summer camp
Enroll sports-mad kids on this summer camp, run by the International Football Academy. Budding Beckhams can practise their dribbling and bending skills and there are plenty of other sports to help burn off some of that pent-up summer energy. Held at Star International School in Umm Al Sheif, the camp runs from 9am to 3pm daily, and is ideal for ages four to 13 years. Prices start from Dhs75 for half-day, full-day three- and five-day courses.
(04 337 1698; www.intlfootballacademy.com)
FREE! Storytelling sessions at The Old Library
There’s nothing like a well-told story to keep little monkeys amused. These popular sessions run from 11am until 11.45am and are always packed, so call ahead to reserve your place. Suitable for tots to six-year-olds, the tales are illustrated with handy props to make the sessions even more interactive.
(341 4777 ext 207)
Aquaplay at Mirdif City Centre
Open from 10am until 11pm, Aquaplay is an indoor mall entertainment area with a difference for children aged two to eight. It’s packed with lots of fun water rides, including bumper boats (instead of cars), a mini log flume and a stand-and-play wet area called Murial’s Aquatraptions. For a more exuberant session, you can book them into the fishing village-themed jungle gym, or they can try their hand at the arcade style water games and rides. Dhs5 to Dhs30 per activity.
Swim with the dolphins at Dubai Dolphinarium
For an unforgettable family experience, book a session at the habitat pool, where groups of up to six people can enjoy a 20-minute session of swimming with the dolphins. The four bottle-nosed dolphins will happily swim with families, be stroked and are even up for a gentle pull-along ride around the pool. A one-off treat and not for kids under the age of five, the mixed sessions cost Dhs400 per person, while a private session of no more than three people can be booked for Dhs1,600.
(04 336 9773; www.dubai dolphinarium.com)
Star Tots playgroup
Held in the Foundation Atrium of Star International School in Mirdif from 3pm until 5pm, pre-school kids will enjoy half an hour of free play, followed by an hour of structured activity including arts and crafts, storytelling and singing. With coffee and biccies for mums and a healthy snack for the little ’uns, it’s a fun, value afternoon out at just Dhs20.
(050 397 1026)
Lunch at Planet Hollywood
Pop down to the best movie memorabilia restaurant in town and tuck into some seriously hearty nosh. Planet Hollywood is open from noon to midnight throughout Ramadan, and is offering a vast range of fast, filling and fun dishes for just Dhs60 per person. The themed restaurant is extremely well geared up for kids, who can check out all the cool gear on display and watch films too, while mum and dad tuck in.
(04 324 4777; www.wafi.com)
FREE! Kids’ nosh at Toscana
Take the kids to Toscana at the Madinat Jumeirah for a quick, great-value lunch or dinner with the family. This easy-going restaurant boasts a breezy outdoor terrace is perfect for dining with the nippers – and cheap too, considering they eat for free.
(04 366 6730)
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