Family fun in Dubai
Ice cream treats, story time, animal sanctuary trips and more
Back-to-school ice cream treats
Congratulations! You’ve made it to the last day of the first week back at school, and that deserves a treat. We’re big fans of the gelato at Bacio Gelato in Al Barsha and just lurve the peanut butter sundae from Cold Stone Creamery at The Dubai Mall. Get lickin’ and celebrate the weekend!
Bacio Gelato (04 323 2949) and Cold Stone Creamery (04 339 9066)
Sign up for Kidville Story Time
Make sure you secure your space soon for Kidville’s extra session of storytime, sing-a-long and free play on Saturday 25. Back due to popular demand, tots and toddlers can share their favourite books, sing their favourite songs and play with their favourite toys at this fabulously fun session, held at Kidville in Jumeirah Beach Residence. They may even make some new friends. Dhs50 per child.
(04 440 1220)
Get back into brunch at The Westin
The first official brunch day after Ramadan is cause for culinary celebration, so begin the brunch season with a bang by attending Bubbalicious at The Westin. One of the most glam on the block, the exciting entertainment and fabulous food is sure to be fun for all the family. The crazy Chinese acrobatic show and exotic petting zoo will keep the sprogs satisfied, while the vast buffet, free-flowing champers and cool Cuban band will leave parents perfectly content. Friday brunch served 1pm-4pm. Dhs299 with soft drinks, Dhs450 with beverages, Dhs150 for kids aged six to 12, under sixes dine free.
(04 511 7136)
Buy budget at Organic Foods & Café
Stock up on healthy stuff at Organic Foods & Café, which is offering a 20 per cent discount on everything in store (except the café and nutrition section). What’s more, if you head to the Dubai Mall branch, the little ones can suss out the newly revamped kids’ area at the same time. Between 9am and 6pm, drop your terrors at the toy section at the back of the store, where they’ll be entertained while you browse for goodies. Check out the bakery for 100 per cent organic bread, the cheese counter and seafood section and, our favourite, the Italian corner. Before leaving, indulge in a pizza omelette or organic burger and treat the tykes to some organic ice cream. Yummy!
(04 434 0577; www.organicfoodsandcafe.com)
Don’t miss Toys R Us’s hot autumn offers
Discover Toys R Us’s ‘10 Hottest Toys’, which also come with some very ‘hot’ prices, and include some of the most innovative toys of the year. On the back of the recent cinematic sensation, Toy Story 3, boys aged four and above will love the all-flashing, all-beeping Toy Story Buzz Lightyear action figure (Dhs299), while little lasses will love the Hello Kitty Plaster Rotator Creator (Dhs129), which they can use to create their very own pots. Visit any of the Toys R Us outlets to see the rest of the offers.
(04 206 6564)
Volunteer at the animal sanctuary
Ramadan may be over, but it doesn’t mean you still can’t do good work. With the weather starting to cool, get your kids down to the Posh Paws Animal Sanctuary and Petting Farm, a donation-funded animal rescue farm that is always on the lookout for little ones to lend a hand. Kids can help wash the ponies and goats, exercise and muck out the horses and cows, clean out the cages and help with feeding everything from the rabbits and ferrets to the ducks and porcupines. A great opportunity for little ones to be outside and learn about animals while doing some good too.
Splash out at Aquaplay, Mirdif City Centre
Kids like nothing more than getting wet, and while it’s still a little sticky outside, let them splash freely and for as long as they want at Aquaplay. This indoor watery wonderland provides hundreds 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 diddy ones. For a more exuberant session, you can book them into the fishing village-themed jungle gym, or they can try their hands at the various arcade-style water games and rides. Open from 10am until 11pm daily, it’s pretty good value at between Dhs5 and Dhs30 per activity.
Learn to understand your toddler at Infinity Health Clinic
If your child starts school this month, this one-off parenting class could be the ticket to helping your tot settle in. Billed as ‘The Toddler Years’, the evening workshop addresses different ways of dealing with your child’s new-found independence. Topics include starting school, potty training, common sleep problems and dealing with difficult behaviour, as well as ideas to help your child play and learn. The seminar runs from 7pm until 9.30pm at Infinity Health Clinic on Al Wasl Road and costs Dhs400.
(04 394 8994; www.ihcdubai.com)
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