Family fun in Dubai
Ping Pong dim sum, Ductac story time and more entertainment for Dubai kids
Dim sum at Ping Pong
Give your little ones a lesson in traditional oriental cuisine with an all-you-can-eat feast. Ping Pong, the delicious dim sum restaurant at The Dubai Mall, is celebrating its first anniversary by offering unlimited mini parcels for a set price, giving kids a chance to test their taste buds with unusual flavours. Open from 10am until midnight, the all-you-can-eat offer is Dhs132 for adults, Dhs65 for kids under 12, and free for under fives.
The Dubai Mall (800 746 41664)
FREE! Dubai Dolphinarium pass when you visit Dreamland Aqua Park
With the mercury dropping and kids restless from being cooped up all summer, this wonderful water deal offers double the fun for half the price. Visit Dubai Dolphinarium to secure free kids’ vouchers for Dreamland waterpark in Umm Al Quwain, or visit Dreamland for free kids’ vouchers for the Dolphinarium. Dreamland boasts more than 30 rides and crazy slides, including the wild rafting river and the gigantic wave pool. Dubai Dolphinarium costs Dhs100 for adults and Dhs50 for kids.
Umm Al Quwain (06 768 1888), www.dreamlanduae.com
Make your own pizza at Foody’s
Renowned for its child development focus, Lamcy Plaza’s Fun City has just got even better with a fun facelift, giving little ones the chance to get cooking. As well as a supermarket, library and dressing-up room, there is now a new Kiddie Kutz salon for professional mini haircuts, plus the second opening of Fun City’s restaurant concept, Foody’s. At this interactive restaurant, kids can get hands-on with the ingredients, and even make their own pizza and pasta before gobbling it all up. Fun City at Oasis Centre has also just reopened, with new activities and rides.
Fun City, Lamcy Plaza (04 335 2700)
Storytelling at Ductac
An absolute lifesaver during the summer months, we’re huge fans of the Old Library at Ductac. Small but perfectly formed, the library houses plenty of kids’ titles and holds storytelling and singing sessions for tots under three every Sunday morning at 10.30am. Priority goes to library members (family membership costs just Dhs150), so call ahead to reserve your spot.
Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777 x207)
Junior golf school
Get your little swingers and pint-sized putters involved in the Junior Golf school, held at both the Emirates Golf Club and the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Specially designed packages for kindergarten-age kids are available from the professionals at both clubs, and the friendly sessions run for eight weeks, guiding youngsters through the basic techniques, rules and etiquette in a safe environment. Suitable for kids aged four years and above, the eight-week course costs from as little as Dhs700 for members and Dhs800 for visitors.
Emirates Golf Club (04 380 2222), Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (04 295 6000)
Slap-up nosh at Rivington Grill
Enjoy a midweek treat with an early family supper at British restaurant Rivington Grill, which is offering free food for kids under 12 (up to three children per booking based on one adult dining). Your hungry heroes can choose from the special three-course menu full of family favourites, including cheese on toast, shepherd’s pie and the city’s best sticky toffee pudding. The offer is valid daily from 12pm-6pm until September 30.
Souk Al Bahar (04 423 0903), www.rivingtongrill.ae
Watch a magical movie beneath the stars
In preparation for the November debut of the new Harry Potter film, get in the spirit by watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in the pool under the magical stars. Desert Palm’s weekly Movies & Munchies events every Wednesday night have begun again – for just Dhs30 you get pool access, a towel, popcorn and two movies. Harry Potter begins at 7pm.
Desert Palm Resort (04 323 8888)
Protecting Your Child course at Infinity Clinic
Keep your kids as safe as possible with this two-and-a-half-hour session, covering everything from safety at home and outdoors, first-aid hints, common illnesses, when to call an ambulance and debates on immunisation. The class runs from 7pm to 9.30pm and costs Dhs400.
Al Wasl Road (04 394 8994/050 458 2633)
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