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Dubai Pet Show, Al Ain Air show, bongo festival and more things to do

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Thursday 3

Crane your neck at the Al Ain Aerobatic Show
Catch the dazzling formations from Team Viper’s supersonic jets, one of more than 15 aerobatic teams appearing at this year’s show, and look out for wing-walkers, subsonic jets and choreographed ‘dancers in the sky’. There will also be a family zone with play areas, bouncy castles and fairground games.
Dhs40 per adult, Dhs20 per child aged three to 12. Noon-6pm. Al Ain International Airport, www.alainaerobaticshow.com, www.timeouttickets.com

Triple P homework workshop

Are you struggling to get your little monsters motivated when it comes to homework hour? Fear not – you’re not alone. Work on your child-management skills by attending the Parenting Place Helping with Homework weekly workshop.
Dhs60. 10am. KidsFIRST Medical Centre, Al Wasl Road (04 348 5437).

EDITOR’S PICK FREE! Mum and me morning
If you’re new in town with a little one in tow, pop along to Infinity Clinic’s baby and toddler morning. Nurse Anne (midwife and lactation consultant) and Nurse Helen (health visitor and positive parenting counsellor) will be on hand to answer any questions, while your little one can make new friends too. Call to confirm your place.
Free. 10am-11am. Infinity Clinic, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah (04 394 8994).

Friday 4

FREE! ARTE Green Market
Mooch around the ARTE Market and glean some great eco-friendly ideas and products. The art and craft fair hosts all sorts of sustainable household art and craft products.
Free. Noon-9pm. Ikea mezzanine floor, Dubai Festival City, www.arte.ae.

Dubai Pet Show at The Sevens
If you’re an animal lover, the Dubai Pet Show is bound to be a big hit. Have a giggle at owners who look like their pets (it’s one of the show categories), as well as the ‘best six legs’ contest. There’s also a prize for the happiest pooch and a fancy-dress competition of the four-legged kind, as well as plenty of entertainment laid on for the kids.
Dhs10. 8am onwards. The Sevens, Al Ain Road, www.dubaipetshow.com.

Saturday 5

Market mooch
Take the family for a stroll around the New Covent Garden Market. With more than 50 stalls offering unusual arts, crafts and jewellery, there’s heaps for parents to look at while street performers keep the rugrats entertained. The little ones will get their dose of winter sun and fresh air at the same time.
Free. 10am-9pm. The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence, www.coventgardenmarket.ae.

FREE! Bang a bongo at Festival City’s Rhythm Nights
Enjoy a jolly community drumming session, where little ;uns and grown-ups can get back to their primal roots with some therapeutic drumming.
Free. 4pm-6pm, Dubai Festival City, www.festivalcentre.com

Sunday 6

Aussie tucker at Lime Tree Café
Don’t miss out on the Waitangi Day tucker at the Lime Tree Café. Today is your last chance to sample a rance of traditional delicacies such as Anzac biscuits and Lamingtons, as the Australia Day celebrations draw to a close.
Prices vary. Lime Tree Café, Jumeirah, Ibn Battuta and Al Quoz branches, www.thelimetreecafe.com (04 349 8498).

Monday 7

Chill out at Ski Dubai
What’s not to love about the world’s biggest indoor ski slope? Kids as young as three can sign up for ski lessons and hone their snow-plough skills. If that sounds like too much hard work, don your snow suit and roll around in the white stuff at the Snow Park. The piste café, offering hot chocolate topped with cream and M&Ms, is the perfect après-ski treat.
Skiing lessons from Dhs150 per child, snow park entry Dhs110 per child. Open Sun-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu 10am-midnight; Fri 9am-midnight; Sat 9am-11pm. Mall of the Emirates, Barsha, www.skidxb.com (04 409 4000).

Tuesday 8

Baby Arabia kids’ boot camp
One of the more innovative kids’ classes in town, your children can now work up a sweat and improve their Arabic grades at the same time. A fun and active group exercise class for kids aged four to six, where points are scored and games are played using Arabic phrases. Not only does it make language learning fun, it also wears them out. We love the fact you can try a taster session before signing up for the rest of the term.
Dhs65 per session. 4.30pm. Umm Suqeim Park, www.babyarabia.com.

Baby massage at Infinity Clinic
Bond with your tot and learn techniques to soothe tummy aches and colic at this four-week baby massage course, starting today.
Dhs600 for four sessions. 3pm-4pm. Infinity Clinic, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah (04 394 8994).

Wednesday 9

EDITOR’S PICK Play all day at Fun City
Take the little monsters for a session at the newly refurbished Fun City at Lamcy Plaza (formerly known as Lou Lou al Dugongs). It boasts water play, sand play, a jungle gym, soft play, a mini supermarket, kids’ library and free cooking classes every hour. It’s suitable for kids aged two to 10 years and there’s a sanity-saving café so you mums and dads can relax.
Dhs45. Open daily 9.30am-10pm. Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha www.lamcyplaza.com.

By Karen Iley
Time Out Dubai,

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