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Movies, munchies and the big pool

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Thursday 12

Movies, munchies and the big pool
Take in a movie under the stars while you splash away in the pool. Celebrate the balmy nights with a great family flick, plus popcorn and refreshments – call to find out which movies are screening this week.
Dhs35 for adults; Dhs20 for kids aged four to 12. From 7pm. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches (04 361 8111).

Friday 13

EDITOR’S PICK See a Glee-inspired performance
Almost 200 kids from the Diverse Choreography performing arts classes will take to the stage in a fantastic, four-part musical fun fest. The Glee-inspired Don’t Stop Believing will have you grooving with the cast as they belt out the biggest hits from the TV show, as well as entertain with their tributes to Michael Jackson, The Beatles, the Rat Pack, Madness and more.
Dhs100 per person. 7.30pm, continues until Saturday 14 (3pm and 7.30pm). First Group Theatre Madinat Jumeirah. www.diversechoreography.com; www.madinattheatre.com.

Get a Wiggle on!
The fab and colourful foursome, who are joined by Wags the Dog, Dorothy the Dinosaur and Captain Feathersword, are all in Abu Dhabi this weekend for a fun-filled musical show that little ones will love. If you haven’t seen The Wiggles live before, don’t miss your chance. They really do put on an unforgettable performance with tunes that will have you all up and dancing. The show is being held at the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, and there will be a repeat performance tomorrow.
Dhs250 to Dhs7,500 (for a box). 11am-2pm. Flash Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. www.thinkflash.ae (800 35274).

Saturday 14

EDITOR’S PICK FREE! Bang a bongo at Dubai Festival City
Let your little ones enjoy a bit of soulful rhythm with Dubai Drums on the Festival City promenade. You can listen, or get stuck into a drumming session from 4pm onwards. Afterwards, why not cool off in the interactive fountains? A change of clothes is recommended!
Free. 4pm-6pm. Dubai Festival City Promenade, www.dubaifestivalcity.com.

Sunday 15

Funday Sunday at Ping Pong
The dim sum experts at Ping Pong have teamed up with toy shop Hamleys to provide families with a weekly evening of fun-filled board games. The games on offer include classics such as Monopoly, Cluedo and Scrabble, as well as the more modern Pictureka. But for those into more traditional board games, you can also get stuck into chess and dominoes, as well as the tasty dim sum. The restaurant offers loads of these yummy Chinese dumplings – we love the spicy veg variety.
Prices vary. 6pm-midnight. Ping Pong, The Dubai Mall (800 7464 1664).

Monday 16

Ice-skating fun at The Dubai Mall
Share the thrill of the ice with your little one at Dubai Ice Rink’s mums-and-tots skating sessions. Get there for the first session of the day and the pair of you will pay just Dhs50, including skate hire. If you want to hone your skills, an instructor is on had to help you both through the wobbly stages – perfect for tots aged two to seven. Hot chocolates afterwards also go down a treat.
Dhs50. 10am-noon. The Dubai Mall, www.dubaiicerink.com (04 448 5111).

Tuesday 17

EDITOR’S PICK Bowling and a burger
Spend an afternoon making lucky strikes at Yalla! Bowling in Mirdif City Centre’s Playnation, then follow it up with a fresh, juicy burger from American restaurant chain Johnny Rockets – fab sporting fun followed by fab ’50s tunes and delicious nosh. A brilliant mid-week, after-school treat – and no washing up either!
Prices vary. Open 10am-midnight. Playnation, Mirdif City Centre, www.playnationme.com.

Learn to manage mealtimes with a parenting class
Is lunch like a chimp’s tea party? Are you at the end of your tether? Then enrol in a weekly workshop and learn a range of sanity-saving tips from top parenting guru Therese Sequeira – this week’s class is all about managing mealtimes. A former teacher and parent educator, Therese runs a range of classes to help parents develop positive strategies that really do work.
Dhs60. 8.30am-10am. KidsFIRST Medical Centre, Umm Suqeim (04 348 5437).

Wednesday 18

Fun for mums with little ones
If you’re at a loose end with your tot this afternoon, why not pop into the Mums and Tots Circle at Festival City? Mums can relax and have a sociable chinwag, while the little ones get their dose of fun. The club has indoor and outdoor facilities, and delicious home-made snacks are provided.
Dhs20 per child. 3pm-5pm. Al Areesh Club, Dubai Festival City (050 397 1026).

By Joanna England
Time Out Dubai,

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