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Family iftar, munch brunch, swim with dolphins and more

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Thursday 25

EDITOR’S PICK Feast on a family iftar at The Westin
It’s surely one of the swankiest iftar venues in town, and the two-storey tent at the Mina Seyahi is a great spot for a family treat after sundown. It has a VIP feel and varied Arabic spread, yet it’s still one of the best deals to be found this Ramadan.
Dhs140 (adults); Dhs100 (kids aged six and over); free for kids aged under six. Until end of Ramadan. The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, www.westinminaseyahi.com (04 511 7136).

Popcorn in the pool
Take in a movie under the stars while you splash around in the water. What better way to start the weekend than with a communal family flick at the Cine-Splash! movie night at Dubai Polo Club? Tonight’s line-up is Open Season at 7pm, followed by all-time favourite Garfield at 9pm. Non-members also get a free Dhs150 voucher for the spa when they watch the movies, so it’s an extra treat for mum and dad too.
Dhs35 (adults); Dhs20 (kids aged four to 12). Ongoing. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, www.dubaipoloclub.com (04 361 8111).

Friday 26

Munch brunch at the Mövenpick
At this top family brunch, parents can enjoy the steady stream of international à la carte and buffet dishes in Jigsaw restaurant while the kids are entertained in their own play area. Food for nippers is provided, and there are kids’ supervisors who organise all sorts of activities, including Play-Doh sessions, space hopper races and various games. There’s also a huge TV that screens Pixar classics. Relaxing, enjoyable and it won’t break the bank. What’s not to like?
Dhs119 (adults); Dhs50 (kids aged seven to 12); free for kids aged under six. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Ongoing. Mövenpick Deira; jigsaw.deira@movenpick.com (800 33472).

EDITOR’S PICK FREE! Go bowling at Yalla!
Practice your lucky strikes and make the most of wearing those multi-coloured bowling shoes at this funky bowling alley. Playnation is offering a summer deal that gets you two for one on all the main attractions when you buy your tickets at VOX Cinemas. This means families can enjoy a cut-price afternoon in the alley, then pop into Johnny Rockets for tea. Yum!
Dhs25 per person per game. Open daily 10am-1am. Ongoing. Playnation, Mirdif City Centre, www.playnationme.com (800 534 7873).

Saturday 27

LAST CHANCE Ramadan nights at Wild Wadi
Want to cool down during the hot summer evenings? On Friday and Saturday nights during Ramadan, Wild Wadi waterpark is offering discounted rates and extended opening hours, meaning you can splash around until midnight on more than 30 rides and attractions.
Dhs155 (adults); Dhs130 (kids under 1.1m tall). Daily 8pm-midnight. Until August 31. Wild Wadi, Jumeirah, www.jumeirah.com (04 348 4444).

Pony up for breakfast with a stable tour
Horsey families can spend a fascinating morning taking a two-hour guided tour around the stables at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. The tour will explain everything you ever wanted to know about polo ponies. Afterwards, when your tummies are rumbling, head to Epona Café for a slap-up breakfast.
Dhs195 (adults); Dhs100 (kids aged four to 12). Sat-Thu 8am-10am. Ongoing. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, www.dubaipoloclub.com (04 361 8111).

Sunday 28

Great days out at Fun City
Take the little monsters for a session at this multi-faceted edutainment centre at Lamcy Plaza, which features water and sand play, a jungle gym, soft play, a mini supermarket, library and free kids’ cooking classes every hour. For one payment at the door and no additional costs, it’s great value for parents who want to keep their children entertained all day, and there’s a sanity-saving café so you can relax too. Suitable for kids aged two to 10.
Unlimited play Dhs25 (weekdays before noon); Dhs40 (weekdays after noon). Open daily 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha, www.funcity.ae (04 335 2700).

Monday 29

FREE! Food for kids at The Westin
Kids eat for free at Blue Orange, Hunters, Spice Emporium, Waves and Barasti during the ‘Mum’s Night Off’ promotion every Monday. Enjoy a huge array of cuisines, which will no doubt satisfy the tastes of even the pickiest eaters. Best of all, it means no cooking – and no washing up.
Free. Sunset-midnight. Until September 30. The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Spa, www.westinminaseyahi.com (04 366 7630).

Tuesday 30

Cool off at Aquaplay
This watery activity centre provides lots of fun 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.
Dhs5-30 per activity. Open daily 10am-11pm. Ongoing. Mirdif City Centre, www.playnationme.com (800 534 7873).

Wednesday 31

EDITOR’S PICK Swim with dolphins at Dubai Dolphinarium
For a unique family experience, book a session at the habitat pool, where groups of up to six people can enjoy a 20-minute session with their flippered friends. The six bottle-nosed dolphins will happily swim with families, are even up for a gentle pull-along ride around the pool. Not suitable for kids under the age of five.
Dhs400 per person; Dhs1,600 for a private session of up to three people. Mon-Wed 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. Dubai Dolphinarium, Creek Park, near Garhoud Bridge, www.dubaidolphinarium.ae (04 336 9773).

By Joanna England
Time Out Dubai,

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