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Kids' events in Dubai

Family events and activities from May 2-8

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Wednesday 2

Join the circus at Little Explorers
This month’s theme at the Little Explorers edutainment centre is ‘Cirque de Le’. Informative workshops run every day, teaching kids about carnivals, acrobats and how to make their own circus crafts. Suitable for kids aged three to seven.
Dhs100 per child for 30-minute workshop, followed by one hour in Little Explorers. Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. Until May 31. Mirdif City Centre, www.theplaymania.com/little-explorers (800 386).

Thursday 3

Catch a family movie under the stars
A huge floating screen is showing family films every Thursday night at Dubai Festival City Promenade. Cartoons are the order of the day, although film titles are not specified in advance, and seating is provided.
Free. Thu 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Dubai Festival City Marina Promenade, www.dubaifestivalcity.com (no number).

See The Avengers in 3D
The latest superhero film from Marvel looks set to be a good one. Join Iron Man, Captain America and Thor as they battle the baddies. This isn’t one for tiny tots, but kids age six and above will love it.
In cinemas across Dubai.

Friday 4

Get them baking at the Pascal Tepper brunch
Relax and enjoy a croque monsieur and a coffee while the nippers get stuck into supervised baking with the patient pastry chef at Le Petit Pascal Friday brunch.
Dhs79-99 (adults); Dhs49 (kids aged five to 12); free for kids under five. Fri 10am-3pm. Ongoing. Pascal Tepper, Dubai Media City, www.pascaltepperfrenchbakery.com (04 454 2408).

Jean Paul Gaultier kids’ puppet show
Head to The Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue for the Jean Paul Gaultier puppet show. The 30-minute performance, taking place at 5pm and 6pm, is part of the launch of Gaultier’s new kids’ collection. There will be balloon benders and sweet treats, plus a chance to re-stock the kids’ wardrobes.
Free 5pm-8pm. Until May 5. Jean Paul Gaultier Boutique, The Dubai Mall (04 339 8249).

Technical fun at Sony Science Show
Budding geeks can learn the secrets of circuits and science today. The two performances, at Knowledge Village auditorium, are hosted by Sochi Nishimura, a renowned scientific children’s entertainer from Japan. The show aims to encourage kids to banish the mental blocks that can make learning science challenging. Perfect for kids aged eight to 11 (kids must be accompanied by an adult). Register online.
Free. 11am and 3pm. Today only. Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium, www.sony-mea.com/sonyscienceshow (no number).

Saturday 5

Fashion fun at Mercato
Head to Mercato’s Armani Junior store for an afternoon of craft activities for kids. Children can get stuck into colouring or watch the balloon bender, while parents can shop in peace.
Free. 3pm-5pm. Armani Junior, Mercato Mall (04 342 0111).

Go bargain hunting at Dubai Flea Market
The town’s best-loved flea market returns to Safa Park this weekend. It’s best to start as early as possible if you want to snap up the best bargains, then spend the day relaxing in the park. Most of the rides at Safa Park are closed until 4pm on Fridays, but the train will be chugging on its rounds from 8am.
Dhs3 for park entry; free for kids under three. 8am-3pm. Safa Park, gate 5, www.dubai-fleamarket.com (no number).

Sunday 6

Mums-and-tots ice skating
Share the thrill of the ice with your little one at Dubai Ice Rink’s mums-and-tots skating: for the first session of the day, the pair of you will pay just Dhs50. An instructor is also on hand to help you both through the wobbly stages – perfect for tots aged two to seven.
Dhs50. Daily 10am-noon. Ongoing. The Dubai Mall, www.dubaiicerink.com (04 448 5111).

Monday 7

Get arty at Super Dooper
Want to catch up with friends, but got to look after the kids? Super Dooper has the answer. Bring the kids with you to the Dubai Marina centre and staff will whisk them away into the toddler room for an hour, while you catch up with friends over a coffee and enjoy craft activities.
Dhs79 (includes ceramic painting, coffee and one hour’s childcare). Mon-Wed 10am-1pm. Ongoing. Super Dooper, Damac Tower, Dubai Marina, www.superdooper.ae (04 454 8391).

Tuesday 8

Moulin Roty’s birthday breakfast
If you love the French toys and accessories by Moulin Roty, don’t miss the brand’s 40th birthday celebration at Café Gerard in Downtown today. Entry is free, and a continental breakfast will be served for all guests. Activities will be laid on for the kids, and there will be plenty of Moulin Roty products to check out during the event.
Free. 10am-noon. Café Gerard, Downtown Dubai, www.moulinroty.co.uk (04 454 8354).

Tuesday discounts at Magic Planet
If your kids love amusement arcades, fairground rides and console games, don’t miss Super Tuesdays at Magic Planet. Just swipe your Magic Planet card to get a 50 per cent discount for two hours on all rides and attractions at this popular amusement centre.
Prices vary depending on attraction. Tue 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Centre and Mirdif City Centre, www.magicplanetme.com (800 534 7873).

By Joanna England
Time Out Dubai,

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