Activities for kids in Dubai
Catch Cats at Ductac or try a family brunch
Don’t miss Cats at Ductac!
After months of rehearsals, Dubai’s most talented young stars will get their chance to shine onstage alongside professionals from the UK and US’s stage and screen. The show has been produced by Spotlight Academy – the same people who brought us Hairspray and West Side Story – so don’t miss out!
Dhs150-175. 8pm performances until July 14. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.ductac.org (04 341 4777).
Thor: The legend of Valhalla premieres today
Head to your nearest cinema, stock up on popcorn and enjoy the latest superhero instalment. This CGI movie is perfect for kids of all ages, and tells the amusing story of a boy called Thor, who discovers he’s the god of thunder, and about all sorts of other gods who can’t resist a bit of trouble-making. Kids will love it!
At all major cinemas.
Enjoy the Ice Age 4 combo deal
Grand Cinemas are offering a special combo rate for kids desperate to see the latest instalment of Ice Age: Continental Drift. Watch as our favourite four-legged foursome find themselves in Europe – and try to join a travelling circus.
Dhs25 per person (includes ticket, popcorn and a drink). www.grandcinemas.com.
Cool off with movies in the pool at Cine-Splash Watch a movie from the pool at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club’s Cine-Splash session. Tonight’s line-up is Nanny McFee Returns at 7pm, followed by Monsters and Aliens at 9pm. Food stations serving hot dogs, popcorn and the like are also on hand to feed hungry film buffs.
Dhs25-40 per person. Thu-Fri 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, www.dubaipoloclub.com (04 361 8111).
Stake out some dinosaurs at Dino Live
Little palaeontologists will love this animatronic exhibition of lifelike dinosaurs. Hear the T-Rex roar and watch out for the swishing tail of the Diplodocus.
Dhs50 per person; free for kids under three. Daily 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Dubai Festival City, www.dino-live.com (055 949 5787).
Head to the Generation Creation family brunch at Mazina
Enjoy one of the most family-friendly brunches in town before it stops for Ramadan. This week’s creative session, in the spirit of the season, is offering a class to teach kids and parents how to make fatayers – one of the traditional snacks served at Iftar. Prizes are awarded for the best attempts. Not to forget the brunch, of course, with international dishes, plus top kids’ entertainment!
Dh195 (adults), Dhs100 (kids aged six to 12). Under sixes go free. 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Catch the Hello Kitty karaoke show while you still can
Head to Dubai Festival City for the ultimate in kitsch, pink fun at the Hello Kitty Karaoke Parade. Sing along with this Japanese cult cartoon character from 4.30pm until 9pm. Little girls will be delighted to see their kitty hero on stage and warbling to her heart’s content. Who says cats can’t sing?
Free. Festival Centre central stage. 4.30pm, 6pm and 7.30pm. www.dubaicalendar.ae.
Expand your horizons at Dubai Public Libraries
Children of all ages can get stuck into Arabic Calligraphy, cupcake making, origami, cultural competitions, and lessons on reading and writing stories at Dubai’s public libraries this summer. The activities are part of the ‘Expand your Horizon’ programme being run by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority at the Al Safa, Umm Suqeim and Al Rashidiya branches. Best of all, they are free to join too!
Free. 8am-9pm. Until July 21. Al Safa (04 394 7279), Umm Suqeim (04 348 2512) and Al Rashidiya (04 285 8065). See www.facebook.com/dubaicultureartsauthority for further details.
Head to Children’s City for their Summer
Events programme This large and airy indoor edutainment centre in Creek Park, is the perfect place to let the kids off the leash – and even more so right now because of the special activities programme on offer. Photography lessons, balloon benders, stilt walkers, story tellers, cartoon characters, arts and crafts activities, competitions and more, are all part of the fun.
Dhs15 (adults) Dhs10 (children). 9am-7.30pm, Sat-Thu, 3pm-8.30pm. Summer Events programme until July 19. www.facebook.com/ChildCity (04 334 0808).
Tuesday discounts at Magic Planet
If your kids love amusement arcades, don’t miss Super Tuesdays at Magic Planet. Swipe your Magic Planet card to get a 50 percent discount for two hours on all rides and attractions. Prices vary depending on attraction. Expect flashing lights, noise and all manner of gut-churning fun – certainly something for more patient parents.
Tue 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Centre and Mirdif City Centre, www.magicplanetme.com (800 534 7873).
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