9 activities for kids in Dubai
Desert Palm's Movies and Munchies … and more
Movies and Munchies at Desert Palm
Watch a movie from the pool at the Desert Palm Movies and Munchies session. Tonight’s flick, which starts at 7pm, is Stuart Little – that cheeky little mouse who is adopted by a New York family, and has a series of fantastic adventures. Food stations serving hot dogs, popcorn and other tasty treats are also on hand to feed hungry film buffs.
Dhs30 per person. Desert Palm Polo Club, www.desertpalm.ae (04 323 8888).
Make jewellery at the Damas store in KidZania
Creative little fashionistas can learn about the jewellery trade by taking part in the activities laid on by the new Damas outlet in KidZania. Once they’ve finished their masterpieces, there are also theatre workshops, art school and beauty school to try. Meanwhile, active kids can race on the Formula One track, land an Emirates plane, join the fire brigade and lots more.
Dhs95-130 per person. Free for children under two. Sun-Wed 9am-10pm, Thu 9am-midnight, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. The Dubai Mall, www.kidzania.ae (04 448 5222)
Cool off with movies in the pool at Cine-Splash
If you missed them last night at Desert Palm, don’t worry, because Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club are running pool movie sessions too. Tonight’s line-up is The Penguins of Madagascar at 7pm, followed by a slightly more grown-up choice at 9pm, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Expect a snacking menu of pizzas, burgers and other film-friendly fare to keep appetites sated.
Dhs25-40 per person. Thu-Fri 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, www.dubaipoloclub.com (04 361 8111).
Go mad at Modhesh World
This year, the little yellow fellow has moved from his usual haunt at Dubai Airport Expo to the Dubai World Trade Centre. There are heaps of activities, including funfair rides and games for kids of all ages, as well as playgrounds, soft play areas, the latest video games and a 4D cinema. It’s all indoors and is fully air conditioned, too, so your kids can let off steam around this huge venue without getting heatstroke.
Dhs10 per person; free for kids under two. Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu 10am-midnight, Fri 2pm-1am. Until August 25. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.dubaicalendar.ae (600 545 555).
It seems likely that today will be the first day of the Holy Month, so get into the spirit of the season by checking out My First Ramadan by Karen Katz. Children follow the story of a young boy as he experiences Ramadan with his family.
Available from www.amazon.com.
Hang out on the Sky Trail
If you have a little monkey in your midst (or feel in need of an adrenalin boost yourself) you’ve got to try this gravity-defying attraction for thrill-seekers down at Playnation, Mirdif City Centre. The Sky Trail takes the whole Playnation experience to new heights – literally. Suspended around 15 metres above Magic Planet, daredevil visitors get to zip, clamber and swing their way around the obstacle course. Don’t worry, you’re perfectly safe – the ‘fun engineers’ truss you up like a turkey in a secure harness before unceremoniously shoving you through a gate and across a zip line to start your scramble around the course.
Dhs70-100. 10am-midnight daily. Ongoing. Mirdif City Centre, www.playnationme.com (800 386).
Go for a family-friendly iftar
Get into the spirit of the Holy Month and head to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding for a traditional Emirati iftar in Bur Dubai’s oldest neighbourhood, Bastakiya. The evening begins at 15 minutes before sunset, with a breaking fast prayer followed by dates and refreshing drinks. Then iftar begins, with plenty of local flavours to experience, while the evening focuses on explaining the principles behind Ramadan. This is very popular, so book in advance.
Dhs135 (adults), children under 12 eat for free. 6.30-10pm. Bastakiya, Bur Dubai, www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).
Get arty at Super Dooper
Want to catch up with friends, but have to look after the little ones? Bring the kids with you to Super Dooper in Dubai Marina and staff will whisk them away into the toddler room for an hour, while you catch up with friends over a coffee and craft activities. Just make sure you call ahead and book your spot beforehand.
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).
Ice skating fun at The Dubai Mall
Share the thrill of the ice with your little one at Dubai Ice Rink’s mum and tots skating sessions. Get there for the first session of the day and the pair of you will pay a bargainous Dhs50. 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.
Dhs50. 10am-noon. Ongoing. The Dubai Mall, www.dubaicerink.com (04 448 5111).
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