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Try a horsemanship class or get tickets for The Gruffalo

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Wednesday 26

Get your tickets for The Gruffalo
This musical production of Julia Donaldson’s popular tale arrives at the First Group Theatre from Thursday October 11 – buy tickets now to avoid disappointment. Kids will love the enchanting story of a little mouse who invents a scary companion to keep him company in the dark forest. But what happens when his imaginary friend becomes real?
Dhs135. Thu 4.30pm; Fri-Sat 2pm, 4.30pm. October 11-13. First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, www.madinattheatre.com (04 366 6546).

Thursday 27

See Cinderella 3D at the movies
If you think Cinderella is a typical sappy heroine who’s simply on the lookout for her handsome prince, guess again. Out today, Cinderella 3D is an update on the fairy story, set in the old Wild West, with
a gun-slinging Cinders battling a band of gorilla pirates to save the kidnapped Prince Vladimir.
At cinemas across Dubai.

Learn some new dance moves
The new James and Alex Dance Studio in Dubai Media City is offering a large range of classes for kids (and grown-ups too). Classes for children aged three to 16 take place on weekdays from 3pm, and include ballet, jazz and salsa. Even better, book before the end of September to get 10 percent discount on kids’ classes.
Dhs715 for three- to five-year-olds (one class per week for 13 weeks), Dhs1,430 for five- to 16-year-olds (two classes per week for 13 weeks). For individual class timings, see website. Concord Tower, Dubai Media City, www.jamesandalex.com (04 447 0773).

Friday 28

Switch it off for ‘A Day Offline’
If your overly techy family only communicates via smartphone, try this. McDonald’s UAE is launching its second Family Time Forever campaign with ‘A Day Offline’, to encourage families across the UAE to turn off those phones, laptops and TVs and spend some quality time together, away from the flatscreen.
Free. Today only. www.mcdonaldsarabia.com.

Get arty at the Cultural Night Market
Now that the weather has cooled, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Start as you mean to go on at Safa Park’s Cultural Night Market, where there’ll be all manner of entertainment, including music, dancing and international cuisines to enjoy.
Dhs15 per person; free for kids under ten. 3pm-11pm. Until September 29. Safa Park, Jumeirah (055 501 9408).

Saturday 29

Get into gadgets at Gitex Shopper
This year, the annual gadget extravaganza has moved to a new location at Dubai World Trade Centre. Expect to find every kind of gadget and gizmo under the sun, from the latest video games and animation programmes to kitchen timesavers, puzzles, technology for special needs, and much more.
Dhs30; free for kids under five. Sat 29-Wed 3 11am-10pm, Thu 4-Sat 6 11am-11pm. Until October 6. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.gitexshopperdubai.com (04 308 6085), www.timeouttickets.com

Sunday 30

Try a mums’ class at Pure Fitness
This parent-friendly fitness centre offers a variety of drop-in classes for mums with bumps and babies. It features everything from ‘Blooming Fit’ prenatal sessions to babyweight-busting ‘Purely Core’ training, with a kid-friendly play area to keep the little ones amused.
Dhs50 for drop-in classes. Timings vary. Locations include Meadows Fitness First, Lakes Fitness First, Bodyworx Motor City and Ductac, Mall of Emirates, www.purefitnessuae.com (050 659 4376).

Try a mums and tots’ workshop
On Tuesdays and Sundays, Family and Friends in Dubai Marina is offering mums and tots or toddlers workshops for kids aged one to three, with songs, rhymes, stories, obstacle courses and messy play. The classes are designed to enhance co-ordination and perception skills while encouraging a love of learning in little ones.
Dhs70. Sun, Tue 3.30pm-5pm. Ongoing. Al Fattan Tower, Dubai Marina, www.momsandtotsdubai.com (050 316 4025).

Monday 1

Mums at the movies
Reel Cinemas is offering mums and homemakers a special treat every Monday morning at Marina Mall. For an extra Dhs10 on top of the Dhs50 premier ticket price, you’ll receive one movie ticket, a cup of coffee and a muffin, plus a 20 per cent discount voucher to use at The Spa or Mazina restaurant in The Address Dubai Marina.
Dhs50. Mums and homemakers only. Valid for films starting between 11am and 11.30am. Ongoing. Marina Mall, www.reelcinemas.ae (04 449 1903).

Tuesday 2

Bring out their horsemanship at Hoofbeatz
Boasting beautiful white horses and top-class facilities, Hoofbeatz equestrian centre’s horsemanship course is designed for pony-mad kids aged six to 14. Blending riding skills with stable management and simulator training, courses culminate in an equestrian show for family and friends.
Dhs170 per 45-minute class. Daily 4pm-7pm. Ongoing. Arabian Ranches, www.hoofbeatz.com (050 181 0401).

By Claire Glasby
Time Out Dubai,

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