Kids' activities in Dubai
Create some drama or prepare to be horrified
Discount play at Cheeky Monkeys
This Al Barsha Mall playspace offers discounts from Sunday to Wednesday: pay Dhs45 for the first hour, with the next consecutive hour free.
Dhs45 per hour. Offer valid Sun-Wed. Open daily 9am-9pm. Al Barsha Mall, www.cheekymonkeys.ae (04 385 0875).
Watch Frankenweenie at the movies
Just in time for Halloween, king of the macabre Tim Burton has remade his 1984 short black-and-white stop-motion film of the same name. A tribute to Mary Shelley’s tale, it’s the story of young Victor who uses science experiments to bring his beloved dog, Sparky, back to life, with some pretty scary consequences.
In cinemas across Dubai.
Enjoy a family brunch at Beachcombers
This family brunching favourite is a fun weekend treat for all ages. There’s a large spread of pan-Asian cuisine, including Thai, Indian and Chinese options, as well as a salad buffet, chocolate fountain and a dessert table groaning under the weight of tasty treats. Expect heaps of kid-friendly entertainment: magicians and clowns roam the tables, and there’s a separate room where kids can play video games, join in fun activities and practise their colouring.
From Dhs250 (adults), Dhs125 (kids aged four to 12), free for kids under four. Fri-Sat 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.jumeirah.com (04 406 8999).
Hands-on play at the Sharjah Discovery Centre
A great morning out for the whole family, Sharjah Discovery Centre has seven themed interactive play areas that include water, travel, building, a kids’ supermarket and even becoming a star on TV. The huge indoor space is also well-air conditioned, so your brood can run about and work off excess energy.
Dhs10 (adults), Dhs5 (children). Open Sat-Thu 8am-2pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-8pm. Ongoing. Sharjah, www.sharjahmuseums.ae (06 558 6577).
Try a fun new dance class
Located on Sheikh Zayed Road near Dubai Garden Centre, DanceFit has a fun range of kids’ classes for all ages. We particularly like Zumbatonic Lil’ Stars: suitable for ages five to 12, the high-energy, kid-friendly routines include hip hop, reggaeton and Colombian cumbia, and are designed to encourage self confidence, enhance coordination and boost fitness.
Dhs50 for single class, unlimited access and class card discounts available. Sat 4pm-5pm; Tue, Thu 5pm-6pm. Al Sayyah Building, Interchange 4, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dancefitme.com (04 388 4157).
Stake out some dinosaurs at Dino Live
Little paleontologists will love this animatronic exhibition of lifelike dinosaurs. Hear the T-Rex roar and watch out for the swishing tail of the Diplodocus. There’s even a dinosaur ride to try.
Dhs50 per person; free for kids under three. Open daily 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Dubai Festival City, www.dino-live.com (055 949 5787).
Is your little one a Smarty Pants?
Aimed at kids aged six months to three years, Smarty Pants classes combine musical skills and movement in a range of mat and toy-based activities led by trained coaches, designed to encourage physical and mental development.
Dhs650 for ten-week term. Sun 2.45pm-3.45pm (kids aged 18 months to two years), 3.45pm-4.45pm (kids aged two to three years); Mon 10am-11am (kids aged six months to one year), 11am-noon (kids aged one year to 18 months). Dubai Yacht Club, www.facebook.com/ilovesmartypants (050 911 6841).
Join a Dinky Dancers session
Prima Performing Arts runs Dinky Dancers classes for mums and tots aged 18 months to three years, offering dance routines plus games and toys. Based on contemporary dance techniques, mums and little ones dance together, teaching skills such as copying, responding to a signal and sharing.
Dhs50 for 45 minutes). Sun 10.30am. Bodyworx Studio, Murjan plaza level, JBR, www.primauae.com (055 771 4526).
Create some drama!
Drama Scene’s new mums-and-tots drama classes are for budding thespians who want to harness the four Cs: confidence, concentration, communication and co-operation. Offering Lamda-accredited classes on Mondays or Wednesdays, the sessions promise heaps of interactive imaginative play for two- and three-year-olds.
Dhs1,150 for ten weeks. Mon, Wed 9.30am-10.30am. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.dramascenedubai.com (055 310 0984).
Prepare to be horrified
Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the latest Horrible Histories show, entitled Barmy Britain, arrives at Ductac’s Centrepoint Theatre in two days’ time. Suitable for over-sixes, it’s a tongue-in-cheek but nonetheless educational look at loathsome London, from why the Romans never won Masterchef to Guy Fawkes versus Parliament. Snap up your tickets today.
Dhs120 (stalls), Dhs100 (balcony). 4.30pm, October 11. Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777), www.timeouttickets.com
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