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Nine family activities to try this week

Play golf, learn about rainforests or hit the KidZania World Fair

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Wednesday 18

Learn about rainforests
Dine at the Rainforest Café to enable the kids to participate in the ‘after-school club’ after your meal. The 30-minute session educates children about rainforests and endangered species.
Daily from 2pm onwards. Until Sept 30. Rainforest Café, The Dubai Mall. www.rainforestcafe.com (04 330 8515).

Thursday 19

Unleash your little monster
Boasting the UAE’s largest slide, Mini Monsters is jam-packed with exciting activities – and it’s currently running a special of Dhs50 for all-day play; bargain!
Mon-Sun 9am-8pm. Located off Exit 42 on Sheikh Zayed Road. www.minimonsters.ae (04 341 4459).

Friday 20

Free dessert at the Novotel
Treat the brood to a stay at the Novotel hotel. While you’re busy checking in they can enjoy a free dessert.
Valid until Sept 30 at Novotel Mall of the Emirates and Novotel Deira City Centre. www.accorhotels.com (800 035 702 749).

Eat as much as you can
The kids will have a ball at the sparkling Friday family brunch, where they can enjoy face painting, a bouncy castle and magic show, and their own movie room, with a buffet.
Every Friday. Dhs295 with soft drinks (alcohol options available from Dhs395). Dhs95 for kids aged six-12. Dhs145 for kids aged 12-17. Kids below three eat for free. 12.30pm-4pm. The Mövenpick, Ibn Battuta Gate. www.moevenpick-hotels.com (04 444 5613).

Saturday 21

Get wet at Wild Wadi
If you’re after a day of adventure, then visit Wild Wadi: a water park packed with exciting rides such as Tantrum Alley and Jumeirah Sceirah.
Dhs175 kids under 1.1m. Dhs235 adults. Jumeirah Road. www.wildwadi.com (04 348 4444).

Experience glow-in-the-dark golf
Bring the sprogs to Wafi Mall to play a challenging round of glow-in-the-dark mini golf.
Dhs150 for three people for one round of mini golf (normal price Dhs225) during September. Wafi Mall. www.teaandputt.com (04 357 3290).

Sunday 22

Kidzania World Fair
Give nippers a taste of the real world at Kidzania’s World Fair, and teaches them about different cultures and traditions.
Free for kids under two. Dhs95 for kids aged two to three. Dhs140 kids aged four-15. Sun-Wed 9am-9pm, Thurs 9am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm. The Dubai Mall. www.kidzania.ae (04 448 5222).

Monday 23

Fun at Falcon Juniors
Offering arts and crafts workshops and themed play sessions, Falcon Juniors kids’ club is a great centre for children to have a lot of fun. With a 20 per cent discount on its after-school package being offered during September, it’s wallet-friendly too.
Dhs36 per hour (normal price Dhs45). Sun-Wed 2.30pm-6.30pm. Fairmont, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah. www.fairmont.com/palm (04 457 3331).

Tuesday 24

Learn to play golf
Register the children with the Dubai junior gold programme, which teaches kids aged seven-17 everything there is to know about the game.
From Dhs875 for an eight-week package including equipment. Programme starts on Sept 29 at Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek & Yacht Club. To register for the programme, email emiratesacademy@dubaigolf.com or call (04 417 9999).

By Simone Gannon
Time Out Dubai,

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