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Nine family events to try this week

Thrills and spills at Aquaventure and a new mermaid show

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Wednesday 9

Free kids meal
Every day of the week, when you buy two main meals at Jones the Grocer, one child under the age of 12 eats for free. Little foodies will be pleased with choices such as fish and chips and chicken.
Sun-Thurs 8am-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10.30pm. Sheikh Zayed Road (near Times Square Centre). www.jonesthegrocer.com (04 346 6886).

Thursday 10

Thrills and spills at Aquaventure
Treat monsters with a daredevil spirit with a trip to Aquaventure Waterpark to experience its new slides, including Acquaconda: the world’s largest diameter slide. It’s bound to make the nippers scream!
Dhs125 Child, Dhs150 adult (offer for UAE residents). Open daily 10am-sunset. Atlantis The Palm. www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).

Friday 11

Salsa at Hard Rock Cafe
As part of Pinktober, a breast cancer awareness campaign organised by Hard Rock Cafe, the eatery is organising many fundraising activities including Salsa with Salsa Y Caribe.
Dhs95 per person, 8am-11am. Dubai Festival City www.hardrock.com/dubai (04 232 8900).

Stuff yourself at brunch
Designed with parents and nippers in mind, the interactive family-friendly brunch Crave gives adults a chance to relax while kids enjoy activities such as arts and crafts and face painting.
Every Friday. 12.30pm-3.30pm. Dhs45 for kids six-12. Children under six dine for free. Dhs90 (soft drinks), Dhs175 (house beverages). Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Residences. www.facebook.com/HiltonDubai (04 374 8555).

Saturday 12

Go to the theatre
A perfect theatre treat for the whole brood, The Snail and The Whale tells the story of an adventure between a small snail and a whale.
Dhs140 per ticket. Madinat Jumeirah Theatre (04 366 6546).

Make a T-shirt at Caboodle
With Halloween fever in full swing, Caboodle is running various spooky themed activities including Creepy T-shirt Stamping, where the sprogs can stamp spiders, pumpkins, bats and more on a plain white T-shirt.
Every Sat in October 3pm-7pm. Dhs90 for two hours of free play. The Dubai Mall. www.caboodle.ae (04 325 3367).

Sunday 13

Act like grown-ups at Kidzania
Allow the kids try out different jobs such as doctor, lawyer, photo editor, and more, at this dedicated kids’ city with almost every profession you can think of under one roof.
Free (children under two), Dhs95 (two-three), Dhs140 (four-16). Open Sun-Wed 9am-9pm, Thurs 9am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm. The Dubai Mall. www.kidzania.ae (04 448 5222).

Monday 14

Experience a new mermaid show!
Bring the sprogs to Dubai Dolphinarium in order to experience its new show ‘Legend of the Mermaid’ – a musical and illusion adaption of the classic fairy tale.
Dhs70 kids, Dhs120 adults. Mon-Sat 6pm-7pm. www.dubaidolphinarium.ae (04 336 9773).

Tuesday 15

Explore The Cycle Hub
A one-stop-shop for cycling enthusiasts big and small, offering everything from bikes and clothes to repair facilities, as well as an on-site cafe serving paleo cuisine to keep the kids fed.
Sun-Tues 10am-8pm, Wed 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat 8am-6pm. Dubai Motor City. www.thecyclehub.com (04 425 6555).

By Simone Gannon
Time Out Dubai,

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