Family fun in Dubai
Brain training, Dubai nursery show, mummy fitness and more
Arabia’s Wildlife Centre
This is the only ‘zoo’ that is entirely indoors. Divided into various sections, you’ll see reptiles, birds, big cats, wolves and much more. It is within Sharjah’s Desert Park, which also incorporates the Natural History Museum, Botanical Museum and a children’s farm.
Dhs15, free for under 12s. Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu 9am-6pm; Fri 2pm-6pm; Sat 11am-6pm. Closed Tue. Ongoing. Al Dhaid Highway at Interchange 9, www.breedingcentresharjah.com (06 531 1999).
Brain training at Future Kids
This 12-week programme is based on developing both sides of the brain to enhance kids’ IQs. It helps communication between mother and child and teaches techniques and tactics that you can take home and work on together to further improve stimulation and engagement.
Dhs180 per week (paid upfront as Dhs2,160 for a 12-week term). Dates and times vary, call for further details. Ongoing. Future Kids Accelerated Learning Centre, Al Rumiah Street, Umm Suqeim 3, www.futurekids.ae (056 708 5658).
The Dubai Nursery Show
In association with Baby Bazaar, this is an introduction to some of the top nurseries in Dubai. Save yourself time and get all your questions answered at once. There are lots of fun activities for tots, too.
Free. Fri April 24 and Sat 25, 9am-5pm. Dubai International Marine Club, Al Sufouh Road, www.dubainurseryshow.com (050 553 2048).
Wadi Adventure in Al Ain
City Seasons Al Ain hotel has teamed up with Wadi Adventure to offer access to the park along with a family room (for two adults and two children) and breakfast for Dhs599. Adventurous kids will love to swim, raft and surf.
Dhs599. Until June 30. City Seasons Al Ain, Al Muwaiji area, www.cityseasonsalain.com (03 755 0220); Wadi Adventure, opposite Ain Al Fayda Resort, near Jebel Hafeet, www.wadiadventure.ae (03 781 8422).
This monthly market is held at Times Square Center and offers Dubai mums a chance to buy and sell unwanted toys, books, games and clothes. The Center has free parking.
Free to attend, Dhs295 (large tables), Dhs400 (business tables for new items). 9am-2pm. Ongoing. Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.babybazaar.org (050 553 2048).
Reebok Junior Run Club
Sign up now for this fun activity for kids aged seven to 12. The session is open to all levels of fitness and is a good additional sport for children already involved in others such as football, netball or rugby. Dhs500 (seven-week course including entry into a 4km race, plus a Reebok T-shirt).
Ongoing. Sun, Tue and Wed, 4.30pm. Al Barsha Park, www.urbanenergyfitness.com (no number).
Pure Fitness runs this ultimate baby-friendly body fat-busting class at Fitness First, The Lakes. Expect timed full-body conditioning challenges and lots of core and abdominal work.
Dhs50 (Fitness First member) Dhs60 (non-member). Mon and Wed 9.30am-10.30am. Ongoing. Fitness First Community Lakes Club, The Lakes, Emirates Hills, www.purefitnessuae.com (no number).
GroovyKids Yoga at Caboodle
At this children’s yoga session, kids will learn some bendy basics and ways to stay calm and centred. This 45-minute class is suitable for those aged three to six.
Dhs65 (one session), Dhs360 (one term). Tue 3pm. Ongoing. Caboodle (Galleries Lafayette parking), The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.caboodle.ae (04 325 3367).
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