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Kids fun in Dubai

Barbie's birthday, cartoon craziness, Jonas Brothers movie releasing and more family fun in Dubai this week

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Thursday 12

Taste of Dubai
The award-winning foodie festival returns, this time with a family-friendly focus. Junior visitors can join mum and dad in sampling a range of foods from the 22 award winning restaurants and the Marketplace, with more than 50 exhibitors, or they can head to the Kiddies’ Kitchen where they can emulate celebrity chefs. With play kitchens, utensils and food supplied by the Early Learning Centre and cookies and cupcakes to transform into culinary masterpieces with Sugar Daddy’s and Sprinklez, the kids will be well catered for. When they get tired of cooking they can move into the special chill out zone with food themed movies and TV programmes, enjoy the calm creative arts area or battle it out on the video games console. Kiddies’ Kitchen is professionally supervised and free of charge for children aged from two up to nine.

Taste of Dubai ’09 runs until March 14 at Dubai Media City (Thu 7pm-11.30pm, Fri-Sat noon-5pm, 7pm-11.30pm). Tickets cost Dhs50-Dhs300 for adults, free for under-12s, and are available online at www.tasteofdubai09.com and www.timeouttickets.com

Friday 13

Toys R Us, Barbie’s birthday party
04 206 6552
It’s Barbie’s birthday and Toys R Us are throwing the fabulous-at-50 gal a party. Head along to the Festival City store between 4pm and 6pm and join in the fun. Dress up as the blonde bombshell and enjoy games, competitions and loads of chances to win Barbie goodies.

Arte Souk
Head to Times Square Centre for this monthly arts and crafts market. There are plenty of interesting stalls to browse through, selling a range of wares including baby products, gorgeous homemade toys and kids’ art.

Taste of Dubai
Today at the the Kiddies’ Kitchen at Taste of Dubai, renowned Greek Chef Yiannis Baxevanis from the Elia restaurant at the Majestic Hotel will hold a cookery class for kids aged eight to 14 years at 1.30pm.

Saturday 14

Beachcombers’ brunch
04 406 8999; JBHboxoffice@jumeirah.com
No time for Friday brunch this weekend? Beachcombers offers its famous weekend indulgence on a Saturday, too. A great spot for the family, this beachside eatery has an extremely reasonable kids’ buffet for Dhs35, plus there’s a staffed games room complete with Playstations, a magician, other entertainers and a live band to keep the little people amused. The top quality cuisine is a fusion of Indian, Thai, Malaysian and Japanese, from delicious dim sum, crispy prawn crackers and succulent spring rolls, to steaming bowls of piquant curries and fantastic veggie noodles. The roti prata, prepared fresh at a live cooking stand, is possibly one of the best in town, as is the dessert table, laden with all the usual waist-expanding suspects.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Beach Road Open 7.30am-12 midnight daily, Fri-Sat brunch 12.30pm-4pm

Taste of Dubai
Another chance for eight- to 14-year-olds to learn some cooking skills under the guidance of Greek celebrity chef Yiannis Baxevanis, from the Elia restaurant at the Majestic Hotel. Head to the Kiddies’ Kitchen at Taste of Dubai for the class at 12.30pm.

Sunday 15

Hamleys Cartoon Crazy
04 339 8889
The toy superstore is going cartoon crazy this month, and this week it’s shining the spotlight on Disney favourite Hannah Montana. Hamleys wants fans to write a letter, which will be sent to Hannah star, Miley Cyrus, herself and entered into a draw to win a super gift worth Dhs1,000. At the same time, Hamleys are giving away a free Hannah Montana doll with every purchase over Dhs200.

Monday 16

Jumeirah Beach Park
04 349 2555; www.dm.gov.ae
Now the warm days are with us again, and it’s possible to dip more than the tip of your big toe into the Arabian sea, why not head down to Jumeirah Beach Park? Women and children only on a Monday, this is a fantastic beach spot, with clean sands, shady palm areas and a cordoned off swimming area. A great play park, which will particularly appeal to those under four, there’s also plenty of flat grassy space for a kickabout. Some barbecue pits and picnic tables are available, and there’s a central spot close to the play area which is often used for parties. If you don’t bring your own picnic, there are fast food kiosks serving the usual burgers, sandwiches and shawarmas dotted along the beach and next to the park’s main gate.
Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite Chili’s restaurant, open 8am-10.30pm daily, ladies and children only on Mondays. Entry Dhs5 per person, Dhs20 per car

Tuesday 17

Ski Dubai
Cool off with a trip to the snow park. No matter how long you’ve lived here, there’s still something surreal about being able to pelt snowballs at each other in the desert. Now the mercury is rising, wrap up warm and try out the luge and the tubing for an indoor thrill.
Dhs85 for adults, Dhs75 for kids. Not for under threes, under 13s must wear a helmet

Wednesday 18

Dubai British School open day
04 361 9361; www.dubaibritishschool.ae
Come and check out the Dubai British School (DBS). The Taaleem school located in Springs/Emirates Hills offers classes from Foundation to Year 13 based on the national curriculum for England.

Thursday 19

Jonas Brothers movie
Pipe down girlie tweens! The much-awaited Jonas Brothers movie finally arrives in Dubai today. The wholesome boy rock band reveals all, well, quite a lot, in this high-energy 3D Walt Disney rockumentary feature film, which blends excerpts from the Brothers’ red-hot Burning Up concert tour, including guest performances from Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift, with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and off-the-wall segments. The movie also includes a never-before-heard song ‘Love Is On Its Way’, swarming fans and a lot of Jonas Brother-style humour. Promising never-seen-before insights into the lives of the pastor’s sons from New Jersey, your kids will never forgive you if you miss this one.
Showing in cinemas across Dubai

By Karen Iley
Time Out Dubai,

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