Things to do in September
Your month’s essential events, by our panel of experts
Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge
With just three months until the UAE’s biggest cycle race (on December 15), the good folks behind the scenes kick-off their series of build-up rides starting at District One Cycling track to help you get race-ready.
September 2. To register or find out more, visit www.cyclechallenge.ae.
There’s a new venue on Dubai’s soft play scene and it’s Time Out Kids tested and loved. There’s a huge Lego building station, fab play structure, a delicious café, mini supermarket, kids’ salon and more.
Times Square Centre. www.kidzpalooza.ae.
Jam Jar young artists
Have a creative little one on your hands? Jam Jar’s Young Artist Programme and Art Academy begins on September 8 and there are new modules in four seperate six-week courses at the Alserkal Avenue studios. These are comprehensive art programmes for young artists aged nine and above, led by certified art educators.
New season starts at Le Méridien Kids’ Club
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi’s Kids’ Club is bringing families together with a whole host of new indoor and outdoor activities this month. On September 12 creative families can explore the grounds together and take photographs of interesting things that catch their eye as part of a new artistic feature, to be unveiled later in the year. And there’s the chance to develop cool culinary skills as well, as Le Méridien’s talented pastry chefs lead kids in the UAE-clair (geddit?) challenge from September 18.
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh Road (04 318 1420).
The new Puma kids’ collection has been given the superhero treatment with its most popular styles of trainers, hoodies, T-shirts and trousers adorned with Superman’s iconic S-shield; perfect for mini comic-fans of the Man Of Steel.
Puma, The Dubai Mall (www.puma.com).
Splash Pad Annual Pass
Splash Pad at The Beach has just launched its first annual pass, providing 365 days of cooling fun for little ones. With sprinklers, giant water buckets and plenty of shallow water to paddle in, there are hours of fun to be had.
Dhs250 per annual pass for a one-hour play, any day of the year. Daily, 9am-8pm. www.splashpaddubai.com.
Waldorf Astoria Brunch
Following the unveiling of its organic garden, the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah launches its new Secret Garden brunch. The family friendly brunch features live cooking stations with fresh and seasonal ingredients, as well as many healthy salads and juices.
Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs425 (house beverages). Kids six-12 receive 50 percent discount. Kids under six eat free. Fri, 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).
Jacob’s Food Diaries
A food artist from Melbourne who transforms her son’s meals into delightful works of cartoon-inspired art creations will host the first in a series of workshops. The series is run by INKED, a new food and events platform based in Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. Jacob’s Food Diaries will demonstrate how chef Laleh Mohmedi constructs characters from son Jacob’s meals using fresh and healthy foods. Parents are welcome to bring along their kids and bookings are essential as places will be limited.
September 18, 8:30am-10am. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (056 1313 668).
The international smash hit Harry Potter parody is here for three days only, as part of a sell-out world tour. The Best Entertainment & Family Show Olivier Award Nominee Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This show is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).
From Dhs150. September 15-17, various times. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.ductac.org.
Take a trip deep into the enchanted forest and watch the fantastical story of Varekai unfold with Cirque du Soleil’s signature breathtaking acrobatics. The story of Varekai begins where the Greek myth of Icarus ends; reimagining what happens to Icarus after he flew too close to the sun and fell from the sky. In Varekai, he lands in a forest of exotic creatures in a show that promises to wow audiences young and old. Get your tickets now, before they go!
Tickets from Dhs245. September 16-24, Dubai World Trade Centre, www.cirquedusoleil.com.
September 19 - 24
Fortnum & Mason, Baby shower ideas
If you’re stuck for baby shower ideas, Fortnum & Mason is here to save you. The store has a new baby shower experience with elegant tea tasting sessions, delectable menus and beautiful newborn gifts.
Dhs200 per person. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 388 2627).
Are you a desert warrior?
Home-grown adventure obstacle race, the Desert Warrior Challenge, is back for 2016, and will be held at Dubai Police Training Facility on October 21. The best news? If you buy any adult ticket you will receive 50 percent off Junior Warrior tickets. The Junior Warrior race has eight obstacles and is open to kids aged six to 15.
Register this month at www.desertwarriorchallenge.com.
Wild Wadi Sundowner Pass
Enjoy the last three hours of fun at Wild Wadi Waterpark for just Dhs130 and receive one complimentary food item from the special Sundowner à la carte menu. Buy the new Sundowner pass on arrival at the entrance to the park.
Dhs130. Sat-Wed, 4pm-7pm, Thu 3pm-6pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 348 4444).
New look for Tom & Serg
Tom & Serg is Time Out Dubai’s Best Café for many a good reason, coffee being just one of them. However, breakfast just got even more exciting with new menu items, including The New Benedict and fried eggs and grains. Even better, thanks to a recent refurbishment, there’s now a new-look children’s area (so the little kids are as happy as the big kids). There’s also free parking now, too.
Open daily 8am-4pm. Al Quoz (056 474 6812).
Games Middle East
Tickets are now on sale for Games Middle East, the region’s premier gaming festival. Gaming fans will enjoy the latest content, releases and activities from the biggest names in the industry at The Dubai World Trade Centre.
From Dhs150. September 22-24. www.tickets.virginmegastore.me.
Gold Afternoon tea, Children under five dine free
Karat boasts a new golden themed afternoon tea at the elegant lobby lounge and includes creative cakes, fun and festive cookies and, of course, tea. Best of all, your under fives dine free. What’s not to like about all of that?
Dhs125 (soft drinks included). Daily 3pm-6pm. Ongoing. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Back for its fifth year, Le Gourmet Food Fest will transform Galeries Lafayette into an urban fusion of global street food, as producers, chefs, bloggers and suppliers come together for a unique three-day family friendly food event.
September 22-24. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 9933).
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