Things to do this November
Your month’s essential events, by our panel of experts
Family Fun Day at The Market Mall
Get in the festive spirit with some chatter and cheer at this month’s Family Fun Day at The Market Mall. Enjoy colouring contests, giveaways, face-painting, balloon-bending and 30 minutes of free playtime at Kids Zone.
Free. Fri Nov 4, noon-8pm. The Market Mall, Green Community, DIP (050 655 2587).
Dubai pre-owned boat show
A weekend of fun awaits at Dubai Creek Marina. There’s a kids’ area, live entertainment and delicious food, too.
Free. Thu Nov 3, 4pm-9pm; Fri Nov 4, 11am-9pm; Sat Nov 5, 11am-7pm. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
Flip Out Dubai
Flip Out Dubai has launched new fitness classes that have people bouncing off the walls (literally). Split into Trampoline Parkour, Wallrunning, Flip N’ Fit, Little Ninjas and Mums n’ Bubs, the custom-designed sessions are sure to be fun.
Prices vary. Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Warehouse 5, Al Quoz (600 56756).
Battle it out in the Astro blaster Arena
Magic Planet just got even better: introducing the Astro Blaster Arena. Brave players can put their speed and accuracy to the test in a series of fast-paced group games including capture the flag, king of the castle, supersonic target range and tag. Battlers are challenged to capture their competitors using play-friendly “Astro Guns” on the arena’s built-in assault course.
Dhs60. Eight years old and above. Magic Planet, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.theplaymania.com.
Mother, baby & child show
There’s heaps to do at this year’s show, from picking up tips at the Health & Wellness lounge to cooking classes for kids, pop-up shops to peruse and a Lego Zone for kids of all ages.
Dhs50 (adult), Dhs25 (kids). Thu Nov 10, 4pm-9pm; Fri Nov 11, 10am-9pm; Sat Nov 12 10am-6pm. Dubai International Marine Club, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, www.motherbabyandchild.com.
Trolls on the loose
Build-a-Bear has a new family to introduce: Poppy, Branch and Guy Diamond – Trolls with a playful attitude and wild up-dos. Kids will love creating their own, and with the festive season approaching, they make fun gift ideas, too.
From Dhs145. Days and times vary. Build-a-Bear, various locations including The Dubai Mall, www.buildabear.ae.
Kick up a stink
“Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well”. If you have any little fans of comedian David Walliams, then they will be very excited to see Mr Stink come to life on stage for the first time in the UAE, thanks to award-winning theatre group CDP. Meet Chloe, a little girl who doesn't quite fit in – until she meets Mr Stink, that is. This scruffy character becomes her friend and together they have all sorts of escapades. Filled with the jokes and humour that Walliams is famous for, this is a show for the whole family.
Dhs140-195. Nov 16-18, 11am, 3pm and 5pm. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (050 880 5074).
See Magic Phil
Magic Phil is back, and his newest pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, is another riot of tricks and jokes. One for the whole family to enjoy, Magic Phil will entertain young and old with a show filled with silliness, songs, and dances.
Dhs150. Nov 17-19, 1.30pm and 5.30pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.ductac.org.
Join in with this year’s edition of The Color Run, one of the city’s most fun-loving fitness events. It returns on Saturday November 12, this year as part of its Tropicolor World Tour. Fancy dress is heartily encouraged, and be prepared to get splattered with colourful paint powders, while the organisers promise surprises along the 5km route.
From Dhs160 (adults), Dhs50 (kids). Tickets available from Adventure HQ stores, www.adventurehq.ae. Sat Nov 12, gate opens 7am, race starts 8.30am. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, www.thecolorrun.ae.
Head to the theatre to see Sleeping Beauty
As part of the Dubai Fringe, Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Meyana Auditorium will host a run of performances of Sleeping Beauty and the Magic Spell. Prepare for comedy, action and music ranging from opera to rock ‘n’ roll.
Dhs100 (bronze), Dhs120 (silver), Dhs140 (gold), Dhs170 (platinum). Nov 18, 19 and 26, and Dec 1 and 15, times vary. Meyana Auditorium, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road, dubai.platinumlist.net.
Fun at the fair
Head out for some good old-fashioned fun at the annual Fun Fair in aid of The Special Needs Future Development Center (SNF). A game zone, pop-up market and lots of culinary delights await and daredevil parents can go for a spin on a Harley-Davidson. SNF students will showcase their dancing skills, too.
Free. Fri Nov 18, 11am-9pm. Dubai International Marine Club, Dubai Marina, www.snfgroup.com.
Enjoy something refreshing from these cute cup floats from Tarsam. Whether you’re splashing around in the swimming pool or lazing on your float, your drink will be right there, floating beside you. So there’s really no excuse not to stay hydrated.
Dhs49 for a set of three. Tarsam, various locations including Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 4341 4145).
Splash ‘N’ Party
Little ones will love celebrating their special day with friends at Splash ‘N’ Party. They can cool down in the giant pirate ship or slide into the refreshing blue pool below, before enjoying a delicious meal. Parents can chill out at the snack bar.
Party packages from Dhs120 per child. Sun-Wed 9am-8pm; Thu-Sat 9am-9pm. Villa no. 1, Street 8A, Al Safa 2, Jumeirah (04 388 3008).
Catch all the plays
Shakespeare is back to tickle your funny bone with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Hold onto your hats as you’re taken through The Bard’s plays at speed… all 37 of them.
Dhs170-200. Nov 22-26, 8pm; Nov 23-24, 11am; Nov 25, 3pm. DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.completeshakespeare.co.uk.
There’s no such thing as a… Gruffalo!
What better way for kids to start the day with than with a friend like the Gruffalo? Borders has a new range of fabulous Gruffalo products, including a height chart, mugs, lunchboxes and tumblers, helping you to make meal times more exciting. Serve up some Gruffalo crumble and watch their faces light up.
Prices vary. Available at Borders, various locations including Dubai Marina Mall (800 267 3377).
Global village is back!
Dubai’s festival park and all-round mega market has reopened for a brand-new season. This year you’ll find a new stunt arena with dedicated shows, new restaurants and new shopping pavilions including Algeria, Eastern Europe and The Far East.
Dhs15. Open daily from 3.30pm. Until April 8, 2017. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, www.globalvillage.ae (04 362 4114).
Finally, after the hot summer, cooler days have arrived, which can only mean one thing: Fun Fair at The Beach, in JBR (the friendliest carnival in town) is back. Crammed full of family favourites including swing chairs, hook-a-duck and a carousel, everyone is sure of a fun day out here.
Free entry, game prices vary. Daily 10am-midnight. The Beach, JBR, www.thebeach.ae.
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