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Things to do in Dubai in May for kids

Mary Poppins, Justin Bieber, Ghostbusters and more things to do this week

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May 1-5

Check out foodie hot-spot

It’s cool to be square now! Dubai Mall’s Grand Drive is home to a new food hub pop-up – dubbed Grand Square – featuring top dining destinations such as Emirati spot Hum Yum and Yuki No Hana, specialising in Japanese treats.
Open daily. 8am-midnight. Outside Main entrance to Dubai Mall, www.thedubaimall.com.

See Mary Poppins

A show so super it’s actually supercalifragilistic, Mary Poppins, will be on song at the Dubai Opera House for a fun-packed 25-day tour.
From Dhs250. May 1-25. Dubai Opera House, Downtown Dubai (04 440 8888).

Mum’s the word

Being pregnant doesn’t mean life can’t go as swimmingly as usual. If you are eager for a dip in the pool, then just slip on this cute new blue tankini. The eye-catching line of maternity swimwear is courtesy of the TKD store. With summer on its way, it’s a great way to stay cool.
Dhs400. TKD Lingerie, Town Centre Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 385 6353).

May 6-12

Bieber fever all set to grip Dubai

He’s made a ‘Belieber’ out of adoring fans all over the world – including right here in Dubai. Now mega-selling singing sensation Justin Bieber is taking over the city once more for an eagerly-awaited gig at the Autism Rocks Arena. The canadian chart-topper, who has notched up a string of global smash hits including Cold Water, Let and What Do You Mean, will be in the UAE for the latest leg of his Purpose World Tour.
From Dhs335. Sat May 6. 4pm-11pm. Autism Rocks Arena, Dubailand, www.dubai.platinumlist.net

Summer style

Leading children’s retailer Babyshop has launched its new summer collection, featuring a colourful range of funky fashions for boys and girls. From sequin decorations for little princesses, to denim shirts and tropical themes for the boys, you will be well covered.
Prices vary. Various locations, including Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 1988).

Mother’s pride

Flow Kitchen’s Ultimate Family Brunch will be dishing out a special Mother’s Day treat, with all mums who dine entered into a raffle to win VIP treatment at Willow Steam Spa.
From Dhs255, Dhs 100 (kids six-12), free (kids five and under). Fri May 12. Noon-4pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).

May 13-18

International Family Day at Funky Monkeys

In association with Time Out Kids, Funky Monkeys is hosting a fun activity day for the kids in honour of International Family Day. Head along with your sprogs to enjoy some games, arts and crafts, a magic show and raffle draw. Snap yourselves together at the family photo booth and tuck into a meal that’s provided for both children and adults.
Dhs60 per child, free for adults. Thu May 18, 5pm-7pm. Funky Monkeys Playland, Al Wasl Center, near Business Bay Metro Station, www.funkymonkeysuae.com (04 388 4114).


Discount dining

Fancy treating the family to a slap-up meal without breaking the bank? Italian eatery Carluccio’s is serving up a fantastic month of May deal in which kids (aged 11 and under) can almost eat for free! When one adult orders a main course dish (starting from Dhs39) one child gets their meal – from pizza to lasagna - for just one Dirham.
Dhs1. All month. Various locations, including Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina (04 399 7844).

Living the green dream

The ever-popular edutainment centre, KidZania, is helping to teach youngsters about the importance of an eco-friendly future this month. The Dubai Mall fun zone’s KidZ for a Greener World initiative will see bright sparks get the chance to experience life as a marine biologist and get introduced to an array sea creatures at a specially-set up aquarium space and find out why it is so vital to protect them.
Prices vary. Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-11pm (until Sat May 20). Kidzania, Dubai Mall (04 448 5222).

On the nature trail

This looks well worth a flying visit if you’re taking the family on a break away from the city. Little explorers will certainly be all aflutter thanks to an exciting new Butterfly Trail being launched at the Alila Jabal Akhdar hotel in Oman. Go on a 3km trek on the mountain range resort, learning about 20 species of butterfly, 40 birds and a host of other cool creatures.
Free. Every Wed, Fri and Sat. 4pm. Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman (+968 2534 4200).

May 19 - 24

It’s lift-off for Robbie!
Asupersonic stage show is all set for a big launch date in Dubai! Robbie's Supersonic Rocket – The Amazing Children’s Musical, is all set for lift-off for a double date in the city. The production takes audiences on an out-of-this-world adventure as intrepid Robbie blasts out into space on a rocket, along with trusty Moggy the cat, built as an extra special birthday present by his beloved grandpa. The show is aimed at youngsters aged between three and 11 and is sure to prove popular with mum and dad, too.
Dhs90. Fri May 19 (shows at 2.30pm and 5.30pm) and Sat May 20 (11.30am and 4pm). Hartland International School, Nad Al Sheba, www.platinumlist.net

A treat for all the family

Okay, you don’t have to pretend this is just for the little ones. The FuzziCoffee from Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory, is topped off with a shot of chocolate and you can pile on delicious whipped cream. Yum. There is even a sugar free option, too.
From Dhs20. Ongoing. Various locations, including The Beach, JBR (04 430 7338).

Boredom busters

Looking for something to fill the void in your kids’ schedule? Then we know exactly who you should call. The Void, a brand new cutting-edge entertainment bringing Hollywood hit Ghostbusters right before your eyes in virtual reality glory, has proton packs at the ready at The Beach, JBR. Kids must be at least 12 to take part.
Dhs110. Ongoing. Times vary. The Beach, JBR, www.thevoid.com

Musical entertainment

Talented thespians at Regent International will be on song for the school’s first ever musical production. Year 5 and 6 children will be the stars of the show in Alice The Musical.
Dhs25 (from school reception). May 22-23, 6pm-8pm. Regent International School, The Greens, Emirates Living Community (04 360 8830).

May 25-30

Saturday special

If you are hungry for a taste of home (or just want to see what you’ve been missing) then dig into a Brit-style roast at Marina Social. The just-launched Saturday Social Roast, held every week, is a great spot for a family trip out as kids aged under 12 dine for free. What a way to cap off the weekend.
Dhs150 (two courses), Dhs195 (three courses), free (kids under 12). Every Sat. 12pm-3pm InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 444 6664).

New adventure at Bounce

Thrill-seekers will be jumping at the chance to try out Bounce Dubai’s exciting new X-Park Adventure Challenge Course, featuring everything from a zip-line, a sea of pipes and a bouldering wall, which is set to launch at the end of this month. The exact opening date is still to be confirmed, so keep your eyes peeled on timeoutdubai.com/kids for updates. We can’t wait!
Prices and opening date to be confirmed. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu 10am-midnight, Fri 9am-midnight, Sat 9am-8pm. Bounce Dubai, Al Quoz (04 3211 400).

Don’t frizzle this summer
With summer on its way, the intense heat is likely to wreak havoc with your hair. So to stay frizz-free and happy, during the sunshine, you can try out Sachajuan’s new Ocean Mist range of hair products, including shampoos and conditioners, so you are always ready for a day out at the beach.
From Dhs115. www.beautysolutions-me.com/brands/sachajuan

More in store

Funky fashion retailer, S*uce, which offers top clothing trends from international and local designers as well as cool lifestyle items for the home, has swung open the doors to the latest branch at Four Seasons Resort Dubai.
Open daily 10am-10pm. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach (04 339 9696).


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