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Things to do with the kids this week

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Thursday 21

Night At The Museum 2-The Smithsonian
While the original Night at the Museum was hardly the stuff of legend, it was an enjoyable affair – a cheerful childlike romp with a few funny cameos from bankable comic names, all glued together by another solid performance from Hollywood workaholic Ben Stiller. Stiller’s nice guy shtick transfers pretty well to the world of family friendly comedy and while this sequel clearly isn’t attempting to reinvent the wheel (sure enough, security guard Larry Daley finds himself embroiled in another museum-come-alive scenario, only this time at the Smithsonian) it’s a pleasant way to spend a few hours in the cool, cinema air con.

Friday 22

More Friday Brunch
Watching the pennies but don’t want to miss out on your family Friday food fest? You could do worse than More Café. A brilliantly priced brunch (just Dhs95 for adults) you can basically fill your boots with a fry up, satisfy that sweet tooth with a host of delectable pastries and try out a range of More’s delicious dishes. There’s no kiddie entertainment per se, but the place is always packed with families, and little ’uns seem to love the food and relaxed vibe. Branches in Garhoud, Al Marooj Rotana and Gold & Diamond Park.
Call on 04 283 0224 or log onto www.morecafe.biz for more information.

Saturday 23

Happy Birthday Dolphinarium! The dolphinarium is celebrating its first anniversary with a week-long party. Apart from the usual performances by the three bottle-nose dolphins and four seals, there will be promotions, on-the-spot competitions for kids, art and essay writing contests, fun prizes to be won and magic shows. Shows run every day except Sundays.
Contact 04 336 9773 or email to smo@dubaidolphinarium.ae for more details. You can also visit www.dubaidolphinarium.ae.

Sunday 24

Toy Store sale
Last chance to grab a bargain at the Toy Store sale with prices on all its products slashed by 25 to 75 per cent at both its Mall of the Emirates and Ibn Battuta Mall branches. Head down to check out the offers and get a look at the life-size elephants, rhinos, giraffes and woolly mammoths.
Call on 04 341 2473 for inquiries.

Monday 25

Repton school/Subodh Kerkar exhibition
The opening of Repton School’s ‘The Arch’ art gallery is marked with an exhibition by Subodh Kerkar. Through installations on the beaches of Goa, Kerkar captures ephemeral poems using shells, sand, light, and boats, which he then photographs, freezing them in print. Using the fishermen themselves, he explores their lives and their relationship with the sea, as a celebration of the unity of man and the ocean. The exhibition runs Sunday-Thursday until June 6, 8am-6pm.
Call on 04 426 9393 or email michael.cooper@reptondubai.org for inquiries. You can also log onto www.reptondubai.org.

Tuesday 26

Dubai 1962 exhibition
Last chance to step back to a time when our city wasn’t quite so sparkly. This exhibition of black and white photographs, taken just 47 years ago, shows a totally different Dubai to what we and our kids are used to. The photographer, working for the Sankei newspaper in Japan, snapped abras on the creek, shoppers and tradesmen in the souk, dancing folk at a wedding, and even HH Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum sat casually in his majlis. A fascinating insight into just how far Dubai has come in a short time, check out the exhibition at Ductac. It runs until May 26.
Call on 04 341 4777 for details.

Wednesday 27

Dubai ice Rink
Cool down and work out with a spin on the ice at The Dubai Mall’s ice rink. The Olympic-sized rink is open to first-time teeterers who fancy themselves as the next Torville or Dean. There are public sessions, as well as individual ‘learn to skate’ programmes and group lessons. Once you’re fed up with falling on your rear take a wander around the mall, which this month is celebrating the opening of its spectacular fountain. Hamleys toy store is offering special discounts and promotions and discounts of up to 50 per cent on a whole host of toys and games as well as balloons, candy floss and face painting. Public sessions cost Dhs50.
For inquiries, call on 04 437 3111 or log onto www.dubaiicerink.com.

Thursday 28

Color Nail
Pamper yourself and your little princess with a visit to Color Nail beauty salon. Get polished up for the weekend while the little one is entertained with a host of DVDs including, of course, Hannah Montana and High School Musical. Your diddy diva can get her nails done too at this friendly salon, which also offers spa parties, including manicures, pedicures and hair braiding, for girls aged six to 13 years. Available at Times Square Mall and at Oud Metha, opposite Al Nasr cinema.
Call on 04 341 8848 for more information.

By Karen Iley
Time Out Dubai,

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