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From collecting cans to eating on a dhow - check out our ideas for family fun this week

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Thursday 28

Collect a can
The Emirates Environmental Group is hosting its annual Can Collection Drive – an opportunity for everyone to participate and show their support for preserving and protecting the environment. Last year the group collected a record-breaking 12,350kg of aluminium cans, saving an awful lot of precious natural resources while also considerably reducing carbon emissions from the raw aluminium production process. Why not lend a hand? Download a registration form from the website.
Call on 04 344 8622 or email to eeg@emirates.net.ae for more inquiries.

Friday 29

Market Café, Grand Hyatt brunch
If you’re tired of all the excessive brunches with inebriated guests, loud music and various other gimmicks, then the Friday Family Brunch at the Market Café could be for you. Set in a peaceful ‘rainforest’ atmosphere there’s a designated kids’ area, located over bridges next to the waterfall amongst dribbling streams filled with koi carp. Art activities, balloon benders and face painters keep the little ones amused and kids aged six years and above have free access to the hotel’s kids club. The food is pretty good too, with ‘freshness’ the buzz word here. From Italian to Arabic, Indian to delicious grills, everything is prepared in front of you so there’s none of that lukewarm food going crusty that sometimes spoils other brunches. Each station offers dishes especially for little ones: less spicy curries at the Indian station, chicken shish tawouk and mankish with cheese and zaatar at the Arabic counter and, at the grill, fried mozzarella sticks with tomato chutney. There’s even a nutella pizza. And the puds, featuring an enormous chocolate fountain and a large tree made entirely of strawberries, are pretty impressive too.
You can get a taxi near Wafi, Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Priced at Dhs170, Dhs75 for kids aged six-12 years, free for under sixes, call on 04 317 2222 for further details.

Saturday 30

Eton Institute family day
Ever thought about trying something new but don’t know where to start? Eton Institute has invited more than 20 leading companies to its ‘Better U – Mind, Body & Soul’ event – a fantastic day for families, adults and kids to have a bash at a host of fun, free activities all day such as dance, music, massage makeup, fitness tips from personal trainers, mini basketball for kids, arts, crafts and paint lessons, calligraphy and more. Take along your old books and toys to donate to charity (Feline friends, ACTED, Al Ihsan and Al Noor charity for children with special needs will be there) and there’ll also be a crèche where smaller kids can be looked after while older ones try out a new hobby or skill.
From 10am-5pm. Call on 800 eton or 800 3866 or log onto www.eton.ac for more information.

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.
The birthday celebrations continue until May 30 and shows run every day except Sundays. Call on 04 336 9773 or email to smo@dubaidolphinarium.ae for further details. You can also log onto www.dubaidolphinarium.ae.

Sunday 31

Babywearing workshop
A fantastic community group which helps mums get to grips with the various types of baby carriers out there. Pop into their drop-in session with your little one and carrier and get – or give – advice on how to use it.
From 9am-12noon at the Greens (community room, Al Ghozlan 4, Street 5). For further details and a location map, check out www.babyweardubai.com or email to dubaibabywearing@gmail.com.

Monday 1

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 Sun-Thu until June 6, 8am-6pm. Call on 04 426 9393 o4 email to michael.cooper@reptondubai.org. You can also log onto www.reptondubai.org.

Tuesday 2

Sushi at the Dhow
Banish beans on toast and unhealthy biscuits and teach the kids how to make and enjoy sushi. The talented master chef at the Dhow, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi is hosting summer classes for mums, dads and kids where everyone will get hands on experience and learn techniques which can than easily be applied at home to prepare healthy meals and snacks. Lunch is included and includes unlimited soft drinks and juices plus complimentary bubbly for grown-ups.
Dhs250 (half-price for kids) per person including take away sushi kit for home. Please book 48 hours in advance.. Call on 04 399 3333 or email dhow@lemeridien-minaseyahi.com for more information.

Wednesday 3

Fun City, Ibn Battuta Mall
Looking to escape the heat? Tucked away near Geant in Ibn Battuta Mall is Fun City, a large play area for kids aged from a year old to teenagers. The Fun & Learn section of under-fours is great for those who can walk or totter around, with plenty of slides, climbing frames, balls, ride-on toys, soft play possibilities and a reading area. The Play Zone offers a more advanced area for over fours, where the slides are longer, bumpier and the soft play area a bit more challenging. In the main area there’s the usual array of beeping, flashing games and coin rides which your kids will love but will probably have your head pounding by the time your hour is up. Relax by taking a spin on the hot air balloon merry-go-round, or blast through it with a game of pool or air hockey (Prices range from Dhs6-Dhs10 per ride/activity). This branch of Fun City also has a river ride, a kiddie hairdresser, a party/activity room and an art studio.
Entry to the Fun & Learn section (per hour) is Dhs18 (Sun-Wed) and Dhs20 (Thu-Sat), the Play Zone costs Dhs20 (Sun-Wed) and Dhs24 (Thu-Sat). The first time you go you have to buy a Fun City Card for Dhs2. Open 10am-10pm Sun-Wed, 10am-12midnight Thu-Sat. Call on 04 366 9819 for further details.

Thursday 4

Al Saheel: The Voice Of The Horse
This equine-themed extravaganza features specially-trained performing horses, riders, and entertainment acts, and traces the history and influence of the Arabian horse around the world. Acts include traditional Spanish dressage, stunt riding, tricks, and liberty acts that showcase the traditional Arab Bedouin skills of equine communication. Limited Hoofbeatz hospitality tickets at Dhs350 for all ages include a ‘Behind the Scenes’ stable tour prior to show time, priority seating, a welcome drink, and Arabic mezze served during the show.
Regular ticket prices Dhs110-Dhs190 for adults, Dhs50-Dhs85 for children aged six to 12 years. No children aged six and under will be admitted. Shows will run until June 27 on Thu, Fri, and Sat nights, starting at 7.30pm. Email to alsaheel@hoofbeatz.com for tickets or log onto www.timeouttickets.com.

By Karen Iley
Time Out Dubai,

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