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French elegance, exquisite taste and optimum quality at affordable prices

Fantastic female entertainers, with over 10 years in the entertainment industry, providing you with all the fun and excitement for childs party/event

A new kids’ play area in Al Barsha Mall. Includes soft play, arts and crafts, kids’ classes, parties, and a party store. They also have a cafe serving healthy treats

Enjoy international cuisine with an Asian twist and a kids’ corner with its own ‘fun brunch’, face painting, clown and art activities

Raises money for children’s charities around the world, providing medical, learning and leisure equipment

A huge Duplo-looking kids’ centre on Dubai Creekside with a myriad of educational zones

Tags: American, Burgers, Tex-Mex

Magical Chinese food in Deira

Tags: Chinese

Cookery lessons for sweet tooths and chocaholics

Truly global fare from six cooking stations including tandoori, pasta, grilled barbecue and teppan ice-cream, plus a dedicated table full of kids’ fodder

Tags: Contemporary European, Fusion, International

Pretty designer clothes from the king of boho-bright overstatement

A small rink perfect for amusing younger kids located next to the American eatery

The Citizens’ Foundation promotes education at primary and secondary levels in Pakistan

Dubai’s largest tennis programme, with highly-qualified coaches catering to all ages. Private and group lessons

UK stalwart Clarks has a decades-long reputation for high quality kids’ shoes, and staff are pretty competent fitters

Unlock your kids’ artistic potential, improve concentration, observation and hand-eye coordination, and have a lot of fun creating clay masterpieces too!

Classes held at Horizon School near Safa Park and at the World Trade Centre Club, home to the country’s tallest climbing wall. Keen beans can sign up for outdoor tours and international expeditions

Make sure you get to Joumana early at weekends – they sometimes have to turn people away by 10am. Thanks to the exclusive family beach membership, Jebel Ali Hotel is a great place for families; the membership affords complimentary access to the pristine 800m beach and three pools, as well as discounts on all restaurants in the resort, free use of the gym, tennis and squash courts and preferential rates for golf. Watersports include windsurfing (Dhs100 per hour), waterskiing (Dhs100 per half hour), catamaran (Dhs120 per hour), laser (Dhs100 per hour) and kayaking (Dhs80 per hour). Day pass Dhs180 Sun-Thu, Dhs220 Fri-Sat (children under 12 half price, free for children under four).

The club boasts five pools, a 500m beach, gym, sauna and volleyball courts. Membership includes a number of complimentary nights at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi and The Westin, plus 15 per cent discount on food and beverages. Club Mina also organises a generous number of watersports activities, including banana boating (Dhs50 per person for 15 minutes, three to five people), boat trips (Dhs700 for one hour, maximum six people), windsurfing (Dhs140 for one hour), waterskiing (Dhs150 for 15 minutes), and sailing (Dhs230 for one hour).The resort also offers beach volleyball, table tennis, golf, aerobics classes and a jogging circuit. Day pass Dhs175 (Sun-Thu); Dhs250 (Fri-Sat and public holidays). Annual membership from Dhs25,000 per person

Club Rush offers teens a 5 star club of their own all summer long to hang out, make friends, and dance the night away!

Dozens of flavours (including bubblegum), for kids to create their own concoctions and add yummy goodies like marshmallows and M&Ms

Pamper your girls with mani-pedis, hair braids, hair colour and washable tattoos. With High School Musical DVDs and options for cake and karaoke, it’s spa heaven for ages six to 13