Pure Fitness (055 811 9120/050 659 4376; various venues across Dubai) Promised yourself you’ll shape up but wondering how you’ll squeeze it in with your bump or bub? Check out the range of antenatal and postnatal classes from Pure Fitness. Including Blooming Fit antenatal aerobic sessions, Fit & Fun Baby, where little ones join in, BuggEfit sessions to banish those post-baby wobbly bits by tearing round with bambino in a buggy, and Fit & Fun Mum held at Favourite Things, complete with supervised play for wee ones. Now there’s no excuse for not getting in shape. Classes in various locations, ranging from Dhs35 to Dhs75. Call for details.
FREE! Car boot sale at the Autodrome (www.carbootuae.com; firstname.lastname@example.org) Kids fancy earning extra pocket money? Get them to clear out their toy boxes and flog their loot at Dubai Autodrome’s car boot sale. Visitors and buyers get in free, although if you want to sell, you’ll have to pay Dhs150 for a pitch. Eager punters should roll up by 8am to secure a spot. It’s a great way to teach kids about entrepreneurial skills, and they’ll get a fab view of the races.
Chef’s House Saturday brunch (04 366 9111; Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City) No ordinary Friday brunch (for one, it’s on a Saturday), this international buffet with a twist of Asia includes a special kids’ corner where little monsters can enjoy their own ‘fun brunch’ with face painting, colouring and a clown. At Dhs160 with house beverages, Dhs185 with sparkling wine and half-price for kids aged six to 12 years (free for little ’uns), it’s certainly value for money. The brunch starts at 12.30pm and runs until 3.30pm.
Playball for kids (04 349 9922/050 427 1440; email@example.com; www.playballdubai.biz) Playball, a hugely popular sport and movement programme for kids aged two to nine years, is up and running at the Dubai Ladies Club. Classes help to improve basic movement and refine sports skills and techniques, and are held on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays in a fun-filled, energetic, positive environment.
Online bargain hunting with Dubaimumsclub.com (www.dubaimums club.com) Grab yourself a bargain – or earn some extra cash and clear out your kids’ cupboards at the same time – with the new ‘nearly new’ section on this Dubai networking site for mums. It’s the perfect way to stock up on baby gear without breaking the bank.
Cage experience at Dubai Aquarium (04 448 5200; www.thedubaiaquarium.com) Get up close and personal with 33,000 species of marine animals with Dubai Aquarium’s new cage experience. Without the hassle of diving equipment and air tanks, visitors can make a splash and snorkel next to the stingrays and sharks, all from the safety of a secure cage. The experience lasts around 30 minutes and costs Dhs225. Just take along your swimming costume and a towel – the aquarium provides the wetsuit and snorkel equipment. The cage is limited to four people at a time, so advance booking is recommended.
FREE! ADD support group (firstname.lastname@example.org) A new support group for parents of kids with attention deficit disorder is setting up in Dubai, and the first meeting will take place at Dubai British School at 7.30pm. The sessions are open to all parents and will be hosted by a psychiatrist and a parent educator, with a plan to involve special-needs teachers in the future. If you’re interested, please RSVP Rachel at the above address.
FREE! Allergy Support Group (04 348 5452; www.synergyctrdubai.com) Worried about allergies? Synergy Centre on Al Wasl Road hosts support meetings every month where its naturopathic doctor, kinesiologist and nutritional therapist will be on hand to answer your questions. Topics under discussion include recognising allergy symptoms, identifying the causes, treatment options and much more. This month’s discussion focuses on why allergies are on the rise, and starts at 7pm.
Peekaboo (04 4297949, email@example.com) One of our favourite play centres has just opened a new branch in Ibn Battuta’s Persia Court. An ideal indoor outing, kids can have a go at cooking, arts and crafts and karaoke, as well as storytelling and nursery rhymes, plus daily games and competitions. There’s also a climbing frame, loads of toys, a special soft play area for little’ uns up to three years old and – best of all – a book corner for parents. Entrance for kids aged up to seven costs Dhs30 per hour and Dhs10 for every additional hour.