What to do in Dubai this October

Your month’s essential events, by our panel of experts

What to do in Dubai this October
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Alien underpants
Achildren’s classic Aliens Love Underpants is coming to the UAE. The zany, hilarious tale for kids aged three and up – adapted from the popular picture book by authors Claire Freedmand and Ben Cort – centres on little Timmy, who witnesses aliens pinching underpants from the washing line. Whoopsie.

Aliens love underpants of every shape and size, apparently, but there are no underpants in space (we knew that). Watch the crazy musical and laugh your pants off.
From Dhs100. Oct 12. Madinat Theatre, Dubai; Oct 14. Abu Dhabi Theatre. Tickets are available from Madinat Theatre Box Office and Virgin Megastore.

Cartoon brunch at nosh
Inspired by much-loved animation films, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers’ Cartoon Brunch is back. The family affair  features colourful food stations based on blockbuster kiddie favourites, plus kids’ activities including balloon benders, face painting, movies, colouring mats, a photo booth and more. There are so many characters invited, you’ll just have to see for yourself. Moana, wait up girl – we're coming.
Dhs179 (soft drinks), Dhs289 (house beverages), half price (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, www.movenpick.com (04 438 0000).

Explore with baby
The newest kid on the stroller block, Stokke Xplory V6 is multi-functional, and designed to make life easier with an adjustable seat for better interaction. There’s also the swivel wheel for manoeuvring, as well as a generously padded seat and shopping bag for you.
From Dhs4,999. Available on www.justkidding-me.com.

New museum of illusions
With more than 80 exhibits for all ages, Museum of Illusions is now open in Dubai. You can sit with five versions of yourself (good for multi-tasking mums) and lose the kids in The Infinity Room.
Dhs80 (adults), Dhs60 (kids aged 16 and under), free (kids under five). Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Al Seef, Dubai Creek (04 357 3999).

Indoors at city centre
An eclectic hang out is always a welcome addition in Dubai, and INDOORS, now open in City Centre Deira, features unconventional street food concepts, family movie screenings, roaming entertainment and a games zone by Magic Planet for kids.
Open daily 10am-10pm (weekdays), 10am-midnight (weekends). City Centre Deira, Dubai (04 209 3105).

Yas movies in the park
Movie fans, it’s time to step outside. As the weather cools down, Yas Movies in the Park returns for an immersive cinema experience with Moana, The Lion King, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Jurassic World. The free event will see the park fill up with themed activities for kids, a fun fair, food trucks and bands performing hits from the movies. Hey, the kids will make you watch Moana again anyway.
Free. Oct 18-20 3pm-midnight. du Arena, Yas Island. For more information, www.yasmovies.ae.

A sp-cookie Halloween
To be honest, we’re just as excited about Halloween as the kids are – especially with all the parties. At Fairmont, The Palm, the fun takes off with a trick-or-treat parade at Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club’s spooky Halloween of Horrors night. The hotel has a four-day programme in store for little ones, and it includes classical games, treats, decorating spookie cookies and magic shows.
Dhs250 (per child, magic show party), Dhs200 (cookie-decorating party). Oct 25-27, 31 4pm-6pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3331).

Secret garden at l’eto
Coffee mornings just became even more exciting. Desserts galore Secret Garden by L’ETO is set to open its doors this month. Located opposite the original, the very floral café is snap-worthy with enchanting, fairy tale desserts and creative coffee. There are more than 40 sweet offerings to choose from, including  highlights such as the gold saffron latte and mango pearlini mocktail, perfectly paired with blueberry Napoleon cake.
Open daily 10am-midnight. City Walk, Al Safa, Dubai.

Mövenpick’s Al Bahou brunch
A massive, kid-friendly brunch, Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate’s Al Bahou feast is a favourite among families. The buffet spread is full of dishes from all over the globe. Kids can make friends, watch a movie, get their faces painted or jump on the bouncy castle. Plus, they can enjoy a very healthy power bites selection.
From Dhs340 (soft beverages), half price (kids under 12), free (kids under six). Garden Cross Road, Dubai (04 444 5613).

I “sea” food and i eat it
Seafood fans delve into bucketloads every Thursday at Manzil Downtown’s Boulevard Kitchen. Fresh catches include red snapper, sea bream, prawns and more – cooked just the way you like them at the newly revamped venue.
Dhs245 (soft drinks), Dhs122 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids aged five and under). Manzil Downtown, Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard,
Dubai (04 888 3444).

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