Kids’ dance classes at Music Monkeys
Offering classes across Dubai and Abu Dhabi for kids aged three months to four years old, Music Monkeys’ sessions are the newest trend in multi-sensory music and movement learning. A typical session is fun galore, where Mums, Dads, Grans and nannies also take part, singing along with the teacher – and not just along to a CD. Get ready to party, kiddie-style.
From Dhs550 (per term). Timings vary. Various locations across Dubai, including Palm Jumeirah; Abu Dhabi, Mangrove Village, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trampoline park Bounce has launched a Ramadan Pass for a one-time fee of just Dhs250, which will give you and the kiddies daily access across its Dubai and Abu Dhabi locations.
Dhs250 (per person). Open daily, noon-midnight (Ramadan timings). Bounce Dubai, Al Quoz, (04 3211 400); Marina Mall,
Abu Dhabi, bounce.ae (04 321 1400).
Baby Shark comes to The Dubai Fountain
The very catchy song has arrived to one of the city’s biggest spectacles – and you won’t be able to stop singing it. Baby Shark now plays every evening at 8pm as part of The Dubai Fountain’s choreographed water show.
The Dubai Fountain, Downtown Dubai.
Aquaventure reveals new two-day pass
The waterpark has just introduced a two-day ticket, which gives you access to 20 waterslides and The Lost Chambers Aquarium, unlimited rides on the Wave Rider surf machine and more.
Dhs290 (kids), Dhs350 (adults). Palm Jumeirah, aquaventurewaterpark.com (04 426 2000).
New Jelly Belly
You can now cool off at a brand-new Jelly Belly ice cream parlour in Bluewaters. The shop has opened at the island across from JBR and is serving up all the classics that you know and love. There are more than 50 flavours, including favourites such as Very Cherry, Tutti Frutti and Triple Chocolate.
Open daily 10am-midnight. Bluewaters Dubai, jellybellyicecream.com (04 3709137).
Explore Dubai with the relaunched City Pass
Even for those of us who live in Dubai, there’s so much to to experience, and City Pass can help with that. The all-inclusive pre-paid pass is now offering access to 15 more activities, bringing the total number to 48. Some of the newly added family-friendly experiences include Laguna Water Park, Hub Zero, The Green Planet, Mattel Play Town, TEPfactor, VR Park, and Reel Cinema. Current attractions include Dubai Parks And Resorts and IMG Worlds of Adventure.
From Dhs425 (adults), Dhs405 (kids). For more information, dubaipass.ae.
Try VR paragliding at The Dubai Mall
The ParadropVR ride at VR Theme Park takes extreme sports enthusiasts on a unique adventure soaring through steep mountain valleys and scenic lakes without ever leaving The Dubai Mall. Simulating real flight, it combines physical movement with stunning scenery. All you’ll need to do is put on your virtual reality goggles on.
Dhs30 (per ride). Downtown Dubai, vrparkdubai.com.
Leave hubby and the kids at home, round up the mama friends and head to a suhour concept that’s a bit different. HIA is a ladies’ only feast, and it features an a la carte menu with plenty of traditional Middle Eastern dishes as well as international picks such as seared tofu salad, crab tacos, a sushi platter and more. Desserts include everything from cheese kunafa to a creamy tiramisu.
Dhs50 (weekdays), Dhs75 (weekends). Daily from 8.30pm/9pm-sunset. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Road (04 317 1234).
Laguna Waterpark slashes entry fee
Every weekday throughout May, kids can enter the La Mer-based park for Dhs1 – a huge saving off the usual Dhs99 price.
Dhs1 (kids), Dhs99 (adults), Offer available Sun-Thu 10am-6pm. Available throughout May. La Mer, Jumeirah 1, lagunawaterpark.com.
Kayak around Louvre Abu Dhabi
Kids aged six to 12 can now join Mum and Dad and marvel at the impressive Louvre Abu Dhabi architecture from a new perspective. Kayak tours around the iconic museum are available to book. So, get on some waterproof clothes, slap on the sun cream and get in the water. Just don’t drop your phone when getting pictures for Instagram.
Dhs120. Fri-Sat 10am-5.30pm. Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, seahawk.ae.
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