Don’t miss what promises to be a chic and fun-packed breakfast party, celebrating Moulin Roty’s 40th birthday. This French toy brand, which produces a stunning range of nursery items and kids’ toys, will he hosting the party from 10am-12 noon at the Vendôme Paris café in Al Barsha (opposite the Gold and Diamond Park and behind the RTA offices) on May 8. All visitors can enjoy a complimentary continental-style breakfast, along with organized games for little ones, discounts on fabulous items from Moulin Roty and competitions for gorgeous prizes from the range.
Free. 10am-12 noon, May 8. Café Gerard Downtown (04 454 8354).
Don’t miss the toe-tapping dance and musical extravaganza One Moment In Time by students from the Diverse Choreography dance school, at the First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, from May 18 to 20. The stage thumping line-up includes hit routines and songs from Aerosmith and Bon Jovi, Shrek, Matilda and even Legally Blonde. Not to be missed if you’re a music and dance buff.
Dhs110 (per person). Performances at 3.30pm and 7pm on May 18 to 19. 7pm only on May 20. Tickets from www.madinatheatre.com (04 366 6546).
Get stuck in to science
Budding science boffins and technical geeks can learn all about the secrets of circuits and science at this month’s Sony Science Show. Held on May 4 at the Knowledge Village Auditorium, the two performances will feature Sochi Nishimura, a renowned scientific children’s entertainer, who’s flown over from Japan for the occasion. The show is aimed at encouraging kids to banish the mental blocks that can make learning science so challenging. And best of all, it’s completely free to attend! Perfect for eight to 11-year-olds, kids must be accompanied by a supervising adult.
Shows at 11am and 3pm, May 4 at the Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium. Audience members must register in advance for a place at www.sony-mea.com/sonyscienceshow.
Take the plunge
Saturdays throughout May are family mornings at Wild Wadi waterpark, so what better way to keep cool AND save some money in the process, too! Tickets bought between 8am and 10am cost just Dhs155 per adult, and Dhs125 for kids under 1.1m. And if all that splashing around makes you hungry, families visiting Wild Wadi will then get a 15 per cent discount on their bill at Beachcombers’ family brunch over in Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
Visit www.jumeirah.com for more details.
Being pregnant in the sticky Dubai summer is not fun (we’re speaking from experience!), but thankfully Mamas & Papas have come to the rescue with their Spring/Summer’12 collection. From Breton stripes to broderie Anglaise, the classic designs are sure to keep your bump looking (and feeling) cool as a cucumber.
Mamas & Papas, Dubai Mall (04 339 9481).
Last month, the Dubai School of Government and the KHDA organized a new forum to help senior school pupils make the right choice when it comes to higher education. Involving both students and parents, the forum featured industry heads, UAE-based academics and local students to help them make an informed decision about their future.
For more info, visit www.dsg.ae.
The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has announced the latest guide to school fees for Dubai’s parents. Calculated by the ‘Educational Cost Index’ (ECI), when it comes to annual fee increase, schools given a KHDA rating of ‘outstanding’ will be able to increase their fees at double the rate of the ECI (which currently stands at three per cent), schools with a ‘good’ rating can up fees by 1.5 times the rate, and schools labelled ‘acceptable’ or below can raise their fees level to the ECI. According to the new framework, new schools will not be able to increase their fees for three years from the time they open. The rules are slightly different for non-profit and embassy schools, which are required to submit applications to be approved by the KHDA. The new framework also covers admissions fees and re-registration.
For more information, visit www.khda.gov.ae.
Read all about it
Celebrate World Book Day by joining Kids Read storytelling afternoon at the Pavilion on May 12. Suitable for kids aged between six and 12, the event is free of charge, and aims to teach Dubai’s kids the joy of reading for fun. There’ll also be a programme of fun arts and crafts, too.
Register at English.firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re loving The Farm, a brand new eaterie in the swish Al Barari development near Nad al Sheba. With its tranquil surrounds (it feels a world away from Dubai) and kid-friendly menu, not to mention eco-friendly ethos and ample choices for veggies, vegans and raw food aficionados, we predict it’s going to become one of the foodie set’s favourite weekend haunts.
8am to 11pm, serving breakfast from 8am to 11am, lunch from 12pm to 6pm and dinner from 6pm to 11pm.
Fun in the sun
If your kids shy away from the sunscreen, check out these fun products from Sunbow. Featuring favourite TV characters, including Dora the Explorer, Diego and Spongebob, they come with candy scents and spray on in bursts of colour (which rubs in clear). They’re parent-friendly, too: all have an SPF30-45, are PABA-free along with other nasties such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, and block up to 97 per cent of the sun’s harmful rays.
Available from all Boots stores and It’s Sugar, from Dhs45.
Good enough to eat
Now available through the Dubai Garden Centre, as well as Sandypants.com and Journeytoys.ae, Le Toy Van’s cute-as-can-be toys are guaranteed to bring out their inner masterchef. We love the idea of make-believe breakfast in bed, complete with egg and soldiers, slice-able fruit and croissants.
We’re big fans of the recently launched ‘Moms and Kids’ section on Cobone’s deal website, which is packed full of useful offers for families. So far, they’ve partnered with some great activities, including Dino Live, Soccer Circus, Dubai Dolphinarium, as well as brands such as Chicco, Disney, and heaps more.
Check it out at www.cobone.com/deals/moms-and-kids-dubai.
Lost and found
When this handy little teddy bear child locators popped into our inbox, we just had to tell you about them. Available through Alokimsecurity.com, one part of the ‘Mommy I’m Here’ device fits on your child’s shoe, while mum carries the other one. The moment your little one strays too far, a loud 86-decibel alarm signals where they are. And at a starting price of Dhs180 for the original unit, it’s one of the cheapest we’ve found on the market (and the cutest, too!).
New store Mon Atelier ticks all the right boxes when it comes to buying some fab gifts for kids and parents alike. Check out these super cute matching PJs for dads and sons (Dhs375 and Dhs220) – you can even have them personalized, too!
Jumeirah 1, www.monatelier-dubai.com, 050 650 2433.
Style conscious mums should check out Smitten, the brand new mums and tots boutique to arrive at Dubai Marina Mall. They’ve got everything a best-dressed bump and bub should need.
04 451 9779.
Make a splash
When you’re little, there’s not much more fun than splashing around in a paddling pool with your friends. And now that it’s nearly summer, what a great way to cool down from the heat. The Intex oval whale fun pool, pictured, is priced at Dhs88 and available from major retailers.
If your little girls are anything like ours, they’re obsessed with the colour pink, Barbie, shoes and nattering with their friends. Who’d have thought they’d be able to combine all four? These quirky Barbie intercom phones have a ringing tone effect, additional sounds and light up feature, plus they’ve been designed so kids can talk and listen at the same time without having to press any extra buttons.
Dhs179 from Babyshop, Toys R Us and leading toystores.
A big thumbs up to the Gems Dubai American Academy teacher who cycled for 24 hours to raise awareness and money for a Kenyan school. PE teacher Brendan Matheson only stopped for a breather for five minutes in every hour in his quest to help rebuild a school in the slum of Kibera in Nairobi.