The weather’s still on the hotter side, so cooling off at XPark Jr sounds like just the adventure we need. The playscape has just launched a new unlimited Summer Pass, so kids ages one to 12 can discover nature while making friends and building their skills in a safe environment.
Available until Friday August 31, the pass provides unlimited access for one child and one adult to explore streams, waterfalls and fountains, plus tree houses, wooden bridges, climbing nets, and a petting zoo, sand play area and mud kitchen.
Dhs300. Until Aug 31. Open daily 8am-6pm. XPark Jr, Kite Beach, Dubai (04 328 4175).
A five-star summer camp
Kids aged four to 12 years old can take advantage of those remaining days of summer and enjoy a game of beach tennis, volleyball and football or compete in a variety of races and obstacle courses in addition to child-friendly water sports at this movement-filled summer camp. The team at Hilton Abu Dhabi will also organise day trips to popular destinations including Heritage Village. There’s also a selection of exciting arts and crafts sessions. Snacks and lunch will be provided daily.
Dhs190 (per day), Dhs850 (per week). Aug 1-31 9am-3pm. Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi (02 681 1900).
Space monkey school bag
You can count on Penny Scallan for some cool back-to-school designs, and this space mobkey school bag is no exception. The collection also includes Chirpy Bird, Big City and Pear Salad prints depicted on charming backpacks, lunchboxes and homeware
Dhs367. Available on www.mumzworld.com
A camp for cooking
Little Michelin stars in the making aged six to 12 can join the Top Chef Cooking Studio summer camp where they’ll cook while learning how to use age-appropriate kitchen equipment.
Dhs300 (per day), Dhs1,200 (per week). Aug 1-31 9am-2pm. Villa 196, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai (04 385 5781).
Free entry to Modhesh
A Dubai mascot won’t stop smiling and now we know why. Kids ages four to ten can meet the iconic character, and enjoy activities and fun fair favourites, for free every Sunday until August 19.
Free (Sundays, kids under three), Dhs25 (Mon-Sat). Open 10am-11pm (weekdays), 10am-12pm (weekends). Modhesh World, Dubai World Trade Centre (600 555 559).
Masha and the bear in Abu Dhabi
Remember adventurous little girl Masha and her circus bear sidekick? They’re coming to Marina Mall Abu Dhabi this summer and bringing acrobatic performances and dances inspired by Russian fairy tales just in time for the Eid al-Adha break. The show will also feature dress-up photo opportunities, crafts and other activities for young kids and teens.
Free (standing), prices TBC (seated). Aug 22-24. Marina Mall Abu Dhabi, www.marinamall.ae (800 6623).
Free eats and play
Kids under 15 eat free all summer long, any day of the week at The Westin – Al Habtoor City’s Seasonal Tastes restaurant: think six live cooking stations, plus a traditional carvery and desserts. They will also be entertained for hours in the kids’ area with activities for all ages, including drawing desks, a movie corner and a Playstation. Sounds like a fun time.
Prices vary (lunch or buffet dinner). Jul 1-Sep 30. Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 437 3333).
Splash and cook at Fairmont
Kids aged eight to 14 years old can take part in the summertime kids cooking and fitness adventure series at Fairmont The Palm for a daily interactive HIIT workout, learning some handy cooking skills with daily dish creations at The Chef’s Palette and some fun in the sun with pool and beach playtime.
Dhs250 (day pass), Dhs1000 (one week). Aug 26-30 9.30am-4pm. Palm Jumeirah, Dubai (04 457 3388).
Kids eat for free at Axe House
#HangryHipsters (AKA the cool kids) will get some free grub when mum and dad order at Axe House. It’s all on the kiddies’ menu including fish and chips and a mini steak dish. Remember, little thugs must leave for bedtime at 7pm, no matter how hipster they are.
From Dhs35 (including beverage). Until Sep 1 12pm-7pm. Armada Blue Bay Hotel, Cluster P, JLT, Dubai (04 399 9577).
What to do with kids in Dubai this August
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