Kids in Dubai

The top stuff to do with the kids this week

Thursday 22

Birds of Prey show (050 289 1861; A huge winter hit last year, the Birds of Prey show has moved to a new location near Mushrif Park, where falcons, eagles and owls put on a spectacular display. Shows run Monday to Saturday. Dhs50 per adult, Dhs25 per child aged three to 14 years.

Friday 23

FREE! Picnic at the polo (04 361 8111; Pack a picnic basket and head to the lush green grounds of the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club to enjoy polo matches every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday afternoon from October 16 until the end of April. Relax with the family and watch the chukkas for free from 3.30pm ’til sunset.

Saturday 24

Paediatric first aid course (04 348 5452; If you’ve been reading the October issue of Time Out Kids you’ll no doubt have stocked up on a proper first aid kit, so now’s the time to find out how and when to use all your spanking new plasters and bandages. Pop along to the Synergy Integrated Medical Centre in Umm Suqeim and you’ll learn everything you need to know. 9.30am-12.30pm, Dhs250.

Sunday 25

BuggEfit (055 811 9120/050 349 2984; BuggEfit has moved outdoors. This exercise class for mums and bubs in buggies (great resistance, by the way) is a wonderful way for mothers to make friends and tone up all those wobbly bits hit by pregnancy and birth. Classes focus on the back, abs and pelvic floor muscles, as well as the usual problem areas of legs, bums and tums. Hour-long outdoor sessions are held at the Lakes on Sundays at 9am, and at JBR on Tuesdays at 9.30am. Dhs40 per session, or Dhs350 if you pay upfront for 10.

Monday 26

Emergency first aid (050 953 5075/04 394 1000;; Another chance to learn first aid with this course for parents, organised by Family First. Taught by St John Ambulance-certified instructor Rachel Jex, the course is held at the Keith Nicholl Medical Centre on Jumeirah Beach Road from 7pm-10pm. Dhs250.

Tuesday 27

Shape Up 4 You (055 811 9120/050 349 2984; Taxi: Angsana Spa in Dubai Marina) ‘A slimmer, fitter you and baby comes too’ – that’s the motto behind this new course for mums. Spread over eight weeks, this is a weight management and exercise programme with baby helpers on site, so bambino can tag along. There’s no diet to follow (hurrah!), but nutritionists and instructors will be on hand to talk you through how to change your eating habits to obtain the results you want. The sessions include a weigh-in, a 30- to 40-minute exercise class and another 30 to 40 minutes of nutritional advice, including sample recipes to take home. An eight-week session costs Dhs750, including notes, exercise sessions, nutrition sessions and helpers.

Wednesday 28

Ghostbusters at Movies and Munchies (Desert Palm, 04 323 8888) Who ya gonna call if you’re feeling bored? Desert Palm, that’s who. Head along to the resort at 6.30pm and catch this classic 1980s tale. Perfect for pre-Halloween, a trio of incompetent paranormal ‘experts’ (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis) set up as the Ghostbusters after they are canned by their college. Watch the action while bobbing about in the stunning pool. Dhs30 per person including towel and popcorn.

Thursday 29

FREE! Halloween party (04 348 6275) We’re getting eerily excited about Blossom Nursery’s spook-a-licious Halloween party. Kids aged two to seven years will have a blast trying out pumpkin carving, apple bobbing and cave reading (bewitching stories in a creepy cave, in case you were wondering) plus pony rides, a mini dance party and much more. Everyone is encouraged to get dressed up in their best Halloween costumes (that means mums and dads too) and there’ll be ample opportunity to practise your trick-or-treating at special stations around the nursery. Entrance is free, with a small charge for the activities, and all proceeds going to charity. The fun runs from 4pm ’til 6pm.

FREE! Baby-wearing workshop ( Stumped by slings and puzzled by pouches? Get all the advice and recommendations you’ll need on how to transport your tot safely at this community workshop. There are sample slings for you to try out, plus you’ll get to share your experiences on transporting your baby – plus all manner of similar parenting issues – with other mums over coffee.

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