Dubai Ladies Club Fun Day (04 349 9922; www.dubailadiesclub.com) Don’t miss the start of this three-day event, featuring kids’ activities and entertainment, a fashion show, fairground rides and carnival parades, plus international food stalls. This promises to be a great way to kick off your weekend. Free for members and Dhs99 for non-members. Ladies and children only.
Car boot sale at the Autodrome (www.carbootuae.com; firstname.lastname@example.org) Fancy earning some extra pocket money? Get your little urchins to dig into their toy boxes and have a good clear-out, before filling the motor and heading off to Dubai Autodrome. A plot at the boot sale costs Dh150 per car, and eager punters should roll up by 8am to secure a spot. This is a great opportunity to teach the kids about waste, recycling and entrepreneurial skills, and they’ll get a fab view of the day’s motorsport races.
Bazaar and cake bake sale Dubai International Arts Centre (04 344 4398; www.artdubai.com; email@example.com) Enjoy browsing the craft stalls for children’s books, household items, toys, clothes, hand-made crafts and jewellery, or sample some of the delicious home-made goodies on offer. Doors open from 10am until 5pm.
Karaoke at Dubai Festival City (www.dubaifestivalcity.com; firstname.lastname@example.org) Don’t let your talented little songbirds down by missing the karaoke talent contest at Dubai Festival City. Budding Mariah Careys and Michael Jacksons can test out their vocal cords on the floating stage between 7pm and 10pm every Saturday. They’ll also get to meet Dubai 92’s Catboy and Geordiebird.
Hands-on play at the Sharjah Discovery Centre (06 558 6577; www.sharjahmuseums.ae) A great morning out for the whole family, the Sharjah Discovery Centre has seven themed interactive play areas that include water, travel, building, a children’s supermarket and even an area that lets kids become a star on TV. Guided tours around the museum are also free of charge. Entrance fee is Dhs10, children Dhs5. Open from 8am to 2pm.
Core Dance Academy (04 362 6385; www.coredirection.com) If your little groovers are driving you bonkers with their wannabe living room routines, channel their energy by enrolling them in a dance class at the new Core Studio at The Waves Tower, Dubai Marina. Classes include all manner of dance disciplines from ballet to hip-hop. They’ll be exhausted!
Tickles and Giggles (800 82634; www.ticklesandgiggles.com) Get kids smartened up for the new year, perhaps with a haircut or a spa treatment, or even a mani and pedi. This kids’ spa is a brilliant place to take them for a bit of good old-fashioned pampering – and there’s a chilled outdoor parents’ lounge where you can relax as well.
Sustainable City art exhibition at Ductac (04 341 4777; www.ductac.org) If your brood are into all things eco-friendly, take them along to the Sustainable Cities art exhibition at Ductac. The show, which explores climate change, the ice age, carbon footprints and eco challenges, has been put together by the students of the American University in Dubai. An interesting afternoon for budding eco-warriors and art critics alike.
Mums on the Go at Lamcy Plaza (050 685 9157) Let your little ones loose at Lou Lou Al Dugong’s Edutainment Centre from 10am onwards. They can get all arty-crafty for Dhs25 per child, and there are sporty and cooking activities available to try too.
Mums and Tots Circle at Mirdif Park (050 654 8953; email@example.com) Are the rugrats driving you bananas with their cries of boredom? Get them down to Mirdif Park for some interaction with their peers and lots of constructive play. The Mums and Tots Circle offers ideas, advice and activities for mums of toddlers and pre-schoolers, while the little ones get to burn off some pesky energy with a good run around. The group meets from 9.30am to 11.30am every Wednesday morning.
Global Village fun (04 362 4114; www.globalvillage.ae) Think fairground rides and loads of cultural stalls to browse, along with an impressive collection of acts to watch, including traditional dancers, drummers and stilt walkers, to name just a few. Global Village has plenty to offer the culturally curious, but bring a buggy for the little ones and a good pair of shoes – you’ll do a lot of walking before the evening’s out.