Family fun in Dubai

Dubai Marathon, Merchants of Bollywood and more things to do with kids this week

Thursday 21

Merchants of Bollywood (04 391 4994;; A perfect family treat, this stage extravaganza performing live at the Palladium in Media City tells the all-singing, all dancing tale of a humble choreographer from Rajasthan who runs away to Mumbai to realise her dreams in the big city. Featuring a cast of 40, with more than 1,600 costume changes, it will have your whole family dancing in the aisles. Tickets cost Dhs150 to Dhs450 and the show runs until January 23.

Friday 22

Dubai Marathon Fun Run ( Don your running shoes – and perhaps a fancy dress outfit – and take the kids down to the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 3km fun run. Open to everyone, expect there to be a large buggy brigade of enthusiastic runners, as well as lots of cool costumes and a few granddads and grandmas who will definitely deserve a cheer. The fun run starts at 11am at Media City and costs Dhs40 per person to enter.

Saturday 23

Bead Palace & Accessories (04 395 2771) Get your little ones’ creative juices flowing with a fun and informative workshop on all things crafty, taking place at Bead Palace, opposite Mercato Mall on Jumeirah Beach Road. The three-hour sessions run from 2pm to 5pm and include a whole range of kid-friendly activities, such as paper crafts, cooking, scrapbooking, pottery, jewellery making and more. The afternoons cost Dhs140 and are perfect for children aged five and above.

Paediatric first aid course (04 348 5452; A morning workshop at the Synergy Integrated Medical Centre, where parents can learn the basics in first aid. Runs from 9.30am to 12.30pm and costs Dhs250.

Sunday 24

Stargate (04 325 9988;; Little darlings bouncing off the walls with energy? Get them down to the world’s biggest soft play area and let them off the leash. With air-powered ball shooters galore, loads of slides and everything covered in bouncy latex, they can fling themselves around like maddies without risking bumps or bruises. Open from 10am to 10pm; a one-hour session per child costs Dhs25.

Monday 25

First aid classes for parents (050 953 5075; 04 394 1000;; Learn the basics from experts about what to do when the worst happens. Reassuring peace of mind for parents, classes cost Dhs250 and run from 7pm to 10pm.

Tuesday 26

Mums on the Go (050 685 9157) A fun and crafty club at Lamcy Plaza’s Lou Lou Al Dugong edutainment centre. Open to kids of all age groups, Mums on the Go meets every Tuesday at 10am and offers sporty, crafty and culinary activities. Sessions cost Dhs25 per person.

FREE! Deira fruit and vegetable market Ideal for picking up bargain boxes of the freshest regional produce, as well as an interesting and culturally-rich experience, this is a shopping trip with a difference. Get there early in the morning to get the good bargains – the best fruit and veggies get snapped up fast. See last week’s Time Out Dubai or pick up the January issue of Time Out Kids for more fresh veg ideas

Wednesday 27

FREE! Adoption Support Group (04 348 5452; Offering support and invaluable advice to those considering the step of adoption, this is also an ideal opportunity to meet like-minded parents. The group meets at 7pm at the Synergy Integrated Medical Centre.

Yoga for kids (04 349 9922) Get them bending, stretching and meditating with a session of kids’ yoga at Dubai Ladies Club. Classes for children aged three to six run from 4pm to 4.30pm, while seven to 12s can take a 45-minute class starting at 4.45pm.

Thursday 28

Mums and tots at Dubai Mall ice rink (04 448 5111; Want to take to the ice with your tots as a treat? Dubai Mall is now running mums and tots skating sessions for kids under seven, where little ’uns can skate with mum and get advice from a skating coach, for just Dhs50 per session for both of you.

Hot chocolate at Galler (04 327 9120) Go on, spoil yourselves with an end-of-the-week gourmet hot chocolate from Galler. Branches at Wafi, Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates.

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