Family fun in Dubai

Free craft workshops, dance classes and first aid for parents

Thursday 3

Cool summer nights at Aquaventure
A great way to keep cool this summer: pop down to the Atlantis waterpark for a real carnival atmosphere. Stilt-walkers, street entertainers, stalls and delectable Latin street food are just some of the extras on offer at these special summer evenings, while great rates apply to the dolphin show and ray-feeding sessions. Kids can experience the usual thrills and spills of the waterpark’s slides and attractions, topped off with laser shows and fireworks. It doesn’t come cheap (tickets are Dhs200 for adults and Dhs165 for guests less than 1.2 metres tall), but it’s a fab special treat during the heat of the summer.
(04 426 2200,

Friday 4

FREE! Souris mini workshops at Dubai Festival City
Crafty little mites can try their hands at all kinds of creative activities, from painting and drawing to T-shirt printing, card making and lots more courtesy of this kids’ clothing store. Suitable for tots aged two and up.Sessions run 5pm to 9pm in front of SuperCare Pharmacy, near Ikea.

Believe Me, I’m a Dancer
A treat for kids aged eight and over, this musical show tells the story of Tito, a simple janitor from the streets of Brooklyn, who wants to become a famous dancer. Lots of music, lots of dance – think Billy Elliot, set in New York. Doors open at 8pm, and tickets are Dhs175.
First Group Theatre (www.madinat;

Saturday 5

Siblings class at Infinity Clinic
A class on how to prepare children for the arrival of a new sibling, including tips on avoiding jealousy and how to help mum out too. The hour-long session starts at 10am and costs Dhs200 per person.
(04 394 8994; 050 458 2633)

Dance classes at Core Dance Academy

If your little groovers are going stir crazy cooped up indoors, get rid of some of that energy by enrolling them in a dance class at Core Studio at The Waves Tower in Dubai Marina. From mums-and-tots sessions to baby ballet, street jazz to musical theatre and contemporary to freestyle and hip hop, there’s something for all ages. Classes run 1pm to 5.30pm, and parents can book a free trial class before signing up for more. Call for details.
(04 362 6385;

Sunday 6

Triple P seminar at KidsFirst Medical Centre
A two-hour seminar on raising confident children, run by parent educator Therese Sequiera. The class is from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and is Dhs200 per person.
(04 348 5437; therese@parenting

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

Monday 7

FREE! Quantum Machine open evening
If you’re into alternative therapy, pop down to Synergy Integrated Medical Centre to hear what naturopath Dr Parviz Rashvand has to say about quantum technology as a method for diagnosing all kinds of diseases, abnormalities, allergies and sensitivities. Doors open at 7pm.
(04 348 5452;

First aid for parents at Keith Nicholl Medical Centre

A class that teaches parents the basics of first aid for emergencies. Runs from 7pm to 10pm; Dhs250 per person.
(050 953 5075/ 04 394 1000;;

Sharjah Aquarium
Submerge yourself in a colourful undersea world that’s home to more than 250 species of marine life. Like its big brother at The Dubai Mall, the Sharjah Aquarium also has an impressive walk-through tunnel so visitors can get really close to the action. Take a journey underwater and discover everything from the larger ocean creatures to the smaller marine life that’s found in rock pools, coral reefs, lagoons and mangroves. Adult tickets are Dhs20 and families are Dhs50. Under-fives get in free.
(06 528 5288;

Tuesday 8

Water Magic Show at Dubai Dolphinarium
For something a little different, the Dolphinarium’s Water Magic Show is described as a breathtaking performance where dolphins and seals show off their acrobatic and comedic skills. It features professional acrobats who use a variety of amazing tricks both in and out of the water – and even some pyrotechnics. Expect lots of laughs and wow-moments for parents and kids alike. The shows run every day (except Sunday) at 3pm and 6pm. VIP tickets cost Dhs140 for adults and Dhs120 for kids, while regular tickets are Dhs100 for adults and Dhs70 for kids.
(04 336 9774;;

Wednesday 9

Soccer Circus at Playnation, Mirdif City Centre
Budding Beckhams can be put through their paces at this surprisingly large indoor state-of-the-art soccer skills training centre. Newly opened and with UK football legend Kevin Keegan at the helm, it’s a brilliant way to improve ball control and keep kids active during the sweaty summer months. We especially love the game where you harness your kicking power to knock over opposition player cut-outs – it’s great for releasing tension in parents too! Entry is Dhs80 for adults and Dhs55 for kids under 1.2 metres tall.
(800 534 7873;

Thursday 10

RAK’s Iceland waterpark opens today!
With its snowy pistes, army of fibreglass penguins and glacial-themed water rides, the latest addition to the UAE’s mega waterpark portfolio is bound to elicit shrieks of delight from anyone under the age of 18. Parents may be a bit more wary considering temperatures are now rising towards the 50s, but if you’re surrounded by polar-style slides, pools, and play areas while being sprayed with cold water, chances are this could well be the ultimate place to cool off this summer. Even if waterparks aren’t your thing, Iceland has to be seen to be believed. After all, a snowy wonderland in the middle of the desert is pretty bizarre, even if it is fake.

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