Cool summer nights at Aquaventure
Get down to Aquaventure and join in the carnival fun, with stilt-walkers, street entertainers, stalls and delectable Latin street food, plus great rates on the dolphin show and ray-feeding sessions. Of course, kids can experience the usual thrills and spills of the water park’s slides and attractions, all topped off with special laser shows and fireworks. At Dhs200 for adults and Dhs165 for guests less than 1.2 metres tall, it doesn’t come cheap, but it’s a fab special treat during the heat of the Dubai summer.
(04 426 2200, www.timeouttickets.com)
Aquaplay at Mirdif City Centre
Open from 10am until 11pm daily, Aquaplay provides lots of fun water rides, including bumper boats (instead of cars), a mini log flume and a stand-and-play wet area called Murial’s Aquatraptions for little ones who love the wet stuff. For a more exuberant session, you can book them into the fishing village-themed jungle gym, or they can try their hands at the various arcade-style water games and rides. Not bad value at between Dhs5 and Dhs30 per activity.
Summer in Abu Dhabi
Take a trip to the capital and visit ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre) for loads of summer family fun. From stage comedy shows to the indoor play maze (Bee Amazed), there’s also a whole host of other activities, including arcade fun, arts and crafts and games to suit all age groups. It’s worth making a day of it if you fancy a break from Dubai this week.
Big Apple Circus in Abu Dhabi
Roll up! Roll up! New York’s Big Apple Circus is making its way to Abu Dhabi for 10 days only! We’re supremely excited about seeing NYC’s finest when it comes to the Big Top, and we’re certain that even little ones will be chuckling at the antics of Bello the Daredevil Clown – named ‘America’s Best Clown’ by Time magazine. It’s definitely worth the trek to the capital, so book your seats now to avoid disappointment. Curtains up at 8pm, and tickets cost Dhs200 for adults and Dhs75 for kids under 12. The show runs until August 3.
FREE! Kids’ Fashion Week
This trendy event opens today at Deira City Centre, with top kids’ brands all taking their turn down the catwalk. Take your little fashionistas along for the shows, which will showcase the season’s hottest looks. Be prepared for lots of cool special offers, too. Fashion Week continues until August 7.
FREE! Craft workshops at Mercato
Running from noon until 8pm, crafty kids can get their paws stuck in to all sorts of colourful activities at these free classes. While T-shirt decorating costs Dhs15 per shirt, all the other activities are laid on for free – and will keep your little terrors entertained for a whole afternoon. Perfect!
Dolphin and Seal Show at Dubai Dolphinarium
Described as a breathtaking performance where aquatic creatures show off their acrobatic and comedic skills with aplomb, this show features juggling dolphins and dancing seals, plus lots of amazing leaps, tricks and routines set to music. Running every day (except Sunday) at 11am and 6pm, with an extra 3pm show on Fridays and Saturdays, tickets cost Dhs100 for adults and Dhs50 for kids.
(04 336 9774; www.dubaidolphinarium.ae; www.timeoutickets.com)
Little Chef cooking classes
Book the wee darlings in for a morning of culinary fun with experienced mum and domestic goddess Tina McFadzean. The fun begins at 9am with an hour of prep and cooking – cuisines include Italian, Thai, Japanese, British and lots of baking. Water and healthy snacks are provided, along with a mini chef’s kit, so they can create the same dishes at home for mum and dad. For Dhs150 per day, or Dhs700 for a weekly camp, it’s a delicious way to keep budding chefs occupied.
(050 458 3015; firstname.lastname@example.org)
FREE! Kids’ food at Spur
Tuck into some seriously hearty grub at this South African family restaurant at Dubai Festival City, which serves burgers to die for and has its own kids’ entertainment area. Balloons, colouring sheets and crayons are generously doled out too, so mum and dad can sit back and enjoy their dinner in peace.
(04 232 8866)
Boogie Babies at The Lakes Club
These jiggly-wiggly classes are ideal for little ones with too much pent-up energy. There are sessions for toddlers at 10am, and babies at 10.30am.
Introducing Solids class at Infinity clinic
Learn the basics of weaning as well as those essential skills needed to get your baby off the liquid diet, and onto something much more mushy. The main elements of this essential class include feeding techniques and schedules, as well as recommended dietary options and a variety of cooking methods. The class runs from 7pm to 9.30pm and costs Dhs400 per person.
(04 394 8994)
Movies and Munchies at Desert Palm
Lounge in the pool while you check out this week’s movie, emerging only to stuff yourself with burgers from the barbecue or munch your way through a giant bucket of popcorn. This week’s pick at the outdoor cinema is Up, a delightful CGI family film that will result in a few damp eyes – follow the exploits of elderly widow Carl Fredricksen as he attempts to fulfil his lifelong dream to travel to South America. The movie starts at 7pm, and tickets are Dhs30 per person.
(03 323 8888)
FREE! Kids’ food at Toscana
Take the family for a tasty Italian treat at Toscana at the Madinat Jumeirah. This easy-going restaurant, complete with an outdoor terrace, is perfect for dining with the nippers – and it’s cheap too, considering they eat for free.
(04 366 6730)
Cine-Splash at Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club
Movie buffs should get their rears over to the polo club near Arabian Ranches for a family movie in the pool (call ahead for exact film details). You can also tuck into pasta dishes, pizza and plenty of popcorn. The show starts at 7pm and costs Dhs30 per person.
(04 361 8111)