Little chef cooking classes
Book the little munchkins in for a morning of culinary fun with experienced mum and domestic goddess Tina McFadzean. The class begins at 9am with an hour of prep and cooking – cuisines on offer include Italian, Thai, Japanese, British and lots of baking. Yummy! 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 (9am until 1pm), or Dhs700 for a weekly camp, it’s a delicious way to keep them occupied.
(050 458 3015; firstname.lastname@example.org)
FREE! Inspirational stories at Mirdif City Centre
If your kids are culturally curious, head down to Mirdif City Centre’s Central Galleria, where the spirit of Ramadan will be brought to life with some inspirational storytelling and interactive arts and crafts activities. The sessions take place every day after iftar until the end of Ramadan.
Ramadan Nights at Wild Wadi
Don’t sit at home feeling hot under the collar – get yourselves to Wild Wadi for an evening of energetic and splashy shenanigans. The waterpark, which boasts some of the best rides in the region, is open from 8pm until midnight this weekend (including tomorrow night) – it’s a rare treat considering the park usually closes its doors to visitors at dusk. Personally, we’re not too sure we’d like to experience the Jumeirah Sceirah in the dark (let alone any other time of the day), but the kids will no doubt love it. Dhs150 for adults and Dhs125 for children.
(04 348 4444)
iFly summer bargains
A must for little high-flyers who want to experience indoor skydiving. From now until the kids go back to school you can fling yourself down an air tunnel three times for the price of two. There are trained instructors keep you happily in the air, while commemorative photos and a DVD also mark the occasion. Don’t forget that Cité des Enfants, Soccer Circus and Yalla! Bowling are offering buy one, get one free deals on entry tickets throughout Ramadan, while Magic Planet and Aqua Play are giving away Dhs50 in credits if you buy Dhs50. Brilliant if you have a whole brood to entertain, with a wide age spectrum.
All the Playnation facilities are open from 2pm to 11pm throughout Ramadan.
(800 534 7873; www.playnationme.com)
Artrageous summer camp at Ductac
Unleash some creative energy by enrolling your pint-sized Picassos in this multimedia art summer camp. Kids aged six to 12 will get to experiment with all kinds of crafts, including T-shirt printing, ceramics, lessons in painting techniques and puppet making, and they can even learn all about famous artists too. The programme covers projects that take several days to complete, so you’ll need to sign them up for the whole week. The course runs from Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 1.30pm and costs Dhs900.
(04 341 4777; www.ductac.org)
International Football Academy summer camp
Enroll football-mad tots and tweens on a half-day or full-day’s football training session run by the International Football Academy. Budding Beckhams can practise their dribbling and bending skills while burning off some of that pent-up summer energy. Held at Star International School in Umm Al Sheif, a half day runs from 9am until noon and costs Dhs75 (recommended for four- to six-year-olds), and a full day is from 9am to 3pm and costs Dhs150. Three-, four- and five-day packages are also available.
A huge centre on Dubai’s creekside, Children’s City is cheap, cheerful and lots of fun. It boasts education zones that will entertain kids from tots to teens, including a discovery section, a physical science zone, a computer and communication gallery and a historical and nature area. Open from 9am to 4pm Sunday to Thursday throughout Ramadan, and from 2pm to 5.30pm on Fridays, it will only set you back Dhs15 for adults and Dhs10 for each child.
(04 334 0808)
A delightful centre for kids aged nine and under, this modern soft play centre and activity area at Dubai Marina Mall is a great option for children during Ramadan. Open from 9am to 9pm, it costs Dhs85 per child for the first hour, and Dhs20 for every additional hour. Members also receive significant discounts, so it’s worth signing up.
(04 434 1984)
Kids’ World at Dubai Festival City
A new play centre with a bike track, a boating ride, a soft play area specifically for under twos and lots of activities for kids up to the age of 11. There are plenty of arts and crafts on offer, as well as an impressive bouncy castle and lots of climbing facilities to ensure that they’ll be well and truly worn out. Take advantage of the Ramadan offer – each child costs Dhs30 per hour instead of the usual Dhs50. The centre is open from 10am until 1am.
(055 868 1538; www.dubaifestivalcity.com)
FREE! Last chance for a clear-out
Don’t forget to go through all your drawers and cupboards to find all those good-quality toys, games and clothes you don’t use or wear any more. Ramadan is a time for charity and giving to those who are less fortunate than ourselves, but it’s almost over for another year, so get sorting. There are drop-off points all over town. Just look out for the blue-and-white striped tents.
Lunch at Planet Hollywood
If you fancy a bite to eat, head to this movie emporium and tuck into some seriously hearty nosh. Planet Hollywood is open from noon to midnight throughout Ramadan, and is offering a vast range of fast, filling and great value-for-money dishes for just Dhs60 per person. The meal deal includes a main course with salad, a desert plus soft drinks, teas and coffees. There is also a separate kids menu with lots of yummy mini dishes on offer. The themed restaurant is perfectly geared up for kids, who can check out all the cool gear on display and watch films, while mum and dad tuck into Planet Hollywood’s legendary potato skins.
(04 324 4777; www.wafi.com)