Family fun in Dubai

New movies, parental improvement and more family activities this week

Thursday 9

See new movies at the cinema
The release of two new family films today can only mean a Thursday night movie-and-popcorn extravaganza. First up is Cats and Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore in 3D, a sequel to the 2001 comedy Cats and Dogs. It tells the tale of a former super spy agent gone rogue after falling out with her feline comrades. Expect plenty of furry action and wacky wisecracks to keep the kids entertained. Next up, and one for the boys, Vicky the Viking follows Vicky’s inaugural sailing out to sea with the grown-up Vikings, where his wit and instincts (yes, he’s a boy) help him save the day.
In cinemas across Dubai.

Friday 10

Get away from it all for Eid!
Celebrate both the end of the school holidays and the Eid al-Fitr holiday with a regional resort stay – many hotels are offering special Eid family packages, such as the deal at the swanky Meydan resort. Overlooking the racecourse, it’s offering a special GCC residents’ rate (Dhs750 per night), which includes unlimited beach access at sister hotel Mina A’Salam and free Wild Wadi passes. The deal is valid until the end of September.
(04 364 7147;

Saturday 11

Get cooking at L’Atelier des Chefs
Fancy a night off from feeding the family once in a while? Why not transform your child into a chef? Book your seven- to 12-year-olds into cooking workshop The Little Pastry Chef at famed international cooking school L’Atelier des Chefs. Here, they’ll learn how to create three pastries and a fruit cocktail, and then hopefully recreate them at home for you. The class costs Dhs150 and runs every Saturday at 1.30pm at
Le Méridien Dubai near the airport.
(056 6900 480;;

Sunday 12

Parent improvement course at KidsFIRST Medical Centre
Get the new school year off to a positive parenting start by attending this seminar, entitled ‘Raising Confident, Competent Children’, which promises to provide you with strategies to teach your kids important values and skills. After this two-hour session, hosted by a professional parent educator, you’ll be able to help your kids develop self-confidence, independence, social skills and even problem-solving techniques. The seminar is suitable for parents of kids aged 18 months to 11 years and runs from 8.30am until 10.30am. It costs Dhs200 for individuals and Dhs300 for couples, and booking is essential. If you can’t make this class, the next one will take place on Sunday September 19 from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.
(04 348 5437;;

Monday 13

Celebrate Eid at KidZania
Help your kids understand the meaning of Ramadan and Eid at edutainment centre KidZania at The Dubai Mall. Until the end of Eid, the venue is reflecting this celebration with new decor and new activities. Young ones will have the opportunity to make jewellery, perfumes and greeting cards that can be given as Eid gifts and, in the spirit of the celebration, will be encouraged to donate KidZos (KidZania currency), which will then be doubled in value and donated to underprivileged children. They can also enjoy a special theatrical show about the Holy Month, plus Arabian Nights stories at Urbano’s House and a fashion show of local dress. Open Sun-Wed 9am-10pm; Thu 9am-midnight; Fri-Sat and public holidays 10am-midnight. It costs Dhs125 for kids aged four to 15, Dhs95 for those aged two to three, and Dhs90 for accompanying adults, while under twos go free.
(04 448 5222;;

Tuesday 14

FREE! Enter Emirates Litfest writing competition
Get your kids back into the school spirit by encouraging them to scribe a story that could win them a prize and some major kudos. Emirates Litfest’s story-writing competition is open to all ages and, this year, carries the theme ‘The Mystery’, requiring entrants to write short stories with clever characters, twisty plots and – most of all – a big, fat mystery. If your child wins, their story will be published by Jerboa Books, and they’ll also receive five copies of the book as a keepsake. Kids aged 11 and under should write a maximum of 500 words; 12- to 14-year-olds can go up to 1,000 words; and ages 14 and above up to 1,500 words. All entries must be submitted online by November 12, 2010.

Wednesday 15

Fun & Games at Wild Wadi
From midday onwards, get your little ones along to wacky waterpark Wild Wadi for loads of extra fun, games and giveaways. Kids will have the opportunity to meet characters from the Wild Wadi legend (and have their photo taken with them), and can watch expert flowriders do fancy flicks and tricks on the Wipeout Flowrider. At Breaker’s Bay wave pool, there will also be plenty of fun and games with the chance to win some super-cool prizes. These activities are on offer throughout September on Sundays and Wednesdays from midday. Entry to the park is Dhs200 for adults and Dhs165 for kids less than 1.1m tall.
(04 348 4444/

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