Family fun in Dubai

Karaoke competition, Dubai flea market and more fun stuff for kids

Thursday September 30

Sing yourself silly at the Emax karaoke competition
If your kids think they’ve got the X factor, dance down to your nearest Emax store and let them sing their little hearts out in this karaoke competition. Mums, dads and kids can warble along to their favourite songs in either English, Tagalog or Hindi, and top tunes get prizes. As you sing, MediaCom karaoke machines will spew out your ‘in tune’ score, and if you hit the right notes, you could take home an LCD TV, karaoke machine or MP3 player. Competitions are held daily in all Emax stores until October 2. Register at your nearest Emax store before entering.
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Friday October 1

Become a detective at Cité des Enfants
Fancy being a super spy or devious detective? Edutainment centre Cité des Enfants is giving budding Bonds and Sherlock sprogs the chance to discover clues and solve puzzles with its Mini Detectives workshop. Enter the mysterious and delve into people’s minds with these supervised sessions in detective work, which take place daily until October 15. The workshops are suitable for kids aged two to seven.
Mirdif City Centre (800 534 7873);

Saturday 2

Bag a baby bargain at Dubai Flea Market
For some cheap fun and finds, get down to the outdoor season opening of Dubai Flea Market – the biggest second-hand market in the region. Clear out the kids’ old toys and sell them off (book your selling spot in advance online), or simply browse and bag – think toys, games, DVDs, books, clothes and household stuff. A great day out for just Dhs3 per person (the cost of entry into the park), there’s kids’ entertainment, popcorn stands, plenty of bargains and the entire park to explore. The market takes place from 9am until 3pm at entrance gate five.
Safa Park, Jumeirah;

Sunday 3

Cook up a feast at Organic Foods & Café
Budding bakers and keen chefs should get themselves along to Organic Foods & Café at The Dubai Mall for an afternoon cooking class. Not only will the little ones (five years and up) get hands-on with the tools of the taste trade, they’ll also learn about healthy ingredients, dishes and cooking. It’s the ideal class for kids (and mums) who care about what they eat. And while the sprogs are busy slicing and stirring, mums can browse the store or chill out with a super-healthy juice in the café area. The classes take place from 3.30pm until 5pm.
The Dubai Mall (04 434 0577)

Monday 4

Be spooked out by the creepy crawlies at Dubai Aquarium
Featuring more than 30 species of snakes, insects, geckos, lizards, iguanas and amphibians, the newly-opened Creepy Crawlies floor at Dubai Aquarium is a frightening feast. Be terrified by the tarantulas, horrified by the hissing cockroach and spooked by the spiders, scorpions and snakes. Don’t miss the rare albino Burmese python or the Hercules beetle (which can lift up to 850 times its own body weight). Ticket prices for the Underwater Zoo also cover the Creepy Crawlies floor.
(04 448 5200);

Tuesday 5

Help your kids with homework at this handy seminar
Whether your little one has just started school or is a seasoned veteran, they all need a little helping hand. This seminar provides parents with the skills to support and coach budding brains during homework time. It will discuss how to encourage independence, recommend problem-solving skills and give you the skills to get your kids into good homework routines. The class starts at 10am and costs Dhs60 per session, or Dhs200 for four consecutive sessions.
KidsFirst Medical Centre, Al Wasl Road (04 348 5437);

Wednesday 6

Go big-time bowling at Switch
The end of a busy school week equals a Wednesday-night treat. So what’s new? Visit the latest and greatest entertainment zone to hit the city. You’ll be bowled over by Switch at Ibn Battuta, which features 12 hi-tech lanes (think LED-lit alleys and huge screens showing cool music videos) for the ultimate in family fun. Afterwards, hold your very own singing session in one of the private karaoke rooms and finish off the fun with ice cream in the outdoor coffee garden.
Ibn Battuta Mall (04 440 5961)

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