Family fun in Dubai

Dealing with disobedience, diwali party and more family suggestions

Thursday 7

Learn how to deal with disobedience at KidsFirst Medical Centre
Tired of tantrums? Bored of bad behaviour? Get yourself down to this practical parenting workshop, which can help you deal with your diddy ones’ disobedience. The 90-minute session will offer practical advice, tips and solutions for common bad behaviour scenarios and promises to provide parents with positive discipline styles that teach kids to behave, rather than resorting to punishment-style routines. The session starts at 8.30am and costs Dhs60.
(04 348 5437)

Celebrate Diwali at the Marina mum-and-baby bazaar at JBR
This bazaar for mums and kids is guaranteed to be a fun and fabulous afternoon out. There are loads of Diwali-dedicated activities for the little ones, including a Bollywood dance workshop and deeya (clay pot) painting. Pick up your bindi on the way in. From 4pm until 6.30pm. Call for more details.
(050 554 7448),

Friday 8

Dash down to Dino Live at Dubai Festival City
A dream come true for mini dino enthusiasts, the world’s largest moveable dinosaur extravaganza has come to town, bringing this fascinating era to life. Both educational and entertaining, tots and tweens will love the life-sized moving dinos, teens will enjoy the 3D Dino cinema experience, and mums and dads will appreciate the guided tours, learning all about the prehistoric past. Fun for all the family, there are daily shows from 9am until midnight. Show tickets Dhs50; cinema tickets Dhs20.;

Saturday 9

Get moving to the music at Teeny Show Stoppers’ sessions
Give your limelight-loving little ones a head start with this weekly Kids Theatre Works! workshop, which introduces children (aged three to five) to music, mime and movement. A combo of drama and musical theatre, tots’ talents will be unleashed through imaginative role play and creative drama games, developing their problem-solving and listening skills, as well as cultivating their confidence. Performing to tunes from shows such as The Lion King and Mary Poppins, these creative classes promise tons of fun and parents even get to see their pint-sized performers in action at the end of the course. Classes take place at Kadomz Studio at Favourite Things, Dubai Marina Mall from 9.30am until 10am and cost Dhs910 for the term, plus Dhs100 registration fee. Call to book.
(050 158 5653),

Sunday 10th

Boost your baby’s language skills with Baby Arabia play group
A first in Dubai, this mother-and-baby group introduces tinies (from four months to three years) to the sounds and words of the Arabic language through a mix of stories, songs and nursery rhymes. Not only does this unique class encourage linguistic ability and introduce minors (and mums) to the local language, but it’s a brilliant mother-baby bonding experience and will guarantee lots of new buddies from all backgrounds. The bonus? Mums get to learn something new too. Dhs650 for 10 sessions (you must book). Classes run from 9.30am until 10.15am or 10.30am to 11.15am at Favourite Things in Dubai Marina Mall.
(04 434 1984),

Monday 11

Kick up a storm at Soccer Circus Mirdif City Centre
A great activity for lads and dads to do together, this interactive football challenge puts little or large legs to the professional technique test. See if you can beat your best score, dad’s score, or your favourite football hero’s score, before experiencing the ‘big match’ in the virtual Powerplay section. Take a walk up the tunnel and onto the pitch (just like the professionals) where footballs are automatically delivered to you. As the noise of the virtual crowds increase, try to hit your target and revel in the applause. Walk away with a final score sheet and a match analysis from your coach. This is great footie fun and a good way to put
kids through their paces before signing them up for those expensive lessons. The entry fee for adults is Dhs80; kids (less than 1.2m tall) are Dhs55.
(800 534 7873),

Tuesday 12

Bop on down to Boogie Babies at Organic Foods & Café
Encourage your little monsters to let off steam at Boogie Babies. Combining music, movement and a little mayhem, these fun games will help brain development and co-ordination, increase their creativity and confidence and stretch their imaginations. Held at the Organic Foods & Café at The Dubai Mall every Tuesday, mums are guaranteed a good time too, with guilt-free coffee and cake (it’s complimentary and organic). Dhs600 for the term. Classes start at 10am for toddlers, 10.30am for babies.
(050 455 2330),

Wednesday 13

FREE! Enjoy a free family bike ride at Dubai Autodrome
As the mercury finally starts to fall and the open air beckons, head outside and enjoy some family fun. Get on your bikes and hit the track at the Dubai Autodrome for a free family evening biking session every Wednesday from 6pm until 9pm. The Autodrome offers a 2.5km floodlit open club circuit, which you can bike around together for as many laps as their little legs will allow. Not just a great way of spending time as a family, it’s also sure to tire out the tykes, ensuring a good night’s sleep. Bring your own bikes and helmets – check out these cool options!
(04 367 8700)

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