Family fun in Dubai

New group for mums, art festival and more family activities in Dubai

Thursday 4

FREE! Meet mums at Infinity’s new baby and toddler group
If you’re searching for support or simply want to meet new mums, head down to new baby and toddler group Mum and Me Morning. A midwife and lactation consultant, as well as a health visitor, will be on hand to answer your baby-related questions and you can share the ups and downs of motherhood with other mums.
Free. 10am-11am every Thursday. Infinity Clinic, Al Wasl Road, (04 394 8994).

Friday 5

FREE! Arts festival at Ductac
Embrace your creative sprit with an all-singing, all-dancing day out at Ductac’s annual Open Day, where the entire family can try an array of artistic activities and be wowed by live drama and dance performances. Pint-sized Picassos can get stuck into mural painting and pottery, while mum meanders around the art market for unusual crafts and dad works up an appetite bashing it out at a traditional African drum circle. There’s also drama, dance and storytelling sessions, and the chance to create your own unique piece of family art at the Mega designer toy workshop.
Free. 11am-7pm. Ductac, level 2, Mall of the Emirates, 341 4777).

Saturday 6

Shop smart at Safa Park flea market
Bag a bargain – everything from books, DVDs and toys to clothes, accessories and home stuff – and enjoy the buzz of this busy and bustling flea market. Bring a post-purchase picnic and enjoy it beneath the trees, before heading off to explore this popular park (don’t miss the amusement arcade and kids’ trampolines).
Dhs3 entry per person. 9am-3pm. Gate 5, Safa Park, Jumeirah,

Cook up a storm with Little Chefs
Juggling mums rejoice! The Fabulous Food for Busy Families workshop is back with a two-hour cooking course that will help you manage meal times and rustle up healthy family dishes, so you can finally ditch the drive-through and give your kids tasty, healthy dinners.
Dhs250. 10am-noon. Little Chefs Dubai, behind Metropolitan Hotel,

Sunday 7

Book your little swinger into Kindergarten Golf
Aimed at four- to seven-year-olds, these weekly golf sessions over eight weeks at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club introduce tee-time tots to the basics of this civilised, global game. Lessons include that all-important pitch and putt technique, helping to instil discipline and concentration, all in a fun, safe environment.
Dhs800 for eight weekly one-hour lessons. Next course starts November 28. Choice of timings and venues. (04 295 6000).

See a movie with a message at the cinema
Up your child’s eco ante with a cinematic viewing of new film Sammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage. This animated environmental tale follows a sea turtle who hatches in 1959 and spends the next 50 years travelling the world under attack by global warming. It’s an educational excuse for popcorn in the dark.
In cinemas across Dubai.

Monday 8

Try out a new career at Kidzania
If junior hasn’t yet found his dream job, he may want to test the four new careers at edutainment centre Kidzania. While tech-savvy kids can design IT gadgets, motorheads can customise their own car. There’s also the chance to do a Willy Wonka and conjure up flavoured milk, as well as bottle soda.
Dhs125 (ages four to 15), Dhs95 (ages two to three), Dhs90 (adults). Open Sun-Wed 9am-10pm, Thu 9am-midnight, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. Kidzania, The Dubai Mall, (04 448 5222).

Tuesday 9

Fire imaginations with a workshop at Cité des Enfants
Test your little tykes’ intuition, exercise their brains and blow their minds with this month’s special activity, Brainstorms and Optical Illusions. Dhs100 for a 90-minute session. Hourly sessions until November 15.
Cité des Enfants, Mirdif City Centre, (900 534 7873).

Wednesday 10

FREE! Understanding Allergies in Children workshop
Passionate about educating parents on improving the quality of children’s health, naturopathic doctor Dr Parviz Rashvand will deliver a free lecture on child allergies. He’ll explain what causes them, how it affects their lives and what steps can be taken to redress the balance. Limited spaces.
Free. 7pm, Synergy Integrated Medical Centre, Jumeirah (04 348 5452).

FREE! Festive Fayre at Kings Dubai School
Get your Christmas gifts sorted and soak up the seasonal spirit at this fabulous fiesta. There’ll be festive family entertainment (‘Splat the snowman’ will appeal to little ones) as well as stacks of seasonal activities – think treasure hunts, tombolas and cookie decorating – with tons of prizes up for grabs. Market stalls will offer opportunities for pocket-money present purchases, before tucking into the organic barbecue. Donations appreciated.
Free. 5pm-8pm, 17c Street, off Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim (04 348 3939).

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