Family fun in Dubai

Harry Potter at the cinema - anything else you need to know?

Thursday 18

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
The much-anticipated seventh instalment of the teen wizard’s adventures hits our screens today. Voldemort’s power is growing stronger and our hero Harry, with the help of Ron and Hermione, must finish Dumbledore’s work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat him. Another dark tale, this is not one for liver-lillied kids, but if they’ve read the books and seen the other movies, it will take all your parent power to keep them away. In cinemas across Dubai.

FREE! Bond with your baby at Organic Foods & Café
Discover the best way to carry your newborn by bringing him or her and carrier along to this baby-wearing workshop. There’ll be one-on-one troubleshooting, plus top transportation tips from long-term babywearers. A laid-back affair, enjoy a chat and coffee with other mums.
Free. 9.30-11.30am, Organic Foods & Café, The Dubai Mall,

Friday 19

FREE! Lambert Puppet Theatre at Dubai Marina Mall
Don’t miss this fabulous free performance by master puppeteers Noel and Eva Lambert, a touring puppetry partnership. The show promises big likeable creatures in colourful costumes, exciting stories and lots of laughs, with some pre-show entertainment for the little ’uns.
Free. 3.30pm. Dubai Marina Mall Atrium. Contact Favourite Things (04 434 1984).

Watch an inspiring kids’ play at Emirates Theatre
In celebration of Universal Children’s Day on November 20, Slumber Party Confessions is a comedy based on stories about children living in Dubai, with six young actors treading the boards. Pre-play, kids can try jewellery making, nail art and henna. Tickets from Sarpino’s Pizzeria, Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa (04 351 9111). Event entry is free; play tickets Dhs100 for adults, Dhs50 for kids.
Activities start at 4pm; play begins at 6pm. Emirates International School, Jumeirah 3,

Saturday 20

Bag your bargain Christmas buys at Toys R Us
Get your seasonal shopping sorted at the brand-new Toys R Us Express store, which is offering 75 per cent off its range of toys. From bikes and books to board games and Barbie bits, it’s the perfect place to answer your little ones’ ‘Dear Santa’ letters.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Dubai Outlet Mall, Al Ain Road,

Play green games at Peekaboo!
Convince the kids there’s nothing like good green fun with a trip to educational play centre Peekaboo! Its aim is to eco-educate little ones through play. Get stuck into green crafts (think making bookmarks, jewellery and more from reusabale magazines) and eco-cooking classes (conjuring up nut-free, nasties-free culinary creations). There’s also balloon decoration using biodegradable latex balloons.
Dhs40 for first hour, Dhs10 for every extra hour. Open daily 9am-8pm. Peekaboo!, The Village Mall, (04 344 7122), email for other locations.

Sunday 21

Games and grub at Ping Pong
Dig into dim sum while dealing out the dominoes at Sunday Funday night at dim sum emporium Ping Pong. Families can enjoy fun-filled evenings with great games (courtesy of Hamleys) and good grub. There’s everything from traditional games (think chess) to the more modern Pictureka. Take along your copy of November’s Time Out Kids, which entitles two kids aged under 12 to a free dim sum basket.
Daily 6pm-midnight. The Dubai Mall (800 7464 1664).

Monday 22

Treat the tykes at Sugar Daddy’s
Keep your little ones sweet with a mid-week treat trip to the just-opened Sugar Daddy’s café at The Dubai Mall. While the little tykes tuck into frozen cup-shakes and whoopee pies, savour one of the deliciously decadent cupcakes (choose from 25 flavours). We love Red Velvet and Fake Blonde.
Galeries Lafayette, ground floor, The Dubai Mall, (04 344 8202).

Emergency first aid at Keith Nicholl Medical Centre
A must for all mums, this first-aid workshop will teach you how to deal with numerous medical dangers like choking, burns and limb injuries.
Dhs250. 7pm-10pm. Beach Road, Umm Suqeim,, (050 953 5075).

Tuesday 23

Cuddle up to charity with Save Our Friends
A super seasonal gift, we love these large, loveable and lifelike endangered wild animal soft toys from the Save Our Friends enviro-range. Choose a furry, feathery or finned friend, from white fur seals and snowy owls to cheetahs and chimpanzees, and for each one you buy, Save Our Friends will make a contribution on your behalf to one of the chosen wildlife charities.
From Dhs210 plus delivery.

Wednesday 24

Meet Super Granny at Willow Nursery
Following the launch of her latest book, Raising Happy, Healthy Children, author, international speaker and parenting coach Andalene Salvesen (aka Super Granny) has flown back to Dubai to host a special mums’ night. Enjoy an exclusive coffee date with her and mingle with other mums, before a workshop in which the parenting guru will address uniqueness in children, discussing how what works for one child does not necessarily work for the other. There will also be light refreshments and a special raffle prize.
Dhs100. 7.30pm. Street 9c, Umm Suqeim, (050 745 8289).

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