Kids in Dubai: January

Your at a glance guide to the best family fun in Dubai this month


01 Tuck into Planet Hollywood’s New Year roast and breakfast while the kids play. 04 324 4777

02 Snack on popcorn while watching Gulliver in 3D, starring funny guy, Jack Black.

03 Back to School!

04 Squiggle away with KidzArt. The new term begins today.

05 Grab a great Kidville deal! Classes, play passes and more, worth Dhs895. You pay Dhs275!

06 FREE! Meet new mums at Infinity’s Mum and Me Morning. 10-11am 04 394 8994

07 Stock up on lovely, local fruit and veg at the farmer’s market, 10am-5pm, Baker & Spice, Souk al Bahar.

08 Bag a bargain – everything from books, DVDs and toys to clothes, accessories and home stuff – at Safa Park Flea Market. 9am-3pm

09 Sign up for a class! Boppin’ bubs will love Boogie Babies while diddy divas should check out Drama Scene.

10-11 Fairies and fun, royalty and romance, magic and misunderstandings… Don’t miss A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by Shakespeare 4 Kidz at the DUCTAC theatre. Dhs150, Jan 10-13, performances at 8.45am and 11.45am. 04 341 4777

12-13 Get off to the right start this term with a ‘Back to School’ workshop from The Parenting Place. 04 348 5437

14 Get crafty at the Arte Souk where local artisans offer their creations for sale. Noon-7pm, Times Square Center.

15-16 Join in a Fit To Surf session down at Sunset Beach. Even parents can have a go on the stand-up paddleboards. 04 399 0989

17-18 Follow Zoe Beans on the first of her magical adventures in Where is Binky Boo? www.zoeand

19 Have fun giving to charity at Favourite Things, with a puppet show, crafts, games and raffles in aid of the Lavender Drive. 3-6pm 04 434 1984

20 Splash the cash! Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) starts today with tons of kids’ events. Check out

21 Bang your own drum at the Full Moon Desert Drumming session, with barbeque, camel rides and more.

22 Mooch around the New Covent Garden Market at The Walk, JBR, open 10am-9pm.

23 Work up a sweat! Head to Umm Suqeim Park for a prenatal (9am) and postnatal (10.15am) workout.

24 Expand your brain. Fans of the Megamind movie will love these newly-released activity, sticker and story books.

25 Hurry! Take advantage of our reader offer and head down to Al Samadi Cafe for your free kids’ meal

26 Visit Global Village’s 28 pavilions, fun fair and see cultural entertainment – from African acrobats to Japanese drummers. Daily 4pm-midnight until Feb 28

27 Go green at the new Children’s Garden at Al Ain Wildlife Park: think recycled, herb and veggie gardens to help eco-educate your kids.

28 Trot along to see the Al Saheel horse show, Thu-Fri 7.30pm, Sat 3pm. Dhs195 adults, Dhs95 kids. Hoofbeatz, Dubai Polo Club,

29 Hunt a bargain at the Dubai Baby & Children's Market, packed with boutique buys and second-hand gems. 9am-noon, Friday January 28th (not January 29th as stated in Time Out Kids) at Star International School, Umm Sheif. Call 050 889 2781 or 050 955 7799 for details.

30 Smile your way through 2011 with a dental check-up. Drs Nicolas & Asp have opened a paediatric dentristy centre in Jumeirah. 03 349 7477

31 FREE! Head down to the Dubai Creek for the nightly DSF fireworks – every night until Feb 20.

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