Family fun in Dubai

Shakespeare for kids, farmer's market, surfing for kids and more ideas

Thursday 13

EDITOR’S PICK Last chance to see Bottom!
When Shakespeare is mentioned, many adults probably call to mind dreary lessons at school slogging through dusty tomes and olde English language. Yet UK company Shakespeare 4 Kidz has transformed the Bard’s works into something entertaining and understandable for even the youngest theatre-goer. This year, the company has brought its own magical, musical version of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Dubai. Bursting with rousing tunes, magical scenery and plenty of jokes and tomfoolery from Puck and Bottom, the whole family will love it.
Dhs150. 8.45am and 11.45am, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, (04 341 4777).

Friday 14

Get stuck into a new book
After all the excitement of the festive season, curl up with the first of a fabulous new book series, Zoe and Beans by bestselling author Mick Inkpen (of Kipper fame). Follow the loveably lively Zoe and her devoted dog, Beans, in a world full of fun, friendship and magical adventures. The first book, Where is Binky Boo?, is in bookstores now.

Eat your greens with a trip to the farmer’s market
Bursting with splendid seasonal produce grown locally at UAE farms, Souk Al Bahar’s market is a great way to introduce junk-food junkies to healthy-eating habits. Even the most stubborn vegephobe will struggle to resist the shiny aubergines, fragrant fresh tomatoes, leafy herbs and laid-that-morning eggs (watch out for butter fingers…). Mums, all the produce is reasonably priced and so deliciously fresh that you’ll be inspired to create a whole raft of nutritious, wholesome family meals all week long.
Free. 10am-5pm, Baker & Spice, Souk al Bahar (04 425 2240).

Saturday 15

Hit the waves with a Fit To Surf session
A great programme that combines surfing with games to teach kids fitness and mobility, these lessons will get your water babies fit while teaching them to surf at the same time. The weekly lessons take place at Sunset Beach (the one near Burj al Arab), and there are two time slots for kids aged five to 12. If parents fancy reliving their surfer-dude youth, there are sessions for grown-ups too.
Dhs125. 7am-8.30am. Sunset Beach, Jumeirah. (04 399 0989).

Sunday 16

EDITOR’S PICK FREE! Grub and games at Al Samadi Café and Sweet Shop
Don’t forget to take advantage of this month’s sweet freebie in Time Out Kids. Take your copy of the magazine down to Al Samadi Café to claim a free kids’ meal (there’s a super children’s menu featuring mini portions of the café’s signature dishes) and a great activity (think decorating Arabic sweets or cookies with edible glitter). Meanwhile, parents can get stuck into some delicious Franco-Lebanese grub while soaking up the street café atmosphere.
Open daily 7.30am-midnight. Al Doha Street, Downtown Burj Khalifa, (04 432 9620).

Monday 17

Wander the world at Global Village
With 140 culinary destinations, 28 pavilions, a 40-ride funfair and plenty of cultural entertainment, from African acrobats to Japanese drummers, Global Village offers a great day out, and plenty to keep kids entertained. Monday is family day.
Dhs10 per person. Open Sat-Wed 4pm-midnight; Thu-Fri 4pm-1am until February 28. Emirates Road, near Arabian Ranches,

Tuesday 18

EDITOR’S PICK Bond with your baby on an infant massage course
Get to grips with the basic techniques of baby massage on this four-week course, and reap the benefits at home (it claims to boost a baby’s immune system, reduce stress and induce sleep). A small hands-on workshop, parents are taught to recognise their baby’s body language, as well as learning and practising massage techniques for particular body parts, which are all taught in a logical step-by-step fashion.
Dhs600 for a four-week course. Every Tuesday 3pm-4pm. Infinity Clinic, Al Wasl Road (04 394 8994).

Wednesday 19

FREE! Get on your bike
Hit the track at Dubai Autodrome for a free family evening of biking (or rollerblading or even jogging). The Autodrome opens its doors to families every Wednesday so you can get fit and healthy, safe in the knowledge you’re not going to get squished by some dodgy Dubai driver. Cyclists and rollerbladers be warned: no helmet – no admission.
Free. 6pm-9pm. Dubai Autodrome, (park at Race Paddock), Emirates Road, (04 367 8700).

Get your hands dirty
Or at least a little messy with a mums-and-tots artistic workshop at Ductac, for kids aged one to three years. Get stuck into painting, tearing, scrunching, modelling and colour mixing to create your own mini masterpiece.
Dhs90, plus Dhs20 for materials. 10am-11.30am, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).

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