Family fun in Dubai

DSF bargains, drums, jungles and more ideas for kids and parents

Thursday 20

EDITOR’S PICK Splash the cash at Dubai Shopping Festival
If you ever needed an excuse to indulge in some retail therapy, Dubai Shopping Festival – which starts today and runs until mid-February – is it. But it’s not just for shopaholic mums. DSF is bursting with tons of family-friendly activities at participating malls. See the website for more details.
Free. Until February 20, locations across Dubai,

Friday 21

EDITOR’S PICK Bang your drum
Percussion and little people is not normally a combination we would advocate, but we make an exception for Dubai Desert Drumming. A brilliant night out for all the family (we’ve taken everyone from toddlers to grandparents), it’s a great way to soak up the atmosphere of the desert, while getting in touch with your rhythmic side with a bit of drum-bashing under the stars. Tuck into a delicious barbecue dinner before burning off the energy with a camel ride and some rolling down the sand dunes.
Dhs190, Dhs85 for kids aged five to 14, under fives free. 6.30pm. In the desert near Dragonmart, on Route 44 towards Hatta,

Saturday 22

A rumble in the jungle
If your kids are climbing the walls and swinging from the banisters at home, they’ll feel right at home at the Jungle Fever Fun Factory at Hayya! Lakes Club. The jungle-themed session includes plenty of energy-busting activities with Dubai Drums, after which they can bounce themselves silly on the inflatable castle and get stuck into face painting, a jungle fancy-dress competition, loads of games, entertainment and tasty food and drinks.
Dhs75 for kids aged three to 12, free for parents. 1pm-4pm, Hayya! Lakes Club, Emirates Hills, (04 362 7791).

Sunday 23

Sweat it!
Want to keep fit during your pregnancy? Research shows that keeping active and healthy can lead to an easier birth, quicker recovery time and happier baby. With that in mind, head to Umm Suqeim Park, where qualified pre- and postnatal trainers from Urban Energy Fitness will put you through your paces. The prenatal workout starts at 9am, while new mums should head down at 10.15am (baby can come too) for a ‘storkfit’ session designed to work on post-birth wobbly bits.
Dhs85 per session, discounted monthly packages available. 9am prenatal; 10.15am storkfit. Umm Suqeim Park;

Monday 24

Beef up on bump
If you’re expecting a new arrival soon, antenatal classes are a must-have for mums- and dads-to-be. Infinity Clinic’s four-week antenatal course starts today and helps to prepare expectant parents for both the birth and the early days with a newborn baby.
Dhs1,500, 7pm-9.30pm. Infinty Clinic, opposite Park ‘n’ Shop, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah (04 394 8994).

Tuesday 25

Be a princess for the day
For a perfect pampering treat, take your little princess to Favourite Things at Dubai Marina Mall, where staff will whisk her away for a dream makeover. Fitted with a sparkling tiara and her very own princess ball gown, she’ll then take a seat on the royal throne for her very own photo shoot, followed by free play in the play area. Perfect for divas aged four to eight, the two-hour package includes nail polish, glitter and a gown
to take home.
Dhs300, daily, Favourite Things, Dubai Marina Mall, (04 434 1984).

EDITOR’S PICK Tame your toddler
Living with a toddler is like living with a smaller, louder version of Napoleon. This workshop looks at ways of dealing with your tot’s new-found independence and ever-evolving needs, focusing on ideas to help little ones play and learn, plus school and childcare issues and common problems.
Dhs300, 7pm-9.30pm, Infinity Clinic, opposite Park ’n’ Shop, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah (04 394 8994).

Wednesday 26

Dig into some dinkum tucker
Feast on Lamingtons and Anzac biscuits as Lime Tree Café celebrates Australia Day. The Antipodean goodies will be on sale from January 21 until Waitangi Day on February 6 at the café’s Jumeirah, Ibn Battuta and Al Quoz branches. If you’re planning a celebratory barbecue, enlist the help of the catering team, who will whip up fresh salads, home-made sausage rolls and burgers.
Locations across Dubai, (04 325 6325).

FREE! ADD/ADHD support group
Concerned parents are welcome at this free monthly gathering for those worried about attention deficit disorders. This meeting focuses on occupational therapy, but there will be opportunity to meet other parents and experts and ask questions.
Free. 7.30pm, Dubai British School, Emirates Hills, (050 953 5075).

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