Family fun in Dubai

Festival fireworks, baby markets, Al Ain Air show and more

Thursday January 27

EDITOR’S PICK Dubai Shopping Festival fireworks
The shopping festival, which runs until February 20, brings with it all sorts of retail and entertainment shenanigans, including mall activities designed to keep junior entertained while you have fun with the credit card. One of the highlights is the fireworks festival down at Marina Promenade at Festival Centre. Watch the sky – and your kids’ eyes – light up at this extravaganza.
Free. 8.30pm, January 27-28, February 3-4. Marina Promenade, Dubai Festival Centre, (800 332 32).

Friday 28

Bag a bargain at Dubai Baby & Children’s market
This month the market has moved to a new location (Star International School in Umm Al Sheif), but it will still feature the same beautiful boutique kiddie products and popular ‘pre-loved’ stalls of second-hand goods. A great morning out, mums can mooch for a bargain while the kids bounce themselves silly on the bouncy truck, and all proceeds go to charity. Search for ‘Dubai Baby & Children’s Market on Facebook for more info.
Dhs3. 9am-noon. Star International School, Umm Al Sheif,

Saturday 29

EDITOR’S PICK Dance yourself dizzy at Fun City
Pack your earplugs and get your kids into the groove at the funky Dance Mania sessions at Fun City, Oasis Centre. Diddy boppers aged three to 12 can strut their stuff to tunes from TV and movie faves such as High School Musical, the Jonas brothers, Hannah Montana and Camp Rock, while there’ll also be tons of games, prizes and face painting – as well as energy-boosting snacks and juice – for those who need a break from all that boogying.
Dhs60. 3pm-5pm. Fun City, Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 339 7782).

Sunday 30

See stars at Stargate
Little darlings bouncing off the walls with energy? Get them down to the world’s biggest soft play area and let them off the leash. With air-powered ball shooters galore, loads of slides and everything covered in bouncy latex, they can go mad without risking any bumps or bruises.
Dhs25. Open daily 10am-10pm. Stargate, Za’abeel Park,; (04 325 9988).

Monday 31

Ice skating fun at Dubai Mall
Share the thrill of the ice with your little one at Dubai Ice Rink’s mums-and-tots skating sessions. Arrive for the first session of the day and the pair of you will pay just Dhs50. If you want to hone your skills, an instructor is on hand to help you through the wobbly stages – perfect for tots aged two to seven. Hot chocolates afterwards also go down a treat.
Dhs50. 10am-12pm. The Dubai Mall, (04 448 5111).

Tuesday February 1

Show them who’s boss
If you’re fed up with your little toe-rags running riot and refusing to do as they’re told, get some tips and helpful hints from parent educator Therese Sequeira. Her weekly workshops are a boon for all mums and dads, covering the entire gamut of parenting problems. This week, Therese will be helping parents ‘deal with disobedience’.
Dhs60. 10am. KidsFirst Medical Centre, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 3, (04 348 5437).

Cook up a storm at a Favourite Things cooking class
Teaching tykes aged four and over the basics of baking and following recipes, these fun sessions will enable budding little chefs to conjure up a culinary creation to take home.
Dhs85 (members), Dhs120 (non members). 3.30pm-5.30pm. Favourite Things, Dubai Marina Mall, (04 434 1984).

Wednesday 2

EDITOR’S PICK Crane your neck to watch Al Ain Aerobatic Show
More than 20 aerobatic and display teams from four continents will wow the crowds in sub-sonic jets and perform a variety of breathtaking daredevil stunts at the ninth annual Al Ain Air Show. There will also be loads of family fun and activities on the ground.
Dhs40 per adult, Dhs25 per child aged three to 10. 10am-6pm, until February 5. Al Ain International Airport, Al Ain, (800 555).

Coping class for parents
If you’ve recently welcomed a new arrival into your family, you’ll know just how exciting a baby can be – and just how overwhelming. If you need a few pointers, ‘The Early Months’ class at Infinity Clinic will help steer you in the right direction, with qualified midwives on hand to help you understand your baby’s needs. They’ll look at common baby care challenges and offer tried-and-tested solutions to help you overcome them, while also being on hand to answer any queries or concerns you may have.
Dhs300. 7pm-9.30pm, Infinity Clinic, opposite Park n’ Shop, Al Wasl Road, (04 394 8994).

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