Family fun in Dubai

Lion cubs, dance school, Global Village and more stuff for kids to see

Thursday February 24

FREE! Baby-wearing workshop at Organic Foods and Café
Get the lowdown on how to carry your baby in the latest slings and things available on the market. A great opportunity to meet other mums and sample some delicious organic treats.
Free. 9.30am-11am. The Dubai Mall,

Naughty-step essentials
Having trouble getting your kids to understand the word ‘no’? Get some top tips from parent educator Therese Sequeira at her Dealing With Disobedience workshop.
Dhs60. 8.30am. KidsFIRST Medical Centre, Umm Suqeim 3 (04 348 5437).

Friday 25

EDITOR’S PICK Running for a cause
Join hordes of socially-minded fundraisers by signing up for the 17th annual Terry Fox Run at Mamzar Park. Registration for the scenic routes start at 8am, and the run begins at 9.30am. Open to all age groups, from babies in buggies to grannies and grandpas, there’s a circuit to suit all levels. Choose from the fit-freak 8.4km, the slightly more sedate 4.6km or the easy peasy ‘we can all do it’ 3.2km, with bicycles, scooters, rollerblades, skateboards and any other form of motorless transport welcome. Participation is free, but donations are encouraged, with all proceeds going towards UAE-based cancer research.
Free. 8am. Mamzar Park, Deira,

FREE! Go bonkers for a bargain at the car boot sale
Rifle through your cupboards and collect up all your unwanted items, then turn them into a swift buck or simply go bargain hunting at the Dubai Autodrome car boot sale. This weekend also sees the Sportbike Festival roar into action. Entrance for sellers is Dhs150 per car, and you’ll need to arrive by 8am to secure a good spot.
Free entry. 9.30am-12.30pm. Dubai Autodrome, near Arabian Ranches,

Saturday 26

EDITOR’S PICK Alice in Wonderland
Students at the Turning Pointe dance school are performing the ballet version of Alice in Wonderland. The 71-strong cast features tots through to older kids pirouetting through a specially-choreographed performance. Perfect for ballet fans, the 120-minute show begins at noon. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Dhs70 per person. Noon. Meyana Auditorium, Jumeirah Beach Hotel,

Bop ’til you drop at Dance Mania
Kids aged three to 12 can take part in the two-hour afternoon session and can enjoy hit tracks from High School Musical, the Jonas brothers, Hannah Montana and Camp Rock. Tasty snacks, clowns and Fun City mascots will add to the party atmosphere, and great games with prizes and face painting will be available throughout the afternoon for those who’ve worked up an appetite.
Dhs60. 3pm-5pm. Fun City, Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 339 7782).

Sunday 27

FREE! Global Village fun
This is your last chance to visit the Global Village before it takes a seasonal break tomorrow. The fairground rides are pretty pricey, but entry is free and there are loads of cultural stalls to browse. Plus, the traditional art of bargaining for ‘best price’ is a must. The free entertainment includes impressive acts such as dancers, drummers and stilt walkers. Bring a buggy for the little ones and a good pair of shoes.
Free. Open 4pm-midnight. Global Village, Emirates Road, (04 362 4114).

Monday 28

EDITOR’S PICK Last chance to name the baby lion cubs
Take a trip to Al Ain Wildlife Park to see the adorable tawny lion cubs on display. These two gorgeous furballs are currently nameless, and today is your last chance to enter the contest that will give them something to put on their birth certificates. Entry forms can be picked up and posted at the entrance kiosk.
Dhs15 for adults, Dhs5 for children. Open 9am-11pm. Al Ain,

Tuesday March 1

Sharing is caring
Or that’s how the theory goes. Teach your little terror toddlers about playing nicely by picking up tips at the Teaching Toddlers to Share workshop, run by Therese Sequeira.
Dhs60. 10am. Umm Suqeim 3 (04 348 5437).

Wednesday 2

Drama under the sea
Pop along to The Dubai Mall’s Underwater Zoo and witness all sorts of gourmet shenanigans as the residents enjoy their meals. The feeding-time presentations provide the perfect opportunity to teach little ones a bit of marine biology.
Dhs50. Noon-6.30pm. Dubai Aquarium, The Dubai Mall,

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