Family fun in Dubai

A dippy diplodocus, a literature festival and plenty more things to do

Thursday 10

EDITOR’S PICK Get dippy with Diplodocus
Introduce the little ones to prehistoric natural history at the Dino Live exhibition at JBR. Huge, latex-covered beasties with animatronic movements will growl, roar and screech at visitors from behind their enclosures. There’s a 3D cinema too, where older kids can watch an informative movie, plus the ubiquitous gift shop at the exit, where we guarantee you’ll end up taking a few scaly friends home.
Dhs50. Daily 9am-midnight. The Walk at JBR, (04 313 2877).

Friday 11

FREE! Line up for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Launch yourself and the tots into the literary frenzy of talks by top authors, plus creative workshops, crafty activities, the fabulous Fringe Parade and much, much more. Elliott the Bear will be on hand in the Time Out Kids zone to ensure little ones have a great time, with storytelling, organised games and activities, and heaps of prizes to be won. See the website for a full schedule.
Dhs50-150 entry for scheduled workshops. 10am-5pm, until March 12. InterContinental, Dubai Festival City.

EDITOR’S PICK FREE! A lovely day for the fayre
Don your beach gear and hit the highway in the direction of Jebel Ali Primary School – today is the school’s annual spring fayre, and it promises to be a blast. The theme is ‘Fun in the Sun’, which means lots of beach-style shenanigans, including pony rides, bongo drumming, ice creams and lots of sandy stuff.
Free. 9am-2pm. Jebel Ali Primary School, Jebel Ali Village (04 884 6485).

Saturday 12

Manners make mum proud
Are your little tykes less refined than a bag of demerara? Are meals out more akin to feeding time at the zoo? If so, you can polish their presentation by enrolling them in the new Youth Etiquette Programme to iron out the creases.
Dhs1,850 for four sessions. 11.15am-1.30pm. Dubai Knowledge Village,

FREE! Go bonkers at the boot sale
Looking for a bargain? Got an eye for antiques? Or perhaps you just like collecting lots of mismatched crockery? Whatever your inclination, the Autodrome car boot sale is a bargain hunter’s paradise. In fact, if you fancy making yourself a dirham or two, pitch up with the family and set up your own shop for just Dhs150 per car. As a seller, you need to be there by 8am.
Free. 9am-12.30pm. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City.

Sunday 13

EDITOR’S PICK FREE! Scoops and swirls at Tasti D-Lite
If the kids have behaved themselves over the weekend (and even if they haven’t), treat them to a scoop of deliciously healthy frozen dessert at the recently-opened Tasti D-Lite Café. Turn to page 58 of this month’s issue of Time Out Kids, fill in the coupon and take it down to the outlet on Emaar Boulevard in Downtown Dubai, where you can choose from more than 100 creamy flavours. Happy slurping!
Open Mon-Wed 10am-midnight, Thu-Sun 9am-midnight. Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (800 82784).

Monday 14

Learn about leopards at the Arabian Wildlife Centre
Situated just off Al Dhaid Road, the Arabian Wildlife Centre is a great indoor facility that’s bang in the middle of the animal enclosures. Observation windows mean the big cats, oryx, gazelles, ostriches and more are just inches away from you, seemingly oblivious to your presence.
Dhs15 (under 12s go free). Open Sun-Thu 9am-5.30pm (closed Tue), Fri 2pm-5.30pm, Sat 11am-5.30pm. E88 road, near Dhaid, (06 531 1999).

Tuesday 15

Hone your communication skills
Practise more effective parental guidance and learn how to get those all-important safety messages across to your kids without terrifying the life out of them. This helpful weekly workshop, called Talking to Build Relationships & Keep Kids Safe, is run by parent educator and former teacher Therese Sequeira.
Dhs60. 10am. KidsFIRST Medical Centre, Umm Suqeim 3 (04 348 5437).

Wednesday 16

Scoff munchies at the movies
There are loads of great CGI kids films on this month, which will go down a treat with a giant bucket of sticky popcorn. Rango tells the story of an aquarium-bound chameleon who longs for adventure. When his wish comes true, he finds himself performing the job of sheriff in a lawless, rough-and-tough Wild West town called Dirt. With the voices, of Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy and Isla Fisher, it looks set to be a big hit. Also, look out for Space Chimps and Mars Needs Moms, which both open tomorrow.

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