Family fun in Dubai

Hug a humungusaur, pet a camel and kiss your mother

Thursday 5

Movies and munchies in the pool
Take in a movie under the stars while you splash away in the pool. Yes, the balmy nights are here again, and with popcorn and refreshments on tap, what better way to start the weekend than with a communal family movie? The fun starts at 7pm.
Dhs35 for adults; Dhs20 for kids aged four to 12. 7pm. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches (04 361 8111).

Friday 6

EDITOR’S PICK FREE! Hug a humungosaur at Hamleys
Yes, the rather large space alien from kids’ show Ben 10 will be doing a meet and greet (not greet and eat) at Hamleys in The Dubai Mall today. There will be goodies available too. If your little tykes are big fans of Ben, this is probably a good shindig to attend.
Free. Hourly, 4.30pm-9.30pm. Hamleys, The Dubai Mall (04 339 8889).

FREE! Calling all talented performers
Don’t miss out on your chance to audition for West Side Story. The classic musical is being performed at Ductac by Spotlight Productions later this summer, and the company is looking for talented individuals to take part. Auditions are being held today and tomorrow at Ductac, and are open to anyone aged 11 and above. Successful candidates will then take part in workshops on July 1-18, with performances scheduled for July 19-23. Auditions are free, but if you’re selected there’s a Dhs1,750 fee to take part in the show.
Free. 10am-5pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, (04 341 4777).

Saturday 7

Roast with the most
Dig into some top nosh at The Address Montgomerie’s popular restaurant, 19. As well as lots of succulent meat, the trimmings are also fantastic. A package includes the full main course, a starter and your pick from the bulging dessert buffet – and diddy diners under 12 eat for free.
Dhs235 (with soft drinks); Dhs325 (selected house beverages); free for under 12s. Noon-3.30pm. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).

EDITOR’S PICK Visit Arabian Wildlife Centre
Situated just off Al Dhaid Road, the Arabian Wildlife Centre is a great indoor facility located bang in the middle of the animal enclosures. Observation windows mean you can get closer to the big cats, oryx, gazelles, ostriches and more. Once you’ve looked at all the rare animals, why not pop along to the petting farm next door? With camels, ponies, cows, sheep and donkeys, it’s a fantastic family afternoon out.
Dhs15 per person. Free for kids under 12. Open Sun-Mon and Wed-Thu 9am-5.30pm, Fri 2pm-5.30pm, Sat 11am-5.30pm. Arabian Wildlife Centre, near Al Dhaid, (06 531 1999).

Sunday 8

It’s Mother’s Day – again!
Yes, today is US Mother’s Day, so it’s your third and final chance this year to pamper your mum and let her know that you’re grateful for all those times she’s cooked your dinner, washed your clothes and retrieved your stinky socks from under your bed. Design her a home-made card, take her breakfast in bed and suggest that dad treats her to a spa visit or posh meal. After all, she won’t have the chance to be pampered again for a whole year.

Monday 9

EDITOR’S PICK Bird’s eye views from the cable car
The perfect afternoon activity, Dubai Creek Park’s cable car ride is an exciting 30-minute treat for little ones and visiting relatives alike. Get a fantastic view of the manicured gardens of one of Dubai’s finest parks, while taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the creek. The trip also provides some spectacular photo opportunities – the ride takes you all the way from Garhoud Bridge to the floating bridge, and the kids will love the fact that they get to dangle over the afternoon highway traffic. But make sure you do it after 3pm – there’s no A/C in the cars so it can get sweaty.
Dhs25 per person. Open daily 10am-11pm. Dubai Creek Park, near Garhoud Bridge (04 336 7633).

Tuesday 10

Hands-on play at the Sharjah Discovery Centre
A great morning out for the whole family, the centre has seven themed interactive play areas that include water, travel, building, a children’s supermarket and even the chance to become a star on TV. Guided tours around the museum are also free of charge.
Dhs10 for adults, Dhs5 for children. Open Sun-Thu 8am-2pm; Fri-Sat 4pm-8pm. Al Dhaid Road, near second interchange, Sharjah, (06 558 6577).

Encourage your kids to sleep
Learn more sanity-saving tips from top parenting guru Therese Sequeira at her weekly workshop – this week’s topic is bedtimes and sleep routines. A former teacher and parent educator, Therese runs a range of classes to help parents develop positive strategies that really do work.
Dhs60. 8.30am-10am. KidsFIRST Medical Centre, Umm Suqeim (04 348 5437).

Wednesday 11

Fun at Fun City
Take the little monsters for a session at the newly refurbished Fun City in Lamcy Plaza (it used to be Lou Lou al Dugongs) – an edutainment centre with water play, sand play, a jungle gym, soft play, a mini supermarket, library and free kids’ cooking classes. Suitable for children aged two to 10, it’s brilliant value for parents who want their kids entertained all afternoon. And there’s even a café so you can relax too. Dhs35 per child. Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha,

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