Thursday May 26
Cine-Splash! at the Polo Club
Cool down, take in a movie under the stars and splash around in the pool. With popcorn and refreshments on tap, what better way to start the weekend than with a communal family movie at the Polo Club? Tonight’s line-up is Ice Age, screening at 7pm, followed by the all-time classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at 9pm.
Dhs35 (for adults) Dhs20 (for kids aged four to 12). Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, near Arabian Ranches (04 361 8111).
Grab a family season pass for Dreamland Aqua Park
Don’t miss the chance to enjoy unlimited entry to arguably the best waterpark in the region. A family pass costs Dhs1,150 and, if bought before May 31, gives you unlimited access to Dreamland Aqua Park until October. Little ones can splash about safely in the shallow pools, while adventure-seeking dads can brave the fast-flowing tube rides and slides.
Dhs1,150 (family season pass) Dhs450 (adult season pass) Dhs250 (child season pass). Open daily 10am-6pm. Dreamland Aqua Park, Umm Al Quwain, www.dreamlanduae.com (06 768 1888).
FREE! Don’t miss the Baby and Children’s Market
Got a load of kids’ garb you want to get rid of? Or got a baby on the way and need some new stuff? Make a date in your diary for this mums-to-be market at Uptown Primary School. Book a table and start setting up from 7.30am. Doors open for business at 9am, with most of the best stock sold by midday.
Free. 9am-noon. Uptown Primary School, Mirdif, email@example.com (050 889 2781, 050 955 7799).
Kids eat free at Mango Tree Bistro
This family-oriented restaurant serves all manner of Asian cuisine, and kids under 12 eat for free. The weekend meal deal, which runs from noon until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, includes balloon bending, face painting and a free family portrait.
Prices vary. Open daily noon-midnight. Mango Tree Bistro, Mirdif City Centre (04 284 3635).
EDITOR’S PICK Tour the Polo Club stables
Horse-loving families can spend the morning taking a two-hour guided tour of the stables at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club. You’ll make a lot of equine friends as well as learning about polo ponies and how they’re looked after. Afterwards, head to Epona Café for a slap-up breakfast.
Dhs195 (for adults) Dhs100 (for kids aged four to 12). Sat-Thu 8am-10am. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, near Arabian Ranches, www.dubaipoloclub.com (04 361 7111).
Visit Arabian Wildlife Centre
Situated just off Al Dhaid Road, the Arabian Wildlife Centre is a fantastic indoor facility situated amid the centre’s animal enclosures. Observation windows mean you’ll have a close-up view of the big cats, oryx, gazelle, ostrich and more as they lollop around, and the centre is completely air-conditioned so is perfect for summer afternoons – the ideal pastime as the temperature rises.
Dhs15, 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, off Al Dhaid Road (E88), Sharjah, www.breedingcentresharjah.com/Wildlife Centre.html (06 531 1999).
EDITOR’S PICK Have a blast at iFly
Kids bugging you to take them for a skydive? This is the place to be. Adventure-loving tots can throw themselves into the vortex created by wind turbines churning out gale forces of 200kph. Instructors keep you happily in the air, and photos and a DVD mark the occasion. But be warned – the airstream means dribbling in zero gravity is a hilarious side-effect. Take your Time Out City Card for a 15 per cent discount
Dhs165 (adults), Dhs125 (kids aged three to 12). Open daily 10am-11pm. Mirdif City Centre, www.iflyme.com, (04 231 6292).
Learn communication tips to improve your parenting
Are your kids constantly ignoring your warnings to be careful? Then enrol in a weekly workshop and learn sanity-saving tips from top parenting guru Therese Sequeira. This week’s class is called ‘Talking with kids to build a strong relationship and keep them safe’. A former teacher and parent educator, Therese runs a range of classes to help parents develop positive strategies which really do work.
Dhs60. 8.30am-10am. KidsFIRST Medical Centre, Umm Suqeim (04 348 5437).
Wednesday June 1
EDITOR’S PICK Munch Magnolia cupcakes at Bloomingdale’s
Magnolia’s delicious cupcakes have to be sampled to be believed – they’re a must-have treat for well-behaved kids (and their hungry mums).
Prices vary. Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaimall.com (04 350 5440).
Fun for mums with little ones
If you’re at a loose end with your flock, why not pop into the mums-and-tots circle at Dubai Festival City? Mums can relax and have a sociable chinwag, while the little ones get their dose of fun for the afternoon. The club has indoor and outdoor facilities, and delicious home-made snacks are provided.
Dhs20 per child, 3pm-5pm. Al Areesh Club, Dubai Festival City (050 397 1026).