Cool off in the pool with movies in the moonlight
Take in a movie under the stars while you splash away in the pool. Even though it’s ridiculously hot already, you can still enjoy some fresh, if balmy air by night – and what better way to start the weekend than with a communal family movie at Arabian Ranches Polo Club? Tonight’s line-up is Dreamworks animation Flushed Away, screening at 7pm, followed by the romping singalong classic Mary Poppins at 9pm.
Dhs35 (adults), Dhs20 (kids aged four to 12). Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches (04 361 8111).
EDITOR’S PICK See some fishy tails at Dubai Dolphinarium
The 200kg female dolphin, named Ksyusha, is keen to show you all her latest tricks, which apparently include a very clever tail-walk. Having witnessed the amazing skills of these creatures for ourselves, we can heartily recommend the show, which runs for just over an hour and demonstrates exactly how talented and intelligent these sea-faring mammals are. Witness superb juggling skills using only their noses, some spectacular jumps, and seals that love to boogie.
Dhs120 (adults), Dhs80 (kids). Performances at 11am, 3pm and 6pm. Dubai Dolphinarium, Creek Park, near Garhoud Bridge, www.dubaidolphinarium.ae.
Kids munch for free at Mango Tree Bistro
Mango Tree Bistro is fully geared up to provide families with a fab lunchtime experience, with staff who understand that dining out with the nippers isn’t always easy on parents. Balloon benders and face painters keep the little ones happy, plus the free food for kids under 12 means mum and dad are satisfied. You’ll get a family snap of your culinary experience, and the grub’s great too.
Open daily noon-midnight. Mirdif City Centre (04 284 3635).
EDITOR’S PICK Pop out for a sneaky Snog
Don’t worry – it’s not as salacious as it sounds. Snog frozen yoghurt is delicious and very healthy. Made with prebiotics, organic milk, natural sweeteners (Agave nectar) and served with all manner of healthy fresh berries, we’re firm fans. If your kids aren’t quite so much into fruit, they can always get a chocolate brownie topping instead.
Open daily 10am-midnight. Mirdif City Centre, www.ifancyasnog.com.
Pony up to the polo club for a guided tour
Get a guided tour of the stables at the Arabian Ranches Polo Club. Meet all the long-faced residents, learn about their training and how to care for them – make sure you bring a pocket full of Polo mints or sugar lumps for extra brownie points. After the two-hour tour, enjoy breakfast at Epona Café.
Dhs195 (for adults), Dhs100 (for kids aged four to 12). Sat-Thu 8am-10am. Arabian Ranches Polo Club, www.poloclubdubai.com (04 361 7111).
EDITOR’S PICK Go for a spin with the witch – if there’s room on her broom
One of Julia Donaldson’s best loved tales, Room on the Broom, has been brought to life and is live on stage at the First Group Theatre at the Madinat Jumeirah. The tale involves all sorts of furry, scaly and fire-breathing shenanigans, along with plenty of music and dance, and those very amusing rhyming couplets. Don’t miss this one if your tots are fans of the story.
Tickets from Dhs100. 4pm, continues until June 19. First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, www.madinattheatre.com (04 366 6546).
Fun for mums with little ones
If you’re at a loose end with your tot, why not pop into the mums and tots circle at Al Areesh Club in Dubai Festival City? Mums get to relax and have a sociable chinwag, while the little ones get their dose of fun. The club has indoor and outdoor facilities, and home-made snacks are provided.
Dhs20 per child. 3pm-5pm. Al Areesh Club, Dubai Festival City (050 397 1026).