Thursday June 30
Cool off in the pool with movies in the moonlight
What better way to start the weekend than with a communal family movie in the pool at Dubai Polo Club? Tonight’s line-up is Madagascar, screening at 7pm, followed by Open Season at 9pm.
Dhs35 (adults); Dhs20 (kids aged four to 12). From 7pm. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches (04 361 8111).
Make your way to Manda’s Magic Summer Party
Celebrate the end of the school term with a trip to Ductac to see Manda’s Magic Summer Party. Watch spellbound as talented magician and children’s entertainer Amanda Ebersohn performs a raft of clever tricks in a show designed especially for kids aged three and above. Expect lots of fun, music and laughter, plus a goodie bag for every child – the perfect end-of-term treat.
Dhs65 per child. 3.15pm and 4.30pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (050 456 0413).
Friday July 1
EDITOR’S PICK Brunch bunnies at the Mövenpick Deira
The Mövenpick runs a family brunch every Friday, featuring a supervised kids’ corner full of activities for little ones, including learning games, bouncing balls, a drawing area and much more. Relax with the family and enjoy the international buffet in Jigsaw restaurant, or opt to brunch in Wok, which serves a mouthwatering array of Asian cuisine.
Dhs119-149 (adults); Dhs50 (kids aged seven to 12); free for children under six. 12.30pm-4pm. Mövenpick Deira, Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, firstname.lastname@example.org (800 33472).
EDITOR’S PICK FREE! LazyTown at The Dubai Mall
Promising to be a big hit with kids large and small, the cast of LazyTown, including Sportacus, Stephanie, Robbie Rotten and Ziggy, have flown in to keep us amused until July 2. Expect all the usual antics in the 25-minute show, with lots of singing and dancing and messages about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. See the website for timings.
Free. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaievents.ae.
FREE! Mr Men show at Marina Mall
Enjoy a cracking live performance with lots of your favourite characters from childhood (we’re sure the kids will enjoy it too). The Mr Men stage show is a 25-minute performance featuring dancing, singing, interactive moments and a few life lessons thrown in too. We’re personally hoping Mr Bump and Mr Tickle make an appearance. Continues until July 3 – see the website for timings.
Free. Dubai Marina Mall, www.dubaievents.ae.
Go mental at Modhesh World
Okay, we admit we have a soft spot for Modhesh World, mostly because it’s big and air conditioned and the little monsters can run wild, thus burning up loads of energy. Of course, over the years it has expanded (and become more pricey), but this means there’s even more entertainment to enjoy. This year the themed zones are back, and include Modhesh Souq, arts and crafts, Lego, a book bazaar, an ice rink, a skate park, a funfair and numerous other games and rides. There are lots of inflatable bouncy things too – perfect for sorting out all the cabin-fever-induced silliness.
Dhs15 per person; free for children under three. Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu 10am-midnight. Dubai Airport Expo, www.dubaievents.ae.
EDITOR’S PICK Kids eat for free at Toscana
Fancy some tasty Italian eats? Save your wallet with a trip to Toscana, where kids under 12 eat for free. Enjoy oven-baked pizzas, pasta dishes and some traditional Italian cuisine influenced by Mama’s best recipes. Your kids are bound to find a dish that suits them, which means no cooking, no washing up, and no expensive bill at the end. Bellisimo!
Prices vary. Open daily noon-midnight. Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 7630).
Fool around at Fun City
Book the little monkeys in for some serious fun and games. Fun City at Oasis Centre has everything you need to keep the tykes amused for hours, while you go and enjoy a relaxing shop and coffee. With two separate areas, one for children aged one to seven, and another for kids aged up to 14, you can also be assured that the play won’t get too rough or tumble.
Dhs20-25 per hour (Sun-Wed); Dhs25-30 (Thu-Sat). Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.funcity.ae (04 339 7782).
Teach them some history and culture with a trip to Dubai Museum
This fascinating and well-run cultural treasure trove is filled with interesting street scenes from the emirates before oil changed the nation forever. Explore the sights and sounds of the spice souk, discover how the traditional pearl divers lived – and spot the legs hanging from the ceiling. There are lots of guns, cannons and cutlasses to keep the boys interested too.
Dhs3 per person. Open daily 8am-7.30pm. 62A Street, Bur Dubai (04 353 1862).