EDITOR’S PICK FREE! KERCHOW! Lightning’s in Babyshop
If you’re a fan of Pixar’s favourite red racing car, we suggest you hot-foot it down to Babyshop in Oasis Centre, where you can meet the hot rod himself. Yes, little ones will go bonkers for this life-size McQueen model, which will be on display all day until August 10.
Free. Babyshop, Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 515 4309).
Cool off in the pool with munchies and movies in the moonlight
What better way to start the weekend than with a communal family movie at the Polo Club? Tonight’s line-up is Nanny McPhee screening at 7pm, followed by Hotel for Dogs at 9pm. Dhs35 (adults); Dhs20 (kids aged four to 12).
From 7pm. Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches (04 361 8111)
Brunch bunnies ahoy!
The Mövenpick Hotel in Deira is now running a family brunch every single Friday throughout August (that include Ramadan). There’s a supervised kid’s corner packed full of activities for little ones, including an array of games, bouncing balls, a drawing area and a whole lot more. Relax with the family and enjoy the massive international buffet in Jigsaw restaurant. There is also the option to brunch in the Wok restaurant, which serves a mouthwatering array of very different Asian cuisines for you to choose from.
Dhs119-149 (adults); Dhs50 (kids aged seven to 12), children under six go free. 12.30pm-4pm. Mövenpick Deira (800 33472).
P-P-P-Pick up a penguin pal at Dubai Ice Rink
Spend the morning learning how to skate with the aid of a penguin pal (that’s a life-size plastic penguin with handy handles which helps you get your balance on the slippery stuff). Little ones can get their ice-legs and avoid bumps and bruises by clinging onto one of these friendly people – please note they are only for children – while mum and dad get help from an instructor.
Dhs50 per hour (per person, including penguin pal and skate hire for two hours on the ice). Daily 10am-midnight. www.dubaiicerink.com (04 448 5111).
EDITOR’S PICK Swim with Flipper at Dubai Dolphinarium
Chill out and take a swim with one of the planet’s most intelligent and interesting creatures. The Bottle-nosed dolphins at Dubai Dolphinarium are used to getting lots of praise and attention, which makes them the perfect candidates for meet and greet sessions with the public. The 45-minute-long sessions include a 15-minute training lesson and 25 minutes in the water with the aquatic stars. You get to ride around the pool with them, cuddle them, kiss them and play all sorts of fishy games. Lots of fun and an unforgettable experience for the family.
Dhs400 per person, Mon-Sat. Call ahead for session timings. Dubai Dolphinarium, Creek Park. www.dubaidolphinarium.com (04 336 9773).
Fool around at Fun City
Make the most of one of the UAE’s biggest indoor play areas by booking the little monkeys in for some serious fun and games. Fun City at Oasis Centre has everything you need to keep the little 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 daily 10am-midnight. www.funcity.ae (04 339 7782).
Take the monkeys to Modhesh World
Open throughout Ramadan, you can expect all the usual entertaining activities at this spacious, air-conditioned indoor fun park located at Dubai Airport Expo. Although the admission cost is low, you do pay for all the individual rides, which include log flumes, mini roller coasters, dodgems, train rides, and the ubiquitous ginormous jungle gym and soft play area. So, brace yourselves for a fairly pricey session – especially if you have more than one child.
Dhs15 per person (kids under three go free). Ramadan timings TBC – call for information.. Dubai Airport Expo, www.dubaievents.ae (600 545 555).
EDITOR’S PICK Enjoy an Emirati iftar
Make the most of the seasons’ culinary offerings by taking the family for a traditional Emirati iftar. We especially rate the one laid on by The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, because the dishes are exclusive to the UAE – which means you’ll get to sample proper Bedouin fare, cooked in a traditional manner. This makes a change from the usual regional mezze served at most other Middle Eastern outlets. A top mid-week treat for all the family, served in the historic surroundings of Bastakiya. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Dhs135 (adults); children under 12 eat for free. Open daily from sunset thoughout Ramadan. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Bastakiya, www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).