Cool off in the pool with movies in the moonlight
What better way to start the weekend than with a communal family movie at Dubai Polo Club? Tonight’s line-up is Astro Boy, screening at 7pm, followed by Wall-E at 9pm.
Dhs35 (adults); Dhs20 (kids aged four to 12). From 7pm. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, www.dubaipoloclub.com (04 361 8111).
Celebrate Ramadan at Madinat KidZania
Help the little ones learn about the Holy Month through fun Ramadan-themed activities at KidZania. Plus, when you buy a child entry ticket for Madinat KidZania, you’ll get Dhs50 off your next visit during Ramadan. Dhs95 (ages two to three); Dhs125 (ages four to 16); Dhs90 (adults); free for kids under two. KidZania, The Dubai Mall. www.kidzania.ae (04 448 5222).
EDITOR’S PICK Book a staycation break at Atlantis
Take the little terrors for a weekend treat that will have them squealing in delight – a summer-rate room at Atlantis for two adults and two kids will set you back just Dhs895. You can also enjoy free entry into Aquaventure and The Lost Chambers, as well as discounted rates at Dolphin Bay. A fantastic mini-staycation for all the family.
Dhs895 per room, offer valid until September 30. Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 416 0000).
Kids eat for free at Toscana
Dine out Italian-style at this Madinat Jumeirah venue. With an array of the freshest pizza and pasta to choose from, children under 12 can enjoy their meal completely free (which means more for mum and dad!). Offer valid until August 31.
Open daily noon-midnight. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.jumeirah.com (04 366 6730).
Try a guided tour of the Polo Club stables
Meet all the long-faced residents, then 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, take a break and put your feet up during breakfast at Epona Café.
Dhs195 (adults); Dhs100 (kids aged four to 12). Sat-Thu 8am-10am. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, www.dubaipoloclub.com (04 361 7111).
Drop and shop at Little Explorers
If they’ve got energy to burn but you’ve got the weekly shopping to do, take advantage of the weekend Drop and Shop programme at Little Explorers in Mirdif City Centre. Taking place on Fridays and Saturdays, the two-hour sessions are run by experienced staff who will keep youngsters entertained with face-painting, Play-Doh challenges and plenty more fun and games across five edutainment zones. For Dhs120 per child, they’ll also get a free toy to take home.
Dhs120 per child (kids aged two to 10). Fri-Sat 10am-6pm. Mirdif City Centre, www.littlexplorersme.com (800 386).
EDITOR’S PICK Enjoy an Emirati iftar
Make the most of Ramadan’s culinary offerings by taking the family for a traditional iftar. We particularly like the feast 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 (it makes a change from the usual cold and hot regional mezze served at most other Middle Eastern outlets). A top mid-week treat for all the family, enjoyed in the historically charming surroundings of Bastakiya. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Dhs135 (adults) children under 12 eat for free. Open daily sunset ’til late throughout Ramadan. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Bastakiya, www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).
Mum’s Night Off at The Westin
Kids under 12 eat for free at Blue Orange, Spice Emporium, Hunters Grill, Waves and Barasti when accompanied by their parents. That means no cooking, no washing up, and no having to berate junior for not
eating his peas, pizza linguini, burger and so on, because he’ll doubtless find something to suit his picky palate in at least one of the venues. Prices and times vary. Offer valid every Monday until September 30.
The Westin Mina Seyahi, www.thewestinminaseyahi.com (04 511 7136).
EDITOR’S PICK Have a splashing time at Aquaplay
We admit we have a soft spot for Aquaplay, mainly because it allows the kids to get involved with the wet stuff without us parents having to cart around tons of swimming gear or make sure everyone is slathered in plenty of sunscreen. There are lots of fun rides, including bumper boats (instead of cars), a mini log flume and a stand-and-play area wet area called Murial’s Aquatraptions for little ones who love mucking about with water. For a more exuberant session, you can book them into the fishing village-themed jungle gym. Brilliant!
From Dhs5 per activity. Open daily 10am-midnight. Mirdif City Centre, www.playnationme.com (800 534 7873)
EDITOR’S PICK Feed some hungry critters at Dubai Aquarium
Okay – to be fair, it’s the divers that do the feeding. But would you really want to go into the water and hand-feed a pack of hungry sharks? Thankfully, the experts are on hand in their chainmail suits. In the meantime, get yourselves into a prime position by watching feeding time in the aquarium tunnel.
Dhs50 per person for a tunnel pass and ticket to the Underwater Zoo; free for kids under three. Open daily 9am-1am; call for feeding schedule. The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaiaquarium.com (04 448 5200).