Family fun in Dubai

Kids quiz, late night waterslides, Little Explorers and more

Thursday 18

FREE! Test that grey matter at Reef Mall
We hope those brain cells haven’t gone rusty over the summer holidays – as part of its tour of the city, the Ramadan Doors of Knowledge quiz challenge will be stopping at Reef Mall today. Enter your family into the bilingual contest, which will include questions about the environment and Ramadan around the world, and the family with the most correct answers will win the grand prize. Best start swotting up.
Free. Times vary. Today only. Reef Mall, Salahuddin Road, Deira,

Feast on a family iftar at The Westin
It’s surely one of the swankiest iftar venues in town, and the two-storey tent at the Mina Seyahi is a great spot for a family treat after sundown. Little ones under six eat for free, meaning that in spite of the VIP feel and Arabic spread, it’s still one of the best deals to be found this Ramadan.
Dhs140 (adults); Dhs100 (kids under 12); free for kids under six. Daily sunset ’til late. Until August 31. The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, (04 511 7136).

Friday 19

Editor’s pick FREE! Meet your favourite Freej characters at Oasis Centre
Love home-grown cartoon Freej? Pop down to the Oasis Centre this weekend to meet all your favourite stars of the show, including Um Saeed, Um Saloom, Um Allawi and Um Khammas. There’ll also be Freej-themed workshops, with activities including bracelet beading and burka-making, plus a tent serving kahwa tea and dates for those breaking their fast.
Free. Fri-Sat 8pm-11pm. Iuntil August 31. Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 515 4000).

FREE! Storytelling at Arabian Centre
Be enchanted by traditional Middle Eastern fairy tales. This week the Arabian Centre is putting on a play entitled Ali, The Son of the Poor Tailor – the story of a lazy young man whose life is changed forever after he chances upon a mysterious lamp. Sound familiar?
Free. 8pm and 9pm. Until Saturday 20. Arabian Centre, Mirdif, (04 284 5555).

Saturday 20

Ramadan nights at Wild Wadi
Want to cool down during the hot summer nights? On Friday and Saturday evenings during Ramadan, Wild Wadi waterpark is offering discounted rates and extended opening hours, so you can splash around until midnight on more than 30 rides.
Dhs155 (adults); Dhs130 (kids under 1.1m). Offer valid Fri-Sat 8pm-midnight. Until August 31. Wild Wadi, Jumeirah, (04 348 4444).

Editor’s pick Get thrifty at Dubai Flea Market
Well they do say one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, so start rummaging at this month’s flea market. Taking place at night in the air-conditioned comfort of Stargate at Za’abeel Park, you can find everything from arts and crafts to second-hand baby items on sale at knock-down prices. Don’t forget to test those haggling skills.
Dhs5. 8pm-midnight. Today only. Stargate, gate 4, Za’abeel Park,

Sunday 21

Editor’s pick LAST CHANCE Join Club Rush’s Camp Aqua at Atlantis
There’s not long to go until the end of the school holidays, but if the kids are hunting for an action-packed adventure before term starts again, look no further than Club Aqua’s summer camp at Atlantis. Aimed at teens with no parents allowed, the fun-filled programme includes ray feeding, a junior lifeguard programme, PADI dive certification and a cruise around the Palm Jumeirah.
Dhs3,500 per week (ages 13-18 only). Daily 10am-4.30pm. Until August 25. Club Rush, Atlantis The Palm, (04 426 1365).

Monday 22

Learn and play at Little Explorers
Aimed at kids aged two to seven, Little Explorers edutainment centre in Mirdif is hosting a series of ‘Moon and Stars’ workshops during Ramadan, where little ones can learn more about the importance of the Holy Month in a fun and friendly environment. They’ll also be able to make their own moon and star decorations to take home.
Dhs130 (kids’ all day access pass); Dhs90 (workshops); free for adults. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Until August 29. Little Explorers, Mirdif City Centre, (800 386).

Tuesday 23

Get your skates on at Dubai Ice Rink
Who’d have thought the mercury was hitting 50°C outside when you can chill out on the Olympic-sized ice rink at The Dubai Mall? During Ramadan, every guest who purchases a public skating session can get a 50 per cent discount on their next visit, between noon and 6pm on weekdays. Skate hire is included in the price.
Dhs50 (adults); Dhs25 (children under 1m tall). Open Sun-Wed 10am-midnight; Thu-Sat 11.15am-midnight. Until August 30. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa, (04 448 5111).

Wednesday 24

Nurture their painting skills at thejamjar
Want to see if you’ve got the next Picasso or Kandinsky living under your roof? Always a favourite when the kids are going stir-crazy indoors, thejamjar gallery in Al Quoz is hard to beat when it comes to a great day out. For Dhs95, ‘Little Jammers’ get one large, two medium or three small canvases to work on for a two-hour session, plus all the materials and paints they could wish for. What’s more, the gallery is offering special seasonal kids’ party rates for just Dhs85 per child – the perfect way to keep them occupied during the summer.
Dhs95 (kids), ongoing. Dhs85 per child for parties, offer valid until August 31. Kids under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Open Mon-Thu 10am-8pm; Fri, 2pm-8pm; Sat 10am-8pm; closed Sundays. thejamjar, Al Quoz, (04 341 7303).

Blue and white walkways have been installed in more places

Prepare for a 5km and 13km course at Dubai’s Jebel Ali Racecourse next month

HiU messenger is available for download for Etisalat customers

Get deals at restaurants including Zheng He’s and Palace Downtown

You’ll also get discounts at spas, bars and restaurants

Whether you’re surfing, floating, or plummeting, here’s where to make a splash


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