NEW See The Nutcracker at the cinema
Be enchanted by the latest magical movie adaptation of The Nutcracker, which premieres in Dubai today. Mary (played by Elle Fanning) is given a beautifully carved nutcracker by her adoring Uncle Albert (Nathan Lane). But that night, the nutcracker comes to life, taking her on a journey to a fantasy world.
In cinemas across Dubai.
Hang around on the Sky Trail
If you have a little monkey in your midst (or feel in need of an adrenaline boost yourself), try the Sky Trail at Playnation. Suspended 15 metres above Magic Planet, visitors can clamber and swing their way around the obstacle course. The Sky Trail staff will secure you in a harness before guiding you across a zip line to start your scramble around the course.
Dhs70. Daily 10am-midnight. Ongoing. Playnation, Mirdif City Centre, www.playnationme.com (800 534 7873).
EDITOR’S PICK Splash and dash at Wild Wadi
If you visit Wild Wadi with your family, you’ll get a 20 per cent discount voucher for a brunch at Beachcombers. Friday is the best day to make the most of this offer – a morning splash on the slides, before hopping in a golf buggy to Jumeirah Beach Hotel to replenish all that energy at one of Dubai’s most family-friendly dining venues.
Wild Wadi admission Dhs205 (adults), Dhs165 (kids under 1.1m tall), free for kids under two. Open daily 10am-7pm. Ongoing. Wild Wadi, Jumeirah, www.wildwadi.com (04 348 4444).
EDITORS PICK TODAY ONLY First-aid course at Kidville
Remember the rule: safety first! Kidville at Uptown Mirdif is offering an essential first aid course for mums, dads and carers, which will cover all the basics, from minor injuries to CPR. Book ahead.
Dhs325 (members), Dhs375 (non-members). 3pm-6pm. Friday and Saturday only. Ongoing. Kidville, Uptown Mirdif, www.kidville.com/uptownmirdiff (04 236 3648).
TODAY ONLY Help your kids reach for the skies
Local counselling centre Lifeworks is offering a series of parenting classes throughout September, and today’s is all about helping your little ones reach their full potential. Aimed at parents of children aged three to six, the tutors will guide you towards encouraging your kids’ natural talents, creating a supportive environment at home and boosting their confidence through creativity.
Dhs200 (per adult), Dhs300 (per couple). 7.30pm-10pm. Today only. Lifeworks, Al Wasl Road, www.counsellingdubai.com (04 394 2464).
LAST CHANCE Free meals for kids at The Westin
Kids eat for free at Blue Orange, Hunters, Spice Emporium, Waves and Barasti every Monday night during the Mums’ Night Off promotion. Enjoy a huge array of cuisines that will no doubt satisfy the tastes of even the pickiest eaters. Best of all, it means no cooking – and no washing up.
Kids eat free; adult prices vary. Mon 6pm-midnight. Until September 30. The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Al Sufouh Road (04 366 7630).
Visit the Arabian Wildlife Centre
Situated just off Al Dhaid Road, the Arabian Wildlife Centre is a fantastic indoor facility located in the middle of the animal enclosures. Observation windows mean you’ll get a close-up view of the big cats, oryx, gazelles, ostriches and more. Once you’ve looked at all the rare animals, why not pop along to the Petting Farm next door? With camels, ponies, cows, sheep and donkeys, it’s a fantastic way to spend an afternoon with the family.
Dhs15 per person; free for kids under 12. Open Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu 9am-5.30pm; Fri 2pm-5.30pm; Sat 11am-5.30pm (closed Tue). Ongoing. Arabian Wildlife Centre, Al Dhaid Highway (E88), www.breedingcentresharjah.com (06 531 1999).
Penguin feeding at Dubai Underwater Zoo
Visit Dubai’s coolest residents at snack time as Dubai Aquarium’s very own colony of Gentoo penguins chow down on their afternoon treats at 3pm. You’ll find these sub-zero dwellers at the ‘Melting Ice’ exhibit at the Underwater Zoo, located in The Dubai Mall.
Dhs50, free for kids under three. Feeding daily at 3pm. Ongoing. Underwater Zoo open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat, 10am-midnight. Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaiaquarium.com (04 448 5200).
Fool around at Fun City
Make the most of one of the UAE’s biggest indoor play areas by booking the little ones in for some serious fun and games. Fun City at Oasis Centre has everything you need to keep tykes amused for hours, while you 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. Ongoing. Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 339 7782).
EDITOR’S PICK Watch movies from the pool at Desert Palm
What better way to celebrate that it’s (almost!) the end of the week than catching a classic movie at Desert Palm? Even better, you can enjoy it from the comfort of the swimming pool – perfect for September’s balmy evenings. Today’s movies are The Chronicles of Narnia at 7pm, followed by The Sorcerer’s Apprentice at 9pm. Magical!
Dhs30 per person. From 7pm. Ongoing. Desert Palm, Dubai-Al Ain Road, near International City, www.desertpalm.peraquum.com (04 323 8888).