EDITOR’S PICK Hone those cooking skills
It’s never too early to become a whizz in the kitchen, which is why we love the new toddlers’ cooking classes at Mini Monsters on Sheikh Zayed Road – they’ll be whipping up a gourmet three-course dinner in no time. Every class booked also includes one hour of fun in the soft-play area, plus there’s a healthy café where mums can chill out with a latte.
Dhs85 (per class), Dhs450 (six classes). Wed 10.30am and 11.30am; Thu 11.30am. Until October 27. Mini Monsters, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.minimonsters.ae (04 341 4459).
Splash and dash at Wild Wadi
If you visit Wild Wadi with your family, you’ll get a 20 per cent discount voucher for brunch at Beachcombers at Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Friday is the best day to make the most of this offer – a morning splash on the slides, before heading to the 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).
Go organic at Dubai Garden Centre’s RIPE market
This may seem more for mums than kids, but don’t be fooled. While you potter about and pick yourself a box of fresh organic vegetables, the kids can explore the garden centre’s jungle-like interior. They will enjoy themselves and you’ll get to buy some fresh, nutritious food to cook later – or to stuff in their lunchboxes.
Dhs80-125 for organic vegetable boxes. Fri 9.30am-1pm. Ongoing. Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 340 0006).
TODAY ONLY Roald Dahl Day at The Bookworm
Don’t miss the opportunity to pop down to one of The Bookworm’s two stores in Dubai (and one in Abu Dhabi). To celebrate World Roald Dahl Day, they’ll be giving every child a free copy of one of his books to take home (while stocks last). His most famous tales include The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr Fox. Get there early to bag your copy – we think this one will prove popular.
Free (one book per child while stocks last). 8am-8pm. The Bookworm, Park’n’Shop, Al Wasl Road (04 394 5770) and The Meadows, Emirates Hills (04 368 9822).
TODAY ONLY Life lessons at LifeWorks
Learn about your own parenting style and the importance of a solid foundation in the home at this informative workshop at LifeWorks. Run by parenting guru Carmen Benton, the aim is to help families become stronger and more confident by highlighting the keys to effective parenting skills and helping parents to create achievable goals.
Dhs200 (one parent), Dhs300 (couple). 7.30pm-10pm. LifeWorks Villa, 996 Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 1, www.counsellingdubai.com (04 394 2464).
EDITOR’S PICK Visit 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 enable guests to watch the big cats, oryx, gazelles, ostriches and more as they roam inches from the glass. 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. Ongoing. Arabian Wildlife Centre, Al Dhaid Road (E88), www.breedingcentresharjah.com (06 531 1999).
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, while you can relax with a 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).
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. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Ongoing. The Dubai Aquarium, The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaiaquarium.com (04 448 5200).
EDITOR’S PICK Catch a family movie while relaxing in the pool
Always one of our favourite events, this week you can celebrate the fast-approaching weekend with a dip and a family film at Desert Palm’s Movies and Munchies night. Grab something that floats, jump into the pool and catch tonight’s movie, Shrek Forever After, at 7pm, which sees the green hero fighting against the evil Rumpelstiltskin after being accidentally banished to an alternative universe. Tonight’s grown-up movie, screening after the kids’ film, is sci-fi action flick Inception, starring Leo DiCaprio.
Dhs30. From 7pm. Until October 30. Desert Palm Resort, Al Awir Road (04 323 8888).
NEW After-school fun in Mirdif
Head to Mirdif City Centre after school and take advantage of the mall’s great deals for parents and kids. Shoppers visiting the mall between 2pm and 6pm on weekdays will be treated to exclusive store offers, dining deals, and special promotions at Playnation. If you post your experience on the mall’s Facebook page, you’re in with a chance to win exciting prizes, including an iPad.
Free. Wed-Thu 2pm-6pm. Until October 31. Mirdif City Centre, www.mirdifcitycentre.com (800 6422).