EDITOR’S PICK NEW Don’t miss The Lion King in 3D premiere
The classic story of Simba, Nala, Timon, Pumbaa et al is the perfect family movie that will probably have adults blubbing as much as the children. If you didn’t catch it on its original release in 1994, now’s your chance: there’s also the added bonus of the film being in 3D.
In cinemas across Dubai.
Browse Covent Garden Market at JBR
This eclectic and surprisingly extensive market, held every Wednesday to Saturday, is the perfect place to shop for unusual gifts and knick-knacks. Stalls sell a variety of items, including jewellery, pottery, artworks and crafts – after your spree, why not grab a bite to eat in one of The Walk’s promenade restaurants?
Free. Wed-Sat 5pm-midnight. Ongoing. The Walk at JBR, www.coventgardenmarket.ae (050 425 0543).
EDITOR’S PICK NEW Shop for gadgets at Gitex
Don’t miss the opportunity to explore Gitex Shopper at Dubai Airport Expo. The gigantic consumer fair dedicated to all things technical offers a fantastic opportunity to shop for bargains. If you don’t mind the crowds and can get down there early, it’s worth having a rummage – you might be able to pick up a few early Christmas gifts.
Dhs30 per person; free for kids under five. Open 3pm-11pm. Until Saturday 15. Dubai Airport Expo, www.gitexshopperdubai.com (no number).
Spice up your life with brunch at Spice Island
This impressive brunch is a family affair to end all brunches – the selection of food is mind-boggling, and the kids’ entertainment is spot on too. There’s a supervised play area where children can let off steam and enjoy a dedicated kids’ buffet.
Dhs149-Dhs269 (adults); Dhs69 (children aged six to 11); free for kids under six. Fri noon-4pm. Ongoing. Renaissance Hotel, Deira (04 262 5555).
EDITOR’S PICK LAST CHANCE See The Jungle Book live on stage
Don’t miss the opportunity to see this fantastic adaptation of the classic Rudyard Kipling story. Performed by the renowned Oxford Theatre Company, the show features well-loved characters including Mowgli, Shere Khan and good old Baloo; this production is also a musical, so lots of audience participation and singing along is required.
Dhs120-Dhs140. 10.30am and 4.30pm. Until Saturday 15. First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, www.madinattheatre.com (04 366 6546).
Get an organic veggie box from RIPE
The new farmers’ market at Dubai Garden Centre is one of the busiest places in the city to be on a Saturday morning. Check out the fresh produce, fill your box then head home for an afternoon of cooking. A perfect opportunity for preparing a week’s worth of lunchboxes in advance.
Prices vary. Sat 9am-1pm. Ongoing. Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 340 0006).
Sample Snog frozen yoghurt
This tempting treat is delicious and a lot healthier than sugar-packed ice cream. Made with probiotics, organic milk, natural sweeteners and served with all manner of healthy fresh berries, we’re firm fans. If your kids aren’t into fruit, they can always get a chocolate brownie topping instead.
From Dhs16. Open daily 10am-midnight, Mirdif City Centre, www.ifancyasnog.com (04 284 0955).
Take a turn on the ‘iceless’ ice rink at Arabian Center
Possibly the most underrated ice rink in town, the Arabian Center near Mirdif boasts a cool experience for novice (and professional) skaters. The difference is that this rink is made from ‘synthetic ice’ which is 10 per cent less slippery than regular ice (less tumbles for the tots) and isn’t cold to the touch. Another bonus is that the rink doesn’t require huge refrigeration units to maintain it, which also makes it more environmentally friendly.
Dhs25 for a two-hour session plus skate hire. Open daily 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Arabian Center, Mirdif, www.arabiancenter.ae (04 284 5555).
Kids eat for free at Spur
Save your dirhams, forget the washing up and enjoy a family meal at Spur at Dubai Festival City. This family-friendly restaurant, which serves South African cuisine (think steaks, onion rings and burgers) also has a small kids’ play area and more balloons, crayons and colouring pads than you can shake a stick at. Best of all, children eat for free every Tuesday.
Prices vary. Tue 6pm-10pm. Ongoing. Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City, www.spur.ae (04 232 8866).
Cool off in the pool with movies in the moonlight
What better way to wind down the week than with a communal family movie at Desert Palm? Tonight’s line-up is Tooth Fairy at 7pm, followed by The Tempest at 8.30pm.
Dhs30 per person (includes pool access towels, a bowl of popcorn and two movies). Wed 7pm. Ongoing. Desert Palm Resort and Spa, Al Awir Road, near International City, www.desertpalm.ae (04 323 8888).