NEW Sign language for babies
Take your tot along for a baby signing class at the Family and Friends community centre in Dubai Marina. Apparently, babies as young as six months (or as soon as they can wave) are at the ideal age for learning simple signing techniques. Research shows that infants who can sign experience less frustration when it comes to communication and often have fewer tantrums.
Dhs500 for 10 classes. Thu and Sun 2.10pm-3.10pm. Ongoing. Family and Friends community centre, Dubai Marina (050 316 4025).
Check out the Covent Garden Market at JBR
This eclectic flea market is the perfect place to browse for unusual gifts and knick-knacks. Stalls sell a variety of items, including jewellery, pottery, arts and crafts. Have a browse, then grab a twilight dinner in one of the promenade cafés.
Free. Wed-Thu 5pm- midnight; Fri-Sat 10am-9pm. Ongoing. The Walk at JBR, www.coventgardenmarket.ae (050 425 0543).
EDITOR’S PICK Spend the day in a beach chalet at Al Mamzar Park
These air-conditioned facilities, which have their own shower room, food preparation area and a furnished lounge area, are perfect for families with small children who need a nap and shade at midday. Each chalet also has its own barbecue area, so bring some food to pop on the grill. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Dhs140-Dhs240 (for a double chalet). Open daily 9am-10pm. Ongoing. Al Mamzar Beach Park, Dubai/Sharjah border (04 296 6201).
Enjoy a family brunch at the Mövenpick Deira
We love this relaxed, family-friendly brunch. Choose from a huge array of foods from the international buffet in Jigsaw, which has hot and cold food plus live cooking stations, or order as much as you like à la carte from Asian restaurant Wok. While you enjoy your lunch, the little ones are kept entertained in the kids’ area, which offers a children’s buffet, arts and crafts, movies, games and the like.
Dhs199-Dhs149 (adults) Dhs50 (kids aged seven to 12); free for kids under seven. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Ongoing. Mövenpick Deira (800 33472).
TODAY ONLY Family Extravaganza Day at Favourite Things
Don’t miss the free family entertainment event for children at Favourite Things. Run by celeb favourites Amanda’s Action Club, parents and kids can get into a spot of breakdancing and zumba, plus all sorts of other entertaining shenanigans.
Free. 9am-9pm. Favourite Things, Dubai Marina Mall (04 434 1984).
Buy an organic veggie box from RIPE
The new farmers’ market at Dubai Garden Centre is one of the busiest places to be on a Saturday morning. Check out the fresh produce and fill your box with a varied selection of healthy fruit and vegetables, then go home for an afternoon of cooking. The perfect opportunity to prepare a week’s worth of lunchboxes in advance.
Prices vary. Sat 9am-1pm. Ongoing. Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 340 0006).
Burn off some energy at Children’s City
This huge centre beside the creek is cheap, cheerful and lots of fun for tots with vast amounts of energy to burn. The education zones, including a discovery section, a physical science zone, a computer and communication gallery and a historical and nature area, will entertain everyone from tots to teens, giving you the chance to put your feet up.
Dhs15 (adults) Dhs10 (kids). Open Sun-Thu 9am-8pm, Fri 3pm-7.30pm. Ongoing. Children’s City, Dubai Creek Park (04 334 0808).
EDITOR’S PICK NEW Borrow a book at Read N Enjoy
The new Read N Enjoy children’s library has just opened at JBR. Located at Rimal Plaza, the extensive collection of books in this traditional lending library will keep budding bookworms happy. The library also hosts scheduled story sessions organised by Marina Mums. Membership packages vary in price.
Open Sat-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri 3pm-9pm. Rimal Plaza, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 448 7046).
TODAY ONLY Perfect those bedtime routines
Do you struggle to get your kids to sleep? Sign up for the Bedtime and Sleep Routines workshop at KidsFIRST Medical Centre, hosted by parenting guru Therese Sequeira. The former teacher and mum of three has all sorts of tricks up her sleeve to sort out the most active ‘night walker’.
Dhs180. 8.30am-10am. KidsFIRST Medical Centre, Umm Suqeim (04 348 5437).
EDITOR’S PICK NEW Celebrate Diwali at Chutneys
Don’t miss out on the celebrations for the Indian Festival of Lights with the Diwali thali menu at Chutneys. Remember to wish everyone a Shubh Diwali!
Dhs135 per person. 7pm-11/15pm. Until October 27. Chutneys, Movenpick Bur Dubai (04 310 4340).
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 the Desert Palm resort? Tonight’s line-up is Voyage of the Dawn Treader at 7pm, followed by The Sorcerer’s Appprentice at 8.30pm. Dhs30 per person (includes pool access towels, popcorn and two movies). Wed from 7pm. Ongoing. Desert Palm Resort, Al Awir Road, www.desertpalm.ae (04 323 8888).