NEW Stock up on popcorn for Tintin
If you’re a fan of the teen reporter-turned-detective created by Belgian artist Georges Rémi, don’t miss the opportunity to watch the very first showing of The Adventures of Tintin on the big screen. Our hapless hero with the funny hair will be getting up to all sorts of shenanigans with his trusty sidekick, Snowy.
In cinemas across Dubai.
Book a day chalet at Al Mamzar Beach Park
These air-conditioned beach facilities, which have their own shower room, food preparation area and furnished lounge, are perfect for families with small children. Plan your schedule, hitting the beach in the morning, having a cool picnic lunch and a shower in the chalet, followed by an afternoon in the play park, or even havinga splash in the municipality swimming pool. Each chalet has its own barbecue area, so you can prepare sausages for supper. Advance booking recommended.
Dhs140-Dhs240 (for a double chalet). Open daily 9am-10pm. Al Mamzar Beach Park, near Sharjah border (04 296 6201).
Munch brunch at the Mövenpick
One of our favourite family brunches in town, parents can enjoy the steady stream of international à la carte and buffet dishes in Jigsaw restaurant, while the kids are entertained in their own play area. Food for little ones is provided, along with a raft of supervisors who organise activities including Play-Doh sessions, space hopper races and various games. There’s also a huge TV showing classic Pixar cartoons.
Dhs119 for adults, Dhs50 for kids aged seven to 12, free for kids under six. Fri 12.30pm-4pm, Ongoing. Mövenpick Deira, email@example.com (800 33472).
EDITOR’S PICK TODAY ONLY Go bonkers at bonfire night
Take the family for a fantastic bonfire night celebration at Arabian Ranches. The event will feature an enormous bonfire along with activities and snacks, topped off by a cracking firework display. Tickets are selling like hot potatoes, so we’d recommend booking soon.
Dhs100 for adults, Dhs50 for kids. From 5pm. Arabian Ranches Golf Club (04 366 3000).
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, featuring observation windows that offer a close-up view of big cats, oryx, gazelles, ostriches and more. After your visit, why not pop along to the petting farm next door? With camels, ponies, cows, sheep and donkeys to pet and feed, it’s a great family afternoon out.
Dhs15 for adults, free for kids under 12. Open Sun-Mon and Wed-Thu 9am-5.30pm, Fri 2pm-5.30pm, Sat 11am-5.30pm. Arabian Wildlife Centre, Al Dhaid Road, www.breedingcentresharjah.com (06 531 1999).
EDITOR’S PICK NEW Celebrate Eid at the pantomime
Enjoy the festive celebrations by taking the family to Al Qasba on Sharjah’s waterfront to watch this charming UK production of Little Red Riding Hood. Like all great pantomimes, this one features a good fairy, and the wicked wolf eventually learns a few well-chosen lessons. The show boasts a professional cast of British actors in an 80-minute-long performance.
Dhs50 per person. Performances daily 4pm and 7pm. Until November 8. Al Qasba waterfront, Sharjah (06 556 0777).
EDITOR’S PICK NEW Don’t miss Dolphin Tale in 3D
A Hollywood blockbuster that will have you sobbing into your nachos, Dolphin Tale is the true story of Winter, a dolphin with an injured tail, who is fitted with a prosthetic flipper. Starring Morgan Freeman, Nathan
Gamble and Ashley Judd, it’s a story all animal-loving children will adore – as will the accompanying adults.
In cinemas across Dubai.
Kids eat for free at Spur
Save your dirhams, avoid the washing up and enjoy a great family meal out at Spur at Dubai Festival City. This family-friendly restaurant serves South African cuisine (think steaks, onion rings and burgers) and has a small kids’ play area filled with more balloons, crayons and colouring pads than you can shake a stick at. Best of all kids eat for free when accompanied by an adult.
Adult prices vary. Tue 6pm-10pm. Ongoing. Dubai Festival City, www.spur.ae (04 232 8866).
Chill out at a baby massage class
Book your little bundle into baby massage class and learn some top techniques for calming and relaxing your baby from the experts at Infinity. It’s also a chance to meet like-minded mums.
Dhs600 for four lessons. Tue 3pm-4.30pm. Ongoing. Infinity Health Clinic, Al Wasl Road, www.ihc.com (04 394 8994).
Take a turn on the ‘iceless’ ice rink at Arabian Centre
One of the most underrated ice rinks in town, the Arabian Centre’s rink boasts a cool experience for novice (and professional) skaters. It’s made from synthetic ice, which is 10 per cent less slippery than regular ice (meaning less tumbles for the tots) and isn’t cold to the touch. It’s also more environmentally friendly because the rink doesn’t require huge refrigeration units to keep it cool.
Dhs25 for a two-hour session, including skate hire. Open daily 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Arabian Centre, Mirdif, www.arabiancenter.ae (04 284 5555).