January at a glance

The best family activities this month in Dubai


Sunday 01
Enjoy a relaxed meal on the first day of the year at Arabian Ranches, where they will show movies for the kids.
Dhs130 for adults and Dhs65 for children. Ranches Restaurant & Terrace, Arabian Ranches Golf Club (04 360 7935).

Monday 02
Check out the New Year celebrations at KidZania in Dubai Mall. Share your New Year resolutions and they’ll be announced in KidZania!

Tuesday 03
Join the Soccer Kids Dubai Multi Sports Camp for a day.
Dhs135 per child,per day. www.soccerkidsdubai.com.

Thursday 05
Dubai Shopping Festival is here with tons of things to do for the whole family.
Visit www.mydsf.ae to plan and get going ASAP!

Friday 06
Visit ARTE for a browse around the fab crafty stalls.
12pm to 7pm, Dubai Festival City, IKEA mezzanine floor area. Check out www.arte.ae for their fab online store too.

Saturday 07
The Magic Lantern film club for children at the Mall of the Emirates will show a classic kids movie including a stage presentation first to help the kids understand cinema and its beauty (ages 6 to 11).

Sunday 08
Winter semester begins today at Kidville!
Check out www.kidville.com/jbr for a variety of camps, workshops and classes in art, music, dance, cooking and enrichment for kids of all ages.

Monday 09
Head down to the Volvo Ocean Race in Abu Dhabi, running until January 14. Check out the free paddleboarding sessions and loads of other free activities for kids to try at the Destination Village on the Abu Dhabi Corniche.

Friday 13
Watch an enchanted candelabra, teapot and mantle clock dance with the beautiful Belle in the timeless Disney classic Beauty and the Beast.
It’s released in 3D today!

Saturday 14
Sign up your mini master chef for the Kids’ Cooking Club that’s got something different on the menu every Saturday. Today’s Special? Dracula Blood!
Adults get a 15% discount on F&B. Waves Pool Lounge. Layia Oak and Hotel Suites, 04 437 7888.

Monday 16
Pop down to the Arabian Ranches Polo Club for a picnic and an afternoon match.
Dhs50 per car, 2pm until sundown. www.poloclubdubai.com.

Tuesday 17
Bring out the drama queen in you – join Stage Mothers, the fun workshop for the talented mummies at DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates.

Thursday 19
Celebrate International Special Needs Day at Children’s City. There’s lots of fun art workshops and special programs to look forward to.

Friday 20
Pack your bikes in the car and motor to Mushrif Park, where the 2.5k cycle track through the park’s nature reserve will help blow away all those New Year cobwebs and calories.
Open 8am-10pm, Dhs10 per car. 04 288 362.

Saturday 21
Head over to Ripe Kidz Market to keep the little ones engaged with arts and crafts while you shop for some healthy goodies.

Sunday 22
Take to the ice at the Arabian Center – It costs just Dhs25 for two hours, including skate-hire. Fantastic value!

Monday 23
Pamper your princess at the Tickles and Giggles spa and salon. A mani-pedi, facial or a chic new hair-do; you can take your pick. They also have special activities like baby yoga and etiquette classes.

Tuesday 24
Head to The Old Library at Mall of the Emirates for a pre-school story telling session. Places are limited, so call ahead.
04 341 477 ext 207.

Thursday 26
It’s Australia Day! Celebrate and say ‘G’day’ to an Aussie!

Friday 27
Browse the Organic Farmer’s Market at Souk Al Bahar’s Baker and Spice, for seasonal delicious fresh veggies.
Open 9am-3pm.

Saturday 28
Visit the Children’s Fair for Pirates and Princesses at the Fahkruddin and Farrida Ajmal’s Residence to raise money for the Dubai Autism Centre.
3pm-6pm. 050 659 1727.

Sunday 29
Make your way to the Global Village for a few rides on the funfair and then browse the international stalls for goodies.

Tuesday 31
Have a fab family feast at Spur, Dubai Festival City, as kids eat for free every Tuesday evening from 6pm. Yummy – and there’s no washing up!

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