Kids' events this week

Explore with the little ones or get Horrible

Wednesday 7

Enjoy a workshop or two at Little Explorers
Take the little tykes any time of the day, and book them in for an educational and fun workshop run by experts at the centre. The 90-minute sessions include some educational or crafty classroom time and a tour of the centre by Little Explorer’s helpers, who are all either trained teachers or fully qualified to work with children. The workshops, which run all day are organised for children aged four to seven, and include themes such as body and senses animals and science and discoveries.
Dhs90 (per child, per workshop). 10am-10pm on weekdays. 10am-midnight on weekends. (800 534 7873).

Thursday 8

Horrible Histories opens today at the Madinat
From the fascinating Pharaohs to the power of the pyramids, join the Horrible Histories team on a 60-minute adventure in awful Egypt. Learn how you enter through the gates of the afterlife and what you need to avoid being eaten by Apophis. With songs and participation, there’s no better way to learn about Egypt.
Dhs75. 4pm and 6pm. Until March 12. First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah,

It’s International Women’s Day!
Do something nice for the ladies in your life – treat mum to afternoon tea at the One&Only Royal Mirage. High tea at Samovar features dainty sandwiches, cream-laden scones and oodles of sticky cakes.
Dhs95. Daily 3pm-6pm. Ongoing. One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, (04 399 9999).

Friday 9

Don’t miss the Emirates Lit Fest!
Make your way to the Al Mamzar and InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City, for a literary extravaganza. There are all sorts of fantastic literary workshops to enjoy – along with The Fringe – a music, drama, dance and poetry extravaganza, involving talent from Dubai’s local schools. And you can’t possibly miss our very own Time Out Kids Zone. Storytelling, Drawings By Me arts and crafts, Elliot the bear and a whole host of fun activities for little ones. Even better, all the activities at the Time Out Kids Zone are free. So come along and say hello!
Free! Open 9.30am-6.30pm, today and tomorrow only. (04 4 353 4002).

Visit the Flea Market
This time the popular outdoor flea market is at The Promenade Courtyard, Uptown Mirdif. Pop along and glean the stalls for a bargain – there are always plenty of gems to be found – or book your own stall
online before rocking up to sell your wares.
Free. 3-8pm. Today only.

Saturday 10

Don’t miss the new Dr Seuss movie
Pile up on popcorn and take yourselves off to the new Dr Seuss CGI film, The Lorax. Based on the original bestselling book published in 1972, all about a funny, furry little creature who tries his best to protect the forest from industrialization, the movie has a few additional twists, like a young boy who wants a girl he worships from afar to notice him. But, he will only be able to win her heart if he discovers the true secret of the Lorax... At all major cinemas.
Timings vary.

Get to grips with Lego at Children’s City in Creek Park
The educational children’s zone is holding Life Skills Development Workshops on Saturdays for kids aged 11 to 15. Each workshop lasts 1.15 hours, and costs Dhs360, including entrance to the Children’s City Zone. Workshops for girls and boys are also held separately.
Dhs360 (per child). 12.30pm-1.45pm (for girls), 2pm-3.15pm (for boys). Until March 17. (04 334 0808).

Sunday 11

P-p-p-pick up a penguin at the Snow Park
Have you ever cuddled a small, fish-eating, flightless bird that hails from the Arctic? If not, now’s your chance, as there is now a merry band of King and Gentoo penguins, happily ensconced on the snowy slopes of Ski Dubai. Furthermore, they are all tame penguins, and apparently, according to their keepers, they like nothing better than a cuddle (and a handful of fresh Mackerel) from some interested spectators.
Dhs175 (per person) for penguin petting, Dhs120 (for adults) Dhs110 (for children) for Snow Park entry. Penguin petting is available daily, from 1-9pm on weekdays and 12pm-9pm on weekends. Ongoing. (800 534 7873).

Monday 12

Fun at Fun City, Lamcy Plaza
Take the little monsters for a session at Lou Lou al Dugongs – a multi-faceted edutainment centre with water play, sand play, a jungle gym, soft play, a mini supermarket, little ones library and free tot cooking classes laid on every hour. For Dhs35 a pop at the door and no additional costs, it’s brilliant value for parents who want their kids entertained all afternoon. Suitable for children aged two to 10. And there’s a sanity saving café so you can sit down and relax too.
Dhs20 (per hour on weekdays only), Dhs40 (for all day play on weekdays only). Open 10am-10.30pm. Ongoing. (04 335 2700).

Tuesday 13

Arabian Wildlife Centre
Situated just off Al Dhaid Road, the Arabian Wildlife Centre is a fabbie indoor facility bang in the middle of the animal enclosures. Observation windows mean the big cats, oryx, gazelle, ostrich and more can literally be just inches away from you, seemingly oblivious to your presence. 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 you can pet and feed, it’s a fantastic family afternoon out. Dhs15 per person, and kids under 12 get in free.
Open Sun-Thu 9am-5.30pm (closed Tue), Fri 2pm-5.30pm, Sat 11am-5.30pm. Ongoing. (06 531 1999;

The break will last from Monday August 20 until Wednesday August 22

Eid is expected to fall on Tuesday August 21 and run until Friday August 24

Find some of the top spots to celebrate the special occasion

Public parking will be free across the city next week

Denzel Washington makes a comeback, a huge shark wreaks havoc and our favourite honey-loving bear is as adorable as ever

Meydan Racecourse will host the two-day electronic music festival


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