Art Dubai opens today
If your nippers are into daubing and creativity in a big way, Art Dubai 2012 is bound to be a big hit with them. All over town, artisans and creative geniuses are putting on a raft of activities for families and children to get involved in. Check out the line-up by START at Mina A’ Salam, Performance Night at Madinat Jumierah, and workshops by Zid Zid Kids. There are heaps of fun exhibitions to explore, and some intriguing installations to get the grey matter ticking too.
Prices and timings vary. Until March 24. www.artdubai.com.
It’s UAE Mother’s Day
Clearly, considering all the amazing things mothers do for their families, it’s only fair to celebrate their efforts twice in one month. Mothering Sunday was on March 18, but it’s officially UAE Mother’s Day today. So, more pampering and treats are required. Psst! Spa vouchers and breakfast in bed go down really well.
Don’t miss the Dubai Marina Mall Street Festival
Hold onto your hula hoops and unicycles as tight rope walkers, fire breathers and bucket drummers abound in the Dubai Marina Street Festival’s 2012 programme – starting today! For the next 10 days, Marina residents and visitors will be treated to more than 400 shows, 200 musical performances, award winning artists and record-breaking spectaculars. We’re especially excited to see Heavy Metal Magician Nigel Blackstorm from the US, Australian daredevil stunt man Earnest the Magnifico, master of facial contortion The Rubberband Boy from New Zealand. The mind boggles!
Free. 3pm-late (weekends) 6pm-late (weekdays). Until March 31. www.dubaistreetfestival.com.
X2 Multiples fair at Safa Park
If you’re the exhausted parents of twins, triplets or more, don’t miss the X2 event at Safa Park this weekend. Hordes of like-minded parents in the same boat as yourselves will be hauling their double and triple buggies and massive changing bags into their people carriers and heading on down to check out the family activities. There’ll be all sorts of twins’ shenanigans, including competitions for ‘the most identical multiples’ and other fun and games. Expect lots of activities to keep the nippers happy, and some informative stuff to help those bleary-eyed parents along too. The event is also lasting the whole weekend – multiple fun! Dhs70 (for adults) Dhs45 (for kids). Under twos go free. 10am-6pm. Today and tomorrow only. Safa Park, Gate 4. www.x2-me.com.
Get fresh at RIPE
While the nippers are kept engaged with heaps of crafty activities, parents can happily browse the stalls for a raft of home grown organic veggies and produce. Then head home to cook up a healthy storm, that hopefully involves the kids actually eating their greens too.
Free. 9am-1.30pm. Ongoing. Dubai Garden Centre. www.ripeme.com.
Al Badia Picnic Brunch
Make the most of the cool-ish weather and head to the grassy knolls of Al Badia Golf Club on a Saturday lunchtime, for a picnic brunch on the lawns with the nippers. As can be expected, the food is top notch, and if you don’t quite feel like getting grass stains on your bum, you can still opt for a table, rather than the fairly posh picnic blanket options. The kids get to run about in the fresh air while your picnic arrives via waiter service. Sigh! Make the most of it while the weather permits!
Dhs225 (for adults) Dhs115 (for children under 12). 12.30-4pm, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City. www.albadiagolf.ae. (04 701 1127)
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; www.breedingcentresharjah.com).
Ceramic fun at Super Dooper
At a loose end and fancy hooking up with some other mums but feel guilty about leaving your tot out of the fun? Thankfully, the organisors at Super Dooper have the answer. You can now bring your bubba with you to the Dubai Marina centre, and they will be whisked away into the toddler room for an hour while you can get creative and catch up with your parent mates over a welcome coffee too. And don’t feel too guilty about taking a bit of time out. After all, there will be lots of new toys and little friends for your little ones to play with too. It’s a win-win situation.
Dhs79 (for the ceramic painting, a coffee and an hour’s childcare). 10am-1pm, Mondays and Wednesdays. Super Dooper, Dubai Marina. (04 454 8391).
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. www.funcity.ae (04 335 2700).