Have a blast at iFly
High-flying, adventure-loving kids aged three and above can experience the thrill of skydiving in iFly’s wind tunnel, which churns out gale forces of 200kph to keep you suspended in mid-air. There are instructors on hand to show you the ropes, but be warned – the powerful airstream makes dribbling an occupational hazard.
Dhs195 per person. Open Sun-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Mirdif City Centre, www.theplaymania.com/ifly (800 836).
Cool off with movies in the pool at Cine-Splash
Watch a movie from the pool at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club’s Cine-Splash session. Tonight’s line-up is Yogi Bear at 7pm, followed by Race to Witch Mountain at 9pm. Food stations serving hot dogs, popcorn and the like are also on hand to feed hungry film buffs.
Dhs25-40 per person. Thu-Fri 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, www.dubaipoloclub.com (04 361 8111).
Catch a family movie under the stars
A huge floating screen is showing family films every Thursday night at Dubai Festival City Promenade. Cartoons are the order of the day, although film titles are not specified in advance. Seating is provided.
Free. Thu 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Dubai Festival City Marina Promenade, www.dubaifestivalcity.com (no number).
The Works! 2012
The annual musical extravaganza put on by Kids Theatre Works! sees more than 200 students take to the stage to perform musical classics in costume. Featuring hits from The Wizard of Oz, Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid and more, the event is supporting UK-registered charity Harmony House, which helps slum families in Delhi – so you’ll be doing some good for others too by going along.
Dhs75 per person. Fri 11am, 2pm and 5pm; Sat 2pm and 5.30pm. Until May 2. Ductac Theatre, Mall of the Emirates, www.ductac.org; www.kidstheatreworks.com (04 341 4777).
Head to the Grand Hyatt in royal fancy dress
Enjoy a jolly Diamond Jubilee British-themed brunch in the special Grand Hyatt summer tent. There’s a nostalgic look back at Queen Elizabeth’s 60-year reign, plus prizes for the best-dressed couple, family and kids. Children’s entertainment is laid on, and there will be best-of-British music and a ‘you’ve been papped’ photo session for the wall of fame, alongside plenty of traditional British food.
Dhs150-450 per person. 12.30pm-4pm. Today only. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha, Jess@urbanevents.ae (04 445 6842).
Queen’s Jubilee brunch at Meydan
If you’re a blue-blooded royalist or simply fancy a good old knees-up, don’t miss this special brunch, laid on to celebrate the Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. There will be Asian, Caribbean, Aussie and New Zealand cuisine to enjoy, as well as entertainment laid on for the kids.
Dhs220-330 (adults); Dhs75-130 (kids aged five to 18); free for kids under five. 12.30pm-4pm. The Meydan, Nad Al Sheba, www.meydanhotels.com (04 381 3111).
Head to the Ripe kids’ market
Stock up on a wide range of locally grown, organic fresh fruit and vegetables at Dubai Garden Centre today, while the kids enjoy an arts-and-crafts session laid on for free by the Ripe organisers.
Free. Sat 9am-1pm. Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.ripeme.com (04 340 4440).
Family Funday at Ping Pong
The dim sum experts have teamed up with Hamleys to provide families with a weekly evening of board games for Ping Pong diners. Games include the classic Monopoly, Cluedo and Scrabble, as well as the more modern Pictureka. Those who enjoy more traditional board games can also get stuck into chess and dominoes – as well as the tasty dim sum.
Prices vary. Sun 6pm- midnight. Ongoing. Ping Pong, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.pingpongdimsum.ae (04 339 9088).
Mama Mondays at Slim Spa
Mums can treat themselves to a pampering session at Slim Spa every Monday between 9am and 2pm, and they’ll get 20 percent off the usual treatment price. Book yourself in for a session beginning as soon as the morning school run is over.
Prices vary. Mon 9am-2pm. Ongoing. Slim Spa, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.slimspa.ae (050 859 5662).
Enjoy a workshop at Little Explorers
Take the little tykes to Little Explorers at any time of the day and book them in for an educational workshop. The 90-minute sessions include educational or crafty classroom time, plus a tour of the centre by Little Explorers’ helpers, who are all either trained teachers or are fully qualified to work with children. The workshops are aimed at children aged four to seven, and include themes such as ‘body and senses’, ‘animals’ and ‘science and discoveries’.
Dhs90 per child, per workshop. Sun-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. Mirdif City Centre, www.theplaymania.com/little-explorers (800 836).