Manda’s Magic Summer Party at Ductac
Dubai’s favourite kids’ magician is back for a fun family show filled with tricks and magical shenanigans. Little ones will love the animal puppets who participate, while older children make great stage ‘helpers’. There’s also a goodie bag for every child. Places must be reserved in advance via the email below.
Dhs75 per person. 3.15pm and 4.30pm. Wilkies Lounge, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.mandasmagic.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make jewellery at the Damas store in KidZania
Creative little fashionistas can learn all about the jewellery and gem trade by taking part in activities at KidZania’s new Damas outlet, which opened earlier this month. There are also theatre workshops, art classes and the beauty school to try, while active kids can race on the Formula 1 track, fly an Emirates plane, join the fire brigade and lots more.
Dhs95-130 per person; free for kids under two. Open Sun-Wed 9am-10pm, Thu 9am-midnight, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. The Dubai Mall, www.kidzania.ae (04 448 5222)
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 Rugrats go Wild at 7pm, followed by Transformers 2 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).
Get them baking at Pascal Tepper brunch
Relax and enjoy a croque monsieur and a coffee while the nippers get stuck into supervised baking with the chef at Le Petit Pascal Friday brunch.
Dhs79-99 (adults); Dhs49 (kids aged five to 12); free for kids under five. Fri 10am-3pm. Ongoing. Pascal Tepper, Dubai Media City, www.pascaltepperfrenchbakery.com (04 454 2408).
Do the Al Ain Zoo night safari
It’s too hot to visit the zoo at midday – and anyway, the animals tend to spend these hours sleeping. So why not take advantage of the late opening hours and do a night safari instead? You’ll get to see more animals and observe their twilight behaviour – they’re often a lot more active after dark.
Dhs15 (adults), Dhs5 (children), free for kids under three. Open Sat-Thu 4pm-10pm; Fri 10am-10pm. Al Ain, www.awpr.ae (03 782 8188).
Join Kids Read for World Environment Day
Get children aged six to 10 reading for pleasure and talking about books at the latest Kids Read event, which is celebrating World Environment Day. It offers arts and crafts, storytelling, workshops and activities for parents and children, all designed to inspire a love of reading. The theme is about positive environmental action, so they’ll learn some interesting facts too. Parents must register by emailing the address below.
Free. 3pm-6pm. The British Council, Oud Metha Road, email@example.com (no number).
Family Funday at Ping Pong
The dim-sum experts have teamed up with Hamleys to provide families with a weekly evening of board games diners. Games include classics such as 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).
Hands-on play at the Sharjah Discovery Centre
A great morning out for the whole family, Sharjah Discovery Centre has seven themed interactive play areas that include water, travel, building, a children’s supermarket and even becoming a star on TV. The huge indoor space is also well-air conditioned, so your brood can run about and work off all that excess energy.
Dhs10 (adults), Dhs5 (children). Open Sat-Thu 8am-2pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-8pm. Ongoing. Sharjah, www.sharjahmuseums.ae (06 558 6577).
Sibling rivalry workshop
Do your kids spend the vast majority of their time together fighting? Have the weekends become a battleground – and are you dreading the long summer break? If so, consider trying this week’s Sibling Rivalry workshop at KidsFIRST Medical Centre. Run by former teacher, mum of three and parent educator Therese Sequeira, expect sound advice. Parents only.
Dhs180 per person. 8.30am, KidsFIRST Medical Centre, Al Wasl Road, www.parentingdubai.com (04 394 2464).
Tuesday discounts at Magic Planet
If your kids love amusement arcades, fairground rides and console games, don’t miss Super Tuesdays at Magic Planet. Just swipe your Magic Planet card to get a 50 percent discount for two hours on all rides and attractions.
Prices vary depending on attraction. Tue 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Centre and Mirdif City Centre, www.magicplanetme.com (800 534 7873).