Go mad at Modhesh World
This year, the little yellow fellow has moved from his usual haunt at Dubai Airport Expo to Dubai World Trade Centre. There are heaps of activities including funfair rides and games for kids of all ages, as well as playgrounds, soft toy areas, the latest video games and a 4D cinema. It’s all indoors and it’s all fully air conditioned, so your kids can run around the huge venue without getting heatstroke.
Dhs10 per person; free for kids under two. Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu 10am-midnight, Fri 2pm-1am. Until August 25. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.dubaicalendar.ae (600 54 5555).
City of Friends show at The Dubai Mall
As part of Dubai Summer Surprises, The Dubai Mall is putting on free stage shows for kids. Today’s offering is called City of Friends – and will most likely include some pretty wacky singing and dancing as part of the line-up.
Free. Daily 4.30pm-8pm. Until July 8. The Dubai Mal, Downtown Dubai, www.thedubaimall.com (no number).
See turtles being released into the wild
Don’t forget the big turtle release at the Madinat Jumeirah beach at 8.30am. It’s open to the public and you can watch as more than 100 turtles are released into the sea after being rehabilitated at Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. It’s a great opportunity for children to gain some insight into the importance of the Gulf marine environment and the work of the turtle rehab centre.
Free. 8.30am. Madinat Jumeirah, facebook.com/turtle.rehabilitation (no number).
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 Spongebob Squarepants at 7pm, followed by Wizards of Waverly Place 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).
Brunch at Mazina
Enjoy a huge array of international cuisine and great food for the kids, which is served to your table in the form of fish and chicken goujons, sweet potato chips and real onion rings. There’s also heaps of entertainment to keep kids occupied, including a large bouncy castle, face painting, movies, games and a Nintendo Wii.
Dhs100-195 (free for kids under six). Sat 12.30-3.30pm.
Ongoing. Mazina, The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Have a blast at iFly
High-flying, adventure-loving tots 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 trained 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. Ongoing. Mirdif City Centre, www.theplaymania.com (800 836).
Mums-and-tots ice skating
Share the thrill of the ice with your little one at Dubai Ice Rink’s mums-and-tots skating sessions: for the first session of the day, the pair of you will pay just Dhs50. An instructor is also on hand to help you both through the wobbly stages – perfect for tots aged two to seven.
Dhs50. Daily 10am-noon. Ongoing. The Dubai Mall, www.dubaiicerink.com (04 448 5111).
Head to Bowling City at Dubai Festival City
Featuring 12 lanes, kids as young as four are welcome to play, with practice lanes with buffers available to help them boost their confidence and skill.
Sun-Wed Dhs10 per person per game from 10am-4pm; Dhs15 from 4pm-midnight; Thu-Sat Dhs20. Open Sat-Thu 10am-midnight, Fri 10am-1am. Ongoing. Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City, www.dubaifestivalcity.com (04 232 8600).
Get arty at Super Dooper
Want to catch up with friends, but got to look after the kids? Super Dooper has the answer. Bring the kids with you to the Dubai Marina centre and staff will whisk them away into the toddler room for an hour, while you catch up with friends over a coffee and enjoy craft activities. Dhs79 (includes ceramic painting, coffee and one hour’s childcare).
Mon-Wed 10am-1pm. Ongoing. Super Dooper, Damac Tower, Dubai Marina, www.superdooper.ae (04 454 8391).
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 at this popular amusement centre. 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).