101 summer family activities

Cool activities to try all over town – and some cracking discounts

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1 Beat the heat at Wild Wadi
It’s one of Dubai’s best loved attractions with both residents and tourists alike, so what better way to cool off than to take the plunge at Wild Wadi? There’s a few ongoing special offers to take advantage of this summer. The Sundowner rate is valid from 6pm to 8pm until the end of August, with two hours of watery fun after sunset for Dhs180 (adults) and Dhs145 (kids under 1.1m). During Ramadan, the timings are extended from 8pm to 12am. There’s also a special Summer Pass, valid until the end of Ramadan, which also lets visitors have up to four friends come along for discounted entry (passes cost Dhs975 for adult general admission, and Dhs650 for kids under 1.1m).
To find out more, visit www.jumeirah.com (04 348 4444).

2 Get in the Olympic spirit
Celebrate the Olympics at Dubai Festival City during Summer Surprises (until July 14) – there’s a series of kid-friendly shows and workshops, held every day at the Festival Centre.
Go to www.dubaifestivalcity.com.

3 Feel the cold at Ski Dubai
With its real snow and powdery slopes, it’s no wonder Ski Dubai is one of summer’s biggest draws. For proficient snow bunnies, a kids’ pass costs Dhs150 for two hours, which includes ski and clothing hire (but don’t forget those gloves!). Little learners aged three to six can try group lessons on the nursery slopes for Dhs160 per hour, or you can always slide around at the Snow Park (from Dhs120 per child) , with its bobsled runs, toboggans and snow cavern.
www.skidxb.com (800-FUN).

4 Get sporty
If you thought sports like beach volleyball, cricket and tennis could only be played outdoors, guess again. For a second year running, Dubai Sports World has taken over a vast space at the World Trade Centre to create a humungous indoor arena, packed with everything sport-related, including full-size pitches, a real sand beach volleyball court, skate park, gym and heaps more. Open until the end of August, it’s free to enter, with academies and private coaching priced individually.
Visit www.dubaisportsworld.ae (04 306 4000).

5 Feel the Flamenco flow!
Olé! Watch traditional Flamenco and Spanish guitar recitals at Dubai Marina Mall’s Flamenco Flow show until July 14, plus there’ll be two workshops for kids each day, too.
Visit www.dubaimarinamall.com.

6 Fun and thrills at Modhesh World
This year, this indoor theme park and family edutainment centre has moved to a brand new and convenient location at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Running until August 25, it’s open until 10pm on weekdays and midnight on weekends, while during Ramadan it will be operating from 6pm until 1am! Entry costs just Dhs10 for kids and adults, and little ones under two are free (individual attractions priced separately).
Check out www.dubaicalendar.ae for more info on what’s happening.

7 Calling all gamers
It’s certainly not quiet in there, but Sega Republic at The Dubai Mall is the perfect place for stir crazy kids to burn off all that pent up energy. Open from 10am until 1am on weekends, and 11pm on weekdays, they’ve got rides and games to tempt all ages. You can purchase a ‘Pay and Play’ pass and pay-as-you-go, or if the kids are there for the long-haul, go for the ‘Power Pass’, a day pass valid on all attractions for Dhs150.
Visit www.segarepublic.com (04 448 8484).

8 Head to the movies - Ice Age: Continental Drift
All the old favourites are back, and poor old Scrat is still chasing that acorn!
Out now.

9 Head to the movies - The Amazing Spider-Man 3D
This latest installment will not disappoint, although it’s for older nippers rather than little ones.
Out July 5.

10 Head to the movies - Legends of Valhalla: Thor 3D
This CGI adventure is about an over-confident teen with a magical weapon and a handful of imperfect gods, who join forces against an evil queen.
Out July 12.

11 Head to the movies - Tinkerbell: Secret of the Wings
Our favourite Disney fairy ventures into the mysterious Winter Woods and meets a frost fairy named Periwinkle – and a magical secret is revealed!
Out July 26.

12 Head to the movies - Brave 3D
Another cracking CGI adventure, this tale involves a red-haired princess and a deadly curse she must undo…
Out August 16.

13 Delve into Dubai’s history
Dubai Museum is a fascinating insight into Dubai’s history, from the origins of the spice souks to the lives of the pearl divers. And even better, it’s super cheap, with adults paying Dhs3, and kids over six priced at just Dhs1 (under sixes are free).
For more info, call 04 353 1862.

14 Learn a new skill
This summer, Children’s City is hosting ‘Fun in Summer’ with events from puppet shows to paper quilling workshops to keep nippers amused, running until July 19.
Full schedules can be found online at www.childrencity.ae.

15 Hug a penguin
Want to meet Dubai’s coolest residents? Book a Peng-friend Encounter with the Gentoo and King penguin colony at Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates, where you can get up-close-and-personal with these cute customers for from Dhs175 per person for a group experience. They also march through the Snow Park at regular intervals throughout the day, which is included in the price of your Snow Park pass.
Visit www.skidubaipenguins.com (800-FUN).

16 Discover Kidzania
If you haven’t been there already, Kidzania is an entire city dedicated to children from toddler to 16, where they can be a grown-up for the day, trying out all manner of careers, catching a flight, taking driving lessons, shopping at the supermarket and even making their own pizza! Kids taller than 120cm are allowed to explore without mum and dad, but rest assured, staff keep track on them at all times using high-tech security ID bracelets. Dhs140 for kids aged four to 16, Dhs95 for toddlers, kids under two go free.
Find out more at www.kidzania.ae (04 448 5222).

17 Join the circus
The Dubai Outlet Mall on the Al Ain Road is celebrating DSS in style, with jugglers, still walkers, magicians and shows during the weekends of the festival.
For info, visit www.dubaioutletmall.com.

18 Explore the Amazon jungle
Little Explorers is one of our all time favourite activities for kids under seven. This well-equipped edutainment centre has plenty of fun activities for little nippers to get stuck into. And this summer they’ve also teamed up with National Geographic Kids for a new Amazon Jungle exhibit which will be hosting all manner of fun, interactive activities until the end of August. Day passes cost Dhs130 per child, while the drop and shop facility (30 min workshop plus 60 min’s play) costs Dhs100.
For more info, visit www.theplaymania.ae (800-FUN).

19 Save the planet
Log on to the Emirates Wildlife Society’s Be’ati Watani website at www.beatiwatani.com for kid-focussed tips and games on how to make the world a more eco-friendly place.

20 Cool off at Aquaventure
When it comes to keep-cool summer fun, Aquaventure is hard to beat. Even better, they’ve got a great ongoing offer UAE residents – only available from the Aquaventure ticketing plaza (and don’t forget to bring some form of ID that shows your residency), adults cost Dhs140 (normally Dhs210), and kids are Dhs115 (normally Dhs165) for general admission.
For more info, visit www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).

21 Gooooaaaaal!
If the kids are football crazy, check out the fun and games at Soccer Circus in Mirdif City Centre’s Playnation. There’s also three indoor five-a-side football pitches for rent, too. Training Academy is priced at Dhs70 per round.
Visit www.theplaymania.ae (800-FUN).

22 Go sky-diving (without leaving the ground)
Daredevils of all ages can feel what it’s like to go into free-fall at this fab skydiving simulator in Mirdif City Centre. Suitable for everyone from the age of three and up (weight restrictions apply), there’s the option of solo or tandem flights, and these thrills don’t involve the expense (or fear!) of jumping out of a plane. For first time fliers, it’s Dhs195.
Visit www.theplaymania.ae (800-FUN).

23 Try out a kids’ spa! - Hello Kitty Spa
The ultimate in ‘posh pampering’, surrounded by pink cuteness. From Dhs35. Town Centre Mall.
www.hellokittybeautyspa.com (04 344 9598).

24 Try out a kids’ spa! - Tickles and Giggles
This mini-spa at Sadaf 1, JBR provides slick cuts and hair-styling for boys, and a whole host of pampering treats for girls. From Dhs30.
www.ticklesandgiggles.com (04 432 8681).

25 Try out a kids’ spa! - Kidville Salon
The airplane and car seats plus the video game options are a top distraction. From Dhs50 for cuts. JBR, Uptown Mirdif, Motor City.
www.mykidville.ae (04 440 1220).

26 Try out a kids’ spa! - N-Style
Little girls can enjoy a grown-up style pampering session with mummy.
Dhs45-75. Various locations, www.nstyleinternational.com (04 339 8414).

27 Get your skates on
Wannabe skater boys and girls can learn the tricks of the trade from the pros at Rage in Dubai Mall, which has its very own skate bowl upstairs from the store, with group lessons starting from Dhs85 per child.
For info on lessons or skating sessions, visit www.rage-shop.com (04 434 1549).

28 Toy-rrific summer fun!
At Hamley’s Summer Island, in its Mirdif and Dubai Mall stores you can expect a fun-packed schedule of activities for little ones between 4pm and 9pm every day until July 14 – there’ll be hula dancing, water games, beach ball relays, and even a summer fashion week.
Visit the Hamleys UAE Facebook page to find out more.

29 Style for kids
Part of Dubai Summer Surprises, the city’s most stylish sprogs will be checking out the latest styles at Deira City Centre’s Kids’ Fashion Week, which is running between July 8 and 14, from 6pm to 7.30pm each night.

30 Try something new
As well as its plentiful play areas, Favourite Things at Dubai Marina Mall has an additional weekly programme of events which are completely free of charge once you’ve paid the play area entrance fee (Dhs85 non-members, Dhs35 members), including Mad Science, story time, cooking classes and musical activity.
For more information, visit www. favouritethings.com (04 434 1984).

31 Have a Kidz Venture!
If you’re heading to Ibn Battuta Mall, this well-appointed space has heaps to occupy kids, whether it’s free play or workshops on indoor sports, eco-friendly arts and crafts, photography classes or Arabic classes.
Visit www.kidzventure.ae (04 361 9315).

32 Get bowled over
Bowling is a cheap and cheerful way to beat the heat, and all ages can get involved, even the littlies.
Try Switch Bowling in Ibn Battuta, www.switchbowlingdubai.com (04 440 5961), or Yalla! in Mirdif City Centre, www.theplaymania.com (04 296 9222).

33 Read all about it
Dubai’s public libraries will be hosting a wide array of fun and educational activities for kids this summer. Taking place up until July 18, and aimed at kids aged from six to 12, they include Arabic calligraphy, sand painting and photography, and will be held at public libraries in Al Safa, Hatta, Hor Al Anz, Al Twar, Umm Suqeim, and Al Rashidiya.
Follow the The Dubai Public Library Facebook page for more details.

34 Discover more
Hop across to the emirate next door for a visit to the Sharjah Discovery Centre. This hands-on experience lets children up to the age of 17 learn through play, exploring the senses, science and technology and the world around them. Even better, it’s just Dhs10 for adults and Dhs5 for kids aged three to 17.
Visit www.sharjahmuseums.ae for more information.

35 Super savings at Magic Planet
With video games galore, and even a few full-size fairground rides thrown in for good measure, this indoor amusement arcade has guaranteed noise, bright lights and very excited kids. Super Tuesdays are the best time to go, when you can take advantage of a 50 per cent discount across all rides and video games. Our favourite has to be the one at Mall of the Emirates, thanks to the Johnny Rockets outpost hidden within. Visit www.theplaymania.ae (800-FUN).

36 Visit a new jungle gym
At Zebra Crossing, a brand new kids’ activity centre on Sheikh Zayed Road, the large jungle gym will certainly wear them out before bedtime, and there’s also arts and crafts, dressing up and laser tag – plus, a large cafeteria, too.
Visit www.zebra-crossing.com (050 50 559 4903).

37 Treat those Mini Monsters
This huuuuuuuge kids’ soft play area is always a big hit with kids of all ages, and welcomes children from just six months, all the way up to 13 years old. Costing from Dhs50 for the first hour, they boast the largest slide in the whole of the UAE, and mascots from their favourite TV shows make an appearance at 11.30am and 4pm every day.
Visit www.minimonsters.ae (04 341 4459).

38 Ice ice baby
Cool your boots on Dubai’s ice rinks, including Al Nasr Leisureland, the Hyatt Regency and even a small one at the Arabian Center. Our best (if pricier) bet is the Olympic sized rink at the Dubai Mall, where there’s discounted mum and tots sessions, toddler packages that include helmets, funky discos on the ice, and even ‘Snow Babies’ classes for tiny tots to gain confidence on the slippery surface. Public sessions cost Dhs55 (kids under 1m, Dhs25), Penguin Pals can be hired at Dhs30 per hour, and Snow Babies classes are Dhs80 per child per session.
Visit www.dubaiicerink.com (04 448 5111).

39 Go on a night safari
Check out the wildlife at Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort – during the summer they’ll be running a night safari, with the zoo open until 10pm each evening.
Adults cost Dhs15, kids are Dhs5, and under threes are free. Check out www.awpr.ae (03 782 8188).

40 Get crafty - thejamjar
thejamjar is a proper art studio in Al Quoz with all the right equipment.
www.thejamjardubai.com (04 341 7303).

41 Get crafty - Cafe Ceramique
Pop into Cafe Ceramique and paint crockery and eat top nosh at the same time.
www.cafe-ceramique.com (04 344 7331).

42 Get crafty - KidzArt
At KidzArt, they run courses for little ones aged two and up.
www.kidzart.ae (050 551 5928).

43 Get crafty - Mirath Art Centre
Mirath Art Centre at JBR runs all manner of creative programmes.
www.mirathart.com (04 434 0128).

44 Get crafty - Craft studio
Craft Studio has over 80 craft kits to take home.
www.thecraftstudiodubai.com (050 453 8841).

45 Hotel pool deals - The Address Dubai Marina
One-month summer pool membership Dhs550 (adults), Dhs400 (children 17 and below).
Offer valid until September 30, 2012. Contact dubaimarina@theaddress.com (04 436 7777).

46 Hotel pool deals - Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
Daily pool access Dhs150 per person (weekends), Dhs125 (weekdays).
Contact hotel.jumeirahbeach@moevenpick.com (04 449 8888).

47 Hotel pool deals - Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort
Beach and lunch package (includes burger meal, soft drink, ice cream), Dhs210 per adult, Dhs60 for kids 5-16 (weekdays), Dhs285 per adult, Dhs100 for kids 5-16 (weekends), kids under four go free.
Contact sherjum@emirates.net.ae (04 399 5533).

48 Hotel pool deals - Hatta Fort Hotel
Weekend pool entry, Dhs50 (adults), Dhs30 (kids under 12). A gate entry fee of Dhs50 (adults), and Dhs30 (each child under 12) applies but is redeemable against F&B Fridays and public holidays.
Contact hfh@jaihotels.com (04 809 9333).

49 Hotel pool deals - Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
Daily pool and beach access Dhs75 per adult (weekdays), Dhs125 (weekends) and for children under eight, Dhs50 (weekdays) and Dhs75 (weekends).
Contact dxbmarin@emirates.net.ae (04 346 1111).

50 Hotel pool deals - Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Daily pool and beach access Dhs250 (adults) and Dhs150 (children) weekends, and Dhs175 (adults) and Dhs100 (children) weekdays.
Contact serviceexpress.dubai@westin.com (04 399 4141).

51 Hotel pool deals - Madinat Jumeirah
Daily pool and beach access Dhs250 (per adult) and Dhs150 (per child).
Contact mjinfo@jumeirah.com (04 366 8888).

52 Experience a submarine adventure
At the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo you can take a ride on a glass bottom boat (kids aged three and up only, Dhs25 plus Aquarium entry), watch the stingrays being fed (generally around 2pm and 8pm daily), or get close to the Gentoo penguin colony. Older kids and proficient divers can brave the cage snorkeling and shark diving experiences, while future marine biologists can sign up for the behind-the-scenes Aquarist Programme, priced from Dhs150 for kids aged five to seven.
For more info, visit www.thedubaiaquarium.com.

53 Saddle up at Hoofbeatz
Thanks to the air conditioned pavillion at Hoofbeatz, riding isn’t something that kids have to give up during the hotter months. As well as a whole host of group and individual lessons available (including a riding simulator for perfecting technique), there’s a 2½ hour stable tour to meet some of the centre’s beautiful equine residents, while newbies can try out a ‘Meet the Horse’ session, priced at Dhs200 for two hours.
For all other prices and info, visit www.hoofbeatz.com (050 181 0401).

54 Watch a puppet show
There’s a whole festival dedicated to puppets at Mirdif City Centre between July 6 and 14. Expect stage shows, puppeteers roaming around the mall, workshops, parades and plenty more.
For more info, visit www.mirdifcitycentre.com (800 6422).

55 Catch the football pros in action!
If the kids are mourning the end of the Euro Championships, take them along to the Dubai Indoor Football Championship at the World Trade Centre between July 8 and 12. There’ll also be a series of football clinics where potential football prodigies can take their cues from the pros.
Visit www.dwtc.com.

56 Make a splash
Kids at the Al Ghurair Centre are invited to ‘Splash into Excitement’ during Dubai Summer Surprises, with a watery theme park, Wii zone, arty and crafty workshops, and stage shows and live music from 6pm to 10pm every evening.

57 Get arty at Mercato
Mercato has a fun line up for little ones during the last few weeks of DSS – including Pinocchio arts and crafts workshops at Porto Vecchio Village from July 1 to 4, and 8 to 11, from 3pm to 6pm.
For the full programme, visit www.mercatoshoppingmall.com (04 344 4161).

58 Fun of the fair
While it’s not open during Ramadan, for the rest of summer holidays, Hili Fun City over in Al Ain is opening its doors later in the day to avoid the sun. With operating hours between 5pm and 10pm, general admission costs Dhs40 for adults (except Mondays and Tuesdays, when it’s Dhs35), with kids under 89cm in for free.
Check out the attractions at www.hilifuncity.ae (03 784 5542).

59 Read all summer - Join the Camel Club!
All you need to do is go into any Magrudy’s store and choose titles straight from the Camel Club range. Each one purchased will receive a stamp on the Camel Club card. For every four stamps collected, the fifth book is free.

60 Favourite books - The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson
Adored by children and adults the world over, the award-winning story of a clever little mouse outwitting the creatures of the deep dark wood is the perfect picture book and a genuine modern classic.

61 Favourite books - Aliens Love Underpants, by Claire Freedman
Always a favourite, you probably thought aliens came down to Earth with a view to taking over the planet – but, no, they simply want to steal your pants!

62 Favourite books - Norman the Slug with a Silly Shell, by Sue Hendra
This hilarious story follows Norman, a slug who longs to be a snail and goes to extreme lengths to find a shell of his own.

63 Favourite books - The Tiger Who Came to Tea, by Judith Kerr
An absolute classic. Follows the story of Sophie who is joined for tea by an uninvited special guest.

64 Favourite books - The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
A staple on any child’s bookshelf. A classic story of a caterpillar’s transition into a beautiful butterfly.

65 Sign up for a Kidville class
This fun-packed facility, with locations in JBR, Motor City and Mirdif, has some great deals in place for the summer. Suitable for little ones up to the age of five, if you haven’t been before try the Family Fun Pack – at Dhs499 you’ll get three sample classes (with everything from Rockin’ Railroad and Construction Junction to Run Wiggle Paint & Giggle), plus three playspace passes and no registration fee.
Find out more at www.kidville.com (04 440 1220).

66 Pop to Peekaboo!
As well as being a fun soft play area, they’ve got an extensive timetable of everything from yoga to movies, origami to puzzle time. And even better, it’s all included in the entry fee – Dhs50 for ages one to seven, Dhs30 for ages six months to 11 months, free for under six months (kids under 3 ½ need to be accompanied by an adult).
For locations, timetable and more info, go to www.peekaboo.ae.

67 Fun and games at Al Nasr
It’s certainly not Dubai’s glossiest attraction these days, but Al Nasr Leisureland in Oud Metha still has heaps going for it – especially the cheap-as-chips prices. Keep cool, kid-friendly facilities include the eight-lane bowling alley, large ice rink, amusement arcade and large swimming pool.
Check out www.alnasrll.com (04 337 1234).

68 Just for kids
With everyone looking to the night skies during Ramadan, pay a visit to Children’s City in Creek Park – they’ve got a planetarium with a huge 288-square-metre screen to explore outer space. Programmes
are offered in both English and Arabic. Ramadan hours are 9am to 4pm daily, except Fridays when it is open between 2pm and 5.30pm.
Schedules can be found online at www.childrencity.ae.

69 Discover more about Dubai
The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding operates an ‘Open Doors, Open Minds’ policy, and is a great place for expat families to learn more about Emirati culture and customs. Located in a traditional-style building in the Bastakiya district, Ramadan is a particularly great time to visit, as they’ll be running regular iftars which will be a chance to meet locals, try some tasty traditional food and find out
about the Holy Month in Dubai.
Visit www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).

70 Go right to the top
If you’ve got a decent head for heights, show the kids the fantastic aerial view of our city from Burj Khalifa’s At The Top viewing deck. Advance tickets cost Dhs100 (adults), Dhs75 (kids aged 4-12), and it’s free for under-fours.
Go to www.burjkhalifa.ae for more information.

71 Try a fun restaurant - Rainforest Café
Thanks to the noise levels, flashing lights and menu that’s on the stodgy side, Rainforest Café doesn’t come top of many parents’ wish lists. But if you’re looking for somewhere to treat the kids, then you’ve come to the right place, with animatronic monkeys, elephants and giant snakes coming to life in a cacophony of noise and tree-shaking activity every 15 minutes.
(04 330 8515).

72 Try a fun restaurant - TGI Fridays
Singing staff, kitsch Americana on the walls, and a menu of US diner favourites, TGIs is always a fail-safe, kid-friendly staple that hardly varies wherever you are in the world – a good thing, since they’ve got outlets across the city.

73 Try a fun restaurant - Pascal Tepper brunch
Outside of Ramadan, this bakery and restaurant in Media City offers a Friday family brunch, and between 10am and 3pm kids can join in with Le Petit Pascal cooking classes.
Priced at Dhs99 per person for adults.
(04 454 2408).

74 Try a fun restaurant - Monte Carlo Stars
This new sports-themed restaurant in Marina Quays has a kids’ room with soft play, games machines and ball pit. While the menu doesn’t offer much beyond the usual fast food fare, it’s bound to go down well with the young’uns.
(04 369 5510).

75 Make your own furry friend
If they’ve been extra good over the holidays, you could always treat them to a session at Build-A-Bear Workshop. And in doing so, you could be giving back to the community, too. That’s because Build-A-Bear has teamed up with local charity, Dubai Autism Center, with a percentage of proceeds from the company’s three newest bears going to the centre.
Find out more at www.buildabear.ae.

76 See Sharjah’s sea-life
Discover 250 species of local fish at Sharjah Aquarium, from weird and wonderful to very rare. A family ticket is just Dhs50 for two adults, three kids, which might just leave some cash to dine in Sammach, the onsite seafood restaurant, which serves some of the tastiest fish dishes in the UAE.
Visit www.sharjahaquarium.ae (06 528 5288).

77 Get writing!
Feeling creative? Ahead of next March’s festival, the Emirates LitFest is asking kids to show off their talents in not one but three literary competitions.
Find out more at www.emirateslitfest.com.

78 Find Nemo at Al Ghurair
Follow the adventures of the friendly little clownfish in this fun show at Al Ghurair Centre between July 10 and 12. Shows take place on the ground floor from 6pm to 10pm each evening.

79 Get hands on
If their brains are seizing up over the summer, hop along to the Sharjah Science Museum in the neighbouring emirate. The hands-on activities make learning fun, and you can expect magic shows, experiments with static electricity, the chance to explore the solar system, and so much more. Check the website for Ramadan opening hours.
Visit www.sdci.gov.ae (06 551 4777).

80 Safety first
Pre-schoolers can have fun and learn the importance of safety at the City of Friends show, taking place at Dubai Mall during DSS, until July 8. The show centres around the three emergency services and their everyday adventures.
Show times at 6pm, 8pm and 9pm on Saturday to Wednesday, with an extra 4pm showing on Thursdays and Fridays.

81 Go on a Shark Safari!
Think you’re brave enough to go on one of Aquaventure’s brand new Shark Safaris? Costing Dhs275 per person, this 20-minute underwater expedition is suitable for anyone over the age of eight, and gives you the chance to get up close to the aquarium’s exotic residents, including black tip reef sharks and ultra-rare marble rays, using the special ‘Sea Trek’ system (you don’t need to be a trained diver).
For more info or bookings, visit www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 1000).

82 Catch a show - Hello Kitty karaoke – Festival City
Sing along with the cult character at Dubai Festival City, from July 4 to 14. Shows at 4.30pm, 6pm and 7.30pm, Sat to Wed; 4.30pm, 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm, Thurs to Fri.

83 Catch a show - Charlie and Lola – Mercato Mall
These tots’ favourites will be showing us life through their eyes at Mercato Mall, from July 4 to 14. Showing daily at 4.30pm, 6.30pm and 8pm.

84 Catch a show - Teletubbies – DWTC
Join Dipsy, La-La, Po and Tinky Winky on stage at Modhesh World from July 5 to 14. Show timings at 5pm, 7pm, 8pm, Sat to Wed; 5pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, Thurs to Fri (no show July 9).

85 Catch a show - Circus Mongolia – Mirdif City Centre
Kids will marvel at the acrobatic antics of the Circus Mongolia, which is on at Mirdif City Centre until July 5, with shows at 4.30pm, 6pm and 7pm.

86 Catch a show - Cats the musical – Ductac
Dubai’s most talented young stars will get their chance to shine onstage alongside professionals from the UK and US’s stage and screen – don’t miss Cats at Ductac, which is running from July 10 to 14.
Tickets available at Ductac box office, MOE, www.ductac.org (04 341 4777).

87 Get a birds’ eye view
Choose a clear day and get some fantastic views over the emirates and beyond at the Eye of the Emirates big wheel in Sharjah. Between now and July 31, they’ve got a promotional package, with Dhs100 for four tickets.
Visit www.alqasba.ae/eyeofemirates.

88 Discover the Lost Chambers
With 20 different exhibits, and more than 65,000 aquatic animals the Lost Chambers at Atlantis are a fascinating way to avoid the sunshine. There’s discounts for UAE residents available at the gate, with entry for Dhs75 for adults (reduced from Dhs100), and Dhs50 (was Dhs70). And even if you don’t pay to go inside, they’ve got some huge viewing windows that are open to the general public in the hotel’s Avenues.
Visit www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).

89 Meet some prehistoric beasties
Dino Live has moved to a new home at Dubai Festival City. Expect more than 30 realistic animatronic dinosaurs (be warned, they might scare very young children), character meet and greets, and dino-themed F&B.
Visit www.dubaifestivalcity.com for info and prices.

90 Best foot forward
Put the little tykes through their paces with the Kids’ Mall Walkers summer programme at Mall of the Emirates. Suitable for kids aged six and up, it’s running until July 14, Sunday to Thursday, from 8.30 am.
To find out more, contact deborah@strideforlife.com (050 657 7057).

91 Mall rats at MOE
Nippers aged six to 12 can get seriously creative when they get stuck into a range of crafty activities at this Ductac-based summer camp, which provides snacks and lunch as part of the package.
Open from 10am-4pm, Sun-Thu until July 12. (04 341 4777 ext 323).

92 Meet some Arabian wildlife
Situated just off Al Dhaid Road, the Arabian Wildlife Centre is a fantastic indoor facility situated amid the animal enclosures. The centre is air-conditioned so is perfect for hot afternoons – and it’s only Dhs15 for adults, and completely free for under 12s! Closed Tuesdays, check the website for Ramadan and Eid opening times.
Visit www.breedingcentresharjah.com/Wildlife Centre.html (06 531 1999).

93 Sign up to cooking camp
Get them confident in the kitchen! Hungry Mum Tina McFadzean has extended her Little Chefs cooking camp to run across summer (July 1-5, July 29-Aug 2, and weekly from Aug 5-30). Expect practical skills, simple recipes and field trips around Dubai. They’re priced at Dhs800 per week and include lunch, snacks and more.
For more info, go to hungrymum@yahoo.com (050 458 3015).

94 Follow the spirit of Ramadan
If you aren’t Muslim, it doesn’t mean you can’t follow the traditions of the Holy Month – a time for families and reflection, it’s a great opportunity for kids to find out more about local charitable initiatives and to do good deeds for their fellow man.
You can find a list of worthwhile local causes at www.timeoutdubai.com/community.

95 Drive to Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi’s annual summer festival will be in full swing until July 19 this year. They’ve taken over Adnec to create a huge indoor playground and fun fair, with attractions including an Ice Age village, Adventure World and Clown Stunt Academy.
Visit www.summerinabudhabi.ae.

96 Join a kids’ gym
Quay Skillz at the Madinat’s Quay health club is the city’s first dedicated gym for kids aged seven and up. Passes and memberships are flexible (they can be conveniently frozen if the kids are heading off for a long summer holiday), with day passes from Dhs75, and basic membership from Dhs675.
Visit www.skillz.ae (04 366 6169).

97 Brilliant box sets - The Wildlife Diaries
You can’t possibly call this kind of viewing a waste of time. This set of four DVDs include all three of the award-winning Big Cat Diary series, Elephant Diaries and Orangutan Diaries.

98 Brilliant box sets - The Lassie Trilogy
Three classic British films guaranteed to charm the whole family; Lassie Come Home, Son of Lassie and Courage of Lassie. But watch out – they’re a bit weepy too.

99 Brilliant box sets - Shaun the Sheep
We’d just recommend this for tots, but we know lots of adults secretly love watching the adventures of Shaun too. This one’s ‘cracking fun Grommit!’

100 Brilliant box sets - Toy Story Trilogy
Three classic films spanning 10 years in the lives of Woody, Buzz, Rex and all the best loved toys in Andy’s bedroom. And it’s great value too.

101 Brilliant box sets - Harry Potter
The Complete 8-Film Collection This bumper box set surely needs no introduction – expect nearly 19 hours of wizardly antics and super spells.

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