Family fun in Dubai

Mini Monsters, ten-pin bowling, Sky Trail and more stuff for kids

Wednesday 1

Get crafty at Mini Monsters
Creative kids can find a useful outlet for their skills by joining arts and crafts, cooking and ‘move and groove’ sessions at Mini Monsters. The classes, which are running throughout Ramadan, are for those aged three and up; kids can also let off steam afterwards in the extensive soft play area. Parents can chill out in the on-site café while the kids play.
Dhs60-65 per child. Wed-Thu from 10am. Until the end of Ramadan. Mini Monsters, Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai Garden Centre, (04 341 4459).

Thursday 2

Cool off with movies in the pool at Cine-Splash
Humidity making your life a misery? Head to the chilled pool at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club and catch the Cine-Splash movie sessions every Thursday and Friday. Tonight’s line-up is Winnie the Pooh at 7pm followed by Aristocats at 9pm, while tomorrow’s movies are George of the Jungle at 7pm and Beethoven 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, (04 361 8111).

Friday 3

Head to Bowling City at Dubai Festival City
Featuring 12 lanes, kids as young as four are welcome to bowl: practice lanes with buffers are available to help them boost their confidence and skills.
Sun-Wed Dhs10 per person per game before 4pm, Dhs15 after; Thu-Sat Dhs20. Open daily 10.30am-midnight throughout Ramadan. Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City, 04 232 8600).

Scale the Sky Trail at Playnation
Kids with heaps of energy will love this climbing activity, suspended nine metres above Magic Planet. Using a series of ropes and rope ladders, they have to make their way around the trail, which has various challenges to overcome. There’s also a more traditional climbing wall on which they can test their skills.
Dhs70 (Sky Trail); Dhs50 (climbing wall); Dhs100 (both). Open daily 9am-1am throughout Ramadan. Playnation, Mirdif City Centre, (800 386).

Saturday 4

Stake out some dinosaurs at Dino Live
Budding paleontologists will love this animatronic show of lifelike dinosaurs. Hear the T-Rex roar and watch out for the swishing tail of the Diplodocus. There’s even a dinosaur ride.
Dhs50 per person; free for kids under two. Open daily 10am-midnight throughout Ramadan. Ongoing. Dubai Festival City, (055 949 5787).

Head to Children’s City in Creek Park
Open throughout Ramadan, this spacious and educational children’s play centre will give kids the chance to run off all that pent-up energy, despite the blistering temperatures outside. With several education zones and plenty of activities laid on, it’s perfect for kids aged three and above.
Dhs15 per adult, Dhs10 per child. Open Sat-Thu 9am-3.30pm throughout Ramadan. Children’s City, Creek Park, near Garhoud Bridge, (04 334 0808).

Sunday 5

Enjoy a family-friendly iftar
Get into the spirit of the Holy Month and head to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding for an Emirati iftar. The evening begins just before sunset, with a prayer to break the fast followed by dates and drinks. Then iftar starts in earnest, with plenty of local flavours – the evening is focused on explaining the principles behind Ramadan. You’ll need to book in advance.
Dhs135 (adults), free for kids under 12. Daily 6.30pm-10pm. Until the end of Ramadan. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Bastakiya, (04 353 6666).

Monday 6

Explore henna art at Hamleys
If your brood are allowed to stay up late during the Holy Month, take them to Hamleys at Mirdif City Centre or The Dubai Mall for a session of arts and crafts and henna art. The free classes run from 7pm until 11pm and kids of all ages are welcome to join in the fun.
Free. Daily 7pm-11pm. Until August 18. Hamleys, The Dubai Mall (04 339 8889) and Mirdif City Centre (04 284 3336).

Tuesday 7

Go ice skating at Arabian Centre
Take to the ice at Arabian Centre’s ‘iceless’ rink: it features synthetic ice that is apparently 10 percent less slippery than real ice, so is perfect for beginners. It’s also not as cold as the real thing (perfect if you’re likely to spend a lot of time sitting on it). Dhs25 per person per hour, including skate hire.
Open daily 10am-1am throughout Ramadan. Arabian Center, Mirdif, (04 284 5555).

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