Kids' activities in Dubai

See hippos at Al Ain Zoo or sign up for kids' theatre

Wednesday August 29

Get theatrical at Kids’ Theatre Works
There’s still just enough time to book a space on one of Kids’ Theatre Works’ summer camps. For the final five-day camp, starting on Sunday September 2, the theme is ‘Dr Dramarama’: it will be led by the programme’s newest recruit, Neil Clench, a respected West End actor who formerly worked at the prestigious Sylvia Young performing arts school in London. As with all of Kids’ Theatre Works’ camps, pupils will get the opportunity to put on their very own show, with a performance on the last day. Suitable for kids aged seven to 12.
Dhs850 per week (new students), Dhs750 per week (returning students). Daily 9am-3pm. Until September 6. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, (050 158 5653).

Thursday 30

Explore the Amazon
Today and tomorrow are the last chances to check out the National Geographic exhibit at Mirdif City Centre’s Little Explorers. Themed around the Amazon jungle, it offers all manner of interactive activities, and is included in the centre’s admission price.
Dhs130 per child (day pass). Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Ongoing (National Geographic exhibit ends August 31). Mirdif City Centre, (800 386).

Friday 31

Get sporty at DWTC
It’s the very last day of Dubai Sports World, the vast indoor sports arena at Dubai World Trade Centre. It boasts everything from indoor football and cricket pitches and a real sand volleyball court to a skate park, gym, running track and so much more.
Free; individual coaching sessions priced separately. Open daily 8am-2am. Until August 30. Dubai World Trade Centre, (04 306 4000).

Let off steam at Planet Play
We’re big fans of the vast soft-play area at the Mirdif City Centre outlet. The three-storey playground is big enough for tots to work off all that pent-up energy, but not so huge that you’re in danger of losing them in the maze of slides and tunnels. Plus, there’s ample seating for parents, and it’s rarely crowded, especially in the mornings.
Dhs30 per child per hour. Open daily 10am-midnight. Ongoing. Mirdif City Centre, (800 386).

Saturday September 1

Meet the hippos at Al Ain Zoo
Check out some of the world’s heaviest animals: these hippos moved into their new home at Al Ain Zoo over the Eid weekend. Located between the mixed African exhibit and the giraffe feeding area, the new hippo habitat imitates the animals’ natural home, with plenty of greenery, shaded areas and a pool in which its five residents can splash around and cool down.
Dhs15 (adults), Dhs5 (kids aged three to 12), free for kids under three. Open daily 4pm-10pm. Ongoing. Al Ain, (03 782 8188).

Let it all hang out on the Sky Trail
The recently-opened Sky Trail at Mirdif City Centre takes the Playnation experience to new heights – literally. Suspended around 15 metres above Magic Planet, visitors get to zip, clamber and swing their way around the obstacle course. You’ll don a secure harness before making your way through a gate and across a zip line to start your scramble around the course.
Dhs70-100. Open daily 10am-midnight. Ongoing. Mirdif City Centre, (800 386).

Sunday 2

Book now to see The Fab Four
If you’ve heard enough of Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, why not introduce the nippers to the music of one of the 20th century’s most influential bands? Tickets for Beatles tribute show The Fab Four are on sale now for their three-night run at the Madinat Theatre from Thursday September 6. Expect all of John, Paul, George and Ringo’s most famous hits, from ‘Hey Jude’ to ‘Let It Be’. Suitable for kids aged five and up. Dhs185 (general admission). Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 7pm. Until September 8. First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah (800 4669),

Monday 3

Tee off for golf lessons
Cooler weather is just around the corner, so now’s the perfect time to sign up the kids for all those outdoor activities before they’re fully booked. Registration is now open for kids’ golf classes at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and Emirates Golf Club, and these popular sessions must be booked in advance to secure a place. Aimed at kids of all abilities, lessons will be resuming from the end of September.
Dhs850 per child for eight weeks. Programme timings to be confirmed. Dubai Creek Golf Academy, (04 295 6000). The Academy at Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, (04 380 2222).

Tuesday 4

Sign up for science
Appleseeds is launching a new term of kids’ classes and after-school activities, and we can’t get enough of the brilliantly-named ‘Ooohh! Aaahh! Iccckkk!’ science classes. Aimed at kids aged three to five, it will enable them to try hands-on activities using proper scientific equipment such as test tubes and petri dishes. The child-safe lab gives kids a chance to experiment with themes such as recycling, magnetism and light – and is sure to ignite a love of science that will last them through school and beyond. Discounts are available for members – see the Appleseeds website for membership schemes. Suitable for kids aged three to five (three year olds must be accompanied by a parent/carer).
Dhs2,025 per child per semester. Mon 4.15pm-5pm, Tue 5.15pm-6pm. Autumn semester September 9-December 20. Gold and Diamond Park, (04 380 6064).

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