Kids' events in Dubai

Back-to-school expo and face-painting at brunch

Wednesday 12

Movies and Munchies at Desert Palm
Why not combine two fun activities into one? At Desert Palm’s Movies and Munchies evening, not only will you get to munch on popcorn and snacks as you watch A Knight’s Tale with the family, you’ll also get to do it from the comfort of the resort’s swimming pool. A great way to beat the humidity.
Dhs30 per person (including towel and popcorn). From 7pm. Desert Palm, Al Awir Road, (04 323 8888).

Thursday 13

Head to the movies
There are two new kids’ movies out in cinemas today. The first is Paranorman, the dark-humoured tale of Norman Babcock, a social outcast who has the ability to speak to the dead. When an ancient curse unleashes zombies, witches and ghosts on his sleepy home town, he has to put his special powers to the test. The second is old favourite Finding Nemo – which has been given a 3D makeover for 2012. Expect some incredible effects as the fish seem to swim right out into the audience.

Get back into the school routine
Visit the Back to School Expo at Meydan, which is taking place throughout the weekend. Aiming to cover every aspect of the upcoming school year, it promises to be an entertaining day for all, with visitor zones including interactive play areas, gadgets, sports, health and wellbeing. Kids can try new hobbies and after-school activities, while grown-ups can meet a variety of educational providers, and speak to local experts from the likes of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority and RTA.
Tickets from Dhs15 per person (discounts offered for groups and families). Thu 10am-8pm, Fri noon-9pm, Sat noon-8pm. Until September 15. Meydan Grandstand, Nad Al Sheba, (no number).

Friday 14

Check out the brand new Jumeirah Sceirah ride at Wild Wadi, which opened earlier this month – we hear it’s bigger, wilder and more terrifying than ever. If you’re not brave enough, you can still make a big splash on the rest of Wild Wadi’s keep-cool attractions, including Breakers Bay, Juha’s Journey and the Burj Surj.
Dhs220 (adults), Dhs175 (kids under 1.1m). Open daily 10am-7pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, (04 348 4444).

Saturday 15

Generation Creation brunch
Join this month’s brunch at Mazina. Alongside a delicious array of international fare, which is guaranteed to please mum, dad and even the fussiest nippers, each month the venue holds special contests for parents and kids, with fab prizes for the winners. This month’s competition is face painting.
From Dhs220 (soft drinks), Dhs110 (kids aged seven to 12), free for kids under six. 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Address Dubai Marina, (04 436 7777).

Sunday 16

Treat World Food Fest
Check out this foodie festival at Burjuman, which runs until Saturday September 22. Expect live demonstrations, masterclasses and cook-offs from some of Dubai’s top chefs, and the chance to browse, taste and buy cuisines and ingredients from across the globe. Don’t miss the ingredient aroma competitions, where you can sniff out some great prizes.
Free. Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Until September 22. Burjuman, Bur Dubai, (04 352 0222).

Monday 17

Meet the crocodiles
Want to get up close and personal with some of nature’s most fearsome beasts? Check out the new Crocodylia exhibit at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, which showcases several species of croc, including Cuvier’s dwarf caiman and the African dwarf crocodile, as well as a host of fascinating croc-based activities.
Dhs55 (combo ticket). Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Until September 30. The Dubai Mall, (04 448 5200).

Tuesday 18

Buy your Pinocchio tickets now
Tickets are already on sale for Pinocchio, which takes to the stage at the Madinat Theatre from tomorrow. It’s the much-loved classic story of the puppet that comes to life, who just happens to have a little problem when it comes to telling fibs…
Dhs140. Wed-Thu 4pm; Fri-Sat 11am, 3pm. September 19-22. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, (04 366 6546).

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