9 activities for parents in Dubai

Fun things to do for the day, evening or weekend with (or without) junior

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With the Nippers

Prima Performing Arts runs Dinky Dancers classes for mums and tots aged 18 months to three years to get funky with movement on Sundays at 10.30am. Drop in and pay Dhs50 for 45 minutes of fun.
Sundays 10.30am. Bodyworx Studio, Murjan Plaza level, JBR, www.primauae.com, performingarts@primauae.com, (055 771 4526).

Cheeky Monkeys are offering a Cheeky Special Deal at their interactive play area, pay Dhs45 for one hour and get the next consecutive hour free, from Sundays to Wednesdays.
Ground floor, Al Barsha Mall, Union Co-Op, www.cheekymonkeys.ae (04 385 0875).

Family and Friends has Moms and Tots or Toddlers workshops for one to three year olds with songs, rhymes, stories, obstacle courses and messy play, all designed to enhance co-ordination and perception skills while encouraging a love of learning in the little darlings. Music classes are also available for one to three year olds, teaching language and motor skills through art music and play.
Tiny Tots and Toddlers, Sunday and Tuesday 3.30pm to 5pm. Little Shakers and Tiny Tunes, Monday and Tuesday, various times. Family and Friends, Al Fattan, Dubai Marina. Contact Marelize@momsandtotsdubai.com or musicalandart@dubaifamilyandfriends. www.momsandtotsdubai.com (050 316 4025).

Drama Scene’s new Mums and Tots drama classes are for budding thespians and theatre mothers who want to take harness the 4 C’s: confidence, concentration, communication and co-operation. Offering Lamda-accredited classes on either a Monday or Wednesday, terms are 10 weeks long and promise heaps of interactive imaginative play, with all the usual plus puppets too.
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9.30 to 10.30am. DUCTAC, Mall of Emirates, www.dramascenedubai.com (dubai.dramascene@gmail.com, 055 310 0984).


Days without nippers

Good Habits is running a Super Saver scheme for mums who want to lose pounds and save dirhams. After signing up and paying a one off joining fee of Dhs200, health-conscious mammas pay Dhs315 for seven weeks and get the eighth week free. Join the weekly weigh-ins this month to get the special offer of a complimentary Good Habits cookery book.
See www.goodhabitsuae.com for timetables and venues (04 344 9692).

Arabian Golf Club has Super Weekday Specials deals running from now until the end of the year, with discounted rates on games played Sunday to Thursday, apart from public holidays.
Arabian Ranches, www.arabianranchesgolfdubai.com (04 366 3000).

DUCTAC Demos are a chance for potential pupils to sample skills before taking the plunge and committing to classes. The demos have been running for most of September, so this is the last chance to see if pencil drawing or oil painting are your bag. Jivan Hovannisan demonstrates his talents in the foyer of the art studio in an effort to tempt people of artistic persuasion to sign up and get creative. Classes include pottery, silk painting and jewellery making. Last demo 11am Saturday October 6, 11am.
DUCTAC, Mall of Emirates, www.ductac.org (04 341 4777).


Evenings and weekends

Back to Basics offers mothers, fathers and home-helpers thoroughly comprehensive classes in first aid for infants. Courses are split into two parts: EPR (Emergency Paediatric Response) followed by FAIC (First Aid for Infants and Children) with parents encouraged to attend both classes, by way of a 10 per cent discount. The lessons are available in English and Arabic, with supportive literature covering Filipino and Sri Lankan dialects too. Covering every emergency proceedure from CPR, choking, poisoning, febrile seizure response, to bites and stings.
Dhs360 per course with 10 per cent discount for more than one booking. Saturdays 9am-12pm. Knowledge Village or Cooper Nursery, Al Safa 1, www.backtobasicsuae.com (04 391 8373).

DS Silversmith Don Sankey runs classes in the specialist art of silver jewellery making and has 25 years of design technology teaching experience behind him, along with a background in silversmithing. Classes are taught per school half term, seven to eight weeks duration, at two hours long with a promise of a finished piece of self-designed silver wear to take home at the end. All materials are provided but prices vary according to design, with a typical ring costing Dhs50-60 on top of the course fee.
Some morning classes available at Tashkeel Community Centre, Nad Al Sheba, evenings at GEMS World Academy and Dubai British School, www.dssilversmith.com (050 784 0509, dssilversmith@gmail.com).

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