Kids' activities in Dubai

Try the rides at Global Village or enter Kids Got Talent

Wednesday 17

Has your kid got talent?
Don’t miss your last chance to register for Festival Centre’s Kids Got Talent competition, open to kids aged six to 15. The contest is divided into three categories: music (singing or instrumental), dance and gymnastics (solo or group, maximum four children) and magic and sports tricks. Places for the last round of auditions (taking place on Friday October 19) will be chosen by raffle, and the semi-finals will be held on Friday October 26. This year’s prizes for the three finalists will be worth a total of Dhs75,000.
Registration free. 5pm-7pm. Until October 17. Registration desks located at Festival Square and near Ikea, Dubai Festival City, (800 332).

Discounted play at Cheeky Monkeys
This popular playspace offers special discounts from Sunday to Wednesday: you’ll pay Dhs45 for the first hour, with the next consecutive hour free of charge.
Dhs45 per hour. Offer valid Sun-Wed. Open daily 9am-9pm. Al Barsha Mall, (04 385 0875).

Thursday 18

New Celebrate Eid in Dubai
To celebrate Eid al-Adha, there will be a family-friendly festival encompassing activities across Dubai’s malls and public spaces, including shows, performances, fireworks and special shopping promotions. Many of Dubai’s malls will also be open 24 hours at the weekends, giving you plenty of time to shop. Visit the website below for full details.
Free. October 18-November 2. Various locations, (04 445 5642).

Friday 19

Try a kid-friendly brunch
The relaunched family brunch at Azur in Raffles Dubai pays tribute to traditional British cuisine. As well as a spread for kids, there’s the chance for grown-ups to try long-forgotten traditional cuts of meat, including lamb forequarter and haunch of mutton. Head to the kids’ corner, which will host an exclusive drawing competition for young diners aged over six, with a grand prize of a family stay in Raffles Singapore. Winners will be announced in December.
Dhs200 (adults), free for kids aged under 12 (two kids maximum per adult guest). Fri noon-4.30pm. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha, (04 324 8888).

Saturday 20

Prepare to be spooked at Kidville
Get the little ones dressed up in their scariest costumes: Kidville is celebrating Halloween at its three branches around town, with dedicated days of fun in the run-up to the big day. It’s promising plenty of spooky games, as well as Jumpin’ Gym time, arty stuff and live music, plus a free Pink Pepper photoshoot for every little monster. See the website for more info.
Dhs75 (members), Dhs90 (non-members). 11am-1pm, JBR (04 440 1220). Also on October 22, 4pm-6pm at Motor City (04 454 2760); and October 24, 4pm-6pm at Mirdif, (04 236 3648).

Sunday 21

Discover the world at Global Village
This international adventure park will once again throw open its doors to the general public from today. Now nearly 20 years old, the winter season runs until the end of March 2013, and visitors of all ages can expect fireworks, fairground attractions, cultural and street shows from across the world, plus the chance to sample international food.
Dhs10 entry; free for kids aged under three. Open Sat-Wed 4pm-midnight; Thu-Fri 4pm-1am. Dubailand, Emirates Road, (04 362 4114).

Monday 22

Book a seat for Noddy in Toyland
As part of the Eid al-Adha celebrations in Dubai, little Noddy fans will love this stage extravaganza at the First Group Theatre. Expect to see all your favourite characters, including Big Ears, Mr Plod and Bumpy Dog. And, of course, Noddy’s little car will be there too, along with lots of singing and dancing fun.
Dhs80-130. 11am, 3pm, 5.30pm, October 27-29. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, (04 366 6546).

Hands-on play at Sharjah Discovery Centre
A great morning out for the whole family, Sharjah Discovery Centre has seven themed interactive play areas that include water, travel, building, a children’s supermarket and even becoming a star on TV. The huge indoor space is also air-conditioned, so your brood can run about and work off all that excess energy.
Dhs10 (adults), Dhs5 (children). Open Sat-Thu 8am-2pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-8pm. Ongoing. Sharjah, (06 558 6577).

Tuesday 23

Book now for canine fancy dress
Halloween isn’t just for kids – it’s also an excuse for pets to get dressed up too. Tickets are now on sale for Shampooch’s first ever ‘Howloween Pawty’ on Saturday October 27, where dogs and their owners can don their best costumes and enjoy an afternoon of paw painting, mask making, face painting, fun activities and much more. There are also prizes for the best-dressed dogs. Proceeds will be donated to local dog charity K9 Friends. Dhs20 per dog (tickets only, advance booking required).
October 27, 4pm-6pm. Shampooch Salon and Daycare, Street 8, Al Quoz, (04 340 0507).

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