10 new kids' activities this week

Give the kids a paintbrush or book Sleeping Beauty tickets

Wednesday 24

Book your tickets for Shampooch’s Halloween bash
Tickets are now on sale for pet grooming parlour Shampooch’s first ever ‘Howl’oween Pawty’, where dogs and their owners can don their best costumes and enjoy an afternoon of paw painting, mask making, face painting, fun doggie activities and much more. There’s prizes for the best-dressed dogs, too, and proceeds from ticket sales will go towards K9 Friends.
Dhs20 per dog (tickets only, advance booking required). 4pm-6pm, October 27. Shampooch Salon and Daycare, Street 8, Al Quoz, www.shampooch.ae (04 340 0507).

Get creative at a kids’ art class
Arsh Art Gallery in JLT runs a series of courses for adults and kids. Professional instructors teach students of all ages and abilities, with classes including oil painting, acrylics and watercolours. First-time students will create an artwork from a photo, while returning students will focus more on accuracy, detail and honing their techniques.
Dhs880 for an eight-week course. Sat-Thu 4pm-6pm. Indigo Icon Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.arshartgallery.com (04 420 3471).

Thursday 25

Visit the Eid Sports Festival in Abu Dhabi
Over the Eid break, families can head to the Eid Sports Festival on Abu Dhabi’s Al Butina Beach. It’s being hosted in association with local charity Al Ihsan, which cares for orphans, as well as several other worthy causes. Kids will be able to try all manner of different sports and activities.
Free. Daily 4pm-9.30pm. Until October 27. Al Butina Beach, Abu Dhabi, www.alihsan.ae (no number).

Slam-dunk with the Harlem Globetrotters
The famous basketball team will wow audiences at Dubai Tennis Stadium. The players are renowned for their ball-handling wizardry.
Dhs75 (upper gallery), Dhs150 (lower gallery), Dhs250 (gold), Dhs350 (courtside). Doors open 6pm, show starts 7pm. Until October 26. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.harlemglobetrottersuae.com (04 439 0900).

Friday 26

Tuck in at Le Royal Méridien’s new brunch
The new market-inspired brunch at Le Royal Méridien’s Brasserie restaurant is aimed at family members young and old. While parents can feast on a host of international cuisines, including grilled lobster and authentic Indian fare, there’s also a kids’ corner that features plenty of yummy treats, including a chocolate fountain. Kids can also join the Penguin Club, where they’ll be able to take part in a range of fun-filled activities.
From Dhs200 per person. Fri 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. Le Royal Méridien Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.leroyalmeridien-dubai.com (04 399 5555).

Saturday 27

Get browsing at the Baby Bazaar
This new monthly market is a community event where mums and mums-to-be can buy and sell pre-loved baby, toddler and maternity items. As well as the chance to bag a bargain, there are lots of deals on offer, including two-for-ones at Adventure HQ’s adventure zone for stall holders, plus a colouring table and face painting for the little ones, and a raffle draw.
Dhs200 for table bookings. From 10am. Last Saturday of the month, Ongoing. Times Square Mall,Sheikh Zayed Road, www.babybazaar.org (no number).

New Spooky fun at Café Ceramique
This ceramic painting café and studio is celebrating Halloween a few days early, with games, face painting and plenty of party capers. Little monsters can dress up, paint a pot and eat some supper, included in the entry price.
Dhs89 each. Today only. 5pm-8pm. Town Centre, Jumeirah, www.cafeceramique.ae (04 344 7331).

Sunday 28

Book ahead for Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky’s beautiful ballet arrives at Ductac’s Centrepoint Theatre on November 15 for a three-night run. It’s the classic tale of Princess Aurora, who is cursed by an evil fairy and must sleep for 100 years, until she is awakened by the kiss of a handsome prince. Guaranteed to delight all ages.
Dhs150 to Dhs300. November 15, 4.30pm, 7.30pm; November 16, 3.30pm, 7.30pm; November 17, 3pm, 7.30pm. Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.ductac.org (04 341 4777).

Monday 29

Try Pilates
Real Pilates’ new kids’ classes suit all levels. This gentle stretching and strengthening programme for kids aged ten to 15 uses stability balls and flex bands to help growing kids build strong, lean muscles, as well as helping them to understand the mind-body connection and establish healthy exercise habits early on.
Dhs65 per session. Booking essential. Mon, Wed 4pm-5pm. JBC2 Tower, Cluster V, JLT, www.real-pilates.com (04 458 5399).

Tuesday 30

Frightful fun at Favourite Things
This Spooktacular Special features a zombie performance, meet-and-greet with a witch, Halloween arts and crafts, plus a costume competition for adults and kids, with plenty of prizes, and a framed photo to take home.
Dhs95. Ages three and up. 4pm-6pm, 5pm-7pm. Dubai Marina Mall, www.favouritethings.com (04 434 1984).

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