Wednesday Oct 31
Get spooked at Atlantis The Palm
Atlantis The Palm is hosting a kids-only superhero-themed Halloween bash, with face painting, mask making, rock-climbing challenges and that all-important piñata. There’s also an undercover agent treasure hunt in which kids solve clues that lead them to bags of goodies. Suitable for kids aged three to 12.
Dhs250 per child (includes meal and entertainment). 6.30pm-10.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0380).
Calling all goblins and witches
Arabian Ranches Golf Club is holding a spooky Halloween party for families, with an international buffet and prizes for the scariest costumes. The price includes dinner, soft drinks and some entertainment.
Dhs150 (adults), Dhs75 (kids aged six to 12), free for kids under six. 5pm-9pm. Arabian Ranches Golf Club, www.arabianranchesgolf.com (04 360 7935).
Thursday Nov 1
Join in the Brain Gym class at Safa Park
This class teaches children all about reflexes and motor skills. Run by ABCDE Games, and taught by Anja Hamouda on the hill near the Amphitheatre, you can either book six classes, or just one. It’s a great way to learn about your capabilities – and to meet new friends too.
Dhs300 (for six classes), Dhs60 per session. 4pm-5pm, Safa Park, Gate five. Until November 5. firstname.lastname@example.org (050 550 2632).
Go for a MEGA skating session
Get set to slide and glide at Dubai Ice Rink, which is offering great-value MEGA skate sessions on Fridays and Saturdays. Head down before 4pm to get up to five hours of skating, at a discount of almost Dhs60. Use the saving as a chance to get little ones confident on ice. Otherwise, it’s a great idea for birthday parties. Remember to pack a pair of gloves!
Dhs80 for up to five hours. Fri-Sat 11am-4pm. Ongoing. The Dubai Mall, www.dubaiicerink.com (04 448 5111).
Get creative with cakes at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
Fridays in The Ritz Carlton Dubai’s Lobby Lounge are all about tasty treats. Kids can indulge their culinary side with a hands-on crafting and cake-decorating session, during which they can get creative with icing, sugary decorations and more. The session is followed by a special afternoon tea complete with hot chocolate, sandwiches and, of course, their own creations.
Dhs225 per child. Fri 2pm-4.30pm. Ongoing. Lobby Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, The Walk at JBR, email@example.com (04 318 6150).
Feed the family at Mazina
We’re big fans of Mazina’s fun-filled Saturday family brunch. As well as a huge bouncy castle in the middle of the venue, there’s also face-painting and kids’ entertainment, not to mention a vast kids’ and adults’ buffet to sate even the heartiest of appetites.
Dhs220 (adults, including soft drinks), Dhs120 (kids aged seven to 12), free for kids under six. Sat 12.30-3.30pm. Ongoing. The Address Dubai Marina, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 436 7777).
Hit the beach at Jebel Ali
Not only has the beach at Jebel Ali Golf Resort won a Blue Flag for being one of the cleanest in Dubai, this family-friendly resort has recently opened a fantastic crèche to look after younger guests. Catering for kids aged 14 months to four years, kids are cared for by the qualified staff from the Worldwide Kids Company. As well as all manner of fun age-appropriate activities, the staff will provide nutritious meals and snacks.
Dhs150 (children under two for the following sessions: 10am-1pm, 3pm-6pm), Dhs120 (for children aged two to four 10am-1pm, 3pm-6pm); Dhs250 (children under two for the whole day), Dhs200 (children aged two to four for the whole day). Ongoing. Jebel Ali Hotel, Jebel Ali Golf Resort, www.jaresortshotels.com (04 814 5555).
Book now for Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky’s beautiful ballet arrives at Ductac on Thursday November 15. 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.
Dhs150-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 (04 341 4777).
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.
Dhs880 for an eight-week course. Sat-Thu 4pm-6pm. Ongoing. Indigo Icon Tower, JLT, www.arshartgallery.com (04 420 3471).