Head to the movies for a 3D premiere
The perfect Thursday afternoon treat – especially when you’ve been stuck in a sticky classroom all week. Stock up on the popcorn and get tickets for The Legends of Valhalla: Thor. A 3D update on the film that was released around this time last year, it’s the tale of young blacksmith Thor, who dreams of honour and greatness. His mum, on the other hand, has different plans for our hapless hero. But when the world’s most powerful weapon ends up in his hands, his dreams might come true.
At cinemas across Dubai.
Have a splashing time at Dreamland
The weather has finally cooled, so it’s time to pack your swimming gear and head to Umm Al Quwain’s Dreamland Aqua Park for the day. Boasting some of the best water rides in the UAE, this well-established waterpark has something for everyone. Sleepy parents can doze on the lawn loungers under palm trees while the kids explore the various pools and slides. For really little ones, the small zoo – featuring monkeys, deer, birds and Shetland ponies – is fascinating. We like the fact that there are plenty of food options, and even camping facilities if you just can’t tear yourselves away.
Dhs135 (adults), Dhs85 per person; free for kids under two). Open daily 10am-8pm. Ongoing. Umm Al Quwain. www.dreamlanduae.com (06 768 1888).
Feeding time at Dubai Aquarium
Pop along to The Dubai Mall’s Underwater Zoo and witness all sorts of gourmet shenanigans as the slippery residents enjoy their meals. The feeding time presentations happen every two hours from 10am to 10pm, and provide the perfect opportunity to teach little ones a bit of marine biology. The shark feeding time is a big favourite and happens every day at 4pm. You can also take a trip on the glass-bottomed boat and actually feed the fish yourself.
Dhs50-100 per person. Open daily 10am-10pm. Ongoing. The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaiaquarium.com (04 448 5200).
Try a picnic brunch
We’re pleased to discover that the picnic brunch at Al Badia Golf Club in Dubai Festival City has reopened after the sticky summer months. Book a blanket and turn up with the kids in tow. Although there are no activities laid on for kids, the fact that they are allowed the run of the area, with other children to play with and lots of grass and trees, means mums and dads can relax and enjoy the sunshine without worrying about table manners and who’s eaten their meal.
Dhs265-525 per person; Dhs130 for kids aged six to 12; free for kids under five. Sat noon-4pm. Ongoing. Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City, www.diningdfc.com (04 710 1127).
Kids’ tea at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
Treat the kids to a children’s afternoon tea at Lobby Lounge, and hopefully show them how one should behave on such an occasion. Nippers can enjoy an array of finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, skewers and other mouthwatering treats, and it’s all served with hot chocolate.
Dhs60 per child. Open daily 2pm-6pm. Ongoing. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, email@example.com (04 318 6150).
Book a beach chalet at Al Mamzar Park
Spend a VIP day at the beach without worrying where to change or store your gear. Book an air-conditioned chalet complete with outside barbecue facilities, shower room, seating area and a place where you can prepare your picnic. Make use of the park’s comprehensive facilities, which include oodles of play areas, a municipality swimming pool and plenty of sand for building sandcastles. Rock up early, collect your chalet keys at 9am and party until late with a family barbecue (the park closes at 10pm). Perfect for families with little ones who can’t be out in the midday sun, and need a cool place to take a nap.
Dhs160 per chalet per day. Open daily 9am-10pm. Ongoing. Al Mamzar Beach Park (04 296 6201).
Ice-skating fun at The Dubai Mall
Share the thrill of the ice with your little one at Dubai Ice Rink’s mums-and-tots skating sessions. Get there for the first session of the day and the two of you will pay Dhs55, including skate hire. If you want to hone your skills, an instructor is on had to help you both through the wobbly stages – perfect for tots under one metre tall. Hot chocolates afterwards also go down a treat.
Dhs55 per adult with one child (below one metre). Sun-Wed 10am-noon, 12.15pm-2.15pm; Thu-Sat, 11.15am-1.15pm, 1.30pm-3.30pm. Ongoing. The Dubai Mall, www.dubaicerink.com (04 448 5111).