Enjoy movie mayhem with Wreck-It Ralph
Stock up on popcorn and head to the cinema to see this CGI adventure, which tells the tale of Ralph, a villainous character in a video game who doesn’t want to be a baddie any more. He sets about trying to become a hero with disastrous results. Kids will adore the on-screen action, while their parents will love the cameo appearances by classic ’80s video-game characters.
At cinemas across Dubai.
Watch Sleeping Beauty at Ductac
Take your brood for a balletic performance of Sleeping Beauty, a classic fairy tale of magic and romance being performed by the renowned Moscow City Ballet. Dance fans and newcomers will love the well-known story of the beautiful Princess Aurora, who is cursed by an evil fairy to sleep for 100 years, until she is awakened by the kiss of a handsome prince.
Dhs180-300. Thu 4pm, 8pm; Fri-Sat 3pm, 7.30pm. Until November 17. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.ductac.org (04 341 4777).
Head to Jumeirah Beach Park for sandy outdoor fun
Now that the weather is cooler, it’s the perfect excuse to hit the beach. Jumeirah Beach Park is one of the city’s best-loved sandy spots and is a huge hit with families for lots of reasons. Not only does it boast plenty of well-maintained play areas, all nicely shaded by swaying palms, but the beach is pretty awesome too. There’s a beachside café where you can grab a snack and some additional last-minute beach toys, and there are showers and toilets on hand. Get there early to bag a barbecue spot, and don’t forget to fill the cool box with nibbles and snacks.
Dhs5 per person, Dhs20 per car. Open daily 7.30am-11pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite Chili’s restaurant (04 349 2555).
Munch brunch at Mazina
Ideal for families with younger kids, this Saturday family brunch ensures everyone gets to enjoy themselves. Ask for a table near the kids’ section to keep the little ones happy, then tuck into the international buffet: the sushi, sashimi and the live oriental cooking stations are grown-up highlights. Kids are given a name badge on arrival, and will have a blast in the hands of the friendly staff who are happy to guide them through the entertainment, face-painting, arts and crafts and bouncy castle. The kids’ buffet features the usual suspects of chicken nuggets, burgers and fish fingers, complete with a mini-dining area for children. Of course, there’s nothing to stop those with more sophisticated palates tucking into mum and dad’s food.
Dhs195 including soft drinks, half price for kids aged seven to 12, free for kids under six. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Ongoing. Mazina, The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Kids’ tea at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
Treat the kids to a delicious children’s afternoon tea in The Ritz-Carlton’s Lobby Lounge – and hopefully show them how one should behave on such an occasion. Youngsters can enjoy an array of finger sandwiches, scones , pastries, skewers and other mouth-watering treats, served with hot chocolate. A posh way to spend the afternoon, and a great excuse to taste some sweet treats. Dhs60 per child. Daily 2pm-6pm. Ongoing. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, The Walk at JBR, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 318 6150).
Go for a climbing wall lesson at Wafi Pyramids
Little thrill-seekers can get their kicks through learning to climb the professional indoor climbing wall at Wafi. The 13-metre-high wall features a stomach churning overhang and has a number of different faces, enabling kids to learn the basics of proper climbing. With a maximum of six kids per class, everyone gets proper supervision and instruction. You’ll have to book in advance, as classes fill up quickly. The sessions are
perfect for kids aged four and above.
Dhs40-45 for members and non-members. Kids’ lessons daily 9am-noon. Ongoing. Wafi, Oud Metha, email@example.com (04 324 0000).
Take your little: tykes to Zumbatonic
If the kids are driving you nuts with their excess energy, why not book them into an hour-long Little Stars Zumbatonic class at Dancefit on Sheikh Zayed Road? The sessions, which combine funky Latin dance moves with cardio exercises, are designed for children aged four to seven, and will help them to boost their co-ordination. If you managed to grab a copy of Time Out Kids’ October issue, you can make use of the two-for-one voucher, which is valid until December 31. Make sure you book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Dhs45 per child per class. Tue, Thu 5pm-6pm; Sat 4pm-5pm. Ongoing. Dancefit, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 388 4157).