8 ways for parents to save cash in Dubai

Discounts, deals and ideas for mums, dads and tots

With the Nippers

Funky Monkeys Playland is a brand new state-of-the-art educational play space. Energetic tots can go wild in the Mission Impossible Laser room, jump about the soft play area or enter a talent contest in the Disco Room, while refined little ladies relax in the Princess Spa. Meanwhile mums can grab a healthy snack or coffee in the café or use the drop-and-shop facility to get on with the serious business of mooching round the mall.
Al Wasl Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.funkymonkeysuae.com (04 388 4114).

James and Alex Dance Studio soffer kids dance instruction from the age of three years and up, with classes in ballet, contemporary, jazz, salsa and hip-hop. And if you book in December, you’ll receive a 10 per cent discount on fees for the new January term. Gift vouchers are available for both kids and adult dance classes, one-off taster session voucher to a course in any style of dance they fancy, with one-off classes or full courses, so the ‘Gift of Dance’ is always a good present to slip into your little dancing diva’s Christmas stocking.
Sat-Thu 2pm-10pm. Concorde Tower, Dubai Media City, www.jamesandalex.com (04 447 0773).

The Mother, Baby and Child parenting show gives mums and dads the chance to test out the latest products and snap up some bargains or prizes to boot. Aiming to provide a stress free environment for families, it has wide, pushchair-friendly aisles, plus crèche facilities, free nappy changing stations and private breastfeeding areas, plus the chance for little ones to meet their favourite cartoon characters, including Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants. Spiderman fans are in for a treat, too, and if they dress as the superhero they will receive some spidery goodies and the chance to get a photo with the masked man himself. Dhs25 (adults), Dhs15 (kids). December 6 to 8. Dubai International Exhibition Centre, www.motherbabyandchild.com.

Pure Fitness is offering Time Out Kids readers the chance to snap up one free class when they sign up for their outdoor BuggEfit mums’ and babies’ workouts during December. Just mention the magazine when you book, and pay Dhs300 for seven classes instead of six.
Sun 9am-10am, Safa Park; Tue 9.30am-10.30am Al Barsha Park. www.purefitnessuae.com (050 659 4376, 055 811 9120).

Bo House Café is hosting ‘Bozart’, a regular craft market featuring pop up stalls selling everything artsy, from local jewellery designers, candle and card makers, glass blowers to potters. There are plenty of activities to amuse the kids, especially if they’re into sand art, or they could join the regular afternoon pottery classes that take place on the outside terrace once a week. Sign them up for a one off or a five-week course and they can will their fired creations home. Keep an eye out for the adult classes that are coming soon, too
Bo House Café, Jumeirah Beach Residence, www.bohocafedubai.wordpress.com (04 429 8655). For info on pottery classes and Bozart call 04 379 0977.

Days without the Nippers

The Dubai Mall is now offering tempting mid-week offers on a range of food, beverage, beauty and retail products. Pick up a complimentary booklet from guest services, containing dozens of vouchers and start saving on ‘special Sundays’ (valid 10am-3pm) or weekday offers (from Sunday to Wednesday).
The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaimall.com (04 362 7500).

Stride for Life Mall Walkers unite at the Mall of Emirates five days a week to exercise and socialize in the comfort of the air-conditioned corridors, with a motivational walk leader encouraging participants to get fit and healthy with other serious strollers.
Sun-Thu 8.30am. Mall of Emirates, www.malloftheemirates.com (04 409 9000). Stride for Life, www.strideforlife.com (050 657 7057).

Evenings and Weekends

The School of Culinary and Finishing Arts (SCAFA) is for those interested in a career in the culinary arts or who just want to improve their skills in the kitchen. This newly opened teaching facility offers professional cooking classes for aspiring chefs depending on the level of their ambition, and there’s an on-site bespoke French Bistro, SCAFE, that’s op to the public where chefs-in-training can practise their pavlovas on passers- by. There are also mini master chef classes for young cookery buffs, teaching a range of basic skills plus table manners, etiquette and hygiene.
Professional Certificate Programme, Dhs55,000 (six months); Home Pro, Dhs18,000 (three months); Fundamentals of Cooking (five weeks), Sun-Tue 6.30pm-9.30pm; Enthusiast Course, from Dhs250-600 (four three-hour classes); Mini Master Chef, Dhs250-600 (for kids aged six to nine, or ten to 15). Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.scafa.ae (04 379 4044).

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