For the kids
Take the little monsters for mid-week a super-creative session at Kidz Venture, Ibn Battuta while you enjoy a spot of kid-free shopping at the mall. Children over three can join the drop-in facility programme, which includes a reading space, a sports zone with a climbing wall, a tot’s play area, a mini supermarket, an art corner and an adventure pyramid. All the fun and games have an educational angle too, so kids learn while they play. Dhs60 (first hour) and Dhs30 (second hour), Sun-Wed. Open daily, 7am to 10pm.
www.kidzventure.ae (04 361 9315).
Head to Super Dooper at the Dubai Marina Wave building, every weekday afternoon after school for a raft of active classes for kids. Instead of letting them veg in front of the TV, get them playing and learning creatively with acting, singing, dancing and zumbatonic. Dhs50 (for a 45 minute class).
Zebra Crossing membership
Why not sign the sprogs up for a three-month membership at Zebra Crossing? For the bargainous amount of the Dhs200 per nipper, the kids can enjoy unlimited access to the play centre, which includes an extensive soft play area and activities room, as well as a café where mums can chill and chat. Brilliant!
www.zebra-crossing.com (050 559 4943)
Evenings and weekends
Brunch at St Moritz
Build up an appetite on a Friday morning by spending three hours on the slopes at Ski Dubai bonding with your family (and practising your snow ploughs) and once your are all red-cheeked and famished, head to St Moritz Café for a weekend family brunch at the après-style carvery. Lots of family fun and full tums afterwards too, all for the bargain price of Dhs200 per person.
www.theplaymania.com/skidubai (800 386)
Drop and watch with Little Explorers
You and the hubby wondering if you’ll ever get to see that new thriller together? Don’t delay – head straight for Mirdif City Centre and partake in the brand new ‘Drop and Watch’ deal. Just purchase your cinema tickets at Vox, then whizz the sprogs off to Little Explorers. Present your cinema tickets at the front desk and pay Dhs100 per child for two hours play. The nippers will enjoy an educational and supervised workshop, looked after by the lovely and experienced staff, while you and the old man can enjoy some deserved quality, weekend date time. Fantastic!
www.theplaymania.com/little-explorers (800 386)
Pink Pepper portraits
Capture those precious moments in time with a pre-shoot consultation and an hour’s studio time with one of the professional photographers at Pink Pepper. The deal includes a 30cm-sized framed shot of your choice too – and all for just Dhs299. If you haven’t got a portrait of your family – now’s the time to book it.
www.pinkpepperuae.com (04 434 0437)
Without the kids
We always think mums deserve a pamper-fest (and not the nappy-kind, either!) With delicious treatments on offer like Bee my Honey, Blissfully Unaware and Pamper me Silly, you can’t really go wrong – especially after a sleepless night. Book your treatments online, and get 50 SensAsia cash vouchers to reclaim on your next booking. We like this idea very much.
Choosy Tuesdays at The Address
On Tuesdays, mums get 40 per cent off all 50 minute or more treatments at The Spa at The Address Dubai Marina. It’s the ultimate excuse to leave grocery shopping until Wednesday, and to head straight there after the school run. Afterwards you can relax and use all the lovely facilities too, including saunas, steam rooms and more.
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