Painting classes at Funky Monkeys
Unleash your kid’s inner artist by letting them loose on a canvas at Funky Artists every Wednesday. The 30-minute class takes place in the super cute Arts & Crafts section of Funky Monkeys, so they can do some seriously arty damage without you worrying about paint splattering on the walls. No materials are required; just make sure they don’t wear their best clothes!
From Dhs20 per child aged four and above. Sun-Wed 4pm-5pm. Funky Monkeys Playland, Wasl Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (above Safestway Supermarket), www.funkymonkeysuae.com (04 338 4114).
Barni Coffee Morning
Grab the kids and pop along to an informative talk on kid’s nutrition and healthy snacking held by Nutritionist Hala Barghout at KidZania. Parenting coach, Super Granny, will also be on hand to interact with mums and dads and give tips on parenting and coaching while kids aged four and over enjoy fun activities in the Barni Corner.
Free. 10.30am-noon. KidZania, The Dubai Mall, email@example.com to register.
Head to the beach with Nivea Sun
With only a few weeks to go until it’s officially too hot to do anything outdoors, breathe in the sea air and make some sandcastles. Nivea Sun will be on hand at Kite Beach in Jumeirah to help both parents and little ones make the most of their remaining beach time. There will be lots of family-friendly beach games to get involved in, some super cool prizes to be won and of course, free sun screen for all. Don’t miss it.
Free. 10am-5pm. Kite Beach, Jumeirah, behind Sunset Mall.
Generation Creation family brunch at Mazina restaurant
Enjoy the lavish buffet of international cuisine and delectable refreshments on offer while the whole brood is entertained. A pretty impressive range of activities are laid on for the kids, from face painting and Wii action to exhaustive fun and games on the bouncy castle. They can even embrace their inner Picasso, pick up a paintbrush and create their finest masterpiece yet – and win fantastic prizes in the process.
Dhs220 (adults), Dhs110 (kids aged six to 12), free for kids aged five and under. Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm. May only. Mazina restaurant, The Address Dubai Marina, www.theaddress.com (04 888 3444).
Cookie decorating at Caboodle
Take the little tykes to Caboodle in The Dubai Mall for a spot of afternoon cookie decorating while you enjoy a coffee or delicious hand crafted ice lollies. The two-hour long session includes some serious crafty action plus a complimentary play pass for kids to enjoy once they’ve finished playing pastry chef. If they get bored halfway through and want to go and play, that’s fine too. Cookie decorating is recommended for kids aged six to 12.
Dhs90 per child. Every Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Caboodle, 2nd floor, The Dubai Mall, near Galeries Lafayette, www.caboodle.ae (04 325 3367).
Take the kids to see a musical
If your tots are a bit dramatic and love a good story, bring them to see You Raise Me Up, an all singing, all dancing variety show by Diverse Choreography. Broken into four sections – weird and wonderful, stand up and stay strong, musical revival and songs that made them famous – this brilliant theatre show addresses a range of kids issues from the power of individuality to how to stand up to bullies, all through the medium of popular songs and toe-tapping dance routines. A great night out for all the family.
Dhs115. Show starts at 7.30pm. Madinat Theatre, Umm Suqeim, www.madinattheatre.com (04 366 6546).
Enjoy a round of mini golf at the only neon indoor golf course in Dubai
That’s right, a neon golf course! Kids of all ages can enjoy this super fun activity at Play-A-Round, even very big kids. While away an hour pitching and putting as the tiny tots are entertained in the soft play area on site. Do you have big kids who prefer to play on their own? Play A Round has that covered too. Parents can sit back and relax, have a coffee and enjoy the complimentary Wi-Fi while they do their worst. Brilliant! Dhs45 (adults and kids aged four and upwards) for one hour of golf plus one choice of craft activity. Open Sat-Fri 10am-7pm; Fri 11am-7pm. Play A Round @ Some Nice Place, The Jewels, Dubai Marina, www.playaround.ae (04 457 0455).
Grab a two for one breakfast at Planet One
A family full of early risers with empty bellies is always a recipe for disaster. So why not avoid tot tantrums and get the whole family together for a delicious rise and shine breakfast bargain? With something to satisfy even the smallest, pickiest tummies, choose from delicious syrniki pancakes, omelette à la carte, home-made muesli and lots more. There’s something pretty impressive for French toast fans too.
Offer available until 11am on weekdays and 12pm at weekends. Offer valid at all THE One Restaurants and THE One Deli in Jumeirah, www.theone.com (04 341 3777).