Feed the turtles
Every Wednesday and Friday, kids can have a blast feeding the turtles at Madinat Jumeriah. The experience begins with an interesting talk about turtles, before the little ones put on gloves and get to feed them. Free. Every Wed and Sun at 1pm. Madinat Jumeriah. (04 366 8888).
Enter a competition
Attention creative kids – Dusit Thani Dubai and Patchi have launched a Chocolate Wrapper Competition, where kids under the age of 12 are invited to draw and paint Thai animals. The winning design will be featured on Patchi’s new chocs.
For more info, visit www.dusit.com (04 343 3333).
Mini Monsters is home to the UAE’s largest slide and hyperactive kids will love this indoor play area. There’s a café on site too, so you can enjoy a cuppa while the little monsters burn off some energy.
Dhs50 for one hour, Dhs30 subsequent hours, Dhs100 full day. Open daily. 9am-9pm. Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai Garden Centre. www.minimonsters.ae (04 341 4459).
Get arty at the jamjar
Pay a visit to the jamjar gallery for an opportunity to participate in the ‘Threads of the Community’ mural, where people of all ages are invited to paint their silhouette on a public wall. Prior booking is essential to ensure you get an opportunity to be part of a lasting work of art.
Free. Running until 31 August. email@example.com (04 241 7303).
Get lost in a maze
Take the little tykes to experience the mirror maze at Dubai Dolphinarium, which offers an exciting challenge for people who have to work their way through dizzying reflecting-glass corridors.
From Dhs40. www.dubaidolphinarium.ae.(04 336 9773).
Mini Artists at Caboodle
Drop art enthusiasts at Caboodle, where they can take part in Mini Artists: a fun workshop allowing them to channel their inner Picasso. Dhs90 including two hours of play, 10 percent early rate available if you book in advance.
Today only. 3pm-7pm. Dubai Mall. www.caboodle.ae (04 325 3367).
Little Chef Camp
With a different theme each day, little foodies will enjoy perfecting their culinary skills at the Little Chef Camp Dubai.
Dhs800 per week including lunch and snacks. 25-29 August, 9am-1.30pm. For more info visit www.facebook.com/LittleChefsDubai.
Watch a swimming gala
If you’re seeking some fast-paced action and have an interest in swimming, bring the kids to see the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, where more than 800 swimmers from 90 countries, all under the age of 18 will compete against each other.
Free. 26-31 August. Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex. www.fina.org (04 264 8717).
Learn good manners
Learning how to get in and out of a car and greet guests are things kids’ can learn in Young Etiquette Essentials Stage 2, a course developed by The English Manner. Perfect for rude children.
Dhs200. For more info, visit www.theenglishmanner.ae. (50 850 8459).