Take a look at our regular pages of discounts, deals and ideas for mums, dads and tots to enjoy as a family, one-to-one with junior, or blissfully alone, morning, noon or night
For the Kids
BOGOF hour of play at Kidz Venture
Enjoy some kid-free shopping time while the little ones enjoy lots of fun and games at Kidz Venture. For the month of December they are running a great offer; buy one hour of play time and get one hour absolutely free. Dhs60 per hour. No booking required. Kids below three must be accompanied by an adult.
IBN Battuta Mall. www.kidzventure.ae (04 368 4130).
Santa’s Grotto at Just Kidding
Round up the brood and pay a visit to Just Kidding this month, where Santa has set up an exclusive grotto to meet and greet all the kids in Dubai. The nippers can meet Santa in the magical grotto setting, tell him what they want for Christmas and if they’re very good, they might even receive a present! December 16-23. Dhs50 per child including gift. Opening hours Sun-Thur 10am-1pm, Fri and Sat, 12pm-5.30pm. Just Kidding, Gold and Diamond Park.
www.justkidding-me.com (04 341 3922).
25% off at Le Petit Palais
The miniature French town built to little nipper scale inside Galleries Lafayette are offering 25% on entry to their play area for the month of December. Drop the kids off and they can drive mini cars around the streets, do some kid-friendly grocery shopping and even pay a visit to the beauty salon! Dhs75 per child (usual price Dhs100).
Second level, Galleries Layfayette, The Dubai Mall (04 382 7333).
Gingerbread cooking class at The Oberoi
If you have some little budding chefs in your family, why not bring them to a gingerbread cooking class in The Oberoi this month? They can get their hands dirty with shape making, icing and lots of other sweet treats, and they get to bring their creation home (or eat it on the spot!).
Dhs80 per child. Dec 7 and 14 only. 3pm-5pm. www.oberoihotels.com (04 444 1444).
Evenings and Weekends
50% off for kids at Nine 7 One Festive Buffet
Enjoy a festive feast with the whole family at Nine 7 One in The Oberoi on Christmas Eve. The Coastal Festive Buffet has a vast selection of delectable dishes and sweet treats that will appeal to everyone in the family. Santa might make an appearance too!
Dec 24. 7pm-10pm. Dhs320 with soft beverages, Dhs390 with selected grape and spirits. Fifty percent off for kids aged 6-12. Kids under six eat for free. The Oberoi, Business Bay. www.oberoihotels.com (04 444 1444).
Creekside Festive Market
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel’s Festive Market is back once again this year, and set in the stunning outdoor surrounds of the hotel. It will feature traditional chalets with festive sweets and delicacies including gingerbread cookies, gifts and stocking fillers as well as a range of carefully crafted Christmas decorations. Santa Claus will also make a special appearance every evening!
Dec 5-14. Weekdays 4pm-11pm, weekends 12pm-11pm. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. www.jumeirah.com (04 230 8580).
Cookie baking class at The Oberoi
Book the kids in for a festive cookie baking class at The Oberoi this month. They’ll love the hands-on lesson, where they will learn how to decorate themed cookies in different shapes and sizes, making lots of new friends in the process. They can bring their freshly baked cookies home with them too! Dhs80 per child. 2pm-4pm. Dec 6 and 13 only. The Oberoi, Business Bay.
www.oberoihotels.com (04 444 1444).
UAE residents rates at Aquaventure
It might be the festive season, but it’s also waterpark season! Throw all the swim gear in the car, round up the kids and make a date at Aquaventure. Everyone will love cooling off in Dubai’s largest waterpark, not to mention enjoying all the exciting rides and other attractions. And best of all, just bring a valid form of identity proving you are a UAE resident and enjoy big entrance discounts!
Adults (above 1.2m tall) Dhs165 (usual price Dhs250). Children (under 1.2m tall) Dhs140 (usual price Dhs205). Aquaventure Waterpark. www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).
Without the Kids
Dinner at Blue Flame, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
An elegant three-course festive set menu is on offer from December 23-27 at Blue Flame in Jumeirah Creekside. Why not have an evening away from the kids and indulge in some of the delicious dishes, including Venison Carpaccio, Pan-Fried Duck, Butternut Squash and traditional Christmas Pudding. Festive set menu available from 6pm-11pm. Dhs395 inclusive of soft beverages, Dhs495 inclusive of house beverages or Dhs695 inclusive of premium beverages.
www.jumeirah.com (04 230 8580).
The ShuiQi Spa Package at Atlantis
Enjoy a one night stay in a luxurious room plus a luxury spa treatment for you and a friend. The spa treatment includes a one hour full body massage, a full body scrub, scalp massage, foot massage and unlimited use of jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and fitness gym during your entire stay. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also take advantage of the unlimited access you get to Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium!
Package starts from Dhs2450. Deal available until Dec 20. www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).
Festive facial and body scrub at De La Mer Day Spa
Enjoy a deep cleansing clarifying facial, suitable for all skin types, which will exfoliate and expel any impurities, while nourishing your skin with peptides, vitamins, enzymes and nutrients. A pumpkin mask provides your skin with a protective shield that renews and hydrates. Finish off with a warming cinnamon and vanilla spice body scrub.
Dhs472 (two hour treatment). De La Mer Day Spa, Beach Road. www.facebook.com/delamerdubai (04 328 2775).
Mum to be treatments at Amara Spa
Amara offers tailored treatments to suit the needs of mothers-to-be, using specially-created massage oils that help to prevent stretch marks, alleviate muscle tension, improve circulation and promote relaxation for both mother and baby.
Prices start from Dhs460.firstname.lastname@example.org (04 602 1660).