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
Get down to The Beach opposite Jumeirah Beach Residence where the kids will love all the activities that are especially for them and parents will love the fact it won’t cost them a penny. Home to a large splash pad area designed especially for kids, the area features an array of fountains and waterfalls and is shaded and temperature controlled. There’s also giant insect play structures and water breathing dragons to add a bit of extra fun. Once the kids are finished getting wet they can also run wild on the slides and swings and even build sandcastles in the outdoor play area.
Free. The Beach, opposite Jumeirah Beach Residence.
Kids Brunch Buffet
Now kids can take their parents out for brunch at the Novotel Dubai Al Barsha. A novel concept from the hotel at their 365 restaurant means for Dhs200 per child, two parents can eat for free every Friday.
Dhs200 per child (no age limit, as specified by hotel). 12.30pm-4pm. 365 restaurant, Novotel Dubai Al Barsha. www.novotel.com (04 304 9000).
Ski Dubai Penguins
Ski Dubai is now home to a colony of Gentoo and King Penguins and it’s free to watch their daily ‘March of the Penguins’ show. If you want a more personal experience with a penguin, check out their penguin encounters where you can choose from various ‘Peng-Friend’ experiences. The basic Peng Friend encounter includes an underwater viewing and meeting at least two penguins up close.
March of the Penguins show is free, at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm daily. Peng Friend encounters start from Dhs150 per person including coat and gloves for 40 minutes. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates. www.skidubaipenguins.com (04 409 4090).
Check out the new Aquaventure three for one Summer Offer. With every ticket purchased you receive a free lunch and free admission to the underwater exhibits in The Lost Chambers Aquarium. Lunch is a combo meal deal which includes a drink and meal and is redeemable at any of the four restaurants in the park.
Dhs250 for adults, Dhs205 for kids. Until July 24. Aquaventure Waterpark, Atlantis The Palm. www.atlantisthepalm.com/waterpark (04 426 0000).
Evenings and weekends
Wild Wadi Ladies Nigh
If you’re looking for some evening fun with the kids, why not spend some time with the girls at Wild Wadi’s new Ladies Night. Run by an all female crew including DJ, lifeguards, waitresses and security staff, grab your little girls and relax and enjoy some mums and daughter time.
Dhs205 for guests 1.1m or more in height, Dhs165 below 1.1m. Every Thursday excluding Ramadan, 8pm-12pm. Wild Wadi, Jumeirah Beach Road. www.jumeirah.com (04 348 4444).
Golden Tulip Khatt room and Iceland Waterpark Summer promotion
Make a weekend of it and head over to Ras Al Khaimah with the kids. When you book a standard single or double room at the Golden Tulip Khatt Springs two tickets to Iceland waterpark are included in the price.
Dhs299 for one single or double standard room. Kids below 0.80metres enter Iceland Waterpark free, between 0.80-1.2 metres Dhs99 and above 1.2 metres Dhs110. Offer valid Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues and Weds until Sept 30. Golden Tulip Khatt Springs, Ras Al Khaimah www.goldentulipkhattsprings.com (07 244 8777).
Jones the Grocer
Jones the Grocer in Al Safa is now open. And with a whole new revamped menu across all their stores in the UAE and free meals for one kid under 12 on any day of the week when two adults eat mains from the normal or special menus, what’s not to like?
Prices vary. Al Safa Store open daily, 24 hours a day. Etihad Travel Mall, ground floor, Al Safa 2. www.jonesthegrocer.com (04 388 1038).
Ripe Markets have moved indoors for the summer so you can now find them at The Courtyard. All their usual community spirit and festivities are still intact along with their fun arts and crafts and fresh foods.
Free. 9am-1pm. The Courtyard, Al Quoz. www.ripeme.com (04 379 0441).
Without the kids
BreakSlow, Fairmont The Palm
For a relaxing Friday brunch take a look at the BreakSlow brunch at Flow Kitchen where you can enjoy a leisurely brunch over four and a half hours. What’s more, if you also purchase a pool and beach access pass for Dhs250 on weekends, you also receive a Dhs100 voucher for use on the same day redeemable against food and beverage outlets including the BreakSlow lunch.
From Dhs155 with soft drinks, Dhs285 with house beverages and Dhs445 with bubbly. 11am-3.30pm every Friday. BreakSlow at Flow Kitchen Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.fairmont.com (04 457 3457).
Lao, Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah
Lovers of South East Asian cuisine should leave the kids at home and head over to the Waldorf Astoria’s newest restaurant, Lao. Offering a bold and contemporary menu focusing on specialty dishes with flavours from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia the restaurant provides a relaxed atmosphere with views across the Arabian Gulf.
Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah. www.waldorfastoria.com/dubai (04 818 2155).
Mom-Me time at So Spa
Treat yourself to a spa treatment any day between 9am to 3pm at So Spa at the Sofitel, Palm Jumeirah and get a Dhs100 discount as well as two hours free access to the Amura kids club for up to two kids aged four and over while you relax in the spa. Kids under four are still welcome in the kids club, but must be accompanied by an adult.
Offer valid until Dec 31, 2014. So Spa, Sofitel Palm Jumeirah. www.sofitel.com (04 455 6677).
Beauty Boosters at Tips n Toes
Create your own pamper package this month at Tips and Toes – choose from the full service list including massage, nail and hair care, eyelash extensions and much more, and pick one of the options - the Emerald package which allows a 10% discount when you spend a minimum of Dhs500, the Ruby option that offers 15% discount when you spend Dhs750 or more or the Diamond package that allows you to save 20% when you spend more than Dhs1000. All treatments must be used in the month of June.
At Tips and Toes salons across the UAE. Locations include the signature spa, Al Barsha. www.tipsandtoes.com (04 399 0550).