Time Out Kids has rounded up the best new classes, activities and addresses in Dubai to keep you (and your little one) entertained, exercised and educated…
Get Fit: Indoor BuggEfit
Getting outside to work off that baby weight might sound like a good idea, but when temperatures are still soaring, it’s far more appealing to hide inside in the air conditioning. If that sounds familiar, PURE Fitness UAE has just launched the perfect class to tide you over until winter, with a new indoor version of their popular BuggEfit exercise class. There’s no need for childcare either, as baby comes along in their buggy and acts as resistance during the workout. Genius!
Ages suitable? Mums with babies in buggies
How much? Dh50 per class
When? Every Tuesday and Thursday, enquire for timings
Where? Impact Studio, Motor City, Dubai, www.purefitnessuae.com
Learn About Weaning: BabyCalm Introduction to Baby Led Weaning
If your baby is approaching weaning age and you’re wondering what ‘baby led weaning’ is all about, this new three-hour workshop is for you. Exploring the practice of letting babies ‘self feed’ from the very beginning, Jasmine Collin leads the three-hour adult-only workshop to reveal why Baby Led Weaning can raise less fussy, healthier eaters that can impact long into adulthood. This is one for parents only, so leave baby at home with a parent or carer.
Ages suitable? Mums and dads of babies approaching six months old
How much? Dh250 (or Dh200 if you introduce a friend)
When? Thursday 9th October, 9.30am to 12pm
Where? Horizon Kids Nursery, Street 29, Al Safa 2, Dubai (05 132 3669) www.jasminecollin.com
Get Creative: Our Little Artisans
If you’re looking for ways to entertain and engage your toddler, try this new creative class. Every week follows a different theme, with activities including finger painting, balloon art, watercolours, and button art. You’ll be getting involved too, interacting with your child as you create artwork to take home together. It’s a great way to introduce your toddler to creative activities, while spending quality time together in a fun and relaxed environment. Held at Baginskaya Gallery and Studio in JLT, the surroundings are just as creative as the schedule.
Ages suitable? 15 months to three and a half years
How much? Dhs50 per class
When? Every Monday and Thursday 3.30 to 5pm
Where? Baginskaya Gallery and Studio, JLT, Jumeriah Bay X1 Tower, Dubai (055 280 9261) www.facebook.com/ourlittleartisans
Pay-Per-Hour Nursery: Creche Out
Whether you want a fun, learning-based environment to spend a few hours playing with your child – or need the odd hour or two of supervised care, the new branch of Creche Out in WAFI Mall will cater to your needs. The facility accepts babies from four months old, with UK standards of health and safety and all staff are qualified in childcare and trained in paediatric first aid. Parents are welcome to drop their children off for fully supervised pay-per-hour care – or head into the facility with their brood to enjoy the facilities together. From soft play zones for the smallest babies to craft areas, outdoor climbing equipment, and dressing up areas for the older kids, this is one kid-friendly zone that the whole family will enjoy.
Ages suitable? Four months to eight years
How much? Dh60 per hour
When? Open 8am to 7pm (Sat-Thurs) and 9am-7pm (Fri)
Where? Creche Out, WAFI Mall, Oud Metha (04 324 0000) www.crecheout.com
Get Active: MPAC Ballin Babies
Introduce your toddler to the world of sports by booking into this brand new class at Favourite Things, Dubai Marina Mall. Run by MPAC Sports Basketball, the class aims to build a child’s self-esteem with basic motor skills tasks like dribbling, throwing, catching, and shooting a ball. It’s non-competitive, allowing children to progress at their own rate while still challenging them to improve.
Ages suitable? Two and a half to five years
How much? Dh60 per class
When? The term starts first week of September, with timings to be confirmed
Where? Favourite Things, 2nd Floor, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai (04 434 1984) www.favouritethings.com
Find Your Zen: Baby and Mummy Yoga Class
Marina-based mums have a new address for their yoga workouts, with the launch of Baby and Mummy Yoga Classes at Play a Round in Jewels Tower, Dubai Marina. With a combination of yoga (to stretch limbs and relax the mind) and baby massage (to calm and bond with your baby), the class is the perfect way to rediscover quiet time and shut out the frustrations of the day.
Ages suitable? Three months to two and a half years
How much? Dhs440 per 8-week term
When? New term starts second week of September
Where? Play a Round, Jewels Tower, Dubai Marina (04 4570455) www.playaround.ae