25 percent off bikes at Toys ‘R’ Us
An irresistible incentive to explore the outdoors with 25 percent off bikes for boys, girls and adults.
Until October 25. Toys ‘R’ Us, Deira City Centre, Festival City and Times Square Center (04 341 8383).
One day while out for a jog, Stick Man is pounced on by a playful dog. Mistaken for an ordinary stick, he is swept far away and used for all sorts of things: from a flag mast to a cricket bat, a snowman’s arm to firewood. Don’t miss this great theatre show for families.
Dhs140. Until October 25. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim. www.timeouttickets.com
JLT play park
There are lots of free community play areas in Dubai, but the park in JLT stands out. With two sections catering to toddlers and older children, plenty of grass for kicking a ball around, a safe and secure position away from the road, and parking alongside, it serves as the perfect play date on cooler days.
JLT park, next to Cluster P (behind Armada Tower 2), Jumeirah Lakes Towers.
Al Dhabi Family Farm
This family-friendly farm is home to more than 80 animals, so why not round up the kids and get them involved in milking the goats, herding the sheep, collecting the eggs and training the donkeys?
Emirates Road (E611). www.dubaicitystable.com (04 450 8811).
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
The flamingos are the main event, but there are 270 other species of bird at this nature reserve too. Stand at the Flamingo Roost to watch the bright pink birds against a spectacular cityscape.
Sat-Thu 9am-4pm. Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, off junction of Al Wasl and Oud Metha Roads, www.wildlife.ae (04 606 6822).
Play time at Ikea
Nobody enjoys dragging the kids round the shops, especially when that shop is Ikea. The great news is that the Swedish home hypermarket offers a free supervised play area so you can drop the kids off before you head inside.
Sun-Wed 10am-11pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Ikea, Dubai Festival City, www.ikea.com/ae (04 203 7555).
Hello Kitty at Build-A-Bear
Build-A-Bear Workshop is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Hello Kitty this October by allowing kids big and small to make their very own Hello Kitty in store.
From Dhs100. Until October 31. Various locations including The Dubai Mall, www.buildabear.ae (04 325 3114).
Halloween Spectacular at Just Kidding
Take your children along for a spooktacular time at Just Kidding from 10am to 2pm today. All costumes are provided.
Free. 10am-2pm. Just Kidding, Gold and Diamond Park, www.justkidding-me.com (04 341 3922).
If you’re looking for a venue that combines a great balance of education and entertainment, we know the perfect place. Little Explorers boasts five different zones with more than 97 activities in total. Dhs130 (kids aged two to seven), first accompanying adult free, Dhs60 for additional adults.
Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Mirdif City Centre, www.littleexplorersme.com (800 386).