Fancy throwing a bash for your little one but worried about the price? Check out these venues that offer party fun and games for less than Dhs100 per child.
The Surfing Party
What’s involved? Celebrate a birthday at RIVA Beach Club, with Dubai Surf School providing the entertainment. Surf dudes and dudettes can try their hand at paddle boarding – and when they’re dried off, additional entertainment can be booked, with options including a puppet or magic show, face painting, arts and crafts, or balloon bending. Catering is provided – and you can even order a cake in the shape of a paddleboard!
How much? Food and drink starts at Dhs100 per child. Paddle boarding is DHS85 per child. Further entertainment and cake is at additional cost.
How do I book? RIVA, Building 8, The Shoreline Palm Jumeirah www.riva-beach.com (04 430 9466)
The Mermaid Party
What’s involved? Desert Mermaids specialises in mermaid tails made from swimming fabric, which allows confident swimmers to move through the water like mermaids. All the tails are complimented with matching swimwear – and they are made in sizes up to 12 years of age. The company hires out the tails for birthday parties, with the package including 10 mermaid tails for three hours, plus the services of a professional photographer for one hour and 20 edited photos on a USB stick. They can also organise a mermaid-themed decorations and birthday cake.
How much? The mermaid tails and photography package is Dhs1500. If you want to hire the tails on their own, it’s Dhs1000. Decorations and cake at additional cost.
How do I book? www.facebook.com/desertmermaids.ae (050 347 5354)
The Petting Zoo Party
What’s involved? Little animal lovers will be thrilled when a petting zoo from Posh Paws Dubai arrives at their party, complete with animals to stroke, cuddle and learn about. The friendly staff will bring the zoo to any location in Dubai, with animal friends likely to include rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, ferrets, hamsters and tortoises, to name just a few.
How much? Dhs800 for one hour
How do I book? www.poshpawsdubai.com (050 273 0973)
The Ferrari Party
What’s involved? The parties at Le Petit Palais, located in The Dubai Mall, are pretty legendary. The talented team will completely transform the party room into a theme of your choice, which will delight little ones when they walk into their party and discover what is awaiting them. The Ferrari theme has to be our favourite, with a car-shaped photo booth to capture special moments with friends, pit-stop caps for party goers to don, and all the games, catering, and décor having a Ferrari theme.
How much? Themed party packages from Dhs1500, with add-ons available.
How do I book? Le Petit Palais, Galleries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall www.lepetitpalaisdubai.com (04 382 7333)
The Snow Party
What’s involved? If you usually host parties in your garden bathed in Dubai sunshine, why not change the theme completely by booking a snowy party at Ski Dubai? Your party will include entry to the Snow Park to enjoy the slides, tobogganing, and bobsled, clothing rental for all children (minimum of 10 and maximum of 25), invitation cards, party decorations, and party bags full of goodies. In addition, the birthday boy or girl will receive a photo gift to remember their special day. There is no supervision included, so make sure you have enough adults in your party to watch the kids.
How much? Dhs150 per person (weekdays), Dhs160 per person (weekends).
How do I book? Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates www.playmania.com/skidubai (04 4094090)
The Mini Golf Party
What’s involved? For a party idea that is completely out of this world, why not book a celebration at space-themed, glow-in-the-dark mini golf venue Tee & Putt at WAFI Mall? The basic party package includes an 18-hole game of mini golf, invitation cards, food and drink, party games, prizes, a party host, and a themed photo for the birthday girl or boy. There’s another new (__non-glow-in-the-dark) course near Mirdif.
How much? Dhs95 per child (Sun-Wed), Dhs120 per child (Thurs-Sat).
How do I book? Tee & Putt Mini Golf, WAFI www.teeandputt.com (04 357 3290). New branch also at the Arabian Centre near Mirdif.