Things to do in October for kids

Your month’s essential events, by our panel of experts


Hilarious history
History will be brought to life on stage as you’ve never seen it before with the weird and witty Best of Barmy Britain, all the way from London’s West End. Based on the best-selling Horrible Histories works by children’s author Terry Dreary, the “terrible Tudors”, “rotten Romans” and “vile Victorians” set the scene for a fabulously fun piece of educational theatre, motoring through the past 1,000 years, giving kids an entertaining insight into British history.
Tickets from Dhs135, October 8-10, Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim,

October 1-6

A helping hand
Mums@Work is launching a series of special events and workshops to help mums back into the workplace. The first one is the Back to Work Conference, featuring a line-up of inspirational speakers and networking opportunities. Places are limited, so register online.
Free. October 5, 8.30am-noon. InterContinental Dubai Marina, Bay Central,

The Gruffalo’s Child

Award-winning author Julia Donaldson’s much-loved characters return to the stage for The Gruffalo’s Child, a tale of bravery and curiosity, where we learn there’s no place like home.
Tickets from Dhs135. October 7-11. DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates,


New to smartphones of the UAE, VoucherSkout is a free to download app offering 50 percent discounts across hospitality, beauty, wellness, leisure and entertainment venues. Working on a pay-as-you-go basis, it’s a discount platform that allows users to browse a range of categories.

October 7-13

Backyard party vibe at Emirates Golf Club

Food Truck JAM returns for a second season, with the same laidback atmosphere and magnificent green backdrop. The venue hosts more than 15 food trucks, live performances by local bands and family entertainment, with tailored activities and a mini-market of local vendors. It’s the perfect place to let the kids loose on the lawn while you catch the sunset with some gorgeous local food. See you there!
Free. Every Sat until April 2017, 4pm-11pm. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills.

Flagship store opens

SpongeBob fans, look out! A 350 sqm Nickelodeon store has opened in The Dubai Mall with a variety of toys, apparel, homeware and other great products. And it all features the brand’s beloved creations like SpongeBob SquarePants, Paw Patrol and Dora the Explorer.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-midnight, Thu-Fri 10am-1am. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 362 7500).

October 14-19

Charlie and the Chocolate

Roald Dahl’s sweet sensation, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, comes to life at DUCTAC. Your little ones can spend an extraordinary Friday watching chocolate waterfalls and a girl turning into a golden statue, and at the same time learn important life lessons.
From Dhs120. October 14, 11am, 4pm and 8pm. DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).

Get your guilt-free treats at Yogurtland, with three new frozen yoghurt flavours. Passion Fruit Sorbet is gluten and dairy-free, Dragon Warrior Passion Tart is fat-free and Toasted Coconut is packed full of calcium and nutrients.
Open Sun-Thu 9am-11pm, Fri-Sat 9am-midnight. BoxPark, (04 225 6959). Other location: The Dubai Mall (056 179 1798).

Lego building

We’re just weeks away from the grand opening of LEGOLAND at Dubai Parks & Resorts, and block-building fever is taking the city by storm. So head to LEGO Megabuild, a giant Lego construction site at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, where children of all ages are invited to recreate the Dubai skyline with over half a million bricks. Hosted by the Le Méridien Family Kids’ Club, the event will have Lego professionals on hand to guide mini builders. So assemble the gang and get creative!
Oct 18-27. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, (04 399 3333).

Al Barari tennis coaching

If you’re looking to polish your or your kids’ tennis skills, Body Language Tennis Centre at Al Barari offers lessons under different programmes for kids (aged 4 to 18) and adults. Sign up for both fun group lessons or private lessons to help whip you into shape for the tennis tournament that begins October 22.
Dhs190 for semi-private lessons, from Dhs285 for private lessons. Al Barari, for more information and full timetables, visit (04 326 7277).

October 20-25

Diverse choreography

Time Out Kids award winner Diverse Choreography is giving musical wannabes the chance to learn from West End professionals. Performers from hit shows Wicked and We Will Rock You will teach kids aged eight to 18, preparing them for a 30-minute showcase finale.
Dhs1,260 (Diverse students), Dhs1,400 (others). Oct 21-22. The Curve Building, Al Quoz (04 330 7338).

Get in the scrum
Women’s rugby sevens featured strongly in the Olympics this year, and now local club The Warriors is looking for recruits. It welcomes new players with open arms, no experience necessary, and is offering free try-outs for girls aged nine to 15. It’s a great way to have fun, make new friends and get fit.
Training on Mon 5pm-6pm, Fri 10am-11.30am. Dubai Sports City, (055 783 5669).

Browse a local market

The lakeside pub will be running their bi-annual HarvestFest throughout October with vairous events including an evening Twilight Market where you’ll be able to browse unique bits and pieces from local artisans and entrepeneurs.
Saturday October 22, 3pm-7pm. The Lakes (04 454 2638).

October 26-31

Grill & chill

Head to casual, waterside American smokehouse Perry & Blackwelder’s for a traditional backyard barbecue. Chill out and listen to the live band while tucking into all your grilled favourites from jumbo hotdogs to prime beef burgers, cajun shrimp, and plenty of salads and sides.
Dhs195 (with soft beverages), Dhs295 (with house beverages), Dhs65 (kids). Fridays 12pm-4pm. Souq Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6197).

Silhouettes on the sea

Swap your annual trick or treating for a moon-lit boat ride by The Yellow Boats. The 60-minute trip offers a journey past the twinkling city skylines of Dubai or Abu Dhabi, made all the more magical by night. In Dubai, the tour departs from Dubai Marina, taking in the bright lights of the city’s skyline.
Dhs200 (adults), Dhs150 (children). October 24-31, 5.45pm. Departs from Dubai Marina, (04 432 8543).

Bring your books
PAUL Bakery & Restaurant is launching a campaign in support of the Year of Reading. Customers who donate one book will recieve a free kids’ meal or mini macaron box at its Mercarto, JBR, City Walk and Arabian Ranches branches.
Until 2 December 2016.

Scary soap
Make bath time a spooky affair with Lush’s range of Halloween products. Bath melts that sizzle, fluttering fairies and shimmering pumpkins will get them clean in no time.
Various locations including Mercato Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, (04 344 9334).

Sunrise sessions are back at At The Top

Celebrate Opera Gallery Dubai’s tenth anniversary with Urban Poetry

DIFC’s gallery to bring a stand-out street art exhibition

Music favourite set for November launch in DXB

Ahlan rolls out lounge and meet and greet discounts


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