There’s no need for mixed emotions (sorry, that should be emojis) over this huge summer release. Your secret is safe with us, you just love to use a heart-eyed emoji to express your happiness as just expressing your feelings with actual words would elicit a well-deserved facepalm symbol. The Emoji Movie is the blockbuster hit you never expected to see, but with a stellar cast including Sir Patrick Stewart and Anna Faris, and a well-crafted plot, it really does sound like its worth seeing. The fun movie is set in the world of Textopolis and follows the adventures of our cute, yellow heroes. Oh yeah, remember to take the kids along, too, as it’s more a movie for them isn’t it. Ahem.
The Emoji Movie hits cinemas across the UAE on August 10.
Channel Captain Jack Sparrow with a trip to Al Majaz Waterfront where kids can enjoy a day of swashbuckling fun. Pirates Village is set in Mini Splash Park and offers little ones a variety of enjoyable activities such as face painting and handicrafts. The epic Cannonballs Balloons Battle involves huge water-filled balloons and a competition to see who can outdo whom. Evening entertainment is on from 5.30pm to 8.30pm and includes a giant bubble show, stilt walkers and a Jack Sparrow mime show.
Dhs30. Until 19 Aug. Mini Splash,Al Majaz Waterfront, Sharjah (06 552 1552)
Give your little madam a slogan tee and watch her sass levels sky-rocket. H&M’s newest batch of wordy tops will please even the fussiest dresser and make you giggle. A double win. We love this cute play on selfies. Pity it doesn’t come in big kid (read: adult) sizes.
Dhs59. Available at H&M stores nationwide. www.hm.com.
Lunch with a beach view
Oceana at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah’s summer deal includes lunch in the restaurant and access to the hotel’s private beach and pool. Best of all, kids six to 12 get 50 percent off and under-sixes go free.
Dhs145 (food only). Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk, JBR, www3.hilton.com (04 318 2999).
Kids get creative
Children’s theatre group Hayley's Comet is looking for starlets. There are a range of classes for kids from three to 17 years old starting in September. The sessions take place at James & Alex Dance Studio in Dubai Media City and kids get the chance to learn everything from musucal theatre routines to chart hits.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, class times and fees.
Bag the kids a discounted day and week pass to Bounce Dubai in Al Quoz. Day passes include the Bounce Mini Olympics (featuring capture the flag, balloon popping challenges and races), before wall running, parkour, air bag jumps, trampoline basketball and the afternoon awards ceremony – all with lunch included. It’s the perfect way to tire out restless children. Plus, who doesn’t love an awards ceremony?
Dhs180 (day pass). Dhs745 (Sunday-Thursday week pass). Bounce Dubai, Al Quoz (04 321 1400).
Fans of brunch, swimming pools and hitting golf balls through windmills are in luck, because Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club has just launched a cracking offer just in time for summer. Get your hands on a round of mini golf, a pool day and brunch at the Legends restaurant all for just Dhs175 (soft drinks), or Dhs255 (house beverages). The offer runs on Fridays and Saturdays between noon and 3.30pm, with an evening session also available on Friday.
From Dhs175. Fri noon-3.30pm and 7pm-10.30pm, Sat noon-3.30pm. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
Wet ‘n’ wild
Dubai residents can get hold of massive day packages, with savings of up to Dhs170 per person. All packages include day access to Aquaventure and The Lost Chambers, as well as a meal deal at Barracuda or Shark Bites inside the waterpark. The basic package comes in at just Dhs250 per person, and Dhs225 for kids.
From Dhs250. Jul 3 – Aug 24. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com/special-offers/ (04 426 2000).
Ice, ice, baby
Cookies and ice cream. What’s not to love about Unicorn Vibes’ delicious dessert? This multicoloured dessert parlour is Instagram’s newest obsession. It’s a veritable feast for the eyes. And tummies. Its frozen dessert cookie sandwiches are a thing to behold. Choose your cookie flavour then pair it with yummy ice cream. Salty pretzel cookies with bubblegum ice cream is bound to be a child-pleasing winner...
Open weekdays noon-10pm, weekdays noon-midnight. DAMAC The Vogue Building, Business Bay, Dubai, www.unicorn-vibes.com.
A whole world of fun
Edutainment destination Modhesh World is now cramming in even more fun after introducing a handicraft section featuring pop up stores and kiosks selling jewellery, animal figurines and more.
Dhs20. Until Aug 12. Sat-Wed 11am-11pm, Thu-Fri 11am-midnight. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.modheshworld.com.