Things to do in Dubai in September for kids


Ninja(go) moves

If we were excited about the first LEGO movie and front-row fans of the second one, we think it’s safe to say we are positively giddy (with some Jackie Chan-style high kicks) over the third. The LEGO Ninjago movie – the first time LEGO has used an original toy line as the basis for a film – looks set to be every bit as ‘awesome’ as the first, with Lloyd the Green Ninja on a quest to bring down his evil father, Lord Garmadon (voiced by the brilliant Justin Theroux). There’s laughs aplenty for the grown-ups as well as the kids, ninja moves you’ll all want to try at home and rumours of scenes of a real-life cat stomping its way through a city.
Released in cinemas September 22.

New Last Exit

Ever imagined taking the family for lunch in a post-apocalyptic world of monster trucks and abandoned cars? No, nor did we, until we saw Last Exit’s brand new Mad X food struck stop, the latest to open following the success of the first Last Exit venture at Jebel Ali on Sheikh Zayed Road. This one is a handy – and totally has to be seen to be believed – version on the other side of the E11 and we promise you won’t be disappointed, with all the usual family favourite food options on offer. Think burgers, pizza, tacos, sushi and lots, lots more.
Interchange 11 on the E11, Sheikh Zayed Road towards Abu Dhabi.

Smelly T-shirts R Us!
Chocolate milkshake-scented, popcorn-scented, even junk-food-scented T-shirts? It’s the stuff of kids’ dreams and you can now snap up these scratch ‘n’ sniff wonders here in Dubai at Cotton On Kids stores across the city.
Dhs59. Available at various Cotton On Kids stores, including Ibn Battuta Mall (04 236 3131).

Bounce rate

Flip Out fans! September is your lucky month. Ease the new term trauma a little and jump for three hours after school – with a free slushie (sorry, parents) for a bargain Dhs100. See you there.
Available 3pm-6pm, Mondays and Wednesdays until Sept 30, Flip Out, Al Quoz 3. (600 567 568).

Say hello to Bobby!

A new animal friend has joined the Penguin Pals and Snowmen skate aids for beginner skaters at Dubai Ice Rink. Bobby the Seal is designed to provide stability and reassurance for wobbly legs and even has space for a skater friend to hop on for a ride! Gorgeous.
Dhs55 per hour. Open daily 10am-11pm. Dubai Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall. (04 448 5111).

Summer's better wetter!
It’s still too hot for the park or the beach so the good folks at Dubai Marina Mall have come up with a genius FREE solution for parents struggling through the last gasps of the summer. Turn up with your swim togs to the Promenade Terrace every day until September 17 for water pistol fights, beach ball racing, tag, and target shooting with giant super soakers at their Summer’s Better Wetter Splash Zone.
Free, daily 12noon-9pm until September 17. Dubai Marina Mall.

Celebrate Eid Al Adha

Watch the city sky burst into light with two of the best dazzling firework displays this Eid. You can watch the fireworks at Dubai Festival City on the first day of Eid and be prepared to be wowed by the four-day firework extravaganza at the Beach, JBR. So gather together family and friends and soak up the atmosphere at this most special time of year.
Free. 9pm-11pm, September 1 at Dubai Festival City Bay and 8.45pm, August 31-September 3 at The Beach, JBR.

Frosty family offer from Pullman Dubai Creek

The Pullman Dubai Creek in the old heart of the city has announced a fantastic ongoing offer we think is just too good to pass up. Families booking a three-night stay will now receive complimentary Ski Dubai Polar Passes for unlimited access to the Snow Park or 50 percent off desert safari trips.
Room rates vary. For more details on this and other family offers visit (04 603 8348).

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Newly-launched children’s excursion company, Touring Tykes, have just released an action-packed schedule for September. Little explorers aged between three and five will have the chance to check out some of the city’s most exciting kiddy concepts, including Dubai Drums, The Green Planet and a Build-A-Bear workshop. Wondering if we could sneak on a tour ourselves…?
Dhs2,750 per term. Saturdays, starting September 9.

Did somebody say free pudding?

Cosy French bistro, Couqley, has just unveiled a fab children’s play area complete with colouring, crafts and Etch-A-Sketches to keep them entertained in between bites. And they’re offering complimentary dessert for every main order from the specially-designed Petit Couqley menu. Need we say it twice?
Open daily 12noon–2am. JLT, Cluster A (04 514 9339).

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