It’s a goal!
The U13 Dubai International Football Cup returns for its second edition from Thursday February 22 to Saturday 24, bringing young football players from all around the world to Dubai. Twenty teams are expected to take part, a total of 400 participants representing 14 different countries. There will be 16 international teams and four local ones, with 1,500 to 3,000 fans expected to attend the event throughout its duration. Teams will play a minimum of four games each for Gold and Plate Cup Awards and expected this year are Real Madrid, Liverpool, FC Barcelona, Juventus, Guangzhou FC and more.
Feb 22-24, Dubai Sports City Football Academy, www.interconticup.com (04 448 1555).
Baby 101 at babies and beyond
The team at Babies and Beyond are always there for Dubai mums. Join in a series of workshops to help you learn more about your baby. The Parentcraft Workshop is for parents-to-be and new parents and takes place on Wednesday February 7 from 7pm to 9.30pm, The Prenatal Workshop covers pre-birth essentials and is on Saturday Feb 3 and Saturday 10 from 10am to 2pm. Or head to The Gentle Sleep Workshop, which covers sleep basics for babies aged up to one year and is on Sunday February 4 from 9.30am to noon. From Dhs300 per workshop. Concord Tower, Dubai Media City (04 430 8900).
Babyshop's floral baby sling
Baby slings are the ultimate fashion statement in our books and this floral number from Babyshop looks all summery and pretty. Perfect for heading out with as the weather warms up.
Dhs71. Various locations including Mall of the Emirates, www.babyshopstores.com.
Yoga mornings with salt
Need some relaxtion time while the kids play on the beach? Bay Yoga at Kite Beach will be taking place throughout February courtesy of SALT (yes, that amazing burger truck). Grab one of SALT’s yoga mats and calm your body and your mind (and demolish a burger afterwards).
Free. Fri Feb 2, 9, 16 and 23, from 9.30am-10.30am. Kite Beach.
Kids' watches by Lacoste
Made to fit the smallest of wrists, the crocodile brand has unveiled its first-ever kids’ watch. Available in six colours, this fun timepiece is made of silicone embossed with a petit piqué pattern for a soft touch. So no more excuses for coming in late from play time…
Dhs255. Available at Hour Choice, various locations including The Dubai Mall, www.lacoste.com/ae.
Tot Tresses styling day
Your daughter may be tired of the signature school ponytail look and be in need of a little makeover for her friend’s birthday party. This is when a hair styling event dedicated to just that can come in handy. Pastels Salon is hosting one on Saturday February 3, where there will be kids’ hair styling sessions, including braiding for boys and girls. Every child goes home with a gift and you get on-the-day retail discounts, too.
Free. Sat Feb 3, 11am-5pm. Al Wasl, Jumeirah (04 388 3534/3397).
Argh! Sail the culinary high seas
Head to the Time Out Dubai-hosted Pirates and Mermaids brunch at Mazina in the Address Dubai Marina on Saturday February 10 and you’ll get a whopping 20 percent discount on the original brunch price quoted below. The kids can dress up as their most beloved of the two characters, munch on themed dishes, follow the map to find the buried treasure and lay siege to the bouncy castle.
Dhs330 (soft drinks), Dhs460 (house beverages), Dhs622 (bubbly). Free (kids aged five and under). Sat Feb 10, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Mazina, AddressDubai Marina (04 888 3444).
Half-price meals at Bystro
If you’re a fan of Bystro and your January blues have run into February, we have something that might cheer you up. The contemporary European café is offering 50 percent off dishes including chicken and waffles, beef ramen and braised beef cheeks when you order two or more mains. Kids can nibble their way through no-fuss classics like fish goujons, mini roast dinners, a whopping bowl of pasta, and more. And there’s a play area for all.
Prices vary. Mon-Thu 5pm-9pm. Al Manara (04 336 8056).
Get messy at the barbecue
Kids are no fans of fine dining and they’ll make sure you know it, too. Try some delicious barbecued food – minus the possibility of triggering a fire alarm – at Barbecue Delights. It has a play area and food is served buffet-style, so the kids won’t waste the first 15 minutes of dinner trying to choose between chicken and lamb. And there’s banoffee pie, too.
Various locations including JBR (04 423 0632).
Splash, climb and paint
Take the kids down to Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club at Fairmont The Palm where the team of in-house playmakers will make sure there’s plenty of fun to be had. Activities includes a toddler’s playhouse, Splash Park and crafts sessions. There’s also Xbox, Wii and PlayStation for older kids. Drop them off and take a load off.
Dhs60 per hour, per child (ages 18 months to 16 years). Open Sat-Wed 10.30am-7.30pm; Thu-Fri 10.30am-9pm. Falcon Kids’ Club, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 1387).