Ice Cream Social (04 344 4161) Trot down to Mercato Mall this weekend (and July 30-Aug 1) from 4pm-10pm daily for an interactive kids’ show while 1950s-style ice cream parlour roller girls dish out the sweet stuff from 6.30pm.
Kids Fashion Week (04 295 1010) If you’re feeling so hot and bothered that all you want to do is lie around in the air conditioning, pull yourself together and take the kids down to fashion week at Deira City Centre. Pleny of the mall’s trendy kids’ stores, such as Okaidi Obaibi, Adams and Gap will be showing off their latest collections, so even if you’re feeling anything but cool, there’s no excuse for not looking the part. Kids from Modhesh Friends Club will be strutting their stuff on the catwalk and organisers will be on the hunt for the best models in town.
Fashion week runs from July 24-30 from 6pm-9pm daily.
Summer health festival – hygiene (www.summerhealthfestival.com)
If you’re having trouble getting your kids to clean their teeth, wash their hands or wash their face in the morning, why not take a trip to BurJuman today? The summer health festival is running an exhibition all about hygiene this week and there will be plenty of games, puzzles and even a show about keeping clean.
Summer health festival runs until August 14 and the schedule can be found on the website.
Saturday Aug 1
Saturday Family Brunch at Latitude (04 406 8999; firstname.lastname@example.org, Jumeirah Beach Hotel) Combine fabulous food and fun entertainment with the family brunch at Latitude. Complete with interactive chef’s comedy show and live band, the kids can get involved in cooking activities and their own special entertainment. Oh, and the food is pretty great too.
From 12.30pm 4.00pm, Dhs 185 for adults (soft drinks only) Dhs340 (with alcoholic beverages), Dhs85 for kids aged five-12 years, under-fours free.
Meet & Greet Noddy & Dora (04 227 7701) Fans of Noddy and Dora will go crazy this Saturday as they are coming to Al Manal Centre. Not only will the characters be there to meet the children but they will also be putting on a dance show which is bound to impress.
Meet & Greet Noddy & Dora between 7pm-8.45pm on August 1.
Spot Modhesh (04 341 4747) At the Mall of the Emirates this DSS, you can make your shopping trip a little less boring for your kids by playing Spot Modhesh. Every child that spots the smiley yellow guy will receive a small prize.
Spot Modhesh runs until August 14. Sun-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight.
Back to school exhibit (04 232 5444) For all things back to school, Dubai Festival City is the place to go. The back to school exhibit will show everything your family will need for the year ahead. There will also be workshops running on all things school-related. It might even help to remind your kids that the first day back is looming.
Back to school exhibit runs until August 14 open 10am-10pm daily; workshops 5pm-10pm.
Carnival Mask (04 423 4666) The Dubai Outlet mall is offering the city’s youngsters the chance to get all theatrical this week. Between 4pm and 7pm, kids can design and make their own carnival masks at the mall. With a wide variety of materials and colours the children can enjoy hours of creative fun.
Carnival Mask runs until August 7 between 4pm and 7pm.
Pediatric first aid course (04 348 5452; www.synergyctrdubai.com)
Synergy Integrated Medical Centre on Al Wasl Road is running a course in first aid for parents and caregivers. Dhs250 from 9.30am-12.30pm.
Choco-Villa (04 341 4747) A chocolate house would be pretty useless in Dubai but in the cool surroundings of the Mall of the Emirates there will be a whole selection of them. Kids will be allowed to try and make their own too.
Choco-Villa runs until August 14. Exhibition open 10am-10pm daily; workshops from 5pm-10pm.
Cupcake making (04 423 4666) Perfect for parents who can’t stand the mess and stress of home cooking sessions, kids can make and decorate their own cupcakes and then eat them (if you don’t get there first) down at Dubai Outlet Mall this week.
Cupcake Making runs from July 30 to August 5, 4pm-7pm daily.
Bob the Builder & the Sunflower Sailor (04 222 5222) Can we fix it? Bob and chums will certainly hope so in their latest adventure at Al Ghurair City. Come and see the whole gang in this song and dance spectacular.
Bob the Builder & the Sunflower Sailor runs until August 12. Thu-Fri 5.30pm, 7.30pm, 9.30pm; Sat-Wed 6pm, 8pm; no show Tue.
Night zoo at Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort (03 782 0121) Magical Night Zoo Launched at Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort. Beat the heat and see the animals in a whole new light at the Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort. Open from Saturday to Thursday 4pm-10pm and Fridays 10am-10pm, the Night Zoo creates a magical nighttime experience. Exhibits are lit with spotlights to reveal the beasts lurking in the shadows.
Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort will be organising a range of family activities and entertainment throughout the summer months. From the traditional birds of prey show to exciting activities for children, visitors can chill out with the penguins, slither with the snakes and hang with the monkeys – all during the cooler summer evenings in Al Ain.
Al Ain Night Zoo is open from Saturday to Thursday 4pm-10pm and Fridays 10am-10pm.
Bounce & slide at Modhesh World Ever wish you were seven years old? We did when we saw images of the Bounce and Adventure Park at Modhesh World. Spread over an expanse of 640 sq m, the rides are fast and furious, although each little daredevil is assured a soft landing. For energetic toddlers (now there’s a tautology) there’s also a flat jungle-themed bouncing area including inflatable tigers, zebras and, you guessed it, Modheshes. Dhs10 for multiple entries, open 10am-10pm weekdays, 10am-midnight weekends, 3pm-midnight on Fridays. Tickets to the venue are Dhs10 for adults and Dhs15 with many other free games and rides.
GI Joe According to the powers that be, today sees the release of GI Joe, a spin-off from the popular US ’80s cartoon series. GI Joe is a special anti-terrorist organisation with hi-tech weaponry, enhanced speed and strength, and cool codenames like Duke, Ripcord and Snake Eyes. They’ve been tasked with taking on the equally equipped (and cooly named) bad guys of Cobra. The trailer reveals lots of jumping around, explosions and slow-mo fights (plus token British baddies Christopher Eccleston and Sienna Miller). A great one to take little action men to. See Film section for cinema listings.
The Westin Dubai (04 399 4141) Dubai would throw a party for a set of house keys lost and found, so perhaps it’s not fair to judge the Westin for getting in on the act: today, it celebrates 10 years of having Heavenly beds in its hotel rooms. Er… Anyway, the good news is that this means that for just Dhs992 (because it’s sponsored by 92FM) per mum/dad, brother/sister duo you get brunch at Blue Orange, cocktail party at Oeno, a night’s stay, plus breakfast and use of the pool/beach the next day. Hooray for Heavenly beds, we say.
L’Atelier des Chefs (www.atelierdeschefsdubai.com) Le Meridien Dubai’s in-house cookery school is offering family classes for mums, dads and kids aged seven-12 during which you are taught how to make a simple, nutritious yet delicious three-course menu conceptualised by ‘the debonair Chef Gregory’ (the mind boggles). After the hard work’s done, enjoy in the kitchen or take it home for some more intimate family bonding time (or to eat in front of the telly). Dhs350 per person, 10.30am every Friday. Book online.
Kidzart (050 551 5928, email@example.com) Pack the little ones off to Emirates Golf Club for a two-day Go Green Smart workshop. The creative arts programme is aimed at kids aged seven to 13 years, and promises a unique, confidence-building experience. Dhs450 per child, 5pm-8pm each day. Next weekend: Caribbean Adventure workshop, also two days.
Soccerkids (050 356 0960, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.soccerkidsdubai.com) Head along to the Hayya! Club in the Meadows between noon and 1pm for the Soccerkids charity coaching programme. In conjunction with the All 4 Downs Syndrome group, kids aged from four to 19 are taking part in coaching sessions which help them keep fit, have fun and stretch their coordination skills. The sessions involve a range of activities including a penalty shoot-out. Go along and volunteer to help or simply offer your support to this commendable activity.
Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club (04 361 8111) Get up bright and early and enjoy a guided tour of the equestrian club’s facilities at 8am sharp. Horse lovers will be able to watch the trainers do their thing and gain unique insights into the hard work that goes into keeping their world-class horses on top form. The tour ends with breakfast at the Epona Lounge, overlooking the riding arena. Dhs185 per person, daily.
Ronda Locatelli (04 426 2626) In our opinion one of the most family-friendly restaurants at Atlantis, the Italian eatery is offering two courses for Dhs145 through the summer so there’s never been a better time to treat teens with adventurous palates. The dishes on offer, which are apparently favourites of the restaurant’s namesake, two-Micheline-starred Giorgio Locatelli, include minestrone soup, oxtail ravioli, chargrilled tuna and coconut pannacotta. Salivating just reading the words? Book now. Atlantis the Palm.
Open 12 noon-12 midnight daily
Bowling City (050 396 0811, email@example.com) The Dubai Festival City-based Bowling City is offering kids aged six-12 an incredible 100 games of bowling for Dhs400 – and for the less mathematically inclined among you, that works out at just Dhs4 per game, a whopping 80 per cent cheaper than the regular price. The game card can be shared by more than one child, although only one player per game may use it. There are even staff on hand to demonstrate how to bowl, hopefully meaning little nippers don’t lose any toes.
Valid 10am-3pm, Sun-Thu.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo and Dubai Ice Rink (04 437 3155) If you’re itching to hit the summer sales but know the kids will never stand for it, help is at hand if you go to Dubai Mall. Splash out Dhs99 per sprog and they will get to while away a good few hours, starting at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo then painting some chilly shapes at Dubai Ice Rink. Lunch is included too, so you don’t need to hit the food court.
9am-2pm, Sun-Thu till Aug 27
Cine Splash (04 361 8111) Reward your brood for their (hopefully) good behaviour all week by taking them to see whale-themed adventure movie Free Willy 3 at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club’s swimming pool-based open-air movie night. The show starts at 7.30pm but get there early with your inflatable chairs to reserve the best spot in the water. Food and drink are on sale too. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is showing afterwards (at 9.30pm) if you’ve got older kids.
Dhs35 per person, different movies showing every Thu and Fri through summer