Performing arts school students to perform at Dubai OperaDina Maaty, 22 May 2019 11:02:13 +0400Dubai's Diverse Performing Arts School is celebrating its ten-year anniversary with one big show where students will perform all-time favourites at the Dubai Opera on Friday June 21.

The production will feature "now" and "then" skits by aspiring junior performers, with a celebratory evening to follow.

Founded by former Steps pop group member Lisa Scott-Lee and her husband Johnny, Diverse is based on the couple’s industry know-how. With Lisa’s record-breaking pop days and Johnny, who has worked with stars such as Robbie Williams and Diana Ross, your kids will become stars in no time.

Let's put those dancing shoes on.
Dhs175. Jun 21, 2pm. (04 330 7338).

Family deals at Le Méridien Mina SeyahiDina Maatyéridien-mina-seyahiWed, 22 May 2019 07:35:17 +0400The search for the ultimate family summer deal is on, and you may want to check out Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina as it has new offers to help Mums and Dads to make the most out of those hot summer days.

On Tuesdays, until September 17, up to two kids aged 12 and under go free at the hotel’s Club Mina, which boasts five pools, a 500m beach, a gym, sauna and volleyball courts. With an adult day pass priced at Dhs220, little ones get complimentary beach and
Kids’ Club access. Plus, the whole family can enjoy all non-motorised water sports at no extra charge.

Every Saturday from now until September 14, the whole family gets a complimentary cabana and Family Kids Club access, 25 percent off motorised water sports, Dhs100 credit and 25 percent off food and beverages and more – all for Dhs500. The offer is valid for a family of two adults and two kids.

Mums can also avail different sets of discounts, and our favourite is a meal at the very healthy Bounty Beets restaurant, 60-minute spa treatment and beach access for Dhs460 every Sunday to Thursday until Sunday September 15.

We’ve got so many options for the ultimate break.
From Dhs100 (adults). Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh, (04 399 3333).

Dubomedy launches summer classes for kids and teensDina Maaty, 21 May 2019 10:00:31 +0400If you’re worried the kids are learning too many dad jokes (sorry, Dad), it might be a good idea to sign them up for Dubomedy’s latest series of classes. Designed for young ones aged 11 to 14, workshops are taking place from Saturday June 29 until Thursday July 11, future comedians, rejoice.

At the Youth Comedy programme, students will learn the basics of improv as well as mastering classic skits. They'll also get individual guidance to create their own unique shows for a final showcase performance – where friends and family get to attend and be the final judges. The course is taught by a professional comedian with more than 12 years of comedy coaching experience.

If you’re looking to do good this month, you can also join Dubomedy’s Catch A Smile campaign where you’ll get a chance to perform random acts of kindness or "small gestures with great love" to brighten up the days of others.

You can do more good deeds this month and join the Catch a Smile team in acknowledging the hard work of public restroom attendants and giving out care packages filled with everything from dates, snacks, chocolate, perfume/oils, dried food products, spices, health and beauty products, to calling cards, dental care supplies, clothing items, towels, sun glasses, accessories and small stuffed animals.

Time to warm up with some funny lines and do good, too.
From Dhs800. Timings vary. Cluster T, Jumeirah Lakes Towers,

Little hoteliers to train at Waldorf Astoria Ras al KhaimahDina Maaty, 21 May 2019 09:11:12 +0400If you’re planning any staycations in Ras al Khaimah during this summer, you can have the kids make the most of it by signing them up for Waldorf Astoria’s Little Hoteliers programme.

Working a half-day shift, kids aged eight to 13 will participate in all sorts of activities, undertaking a range of tasks that demonstrate how hotel staff go about their daily responsibilities. From turning into a mini concierge or sous chef to manning the front office and becoming engineers, students will receive a personalised uniform together with a name tag to wear – it’s the real deal.

The programme starts off with an orientation session before the working shift begins, with kids taking breaks for lunch in the canteen alongside Waldorf Astoria’s team so they can mingle and ask questions. Budding hoteliers are in for a memorable adventure, as they’ll get the opportunity to work with senior management as well.

Time to put those KidZania skills to the test.
Dhs200 (per child). Available throughout summer months (advance booking required). Vienna Street, Ras al Khaimah, (07 203 5555).

Dig It introduces new edutainment workshopsDina Maaty, 21 May 2019 07:31:07 +0400Imagine having a place where kids can learn about how gears work, get down and dirty in the sand trays or become little artists while colouring and drawing. That place does exist, and its Dig It at The Springs Souk, which has just added a series of new workshops to its construction site-themed play setup.

Throughout the year, kids can try their hands at arts and crafts, designed to stimulate development and keep them busy. From painting on canvases, building with drinking straws and cookie-decorating, to designing a three-dimensional model house, slime and paper bag-making and even pasta crafts, clay modelling and jewellery and tie-dye activities – there’s plenty on offer.

The 30-minute workshops are included in the price of the Dhs125 Drop & Dig ticket, but come at an additional Dhs30 for those holding the Dhs75 Stay & Dig . Don’t worry about repetition, as little ones can participate in more than one activity within the window. Plus, Dig It has also introduced free face painting with every workshop session.

If you visit on weekdays, you’ll get to make the most of the weekday offer, available Sundays to Wednesdays, which includes extended playtime to a total of two hours (not applicable during school holidays).

We’re totally digging the idea.
From Dhs75 (Drop & Dig ticket). Open daily, 10am-10pm. The Springs Souk, (04 438 4479).

Three family-friendly offers to try this weekDina Maaty, 20 May 2019 08:21:54 +0400From free entry to the underwater zoo to two for one on cinema tickets, here are three ways to save money this week.
For a full list of bargain summer deals, check our summer offers page here.

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Kids under five get free access to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo and Reel Cinemas at both The Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina Mall on weekdays before 1pm. Edutainment and a movie? We’re totally up for that.
Free (with every paying adult). Sun-Thu, before 1pm.

Dubai Ice Rink
Throughout Ramadan, skaters young and not-so-young can stay cool at the Dubai Ice Rink with tickets priced at Dhs49 instead of Dhs95. Kiddies under 100cm will glide across the Dubai Mall’s ice-filled haven for only Dhs40.
Dhs49 (kids and adults), Dhs40 (under 100cm).

Reel Cinemas
Head to Reel The Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall, The Springs Souk or The Pointe Fridays and Saturdays before 1pm, and avail the Dhs120 package for four people for either Standard or Dolby Cinema experiences – and save up to Dhs180.

Reel Cinemas launches kids’ screen at The Dubai MallDina Maaty, 20 May 2019 06:19:50 +0400Reel Cinemas has opened its second dedicated theatre for kids, Reel Junior, at The Dubai Mall.

Little ones can enjoy the latest animations and family films in a two-screen cinema that’s designed just for them.

Junior movie buffs will find colourful, comfortable bean bag seating so they can watch their favourite blockbusters while enjoying different combos.

The Kids Combo, which is Dhs21, includes a small popcorn, juice and a small skittles. They can also get the Fade Fit Combo for Dhs25, which includes a small popcorn, Fade Fit snack and juice.

Reel Junior is also open at The Springs Souk, so kiddies on both sides of town anticipating the release of some of the biggest family movies will get a chance to see each and every one of them. Upcoming titles for little ones include Pikachu, Ugly Dolls, The Queen’s Corgi, The Secret Life of Pets, Up and Away, Toy Story and much more.
Dhs47.25. Downtown Dubai,

Dubai school builds bee garden for studentsDina Maaty, 20 May 2019 04:43:57 +0400World Bee Day on Monday May 20 has inspired one Dubai institution to teach kids more about how they can care for Earth and its inhabitants – no matter how small. American School of Dubai (ASD) has built an on-campus bee house as part of its curricular learning space.

Announcing its commitment to a sustainable future with the initiative, ASD has partnered with Beekeepers Foundation UAE to raise awareness over the importance of protecting honeybees within the Emirates.

“The American School of Dubai encourages sustainable habits and positive change by spreading awareness and taking informed action to improve the present and future of our community,” said Dr Paul Richards, superintendent at ASD.

“By officially opening our Bee Garden to the ASD community, we’re creating an interactive learning space for our students and bringing about positive change that will teach them to be responsible people of the future. This is just the start and we’re looking forward to seeing how this initiative develops,” he added.

ASD won the Zayed Sustainability Prize earlier this year, pledging its commitment to environmental preservation. The Bee Garden, a learning space for second-grade students, consists of three beehives – each home to approximately 30,000 Apis Mellifera honeybees.

Students will work together with the faculty and the Beekeepers Foundation to become responsible beekeepers, carrying out weekly hive inspections, planting pollen rich plants to help the protection of the pollinators and ensure the bees are well fed and protected.

We’re buzzing with excitement.
Al Barsha 1, Hessa Street (04 395 0005).

Lapita hotel rolls out family staycation dealDina Maaty, 19 May 2019 04:14:58 +0400Need a summer break away from the hustle and bustle? Book a stay at Dubai Parks and Resorts Polynesian hotel Lapita during Ramadan and you’ll get a whole lot of add-ins thrown into the mix. The South Pacific-style property is offering families a package from Dhs733 per night that includes iftar, suhoor and access to any of the theme parks.

The staycation escape offer is valid for two people, and you can book in two kids for an additional Dhs200, too. Dine at Lapita’s KALEA, where international dishes are served daily as part of a buffet that includes plenty of traditional Middle Eastern specialties.

Little ones will stay entertained at any of Dubai Parks and Resorts’ theme parks, whether its Legoland Waterpark, Legoland Dubai, Motiongate Dubai or Bollywood Parks – all within a five-minute walk from Lapita. Plus, you’ll also get access to the hotel’s Mahi Mahi family lagoon pool, lazy river and kids’ club.

If you just fancy an iftar at KALEA before making up your mind on booking a stay, the tropical hotel is offering a buy two, get the third free offer. The meal is priced at Dhs175 per person and includes food, juices, coffee and tea, with kids up to 12 years old dining at 50 percent off.

This is one staycation that’s giving us some serious Moana vibes. Good times are calling.
From Dhs733 (per night, two adults). Dubai Parks and Resorts, Jebel Ali (04 810 9421).

Sign the kids up for a French-language summer campDina Maaty, 16 May 2019 04:26:04 +0400French-speaking kids aged six to ten will turn into explorers at Alliance Française Dubai’s summer camp. Taking place from Sunday July 7 until Thursday July 25, “Little Reporters” will help young ones improve their language while learning about France through a variety of educational activities.

Starting off with the basics, there will be ten hours of French language classes per week from 9am until 11am based on the National curriculum, which will help kids move up to the next grade in a structured method.

From 11am to 3pm, kiddies will take part in cultural activities including gastronomy, history and geography, cinema, art and crafts, games and treasure hunts – with the theme changing every week.

For the entire first week, the little reporters will be transported to the European nation through a series of activities to help them find out all about what makes it unique.

Week two will turn them into “Francophone Superheroes with recreational and cinematographic tasks, followed by “A Journey to the Future” on week three – time to learn about the environment and imagine what Mother Earth will look like in the years to come.

Book before Thursday June 6 for a ten percent discount on the full three-week camp. Summer edutainment with a twist? All we can say is “oh là là”.
Dhs1,250 (per week), Dhs3,375 (three weeks, including snack and lunch). Oud Metha, (04 335 8712).