Time Out Dubai Kids Awards 2018 winners revealed https://www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/385360-and-the-winners-areMon, 01 Oct 2018 10:38:36 +0400Ever since we launched the Kids’ title back in 2006, UAE parents – whom we think are among the coolest on the planet – have been our utmost priority.

Every month, we provide them with an intelligent guide to parenting. We look to find our readers the best-value deals, most impressive entertainment, helpful expert advice and plenty – and we mean plenty – more (we’re awesome like that).

Keeping the kids entertained can be more of a challenge than cleaning the windows of the Burj Khalifa while feeding a bibless toddler spaghetti and not spilling – yes, it’s that hard. Luckily, parents have us to rely on for that never-ending mission. We retain their trust by providing only the most up-to-date, helpful, time and money-saving information.

To offer even more to the discerning Dubai parent, we launched the awards in 2013, which we see as Dubai’s parental super watchdog, always on the lookout.

It’s our independence that makes us different. Our awards have absolutely no advertiser influence, external nominations or public vote. Instead, our editors and experts spend their entire year trying and testing the best of Dubai, observing and taking notes on what parents and kids are loving the most.

From there, and based on everything we’ve seen on the ground in the hectic-yet-rewarding world of mums and dads, we deliver our verdict for you and your family. You’re in for a treat as, this year, we’ve also broadened our Best Theme Park, Best Waterpark and Best Family Hotel categories to include the rest of the UAE, too.

So, for the fifth time, we reveal which people, places and experiences we've deemed all-round spectacular. You’re going to want to see what we have in store for you.

RETAIL

Best Kids’ Store

WINNER
Babyshop
Loved by mums-to-be as well as new mums, Babyshop provides a massive, calm space to go in and search for all of those somethings for the littlest someones.
Various locations across the UAE, including Dubai Festival City Mall (04 288 0821); World Trade Centre Mall, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street, Abu Dhabi (02 665 2327), www.babyshopstores.com.

HIGHLY COMMENDED 
Mamas & Papas
Whether you’re a first-time parent, you’ve done it all before or you’re looking to treat someone, Mamas & Papas has got everything you need, from clothing and strollers, to car seats and bathtime goodies.
Various locations across the UAE, including The Dubai Mall, Financial Centre Road, Dubai (04 339 9481); Al Wahda Mall, Old Airport Road, Abu Dhabi (02 443 7273), www.mamasandpapas.ae.

Mothercare
Mothercare stocks practical products for mums-to-be, babies and children up to the age of eight. Having started selling pushchairs, nursery furniture and maternity clothing when it opened in 1961, it now offers kids' clothing, feeding gear and more. Talk about a one-stop shop for mamas. 
Various locations across the UAE, including Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai (04 419 0521); Marina Mall, Corniche Street, Abu Dhabi (02 695 2753), www.mothercare.ae.  

Best Online Kids’ Store

WINNER
Mumzworld

The ever-popular website continues to be a hit with Dubai families looking to shop the fastest, most convenient products of all types. Mumzworld’s prices are competitive, its range of child-centric offerings impressive and they continue to deliver great service, especially when it comes to quick deliveries.
www.mumzworld.com.

HIGHY COMMENDED
Babysouk

Still a go-to for mums, Babysouk is an online baby store providing a large variety of products including strollers, carriers, slings and much more. Baby shopping has never been easier.
www.babysouk.com

Sprii
Making mums' lives as breezy as possible, this platform offers thousands of well-known brands to help mamas bloom during pregnancy, plus baby essentials and more.
www.sprii.ae

Best Maternity Retailer

WINNER
Destination Maternity

This US import is a well-established hit with mums in the city, who know they can pick out designer maternity wear from brands all over the world for just about every occasion their bump may need.
Various locations across the UAE, including Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai (04 330 8460); Dalma Mall, Abu Dhabi (02 552 1924),
www.destinationmaternity.com.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
H&M

The high-street retailer is popular with younger mums, stocking trendy maternity clothes from leggings and jackets to nursing bras and skinny jeans. Cool maternity wear? Bring it on.
Various locations across the UAE, including Mirdif City Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai (04 231 6646); Abu Dhabi Mall, Tourist Club, Abu Dhabi (02 269 58101), www.ae.hm.com.

Mums & Bumps
The key to dressing stylishly during pregnancy is to pick out trends you like and adapt them to your new gorgeous body – and Mums & Bumps, the largest online maternity store in the Middle East, is a one-stop shop that’s been helping mums-to-be feel confident and prepared for the journey ahead.
www.mumsandbumps.com.

Best Toy Store

WINNER
Hamleys

Enter a world of joy and wonder – if we dare say, for both kids and adults. Over the squeaking, bleeping, whizzing and chiming of toys, you hear little ones laughing excitedly as they goggle at the sheer choice of Hamleys toys and games.
Various locations across the UAE, including The Dubai Mall, Financial Centre Road, Dubai (04 339 8889); Al Raha Mall, Channel Street, Abu Dhabi (02 674 2043), www.hamleys.com.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Early Learning Centre (ELC)

ELC helps children grow into happy, self-confident individuals with fantastic toys that help them develop vital skills, get off to the best possible start and have tremendous fun.
Various locations across the UAE, including The Dubai Mall, Financial Centre Road, Dubai (04 339 9812); Haza Bin Zayed the 1st Street, Abu Dhabi (02 443 7103), www.toyschool.com.

The Toy Store
This store stocks toys and games that kids know and love – from Disney, Marvel, LEGO and Barbie, to Paddington and Sylvanian Families, they also have the latest ranges in the world of children's play.
Various locations across the UAE, including Mercato Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai (04 344 7828); Yas Mall, Yas Island
(02 491 9072), www.thetoystore.com.

ENTERTAINMENT

Best Kids’ Entertainment Centre

WINNER
BOUNCE

Adventurous kids and parents will find themselves smiling at BOUNCE's free-jumping galore. A huge indoor playground filled with wall-to-wall trampolines and circus-grade padding, BOUNCE is a favourite for parties too.
Building 32, Al Quoz 1, Dubai (04 3211 400); Marina Mall, Corniche Street, Abu Dhabi, www.bounce.ae.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Magic Planet

Challenge yourself to scamper up an eight-metre climbing wall, or go high above the mall. Or, if you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, then give one of Magic Planet's thrilling amusement rides a whirl.
Various locations across the UAE, including City Centre Mirdif (04 231 6257); Marina Mall, Corniche Street, Abu Dhabi
(04 231 6271), www.magicplanetmena.com.

Mattel Play! Town
A magical, safe and interactive indoor “eduplay” attraction for kids aged between two to 10, Mattel’s haven is themed around five of the most popular children’s characters, Barney, Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina and Fireman Sam.
City Walk, Al Safa, Dubai, www.playtowndubai.com (800 637227).

Best Kids’ Edutainment Centre

WINNER
OliOli
This children’s museum is passionate about positive play and the power of imagination. With eight galleries and more than 40 exhibits inspired by the work of leading educators, artists and development psychologists, it’s an interactive adventure that stimulates a child’s body and mind.
OliOli Building, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, www.olioli.ae (04 702 7300).

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Dig It

A play space that’s based on a real-life construction site, kids can dig, move, tunnel, climb, build and create here. They can also drive a remote controlled truck, pilot a mechanical arm and even try out a full-size digger while building their skills.
The Springs Souk, Springs Community, Dubai, www.digitdubai.com (04 438 4479).

The Green Planet
Imagine a rain forest right in the heart of Dubai, with colourful flora and exotic fauna all existing in an ecosystem expertly put together by botanists, zoologists and scientists. The Green Planet staff's knowledge on every living detail within makes this very special.
City Walk, Dubai (04 317 3999).

Best Soft Play Venue

WINNER
Cheeky Monkeys

You probably know this one: a soft play area where the kids can disappear for hours on end (while you enjoy a coffee and chat in the airy seating area and coffee dock), this is a space that never gets old. There is plenty to keep everyone, from toddlers to tweens, entertained for a super-active play date.
Various locations across the UAE, including Al Barsha Mall, Barsha 2, Dubai (04 385 0875); Al Forsan Village, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi
(02 449 3555), www.cheekymonkeys.com.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Extreme Fun

This happy and friendly play centre is for both children and parents, and caters to little ones aged zero to 12. It’s extreme fun and even better good value. The usual soft play, as well as fun zones and craft areas, can be found along with a café for adults. The venue is colourful, cheeful and full of soft play, particularly for tiny ones.
Various locations across Dubai, including Union Coop Supermarket, Jumeirah 1, www.extremefun.ae (04 388 8086).

Kids HQ
This soft play venue has everything to keep little ones amused, complete with trampolines, slides, mazes to get lost in and tunnels to climb through. Not only that, the owner is constantly looking at ways to enhance the experience, so it’s not only the kids who get a workout. The team are always on hand to entertain the kiddos so that mum can get some work done, have a coffee or simply relax. It's a true HQ for the kids, just like the real deal. It's Dubai's truly huge soft play area, perfect for playdates and long play-filled afternoons.
Umm Suqeim Road, Al Barsha 2, Dubai, www.kidshq.ae (04 379 4233).

Best UAE Theme Park

WINNER
motiongate Dubai

This theme park is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts and brings together three Hollywood studios. If you haven’t been yet, expect 27 immersive rides and attractions, live entertainment experience, themed restaurants and retail outlets featuring everyone’s favourite characters including The Smurfs – who have their own village.
Motiongate, Dubai Parks and Resorts, www.motiongatedubai.com (800 262 9464) .

HIGHLY COMMENDED
LEGOLAND Dubai

You can’t help but smile as you wander the streets where “everything is awesome”. From visiting the buildings of the world at mini-land to scaling new heights on the Dragon roller coaster, you'll never want this day to end.
LEGOLAND, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai, www.legoland.com (04 820 3123).

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
The whole theme park experience is broken down into several interactive stories, all revolving around you. Whether it’s joining Batman on his mission to save the soul of Gotham City or helping Scooby-Doo foil yet another baddie, you won’t be short of things to keep you entertained.
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, www.wbworldabudhabi.com (02 612 9333).

Best UAE Waterpark

WINNER
LEGOLAND Water Park Dubai

Aqua fun for the whole family is guaranteed at this water park where the rides are great and sun always shines. The Joker Soaker kids’ area has the perfect amount of tumbling buckets of water, and with 20 water slides throughout the park to enjoy, there's no excuse not to get wet.
Dubai Parks And Resorts, Dubai, www.legoland.com (04 820 3123).

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Aquaventure Waterpark

Fun for all ages, this park has a huge array of places to slip and slide with varying levels of terror – not least the ride where you slide down a tube surrounded by sharks. The shaded kids’ area is a winner as little pirates battle it out with soakers and the gigantic water tipping bucket adds to the mayhem.
Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).

Yas Waterworld
The park is divided into four thrill levels: Adrenaline Rush, Exciting Adventure, Moving and Grooving and, finally, Young Fun. The Tot’s Playground is a popular spot for parents with tiny ones who are looking to splash about.
Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi, www.yaswaterworld.com (600 51 1115).

Best Party Venue

WINNER
Mattel Play! Town

Mattel Play! Town gives parents some serious time back by giving them one less thing to worry about. Kids aged three to ten will be worn out after meeting their favourite characters all while making new friends, and a few new memories along the way.
City Walk, Al Safa, Dubai, www.playtowndubai.com (800 63 7227).

HIGHLY COMMENDED
BOUNCE

Parties here are known to be a hoot. Kids get to enjoy fun-filled games, free-jumping mayhem and a dedicated party room with food and cake. Plus, a host will guide the family through the action, which includes dodgeball, slam dunk, free jump and more.
Building 32, Al Quoz 1, Dubai (04 3211 400); Marina Mall, Corniche Street, Abu Dhabi, www.bounce.ae.

Dubai Bowling Center
DBC, Al Quoz’s new entertainment hub, spans over 7,000 square metres. Its Party Time programme offers events in the UAE’s only magnet-wall hall, which transforms into whatever theme the kids are in the mood for. There’s also an LED dancefloor.
Al Quoz 1, Meydan Road, Dubai, www.bowlingdubai.com (04 339 1010). 

Best Theatrical/Music Event

WINNER
Disney On Ice, Passport to Adventure Adventure by Sport & Entertainment Solutions at Dubai World Trade Centre
Kids built a snowman with Anna and Elsa from Frozen and The Little Mermaid's princess managed a full song before evil Ursula tricked her into trading her voice for a pair of human legs. A 39-strong cohort of unbelievably talented skaters answered all our questions through their mesmerising performances, blowing us away with Disney tales.
www.disneyoniceme.com

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Paw Patrol LIVE! by Spin Master at Mall of the Emirates

Fans got their paws on PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue, which brought everybody’s favourite pups to the stage for a show based on the hit animated Nickelodeon TV series.
www.pawpatrollive.com

STICKMAN by Popular Productions at Madinat Theatre
We caught the misadventures of Stick Man in this heart-warming (and hilarious) show, based on the book of the same name by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This show was packed full of puppetry, songs, live music, funky moves and so much more.
www.stickmanlive.com

Special Recognition 

Inspiring Kid of the Year
Lynn Ziad, a Lebanese schoolgirl, experiences episodes that make her feel like her hands, feet and head are on fire – an unbearable burning pain caused by a rare genetic disorder. Erythromelalgia is the cause of this burning sensation, a disease that baffles many doctors who are often at a loss as how to treat it. Reading is an escape for the bubbly young girl and she started her own library for neighbours and the community to encourage other children to read, and learn more about her condition. Ziad and her mother launched an inspiring campaign – #RedHandChallenge – to raise awareness of EM.

Food and Hospitality

Best Family Restaurant/Café

WINNER
Carluccio’s

Tonnes of “kids eat free” offers, an Italian cuisine menu for little ones and more make this restaurant a favourite. Kids also get an activity page filled with colouring games, Sudoku and more to keep them entertained until the food arrives.
Various locations across the UAE, including Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Rebat Street, Dubai (04 256 7440); Eastern Mangroves Residences, Eastern Ring Rd, Abu Dhabi (02 441 3814), www.carluccios.com.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Maison Mathis

Maison Mathis is a European-style café that’s perfect for those mummy mornings. The setup comprises a terrace area that overlooks the golf course. There’s space for kids to run, plus a playground with a climbing frame and slides.
Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Emirates Road, Dubai, www.mm-argc.com (04 450 1313).

The Irish Village
Good food, friendly staff and an unpretentious attitude, this is just what parents love about this place. There’s an absolutely massive outdoor area, which is great for the kids to play around, a bouncy castle and many activities on weekends.
Al Garhoud, Dubai (04 239 5000).

Best Family Brunch

WINNER
Mazina, Address Dubai Marina

Whether it’s Pirates and Mermaids as hosts, or other much-loved kids’ characters, this restaurant’s themed brunches are the ultimate fun fest for families. Through five lively show kitchens, Mazina serves an eclectic variety of Asian, Arabic and European dishes, from Cantonese wok to rotisserie grill, all cooked in front of guests.
Al Marsa street, Dubai Marina, www.addresshotels.com (04 423 8888). 

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Geales, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa

Located in Le Royal Méridien’s beach resort, Geales’ all-white outdoor seating exudes weekend fun and holiday vibes. The plethora of engaging activities from face-painting to bouncy castles, plus the fact that kids under 12 dine free, make this a winning venue for mums and dads.
Al Mamsha Street, Dubai, www.marriott.com (04 399 5555).

Ronda Locatelli, Atlantis The Palm
After nearly nine years on Dubai’s dining scene, Ronda Locatelli is still a family favourite on the city’s dining circuit. Kids play, paint, make pizza and eat ice cream while parents savour some of the best Italian dishes in town.
Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).

Best Family Beach Resort

WINNER
Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa

Family day at Le Royal Méridien means relishing in the sunshine while enjoying acres of green grass and beautiful beaches. There are multiple temperature-controlled swimming pools and a Kids Club, which offers endless hours of fun, exploration and learning for young minds.
Al Mamsha Street, Dubai, www.marriott.com (04 399 5555).

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Club Joumana, JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort

Two pools and a private beach, peacocks strutting about, numerous watersports and activities – this beach resort has lots for the family to do, and then some. At the kids’ club, they can step into an amazing play space inspired by the underwater world, enjoy a soft play area, splash about on slides, then maybe catch a movie before bedtime.
Jebel Ali, Dubai, www.jaresortshotels.com (04 814 5555). 

Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
The Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach hotel is much cheaper than most resorts on the Palm, but just as good. It’s got a modern city feel, with an outdoor pool that Dubai families love to visit. Their Amura Kids Club is a spot where youngsters can make friends and stay entertained with a variety of games and activities – and there’s a cinema too.
The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, www.sofitel-dubai-thepalm.com (04 455 6677).

Best UAE Family Hotel

WINNER
Atlantis The Palm

We can’t say we’re surprised the kids love this property. This hotel’s massive waterpark, new splashing zone for younger kids, colourful interiors, family-friendly vibes, kiddie-approved dining and underwater showcases, have won it this coveted award.
Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts

A family hotel needs to have all sorts of key aspects to win one of our awards, whether that’s amazing service, food, amenities or more. Lapita has all of those things with bells on. Basically, it’s brilliant.
Dubai Parks and Resorts, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.marriott.com (04 810 9999).

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
Mixing authentic Arabian hospitality with modern architecture and stunning sea views, the St. Regis Abu Dhabi is an excellent choice for a family holiday. It’s just minutes away from the city’s main attractions, while the Nation Riviera Beach Club features 200-metres of private shore and an infinity pool as well as a swim-up bar. The pirate-themed Treasure Island Children’s Club is open from 9am to 6pm each day, allowing parents to get some peace and quiet. For a relaxing dinner, head for The Terrace on the Corniche, which features global cuisine across a vast array of culinary stations amid splendidly opulent surroundings.
Nation Towers, Corniche Road West, Abu Dhabi, www.marriott.com (02 694 4444).

Sport, Health and Wellbeing

Best Competitive Sports Organisation

WINNER
Spanish Soccer Schools at Dubai Sports City Football Academy

Dubai Sports City's Spanish Soccer Schools teams dominate youth tournaments in the UAE with multiple wins and football celebrity-honed skills. Well, it is directed by Real Madrid star Míchel Salgado after all. Where can we wign up please?
Dubai Sports City, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.spanishsoccerschool.com (04 448 1555).

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Elite Sports Academy

Specialising in football and swimming lessons for kids aged three to 16, Elite offers programmes that will benefit all levels of experience and ability. Football enthusiasts can test themselves in the Academy and competitive league squads, while those who prefer swimming can enjoy the learn-to-swim lessons or competitive gala squads.
Jumeirah Village Circle, Dubai, www.elitesports.ae (04 554 5916).

FitRepublik
They do gym activities, and much more than that. From CrossFit and martial arts, to gymnastics and aquatics, this gym will offer kiddies as much as mum and dad for a full family fitness experience.
FitRepublik Fitness Center, The Academies, Dubai Sports City, Dubai, www.fitrepublik.com (04 556 1800). 

Best Kids’ Sports Experience

WINNER

BOUNCE
This play centre may just be one of kids’ top favourites when it comes to keeping fit the fun way. The trampolines are safe and, well, as bouncy as it can get, and staff have the coolest tricks up their sleeves.
Building 32, Al Quoz 1, Dubai (04 3211 400); Marina Mall, Corniche Street, Abu Dhabi, www.bounce.ae.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
We Rock the Spectrum Kids’ Gym

Providing safe sensory experiences, this new kids’ gym has quickly become a favourite. While it encourages open play, We Rock the Spectrum Kids’ Gym also offers arts and crafts, fitness and lab classes for kids.
Beach Road, Jumeirah, Dubai, www.werockthespectrumdubai.com (04 343 2442).

XDubai Kite Beach Skatepark
This park was made for skaters, by skaters, for skaters – wait, did we already mention that? Set on the ever-popular Kite Beach, there are areas for different levels and age groups, it's a skater's haven in Dubai. Kids also have the most sensational parties in there.
Kite Beach, Dubai, www. xdubai.com/skatepark (056 831 2349).

Best Outdoor Adventure Experience

WINNER
Xpark Jr.
The latest in Dubai’s free play arena, XPark Jr. was launched by sports brand XDubai. This new natural playscape promised hours of fun designed to ignite kids’ sense of adventure through plenty of unstructured play for youngsters aged one to 12 – and the endless laughs that come with it. This is exactly what kids and parents found, and that's why it won the much-coveted award.
Kite Beach, Dubai, www.xparkjr.com (054 582 5561).

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Aventura Parks

Filled with thrilling zip-lines and more than 80 challenging climbs, tree-surfing and rope-crossing activities, there really is something for all ages and levels at this park. It’s perfect for when the weather cools off, and there’s plenty to do indoors, too.
Al Khawaneej Street, Dubai, www.aventuraparks.com (04 288 3624). 

Challenging Adventure
We love this business set up by outdoor adventure-obsessed couple Mustafa and Lizzie Sahin, who are passionate about helping families explore, experience and enjoy the mountains, mangroves and oceans of the UAE. Their action-packed camps turn camping novices into real-life Huckleberry Finns who can climb, mountain bike, shoot arrows, build dens and slack line with the best of them.
Wadi al Khdaa, Ras al Khaimah, www.challengingadventure.com (056 665 1481).

Special Recognition for Pre- and Post-Natal Care

WINNERS
Amy Vogelaar and Jasmine Collin, co-founders and parenting educators, Love Parenting UAE

Amy and Jasmine set out to make parents enjoy the journey as much as possible through classes, workshops and events on pregnancy, childbirth and becoming mums and dads. Aiming to make the entire experience as positive as can be, mothers especially love their hypnobirthing and weaning sessions.
Visit www.loveparentinguae.com.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Dr Yasser Nakhlawi, head of paediatrics, Al Zahra Hospital

Heading a department that’s been quite popular with mums for the past year, Dr Yasser’s dedication to bringing the best of the field to Al Zahra Hospital has contributed to incredibly fulfilling experiences for parents.
For more information, www.azhd.ae.

Mirna Sabbagh, nutritionist, dietician and International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners member, MyPediaClinic
We’ve been hearing Mirna’s name among mum circles and there’s a reason for that. Upon joining MyPediaClinic, the nutritionist gradually worked on transforming the way parents have been approaching healthy living. For more information,
www.mypediaclinic.com.

Best Parent Blog

WINNER
The Mothership, Helen Farmer

Helen’s warm, tongue-in-cheek writing style makes us feel like we live next door. Her blog gives readers a simple, yet fun, look into the life of a Dubai mums.
For more, www.themothershipdxb.com.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Khalid Al Ameri

His videos on family love have gone viral all over the globe. Khalid gives us a father’s perspective, and an Emirati’s, on bonding with the wife and kids, the blessings of parenthood and more.
For more, www.facebook.com/khalidalameri.

Seashells on The Palm, Edwina Viel
Edwina’s blog is a light, warm read that makes us feel as though we’re lying on a beach under the bright Dubai sun, with the kids running around and reminding us of just how perfect life here can be.
For more, www.seashellsonthepalm.com.

Time Out Kids Family Entrepreneurial Award

WINNER
Halima Jumani, Kibsons

Most mums living in Dubai have used, or are familiar with Kibsons’ grocery delivery service. Halima’s baby has made it so much easier for families to receive wholesome, quality fruits, veggies and more.
For more information, www.kibsons.com.

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Camilla Hassan, Five Little Ducks

Camilla has just launched an online store, but Five Little Ducks has long been mums’ go-to boutique for baby and child products – and they have the cutest picks.
For more information, www.instagram.com/fivelittleducksme.

Louise Karim, Mums@Work
Louise is the managing director at this magnificent platform, which aims to help mums get back to work after having kids and being away from the workforce for some time.
For more information, www.mumsatwork.ae

Recognition for the Education of People of Determination

WINNER
Stepping Stones

Stepping up to address development delays in children in the UAE, Stepping Stones Centre offers evidenced-based practises to treat diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome and Sensory Integration Disorders.
Al Razi Building, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai, www.steppingstonesca.com (04 363 5433). 

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities

Al Noor Training Centre opened its doors in Dubai in 1981, starting with only eight children. Currently, the centre serves more than 260 with a holistic programme designed to address all domains of development.
Al Barsha Road, Dubai, www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 340 4844).

Team Angel Wolf 
The Watson family’s son Rio was born with Q44 Deletion De Novo, a rare chromosome disorder that the family have campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of through a punishing series of massive races.
Visit www.facebook.com/TeamAngelWolf.

Time Out Kids Outstanding Contribution

Alexandra Sullivan

After 26 weeks of pregnancy, Sullivan lost her children. The mum then started a community called Little Angels - Love Through Loss, with the goal of offering support to mums who have suffered miscarriages. She gave birth to stillborn twins in 2011, and continues to run the group and help other parents.
Visit www.facebook.com/littleangelssupport.

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What to do in Dubai this October https://www.timeoutdubai.com/activities/385354-things-to-do-in-dubai-in-october-for-kidsMon, 01 Oct 2018 07:15:25 +0400Alien underpants
Achildren’s classic Aliens Love Underpants is coming to the UAE. The zany, hilarious tale for kids aged three and up – adapted from the popular picture book by authors Claire Freedmand and Ben Cort – centres on little Timmy, who witnesses aliens pinching underpants from the washing line. Whoopsie.

Aliens love underpants of every shape and size, apparently, but there are no underpants in space (we knew that). Watch the crazy musical and laugh your pants off.
From Dhs100. Oct 12. Madinat Theatre, Dubai; Oct 14. Abu Dhabi Theatre. Tickets are available from Madinat Theatre Box Office and Virgin Megastore.

Cartoon brunch at nosh
Inspired by much-loved animation films, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers’ Cartoon Brunch is back. The family affair  features colourful food stations based on blockbuster kiddie favourites, plus kids’ activities including balloon benders, face painting, movies, colouring mats, a photo booth and more. There are so many characters invited, you’ll just have to see for yourself. Moana, wait up girl – we're coming.
Dhs179 (soft drinks), Dhs289 (house beverages), half price (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, www.movenpick.com (04 438 0000).

Explore with baby
The newest kid on the stroller block, Stokke Xplory V6 is multi-functional, and designed to make life easier with an adjustable seat for better interaction. There’s also the swivel wheel for manoeuvring, as well as a generously padded seat and shopping bag for you.
From Dhs4,999. Available on www.justkidding-me.com.

New museum of illusions
With more than 80 exhibits for all ages, Museum of Illusions is now open in Dubai. You can sit with five versions of yourself (good for multi-tasking mums) and lose the kids in The Infinity Room.
Dhs80 (adults), Dhs60 (kids aged 16 and under), free (kids under five). Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Al Seef, Dubai Creek (04 357 3999).

Indoors at city centre
An eclectic hang out is always a welcome addition in Dubai, and INDOORS, now open in City Centre Deira, features unconventional street food concepts, family movie screenings, roaming entertainment and a games zone by Magic Planet for kids.
Open daily 10am-10pm (weekdays), 10am-midnight (weekends). City Centre Deira, Dubai (04 209 3105).

Yas movies in the park
Movie fans, it’s time to step outside. As the weather cools down, Yas Movies in the Park returns for an immersive cinema experience with Moana, The Lion King, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Jurassic World. The free event will see the park fill up with themed activities for kids, a fun fair, food trucks and bands performing hits from the movies. Hey, the kids will make you watch Moana again anyway.
Free. Oct 18-20 3pm-midnight. du Arena, Yas Island. For more information, www.yasmovies.ae.

A sp-cookie Halloween
To be honest, we’re just as excited about Halloween as the kids are – especially with all the parties. At Fairmont, The Palm, the fun takes off with a trick-or-treat parade at Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club’s spooky Halloween of Horrors night. The hotel has a four-day programme in store for little ones, and it includes classical games, treats, decorating spookie cookies and magic shows.
Dhs250 (per child, magic show party), Dhs200 (cookie-decorating party). Oct 25-27, 31 4pm-6pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3331).

Secret garden at l’eto
Coffee mornings just became even more exciting. Desserts galore Secret Garden by L’ETO is set to open its doors this month. Located opposite the original, the very floral café is snap-worthy with enchanting, fairy tale desserts and creative coffee. There are more than 40 sweet offerings to choose from, including  highlights such as the gold saffron latte and mango pearlini mocktail, perfectly paired with blueberry Napoleon cake.
Open daily 10am-midnight. City Walk, Al Safa, Dubai.

Mövenpick’s Al Bahou brunch
A massive, kid-friendly brunch, Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate’s Al Bahou feast is a favourite among families. The buffet spread is full of dishes from all over the globe. Kids can make friends, watch a movie, get their faces painted or jump on the bouncy castle. Plus, they can enjoy a very healthy power bites selection.
From Dhs340 (soft beverages), half price (kids under 12), free (kids under six). Garden Cross Road, Dubai (04 444 5613).

I “sea” food and i eat it
Seafood fans delve into bucketloads every Thursday at Manzil Downtown’s Boulevard Kitchen. Fresh catches include red snapper, sea bream, prawns and more – cooked just the way you like them at the newly revamped venue.
Dhs245 (soft drinks), Dhs122 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids aged five and under). Manzil Downtown, Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard,
Dubai (04 888 3444).

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Smallfoot: a big family movie with lots to learn https://www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/385347-smallfootMon, 01 Oct 2018 06:48:25 +0400What would happen if Bigfoot had found us? The Warner Bros. movie’s name alone suggests that there may have been some sort of major mishap with a particularly well-known monster. And he’s looking friendlier than ever.

From the Director of Chicken Run comes an animated adventure for all ages, turning the Bigfoot legend upside down. A bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist – a human. The discovery is his best shot at fame – and landing the beautiful girl of his dreams.

The simple Yeti community is shaken: the creature’s breath is described as “minty fresh”, its teeth super white, and head full of hair, but what else might exist out there in the big world beyond their snowy village?

The amusing tale of Smallfoot is a lesson in friendship and courage, with the big underlying theme being the joy of discovery, newness and acceptance of differences.

Kids will live the story along with this movie’s colourful characters and friendly, legendary lead.

Director: Karey Kirkpatrick
Cast: Channing Tatum, Zendaya
Now Showing

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Watch Jack Black's latest family movie https://www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/385342-the-house-with-a-clock-in-its-wallsMon, 01 Oct 2018 06:44:28 +0400One of the most anticipated family movies of the year, The House with a Clock in Its Walls tells the story of ten-year-old Lewis Barnavelt, a young boy who travels to Michigan to live with his uncle Jonathan after losing his parents. His uncle’s old house, however, is like no other.
Lewis discovers that Jonathan is a warlock – albeit not the most seasoned one – and enters a world of magic and sorcery with him and his next-door neighbour Florence Zimmerman.

Soon enough, the little one learns of sinister couple Isaac and Selena Izard who owned the house that he has just moved into, and constructed a powerful clock that’s hidden somewhere within its walls.

Lewis accidentally releases Selena from her tomb and unleashes fantastical creatures which, with the help of Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmerman, he must now quickly summon to stop from bringing about Doomsday – what a task.

Watch to find out if Lewis, uncle Jonathan and Florence succeed.

Director: Eli Roth
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Jack Black
Now showing

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New menu: Sugar Factoryhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/food/385341-new-menu-sugar-factoryMon, 01 Oct 2018 06:40:00 +0400When we saw the new menu at Sugar Factory we almost broke down and wept.

For not only does this enlightening carte du jour offer our favourite pairing of Fanta and carrot cake (combined in one revolutionary dish, no less), it has taken our beloved crisp butty and elevated it to dazzling new heights.

Behold the Chicken Cheetos Blowout Burger, a culinary creation that we’re totally on board with.

No longer will you be forced to intervene as your child shoves handfuls of potato chips into their sarnie (nor face the judgemental looks of fellow diners as you cram them in your own), avoiding public tantrums and meltdowns – and then there’s the kids.

A chicken and cheese blend is fried until extra crispy, then placed on a bed of lettuce, topped with tomato, fried egg, bacon, ginger tomato chilli jam and truffle mayonnaise, before being sprinkled with luscious Cheetos and wedged between the pillowy layers of a soft brioche bun.

But that’s not all. The new menu has achieved another mealtime marvel, by taking the classic sundae, doing away with the ice cream, and making it strictly savoury with hot beef.

Ice cream furls are replaced by scoops of buttered mashed potato served over 12-hour smoked beef brisket, chilli con carne garnished with grated cheddar cheese, croutons, lemon jelly, cherry tomato and lashings of rich house gravy.

The aforementioned Fanta cake is composed of Fanta macerated carrot cake, slathered in orange cream cheese, candied ginger, lotus soil, freeze-dried orange and manuka honey with passion fruit caviar and Fanta nectar, in another flawless execution that sounds so wrong, but tastes so right.

We also have our eyes on the Ube Surprise Mug Cake, which combines vibrant purple yam (don’t tell the kids that’s basically a potato) with coconut cake and ube frosting, served in a coffee mug – because why not?

Lastly on the new menu, Sugar Factory are teasing us with a Tiramisu Sundae with an Oreo and coffee tart base, topped with vanilla crumble, dolce de leche and mascarpone cream.

As for us, we’ll stick with the crisp butties.

Locations include La Mer & Dubai Festival City, www.sugarfactory.com.

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Spot Sport: Keep the kids fit with... ICC Academyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/sports-and-outdoor/kids-sports-and-outdoor/385317-spot-sport-keep-the-kids-fit-with-icc-academyMon, 01 Oct 2018 06:41:52 +0400Keen cricketers or beginners who want to explore the sport can sign up for an ICC Academy programme. Kids aged three to 18 years old get to choose from popular sessions, including Babyshop Cricket Cubs, where they will learn to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing, agility, balance and coordination.

ABID Warriors is for those who want to delve deeper into the game after mastering key skills, learning all the advanced elements of playing the sport.

“Cricket creates so many opportunities for children, it’s an inclusive competition on the field with the variety of roles that players have and can try,” says Will Kitchen, General Manager of ICC Academy.
 
The sport, Kichen adds, has a huge range of opportunities for people who are good at different things.

“Batting, bowling, fielding, wicket-keeping – all of those elements are very different, but the one thing you can’t live without, in my opinion, is an attitude to improve and learn. If I was to suggest one thing to any player, young or old, that will help them more than anything else, I would tell them to stay dedicated to learning and trying to improve every time they play. If they commit to that, they’ll love the sport.

“However, almost more importantly, cricket creates amazing opportunities for children off the field too, including making friends, being part of a team and traveling to new places, which makes it more than just a game,” says Kitchen.
From Dhs1,575. Open daily 8.30am-10pm. Dubai Sports City (04 448 1355).

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Teaching your kids how to earn and save https://www.timeoutdubai.com/education/kids-education/385307-making-moneyMon, 01 Oct 2018 06:47:35 +0400Education is one of the most powerful tools when it comes to teaching your kids about money. Little ones as young as seven years old start cultivating spending habits (Cambridge University experts said that), so the earlier you give them the knowledge they need, the better they will succeed at regulating their behaviour later on.

“If little ones witness and develop good financial values and skills from an early age, they’ll be ready for the challenges and life skills of the 21st century,” says Beverly Cook, principal at Al Manahil Private School, Al Ain.

Have you ever looked at your bank statement and wondered whether credit really worked the way you thought it did? You’re not alone. We know that, for many adults, a vicious debt cycle can often be unavoidable due to the pressures of life.

One way to guarantee that kids won’t fall prey to schemes or temptation is to ensure they know how crucial it is to prioritise paying back any money they owe before anything else. It’s information that will come in handy for the future.

“It’s important to be transparent with kids about money from an early age, so they understand its value as they go through life,” says Hamzah Shalchi, regional director of Guardian Wealth Management.

“Recent reports have shown that younger generations are facing a savings deficit, so the more parents can teach kids early on, the better,” he adds.

Additionally, education experts also advise parents to lead by example.

“Kids will try to copy your spending practices until they’re old enough to make informed choices, so show them how to be responsible,” explains Shalchi.

“For instance, my parents always paid cash for big ticket items such as cars rather than getting them on credit. This meant that, now that I’m an adult, I always assess whether I can actually afford something before I purchase it, rather than racking up unnecessary debt.”

Karan Brown, associate director at KBBO Group, Bright Kids Nursery, shares a similar view. “If young kids can be taught the difference between ‘needs’, ‘wants’ and ‘desires’, it will make life so much simpler. Need is what we essentially require to survive, our wants and desires are just the big extras.”

“They need to be taught that, because of our ever-expanding desires, someone and something is lost on planet Earth. We’re wrong if we think it’s only us parents paying for these growing desires. The debt, my dear friend, is actually being paid by our Planet Earth,” she adds.

Instilling a good work ethic into children is also a good idea, and pocket money is a good tool for teaching money management, but this should come from earning it. Give kids one task to complete every week and reward them, not only once it’s done, but if it has been done well. They will soon associate hard work with rewards.

“Save first, spend later. It’s a concept that I’m continually trying to teach adults. If you can communicate this to your kids using their pocket money as an example, it will go such a long way later in life. Encourage them to skip sweets or chocolates in order to save and buy bigger treats later,” says Shalchi, highlghting toys as an example.

Living within one’s means is another life lesson to teach children. For expats in this region, it’s easy to splurge on a luxurious lifestyle, but it’s only a small percentage who can actually afford it.

Little ones need to realise that they may have to sacrifice some things to stay in the red and avoid getting into the black. A little saving early on goes a long way. Learning about money can start with something that’s as simple as numbers, gradually moving on to more complex concepts.


Shalchi adds: “Even if it’s just a couple of hundred dirhams each month, over time, the kids will accumulate some nice little savings in their piggy bank for life.” 
Al Manahil Private School, Al Ain (03 767 2030). Bright Kids Nursery, various locations across Abu Dhabi, including Muroor Road (056 687 7977). Guardian Wealth Management, Al Karamah St, Abu Dhabi (04 450 9700).

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Bareburger reviewhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/food/kids-food/385304-bareburger-reivewMon, 01 Oct 2018 06:43:00 +0400Yes, burgers have been getting a bad rap since British TV chef Jamie Oliver ran riot on school dinners. We don’t blame the man for his vision, in fact we applaud the healthy food revolution he helped create.

But let’s face it, kids big and small will always want to munch down on a burger, the only trouble is finding one that are healthy enough to do so. Enter: the Beyond Burger. It’s the latest culinary creation on the menu at Bareburger – which has three branches in Dubai at City Walk, La Mer and Festival City.

With veganism on the rise in Dubai, and becoming particularly popular among families, we just had to try it out to see how it stacks up against the real thing.

We visit the family-friendly La Mer branch, which is the perfect pit-stop at for a day at the beach. And when our server brings over a juicy burger, we can’t help but check whether we’ve been brought meat by mistake. Our waiter laughs – apparently this question is common as the Beyond Burger looks so like a regular patty. And biting into it things only get more realistic.The brand-new Beyond Burger from Bareburger contains no animal products – it’s made with pea protein, beets and potato starch – but yet it really does look and taste like meat.

But if you’re looking for something a bit meatier for the little ones, there’s also a kids’ menu, offering brioche toast, or chicken tenders with a side and a drink included for Dhs38.

Adults, don’t miss the Supreme, which is all about the succulent beef and enormous onion rings perched on top, which are some of the best we’ve tried in Dubai.

Add to that a few glasses of homemade lemonade (it’s just Dhs5 for a refill) as well as speedy, friendly service and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a very organic evening out. And, if the kids want burgers, you know where to get them.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-11.30pm, Thu-Sat 10am-1.30am. La Mer, Jumeirah 1 (04 343 7110).

The bill (for two)
1x Classic Beyond Burger Dhs44
1x Supreme Burger Dhs48
2x fries Dhs32
2x organic lemonade x 2 Dhs26
Total Dhs150

The bottom line
You won’t believe it’s not meat.

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Arthritis in kids? Here's how to treat it https://www.timeoutdubai.com/health/kids-health/385284-to-the-boneMon, 01 Oct 2018 06:50:25 +0400It’s a common misconception that arthritis only affects the elderly. Kids as young as six months old can be diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).

“The word ‘idiopathic’ means that the cause of this condition is unknown,” says Dr Humeira Badsha, consultant rheumatologist and JIA board member at the Middle East Arthritis Foundation.

“A child’s immune system malfunctions for unknown reasons, attacking the body and especially the joints. They then experience joint pain and swelling, with stiffness, especially in the morning.”

While JIA primarily affects joints, it can sometimes also impact other organs including the eyes, heart, skin, lungs or liver. The main difference between juvenile and adult arthritis is that some children with JIA outgrow the illness, while adults usually have lifelong symptoms. Studies indicate that, by adulthood, symptoms disappear in more than 50 percent of affected children.

Another difference is that JIA may affect growth and bone development in children, unlike adult arthritis.

“Traditionally, a child complaining of occasional achy joints would be dismissed as having ‘growing pains’, a vague phenomenon believed to be the result of the natural growth process,” adds Dr Badsha.

“However, parents should be aware that joint pain needs to be taken seriously when accompanied by swelling, morning stiffness, fatigue or illness, as these could be early warning signs of inflammatory rheumatic disease. Look out for these.”

Other symptoms include limping, the inability to perform recetly-learned motor skills and a spiking fever.

“If you suspect JIA, it’s best to visit a paediatric rheumatologist at the earliest opportunity, as they would be able to rule out other conditions,” explains Dr Badshi.

Unfortunately, no definitive cures have been found for the disease, but medical treatment and lifestyle changes can ease symptoms and prevent damage to joints. Regular exercise plays a big role in the management of JIA. A child’s physiotherapist or doctor can advise on the right way to stay fit as the wrong type of exercise can cause more pain.

Make sure you inform school staff and coaches so that an allowance be made for JIA in everyday situations.

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20 ways to keep kids healthy in Dubaihttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/health/385267-ways-to-keep-kids-healthy-in-the-uaeMon, 01 Oct 2018 08:40:05 +0400ABU DHABI
When it comes to health, we spend hours in hospitals and clinics ensuring that tests and X-rays come out as we would hope for them to. What we often forget, however, is that feeling unwell can be the result of other factors including stress, the weather and even boredom.

Now that it's cooling down, we can seek wellness in so many ways across the UAE. Take a deep breath and let’s make our way into a cleaner lifestyle and future for our families.

All about the art
Creativity boosts the mind-body connection and develops skills from an early age. Art Central may be the go-to hub for all things art in the capital, but it also offers kids the opportunity to take part in some serious art workshops. They can learn everything from palette knife painting to drawing, pop art and even decoupage in a stress-free, non-competitive environment.
From Dhs950. Art Central, Al Reem Island (02 679 6795).

Dance it off
Dancing is one of the best forms of exercise, especially for kids who are so easily bored. Expressions of Dance and Drama is all about providing kids with the freedom to express themselves through performing arts. The focus is on dance, as the founder is primarily a dancer, and classes include musical theatre, modern dance, jazz and more.
Dhs1,402 (three classes, kids aged three and above). Expressions of Dance and Drama, Khalidiya Street (056 739 7721).

Develop curiosity

Art can stir little ones’ natural curiosity, and Art Beat does just that through classes and workshops for kids aged four to 13 in different activities including hieroglyphics, portraits and landscapes on canvasses, fabric painting, clay modelling, sand art and more. Little ones can also come in for freestyle sessions where they’re left to create whatever they want with the available tools. Mum and dad can join, too. 
From Dhs60 (per class). Open Sun-Thu 9am-6pm; Fri-Sat 11am-7pm. Art Beat, Al Murour Road, Abu Dhabi (02 444 5135).

Do some sport

Ultimate Athletics is all about training future athletes for track and field – and they take it very seriously. Expect expert coaching from former and current international athletes from the UK, USA, South Africa, Ethiopia and Kenya with a grassroots approach in each discipline through one-to-one and group sessions, strength conditioning, video feedback and more. Ultimate Tots classes are fun sessions for kids aged three to nine, while Ultimate Youth is designed for seven to 12-year-olds to take part in multi-events, sprints and middle-distance training.
Dhs65-85 (per session). Ultimate Athletics, various locations, including New York University Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island (02 628 4000).

Get to the gym
Fun, fitness and laughter, there’s no better combination for our kids. At Vogue Fitness Yas Kids, they learn to squat, hang on a bar, climb a rope and build an obstacle course. The list is endless, and they even do a fitness version of rock, paper, scissors.
From Dhs55 (drop-in). Yas Kids, Yas Marina (02 5832380).

“Hiyah” with karate

Kids’ karate is more than kicking and punching. As much as your little ones might like the sound of some Power Rangers-style training, they’re also going to learn some discipline, confidence and control while they’re at it. So, try signing them up for a martial arts class at My First Gym.
Dhs1,000 (ten classes). My First Gym, Delma Street (02 444 3560).

Little scientists
If your kids are mad about science, Mad Science’s sessions will challenge imagination, creativity and analytical thinking – keeping the mind in top shape. Kids aged four to 12 can take part in activities themed around a particular area of science such as electricity, magnetism, optics, biology and much more. Workshops are safe, and transport kids to a world that’s beyond reality.
Prices vary. Mad Science, American International School of Abu Dhabi, Airport Road (02 444 4333).

Live the story
If there’s a better way to inspire, educate, entertain and enthral a child’s mind other than reading, then we have yet to find it. Magrudy’s has a special section for kids. Let them pick something out to read for themselves and you’re achieving parenting goals. Just keep them away from all the toys and slime. Before you go, research the best books for your child’s age.
Magrudy’s, World Trade Centre Mall, Al Danah, Abu Dhabi (02 621 1799). 

No fast food

Burgers, pizzas, fries and cake will be all that’s on the menu if that’s what you always buy. Food delivery service Kcal makes getting more wholesome foods to your doorstep an easier task. While there may be no plans designed specifically for kids, its Atyab meal plan is basically home cooking – and can be tailored to your liking. 
From Dhs148 (Atyab, per day). Kcal. Visit www.kcalextra.com.

Seek some drama
Looking for a dose of drama (the healthy type, of course)? Miranda Davidson’s Introduction to Acting course is popular among UAE youngsters and offers three weeks of intensive classes in acting for film, TV and theatre. The studio also hosts scene study classes and private coaching.
Dhs1,300 (introduction to acting, three-week course, kids aged seven to 16). Miranda Davidson Studios, twofour54, Sheikh Zayed Street, Abu Dhabi (056 920 8938). 

Snack on goodness
Some love veggies, some love fruits. Well, we all know how healthy they all are. Subscribe online and you’ll get a box of fruit sent to your door every week for your five-a-day. Kids will get into the habit of eating the good stuff, and mum won't have to go grocery shopping at that dreaded hypermarket section. There are also specialised, and customisable boxes, so you'll never end up with too many cucumbers.
Visit www.farmbox.ae.

Think positive
Babies, as you have no doubt noticed, don't arrive with an instruction manual. Find your way to becoming a more positive parent at Dots&Links, where you'll find some parenting classes that can bring happy habits to your home. We particularly love Joanne Jewell’s mindful parenting courses. There's no better investment than that. 
From Dhs1,800 (per person). Dots&Links, Khalidiya (02 666 0948).

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Bust a move

No one can resist moving to top tunes and your child will be moving lots of different muscles and not even whine about exercise at Riya Berry’s choreography classes. Kids aged five to 16 will develop flexibility and balance while also getting a self-esteem boost, strengthening their memorisation skills and increasing social and communication abilities.
From Dhs50. Riya Berry Choreography, Al Mankhool (050 843 4363).
           
Do Pilates together
A new and exciting way through which you can bond with your child while encouraging them to stay fit is through classes that aren’t a total bore. New studio The PAD has partnered with Yasmin Karachiwala to bring her famous and transformative fitness brand to the region. Each weekend, The PAD holds classes for kids between the ages of eight and 12 so they can stay fit with their parents. Younger kids between the ages of one and five can also enjoy a comprehensive music and movement programme at the studio.
From Dhs110 (per class). The PAD Pilates and Dance Studio, Onyx Towers, The Greens (04 294 1745). 

Doodle it your way
Alserkal Avenue’s passion for everything artistic has got us heading there for the most creative of mornings. thejamjar encourages and nurtures creativity in all its forms. We love the community art space and reckon the Young Artist Programme here is a grassroots, cultural highlight of the city. Drop the kids off here and you can even have a go at it yourself.
From Dhs1,600 (per course). thejamjar, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).

Eat yourselves happy
You are what you eat. On the evidence of this afternoon, that makes us all mac ‘n’ cheese and birthday cake. If you think it’s time to reconsider the whole family's diet (we think we should), you can seek Right Bite’s professional nutrition advice. Its Balanced Mum meal plan is also a good idea so, er, you have more time for the kids, of course. 
From Dhs1,200. Right Bite Main Office, Al Quoz (04 338 8763).

Help them make healthy choices

Junk food options and the lack of outdoor activity due to weather conditions in Dubai can increase kids’ risk of childhood obesity. They may need guidance to learn more about making the right choices in a fun and engaging way – in their own “language”. The Health Concierge is a new service that will help them learn how to make the healthiest choices by assigning them a specialist to work with them. 
Dhs700 (per month). The Health Concierge, Gold Tower, JLT (052 625 3332).

Learn more

Okay, so you’re unlikely to get kids queuing up for extra lessons. But the nurturing approach deployed by tutors and mentors at The Study Room, a KHDA training centre, is designed to keep students enthusiastic and motivated with personalised learning plans.
The Study Room, Mediterranean Building, Dubai Sports City (04 513 6620).

Play drums

This will drum up some enthusiasm. Djembe drumming is more than just music, it’s a fun way to de-stress and make new friends. Kids’ drumming circles run every other Saturday in Al Quoz and full-moon sessions are a good excuse to go into the desert. Seriously, it doesn't get any more exciting than this. 
Dubai Drums, Urban Tribe Studio, Al Quoz (056 7442129).

Sleep tight
So much of a kids’ physical and mental well-being comes down to how well they’ve slept. We’re not just talking about babies who need to be rocked to sleep, either. Sleep issues such as bedwetting, grinding teeth, daytime lethargy and difficulty dropping off are often the symptom of other issues. A consultation with experts at a clinic such as the American Centre for Psychiatry and Neurology can help address your concerns and get little ones back into a healthy cycle for their development and growth. 
American Centre for Psychiatry and Neurology, Sunset Mall, Jumeirah (04 314 1000).

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