The Irish Village and Jumeirah Creekside Hotel to host Dubai’s “biggest good brunch”Dina Maaty, 21 Mar 2019 08:38:19 +0400We like the promise of one of the biggest, “goodest” brunches in Dubai, and there’s one coming up that you’re going to want to check out, especially because it sounds like tonnes of fun for the kiddies.

The Irish Village and Jumeirah Creekside Hotel area teaming up for Dubai’s Biggest Good Brunch next month, and it sounds like a cracker. The Easter feast will take place on Friday April 19 from 12.30pm until 4pm, and you’ll be absolutely spoiled for choice.

Kids will stay entertained with not one, but two, kids’ areas. Plus, there's a bouncy castle to jump around and petting zoo to make some new animal friends at.

You’ll also stand a chance to win Dhs30,000 worth of brunches from Jumeirah Creekside Hotel and The Irish Village – that’s a lot of brunching.

That’s not all that's happening at The Irish Village, as Irish legends Boyzone and Scottish duo The Proclaimers will be performing April, too.

Families and kids are always welcome at The Irish Village as there’s the ample grass area for little ones to run around and play, and a lake with its own population of ducks that are just the definition of adorable. There’s also a bouncy castle set up every weekend.

As for the huge brunch, we’re having a bit of everything.
Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs325 (house beverages), Dhs95 (kids aged four to 11), free (kids under four). Apr 19 12.30pm-4pm. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud (04 230 8555).

The Dubai Mall launches in-mall childcare serviceDina Maaty, 20 Mar 2019 10:25:19 +0400Just in time for Mother’s Day, The Dubai Mall will be introducing an in-mall childcare service run by Malaak Mama & Baby Care agency.

Launching on Thursday March 21, the service will offer mums and mums-to-be all-round, on-the-go support for a stress-free visit to the mall.

From newborns to young kids, Malaak’s staff are trained to handle all areas of professional care including feeding, nappy changes, sleep and more.

What’s more, on Mother’s Day weekend, Thursday to Saturday from March 21 to March 23, The Dubai Mall will be treating the first two mothers who book the service each day to the first two hours of childcare for free.

Plus, the mums will get pampered at Perfumery & Co, and receive a complimentary wash and blow dry at Trevor Sorbie and a full makeover from Make-Up Studio.

The in-mall childcare service is available every day during the mall’s operational hours and can be pre-booked via phone or at the dedicated kiosk on the Ground Floor for a minimum of two hours.

Malaak Mama & Baby Care’s childcare team have attended the centre's advanced training academy taught by leading experts from Australia, the United Kingdom and South Africa.

Ah, finally we can explore all of the undiscovered corners of The Dubai Mall.
Dhs100 (per hour, seven or more hours, Dhs125 (per hour, four to six hours), Dhs150 (per hour, one to three hours). Downtown Dubai (058 184 5983).

Get free cinema tickets when you visit Laguna Waterpark or Splash PadDina Maaty, 20 Mar 2019 08:25:55 +0400Families who visit La Mer’s Laguna Waterpark or Splash Pad at the JBR until Thursday March 28 get a free ticket to Roxy Cinemas for each one purchased as part of a Mother’s Day deal.

Decked out with reclining chairs and a dine-in menu, Roxy’s current family-friendly movie line-up includes Captain Marvel, funnyman Kevin Hart’s newest film The Upside and Wonder Park for kids.

Cinema tickets can be redeemed at Roxy’s beachfront theatres, located within walking distance from both Splash Pad and Laguna Waterpark, but must be claimed by midnight on Thursday March 28.

Splash Pad is open daily from 9am to 8pm and tickets are Dhs65 per hour or Dhs80 for two hours.

For Laguna’s waterpark experience with a kids’ zone, luxury cabanas, an infinity pool and a swim-up juice bar, it’s Dhs99 for full-day access. The park is made up of four zones – Surf, Relax, Slide and Splash and features five main rides.

Roxy Cinemas has also launched its new mums concept – just in time for Mother’s Day. Visit every Tuesday from 9am to 10am and treat yourself to a morning with friends and the kids.

You’ll find hot food, live stations and refreshments at the Platinum Plus Lounge – after which you can watch the latest Blockbuster or an old-time classic in the theatre, which features plush seats big enough for both mum and baby.

Don’t worry about the experience being too scary for your little one, as cinema lights will be dimmed and the volume lowered for kids under four to feel more comfortable. Roxy Mamas mornings will be available in City Walk and The Beach.

That’s plenty of ideas for a family day out.
From Dhs65. Open daily 9am-8pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, Dhs99. Open daily 10am-6pm,

Roxy Cinemas launches mornings for mumsDina Maaty, 19 Mar 2019 10:06:20 +0400If you're worried about taking your baby to the cinema for fear of disturbing others, then Roxy’s new mum mornings may be just what you need.

Visit every Tuesday from 9am to 10am and treat yourself to a morning with friends and the kids. You’ll find hot food, live stations and refreshments at the Platinum Plus Lounge, after which you can watch the latest Blockbuster or an old-time classic in the theatre, which features plush seats big enough for mum and baby.

Don’t worry about the experience being too scary for your little one, as cinema lights will be dimmed and the volume lowered for kids under four to feel more comfortable.

Tuesday March 26 will mark a special Roxy Mamas morning with experienced paediatricians from Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital on hand to offer mums advice and discuss some of the most important topics in child health.

Plus, environmentally-friendly baby nappies and wet wipes provider Pureborn and personal home care professionals Emirates Home Nursing will be offering giveaways.

Mums can watch Captain Marvel, Miss Congeniality or Me Before You on the special morning.

Roxy Mamas mornings will be available in City Walk and The Beach.
Dhs95 (per adult). Tue 9am-10am. Roxy Cinemas, various locations across Dubai including Al Safa,

Indulge in free sushi and Georgian dishes this Mother’s DayDina Maaty, 19 Mar 2019 05:59:07 +0400Are you the type of mum who flinches at the sight of raw fish? Well, whether you’re a fan of trying new things to like your eggs and toast, there are two Dubai restaurants offering complimentary meals on Mother’s Day – and you might want to check them out.

From Georgian dishes including truffle Khinkali and cheese-filled khachapuri to Middle Eastern specialties such as shish taouk and fish tajines, Eshak serves up some very interesting dishes. Try Uzbek, Armenian and Russian main courses for free when you visit on Thursday March 21 for UAE Mother’s Day.

The breezy terrace makes for a lovely lunch or dinner with the mums.
Open Sun-Sat, noon-midnight. City Walk, Al Safa (04 385 5435).

Fancy some sushi rolls? You’ll get a complimentary plate when you visit this Asian spot on UAE Mother’s Day, too. Tanuki Kogase, one of the restaurant's signature warm rolls, is made with lightly seared salmon, eel, and cream cheese, and has just the hint of sweetness you need for an even sweeter mums’ day.

You can also go for the more traditional sake California, a combination of salmon, avocado, cucumber and tobiko. Kiddies can join mum and munch on the new bento boxes designed just for them, which include sushi rolls, potato smiles, chicken teriyaki and dessert.
Open Sun-Wed 11am-midnight, Thu-Sat 11am-1am. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 580 8228).

Mums dine for free at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht ClubDina Maaty, 18 Mar 2019 09:33:19 +0400Mother's Day falls in March, and to celebrate the UK day (Sunday March 31) restaurants in the city are going all out. And if you're looking to treat mum, three of Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club’s restaurants are treating mothers to complimentary meals, full brunch packages and more this month.

For mums who fancy a dining experience overlooking some magnificent Creek views, the family-friendly Boardwalk (a former winner of Time Out Dubai's Best Outdoor Restaurant) is offering a free starter and a main, or a main and dessert, when they visit on Sunday March 31. Plus, mamas also get complimentary soft drinks. Don’t forget to try the Mediterranean restaurant’s famous pizza.
Free. Mar 31, all day. Sun-Thu, noon-midnight; Fri-Sat 8am-midnight.

Jones the Grocer Express
It’s free lunch or dinner for mums all day on Sunday March 31 at the casual Australian food emporium. Mums get a free starter and a main, or a main and dessert when they visit the newly-opened Jones the Grocer Express at this Deira Club on UK Mother’s Day. Time for a burger, or maybe cake?
Free. Mar 31, all day. Open 6pm-1pm daily.

Mums who visit Lakeview restaurant on March 29 for the Friday White Brunch get a house beverage package – on the house. Gather the brood, or maybe some friends, as all three offers are applicable when visiting with a group of four – whether it’s four adults or two adults and two kids ( aged six to 12 years old.
Dhs295 (soft beverages), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs495 (sparking beverages), Dhs155 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under five). Mar 29, 12.30pm-4pm. Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, (04 295 6000).

Edutainment spring camps for Dubai kidsDina Maaty, 18 Mar 2019 05:53:15 +0400What’s better than having fun this spring holiday? Learning while having fun. If you’re looking for full-on edutainment experiences for your kids, these are some centres where you’ll certainly get your money’s worth.

Dig It
Kids will swap tablets and video games for hands-on learning at Dig It. Little ones aged four to ten will find it all at this spring camp, from creative workshops and games to sports – all in line with the “building” theme of a construction site. Activities include free-style painting, puppet shows, video-making and storytelling sessions.
Dhs170 (per day), Dhs700 (per week). Mat 31-Apr 11, 9am-1pm. Springs Souk, Al Afnan Street (04 438 4479).


At the Amazing Oceans spring camp, kids will explore the underwater world and meet all of its fascinating creatures through STEAM-based projects. Divided into two groups, four to five- and six to nine-year-olds will create 3D cardboard fish, make scuba gear and build boats to race at the Water Gallery.
Dhs250 (per day), Dhs990 (per week). Mar 31-Apr 4, 9.30am-1.30pm. Al Quoz 1 (04 702 7300).

SAE Institute

A five-day spring camp for older students, young ones aged 12 to 16 will learn all about animation, comic illustration, audio, graphic design, photography, film-making and developing games. Led by industry instructors, kids and teens will get hands-on training with plenty of resources available for them to use, too.
Dhs1,500 (per course). Mar 31-Apr 11, 9am-2pm. Dubai Knowledge Park (04 360 6456).

Book a service at this salon and get a free dessertDina Maaty, 13 Mar 2019 10:34:37 +0400Mother’s Day freebies are everywhere and we love it, especially when there's some pampering involved.

Book a service at N.Bar salon on March 21 or 31 and get a free dessert, and a discount voucher, courtesy of Kcal.

Reward yourself for all the hard work with a blow dry and spiced carrot or hazelnut frosted banana cake. You deserve it.

Not only that, but for the ten days between the two Mother’s Days, the first one being the UAE’s and the second the UK’s, you’ll also get a 20 percent off voucher to use on the Kcal website.

Plus, if you order from any Kcal restaurant, you’ll get 20 percent off services at N.Bar or 1847 Grooming Lounge (dads get to win too).

The offer will be available across N.Bar locations in Emirates Towers, Palm Strip, D3, Grosvernor House Hotel, Ibn Batutta Mall and Jumeirah Park Pavilion.

You could also go for some French pastry at Park House, which will be treating mums to croissants and an endless supply of coffee for only Dhs20.

Visit Park House Kite Beach, Nessnass Beach or XPark Jr. on March 31 for the freshly baked, piping hot French pastry and unlimited cuppas for a deal that will keep mamas very happy on their special day.
Prices vary. Mar 21 and 31. Kcal, various locations across Dubai including Bay Avenue, Business Bay, (600 595955).

Have a picnic with Barney at City WalkDina Maaty, 13 Mar 2019 06:17:11 +0400City Walk’s edutainment attraction Mattel Play! Town will be hosting families for a picnic with Barney the purple dinosaur and his friends on Fridays.

Kids and their parents can relax at Barney’s house, and even have breakfast with him and his friends from 9am until 11am.

Little ones will tuck into a picnic spread in the company of Barney, BJ and Baby Pop as the 200-million-year-old T-Rex teaches them all about positive values and good manners.

Barney will also play some music with kids on his magical piano, after which they will go watch the fish at the Koi Pond and jump around the themed playground. The picnic also features many activities including face painting, meet and greets, as well as photo opportunities.

Characters will also perform in a musical parade, where they’ll be busting their best moves for kids and kids-at-heart.

The indoor, interactive eduplay attraction also has a Drop n’ Go service. If you’re after a bit of retail therapy, a bit of a meander or just a few hours of peace and quiet, drop the kids off and the world is your oyster again.

Tickets to Picnic with Barney include a full day pass to Mattel Play! Town where kids can also go on an adventure with Thomas & Friends, become heroes with Fireman Sam, build their dream home with Bob the Builder and dance their little hearts out with Angelina Ballerina.
Dhs99 (adults), Dhs149 (kids), Dhs399 (family of four), free (kids under 12). Every first Fri of the month, from Apr 5, 9am-11am. Al Safa,

Dubai spring camps for kids 2019Dina Maaty, 11 Mar 2019 12:37:01 +0400It’s almost time for us to say “school’s out” once again, and parents, kiddies – well pretty much everyone can’t wait for the coolest spring camps to start popping around town. We have three that we know little ones are just going to love this holiday.

Atlantis The Palm
The family-friendly hotel’s spring camp, aptly named Young Adventurers, is for kids aged three to 12. Taking place over two weeks starting on Sunday March 31, it features indoor and outdoor activities for little ones. Mums and dads will enjoy the sun and sea as they get free access to the hotel’s pools, and the beach too.

From football and basketball to badminton, kids will play their favourite sports and get creative at the arts and crafts corner. At the supervised Young Adventurers camp, youngsters will get access to Aquaventure Waterpark and refuel with a daily lunch and snack.
Dhs325 (per day), Dhs1,000 (per week). Mar 31-Apr 11, Sun-Thu 9am-5pm. The Palm Jumeirah, (04 426 1387).

British Orchard Nursery
Tiny tots aged one to four years old will learn simple maths through rhymes and stories at this educational spring camp. Incorporating imaginative activities based on the works of author Julia Donaldson, it will help kids explore the world around them.

The two-week camp, which starts from Sunday Mar 31, will focus on one book and its central theme each week and is available across all 20 branches of the pre-school across Dubai.
From Dhs650 (per week). Mar 31-Apr 11, Sun-Thu 9am-5pm, timings vary. Various locations across Dubai, including Business Central Towers, Dubai Media City (04 438 5255).

City Centre Mirdif
At Camp Mirdif, young ones aged four to ten years old will find everything from book clubs and games to sports and workshops – all without having to leave the mall.

If you’ve got some nature-lovers at home, they’ll enjoy watching wild birds and learning from the experts at Orbi Dubai’s greenhouse live show. For those who love to create, there will be LEGO-building sessions on offer where they can unleash the power of their imagination.

American Girl doll fans will meet some long-haired friends, and they’ll read books together at their own club and even do some styling at the salon. It's time for some pampering…

VOX Movies will also be keeping kids entertained with special film screenings for the camp. We’re expecting some of the most-watched animations to be on the line-up.
Dhs169 (half day), Dhs250 (full day), Dhs675 (one week, half day), Dhs990 (one week, full day). Mar 24-April 11, 9am-6pm. City Centre Mirdif (056 177 9810).

Are you ready for some spring fun? We totally are.