Go on a glow-in-the-dark word hunt at AventuraDina Maatyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/activities/403078-go-on-a-glow-in-the-dark-word-hunt-at-aventuraThu, 25 Apr 2019 03:54:44 +0400If you’re looking for some after-dark outdoor fun (that will also appeal to your inner geek), Aventura Parks will be hosting a glow-in-the-dark Word Hunt Challenge. Integrating its tree surfing, zip-lining and rope climbing circuits, families will work in teams in search of clues.

While crossing obstacles and making their way through the park, teams will need to find the inspirational terms, which are written in invisible ink and dotted all across, using special flashlights. You’ll get an hour to sweep the four circuits using your resources and collaboration tactics, so it’s time to brush up on those pep talk skills for some motivation.

The winners get medals, prizes – and bragging rights, of course. The challenge is open to kids aged ten and above, so older kids and tweens are welcome to play with friends or join Mum and Dad – no one has the upper hand at the Word Hunt Challenge.

Aventura will stay open until after midnight during Ramadan, with discounted packages that include suhoor at the in-house restaurant, Chris Café. Fear not, you won’t have to find your way through the dark as there will be plenty of lights as well as individual headlamps to keep it safe for all.

Weekends will be extra special with bazaar games, face painting, a bouncy castle and even henna artists – with 30 percent off general entry, so there will be plenty to do for the whole family.
Dhs160 (Word Hunt Challenge). Open weekdays 4pm-midnight, weekends 8.30am-1.30pm and 4pm-midnight). Mushrif Park, aventuraparks.com.

Visit LEGOLAND in Ramadan for Dhs100Dina Maatyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/activities/403042-visit-legoland-in-ramadan-for-dhs100Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:29:58 +0400Families who are looking for a different edutainment kids’ activity this Ramadan can head to LEGOLAND for only Dh100, where little ones will share the gift of reading through the Wanna Read? initiative.

A non-profit initiative founded by Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Wanna Read aims to create healing environments for children in hospitals by bringing books to young patients. Families will be able to directly donate their own or brand-new reads at the park at a dedicated collection area in MINILAND.

At the end of Ramadan, all books will be collected by Wanna Read?, where they will be used as part of charity book sales and gifted to paediatric wards across the UAE to help young patients through their rehabilitation. Plus, LEGOLAND visitors will get the opportunity to sign up as volunteers, too.

You’ll find different offers across the park, including The Big Shop’s, which will be running a buy-one-get-one with the second book donated to Wanna Read. Ten percent of ticket sales will also go towards the initiative, so you can be sure that you’re doing good every time you visit.

Also, in case you haven't heard, a Legoland Hotel is set to open in Dubai next year. It will be at Dubai Parks and Resorts and will feature everything from a castle play area to a disco elevator.

Looks like we'll be spending a lot of time working on our building block skills.
Dhs100. Open Sat-Wed 10am-5pm, Thu-Fri 10am-5pm (Ramadan timings). Dubai Parks and Resorts, LEGOLAND.ae.

New school pick-up and drop-off service launchedDina Maatyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/402824-new-school-pick-up-and-drop-off-service-launchedMon, 22 Apr 2019 12:12:56 +0400How’s that school run going? Well, if it’s as hectic as ever, you’ll be happy to know that in-home care provider Emirates Home Nursing has launched a new school pick-up and drop-off service in partnership with Careem.

The provider, which also offers newborn and childcare services, will be operating the Salamah offering through qualified, experienced nurses who will be doing the pick-up and drop-off. Parents can book with a 30 percent discount on rides (not valid on the GoPilot, Box and roadside assistance vehicles).

Mums and dads can also choose Careem Kids for cars that come equipped with car seats, ready for baby to take that ride in style all the way to nursery and back. Vehicles come fitted with a top-of-the-range, ISO-fixed, Cybex Sirona car seat provided by Mamas & Papas, which can be adjusted for newborns and is safe for kids up to four years of age.

Emirates Home Nursing staff are all trained and certified in Basic Life Support and First Aid. Through the provider’s care service, professionals can also come to your home to supervise the kids and engage them in structured play while continuously monitoring their diet, development and sleeping patterns.

Bookings for the Salameh service need to be made two hours in advance, for a minimum of four hours. Finally, no more looking for parking. Now, if there was only a homework service too...
Dhs84 (hourly rate). Business Central Towers, Dubai Media City (800 687 7464).

Souk Madinat Jumeirah to host free Easter wonderlandDina Maatyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/402620-souk-madinat-jumeirah-to-host-free-easter-wonderlandThu, 18 Apr 2019 05:52:11 +0400Souk Madinat Jumeirah is celebrating Easter with a mega fairy tale-style celebration from Friday April 19 until Saturday April 20, where there will be tonnes for families with kids of all ages to do.

It will all begin with Tinker the bunny, as it takes kids on an egg hunt where they race around the secret hiding spots to find as many eggs as they can and fill up their bags with treats. Mums and Dads will find plenty of special offers across eateries and retailers, too.

Face painters will also be waiting for little ones, all set to colour them happy as they meet some of their favourite characters including Jasmin, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell – and of course, the Easter bunny.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah’s ever-popular petting zoo will also return, where there will be loads of fun to be had with furry friends. The Central Courtyard will be home to a variety of animal species, where kids can meet South American chinchillas, African tortoises, rabbits, an iguana, all sorts of parrots, hedgehogs, budgies, guinea pigs, ducks, white rats, goats and even a python (yes, that's the largest living snake).

The petting zoo has been set up with the aim of lowering stress levels for kids and the whole family and teaching little ones about love as they make new animal friends. The two- and four-legged line-up will find its home in shaded play pens, so no need to worry about the weather.

Malaak Mama & Baby Care, an agency that offers childcare services, will be on hand to care for kiddies, offering arts, crafts and colouring – even inside restaurants as parents enjoy a good meal. Sounds like a plan.
Free. Apr 19-20, 2pm-9pm. Al Sufouh Road (04 366 8888).

Celebrate Mexican Children’s Day at La TablitaDina Maatyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/food/402619-celebrate-mexican-childrens-day-at-la-tablitaThu, 18 Apr 2019 05:51:46 +0400Mexican Children’s Day is coming up and there’s a Dubai restaurant that’s going all out to celebrate this very special occasion for little ones. Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights’ La Tablita is launching a “fiesta” on Thursday April 25 which will be filled with exciting games, surprises and street food.

At the party, food will be served street style, with live stations brimming with Mexican favourites including tacos with a twist, guacamole, ceviche and (lots and lots) of yum chips. For dessert mums, dads and kiddies alike will feast on chocolatey churros and tres leches cake, a treat that’s infused with three types of milk.

The highlight of the party will be a very special traditional piñata, a candy-filled container often made of papier-mâché or cloth. Plus, games and music for the whole night for young ones to sing and dance to – and even a mariachi singer.

Originally celebrated in schools, La Tablita is bringing the vibrant concept to Dubai so kiddies can party and have fun at a unique event, and learn more about a different culture, too.

The restaurant offers 16 variations of chilies and guacamole imported from Mexico, a taqueria (solely dedicated to glorious tacos), as well as quesadillas, nachos and fajitas throughout the whole year. We’ve got a feeling mums and dads will want to check it out, too. Arriba, amigos, arriba.
Dhs180 (adults), Dhs80 (kids). Apr 25, 7pm-1am. Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights (04 553 1212).

Get one-month unlimited access to BOUNCE for Dhs250Dina Maatyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/activities/402496-get-one-month-unlimited-access-to-bounce-for-dhs250Wed, 17 Apr 2019 05:00:21 +0400Massive trampoline park Bounce will be launching a Ramadan Pass for a one-time fee of just Dhs250 for the whole month, offering visitors daily access to the entertainment venue.

The pass, which will available to purchase for a limited time as of Thursday April 25, will give you daily access across the Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain venues. It can be availed on any day during the month so little ones and big ones alike can take flight, jump, leap and tumble to their heart’s content.

Aside from the trampolines, kids and adults can also challenge friends at the dodgeball courts, dunk like pros at the slam dunk area and practice aerial moves in the Big Bag – it’s the perfect opportunity for the family to stay fit together.

If you’re looking for something a bit more intense, you can opt for Bounce Fit classes, full-on, high-energy workouts featuring low-impact cardio to blast your core and tone your muscles.

A one-year membership is Dhs199 a month, while a membership for six months is Dhs249 per month, with two-three sessions available each day for a total of 18 classes per week. You can burn 1,000 calories in a one-hour class, so it’s much more than jumping up and down on a trampoline. Packages are available at Bounce Al Quoz’s venue in Dubai.
Dhs250. Open daily, noon-midnight (Ramadan timings). Bounce Dubai, Al Quoz, bounce.ae (04 3211 400).

Hunt for balloons at Splash ’n’ Party waterparkDina Maatyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/activities/402252-hunt-for-balloons-at-splash-n-party-waterparkMon, 15 Apr 2019 05:29:23 +0400If you’re looking to make special memories this Easter, and meet a bunny or two with the kids, then you can head to Splash ’n’ Party for some water-filled fun on Thursday April 18.

The waterpark’s Easter Splash is bound to be a good one for kids of all ages, with a packed activity line-up from 4pm until 7pm for only Dhs99 per child (adults go free). With a balloon hunt in the lead, kids will also find an “egg-citing” petting zoo filled with bunnies, and slides, water pistols, shows and more. Plus, there will be plenty of yum food for the kiddies, and Mum and Dad of course.

“We’re very excited to see little ones enjoy a very splashy Easter holiday, especially with activities such as the Easter egg hunt. Parents even have the opportunity to take photos of their kids with the Easter bunny,” says Anjili Samtani, managing director at Splash ’n’ Party.

The outdoor splash pad is all about water-based play, with different areas for kids, as well as arts and crafts. At Splash ‘n’ Party, kids will find everything from big water buckets and plenty to climb on and jump from, to toddler-friendly corners to frolic around in. Grown-ups can relax at the juice bar, which also serves up a variety of snacks and light bites.

What a perfect way to spend the spring weather.
Dhs99 (kids), free (adults). Al Safa 2, Jumeirah (04 388 3008).

Global Village extends its opening hours before season closureDina Maatyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/activities/402128-global-village-extends-its-opening-hours-before-season-closureWed, 10 Apr 2019 06:57:18 +0400If you haven’t visited Global Village just yet, you’re in luck, because the theme park has extended its opening hours until 2am from Wednesday April 10 to Friday 12, and 3am on Saturday April 13.

After more than 150,000 people voted for Dubai’s iconic theme park to stay open for longer, Global Village is set to close on Saturday April 13 after extending its 23rd season for an extra week by popular demand.

Make the most out of the good weather by visiting the outdoor location Saturdays to Wednesdays from 4pm all week. One of Dubai’s most popular attractions, Global Village is home to more than 25 pavilions representing 75 countries across the world, where guests can indulge in everything from Canadian poutine to Swiss raclette and Dutch mini pancakes – and that’s only the food.

There’s also a funfair where you can enjoy 28 rides and more than 100 arcade games. Plus, this season also features a new circus show for the little ones to enjoy where more than 20 international performers present their favourite classic acts.

And how could we forget about the star-studded acts? Jay Sean played on the main stage this year, as well as plenty of Arab and Indian stars. Music fans can still catch some of the action with Jazz Nights, taking place on Thursday April 11 and Friday April 12 at 9pm on the main stage.

Now this is our idea of a family night out.
Dhs15. Open Apr 10-12 4pm-2am; Apr 13 4pm-3am. Until Sat Apr 13. Global Village, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, www.globalvillage.ae/en.

Spend Dhs100 at City Centre and get access to a kids’ backyardhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/activities/401989-spend-dhs100-at-city-centre-and-get-access-to-a-kids-backyardTue, 09 Apr 2019 11:58:20 +0400Need a shopping session, but not sure how to keep the kids entertained? Spend Dhs100 at City Centre Me’aisem any day until Saturday April 20 and get an access token to a whole host of activities for kids aged five to 10 at the mall’s Kids’ Spring Backyard.

The pop-up is back with plenty of edutainment, including everything from origami and class-painting sessions, to braided bracelets and flower-making workshops where kids can make all sorts of knick-knacks. Plus, young artists can get creative at the tape, geometric, quilling and collage art sessions, which will take place on a regular basis.

If the kiddies fancy a bit more movement, they can jump into the ball pit or up and down on the trampoline. Teens and tweens can challenge friends to matches at the PlayStation zone and families with young kids can enjoy free movie screenings daily.

You can also head to other City Centres for some spring fun, including City Centre Deira, which will be hosting another pop-up with hands-on science games, music lessons and fitness classes until Friday April 12 from 4pm until 8pm – better catch it. Parents who shop for Dhs200 can drop their kids off the supervised, interactive area.

At City Centre Mirdif, kids can discover space or Mother Nature. If you visit on weekdays before April 11, you could be one of 25 families to win a complimentary pass to Little Explorers, where little ones will learn all about rockets and space stations, also improving their balance and coordination through dynamic games.
Dhs100. 10am-10pm. City Centre Me’aisem, citycentremeaisem.com.

Buy three tickets and get one free at Novo CinemasDina Maatyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/activities/401940-buy-three-tickets-and-get-one-free-at-novo-cinemasTue, 09 Apr 2019 08:09:36 +0400Families of four will get great savings on cinema tickets this spring break, just in time for all of those fantastic new releases. Visit any Novo Cinema Sundays to Wednesdays and get a free ticket for every three you buy.

So, if you were planning on watching Captain Marvel, Dumbo or any other big screen hit anytime from now until April 23 with the tribe, you’re in luck. Also, if you’re in the mood for a bit of a different movie snack (many moviegoers would argue that the best part of a trip to the cinema is the mountains of popcorn), you may want to head to Novo Dubai Festival City Mall.

For only Dhs7.50, you can get frozen popcorn. Yes, scientists have managed to create a tasty twist by deep freezing the kernels using liquid nitrogen, causing a “sensory explosion” in the process. The steaming popcorn gives off clouds of vapour when chewed and comes in two delicious flavours – salted and caramel.

The cinema reassures us it’s 100 percent safe to eat and is made by trained professionals from “food-grade liquid nitrogen”. The twist is added to the confection right before it is served as a “nitro shot”, flash freezing the popcorn in a matter of seconds and intensifying the flavour. We’re always up for trying new snacks – especially when they’re as futuristic as this.

Plus, with a spring break ticket offer, it seems like we'll be going to the movies more often to catch those new big screen hits.
From Dhs36 (regular cinemas). Various locations including Dubai Festival City Mall, uae.novocinemas.com.