Kids eat free at Black Tap in The Dubai Mall, 19 Sep 2020 02:59:00 +0400If you're looking for a breather and some hearty food while you're indulging in a spot of retail therapy, then The Dubai Mall's Black Tap is a good option that's easy on the family wallet.

The newest Black Tap to open in the city is located on the lower ground level of the shopping mall and as well as awesome views over the iconic The Dubai Fountain, the funky burger joint is letting little diners eat absolutely free.

Kids under 12 get a free meal off the dedicated children's menu. Tasty mini-sized dishes include the mini prime burger, crispy chicken tenders, mini fish and chips, all of which are served with a side of fries.

Dubai Mall's Black Tap is perhaps the coolest eatery of them all with two CrazyShake counters, a cassette wall and a boombox booth... camera phones at the ready.

The offer is on until the end of September.

For other hot spots around Dubai where your kid's meals won't cost you a single fils, click here.
Daily midday-midnight. Until Wed Sep 30. Dubai Mall, Lower Ground Floor, Fountain Entrance (04 3305103).

Get a pocket-friendly staycation by Dubai Creek, 19 Sep 2020 02:50:00 +0400What’s better than a pocket-friendly staycation deal in Dubai? One that includes breakfast and brunch, that's what.

Dubai’s Hilton Dubai Creek has launched a brand-new weekend staycation deal for UAE residents that’s running from now until the end of October.

The weekend getaway is priced at Dhs399 for a night’s stay for two in a Deluxe Room with breakfast included.

Staycationers can also enjoy a Friday brunch (with house beverages included) at Boston-themed bar O’Learys, access to the hotel’s rooftop pool and 20 percent off food and drinks throughout the stay.

The brunch at O’Learys runs between 12.30pm and 4pm and brunchers can expect platters of American classics (we’re talking chicken wings, burgers, nachos and more), live cooking stations and free-flowing drinks.

If you’re looking to turn your staycation into a mini holiday, you can extend your stay for Dhs200 per night for two people and if you’re bringing the gang along, little ones five and under can stay and dine for free, while its 50 percent off for kids between the ages of six and 12 years old.

That’s your next staycation sorted.

For more awesome staycation deals across the UAE, head here.
Dhs399. Ongoing until Oct 31. Deira, (04 318 2111).

A brand-new gaming park has opened in DubaiKelly Johnstone, 18 Sep 2020 03:28:36 +0400Were your kids sad when Hub Zero closed its doors? A brand new gaming park has just opened in Dubai that might help to fill the void.

The Arcade by Hub Zero is a brand-new fully immersive, virtual reality gaming park located at Al Khawaneej.

The newly-opened mini entertainment centre offers over 50 cool video games including artificial intelligence, virtual reality and motion capture options, all housed in a funky space where graffiti adorns the brick walls.

Dreamt of becoming a football star? Get your adrenaline pumping and test out your tricks with The Arcade’s one of a kind Soccer Star game. Football re-imagined, Soccer Star uses the most advanced kinetic software, allowing players to physically play but virtually compete with friends.

Footy fans can show-off their skills on the Soccer star game, little superheroes can team up and battle against villains in Justice League, defending Gotham City as Batman and boy (and girl) racers can take the wheel in the popular Mario Kart.

The hub also offers a trip down memory lane for mums and dads with retro games like Pacman and Space Invaders to bring on a sense of nostalgia.

Plus, if you're good enough, there are plenty of prizes up for grabs at a ticket monster machine – win, win, quite literally.

But there's more, because any film fans who catch a movie at Roxy Cinema Al Khawaneej will also be given a free pass – usually Dhs20 – to The Arcade by Hub Zero.

For more cool activities to try with the kids, click here.
Dhs20. Daily 1pm-1am. The Arcade by Hub Zero, Al Khawaneej Walk, MushrifAl Khawaneej 1, Dubai,

Kids eat free at Taqado until the end of OctoberKelly Johnstone, 18 Sep 2020 03:33:27 +0400Mexican food is firm family favourite and when there is money off the bill, it's an even more appealing lunch or dinner option.

For every main menu ordered at any brand of Taqado across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, kids will get their choice of dish from the dedicated children's meal absolutely free.

Kids up to the age of 12 will get a main menu item from the Mexican Street Food chain's Taqado’s Mini Luchadores menu until the end of October.

Little diners can choose from a selection of Mexican favorites including mini burritos, mini burrito boxes, mini quesadillas, crispy tacos and lots more, without costing their parents anything extra on the bill.

The kids eat free offer is available at all 17 Taqado restaurants across Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Offer valid until Sat Oct 31. Various locations across Dubai including Dubai Media City and DIFC, and across Abu Dhabi including The Galleria Mall.

New Alice in Wonderland brunch launching at Dubai's OleaKelly Johnstone, 17 Sep 2020 09:41:32 +0400Little ones fans of Alice in Wonderland? Dubai's Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, is launching a brand-new family-friendly brunch.

And junior fans of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, will be in for a treat as the brunch is themed around the iconic book.

The Friday feast will take place at Olea, the hotel's all-day-dining restaurant every week between 1pm and 4pm where Alice herself will be on hand to welcome families to the eatery where they will find an international spread and Alice-themed decor – watch out for the Queen of Hearts or it will be 'off with your head'.

As well as desserts decorated and themed around the inquisitive little girl and her stumble down the rabbit hole, there will be a dedicated story time for little diners to enjoy once they have had their fill.

At 2pm Alice, wearing her instantly-recognisable blue dress and hair band, will invite the youngest family members to gather around here as she reads a selection of fairy tales to keep them entertained.

Best of all, tiny tots five and under enjoy the weekend occasion absolutely free.

Looking for more Alice in Wonderland fun? Check out the afternoon tea at Tania's Teahouse here.
Dhs249 (soft drinks), Dhs325 (house beverages), Dhs199 (kids aged six-12), free (kids five and under). Fri 1pm-4pm. Mall of The Emirates, Kempinski Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, (04 409 5111).

The terrace at eggspectation is now open for families in DubaiKelly Johnstone, 17 Sep 2020 09:23:11 +0400Looking for some egg-citing (ahem) quality time with the family this weekend? Eggspectation's terrace has re-opened for beachside breakfast, lunch and dinner.

eggspectation’s flagship eatery at JRB is a firm favourite for breakfasting families and now the weather is getting cooler the al fresco option is making it look even more appealing.

Kids can tuck into hearty portions of high rise pancakes, eggs Benedict or, children's favourite, s'mores French toast (just make sure they brush their teeth well afterwards).

For lunch the menu offers a hearty selection of pasta, burgers, seafood and steak.

And when they've had their fill they can hit the sandy beach to build sandcastles.

For Jumeirah-based families, the City Walk eggspectation terrace is also now open too every day between 7am and 8am. Perfect for a post-school-drop-off caffeine fix and a chance for some all-important me-time with a good book, bliss.

We're looking forward to an egg-ceptionally good weekend with the tribe. For other family breakfast suggestions, click here.
Sun-Thu 7am-9pm, Fri & Sat 7am-10pm. The Beach, JBR, Dubai (04 430 7252). Daily 7am-8pm. City Walk, Dubai (04 240 6877).

Rugby Club the Dubai Falcons has an exciting new homeKelly Johnstone, 17 Sep 2020 07:20:18 +0400Got kids who like to tackle, ruck and scrum? Dubai has a brand-new rugby club with an awesome training ground.

Dubai Falcons Rugby Club has announced that it will hold its training sessions at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.

The partnership means a whole host of exclusive benefits and discounts for members of the UAE's newest youth rugby club.

During training times, all Dubai Falcons RFC members will get 20 percent discount on already discounted items at The Polo Bar in The Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club.

But that's not all, because the club will host a members barbecue every Friday between 10am and 2pm with rugby being shown on the big screens in the bar.

In addition, new floodlights are being put up over the training pitches to allow for sessions to run into the early evening after the sun has gone down.

As an added bonus, one of the club's sponsors, Freedom Pizza, will be giving away vouchers for members on the first day of training.

The club, which is open for kids between four and 18 offers 48 weeks of rugby for a fee of Dhs1,150, with training sessions taking place on Sunday and Wednesday nights as well as Friday mornings.

Once the main season comes to an end, off-season training will focus on tough rugby and agility training with a view to helping players maintain the skills and fitness levels they have obtained throughout the rugby season.

For more suggestions and ideas for mini sport fans, click here.
Dhs1,150. (052 200 5321).

Dubai's Bab Al Shams has launched a brand-new picnic brunchKelly Johnstone, 17 Sep 2020 03:55:42 +0400Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa has introduced a brand-new brunch that's perfect for the whole gang.

The family-friendly feast, which is takes place every Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 4pm and promises lots of fun activities to keep little ones entertained.

Set in the lush green gardens of all-day dining restaurant Al Forsan, you can grab yourselves a spot on the lawn on a blanket under an umbrella before making your way around the various live cooking stations that serve up a Middle Eastern spread alongside the usual international favourites.

The kids’ corner features all the usual favourites from mac 'n' cheese to burgers and hot dogs and ends with a cool selection of sweet treats including ice cream and cakes.

Heap your plate with succulent, charcoaled meat from the barbecue as well as hearty pasta dishes and pizza, courtesy of the outlet’s various live cooking stations.

The indulgent crêpe bar dishes up a huge variety of topping flavours alongside churros, pastries and more. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth.

There are plenty of activities on offer for the little brunchers, but we reckon the camel and pony riding, will be the most popular option.

Weekends are looking pretty good from here on out.
Dhs225 (including soft drinks), Dhs112.5 (kids six-12), free (kids below five). Fri & Sat 1pm-4pm. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Al Qudra Road, (04 809 6202).

Kids can sign up to a Halloween art programme at Dubai's thejamjarKelly Johnstone, 17 Sep 2020 03:38:28 +0400Budding artists can unleash their creative skills at thejamjar in October where the art programmes on offer are all Halloween themed.

Little ones can learn to paint loads of spooky creatures and characters in time for the creepiest day of the year on Saturday October 31.

The curated art education programme is aimed at kids, teens and adults so it could be a fun family affair that the whole gang can get involved in.

Younger children between seven and ten can sign up to the six week long Young Artists programme that takes place on Wednesdays 4.30pm to 6.30pm or Saturdays 10am to noon, while the tiniest tots aged three to six, can enjoy the Little One's Classes.

The Teen Art Mentorship sessions are for kids aged 11 to 18 and take place over three weeks, two days a week.

Kids between six and ten will get scarily creative as they paint their own masterpieces inspired by an 'Unspooky Halloween'.

All of the classes teach the children a range of techniques using a variety of materials.

Time for some spooktastic art work.
Various times. thejamjar, Unit H74, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, (4 341 7303).

Kids eat free at The Noodle House in Dubai's Nakheel MallKelly Johnstone, 16 Sep 2020 03:40:30 +0400If you fancy some Asian cuisine, but want to keep the costs of eating out as a family down, you'll be pleased to hear that kids eat free at The Noodle House in Dubai's Nakheel Mall.

For every adult meal purchased, little ones under 12 will get their own bowl of noodles at no extra cost.

Kiddos can choose from the Little Noodler menu, which is filled with a variety of noodle-tastic options to whet their appetite and fill their hungry tummies.

Best of all, there are different sized portions for different aged mini diners, so tiny tots up to four years old can opt for the Little Noodlers 20 dishes that include while older siblings can choose the Big Noodlers 25 plates that are ideal for kids up to 12.

Fun names such as Have a Rice Day, Cheeky Chicken Pops and Bar Wow, will also hopefully encourage them to clean their plates.

And when they are waiting for their food, the menu also doubles up as a boredom buster as it offers a couple of pages for arty children to colour in and play games like dot-to-dots and word searches.

The Noodle House at Nakheel Mall on Palm Jumeirah is the latest branch of this popular Asian eatery to open in Dubai with other outlets dotted around the city including outlets at Souk Madinat, JBR and Dubai Mall.

And while this tasty, wallet-friendly offer is currently only available at the Nakheel Mall restaurant, other The Noodle House eateries will be serving up free children's meals from October... So watch this space.
Free (kids under 12), The Noodle House, Nakheel Mall, The Palm, (900 666 353).