Kid-friendly activities that won't break the bank

Kid-friendly activities that wont break the bank

Two UAE-based mum bloggers share their thoughts

Published: Fri 27 Sep 2019, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 4 Oct 2019, 10:07 AM

Term fees, school supplies, after-school activities, birthday parties. Is it just me or is September hard on every parent in Dubai? Luckily, we've recently discovered some kid-friendly entertainment in wallet-friendly spots around town to help you out.

Think kids, think Dubai Garden Centre (DCG). From potting and outdoor plant-care sessions to a wheelbarrow workshop, this place is so much more than a green patch. Weekend sessions are modestly priced (free to Dh70 at most) and a second location of DCG is now open in Jumeirah.
If there's one amusement centre I wish was part of my childhood, it would be KidZania. Over the summer, thanks to the Qidz app, we bagged a Kidzania Back-To School offer at Dh65 (original price Dh185) per child only! I am addicted to this app now, constantly looking for value deals (of which there are plenty) and you should too.

For the ultimate shopping experience with a twist, there's ARTE, The Makers' Market. Find your nut butters and local artwork, along with activity tables (reading, slime making, food tasting) to keep kids entertained. Entrance to these markets are free, as is the parking.

In terms of food, newly-opened Tanuki at Dubai Mall hosts a Kid's Masterclass every Saturday for little chefs. At Dh49 per child, kids up to 12 years make three different sushi rolls and savour their creation (and more) for dinner after. There are classes for adults every Sunday, if the thought has you salivating.

And finally, this discussion is not complete without a mention of beaches. Kite Beach and La Mer offer plenty of fun for kids. However, a peaceful stroll with the family along the Dubai Canal is my idea of a non-indulgent evening in every which way.

Priyanka Wade
Is a freelance writer and the blogger behind Keep up with her on Facebook and Instagram @onegeekofaparent
The UAE is truly an expat's paradise, a remarkable amalgamation of larger-than-life experiences and thrifty bargains. Typically UAE has two seasons - winters and summers. While the former is an opportune time to be out and about, one can still have a great time during the hot months indoors.

Here are some of my favourite kid-friendly activities during the winter months: If you're a wildlife enthusiast, a trip to Al Ain Zoo, Dubai Safari Park or Sharjah Desert Pack is a must. Go on a rendezvous through Old Dubai, and explore its souks and abra docks to learn more about this vibrant city. And, finally, who can forget a trip around the world with Global Village? That festival has something for everyone.

Meanwhile, here are some things to look forward to during the summers: Edutainment play centres like Orange wheels, Fun Works, Wanasa Land and Pop-in-and-Play (with Funday Monday and themed celebrations), extreme sport zones (Xpark, Xtremezone) and play areas like Little Thinkers come to the rescue; they provide age-specific areas in some of these places as well. Many malls keep child-friendly activities, competitions and live shows in their atrium. Popular places like Dubai Parks & Resorts, The Green-Planet and the Sharjah Discovery Center also give huge discounts and family packages.

If you're a stay at home mum, then join Mummy Mornings, hosted by play areas that are either free or have a 50 per cent discount for kids under the age of 12, while you sip a coffee and let your little ones enjoy themselves.

- Samriddhi Bajpai Shukla
Is the Abu Dhabi-based blogger behind Keep up with her on Instagram @resmomsibility

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