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Play with Purpose – Time Out Kids

We Rock The Spectrum is all about fun activities in a sensory-safe environment

From a zip line, indoor play structures and sensory-based toys to suspended equipment with swings, crash mats and pillows, plus a fine motor arts and crafts area, We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym is Dubai’s ultimate edutainment venue – as highlighted by the fact it was highly commended in the Best Soft Play category at the recent Time Out Kids Awards.

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2019 Time Out Kids Awards winners revealed

We celebrate the city’s top venues, organisations and people

2019 CATEGORIES

RETAIL
Best UAE Kids’ Clothing Store
Best Online Kids’ Retailer
Best UAE Family Leisure Store
Best UAE Maternity Retailer
Best UAE Toy Store

ENTERTAINMENT
Best Kids’ Entertainment Centre
Best Kids’ Edutainment Centre
Best Soft Play Venue
Best UAE Theme Park
Best UAE Waterpark
Best Kids’ Party Choice

FOOD AND HOSPITALITY
Best Family Café/Restaurant
Best Family Brunch
Best Family Beach Day
Best UAE Family Hotel

SPORT, HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Best Fitness Organisation
Best Outdoor Adventure Sports Experience
Special Recognition for Pre- and Post-Natal Care

PEOPLE AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Best Maternity/Family Photographer
Parent Blog of 2019
Time Out Kids Family Entrepreneurial Award
Recognition for the Education of People of Determination


CATEGORY

RETAIL

BEST UAE KIDS’ CLOTHES

WINNER
H&M

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Mothercare
Next

SHORTLISTED
Cotton On Kids
GAP Kids
Level Kids
Monsoon Kids
Purebaby
Splash
Zara Kids


BEST ONLINE KIDS’ RETAILER

WINNER
Sprii

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Eggs & Soldiers
Mumzworld

SHORTLISTED
Babysouk
Elli Junior
Five Little Ducks
Little Wren
Martin and Ella
Mumz and Munchkins
Noah’s Garden


BEST UAE FAMILY LESIURE STORE

WINNER
Decathlon

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Adventure HQ
Carrefour

SHORTLISTED
ACE
Go Sport
JD Sports
Sports House
Stadium
Sun & Sand Sports
The Cycle Hub


BEST MATERNITY RETAILER

WINNER
Mummyista

HIGHLY COMMENDED
ASOS
Mums & Bumps

SHORTLISTED
Babyshop
Destination Maternity
H&M
Marks & Spencer
Nats & Jun
Next
Seraphine


BEST UAE TOY STORE

WINNER
Hamleys

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Toys for Less
Toys R Us

SHORTLISTED
American Girl
Back to Games
ELC
Klug Toys
LEGO
The Toy Store
Toy Corner


ENTERTAINMENT

BEST KIDS’ ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

WINNER
Air Maniax

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Hub Zero
Sky Zone

SHORTLISTED
Adventure Zone by Adventure HQ
BOUNCE
Dubai Bowling Centre
Just Play
Magic Planet
Ski Dubai
VR Park


BEST KIDS’ EDUTAINMENT CENTRE

WINNER
KidZania

HIGHLY COMMENDED
OliOli
The Green Planet

SHORTLISTED
Children’s City
Cloud 7
Dig It
Fun Robotics
Little Explorers
School of Culinary and Finishing Arts (SCAFA)
STEM for Kids


BEST SOFT PLAY VENUE

WINNER
Cheeky Monkeys

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Extreme Fun
We Rock The Spectrum

SHORTLISTED
Fairytales
Funky Monkeys Playland
Kids HQ
Kidz Palooza
Kidz Venture
PlayPoint Dubai
Stay & Play


BEST UAE THEME PARK

WINNER
motiongate Dubai

HIGHLY COMMENDED
VR Park
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

SHORTLISTED
Bollywood Parks Dubai
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Global Village
IMG Worlds of Adventure
LEGOLAND Dubai


BEST UAE WATERPARK

WINNER
LEGOLAND Water Park Dubai

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Aquaventure Waterpark
Yas Waterworld

SHORTLISTED
Dreamland
Laguna Waterpark
Splash ‘n’ Party
Splash Island at Blue Wave Club
Wild Wadi Waterpark


BEST KIDS’ PARTY CHOICE

WINNER
BOUNCE

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Kid’s Party Palace
The Happy Studio

SHORTLISTED
Be Bar Blow Dry Bar
Cheeky Monkeys
Just Play
Mattel Play! Town
OliOli
Splash ’n’ Party
The Green Planet


FOOD AND HOSPITALITY

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT/CAFÉ

WINNER
Maison Mathis

HIGHLY COMMENDED
LOWE, KOA Canvas
Reform Social & Grill

SHORTLISTED
Brambles
Bystro
Carluccio’s
Couqley
Jones the Grocer
PizzaExpress
The Cheesecake Factory


BEST FAMILY BRUNCH

WINNER
Bread Street Kitchen, Atlantis The Palm

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Farmer’s Brunch, Bab Al Shams
The City Brunch, Hilton Al Habtoor City

SHORTLISTED
Al Bahou, Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate
BFF, Ibn Battuta Gate
Family Daycation Brunch, Lapita Hotel Dubai
Geales, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
Mazina, Address Dubai Marina
Nomad, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
The Picnic Pantry Brunch, Crowne Plaza Festival City


BEST FAMILY BEACH DAY

WINNER
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah

HIGHLY COMMENDED
La Mer, Jumeirah 1
Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah

SHORTLISTED
Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort, Dubai Marina
Club Joumana, JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort
Club Mina, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim
RIVA Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah
Talise, Madinat Jumeirah
The Beach, Dubai Marina


BEST UAE FAMILY HOTEL

WINNER
Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah

HIGHLY COMMENDED
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah
Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts

SHORTLISTED
Emirates Palace, Corniche, Abu Dhabi
Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh
Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort, Dubai Marina
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche, Abu Dhabi


SPORT, HEALTH & WELLBEING

BEST FITNESS ORGANISATION

WINNER
My Sports Academy

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Diverse Performing Arts School
Dubai Tigers Rugby Club

SHORTLISTED
Desert Palm Riding School
DuGym
Elite Sports Academy
Hamilton Aquatics
ICC Academy
Spanish Soccer Schools at Dubai Sports City Football Academy
We Rock The Spectrum


BEST OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SPORTS EXPERIENCE

WINNER
Aventura Parks

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Surf House Dubai
Xpark Jr.

SHORTLISTED
Al Boom Diving
Challenging Adventure
Dubai Offshore Sailing Club
Wadi Adventure
Wire World Adventure Parks
Xtreme Wake UAE


BEST SPECIAL RECOGNITION PRE- AND POST-NATAL CARE

WINNER
Joanne Hanson-Halliwell and Lala Langtry White, Small & Mighty Babies

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Andrea Allen, founder, The Doting Doulas
Janice Aton, Lactation Nurse, Malaak Mama & Baby Care

SHORTLISTED
Amy Vogelaar & Jasmine Collin, co-founders and parenting educators, Love Parenting UAE
Dru Campbell, midwife, Health Bay Clinic
Eleonora Fornelli and Shereen Zarroug, co-founders, Belly Baby Mom
Elsa de Menezes Fernandes, Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and founder, New Concept Clinic
Jennifer Kasirsky, Head of Maternity, Mediclinic
Jo Holt, lead sleep expert & quality control, Malaak Mama & Baby Care
Kirsty MacPherson-Wright, co-founder, Phoenix Rising


PEOPLE & ACHIEVEMENTS

BEST MATERNITY/FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

WINNER
Adele Major Photography

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Becky Clemson Photography
Stu Williamson Photography

SHORTLISTED
Blink by Laura McCone
Emma Staples Photography
Hotshots Photography by Charlotte Simpson
Marli Smith Photography
Natalie Robinson
Similitude Photography
Sophia Mattia Photography


BEST PARENT BLOG OF 2019

WINNER
The Mothership, Helen Farmer

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Just Two Mums, Megan Kelly and Rebecca Davis
My Wilde Tribe, Jeri Willmott

SHORTLISTED
Babynilia & Mummy, Behnoush Aghajanpour
Dubai Mother, Wahiba Esri
Katherine Abdeen
Khalid Al Ameri
My Little Loves, Helen O’Brien
Nadine As A Mum, Nadine Zein
Seashells on the Palm, Edwina Viel


BEST TIME OUT KIDS FAMILY ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARD

WINNER
Lily Kandalaft, Malaak

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Holly Hart, Neon Starfish
Sofi Chabowski, Eggs & Soldiers

SHORTLISTED
Charlie Barlow, Health at Hand
Dr Saliha Afridi, LightHouse Arabia
Geetanjali Kaul, TurtleCard
Hannah Curran, Pure Born
Hiba Van Dyke, Chubby Cheeks organic baby food
Jumana Al Darwish, The Happy Studio
Raquel Ramalheira, Martin and Ella


BEST RECOGNITION FOR THE EDUCATION OF PEOPLE OF DETERMINATION

WINNER
Riverston Children’s Centre

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Stepping Stones
Widad Center

SHORTLISTED
Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs
Child Early Intervention Center
Dubai Autism Center
Dubai Center for Special Needs
High Hopes
Sensation Station
Team Angel Wolf
Tender Hearts Arena
Wilson Center for Child Development


OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION

Rana Akkad, Jad’s Inclusion


SPECIAL RECOGNITION – INSPIRING KID OF THE YEAR

Ruby Hamilton

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Nominees revealed for Time Out Dubai Kids Awards 2019

From the best family brunches to the coolest kids’ soft play areas, here are the shortlists for this year’s awards ceremony

Dubai is one of the most family-friendly cities on Earth. There, we said it. Don’t believe us? Then feast your eyes on the nominees for this year’s Time Out Dubai Kids Awards, which will take place on Sunday September 22 at Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City.

Categories are more competitive than ever for 2019, with so many superb activities for kids of all ages, and the parents who are secretly just as excited about flinging themselves onto inflatable landing pads.

From the UAE-wide Best Family Hotel to the Dubai-specific Best Soft Play Venue, these awards are designed to highlight the greatest destinations around for parents and their energetic broods, plus the services they need to make lasting memories – that’s why this year we’ve introduced new categories including Best UAE Family Leisure Store and Best Maternity/Family Photographer.

Whether you’ve just arrived in the city or think you’ve lived here long enough to have tried it all, this year’s nominees is essential reading.

For table bookings, email tablebookings@timeoutdubai.com.

2019 CATEGORIES

RETAIL
Best UAE Kids’ Clothing Store
Best Online Kids’ Retailer
Best UAE Family Leisure Store
Best UAE Maternity Retailer
Best UAE Toy Store

ENTERTAINMENT
Best Kids’ Entertainment Centre
Best Kids’ Edutainment Centre
Best Soft Play Venue
Best UAE Theme Park
Best UAE Waterpark
Best Kids’ Party Choice

FOOD AND HOSPITALITY
Best Family Café/Restaurant
Best Family Brunch
Best Family Beach Day
Best UAE Family Hotel

SPORT, HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Best Fitness Organisation
Best Outdoor Adventure Sports Experience
Special Recognition for Pre- and Post-Natal Care

PEOPLE AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Best Maternity/Family Photographer
Parent Blog of 2019
Time Out Kids Family Entrepreneurial Award
Recognition for the Education of People of Determination

CATEGORY SHORTLISTS

RETAIL

BEST UAE KIDS’ CLOTHES SHORTLIST
Cotton On Kids
GAP Kids
H&M
Level Kids
Monsoon Kids
Mothercare
Next
Purebaby
Splash
Zara Kids

BEST ONLINE KIDS’ RETAILER SHORTLIST
Babysouk
Elli Junior
Eggs & Soldiers
Five Little Ducks
Little Wren
Martin and Ella
Mumz and Munchkins
Mumzworld
Noah’s Garden
Sprii

BEST UAE FAMILY LESIURE STORE SHORTLIST
ACE
Adventure HQ
Carrefour
Decathlon
Go Sport
JD Sports
Sports House
Stadium
Sun & Sand Sports
The Cycle Hub

BEST MATERNITY RETAILER SHORTLIST
ASOS
Babyshop
Destination Maternity
H&M
Marks & Spencer
Mummyista
Mums & Bumps
Nats & Jun
Next
Seraphine

BEST UAE TOY STORE SHORTLIST
American Girl
Back to Games
ELC
Hamleys
Klug Toys
LEGO
The Toy Store
Toy Corner
Toys for Less
Toys R Us

ENTERTAINMENT

BEST KIDS’ ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE SHORTLIST
Adventure Zone by Adventure HQ
Air Maniax
BOUNCE
Dubai Bowling Centre
Hub Zero
Just Play
Magic Planet
Ski Dubai
Sky Zone
VR Park

BEST KIDS’ EDUTAINMENT CENTRE SHORTLIST
Children’s City
Cloud 7
Dig It
Fun Robotics
KidZania
Little Explorers
OliOli
School of Culinary and Finishing Arts (SCAFA)
STEM for Kids
The Green Planet

BEST SOFT PLAY VENUE SHORTLIST
Cheeky Monkeys
Extreme Fun
Fairytales
Funky Monkeys Playland
Kids HQ
Kidz Palooza
Kidz Venture
PlayPoint Dubai
Stay & Play
We Rock The Spectrum

BEST UAE THEME PARK SHORTLIST
Bollywood Parks Dubai
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Global Village
IMG Worlds of Adventure
LEGOLAND Dubai
motiongate Dubai
VR Park
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

BEST UAE WATERPARK SHORTLIST
Aquaventure Waterpark
Dreamland
Laguna Waterpark
LEGOLAND Water Park Dubai
Splash ‘n’ Party
Splash Island at Blue Wave Club
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Yas Waterworld

BEST KIDS’ PARTY CHOICE SHORTLIST
Be Bar Blow Dry Bar
BOUNCE
Cheeky Monkeys
Just Play
Kid’s Party Palace
Mattel Play! Town
OliOli
Splash ’n’ Party
The Green Planet
The Happy Studio

FOOD AND HOSPITALITY

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT/CAFÉ SHORTLIST
Brambles
Bystro
Carluccio’s
Couqley
Jones the Grocer
LOWE, KOA Canvas
Maison Mathis
PizzaExpress
Reform Social & Grill
The Cheesecake Factory

BEST FAMILY BRUNCH SHORTLIST
Al Bahou, Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate
BFF, Ibn Battuta Gate
Bread Street Kitchen, Atlantis The Palm
Family Daycation Brunch, Lapita Hotel Dubai
Farmer’s Brunch, Bab Al Shams
Geales, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
Mazina, Address Dubai Marina
Nomad, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
The City Brunch, Hilton Al Habtoor City
The Picnic Pantry Brunch, Crowne Plaza Festival City

BEST FAMILY BEACH DAY SHORTLIST
Club Joumana, JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort
Club Mina, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim
La Mer, Jumeirah 1
Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort, Dubai Marina
RIVA Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah
Talise, Madinat Jumeirah
The Beach, Dubai Marina
Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah

BEST UAE FAMILY HOTEL SHORTLIST
Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah
Emirates Palace, Corniche, Abu Dhabi
Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim
Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh
Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort, Dubai Marina
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche, Abu Dhabi

SPORT, HEALTH & WELLBEING

BEST FITNESS ORGANISATION SHORTLIST
Desert Palm Riding School
Diverse Performing Arts School
Dubai Tigers Rugby Club
DuGym
Elite Sports Academy
Hamilton Aquatics
ICC Academy
My Sports Academy
Spanish Soccer Schools at Dubai Sports City Football Academy
We Rock The Spectrum

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SPORTS EXPERIENCE SHORTLIST
Al Boom Diving
Aventura Parks
Challenging Adventure
Dubai Offshore Sailing Club
Surf House Dubai
Wadi Adventure
Wire World Adventure Parks
Xpark Jr.
Xtreme Wake UAE

SPECIAL RECOGNITION PRE- AND POST-NATAL CARE SHORTLIST
Amy Vogelaar & Jasmine Collin, co-founders and parenting educators, Love Parenting UAE
Andrea Allen, founder, The Doting Doulas
Dru Campbell, midwife, Health Bay Clinic
Eleonora Fornelli and Shereen Zarroug, co-founders, Belly Baby Mom
Elsa de Menezes Fernandes, Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and founder, New Concept Clinic
Janice Aton, Lactation Nurse, Malaak Mama & Baby Care
Jennifer Kasirsky, Head of Maternity, Mediclinic
Jo Holt, lead sleep expert & quality control, Malaak Mama & Baby Care
Joanne Hanson-Halliwell and Lala Langtry White, Small & Mighty Babies
Kirsty MacPherson-Wright, co-founder, Phoenix Rising

PEOPLE & ACHIEVEMENTS

BEST MATERNITY/FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER SHORTLIST
Adele Major Photography
Becky Clemson Photography
Blink by Laura McCone
Emma Staples Photography
Hotshots Photography by Charlotte Simpson
Marli Smith Photography
Natalie Robinson
Similitude Photography
Sophia Mattia Photography
Stu Williamson Photography

PARENT BLOG OF 2019 SHORTLIST
Babynilia & Mummy, Behnoush Aghajanpour
Dubai Mother, Wahiba Esri
Just Two Mums, Megan Kelly and Rebecca Davis
Katherine Abdeen
Khalid Al Ameri
My Little Loves, Helen O’Brien
My Wilde Tribe, Jeri Willmott
Nadine As A Mum, Nadine Zein
Seashells on the Palm, Edwina Viel
The Mothership, Helen Farmer

TIME OUT KIDS FAMILY ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARD SHORTLIST
Charlie Barlow, Health at Hand
Dr Saliha Afridi, LightHouse Arabia
Geetanjali Kaul, TurtleCard
Hannah Curran, Pure Born
Hiba Van Dyke, Chubby Cheeks organic baby food
Holly Hart, Neon Starfish
Jumana Al Darwish, The Happy Studio
Lily Kandalaft, Malaak
Raquel Ramalheira, Martin and Ella
Sofi Chabowski, Eggs & Soldiers

RECOGNITION FOR THE EDUCATION OF PEOPLE OF DETERMINATION SHORTLIST
Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs
Child Early Intervention Center
Dubai Autism Center
Dubai Center for Special Needs
High Hopes
Riverston Children’s Centre
Sensation Station
Stepping Stones
Team Angel Wolf
Tender Hearts Arena
Widad Center
Wilson Center for Child Development

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Play With Purpose – We Rock The Spectrum

We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym Dubai, part of an American “play with purpose” franchise with playgrounds across the world, won the Highly Commended Sports Experience recognition at the Time Out UAE Kids Awards, a publication that is widely known as families’ intelligent guide to parenting. In addition, the gym was awarded Best Party Venue in the emirate by Mother, Baby & Child magazine, one of the biggest parenting magazines in Dubai.

Behind We Rock the Spectrum, the gym that is changing the face of sensory edutainment in Dubai, is Dr. Nashila Farrah Jaffer. A mum of two girls, the chiropractor’s dreams and goals for the venue stem from a deep belief in children’s potential, including those with developmental delays of all types.

“I have been in the medical practice for 18 years now and, over the years, I have seen more and more cases of children with developmental delays such as gross motor and postural weakness, in addition to back pain in very young age groups,” says Dr. Jaffer.

“I believe that the reason for this is the sedentary lifestyle that we are leading compared to, say, 15 years ago when iPads and smart phones didn’t exist. In the past, children led more active lifestyles, so kicking a football around or playing in the garden were part of daily life. Nowadays, they go to school from such an early age and have regular routines when they should really be actively learning through movement,” she adds.

Movement, Dr. Jaffer highlights, is essential for the development of children’s neurological system, as 90% of stimulation to the brain comes from movement of the spine.

“Being a mother myself, I know how important it is for my children to get active every single day. Thankfully, Dubai’s parks are a fantastic way to keep children moving, encouraging a healthy lifestyle during winter months. However, it is not the easiest task to find things to do during the hot summer,” says Dr. Jaffer.

“So, when I came across We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, I thought it would be perfect for Dubai as an indoor playground where children can fulfil their sensory and motor development needs while having fun. I call the concept ‘Play with a Purpose’,” she adds.

In 2017, Dr. Jaffer launched the flagship gym in Jumeirah, and it garnered an overwhelmingly positive response from parents. We Rock the Spectrum Kids’ Gym had finally catered to the needs of many mums, ones who longed for such a facility where their children could work out and have fun at the same time.

Parents were also happy to see an extensive list of activities on offer at the gym, which is the first of its kind in the UAE.

“We have Open Play, where you can come with your child at any time of the day, just like a regular gym, so you don’t need to book in advance – just show up. We encourage parents to play with their children, but also have a Drop ‘n’ Shop option where we can supervise and care for your child for an hour or two,” says Dr. Jaffer.

“We have kids’ fitness, dance and drama classes and science workshops. Plus, birthday parties, a coffee shop and free Wi-Fi. We also work very closely with occupational, speech & language therapists and child experts who offer free monthly workshops at the gym to help educate parents on child development, called the Children’s Wellbeing Series” she explains.

The gym’s parties have been among its most successful offerings, with parents bringing in their children for themed events where they can play with friends in a colourful environment with plenty of activities to keep them entertained.

“In a day and age where electronics are so readily available, it is important for children to get into good habits early on and understand that movement is an essential part of an active, healthy lifestyle. Just as adults go to the gym and exercise to keep fit, the same should be applicable to children. If we can encourage the importance of exercise from a young age, we will avoid health problems later on in life,” she adds.

At We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym, which follows the same guidelines as the international franchise, there are ten pieces of equipment specifically designed to promote sensory stimulation, boosting kids’ development as they play. This is in addition to a Calming Room where they can relax after their energetic session.

“We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym welcomes children as young as one year old. There are swings to help with spatial awareness and movement. Plus, soft play toys, role play, and arts and crafts to bolster fine motor skills, as well as social skills through interacting with other little ones. From birth to the age of five, a child’s brain develops more quickly than at any other time in their life,” says Dr. Jaffer.

“Scientific research has made it clear that the quality of a child’s experiences in the first few years of their life helps shape how the brain develops. Therefore, I would encourage movement and activity as early on as possible,” she advises.

We Rock the Spectrum’s equipment is also unique, with each and every piece serving a different purpose.

“There are ten pieces of equipment that can be found in every We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym. These specialised pieces are all designed to stimulate children’s neurological system. For example, the climbing apparatus enhances body awareness and scheme, motor planning and bilateral coordination. The child’s body weight, combined with gravity, provides additional proprioceptive feedback to the joints, helping them coordinate their movement,” says Dr. Jaffer.

The bolster swing provides a side-to-side motion, which aids motor planning and sequencing activity. As for the trampoline, it builds lower body strength and helps teach balance, hence providing a full body workout.

“The zip line, which is by far the most popular piece of equipment in the gym, is a great way to build upper extremity strength and muscle endurance. It also enhances the child’s ability to integrate and tolerate movement and boosts self-confidence as children challenge themselves to hold on long enough to get to the crash pit at the other end,” says Dr. Jaffer.

The zip line is one of many ways through which children work out without taking part in rigorous sports activity which can be unappealing to some. For example, children on the autism spectrum, to whom the gym also caters.

“The equipment found at We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gyms, including our Dubai branch, is similar to that which is used in occupational therapy offices to help children on the spectrum, or others, who experience sensory processing difficulties. Statistics show that as many as one in six children experience sensory symptoms that could affect their everyday lives,” says Dr. Jaffer.

The gym, an all-inclusive environment, is open to young ones of all ages and abilities to go and play, with the aim of ensuring that their time spent at the venue yields positive results.

“We encourage parents to come and play with their children as it helps parent-child bonding and promotes social interaction in a place where everyone is welcome. We know occupational therapy clinics tend to have long waiting lists, and can often be unaffordable, so we want parents to know that we’re here to help,” she adds,

Dr. Jaffer concludes: “The gym is fully inclusive as we encourage children of all abilities to learn, play and grow together in a safe environment, supervised by fully trained staff. We do not divide children into separate groups – all kids play together at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym Dubai.”

Play With Purpose – We Rock The Spectrum – Mumz World

We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym Dubai, part of an American “play with purpose” franchise with playgrounds across the world, won the Highly Commended Sports Experience recognition at the Time Out UAE Kids Awards, a publication that is widely known as families’ intelligent guide to parenting. In addition, the gym was awarded Best Party Venue in the emirate by Mother, Baby & Child magazine, one of the biggest parenting magazines in Dubai.

Behind We Rock the Spectrum, the gym that is changing the face of sensory edutainment in Dubai, is Dr. Nashila Farrah Jaffer. A mum of two girls, the chiropractor’s dreams and goals for the venue stem from a deep belief in children’s potential, including those with developmental delays of all types.

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Dubai’s newest kids' developmental play venue is all about development

We Rock The Spectrum kids’ gym now open – Time Out Dubai

From a zip line, indoor play structures and sensory-based toys to suspended equipment with swings, crash mats and pillows, plus a fine motor arts and crafts area, We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym is Dubai’s ultimate edutainment venue.

“Play with purpose is about kids playing and having fun while developing physically, cognitively and socially. We’re passionate and committed to creating experiences for young ones to learn and grow,” says Dr Nashila Farrah Jaffer, the chiropractor and entrepreneur behind the international franchise’s arrival to Dubai.

Through movement, little ones improve their range of motion, balance, muscle strength, coordination and endurance. “We encourage kids of all ages and abilities to interact with eachother in harmony,” adds Dr Nashila. “You’ll see a two-year-old and nine-year-old playing side by side, it’s beautiful.”

We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym is a sensory hub. Every piece of equipment is designed to stimulate certain parts of the brain through movement.

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We Rock The Spectrum – A Great Kids Gym To Play With Purpose! – Frontline F

Dubai has something for everyone, that much is true. But when it comes to finding a safe environment for your kids to explore, develop, get exercise and not be defended with crazy gimmicks  / even crazier kids and parents or over-crowding, the options can be reduced somewhat.

Recently, we have discovered We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym in Beach Park Plaza.

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We Rock the Spectrum Dubai is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and fun environment to foster learning, exploration and safe sensory experiences.

It provides children with a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions, and self-care skills. Our unique equipment assists all children in their neurological growth and development.

we rock the spectrum kids gym dubai mom and daughter on bolster swing

The gym features 10 pieces of therapeutic equipment:

  • Suspended equipment with swings – for balance and vestibular treatment

suspended equipment with swings

  • Crash mats and crash pillows – for fun, motor planning, and strength

crash pits

  • Zip line – for stress release and joint and body relaxation

  • Trampoline – for building leg and core strength
  • Indoor play structure – for climbing and increasing playground skills

wrts dubai rock wall

  • Sensory-based toys – for improved auditory processing and fine motor skills
  • Fine Motor and Arts and Crafts Area – for improved hand-eye coordination and dress up fun

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I was lucky enough to have a chat with the beautiful and intelligent Dr. Nashila Farrah Jaffer  and asked her why she has set this up and what was her motivation behind the project.

I have been practicing as a Chiropractor for fifteen years now, and in recent years I have treated more and more children with developmental delays, weak motor skills and sensory issues. This has taken my career on to a more child-orientated path and one that I believe has led me to this point in my journey.

I was inspired by the whole idea and framework of WRTS when I went to the States, and the real test was if my daughters, aged 4 and 6 years, would like it. They absolutely loved it and this is when I knew that the children in Dubai would benefit enormously from WRTS.

wrts dubai owner with customers

My motivation has always been my two girls. They give me a fresh perspective every single day and they are my drive and inspiration.  I am also passionate about raising awareness and educating parents on the importance of movement for all kids to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. Ultimately, it is my goal to improve the lives of children and families here in the UAE, whilst bringing an element of fun through therapeutic play.

To make a great day even better, we were treated to delicious ice cream courtesy of Piccadilly Whippy.

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Beach Park Plaza Centre, Beach Road, Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
04 343 2442, 052 219 7867
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The Play Space That Promotes Fun With Purpose & Child Development – Sassy Mama Dubai

‘We Rock The Spectrum’ is a brilliant new play and development space in Jumeirah that’s all about helping kids be active through movement that’s essential for their development

Dr. Nashila Farrah Jaffer is aChiropractic Physician, a mama of two and the founder of ‘We Rock The Spectrum‘, a relatively new play space in the Beach Park Plaza on Jumeirah Beach Road specifically developed to help child development (& a far cry from any other soft play area in Dubai). We chatted to her about why this space is about so much more than just fun!

Why did you decide to set up WRTS in Dubai?

I have been practicing as chiropractor for 17 years now and over the years I have seen more and more cases of children having developmental delays such as gross motor weakness, postural weakness and back pain at very young ages. I believe the reason for this is the sedentary lifestyle that we are all leading compared to 15 years ago when ipads and phones were not available. In the past, children led more active lifestyles because gadgets were not readily available like they are today, so kicking a football around or playing in the garden were the norm. Nowadays, children go to school from such an early age and have regular routines when really they should be actively learning and playing through movement. Movement is essential in the development of children’s neurological system. In fact 90%  of stimulation to the brain comes from movement of the spine. So this lack of movement I feel has significantly affected the growth and development of children today.

Being a mother myself, I have seen how important it is for my children to do something active every single day and in Dubai it is not the easiest with the hot summer months. Thankfully the parks are fabulous and they are a fantastic way to keep children moving and active and encourage a healthy lifestyle in the winter months. So when I came across We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gymwhilst searching online, I thought this would be perfect in Dubai as an indoor playground for children to fulfil their sensory and motor development needs whilst having fun.

I call it “Play with a Purpose.”

 

Kids class we rock the spectrum dubai

What kind of services and classes do you offer?

We have Open Play whereby you can come with your child at any time of day, just like a regular gym, so you don’t need to prebook in advance, just show up at any time during the day. We encourage parents to play with their child inside the gym, but we also have a Drop n’ Shop optionwhere we can supervise your child for an hour or two. We have kids fitness classes, dance and drama classes, a maths enrichment program, birthday parties, coffee shop and free wifi too. We also work very closely with Pure Child Health, a centre that offers occupational therapy and speech and language therapy, and we run parent workshops at the gym to help educate parents about child development.

Kids yoga class

Why is it so important that parents take their children to a gym?

In a day and age where computers and ipads are so readily available, it is important for children to get into good habits early on and understand that movement is an essential part of an active, healthy lifestyle. Just as adults go to the gym and exercise to keep themselves fit, the same should be available for children so that it becomes a habit. If we can encourage the importance of exercise from a young age we will avoid many more health problems later on in life.

What age should parents think about taking their kids to the gym?

We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym welcomes children as young as one year old. There are fun swings to help with spatial awareness and movement as well as soft play toys, role play and arts and crafts to encourage fine motor skills, as well as social skills interacting with other children. From birth to age five, a child’s brain develops more rapidly than at any other time in life. Scientific research has made clear that the quality of a child’s experiences in the first few years of life helps shape how their brain develops. Therefore, in my opinion I would encourage movement and activity as early as possible.

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Tell us about some of the specific benefits from the exercises you offer?

There are ten pieces of equipment that will be found in every We Rock Kid’s Gym. These specialised pieces of equipment are all designed to stimulate your neurological system. For example, the climbing apparatus enhances body awareness, body scheme, motor planning and bilateral coordination. The child’s body weight, combined with gravity, provides additional proprioceptive feedback to the joints, helping the child coordinate their movement. The bolster swing provides a swinging side to side motion that is a great motor planning and motor sequencing activity. The trampoline builds lower body strength and helps to teach balance and provides a full body workout. The zip line, by far the most popular piece of equipment in the gym, is a great way to build upper extremity strength, muscle endurance, enhance the ability to integrate and tolerate movement and help give self-confidence as children challenge themselves to hold on long enough to get to the crash pit at the other end. the best part about it is that children are having fun whilst having a full workout without realising it!

How do your services and classes cater to children on the Autism spectrum specifically?

The equipment found at all We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gyms are the same pieces of equipment used in occupational therapy offices to help regulate children on the spectrum who experience sensory processing difficulties. In fact, statistics show that as many as one in six children experience sensory symptoms that could affect their everyday lives. We encourage parents with children on the spectrum to come and play with their child in an inclusive environment with children of all abilities. This encourages parent-child bonding, social interaction and a place where children of ALL abilities are welcomed. In addition, there are long waiting lists for some occupational therapy clinics and it can also be unaffordable for some families.

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How is the gym fully inclusive? And how do you cater to differently abled children?

The gym is fully inclusive as we encourage children of all abilities to learn, play and grow together in a safe environment. We do not differentiate children into separate groups as the whole purpose and vision is to provide an inclusive environment for all kids to play together. Our staff are fully trained on the specialised equipment and we have a Calming Room for children who may need a break from the excitement of the gym.

We took our kids to We Rock The Spectrum and they LOVED it, mamas! Check it out for yourselves: 
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WE ROCK THE SPECTRUM- KID’S GYM – Mumzy Notebook

If you had to compare between your own childhood and the current lifestyle of your child, what would you say is the biggest difference? One of them has to be the availability of electronic devices. Walking into the mall or eating at a restaurant, you are sure to spot at least one child hooked on to the screen of a mobile phone or a tablet. I’m not going to be the parent that judges here. Perhaps these children have limited screen time in place already. Nevertheless, the fact remains that these kids are definitely not as active as we might have been 15 years ago.

To back this up, say hello to Dr Nashila Jaffer, a chiropractic physician practicing for 17 years now, first in the UK and now in the UAE.  A mother of two and the mind behind ‘We Rock the Spectrum- Kids Gym’ (WRTS), a recently opened flagship gym in Jumeirah. An indoor gym- playground for children of all abilities, and the answer to getting your child’s daily dose of physical activity in this hot and sunny Dubai. And I’m here to tell you what makes this place so different from the other traditional indoor play centres.

HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN FOR WRTS?

Located in Jumeirah, at Beach Park Plaza, WRTS Kid’s Gym opened in December 2017. It’s the first in UAE, however branches of WRTS are already found in 5 other countries, with over 70 locations, a sign of a successful idea. What this Kid’s Gym is committed to provide is exactly what attracted Dr Nashila to open a centre here in Dubai.

Nashila of WRTS Dubai

Dr Nashila currently practices at Pure Child Health, a centre offering occupational therapy and speech & language therapy to children. Over the years of practice, she has been seeing more and more cases of developmental delays in children, such as muscle weakness, bad posture and also back pain at very young ages. Dr Nashila believes the reason for the sedentary lifestyle is the electronic gadgets, something we didn’t have to ‘play’ with when we were young. Our play time consisted of spending hours in the playground, riding bikes or playing tag. Nowadays, children not only start school at a very young age, but also have afterschool activities that has them ‘fixed’ in a structured routine. There is hardly any room for active learning and playing through movement. Parents, would you agree?

Research shows physical activity is particularly essential for young children, as the first five years are important in their growth and development. Early physical activity not only helps set up good exercise habits that they will continue into adulthood, but also helps with their mental well being, social skills and more importantly , movement.

THE SCIENCE-Y BIT

While writing this post, I happened to read up on quite a bit of research and I’m sure it’s going to blow your mind, just as it did for me.

Movement is essential when it comes to the development of children’s neurological system. Research shows that movement, especially of the spine, is required for proper brain function. Yes, the brain not only controls the body, but also requires constant stimulation, a constant input from movement to keep it charged and going. Lack of movement and decreased stimulation of the brain in childhood can also result in learning disabilities and concentration inabilities like ADHD.

So, next time you find your child running around the house, know that it’s good for him/her.

Interior WRTS Dubai Kids Gym

WRTS, IN DUBAI

Getting back to WRTS, and the reason Dr Nashila was so confident about it was because she saw how much her own two girls benefitted from it, when visiting the US. Once in Dubai, it became her goal to educate parents on the importance of movement, staying active whilst keeping in the element of fun for children. More so, because children here hardly get physical activity due to the long summer months of UAE. Having an indoor playground for children seemed the perfect answer. Hence, the first WRTS was opened in Dubai and the rest they say is history.

THE EQUIPMENT AT WRTS KIDS GYM.

This is the bit that sets this place apart from other traditional indoor play centres; the ten essential pieces of equipment found in every WRTS Kid’s Gym. These specialised pieces of equipment are designed to encourage movement and stimulate the brain. Allow me to name a few:

  • The climbing structures enhances body awareness, bilateral coordination and helps the child coordinate his or her movements.
  • The trampoline builds lower body strength, helps to teach balance and provides a full body workout.
  • The zip line and crash pit, a firm favourite among all children, helps build upper extremity strength, muscle endurance, tolerate movement, and helps children with self-confidence, as they hang on long enough before reaching the crash pit at the other end.

Kid playing in boat swing

Kids playing on trampoline

Kid climbing structure

Other equipment include the tunnel, the carpet swing, zip box with slide and swivel rotators, again designed to encourage movement and help with the spatial awareness, for children of all abilities.

So, while the children think they’ve been ‘playing’, we parents know that they’ve in fact been having an intense muscle workout. It’s what Dr Nashila calls ,”Play with a Purpose”.

Children as young as one year old can benefit from these specialised equipment. My daughter, may have been too young to use the climbing structures or slide across the zip line, however she made full use of the tunnel, the swings and had a go at the trampoline. Yes, WRTS also have the usual soft play toys, role play toys and costumes, and an arts and craft corner to help with the development of their fine motor skills and social skills.

Kid playing with toys

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU EXPECT AT WRTS KIDS GYM?

Open Play: Just like a regular gym, parents can turn up with their children at any time of the day, without any pre-booking, and make use of the equipment available to them. While there is also a ‘Drop and Shop’ option available, where parents can leave their children under the care of supervisors, they in fact encourage parents to play inside the gym with them. It’s not only great for bonding and building confidence, but also sets a wonderful example to the children about keeping fit. You can even drop your children off and head upstairs to Fitness First for a workout yourself, completely assured that your child will bee fully supervised having a workout together as a family together is a fantastic and holistic approach to family well-being.

Kids Classes: You will be able to enrol your children to various classes, such as fitness, dance and drama, dance fusion and math tuition. Watch how the children are able to improve their attention span, on task behaviour, coordination, poster, motor planning, muscle tone, and motor development.

Birthday Parties: Your child is going to be loved at school after having his/her birthday party at WRTS. No worrying about booking in a magician or someone to face paint, while getting the children to sit quietly in rows. WRTS has a special party room for the cake ceremony and treats. And after all that sugar rush, let them loose and watch them have fun whilst having a full work out without even knowing!

Rock Shop: Looking to continue that stimulation at home? Well then you can choose to buy from a range of sensory based toys, puzzles and books.

Calm Room: A dedicated calm room with a few books and teepee to wind down after all the serious workout.

Kid playing with toys

Kid playing with toys

AUTISM AND ADHD IN CHILDREN. HOW IS WRTS HERE TO HELP THEM?

Read here for more info about (ADHD) Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder. (https://www.werockthespectrumdubai.com/7-ways-we-rock-the-spectrum-helps-children-with-adhd/)

Read here for more info about Autism (https://www.werockthespectrumdubai.com/10-things-every-child-autism-wishes-knew-ellen-notbohrn-2/)

There seems to be a rise in children diagnosed with Autism and ADHD. The specialised equipment at WRTS is similar to the equipment used in occupational therapy offices to help regulate children on the spectrum who have autism, and show sensory processing difficulties. WRTS encourages parents with children on the spectrum to come and play together in a safe, inclusive environment with other children of different abilities, even if it is just for an hour. WRTS Dubai works very closely with Pure Child Health and run parent-child workshops at the gym to help educate parents about the development of your child. At times when occupational therapy seems very expensive, places such as WRTS are an affordable alternative.

FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Whether about an hour’s play, a 5 session play package, play dates or even a birthday package, you can get in touch with WRTS for more information.

Website: www.werockthespectrumdubai.com

Address: Beach Park Plaza Centre, Beach Road, Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

Email: info@werockthespectrumdubai.com

Telephone: 04 343 2442, 052 219 7867

Kid playing with toys

GIVEAWAY

Mumzy Notebook and WRTS have partnered together to host a giveaway, where one randomly selected lucky winner will walk away with one 5 session play pass to be used at WRTS, Jumeirah. The giveaway will run be running on Instagram from 8th of April until the 14th of April. Head over to Mumzy Notebook’s Instagram page to find out how you can enter and walk away with a wonderful prize for your child.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Dr. Nashila, online research and the information available on WRTS website has helped me write this post. All views, opinions and photographs are of my own.

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Beach Park Plaza Centre, Beach Road, Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
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