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36 things do with the kids in the UAE in 2020

36 things do with the kids in the UAE in 2020 – TimeOut

The UAE is full of family-friendly things to do, and we’ve pulled them all together in this comprehensive month-by-month list (and what mum doesn’t love a list?), so that you can tick them off with your kids throughout the year, and rate them as you go.

Have loads of fun, and let us know when you’ve been there, done that by tagging us in your cool pics on Instagram (@TimeOutUAEKids). Now, go and have some fun with the gang.

January

Action Park

A brand-new indoor and outdoor adventure park opened at the end of 2019 bringing with it the city’s second Smash Room and a cool paintballing arena. But there are still plenty more attractions set to open at the massive entertainment destination this month, including the region’s very first upside down house and a go-karting track. A top idea for active families.
From Dhs99 (per 100 paintballs). Sun-Wed, 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat, 11am-11pm. The Last Exit, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, www.actionpark.ae (04 235 8893).

Global Village
This huge funfair-style theme park where cultures mix together harmoniously, is a must for any family living in the UAE, or for any family visiting the UAE. With themed kiosks offering street food from around the world, fairground rides and attractions, arcade games and shows and concerts it’s a must-visit, especially in January when the weather is cooler.
Dhs15. Sat-Wed 4pm-midnight; Thu & Fri 4pm-1am, until Sat Apr 4. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, www.globalvillage.ae.

Privilee
We know that this isn’t an activity, but getting membership to Privilee is a great way to kick start your new year. Membership (one adult membership includes access for two children under 12) gives the whole gang access to more than 50 of the most luxurious beach clubs across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, 25 of which have kids’ clubs. And when family or friends come to visit, you can get them their own pass for Dhs289 per week. We are sold.
From Dhs529 per month (adult). www.privilee.ae (04 554 7820).

February

Arabian Wildlife Centre
Budding conservationists will love learning about the different animals and ecosystems of the Arabian Peninsula here. Housing the world’s largest collection of Arabian animals – such as oryx, antelopes, Arabian leopards, and flamingos – the zoo creates open and convincing examples of the animals’ natural habitats. In the main building, nature lovers can see the animals through large panel windows, and enjoy the indoor exhibits and enclosures. For a particularly memorable sight, head to the snake section – if they dare – the colours and abundance of nature’s most slithery specimens creates quite a spectacle.
Free (under 12), Dhs15 (over 12). Sun-Thu 9am-5.30pm, Fri 2pm-5.30pm, Sat 11am-5.30pm. Al Dhaid Rd, E88, Sharjah. (06 531 1999).

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Every year the huge book fair brings incredible literary talent to the UAE. This year the fair is taking place from Tuesday February 4 to Sunday February 9, and is welcoming a number of highly-acclaimed individuals such as Great British Bake Off winner and children’s picture book author Nadiya Hussain, and Oliver Jeffers who has written over 13 kid’s books including Stuck. There are dozens of seminars and workshops aimed at kids too. Little bookworms will love it.
Prices vary. Tue Feb 4-Sun Feb 9. InterContinental, Dubai Festival City, www.emirateslitfest.com (04 355 9844).

Ferrari World

This massive Abu Dhabi attraction is a fantastic white-knuckle ride all-round. The theme park boasts more than 20 rides and activities, but the one you will want to strap yourself into is the record-smashing Formula Rossa. It’s not for the fainthearted, however. There are heaps of less terrifying rides suitable for mini thrill-seekers such as the car carousel, driving school and an awesome super car museum – we can but dream as we gaze on the gorgeous motors.
From Dhs230 (kids), Dhs295 (adults). Open daily 11am-8pm. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com (02 496 8000).

March

Desert Safari with Platinum Heritage
Get a true taste of the deserts of Dubai from the air conditioned comfort of a 4×4 as you go up and down (and back up) the spectacular sand dunes. Give kids an education in local wildlife before ending up at a luxurious Bedouin camp where a brilliant falconry show, flame dancer and camel rides are laid on, alongside a six-course meal brimming with authentic Emirati cuisine.
Dhs595 per person (heritage desert safari and camel desert safari), Dhs1,595 per person (platinum safari). Open daily, 6.30am onwards. Office: Control Tower, Motor City, Dubai, www.platinum-heritage.com (04 440 9827).

motiongate

With two of the fastest rides in Dubai – The Madagascar Mad Pursuit and The Bullet Train – as well as plenty of less scary rides for younger theme park goers and an entire indoor area housing four themed zones – Kung Fu Panda, How to Train your Dragon, Shrek and Madagascar – there is something for everyone year round.

If you don’t have a Dubai Parks & Resorts annual pass – and you live in the UAE – now’s a good time to get one. That way you can use it to go to motiongate and again when you go to LEGOLAND and LEGOLAND waterpark later on in the year. We have no doubt that you will go more times in the year than we suggest.
Dhs275, Dubai Parks and Resorts, www.motiongatedubai.com (800 2629464).

Yas Waterworld

The park, uniquely based on the Emirati “The Legend of the Lost Pearl”, theme is divided into four thrill levels: Adrenaline Rush, Exciting Adventure, Moving and Grooving and, finally, Young Fun. Each zone caters to different age groups and with 40 exhilarating rides and slides there really is something for the whole crew to enjoy. The Tot’s Playground is a popular spot for parents with tiny ones who are just looking to splash about.
Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yaswaterworld.com (600 511 115).

April

Hub Zero
An amazing 18,000 square feet indoor entertainment park with an unparalleled amount for kids to do across all age groups. State-of-the-art gaming is mixed with retro classics, plus cool racing simulators, an inner-city sports court arena for Pro Evolution Soccer tournaments, a laser maze and a 46-seater 4D cinema. The exhilarating robocoaster is a must-try, as is The Void.
From Dhs165 (day passes). Sat-Wed 2pm-10pm, Thu-Fri 2pm-midnight. City Walk, Al Safa Street, Dubai, www.hubzerodubai.com (800 637227).

IMG Worlds of Adventure

The biggest indoor theme park on the planet features three zones – The Marvel Zone for diddy superhero fans, The Lost Valley where you can spot a dinosaur or two and The Cartoon Network Zone where all your favourite, colourful characters like the Powerpuff Girls and Ben 10 are hanging out. Each zone houses a host of heart-pumping rides from white-knuckle rollercoasters to less scary experiences for little ones.
Dhs257 (general admission), Dhs236 (kids under 1.2m in height), Dhs158 (ages 60 and over), free (kids under 1.05m in height). Open Sun-Wed 11am-11pm, Thu-Sat 11am-11pm. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Dubai, www.imgworlds.com (600 500 962).

Mattel Play! Town
A fun and colourful edutainment centre where lovable dinosaur Barney is a permanent fixture. Kids kids can meet Barney, go on an adventure with Thomas & Friends, be a hero with Fireman Sam, build their dream home with Bob the Builder and dance their little hearts out with Angelina Ballerina – and generally just have heaps of fun.
Free (kids under two), from Dhs110 (full-day), from Dhs59 (parents pass). Open Sat-Wed 10am-7pm, Thu & Fri 10am-8pm. City Walk, Al Safa, Dubai, www.playtowndubai.com (04 317 3999).

May

Aquaventure Waterpark

This huge waterpark is splashing fun for all the family from the tiniest tots up to the biggest kids – we mean you mums and dads! There are so many cool rides offering varying levels of terror – we dare you to slide down the transparent tube surrounded by sharks – and there are shady spots to chill out in.

The younger kids’ area is safe for little ones to roam around, as they make their way up, over and through the giant wet pirate ship and try to avoid the enormous bucket that dumps out water periodically.
From Dhs195 (adults, residents), Dhs170 (kids less than 1.2m tall, UAE residents), free (kids under two). Open daily 10am-sundown. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).

Cheeky Monkeys
A world of colour and fun awaits little explorers at the Cheeky Monkeys soft play centres. Innovative neon-lit slides, mini zip lines, brilliant dressing up area and an enormous ball pit provide endless entertainment that energetic tots love. Plus there’s a café serving hot kid-friendly meals and Starbucks coffee for the mums and dads.
Dhs55 (first hour, Dhs30 (subsequent hours). Times vary. Various locations including J3 Mall, Dubai and Al Ain Mall, Al Ain, www.cheekymonkeys.com (04 276 0011).

Louvre Abu Dhabi

From super cool exhibitions to awesome holiday camps, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is a hot pot of learning and fun for inquisitive little minds. With its own museum dedicated to the youngest members of the family, there is always plenty going on to keep even the smallest of visitors entertained.

The Children’s Museum hosts family-friendly experiences and workshops in both Arabic and English throughout the year, and the latest one to take residency is “A Costume Adventure” that is running until July 2020 – so catch it before it’s gone.
From Dhs30. Open Sat, Sun, Tue, Wed 10am-8pm; Thu-Fri 10am-10pm. Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.louvreabudhabi.ae (600 565 566).

June

BOUNCE
There’s heaps of activities on offer in both the Abu Dhabi and Dubai branches, including the capital’s “super tramp”. This beast is four times the size of a standard trampoline and can generate a force of over 14Gs, which is what a fighter pilots feel.

X Park is a brilliant way to find your inner Spider-Man and jump around its many obstacles and pipes to work up a sweat, from its spider wall to its climbing wall. Kids can unleash all their pent up energy in this parkour zone.

Plus, billed as one of the most effective exercises you can do, trampolining is a fun, low-impact workout that tones muscles and improves coordination.
From Dhs75 (per session). Times vary. Al Quoz, Dubai and Marina Mall, Al Marina, Abu Dhabi, www.bounce.ae.

VR Park

VR Park is home to a host of virtual reality games for kids of all ages,  where they can challenge reality and learn at the same time.

Among the 18 separate attractions (within which there can be multiple games) found inside VR Park, you’ll be taken to distant planets, the distant future and the not-so-distant world of a fully virtualized Dubai, in a series of games that have been specially designed with some of the world’s top VR production houses.

VR Park is also designed to slowly and safely introduce kids to virtual reality, with various tame experiences for little ones.
Free entry, from Dhs90 (Super 7 pass). Open Sun-Wed 10am-midnight, Thu-Sat 10am-1am. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.vrparkdubai.com.

We Rock The Spectrum
Providing safe sensory experiences, this kids’ gym is a real favourite for all the tribe.

While it encourages open play, We Rock the Spectrum Kids’ Gym also offers arts and crafts classes for little creative kiddos to enjoy, as well as fitness and lab lessons for high-energy tots and inquisitive little minds.

A fab day out for your active little people.
From Dhs63 (per hour). Jumeirah Beach Road, www.werockthespectrumdubai.com (04 343 2442).

July

Extreme Fun
This is a popular soft play hotspot not just with the little ones, who can play safely in the separate toddler area, but with older balls of energy up to ten years old who love the climbing, exploring and sliding. The arts and crafts zone is always a huge hit too, with everyone.
Dhs50 (first hour, kids six months-12 years). Daily 9am-8pm. Various locations including Motor City, Dubai, www.extremefun.ae (04 452 5543).

KidZania

There’s just something fun about pretending to be a doctor, a fireman, a chef or a builder. KidZania is a magical world of make believe where children can role play more than 40 professions and earn their own KidZania money, which they can then spend on their way out in the on-site shop.
From Dhs94.5 (kids two-three), from Dhs166.5 (kids four-16). Times vary. The Dubai Mall, Dubai and Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi, www.kidzania.ae (800 382246255).

Warner Bros. World
This indoor (which is why the middle of summer is a great time to go) mega-park brings superheroes, villains, cartoons and favourite characters from your childhood to life on Yas Island. Split into six distinct and vibrant zones – Bedrock, Warner Bros. Plaza, Metropolis, Gotham City, Cartoon Junction and Dynamite Gulch – there is plenty to keep even the smallest of adrenalin junkies entertained for hours, while the real thrill seekers risk the faster, white-knuckle rides.
Dhs295 (adults), Dhs230 (kids up to 1.1m), free (kids under three). Open daily 10am-9pm. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.wbworldabudhabi.com (600 511 115).

August

Air Maniax

This colourful, bouncy hangout is a huge hit with energetic kids. Spread over 23,000 square feet, Air Maniax’s biggest zone is an inflatable arena for kids of all ages – and adults too. Older kids will love the challenging obstacle courses, the zip line and laser tag game, while the littlest bouncers have their own dedicated toddler area to go crazy in. The colour-coded, sensor-activated wristbands are an added bonus that allow competitive children to go up against each other to get the highest scores.
From Dhs80 (general access). Sat-Wed 10am-7pm, Thu 10am-9pm, Fri 9am-9pm. Street 1, Al Quoz 1, www.airmaniax.com (04 348 8981).

Dit It
A play space that’s based on a real-life construction site, kids can dig, move, tunnel, climb, build and create here. They can also drive a remote controlled truck, pilot a mechanical arm and even try out a full-size digger while building their skills.
Dhs125. Daily 10am-10pm. The Springs Souk, www.digitdubai.com (04 438 4479).

Wavehouse
Wavehouse brings together live music, gaming, bowling, dining and a wave machine all in one place, giving you more options for those day-to-night outings with the brood.

Located in The Avenues and overlooking Aquaventure Waterpark, it blends grown-up time with family activities so that you can spend the day with the kiddies without jumping into a ball pit.

For youngsters and adults seeking a good strike, a four-lane, ten-pin bowling alley awaits complete with visual 3D mapping projections (and super plush couches). Lanes can be hired from Dhs60 per person, per game from noon to 1am daily.

Little and not-so-little ones can also head to the LEVELS arcade and soft play zone, where they’ll find five levels of padded mazes, climbing frames and mega slides. Plus, over 50 games including the world’s largest Pac Man.
Prices and timings vary. The Avenues, Atlantis The Palm, atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 2000).

September

Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
It’s the biggest, slimiest party in the world and it was held in Abu Dhabi for the first of five yearly ceremonies celebrating kids entertainment in the UAE capital.  The inaugural event was hosted by Jason Derulo and Haifa Beseisso with performances by Conor Maynard, Fnaire, Dyler and Nora. A huge celebration of children’s entertainment that was a brilliant day out for the whole family – no doubt 2020 will be just as successful so don’t miss it. The World of Nickelodeon is also worth a visit – a huge exhibition where kids can meet all their favourite characters and enjoy heaps of activities.
Prices, dates and timings to be announced, www.kca.nickelodeonarabia.com.

Oli Oli
Passionate about positive play and the power of imagination, there are eight galleries and more than 40 exhibits inspired by the work of leading educators, artists and development psychologists.
It’s an interactive adventure that stimulates a child’s body and mind.
Free (kids under 12 months), Dhs78 (kids 12-23 months), from Dhs156 (kids over 23 months), Dhs21 (adult). 9am-9pm, Sun Oct 18-Thu Oct 22. Al Quoz 1, www.olioli.ae (04 702 7300).

Wild Wadi

With over 30 rides, a wave simulator and lazy river, Dubai’s original waterpark has a lot going for it.

The Wipeout and Riptide Flowriders offer the ultimate surfing experience.

It is also worth queuing up for the Burj Surj – two super-fast slides that cascade down into a “bowl” – and Tantrum Alley – which contains three hair-raising “tornado” slides. But the park’s main attraction is the Jumeirah Sceirah, which has two 32 metre-high tandem slides and whizzes you downwards a speed of 80kph.
Dhs270 (adults), Dhs220 (kids under 1.1m). Open Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri 10am-10pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, www.jumeirah.com (04 348 4444).

October

Laguna Waterpark

With four distinct zones, half a dozen standalone rides, flumes and slides, a lazy river, an infinity pool and the region’s first 180-degree surf park, Laguna has something for the teen adrenalin-seekers to the tiny tots looking to splash around.
And if you have little ones on your hands at the start of the week, take advantage of the Laguna Mamas on Mondays pass, which is valid every Monday between 9am and 1pm for Dhs95 (online price). The pass includes access to all rides and breakfast – winner.
From Dhs145 (day pass for UAE residents booking online). Daily 10am-sunset. La Mer, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, www.lagunawaterpark.com (800 637227).

LEGOLAND

Enjoy more than 40 rides, shows and attractions on six themed lands crammed with 15,000 LEGO models and more than 60,000 LEGO bricks.

Start off at the factory where you’ll get a guided tour and find out how LEGO bricks are made, before moving onto LEGO City where you can learn to drive an electric car and fly a LEGO plane.

From there it’s onto the various kingdoms and imagination zones, before taking a turn on some rides at the Adventure zone before heading to Miniland, where you’ll be able to marvel at 20 miles of LEGO bricks.

The reason we have suggested you visit in October is because LEGOLAND throws the most spooctacular Halloween parties that little ghouls and monsters will love.
From Dhs275 (adults), free (kids under three). Open Sat-Wed 10am-6pm, Thur-Fri 10am-8pm. Dubai Parks And Resorts, Dubai, www.legoland.com/dubai (04 820 0000).

The Green Planet
Imagine a rain forest right in the heart of Dubai, with colourful flora and exotic birds, animals and insects all existing in an ecosystem expertly put together by botanists, zoologists and scientists – and you’ve got The Green Planet.

The indoor bio-dome houses over 3,000 plants and animals including sloths, bats and snakes.
Dhs99 (adults), Dhs74 (kids aged three-11). Open Sun-Wed 10am-7pm; Thu-Sat 10am-8pm. City Walk, Al Safa Street, Dubai, www.thegreenplanetdubai.com.

November

Aventura Parks

Encourage them to reach for the skies as they hit the tree tops for some fun climbing, balancing, tree-surfing and zip lining action in Mushrif Park. Let them get back to nature as they safely explore the tight-ropes and rope bridges suspended high above the ground in the branches of the lofty trees.
Dhs149 (kids under 1.4 metres), Dhs185 (kids and adults over 1.4 metres), Dhs329 (kid season pass), Dhs399 (adult season pass). Mushrif Park, Gate 1, Dubai, www.aventuraparks.com (052 178 7616).

LEGOland Water Park Dubai
Aqua fun for the whole family at this water park where the rides are great, the water is cold and the sun always shines. The Joker Soaker kids’ area has the perfect amount of tumbling buckets of water, water shooters and slides, the lazy river is a great way to chill out and stay cool and with 20 water slides throughout the park to enjoy, there is no excuse not to get wet.
Dhs165 (adults), free (kids under three). Open daily 10am-6pm. Dubai Parks And Resorts, Dubai, www.legoland.com/dubai (04 820 3123).

Ripe Market
This family-friendly al fresco market pops up once a year between October and April at the Dubai Police Academy Park. There is loads to do for all the family in addition to local craftmakers selling their wares,  with slime-making, arts and crafts, animal care experiences, pony rides and ninja warrior obstacle courses courtesy of Just Play.
Free. Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 1pm-8pm. Academy Park, Umm Suqeim, www.ripeme.com (04 315 7000).

December

Jingle All the Way at Dubai Opera
Grab the gang, head to Dubai Opera, and work on your vocals for this annual festive family sing-along that never fails to get everyone in a jolly Christmas state of mind. The London Concert Orchestra Show Band, Capital Voices and West End soloists lead the audience in singing all the carolling favourites including Frosty the Snowman, Silent Night, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Let it Snow.
Prices and times vary. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai is a fun, albeit chilly destination throughout the year, but in our eyes there’s no better time to visit than in December when the indoor snow resort becomes a winter wonderland for Christmas.

Kids will love the snow park where they can pull each other around the slippery snow on toboggans, climb an icy wall, mess around in the snow plough playground and enjoy a whole load of frozen fun.

Afterwards, grab a nice, warm cup of hot chocolate (you’ll need it for those little icy fingers and toes) at the café next door and watch everyone else having fun in the snow through the huge glass windows.
Dhs190 (Snow Park for kids and adults). Mall of the Emirates, Dubai www..skidxb.com.

Sky Zone

Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park where little adrenalin junkies can work their way around the various areas that include a foam zone, dodgeball arena and zip line.

The youngest jumpers have their own toddler area to play in, which is supervised by staff to keep little ones safe.
There is also a great café for parents where healthy snacks are on offer for the mini bouncers in addition to the usual pizza and chicken nuggets. And a bonus for the parents? The coffee isn’t half bad either.
From Dhs60 (60 minutes). Thu-Sat, 10am-midnight, Sun-Wed, 10am-1pm. www.skyzone.ae (800 759 9663).

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Things to do with the kids in Dubai - TimeOut

Things to do with the kids in Dubai – TimeOut

There is so much going on in Dubai and to help you find all the best family-friendly attractions and experiences, we’ve rounded up the top things to do with the kids to ensure the whole tribe is entertained. Enjoy!

Action Park
A brand-new indoor and outdoor adventure park opened at the end of last year bringing with it the city’s second Smash Room and a cool paintballing arena. But there are still plenty more attractions set to open at the massive entertainment destination in January next year, including the region’s very first upside down house and a go-karting track. This high-octane destination is located at The Last Exit, Abu Dhabi bound and converted, open-top London-style bus that serves up refreshing drinks and snacks. A top idea for active families.
FromDhs99 (per 100 paintballs). Sun-Wed, 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat, 11am-11pm. The Last Exit, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, www.actionpark.ae (04 235 8893).

Air Maniax
This colourful, bouncy hangout is a huge hit with energetic kids. Spread over 23,000 square feet, Air Maniax’s biggest zone is an inflatable arena for kids of all ages – and adults too. Older kids will love the challenging obstacle courses, the zip line and laser tag game, while the littlest bouncers have their own dedicated toddler area to go crazy in. The colour-coded, sensor-activated wristbands are an added bonus that allow competitive children to go up against each other to get the highest scores.
From Dhs80 (general access). Sat-Wed 10am-7pm, Thu 10am-9pm, Fri 9am-9pm. Street 1, Al Quoz 1, www.airmaniax.com (04 348 8981).

Aquaventure Waterpark
This huge waterpark is splashing fun for all the family from the tiniest tots up to the biggest kids – we mean you mums and dads! There are so many cool rides offering varying levels of terror – we dare you to slide down the transparent tube surrounded by sharks – and there are shady spots to chill out in. The younger kids’ area is safe for little ones to roam around, as they make their way up, over and through the giant wet pirate ship and try to avoid the enormous bucket that dumps out water periodically.
From Dhs195 (adults, residents), Dhs170 (kids less than 1.2m tall, UAE residents), free (kids under two). Open daily 10am-sundown. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).

Arabian Wildlife Centre
Budding conservationists will love learning about the different animals and ecosystems of the Arabian Peninsula here. Housing the world’s largest collection of Arabian animals – such as oryx antelopes, Arabian leopards, and flamingos – the zoo creates open and convincing examples of the animals’ natural habitats. In the main building, nature lovers can see the animals through large panel windows, and enjoy the indoor exhibits and enclosures. For a particularly memorable sight, head to the snake section – if they dare – the colours and abundance of nature’s most slithery specimens creates quite a spectacle.
Free (under 12), Dhs15 (over 12). Sun-Thu 9am-5.30pm, Fri 2pm-5.30pm, Sat 11am-5.30pm. Al Dhaid Rd, E88, Sharjah. (06 531 1999).

Aventura Parks

Encourage them to reach for the skies as they hit the tree tops for some fun climbing, balancing, tree-surfing and zip lining action in Mushrif Park. Let them get back to nature as they safely explore the tight-ropes and rope bridges suspended high above the ground in the branches of the lofty trees.
Dhs149 (kids under 1.4 metres), Dhs185 (kids and adults over 1.4 metres), Dhs329 (kid season pass), Dhs399 (adult season pass). Mushrif Park, Gate 1, Dubai, www.aventuraparks.com (052 178 7616).

BOUNCE
There’s heaps of activities on offer in both the Abu Dhabi and Dubai branches, including the capital’s “super tramp”. This beast is four times the size of a standard trampoline and can generate a force of over 14Gs, which is what a fighter pilots feel. X Park is a brilliant way to find your inner Spider Man and jump around its many obstacles and pipes to work up a sweat, from its spider wall to its climbing wall. Kids can unleash all their pent up energy in this parkour zone. Plus, billed as one of the most effective exercises you can do, trampolining is a fun, low-impact workout that tones muscles and improves coordination.
From Dhs75 (per session). Times vary. Al Quoz, Dubai, www.bounce.ae

Cheeky Monkeys
A world of colour and fun awaits little explorers at the Cheeky Monkeys soft play centres. Innovative neon-lit slides, mini zip lines, brilliant dressing up area and an enormous ball pit provide endless entertainment that energetic tots love. Plus there’s a café serving hot kid-friendly meals and Starbucks coffee for the mums and dads.
Dhs55 (first hour, Dhs30 (subsequent hours). Times vary. Various locations including J3 Mall, Dubai, www.cheekymonkeys.com (04 276 0011).

Desert Safari with Platinum Heritage
Get a true taste of the deserts of Dubai from the Air conditioned comfort of a 4×4 as you go up and down (and back up) the spectacular sand dunes. Give kids an education in local wildlife before ending up at a luxurious Bedouin camp where a brilliant falconry show, flame dancer and camel rides are laid on, alongside a six-course meal brimming with authentic Emirati cuisine.
Dhs595 per person (heritage desert safari and camel desert safari), Dhs1,595 per person (platinum safari). Open daily, 6.30am onwards. Office: Control Tower, Motor City, Dubai, www.platinum-heritage.com (04 440 9827).

Dit It
A play space that’s based on a real-life construction site, kids can dig, move, tunnel, climb, build and create here. They can also drive a remote controlled truck, pilot a mechanical arm and even try out a full-size digger while building their skills.
Dhs125. Daily 10am-10pm. The Springs Souk, www.digitdubai.com (04 438 4479).

Extreme Fun
This is a popular soft play hotspot not just with the little ones, who can play safely in the separate toddler area, but with older balls of energy up to ten years old who love the climbing, exploring and sliding. The arts and crafts zone is always a huge hit too, with everyone.
Dhs50 (first hour, kids six months-12 years). Daily 9am-8pm. Various locations including Motor City, Dubai, www.extremefun.ae (04 452 5543).

Global Village

This huge funfair-style theme park where cultures mix together harmoniously, is a must for any family living in the UAE, or for any family visiting the UAE. Visitor numbers get into the millions every year and for good reason. With themed kiosks offering street food from around the world, fairground rides and attractions, arcade games and shows and concerts it’s a must-visit. Global Village is only open for an annual season, which runs from October to April, with January being a great time to visit because of the cooler weather.
Dhs15. Sat-Wed 4pm-midnight; Thu & Fri 4pm-1am, until Sat Apr 4. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, www.globalvillage.ae.

Hub Zero
An amazing 18,000 square feet indoor entertainment park with an unparalleled amount for kids to do across all age groups. State-of-the-art gaming is mixed with retro classics, plus cool racing simulators, an inner-city sports court arena for Pro Evolution Soccer tournaments, a laser maze and a 46-seater 4D cinema. The exhilarating robocoaster is a must-try as is The Void.
From Dhs165 (day passes). Sat-Wed 2pm-10pm; Thu-Fri 2pm-midnight. City Walk, Al Safa Street, Dubai, www.hubzerodubai.com (800 637227).

IMG Worlds of Adventure
The biggest indoor theme park on the planet features three zones – The Marvel Zone for diddy superhero fans, The Lost Valley where you can spot a dinosaur or two and The Cartoon Network Zone where all your favourite, colourful characters like the Powerpuff Girls and Ben 10 are hanging out. Each zone houses a host of heart-pumping rides from white-knuckle rollercoasters to less scary experiences for little ones. A whole world of adventure awaits at this indoor theme park.
Dhs257 (general admission), Dhs236 (kids under 1.2m in height), Dhs158 (ages 60 and over), free (kids under 1.05m in height). Open Sun-Wed 11am-11pm, Thu-Sat 11am-11pm. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Dubai, www.imgworlds.com (600 500 962).

KidZania

There’s just something fun about pretending to be a doctor, a fireman, a chef or a builder. KidZania is a magical world of make believe where children can role play more than 40 professions and earn their own KidZania money, which they can then spend on their way out in the on-site shop.
From Dhs94.5 (kids two-three), from Dhs166.5 (kids four-16). Times vary. The Dubai Mall, Dubai kidzania.ae (800 382246255).

Laguna Waterpark
With four distinct zones, half a dozen standalone rides, flumes and slides, a lazy river, an infinity pool and the region’s first 180-degree surf park, Laguna has something for the teen adrenalin-seekers to the tiny tots looking to splash around. And if you have little ones on your hands at the start of the week, take advantage of the Laguna Mamas on Mondays pass, which is valid every Monday between 9am and 1pm for Dhs95 (online price). The pass includes access to all rides and breakfast – winner.
From Dhs145 (day pass for UAE residents booking online). Daily 10am-sunset. La Mer, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, www.lagunawaterpark.com (800 637227).

LEGOLAND
The LEGOLAND extravaganza at the city’s Dubai Parks and Resorts has successfully brought LEGO to life with more than 40 rides, shows and attractions on six themed lands crammed with 15,000 LEGO models and more than 60,000 LEGO bricks. Start off at the factory where you’ll get a guided tour and find out how LEGO bricks are made, before moving onto LEGO City where you can learn to drive an electric car and fly a LEGO plane. From there it’s onto the various kingdoms and imagination zones, before taking a turn on some rides at the Adventure zone before heading to Miniland, where you’ll be able to marvel at 20 miles of LEGO bricks. The reason we have suggested you visit in October is because LEGOLAND throws the most spooctacular Halloween parties that little ghouls and monsters will love.
From Dhs235 (adults), free (kids under three). Open Sat-Wed 10am-6pm, Thur-Fri 10am-8pm. Dubai Parks And Resorts, Jebel Ali, Dubai, www.legoland.com/dubai (04 820 0000).

LEGOLAND Water Park Dubai

Aqua fun for the whole family at this water park where the rides are great, the water is cold and the sun always shines. The Joker Soaker kids’ area has the perfect amount of tumbling buckets of water, water shooters and slides, the lazy river is a great way to chill out and stay cool and with 20 water slides throughout the park to enjoy, there is no excuse not to get wet.
Dhs165 (adults), free (kids under three). Open daily 10am-6pm. Dubai Parks And Resorts, Jebel Ali, Dubai, www.legoland.com/dubai (04 820 3123).

Mattel Play! Town
A fun and colourful edutainment centre where loveable dinosaur Barney is a permanent fixture. Kids kids can meet Barney, go on an adventure with Thomas & Friends, be a hero with Fireman Sam, build their dream home with Bob the Builder and dance their little hearts out with Angelina Ballerina – and generally just have heaps of fun.
Dhs99 (adults), Dhs149 (children under 10), Dhs399 (family of four), free (kids under 12 months). The first Fri of every month from Sept 6 9.30am-11am. City Walk, playtowndubai.com

Motiongate
With two of the fastest rides in Dubai – The Madagascar Mad Pursuit and The Bullet Train – as well as plenty of less thrilling rides for younger theme park goers and an entire indoor area housing four themed zones – Kung Fu Panda, How to Train your Dragon, Shrek and Madagascar – there is something for everyone year round. If you don’t have a Dubai Parks & Resorts annual pass – and you live in the UAE – now’s a good time to get one. That way you can use it to go to Motiongate and again when you go to LEGOLAND and LEGOLAND waterpark later on in the year. You’ll have saved money with just these three visits, and we have no doubt that you will go more times in the year than we suggest.
Dubai Parks and Resorts, www.motiongatedubai.com (800 2629464).

Oli Oli
Passionate about positive play and the power of imagination, there are eight galleries and more than 40 exhibits inspired by the work of leading educators, artists and development psychologists. It’s an interactive adventure that stimulates a child’s body and mind.
Free (kids under 12 months), Dhs78 (kids 12-23 months), from Dhs156 (kids over 23 months), Dhs21 (adult). 9am-9pm, Sun Oct 18-Thu Oct 22. Al Quoz, www.olioli.ae (04 702 7300).

Ripe Market
This family-friendly al fresco market pops up once a year between October and April at the Dubai Police Academy Park. There is loads to do for all the family in addition to local craft-makers selling their wares, with slime-making, arts and crafts, animal care experiences, pony rides and ninja warrior obstacle courses courtesy of Just Play.
Free. Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 1pm-8pm. Academy Park, Umm Suqeim, www.ripeme.com (04 315 7000).

Ski Dubai
A fun, chilly destination throughout the year, but there’s no better time to go than at Christmas when the indoor snow resort becomes a winter wonderland in December. Kids can hit the snow park to toboggan, climb an icy wall, hit the snow plough playground and enjoy a whole load of frozen fun. Afterwards, grab a cup of hot chocolate at the café next door and watch everyone else mess around on the snow through the huge glass windows.
Dhs190 (Snow Park for kids and adults). Mall of the Emirates, www.skidxb.com.

Sky Zone
This is a relative newcomer to the Dubai entertainment scene, although it has over 200 locations elsewhere in the world. Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park where little adrenalin junkies can work their way around the various areas that include a foam zone, dodgeball arena and zip line. The youngest jumpers have their own toddler area to play in and there is a great café for parents where healthy snacks are on offer in addition to the usual pizza and chicken nuggets. The coffee isn’t half bad either.
From Dhs60 (60 minutes). Thu-Sat, 10am-midnight, Sun-Wed, 10am-1pm. www.skyzone.ae (800 759 9663).

The Green Planet

Imagine a rain forest right in the heart of Dubai, with colourful flora and exotic birds, animals and insects all existing in an ecosystem expertly put together by botanists, zoologists and scientists – and you’ve got The Green Planet. The indoor bio-dome houses over 3,000 plants and animals including sloths, bats and snakes. The recent launch of The Green Planet Academy means that budding David Attenboroughs can sign up to a range of hands-on courses.
Dhs99 (adults), Dhs74 (kids aged three-11). Open Sun-Wed 10am-7pm; Thu-Sat 10am-8pm. City Walk, Al Safa Street, Dubai, www.thegreenplanetdubai.com.

VR Park
VR Park is home to a host of virtual reality games for kids of all ages,  where they can challenge reality and learn at the same time. Among the 18 separate attractions (within which there can be multiple games) found inside VR Park, you’ll be taken to distant planets, the distant future and the not-so-distant world of a fully virtualised Dubai, in a series of games that have been specially designed with some of the world’s top VR production houses. VR Park is also designed to slowly and safely introduce kids to virtual reality, with various tame experiences for little ones.
Free entry, from Dhs90 (Super 7 pass). Open Sun-Wed 10am-midnight, Thu-Sat 10am-1am. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, vrparkdubai.com.

Wavehouse
Wavehouse brings together live music, gaming, bowling, dining and a wave machine all in one place, giving you more options for those day-to-night outings with the brood. Located in The Avenues and overlooking Aquaventure Waterpark, it blends grown-up time with family activities so that you can spend the day with the kiddies without jumping into a ball pit. For youngsters and adults seeking a good strike, a four-lane, ten-pin bowling alley awaits complete with visual 3D mapping projections (and super plush couches). Lanes can be hired from Dhs60 per person, per game from noon to 1am daily. Little and not-so-little ones can also head to the LEVELS arcade and soft play zone, where they’ll find five levels of padded mazes, climbing frames and mega slides. Plus, over 50 games including the world’s largest Pac Man.
Prices and timings vary. The Avenues, Atlantis The Palm, atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 2000).

We Rock The Spectrum
Providing safe sensory experiences, this kids’ gym is a real favourite for all the tribe. While it encourages open play, We Rock the Spectrum Kids’ Gym also offers arts and crafts classes for little creative kiddos to enjoy, as well as fitness and lab lessons for high-energy tots and inquisitive little minds.
From Dhs63 (per hour). Jumeirah Beach Road, www.werockthespectrumdubai.com (04 343 2442).

Wild Wadi
With over 30 rides, a wave simulator and lazy river, Dubai’s original waterpark has a lot going for it. The Wipeout and Riptide Flowriders offer the ultimate surfing experience, with the Wipeout shooting out more than seven tonnes of water per second in a thin sheet across a moulded foam structure, producing a realistic wave effect ideal for body-boarding and knee-boarding. It is also worth queuing up for the Burj Surj – two super-fast slides that casade down into a “bowl” – and Tantrum Alley – which contains three hair-raising “tornado” slides. But the park’s main attraction is the Jumeirah Sceirah, which has two 32 metre-high tandem slides and whizzes you downwards a speed of 80kph.
Dhs270 (adults), Dhs220 (kids under 1.1m). Open Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri 10am-10pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, www.jumeirah.com (04 348 4444).

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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
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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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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.

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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

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  • 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.

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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
info@werockthespectrumdubai.com

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