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The Weekender: Carluccio’s Family Festival, Ripe Market and More

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Welcome back to the weekend, mama – one of the last few before school finishes up! We’ve found a few great events for you this time round including a fun Italian family day, a couple of great farmers and crafts markets, a baby led weaning workshop as well as a few sneaky promotions (did somebody say warehouse sale?). It’s all here in our Weekender!

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An Italian Day Out

Family friendly (and super yummy) Italian resto Carluccio’s is holding just over two weeks of amazing classes, promotions and activities for the kiddos that have us grinning. This Friday, the tots will be able to get their face painted between 10am-5pm for a perfect after breakfast or lunch treat. There’s also going to be a Biscuit Decorating Class on Saturday between 4-6pm for just AED 50 – stick around a little while afterwards for dinner mamas, there’s also going to be a bit of live jazz starting at 6pm!

When: 1-18 June
Where: Carluccio’s, The Walk, JBR, Dubai
How to book: Book in for the Biscuit Decorating Class (AED 50) by ringing (+971) (0)4 552 0802.

weekend events in dubaiRipe to pick
Always a hit with the Dubai community, Ripe’s started their summer series of their outdoor markets. You can grab everything from food, clothing (how cute are these shoes Kaya picked up?), kids toys and groceries from local Dubai businesses – we’re all for giving back! Don’t forget to stop by one of the awesome food trucks.


When: 6 June, 9am-2pm
Where: Times Square Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

weekend events in dubaiBaby’s first nibbles
Run by the amazing Amy Vogelaar from Love Parenting UAE, this weekend session is designed to help parents with kiddos aged 4+ transition from purees to solid food. You don’t have to worry about finding a babysitter either as tots are more than welcome to come along. Register by emailing – remember, if you register with a friend you get AED 50 off!

When: 5 June, 2:30-5pm
Where: Horizon Kids Nursery, Safa 2, Dubai
How to book: Email to reserve a slot
Price: AED 250, AED 200 if you come with a friend

wafi mallWeekends at Wafi
Better break out those plastics, mama. Wafi Mall’s home to this fab bazaar, which we’re sure you’ve probably spotted at some point. With over 50 amazing stalls from local vendors, you’ll be able to grab beautifully handcrafted goods ranging from African Art to Ceramics to spruce up your home and closets. This fab event is held every Saturday so if you haven’t been yet, there’s no time like the present!

When: 6 June, 10am-7pm
Where: Wafi Mall, Sheikh Rashid Road, PO 721 Dubai

cine splashBreak out the popcorn
We’re big, big fans of Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club’s Cine Splash night, where you can chill out in the pool while watching a couple of great children’s films. Held twice a week, this week’s films are Alice in Wonderland and Chicken Little on Thursday and Rio 2 and Kung Fu Panda 2 on Friday. The price include a towel and popcorn – plus, it’s open to non-members as well.

When: 4-5 June, 7pm onwards (guest tickets available at 6:30pm)
Where: Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Al Qudra Road, Opposite Arabian Ranches, next to Studio City, 7477 Dubai
How much: Free for members, AED 45 for adults and AED 35 for kids (non-members)

Special Offers

IMG_6303Big baby discounts
So by now, you’ve probably realised kiddo clothing and essentials cost a pretty penny – especially if you want the good quality stuff. Luckily Babysouk’s holding a warehouse sale where you’ll be able to get up to 80% off amazing brands including Mountain Buggy, Aden + Anais, Boba Baby Carriers and more. It’s a little tricky to find as it’s all held over at the Babysouk Warehouse, so they’ve helpfully put together a map to make things a little easier.

When: 6-7 June, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9-2pm
Where: Souk Al Ayla, Warehouse No.5, Street 10A, Al Quoz Industrial 3, Dubai

al baytUnlimited Afternoon Tea
Now this is great one to take the relatives or for just catching up with friends. The Al Bayt Afternoon Tea at The Palace Hotel on Wednesdays and Saturdays is a buffet so you can have more than a plate of what you fancy, and at just AED145 per person, you can enjoy it every week.


When: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2pm
: Al Bayt, The Palace Hotel, Downtown
How to book: Ring (+971) (0)4 888 3444

geales dubaiSaturday Roast
It’s a bit difficult to get all the family round on a Sunday so why not enjoy a Saturday Roast instead with Geales at Le Royal Meridien scrumptious Roast Dinner platter for just AED180. No need to put the oven on, just sit back and enjoy.



When: Saturdays from 7pm
Where: Geales, Le Royal Meridien, JBR
How to book: Ring (+971) (0)4 888 3444

perry and blackwelderA good reason to try the new kid on the block
Have you been to Perry & Blackwelder yet? They are known for their smoked meats and delicious south american fair but we are tempted by their happy hour, its on every day with 50% discount on selected drinks, so no reason not to enjoy a quick drink with a loved one over the weekend.


When: Daily 5-8pm
Where: Perry & Blackwelder, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim
How to book: Ring (+971) (0)4 366 6197



Our weekend offers are put together with the help of Citi Spi – a fab resource that enables ladies to socialise smarter with the inside scoop on deals and promotions around Dubai. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter!

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