Welcome mamas to our new feature – The Weekender! It’s a short and snappy round up of all the best family-friendly weekend events, foodie promotions and special deals in Dubai. This weekend promises to be a scorcher, so check out events like the opening party of Spanish toy brand Imaginarium, pick up handicrafts at the ArtE Market, have a dance at Piknic Electronik Dubai and grab organics at Ripe Food and Crafts Market. We’ve also come up with a few ideas to keep you and the minis occupied, including hotel/beach access deals (because everything is fine if there are cold drinks and temperature controlled pools to enjoy) and meal deals. It’s all here in our Weekender!
Looking for a great family-friendly night with the kiddos? Spanish toy brand Imaginarium is throwing a launch party for their new store in BOXPARK and you’ll be able to get in on all the fun! Expect awesome membership discounts, beautiful new goodies as well as a free toy box and exclusive deals for the first 50 Sassy Mamas to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Aside from shopping, there’ll also be fun activities as well as sweets for the family – lemonade, cotton candy and cupcakes, oh my! Check out all the event details.
When: 7-8 May, 6-9pm
Where: Imaginarium, M2, Second Container Cluster, BOXPARK (between Al Safa Park and Emirates Post Office on Al Wasl Road), Dubai
RSVP: Email email@example.com – be one of the first 50 Sassy Mamas to RSVP and get membership benefits, discounts and a free toy box.
Let’s Get ArtE
One of the biggest markets in Dubai, ArtE Market is a great showcase of over 200 local artisans ranging from foodies to potters. It’s been running for quite a while now and if you’re looking to snag a few new things for yourself or the fam, we’d recommend checking it out.
When: 8 May, 12pm – 4pm
Where: Times Square Centre, 4B, Al Quoz Street, Dubai
We’re up all night till the sun…
This weekend’s all about good vibes at the season finale of Piknic Electronik Dubai, the first family-friendly electronic music festival to hit the desert city. The talented musicians featuring this time round come from all over the world, including Miss P.M., J.C. Pinto, Aly B, Fairmont (live set) and Patrice Bäumel. And did we mention kiddos under 12 get to go in for free? There’s bouncy castles and fun to spare for the littles as well. This’ll be the last edition of Piknic Electronik before November, so better get in quick!
When: 9 May, 3-11pm
Where: Rugby Park, Dubai Sports City, Dubai
How much: Kids under 12 go free, advance tickets are AED 130, door tickets are AED 150
Ripe Market’s moving to a brand new location at Times Square every Saturday. Popular with families all over Dubai, you can pick up not just fantastic organic groceries from the Ripe Farm stall, but also great lifestyle and fashion finds by local artisans throughout the market. With food trucks and more hanging out, you’ll be able to grab a bite to eat and stay out of the blistering heat as well.
When: 9 May, 9am-2pm
Where: Time Square Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Mamas, head to Mercato Mall this weekend where one of Sassy Mama’s fave skincare brands Kiehl’s have set up a consultation area and a cute little space for the kids to plant seeds and draw. (Oh, and don’t forget to grab yourself a few goodies as well!)
When: 10am – 10pm all weekend
Where: Mercato Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai
One of the best ways to escape the heat? Head to the cinema and catch Home before it ends. It’s the story of a cute alien named Oh, his friendship with a sassy girl named Tip and a mission to fix a whole lot of mess that he and his people have caused. It’s sure to be a bucket of laughs (we’re personally very interested to see Rihanna’s voice acting talents), check out the trailer on YouTube here. You can watch it at The Dubai Mall – it’s suitable for kids aged 3 and up! Grab tickets through Reel Cinema.
If you love oysters (come on, who doesn’t?), then you’ll love the Geales at Le Royal Meridien Saturday Night Special. Buy a glass of bubbles and receive 3 oysters free or bring on the passion with a dozen or two dozen for AED99/159! Call (+971) (0)4) 316 5550 to book.
When: 9 May, 7pm (on every Saturday)
Where: Geales, Le Royal Meredien Beach Resort & Spa, Al Sufouh road, PO Box 24970, Dubai
Three words. Free hotel pool.
Grab the family and head to the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort! On Saturdays, ladies (mamas!) only pay AED 110 on beach and pool AND receive a voucher for the same amount for food and drinks at Bliss Lounge or Azure Pool Bar. Okay, so the hubby pays full price (AED 220) but kids under the age of 5 are free and over 5 pay AED 120. No advanced booking required, but you have to arrive before 11am (easy peasy with mini people in tow right?! We’ll be there at the crack of dawn!)
When: 9 May, get there before 11am for the deal
Where: Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Al Sufouh Road, 53567 Dubai
Beach and a Brunch
So how about brunch AND pool/beach access included? Sofitel The Palm do a fab ocean brunch every Friday from 12.30pm that not only promises fresh seafood and poolside chic, but also a refreshing dip and a little R&R at their gorgeous pools and beach area. Yes please!
When: 8 May, 12:30pm onwards
Where: Sofitel The Palm, East Crescent Road, The Palm, Dubai
How much: AED 300 per person including soft drinks, AED 450 including selected beverages. Kids aged 3 and under are free of charge and up to 11 years pay 50%.
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!
Got an event you’d like us to feature in The Weekender, or have a top tip for us? Email us the details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured image sourced via Piknic Electronik Dubai