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The Weekender: Free story-telling sessions, kids theatre, movies and more

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Things To Do In Dubai This Weekend 

Grab your diaries Mamas, as this weekend is packed with events to keep you and the kiddos entertained! From children’s story-telling sessions with Gap and “wanna read?” to a  kids’ story time on stage (where they get to call the shots!), a workshop on baby led weaning and the chance to regain your zen at the end of the weekend with a full moon yoga class on the beach. Happy weekend, Mamas!

A Weekend Of Tales: Story-telling with Gap and “Wanna Read?”

weekend story telling with Gap

Gap have joined forces with ‘Wanna Read?’, an amazing non-profit initiative led by Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan to help young patients in hospitals across the UAE to heal through the power of books. You can visit any Gap store in the UAE to donate money which will be used to purchase books for the ‘Wanna Read?’ libraries AND you can get your kids involved through storytelling sessions both in English and Arabic at selected stores (see below for details) where heaps of different books will be brought to life, the perfect way to entertain the kids during the heat and the perfect reason to visit the mall (yes and to check out the latest collections too).

Oh and just to highlight that giving theme, Gap are offering the first 50 shopppers who spend AED 350 during the events a discount of AED 100. Fabulous. See you there?

When: Thursday, 8th June from 9 – 11 p.m. at Gap, Mirdif City Center (Arabic & English), Friday, 9th June from 9 – 11 p.m. at Gap, Al Wahda Mall (Arabic & English), Saturday, 10th June from 8 – 10 p.m. at Gap, The Dubai Mall (English)
Where: Selected Gap stores as above
How much: Free

Improvised Kids’ Storytime at The Courtyard Playhouse

weekend theatre courtyard playhouse

 If your kiddos enjoy bossing around adults (and we can think of a few at home that definitely do) they will love this improvised kid’s story time at the Courtyard Playhouse in Al Quoz. The kids will boss around the grown-up actors as they battle to tell the best story, with plots including a car chase, a spooky house, a pirate story or even a puppet show – all with the help of balloons, boxes, bubbles, bananas, toilets, gorillas, toys and puddle-jumping! Suitable for kids between 4 and 11 years old, it offers fun for the whole family!

When: Friday 9th – 11am or 12.15pm
Where: The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz (opposite Bounce)
How much: Free

Introduction to Baby-Led Weaning Workshop

weekend weaning workshop

Is your little one getting ready to wean, Mama? Head along to this popular workshop by the team at Love Parenting UAE to find out all about Baby Led Weaning. Designed for parents of littlies between 4 and 6 months old (or younger, if you are super organised and planning ahead!), the workshop is open to the entire family (Daddies, Nannies, Grandparents, and babies all welcome) and gives all the best tips for starting babies on an exciting and healthy weaning journey. Register in advance by emailing

When: Saturday 10th – 10am-12.30pm
Where: Dubai Internet City
How much: 300 AED per family (250 AED if you introduce a friend that registers).


weekend movie kids

Fancy a trip to the movies, Mama? Beat the heat by booking tickets for the kiddos to new release Deep, which has just arrived in cinemas across the UAE. It’s all about a future world where humans have abandoned the earth and oceans have risen – and a brave octopus is forced to find a new home. We have it on good authority that it’s a lot of fun to watch – and with most cinemas serving food and drink during Ramadan, you can feed the kiddos (and yourself if you aren’t fasting) too!

When: Various times
Where: Cinemas nationwide
How much: Prices vary

Baby Bazaar

weekend baby bazaar market

Forget expensive trips to the mall to stock up on baby clothes, toys, and accessories for your bumps or littlies – and head to Baby Bazaar instead. Taking place on Saturday at Times Square Center, you can spend time browsing the different stalls of pre-loved and new baby bits, picking up some serious bargains in the process. Happy shopping Mamas!

When: Saturday 10th – 9am-2pm
Where: Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road
How much: Free to enter

Full Moon Yoga at Fairmont The Palm

weekend fairmont the palm full moon yoga

 Celebrate Global Wellness Day with a magical Full Moon Yoga Class at Fairmont The Palm, taken by resident Yoga instructor Melanie Swan and ex-Olympic gymnast Cristian Brezeanu. Registration for the event will start at 7pm, with a mini wellness market to browse, followed by the class starting at 8pm under the moonlight. We’re expecting it to be magical, so we’ll see you on the sand! Email to secure your spot.

When: Saturday 10th, from 7pm
Where: Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
How much: 75 AED per person


 Happy Weekending! 



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