Is it starting to feel like all you are doing all day is heading to a shopping mall, indoor play area or driving to Summer Camp? Not sure about you, but we’re starting to feel the monotony and boredom kicking in – and by we, I mean me of course…the kids don’t seem to be complaining more than normal 🙂
Here are 5 alternatives for you to try out:
Mirzam Kids’ Chocolate Tours
Mirzam is a Dubai-based Chocolate Factory (yes, we have our very own Chocolate Factory) that opened up in Alserkal Avenue in September 2016 and a definite must for anyone with a sweet tooth! They are currently running Kid’s Chocolate Workshops every Friday morning and they are in fact as good as they sound. The boys learnt about how chocolate is made, the different kinds of chocolate and cocoa beans, the art of blind taste tests (my dream job) and how to go about designing your own chocolate wrapper. In between all this, there were chocolate brownies, hot chocolate, chocolate tea (yes, this is a thing and a very delicious thing at that) and lots of giggles. This was such a fun way to spend a Friday morning – the coffee is superb and we all got to learn something new. Sessions only run on a Friday and fill up pretty quickly so booking in advance is a must and arrive a little earlier to make sure you find a parking in time!
Booking and schedule: www.mirzam.com
We first discovered the Otter Experience at the Dubai Mall Aquarium and Underwater Zoo last year (read all about it here) and loved the concept of adding an animal experience to an already awesome educational experience. As the boys get older, this kind of interaction becomes preferable to them and while at first glance it may appear more expensive than what you would normally pay towards an experience, bear in mind that you do also get to enter the rest of the aquarium and zoo section so you can easily lose 3 – 4 hours in there excluding a refueling pit stop.
More information and to book: The Dubai Aquarium
Apple Store workshops
This was a new one to us, and I was introduced to the sessions by Abigail from Cuddles and Crumbs. There are special Kids’ Hour sessions running almost daily teaching the kids a whole range of skills from Making Music on Garage Band to designing and drawing their own characters on iPads. We tried out the Sphero Maze Challenge and what I loved about it was that this is perfect if you’re looking at your child learning a new skill without spending a fortune (the sessions are FREE)! As kids become more proficient in handling the Sphero robot, their workshop leader will introduce new coding challenges and techniques. The workshops are aimed at 6 – 12-year-olds but Liam managed really well at the first session (he is 5).
Schedule and Bookings: Apple Store
We were first introduced to TheJamJar a while back when we attended the Painting & Toy Casting Workshop hosted by Our Big Dubai Adventure. If you haven’t visited them the concept is quite simple, they are a community art space where you can either come along and do your own thing or sign-up for one of their many educational programmes and workshops. During the summer months, they are running a series of Summer Jam Kids’ Workshops ranging from painting to Sock Puppets which was the one we signed up for. I loved the mixed media feel of the Sock Puppet Workshop from the media used to teach them about Puppeteering and its history to the variety of materials they were encouraged to use to create their puppets. This is a great workshop to encourage creativity in several areas as they got to design and draw their own character, translate that into a real life figure and then bring it to life with a mini skit. They’re still busy creating stories with their puppets and our next mission is to create a puppet theatre at home! Sessions are 90 minutes each and suitable for kiddies 5 – 12 years old.
Outside of their Summer Workshops they have a wide range of weekly classes for kids and adults or you can pop in for a DIY session with the kids – they will supply all the equipment, you bring the kids and your creativity.
Online bookings and pricing: TheJamJar
I love walking into FuzziWigs! Stepping through the front door is akin to stepping through a Tardis into bygone days (or at least what I would expect days of old to look like – I’m not that old)! We took a FuzziTour a couple of months back and at the time all I could think is I wish this was an option for anyone. Well, wish granted! FuzziWigs have launched their FuzziTours to the public. There are currently 3 package options starting from AED50 (I would recommend at least a Super FuzziTour simply because you MUST have a FuzziCoffee, but I may be an addict). Tours are available at either the Riverland or JBR branches and are suitable for anyone over 5.
I hope you enjoy these activities as much as we have! If you have any secret gems, please share them in the comments below and we’ll go give them a try!