It may not be snowing but winter is here… If you’ve been sceptic every time someone’s told you how ah-mazing the weather is getting, it’s time to lower that disbelieving eyebrow, strap on your shoes or sandals and head outside. 1. Have a ride around JBR Take your family out for an unforgettable ride around Read more
So what should we do this weekend? With the weather cooling down, the city has been buzzing with the re-launch of some of our family favourites. So whether you’re looking to plop down for a casual family movie night under the stars or up for some carnival thrills, there’s plenty to do with the whole Read more
Get your boys and girls’ creative juices flowing at the Middle East’s largest creative festival… Dubai Design Week is back in town this month and will take place over at d3 on November 11th-16th. The 6-day event is the place to be for fans of architecture, product design, interiors, multimedia and graphic design – and Read more
Cartoon Network conducted a study with Opinion Matters, which showed that half of parents with children aged 6-12 years surveyed in the UAE are aware that their child has been bullied previously. To raise awareness about the issue, the ‘CN Buddy Network’ campaign is running a tailored workshop for mothers, in partnership with Dr. Haneen Read more
Ready to have a frightfully fantastic time? Whether it’s your inner vampire, werewolf, witch or even unicorn you’re letting out this Halloween, the city is packed full of spooktacular fun for the whole family! Join a Halloween parade, brave a haunted ship, strap on some sneakers for a Halloween Fun Run, or make it a Read more
The Dubai Fitness Challenge is back in full swing… And the whole city can take part in a plethora of fitness activities around town where mom, dad and even the young ones can walk, run, jump and bust a move to a healthier month ahead. Check out our picks below of some of the events Read more
Analysts predict that children will enter a workforce where 85% of the jobs that will exist have not yet been created. Technologies, enabled by significant advances in software, will underpin the formation of new human-machine partnerships and bring forth a variety of jobs we couldn’t have even dreamed of in our own childhood. We sat Read more
A great little family saver… Let’s be real here. The autumn months can take a bit of a toll on our wallets and it doesn’t get any better as we move into the festive season. So since every little helps, we have teamed up with babystore.ae and they are giving you a 15% discount across Read more
From sensory play to theme park fun, your littles are spoilt for choice… Whether you’re looking to join an activity to grow your child’s development or just want some plain ‘ole fun, these are our top 10 picks of some fun-tastic things to do with the tiniest members of your family. 1. Learn about science Read more
Who says you can’t have fun brunchin’ with the kids? Brunching season is back and we are being spoilt for choice! The bonus? Your kids are absolutely invited along to one of Dubai’s favourite pastimes – check out some of our top picks below. 1. QE2 Friday Brunch Enjoy a family-friendly brunch set against the Read more
Colourful waterfall, mesmerising light shows and more… HURRAH! The weather is finally starting to cool down. That means more of us are slowly but surely ready to explore things to do outdoors – well, at least after the sun sets. 1. Experience a spectacular 3D light show Head to DFC for an immersive show combining Read more
Finally, a hospital strictly for kids! Excellence in healthcare is a national pillar of the UAE 2030 vision, hence, it has become imperative that we all address the notable gap in paediatric medicine. That is why the leadership of Dubai decided to have a hospital fully dedicated to treat children and adolescents as a way Read more
Explore a vortex tunnel or take a walk through history… It is pretty normal these days to always hear about new and exciting things popping up all over Dubai, from thrilling amusement parks to a plethora of kids’ activity centres. BUT, if you take a little journey to Old Dubai, you will discover a hidden Read more
Abu Dhabi Family Week is a 10-day family-oriented festival featuring live performing acts, popular cartoon characters, interactive exhibitions and the iconic Nickeloden Kids’ Choice Awards! From September 19-28, you and your family will get to experience an extravaganza of events and activations all across the city – with mega shopping deals and hotel offers included! Read more
From wall climbing, inflatable fun to a kids’ gym, there’s plenty for big and small to enjoy… Though waking up to a sunny sky every day is one of the perks of living in the UAE, it also means that soaring temperatures don’t always allow us to take the kids outside for a bit of Read more
Looking to sign up your little ones for nursery this term? Look no further than Kids First Group – leaders in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for providing premium early years education and childcare with amazing nurseries under their name. The offer is available at 8 nurseries across Dubai and Abu Dhabi: Odyssey Nursery Odyssey creates Read more
Let’s have some fun for a little less… Whenever September comes around, we can get quite budget-conscious especially with everything we need to spend on the new school term. So if you’re like us and trying to stick to the #NoSpendSeptember challenge, we’ve got a few ideas on what you can get up to with Read more
From a free Science Festival to adrenaline-fueled, inflatable fun, there’s plenty to do this September to kick away your back-to-school blues… 1. Play with Legoland Dubai Take part in the free LEGOLAND Dubai activities by simply presenting any receipt from Dubai Festival City Mall. Your boys and girls can look forward to the LEGO Factory, Read more
Making our child’s birthday party fun and special is always on top of our list. No doubt about it. Alas, it is no small feat. And with the new school season in swing and back-to-work stress, some of us are looking to pass the torch. Lucky for us, Wavehouse – the gastropub-meets-family entertainment centre over Read more
As the UAE’s first, fully sustainable school, Fairgreen continues on with their mission to introduce the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) into their curriculum, campus and education whenever and wherever they can. And with that in mind, for the new school year, Fairgreen has recently partnered with a sustainable business called Etuix to create a line of Read more
Owned and run by a husband and wife team, The Roost Rotisserie is a local, homegrown concept located in the heart of Dubai. They’re all about chicken – hormone-free, antibiotic-free, fresh, and locally sourced birds. No nasties whatsoever. The Roost’s “mama chick”, Hadil Alkhatib, had grown a passion to explore different cuisines and flavors, and Read more
Eid Al Adha in the UAE is a time of togetherness with the family? But what happens if you are looking for something new to do? Take a look at our top pick for Eid Al Adha top picks, with something for everyone to enjoy! Eid Party @ Cheeky Monkeys Date: Aug 9-11 Time: 17:00 Read more
Mental Health often suggests different thoughts and perceptions. Some people don’t understand what it is, and some people are simply too embarrassed or afraid to talk about it. Yet, we all have it: we all have mental health, and some of us have mental health problems, including our children. Now is the time to Speak Read more
On Saturday, 13th of July, we accepted an invitation to the Louvre Abu Dhabi Children Museum. I love the idea of going to old and historical places, but the term “museum” was a new concept for the children. I have always had this remarkable ability to enjoy the company of myself. Many of my friends Read more
We are taking a deeper look into Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital – and this week, their Rehabilitation Department is in the spotlight. What role does the Rehabilitation Department have at the hospital? The rehabilitation team at Al Jalila Children’s works collaboratively using a family-centered, evidence-based approach to enhance the level of care provided to Read more
Baby spa for your kids? Well, why not? Moms and dads need some time for themselves now and then, so why not give your babies some extra tender loving care? Shaima, CEO & Founder of Baby Spa in Abu Dhabi, said that her vision started out in 2014, during a visit to Singapore. Her friend Read more
Looking for something new and different to try this weekend with the family? Have you ever been to Sharjah? There is so much to do with kids of all ages, from water fun, to discovering sea animals, to learning about space and how things work. Surely there is enough to keep the whole family entertained! Read more
Al Jalila Childrens’ Specialty Hospital opened in November 2016 as the first and only children’s hospital in the UAE. This concept of a dedicated children’s hospital in the UAE was based on the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, Read more
Thinking of getting a nanny in Dubai? We are spoilt for childcare choices in Dubai. In fact one startling statistic from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) claims that 94 per cent of kids in the Emirate are being raised with the help of a nanny or third party. We (rightly) spend a lot Read more
Looking for a Summer camp in Dubai? Well Summer is here, and we know parents may be searching for the best summer camps in Dubai to keep their little ones happy, entertained and educated. have a look at our top picks for Summer Camps, from learning and education, to sports, dance, swimming and development. We Read more
We are a noisy bunch, the society of today. We collaborate to problem solve, we are often made to work in teams and learn in groups. This in itself is not necessarily bad, in fact it’s ideal for extroverted kids, the ones who thrive off the dynamics of group energy. But I’d like to shed Read more
It’s hot and you’re stranded at home with some wriggling balls of energy that need to be kept busy and you’ve got stuff to do around the house. Put down the iPad, step away from YouTube and create some domestic fun with a competitive edge. Here are some of our ideas to tire out the Read more
Looking for the ultimate kids’ birthday celebration in Dubai and Abu Dhabi? Look no further than our tip picks for celebrations! Check out some of our special offers also, and make your kids special day memorable, affordable and full of fun! Xtreme Laser Tag Book a birthday party at Xtreme Laser Tag (from Sunday to Read more
This week, we shine a spotlight on the art department at Fairgreen School, where sustainability and art blend together to create a new generation of artists. Leading with the ethos that an art education encourages students to become critical thinkers, creative problem solvers and able to confidently express themselves, the role of art in the Read more
For the days when we really need to get something resembling a vegetable into our children’s tummies without having to employ UN negotiators to get the job done, check out this carrot and zucchini muffin recipe. It’s wheat, dairy and gluten free and ever so more-ish… Ingredients 1 raw carrot, grated 1 raw zucchini, grated Read more
Values – Storytelling is a fantastic way to help instil values. Themes like, sharing, friendship, forgiveness and self-worth can all be conveyed in a fun and easy to grasp way, through relatable characters. We love The Conscious Bedtime Story Club in particular
Age appropriate – it sounds obvious, but remember this party is for the kids! Keep the kiddos in mind every step of the way.
Pets are cute and cuddly. They are the perfect answer to school breaks or those long, boring nights when the rest of the household is busy. Kid being kids will ask for pets all the time. But as parents, we know adopting one is a lot more than fun and games. It’s about time, effort Read more
Got the kids home all week during Eid and worrying about how to keep them happy and entertained? Fear not! Kidzapp have rounded up some of the fun activities and events happening during the Eid Al Fitr Break from Sunday 2nd June all through to back to school time on Sunday 9th June. Plus, don’t Read more
We know that, all a parent REALLY wants, is to enjoy their time with their children, but also have a hot coffee! So, we have rounded up our top picks of places to eat and have a coffee, while your kids can play to their hearts content! Dubai is full of kid friendly cafes and Read more
Ibn Battuta Mall has partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) this Ramadan for Voices for Refugees, a campaign aimed at raising awareness on the plight of refugees globally. Located at India Court, Voices for Refugees showcases the life of a refugee through immersive virtual reality video tours that highlight the effects Read more
Join us as we continue to explore Fairgreen School – this week, we are taking a closer look at the extensive benefits that come with having a campus in the middle of Dubai’s first operational net-zero city. Also find out how to book a spot for a family tour with the school’s director. Fairgreen’s extensive Read more
Leave your trepidations behind about which school or curriculum to choose and step inside the progressive and imaginative realm of what the future of education should be – right here at Dubai’s leading American school – Clarion School. Launched in 2016, Clarion has already developed an enviable reputation and is one of the most unique Read more
Just a three-year-old school, Clarion has been recognized as one of the top three American schools in the UAE where progressive education is child-centered, collaborative – and where learning is project based and gets children to focus on their own learning needs. Learning is purposeful, social, emotional and empowering. At Clarion, words and actions are Read more
Water parks are something that Dubai and the rest of the UAE does extremely well! What with the long summers, and the hot days, waterparks are a go to place for fun, excitement and cooling off! Whether you are looking for a small splash pad, a wild and exciting ride, or simply a place that Read more
Dubai certainly has no shortage when it comes to soft Play areas. When the weather gets hot, or you simply need something to help get the kids to let of some steam, there is a play area in all parts of Dubai. Make sure to check out our app always as we have some great Read more
Looking for a great children’s party from “toddlers to older’s” (2-10) which is great fun? Look no further than Mattel Play Town Dubai When researching options this year we looked at Kidzapp UAE (a great app which has the best of Dubai for families, events, days out, parties and more) and we chose to hold Read more
If you’re in the market for a nice brunch here in Abu Dhabi, one that is a nice change to traditional brunches and one that is also kid friendly (yay!), then you really need to check out the Le Royal Meridian Elements Brunch! Kidzapp has an awesome exclusive offer right now for their brunch that Read more
Laguna Waterpark Dubai – definitely the place to be if you are looking for a non pretentious, down to earth fun birthday party venue for both kids AND parents, this is definitely the one to book. We went for the platinum package which includes an e-invite, party decorations, a kids meal with slushy, 4 hours Read more
Having fun with the kids in the UAE doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, there are lots of Free and fun things to do, you just need to know where to look! That’s why we have selected our top 20 things to do as a family, that will cost you AED 0 (just make Read more
If you are in Abu Dhabi and are looking to take your child to a very hands-on, multi-activity, unique experience venue, then you would really enjoy Kidz Factory! Located in Dalma Mall, their concept is where Imagination Meets Art! They are an Art, Hobby & Edutainment centre who boasts some amazing desserts that my kids Read more
There are so many places for kids in Abu Dhabi and others, and Discovering the UAE with your kids and exploring hidden places, should be on the top of your list of things to do before summer hits us here in the UAE. Families tend to forget that there is so much more to the Read more
Nestled in Umm al Emarat Park, in the centre of Abu Dhabi island you will find the latest seasonal family attraction to hit Abu Dhabi The Wonder Maze – the world’s largest moveable maze. There are two challenges in the maze – not only to reach the 5-metre-high central platform from one of five unique Read more
The Little Gym, located in Ibn Battuta Mall Dubai, is a child development centre offering a wide range of programs that are all age appropriate for children between the ages of 4 months to 12 years old. The gym focuses on their 3 main philosophies of “Get Moving, Brain Boost and Citizen Kid” concentrating on Read more
Dubai’s Fairgreen school has opened its doors for its inaugural academic year 2018/2019. Join us as we discover more about the ethos behind placing sustainability at the core of education, and how it can shape future generations. Nestled in the heart of Dubai’s Sustainable City, the innovative Fairgreen campus radiates promise and potential. Set to Read more
Arts & Crafts by @raisingmyknight ( https://raisingmyknight.com/ Does your child love cars??? And has endless fun moving it around along with imaginary play. If you have said yes then this activity is a definite winner! Materials required: Glue gun Bottle caps CD disc Balloon Step one: Make large holes in your bottle cap. Step two: Cover Read more
Music without a doubt has a positive effect in the children development. Exposing children to music since they are born (or even before) has amazing results for the development not only of motor skills (coordinated movement and sense of rhythm for example), but also help to develop sensory skills, to educate more sensitive children (right Read more
When I think about children celebrations here in Dubai, it immediately comes to my mind those super-loud birthday parties with only treats and chicken nugget as nibbles, plus one host that turn the music on at maximum volume screaming into the microphone trying to cheer the children no matter what. It seems the louder the Read more
Times they are a changin’ and nothing has been spared—least of all pregnancy and motherhood. I think it’s great that I can order Pampers, new Havaianas, and the latest New York Times bestseller with one click. But our days are sprinkled with the fake . . . okay, doused with it. I’m swimming in it: Read more
Schools out for Christmas time! And many families will surely want to keep their kids out of the house and away from the television. So have a look at Kidzapp selection of Winter camps this year. There are so many more camps available for your children of all ages and across Various locations. Just check Read more
If your kid is a little socialite, you must be constantly looking for birthday gift ideas through the year. Having said that, every child is unique and the best gifts are dependent on their nature and temperament.
Turkey for Christmas this year? Pressed for time and want to enjoy Christmas in the comfort of your own home, but without all the hassle of prep and cooking? Kidzapp has selected 7 delicious Turkey and Festive Food selections for takeaway, to make this festive season a stress free one, with more time to spend Read more
I love scoping out how other mamas do their groceries at my local supermarket. It’s the great leveler because we all need food, right? It’s not like we all find ourselves in Baby Dior everyday. It’s where our true selves come out to play because we’re in a rush, ticking one more thing off the Read more
Legoland and Legoland Waterpark with toddlers may be a nightmare or a dream for some parents, so our in-House Kidzapp Reviewer Rachel recently checked it out with her twin Toddlers. Many families may worry about the price and if their children would enjoy it, but you will be happy to know that entrance for ages Read more
Dunecrest American School shifts from traditional textbook learning to an interactive, digital experience As with any new school, a common concern among parents is the exclusivity factor. What makes the school unique and why should it be a parent’s choice? To answer that question, it would suffice to say that life at Duncrest American School Read more
Being outdoors once the temperature drops is something that the UAE excels in. There should be a movie on the great outdoors in the UAE, like seriously. Entertaining kids which is otherwise a struggle becomes easy, especially if you are ready to pack up and start gallivanting. Here’s my list of 30 ‘cool’ activities to Read more
How to entertain and educate the kids at the same time? The UAE is known for its swanky malls and state-of-the-art theme parks, besides the biggest, tallest and largest of everything. But what if, you and your kids are on a quest to broaden your understanding of different cultures and nationalities; to combine education and Read more
Halloween and Candy! There’s something irresistible about unlimited candy and devilish dress up; no wonder why my expat kid looks forward to Halloween the way she does. Don’t get me wrong, I adore those little trick or treat-seekers; what bothers me big time is the sugar rush that ensues. Which is why this year, I’ve Read more
Theatre has some clear advantages over cinema for children (and even more over You Tube & Netflix, currently the only form of entertainment known to them). Before we dwell on that though, let’s get some definitions clear. Cinema, also referred to as ‘the movies’ or ‘film’ is slang for motion pictures. Think of pre-recorded performances, Read more
Arthritis is a chronic disease characterized by inflammation of the joints; joint pain, stiffness, and swelling are the most common symptoms. Though arthritis is most commonly seen in adults over the age of 65, it can also develop in children, teens, and younger adults. When it occurs in children aged 16 or younger, it is Read more
The last time I cried was when I heard an emotional tune on radio; prior to that, when I was hangry (hungry myself, angry at her), the week before, when the dog was hurt.
How does one enjoy eating out with kids today? Why screens, obviously. Except, it is possible to have a decent family meal without those typical distractions too.
It’s a familiar scene for Dubai’s working parents, waving goodbye to little hands that are waving back, speaking the same reassurances;..
Just in case you’re wondering, this is not the ultimate packing list for babies and children. There will be no mention of the type of clothes, brand of stroller or assorted extras you should be carrying.
Raise your hand if you’d rather take your kids to a play area than have them staring at a screen all day. Pretty obvious eh? Would you pick the first new play area in town though, if that means a break for you or does this selection require a fair bit of planning at your Read more
When supermarkets in Dubai are flooded with deals on food products, it means Ramadan is coming!
I wonder what goes on in a toddlers little head. There are milestones to be met – sitting up, saying the first word, throwing & kicking and potty training even.
They do not call a working mom ‘Supermom’ for no reason. There are so many things to handle everyday – her job, the kids, their dad, chores and food.
If the play space at Fairytales is the creative mind of the business then the community enrichment programme is its beating heart.
Cartwheeling with excitement, my little tumble-toddler P (who is 22 months old) and I arrived at My Gym UAE, for the Saturday morning ‘Waddlers’ class.
Winter break is round the corner. Good times are coming. For the teachers, that is 😉 For us parents, it means having to chart a full-proof plan to keep the kids entertained.
You might have grown up thinking that fairytales only take place in a land far far away, but thanks to the enterprising Emirati mommy duo…
You don’t have to dish out the dirhams to feel great. Our folk (parents) can be so easily dismayed, we are only ever one uneaten vegetable or sibling quarrel away from a ruined day,
There are several things to look forward to in the New Year, the most important being VAT. The UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs, His Excellency Obaid Humaid Al Tayer,