Category: Out and About

Legoland Dubai Review

Last week, we finally went to Legoland Dubai. Azlan had been talking about it ever since we told him about the park.I was a little apprehensive about going there; the cost being the main reason for this. So, with the UAE resident offer on the table, we decide to buy the tickets before the Dubai weather went aggressive on us. I have been meaning to write this Legoland Dubai Review since last week but there has been so much to write about. And I still think I haven’t covered it all.

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10 Nurseries in JLT

Nurseries in JLT

 

Are you considering the big move? Is it really time for your little one to go to a nursery? A big high–five to all us, stay-at-home moms. We survived. Yayy!!! But hold that celebratory dance. At least till you have found a good nursery. Depending on where you live, there can be no nursery nearby or dozens. I found 10 Nurseries in JLT alone after a quick online search.

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UAE National Day Events and Activities for Families

UAE National Day Events and Activities for Families

UAE National Day is coming up in just a few days. And so it is not surprising to see a lot of events, discounts and the likes from retailers and malls across the country. And a Facebook addict like me has seen a lot of articles on what events I should attend. But as a mother, I know I can’t party with a Dutch DJ (at a price of 275 AED!) and neither can I get swanky at an Opera with two kids trailing by. So being the chronic list-maker that I am, I went ahead and made my own list. Here is a scoop of UAE National Day Events and Activities for families:

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Dubai Glow Garden Review

Glow Garden Dubai

So, here is my Part 2 of the Zabeel Park outing. A visit to Zabeel Park is incomplete without visiting the Glow Garden. We had planned to go to the Dinosaur Park (Read review here) and since Glow Garden was free with the Park, we got to enjoy two shows at the good price of one (60 AED/ person). Y0u can buy tickets online too.

As a Karachiite, I thought of my city as the city of lights. But that was before I had been to the Glow Garden.

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Dinosaur Park Dubai Review

Dinosaur Park Dubai

Dubai did it again. When you think you have seen the entire city, it comes up with something new. Zabeel Park recently opened its very own Dinosaur Park. Dinosaur Fans, get ready. And for those looking for some outdoor activities in this nice weather, this is the place.

Truthfully, I wasn’t expecting much. But I was pleasantly surprised (shocked even).

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Mother, Baby and Child Show Review

 

As a mother, I am always on a lookout for kids’activities in Dubai and specially as a mom, I want greatly interested in some affordable ones. So when I heard about the Mother, Baby and Child Show, I was excited. More excited because it promised Lego activities, cooking classes, sensory play and so much more.

The Mother, Baby and Child Show

The Mother, Baby and Child Show is an event being held in the Dubai International Marine Club between Nov 10-12. The show promises a fun-filled day for children with their mothers, offering them a variety of kid’s activities. Here is the schedule for the show.

And this was why the show was a disappointment. I could not find any such activities at the show.

When I entered Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), I never saw any kind of signage telling me the show was on. Yes, there was signage of the outdoor show and for a moment I was confused, was I wrong about the show.

But I asked a few people around and they guided me to the back of the park.

After paying tickets for my son (I got mine for free. YAY!!), we moved inside.

And for a moment, I again felt I was in the wrong place.

There were cars, and surf boards. Nothing childlike about the venue.

Turned out, there were too events happening in the place at the same time. The Mother, Baby and Child Show was being held outside. The weather was nice and windy (added a charm to the entire event).

The event was a little disappointing. Instead of the fun activities promised and advertised, I saw another platform where mother, child and baby brands advertising their products.

If you want a lot of free samples, this is the event to go. We got free samples from Palmers, cerealac and milk samples from Nuralac, Baby Shop vouchers, Sudocream.

But if you are looking for a fun filled day with your kids, choose another event.

There was a soft play and some fun activities for kids but for them, you had to pay an additional 50 AED.

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But there were some perks.

Palmer’s were offering free ice-cream along with a pouch with three of their products.

Blossom’s Nursery had an art space (with playdoh!). Since Azlan loves play doh (and I hate it in the house), it was fun seeing him work his magic there.

Mother, Child and Baby Show Dubai

They even had huge Lego like blocks which was a good distraction for both Azlan and Safah.

Mother, Baby and Child Show

DuVibes had the kids dancing to some music.

Kabrita was offering gun-shaped balloons along with face painting.

We spent nearly 45 minutes in the space, and that too because I had some good company with a new friend.

My Verdict:

Go if you want to interact with brands, or don’t have much else to do over the weekend.

You can buy the tickets here.

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Mother, Baby and Child Show Review

THE OLD LIBRARY: Support your child’s love for reading for less than 20 AED/mnth

The Old Library

I am a major bookworm- had been since I was 10. As a teenager, I always felt that book reading is an expensive hobby (especially when you are the only book lover in the family and end up finishing the book in day or two).  My mom encouraged my reading habits- but not as much as I hoped. But here in Dubai, I feel parents are lucky that they could support their child’s love for reading in Dubai for less than 20 AED a month.

How?

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Mattel Play! Town Dubai Review

A few weeks ago, we decided to hit City Walk, Dubai’s newest hot spot. Naturally no family outing is complete without a kid’s activity for Azlan so we closed in on Mattel Play! Town. And we loved it!

Mattel Play! Town is a themed edutainment play area featuring five different play areas; each based on a different cartoon series. They include Bob The Builder, Fireman Sam, Angelina Ballerina, Thomas and Friends and Barney. The costumes with each theme adds to the charm of the place (and obviously the photographic value for us, parents). (more…)