Help! It's Half Term.

It's six weeks into the year already? February 2017 and Valentine's Day this week!  But for others with kids mid February means a completely different thing!  A whole week of entertaining the kids! Or managing schedules to within an inch of its life!  Yes that's right!  It's half term from school.  It means better traffic in the mornings for commuters but what can you do around Dubai this week to entertain young Ella or Lucas?  And what do you need to do to avoid the dreaded words I'm bored Mum? CitiSpi brings you the definitive list of what to do to avoid that!


Kid Fest at Global Village

Global Village in Dubai is launching its ‘Kids Fest’ festival with a brand new program of activities and a series of specially created shows, games and entertainment for the young guests from the 5th to the 25th of February.  There's City Jam reloaded, Globo Shows and lots of other great puppet and animation shows.  

Don't miss the dancing fountain show which takes place every day at Global Village, where it features international melodies from around the world. The Global Village fireworks show will also continue to take place during the ‘Kids Fest’ on Thursdays and Fridays at 9pm. There's even the ‘Parade of The World’, which is performed by more than 300 international dances, will take place every Friday. Kids Fest will also have face painters and balloon modellers throughout the festival to draw colourful smiles of the little ones.  All activities of Kids Fest are included in the amazing value entry ticket which is an amazing AED15 per person.  Kids under 3 years of age enter free of charge.  The park opens at 4pm if you have young ones - you can tire them out just before bedtime!

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Dubai Museum and Al Fahidi Fort

This might sound more educational than fun but a day out in Old Dubai can be just as exciting as the themeparks and water parks. There's a fort, a prison, outlaws, a boat ride and a very cool museum!  And it won't break the bank!  Why not take a day exploring Dubai's past and give the kids a real feel of where they live.

Dubai Fort is situated at the south of Dubai Creek. It was built back in 1787, about 200 years ago, as  a fort of defence, since it sat on the border of the urban Dubai at the time. Later on, this fort turned into an arsenal for artillery and weapons. It was also used as a prison for the outlaws. This fort was renovated during the reign of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. It was opened in 1971 (the year the federation was formed), to be an official museum that displays the history of Dubai and its original heritage. In 1995, another underground museum was established and added to the old fort.

There is an astronomy and natural phenomena wing along with a sea wing that takes the visitor on a breathtaking tour to get to know shipbuilding and the manufacture of shipping equipment, the profession of pearl diving and the marine life on the floor of the Arabian Gulf.   The museum entrance fee is AED3 for adults and AED1 for kids.  What else could you buy in Dubai for AED3?  And why not finish your time with a walk to an abra and take a trip up the Creek in the old way!  It is breathtaking and costs only AED1 too.  For more information call 04-353 1862. 


Theme Parks galore

In the past year, Dubai has seen the launch of two incredible theme parks. IMG Worlds of Adventure and Dubai Parks and Resorts or DPR. DPR, is actually three separate parks all combined into one amazing time out for the whole family, Motiongate, Legoland and Legoland Water Theme Park and Bollywood Parks. There’s all the fun under the sun you could possibly have with rides, experiences and shopping. Legoland is fantastic for the younger kids.  There's even a Dubai made of Lego!  You see the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai metro trains drive around it!  

If you’re worried about the sun, IMG Worlds is built entirely indoors.  In fact it is the world's biggest indoor theme park!  And it doesn't disappoint! IMG Worlds of Adventure is Dubai’s mega theme park promising visitors from around the world the excitement of four epic adventure zones in one location. Two of the four zones represent renowned Cartoon Network and MARVEL, while IMG Boulevard and the Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure zones are concepts developed exclusively for Dubai.  Click here for more information on ticket prices and there's an offer for AED195 at the moment which is almost 50% off!

Jumeirah Beach Residences

This beach stretches along the city covering a vast area. With JBR, Kite Beach and Jumeirah Public Beach all coming under it. They say the best things in life are free and in Dubai the beaches are amazing.  The weather is cool enough in the afternoons to plan a picnic at the beach. Just bring towels, buckets and a frisbee and you are set.  And if you want a bit more luxury,  there are a lot of great hotels at the beach but charges for the day apply.  With plenty of activities to do from surfing and flyboarding to shopping, dining and even an outdoor beachside gym, the Jumeirah beach has it all and more.  And for younger kids there's Splash Pad and Bounce to get rid of all that energy!  


Hanging out on the Palm

The Palm Jumeirah is what puts Dubai on the global map, quite literally, as it is a development that can be seen from outer space. Covering 5.72 square kilometres and over 15 5-star hotels as well as restaurants and even a cycle/jogging track. Its biggest attraction is the Atlantis, The Palm, A hotel so massive that it has its own waterpark, The Aquaventure Waterpark which has its own Dolphin Bay, and a selection of outdoor dining.  Half term can be busy at The Atlantis so call to book if you want to visit The Lost Chambers or Aquarium.  The Boardwalk at the Palm also opened this year. Head to the Palm for a walk, explore and then you can grab dinner and eat it as you sit on the boardwalk.  Street food at its best!


Aladdin The Musical

Why not give the kids a bit of theatre culture this half term at the Madinat Theatre.  Throughout February, encounter the blue Genie, Princess Jasmine and naughty but heroic thief, Aladdin, in this life-sized musical production. They will love shouting at the baddie!  From magic lamps to flying carpets, the story of Aladdin plays out on stage with circus-style stunts and spectacular magic. The colourful costumes and sensational songs add extra dazzle to this Arabian classic, which is sure to delight an audience of all ages.  Madinat Jumeirah 9th - 19th Feb. Four showings per day starting at 11am.  For tickets and showing times click here for more information.


This is just the tip of the iceberg!  Sharjah Light Festival finishes today and Dubai Marina Mall has its last outdoor cinema today.  Plus the CitiSpi app has more details on how to redeem offers for food, drinks, activities and spa, download the CitiSpi app today for iPhone or Android.  

The CitiSpi Team