It is difficult to please two kids who like different things, my eldest who is 8 years old want “big kids” fun stuff while our nearly 4 years old LittleMiss demands that her Kuya always play with her. We are on a mission to find a place that would be fun to both kids, so when I read that Mattel opened an indoor play area at City Walk Dubai featuring our favorite characters I just knew we should check it out. Mattel Play Town is the newest indoor play area that is catered towards children ages 2 – 8 years old that promises an engaging “eduplay” experience built around five well loved characters: Angelina Ballerina, Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam and Barney. We (yes, me included) had fun exploring all five areas, we started off with Thomas & Friends soft play area. What I love about this area is the viewing deck where parents can sit and see what the kids were doing in the soft play. Mom & Dads are welcome to join the kids …
Our area which consists mostly of residential building has 6 schools and two hospitals nearby. The traffic situation can be busy in the mornings during school week and scary during off hours. Ped Xing – means pedestrian crossing Pedestrian – a person walking LittleMiss C and I have been walking to and from school everyday since she started. Her nursery was just 5 minutes on foot from our old place and now the new school is just 10 minutes walk from our place. It’s convenient, healthy and economical to just walk specially during Dubai winter. On our walks we have only seen 2 Ped Xing lines and notice a lack of road signs that inform drivers a school is present. With 6 schools in the area motorists will encounter parents with children walking and trying to cross the street. Most of the drivers respect pedestrians and take time to stop even if Ped Xing is not available, sadly some do not stop. We need to cross 1 main road and 2 residential streets to get to school. On the main road a crossing …
Last session for our Wilton Course 1 is all about buttercream roses. Since it’s our last day we were also asked to bring our final cake which we get to do final design in the class. I had a hard time getting the roses done the Wilton way, it took me more or less 10 tries to get an acceptable rose. For the class I bought 2 kinds of buttercream – store bought and homemade, the obvious difference between them is the store bought ones have smooth petal edges while the other is not. On to a my final cake, I bought a 4 layer 8″ cake in it’s final iced stage to school. I initially planned to make buttercream flowers a week before class but was not able to even make one. I piped leaves as top cake border and placed the roses I made during class, ran out of time to make more flowers to make it look like a bouquet cake. Anyway, I’m still happy how my cake turned out.
Last week, we spent a relaxing family day-cation at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai. We were surprised on how big the place is, it seemed small from the street of Jumeirah Beach Road. Lush green propery overlooking a 350 metre white sandy beach of the Arabian Gulf will take you away from busy Dubai life.
Last weekend, we went to see the Burj Khalifa light show and it was AMAZING! Reminded me so much of Eiffel Tower’s twinkling lights. Here are some photo’s we took.
We are definitely in a Christmas mood after attending our first tree lighting ceremony and first Santa encounter this season at The H Dubai. I posted a video of the tree lighting in my instagram, you can view it here. Walk pass by the Christmas tree and you will see an edible gingerbread house, almost as tall as Kuya V.
UAE residents are lucky to experience eternal winter just like Kristoff, Princess Ana and Queen Elsa of Frozen. Yes, an eternal winter in the desert is possible because of Ski Dubai and to make your experience more exciting, Majid Al Futtaim Leisure & Entertainment and Disney collaborate to create a Frozen experience in the coldest destination here in UAE.
“Are there any activities for the kids to do?” No bouncy castles. No face painting. No balloon twisting. I prefer it that way, less distractions and more appreciation on what the Farmer’s Market has to offer. Take it as an opportunity to teach your kids where the food came from. Here’s how you can make it fun: First, eat something. Baker and Spice has a wide range of breads and healthy breakfast options for you to choose. Any hungry person is no fun to be with, so make sure you grab something to eat.