On Friday, 26th April 2019, my husband, sons and I headed to the Museum of Illusions with varied expectations. I had seen so much of it on Instagram that I knew I wanted to walk out with some cool pictures of all of us. My husband just wanted to explore a new place with us, thankfully a place that did not involve any shopping, eating or running up and down play areas. The kids – well, they just wanted to have loads of fun!
Do you agree that Back to School shopping is as much fun for mums, as it for the kids?
Yes, going to the malls, braving the traffic and parking issues, not forgetting the strollers and the tantrums is NOT fun! But being able to shop from the comfort of your home, in your pyjamas, with a coffee mug in hand… Now that can be fun!
I’m a full-time, stay-at-home mom who manages a business, a home and a blog on a part-time basis. Come school vacations, and the pressure increases as the kids wake up with me in the morning and sleep late at night with me too. This means that there are days when I am with the kids 24×7.
Over the last 5 years of mommyhood, I’ve seen various friends go on holidays without their kids – some on a girls’ trip and others on a mini-moon with their husbands. My husband and I always thought that we would not enjoy a holiday without the kids and we would not want to deprive them of the pleasure and learning that comes with travelling and being in a new place.
My son, A, had been to Mattel Playtown in Citywalk, Dubai on a school trip with his friends, and couldn’t stop talking about it for days to come. They went for a short while, and they caught Barney and his team in action, but he missed seeing his current favorites – Bob, the Builder and Fireman Sam. I had promised him we would definitely be making a trip to Playtown with his little brother, P during the summer break.
Mattel Playtown has 5 diferent themed zones, dedicated to different characters, namely, Barney, Bob the builder, Thomas and Friends, Fireman Sam and Angelina Ballerina. Each zone has different activities based on the different characters, mainly helping with developing motor skill and social skills. There is a stage where the different characters come on to sing, dance and interact with their little audience.
So on a Thursday afternoon, my two super excited boys and I, went to Mattel Playtown! To save time, we bought our tickets online. We got our entry wrist bands from the reception and proceeded to the first floor, where we were just in time to catch Bob the Builder live in action, on the centrestage.
Ever since the Dubai Garden Glow had reopened for 2016, my elder son, A wanted to go visit it. Everytime we passed Zabeel park and the display of the Garden Glow on Sheikh Zayed Road, I promised him that I would take him there in the winter break.
I am hesitant to take the boys into unfamiliar play areas all by myself, as the elder one, A, is usually clingy and scared to go wander off by himself. I usually have to spend my entire time exploring the tunnels and crawling over the various obstacles with him. As a result, the younger one, P, has to be left alone, as I can be with only one of them at a time. I usually have my husband or my mother join us on our play trips. Lately, as P is growing up, he is getting curious and wants to come into the tunnels and obstacle areas too. He is more of an explorer and wants to wander off into the difficult zones all by himself.
With the 45th National Day of the UAE coming up on the 2nd of December 2016, there is a patriotic vibe everywhere.
It’s great to see that all expat communities of Dubai, especially families with young children go all out to celebrate National Day. Schools play such an important role in developing this spirit by teaching them about the culture and heritage of the UAE for weeks leading up to 2nd December.
With the 45th UAE National day on 2nd December coming closer and the holidays already being announced, I thought it was much needed to be doing a flag-related craft activity with my 4-year old.
We had lots of fun doing this, as we talked about different facts about Dubai and the UAE, reinforcing what was being done in school this week. They had a camel and a falcon visit them in school and A actually held the falcon on his arm! It’s great that they get an early start to learn about the culture and traditions of the place which is home to them.
Most Friday mornings of mine are spent in bed, hoping the children get up as late as they can, so I can have a lie-in too. The morning of Friday, 11th November, was very different. I was hoping the kids would sleep till late…but only coz I was out of the house trying to achieve something for myself.
I had seen a post by Natalie Robinson on Facebook about a Photowalk through the souks of Old Dubai. Organised by Natalie and Lianne Dawes, two well-known photographers in Dubai, the walk was about teaching a small group of like-minded women some photography basics. I got in touch with Natalie and registered for the walk, along with 12 other women.