4th August 2016

It’s DSS – and that means free events all around town for kids!

The Jungle Book (2)It’s been a long time since I was in Dubai during DSS (that stands for Dubai Summer Surprises for those not ‘in the know’) – and it’s a real treat to be able to enjoy it for once!

Along with the shopping bargains to be had in nearly every store in the city (keep an eye on my social media accounts as we do our last minute shopping for baby girl), the most exciting thing about the festival is the endless FREE events for kids throughout the city.

So this summer holiday, I don’t have to think too hard about how to entertain the boys (or bankrupt myself in the process) – I just pick an event in a mall, drive them down, and let DSS entertain them instead. A real blessing at any time, but especially in your third trimester of pregnancy!

Here’s a little run down of what you can experience:

Mercato Mall, Jumeirah 1

Circus Fiesta – a live show of acrobatics and circus tricks that will amaze little ones, running until 20th August (4.45pm, 6.45pm, 8.15pm and 9.30pm)

Details – 04 344 4161

Circus Fiesta (5)

Dragon Mart 2

Trash Pack – a live show called ‘S’not Your House’ that introduces kids to a world dedicated to recycling and protecting the environment, running until 10th August.

Barbie the Athlete – running in conjunction with the Rio Olympics, this event features both a live show and a fun workshop where you can be a medal winner, running 11-20 August

Sweet Celebration – little ones with a sweet tooth will enjoy this cupcake decorating / creative pretzels workshop, running until 20th August

Details – 04 362 1900

City Centre Deira

Alvin & the Chipmunks – a live stage show of music and laughter, lasting 25 minutes, running until 10th August

Details – 04 295 1010

 Alvin & The Chipmunks (4)

Ibn Battuta

Miss Fortune Circus – a fun circus performance, with lots of audience interaction, running 11th-20th August (3 x shows between 4 and 9pm)

Details – 04 362 1900


Bricks – a LEGO pop-up shop run by LEGOLAND Dubai, with the chance to win annual passes to the theme park, which opens in the autumn. Open until 20th August (12pm-10pm).

Details – 04 317 3999

 Bricks at Boxpark (2)


Jungle Book Workshop – a fun activity zone where little ones can come face-to-face with Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and Sher Khan, running until 20th August (4pm-10pm)

Details – 800 637227

 The Jungle Book (1)

Dubai Festival City Mall

Summer in the City – an interactive activity zone, where the outside has bought inside. Kids can choose between beach, park and sports with arts and crafts workshops, photo booths, and interactive simulators, running until 20th August (2pm until mall closing)

Details – 04 213 6213

The Dubai Mall

Giant Ball Pit – a fun giant ball pit for the kids to release energy and have lots of fun, open until the end of August

Details – 04 362 1900

I’m planning to head down to a few of the events with the boys in the next few weeks, so keep an eye on my Facebook and Instagram pages for photos of the fun! (although I’m not sure I’m getting into that ball pit with this bump – I’d never escape!)

For full details of all the DSS events, visit www.visitdubai.com/en/dss/events