We all love our weekends. Whether we decide to chill at home, go out shopping or indulge in a ‘stay-cation’ at a fancy resort, weekends are our chance to blow off some steam. My little one already has his share of fun and games at the nursery, but Fridays and Saturdays are our chance to do things together as a family. But with my poor husband down with the flu, battling a migrane, a tooth cavity and a root canal, it was up to me to take the little one out for some weekend fun. But the thought of going to a mall on a weekend and having to deal with the nightmare of finding a parking spot with a super fussy kid in the car was just too painful. Then I remembered that Al Barsha Mall has this childrens play area that my Yehia always cries and nags to go to whenever we go grocery shopping. We drove over and we were there in ten minutes. On the first floor right after the co-op is Kiddie Ville. It’s not your typical children’s entertainment zone. It has a number of rides (carresole, flying airplanes, a mini ferris wheel, go karts and the usual race car games) that you pay for by card. The area also includes a number of places to eat. So you can sit and enjoy a quick meal while watching your little ones play. The rides are also priced 11AED each, unlike many other play areas around. At the very end is a soft play area, priced at 25 AED per hour) Overall, its good value for money and for those living in TECOM/Al Barsha areas – this is a great place to check out if you run out of ideas a need a quick place to go to with your little one for some fun and games.
Sometimes, when living in the big sparkly glamorous ‘City of Life’, you get caught up with the fast paced lifestyle, the lavish restaurants and extravagant malls. So on some weekends, my little fam and I hop in the car, get on the 311 and head down to Ras Al Khaimah – mostly to just relax, unwind and visit my parents so my little munchkin can spend some quality time with his grandparents.
To make the most out of Yehia’s weekend, I normally take him to a park, to the mall or even swimming. He has fun, but the one thing that puts a huge grin on my little one’s face and has him jumping up and down in the car with joy is our drive to Ras Al Khaimah’s Manar Mall; because he knows, its time for him to go down to Fun City.
Fun City is situated in various malls across Dubai and the rest of the UAE – their main play area in Ras Al Khaimah is at the Emirate’s most popular mall which is centered in the heart of the city. If you are driving down to RAK to burn off some steam and get away from all the craziness, I suggest you drop by with your little ones. It houses a mix of arcade games, play features and some little rides for younger children and tots. Some other games also award tickets, which you can collect in your play card. You can then redeem your points for a toy depending on the number of points you’ve acquired – which makes it suitable for children, toddlers and teens.
My Yehia’s favorite part is the enclosed padded play area. It’s a multi-storey maze that has a ball pool and a big slide. To enter, you need to pay by swiping your card. There are instances where Yehia gets distracted or wants to wander off to other parts of Fun City, so the good thing is that even if you’ve swiped your card at the enclosed play area, you can still re-enter if your child wants to go back to climb around and play in the ball pool.
Another thing that I really love about this place is their closed nursery room. Located at the very end of Fun City, this is literally the cutest thing I’ve seen, especially in RAK. Designed for little toddlers and babies, the nursery has a little ball pool, a castle, a closet with costumes and a mini living room setup, which includes mini couches, miniature kitchen appliances and a number of ride on toy cars. The nursery also has a section just for little babies and infants to lay in with their parents or nannies and explore playing with some soft cubes and stuffed toys. So never think that you may not have a suitable place to go to for your baby to enjoy a change of scenery, this little nursery makes it possible.
One thing I am super picky about is the cleanliness of play areas. Because they have a strict no eating policy, the play area and enclosed padded area are always super clean and spotless.
Overall, this indoor play area is worth the visit; with guaranteed fun for you and your little ones.
They say mothers of boys work from ‘son’ up till ‘son’ down. Well it’s true, and it comes with perks too. Here are 15 ways you know you are a mother to a little man.
- You have endless drawers, boxes and bags of race cars, trucks, and more race cars.
- You’ve become accustomed to stepping on Lego blocks and Spiderman action figures in the middle of the night.
- There’s always a finger in your eye, ear, nose and mouth during cuddle time.
- You have an obsessive, unhealthy knowledge of Pixar’s Cars di-casts.
- You find yourself randomly running in shopping malls yelling things like: “No you can’t take off your pants here!”
- You have a bag full of orphan socks.
- There is no time for you to sit and watch a movie yourself and memorized lines and sequences from Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo and Turbo.
- The Barbie isle is the least of your concerns – you whizz through and spend a good 40 minutes deciding which car race track is more kick ass.
- You don’t think bracelets, hairbands or skirts – it’s football jerseys, Nintendo’s, PSP’s and sports sneakers.
- A separate budget for laundry detergent is a must to get rid of all these inexplicable stains.
- Whether it’s a towel or a pillow-case, you can turn it into a cape and play superhero games.
- You’re always prepared to catch a flying toddler boy as he jumps off the table or couch yelling: “catch meee” or “big hug”.
- Your car always has socks, slippers, jumpers, sneakers and of course, toy cars.
- You always talk about the day he turns into a rebellious teenager.
- You’ve thought of ways to torture your son’s future gf/fiancee/wife if she upsets him.
Oh God – looking at my last date post is a terrible thing – I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that so much time has passed and I’ve done so little on here. Yes – I feel guilty for not giving my blog some major TLC. I mean, it’s 2015 – the chance to start fresh, list down all these resolutions that I want to accomplish by this year, live the dream and get all psyched up about my new beginning. Hell – I didn’t even make the time to list them, so chances are I won’t even be able to achieve them.
My point is – and I think so many mothers and fathers out there will agree – we’re literally kicking butt by making it through every single day with all the other responsibilities that life throws our way. We should all give ourselves a huge pat on the back, maybe treat ourselves to some fatty Hershey Pie for making it this far, going through each day like a fighter and being amazing parents. So to all those who are in my shoes; who feel like they have the weight of the world on their shoulders, from juggling a dzillion things from managing to make a career and a living, to changing diapers and folding through endless piles of laundry – you are doing an awesome job. WE are doing an awesome job. Lets keep doing it the way know best and don’t bother by anything or anyone else.