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WeeMade.com

I found this website today and think that it could be something that all parents can use.  You all have budding little artists and you have all of their artwork, or you can be like me and have a lot of your husband’s childhood artwork, what to do with all of this stuff? (His mother was great at keeping a lot of little things from his childhood.)  I have his first drawing, his first writing, and many more.  Right now they are in my draw at work (why it is there, I have no idea), and I am not sure what to do with them.  I have thought about framing them, and I just might do that, this way Magnus can put them in his office, but after finding this website, I might upload them to WeeMade.com . By uploading your child’s artwork, you can make them feel extra special.  At this site you can share your little one’s artwork, with the whole world. Let me know what you think about the site.  

Bring Ramadan to your Children

Dubai Festival City is having special events each day 10am-1pm.

All My Faves

I found this wonderful site that list over 50 sites that are great for you and your child, called All My Faves.  If you have problems with coming up with new ideas that your child can do to have fun and learn, look no further.  This website has ideas for Books, Games, News, Movies, Comics, Coloring, Homework, and Learning.

You can also subscribe to their RSS feed and get all the latest updates.  Let me know what you think, and if you know of any other good places online where you can get wonderful ideas.

New children’s library established in UAE

MENAFN.com:

(MENAFN) A doctor at the Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan Cultural and Religious Center in Al Ain said that a children’s library has recently been established in the city, Khaleej Times reported.

He went on to say that the new library is known as Ajyal Al Mostaqbal or Future Generations library and is said to be one of the foremost projects undergone by the childern’s center in Al Ain.

It is noteworthy that that the recently established library will provide assistance to UAE children between the ages of six and sixteen and that the library currently holds hundreds of books on culture, arts, religion, and science.

Union Properties supports Children’s City

AME Info: 

UP has planned several activities dedicated to the community this year to highlight its 20 years of growth in the emirate of Dubai.

‘We owe our success and growth over the past 20 years to the Government of Dubai’s infinite support for the private sector, and it is our turn to give back to the society that forms the Dubai community,’ said Michael Jackson, Marketing Director, UP. ‘As a company, we recognize the importance of children’s creative and educational development, and our goal is to support their future through our commitment to support non-profit organizations such as Children’s City, who are part of Dubai Municipality.’

Makiya Al Haijiri, Head of Children’s City said, ‘The support of the private sector in Children’s City activities is very important in achieving our social goals.’

‘With the launch of our 20th anniversary commemorations in April 2007, we have organized a series of community activities to support various non-profit organizations. The support we are offering Children’s City today represents the first of many such activities that we have planned for this year. It is our way of supporting the organizations that work hand in hand with schools and families to develop children who are confident and creative builders of their future,’ added Jackson.

Ibn Battuta mall’s second monthly Coffee Club

Al Bawaba:

Women and children gather at ibn battuta mall’s second monthly coffee club to raise funds for the beit al khair society.

Guests enjoyed a Starbucks Coffee Seminar, new Summer Ranges by Debenham’s and a fun fitness demonstration by Fitness First

Over 130 women and children gathered at Ibn Battuta Mall’s second monthly Coffee Club this morning to hear an interactive Coffee Seminar from special host Starbucks, view the latest Summer looks from Debenham’s and be motivated by an energizing aerobic performance by Fitness First, with all donations raised going towards the Beit Al Khair Society – who provide humanitarian services to the needy U.A.E nationals.

Starbucks showcased its leading coffees from around the world and discussed the origins of the featured coffees in “Geography is a Flavour”, with guests learning different tasting terms used by professional baristas and also how to brew the perfect cup of coffee at home using the Starbucks coffee press. At the session, participants also discovered how to pair select coffees with the ideal food item to compliment the flavours and provide a taste sensation.

“We are passionate about the coffees we serve and interactive workshops such as these help us to share our knowledge and expertise with our customers so they can discover the Starbucks Experience at our stores and their homes,” said Maan Kouly, Senior Operations Manager, Starbucks Coffee Middle East.
Children were kept entertained by the friendly and fun Ibn Battuta Mall characters, while their mothers watched Debenhams, voted UAE’s best department store by Grazia Magazine readers, present their Summer Ranges for both men and women in a lively and entertaining fashion parade, with 15 Fitness First trainers acting as models for the event.

“We are thrilled with the attendance each month to Ibn Battuta Mall’s Coffee Club and we are delighted to host an event for women in Dubai to gather and engage in topics across health, lifestyle, childcare, fitness and fashion, while also raising funds for a charity which today was the Beit Al Khair Society,” said Sandy Mercer, Marketing Manager, Ibn Battuta Mall.

Benefit (Make Up) from Debenhams provided mini make overs for guests, while Calvin Kelin launched the new fragrance CK1in2u and offered free samples to women who attended the Coffee Club.

Guests were also treated to a yoga demonstration and high energy aerobic routine from Fitness First professional trainers, with each attendee receiving a one week guest pass to any of the Fitness First locations around Dubai. One lucky lady also won a one month guest pass to attend Fitness First.
© 2007 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

Playhouse changing their programs and rates

It seems that the Playhouse in Abu Dhabi is making a lot of changes to their programs and rates. I have received many SMSs in the last couple of days, if you would like more information about their changes you can call them at 02 666 0124.

Toy Fair

There will be a Toy Fair in Dubai on 13-15 of May. I have not received the timing of the event, or prices, but when I know, I will post them here.

Emirates Airline has changed their bag of goodies

Emirates has changed their bag of goodies for the children on long haul flights. It seems that Emirates is really trying to cater to the families that fly with them. You can find more about what they offer at business.maktoob.com.

Emirates has a surprise for children traveling on board their long haul flights. From the beginning of January, they will find a brand new bumper bag of goodies to make flying fun, in addition to the airline’s extenstive inflight entertainment package.

The new toys come in one of two must-have bags: a colourful rucksack (presented on flights outbound from Dubai) and a cool bag (presented on inbound flights). Each one comes in five different colour combinations.

Among them is a new soft toy exclusive to Emirates and sure to become a favourite. It’s called a Querk. The Querk is an animal that loves to travel and can take on the guise of various animals from destinations around the world. This lovable character comes in a soft fabric bag with one of five costumes: Salaam the Lion, Yorkie the Eagle, Sydney the Koala, Paris the Rabbit or Delhi the Elephant.

Children will have fun dressing up the Querk and will be eager to collect the whole set. For babies and toddlers, the Querk comes in the form of a glove puppet dressed in one of the five animal costumes.

The Querk, from German manufacturer Simba Toys, will be exclusively available on Emirates flights for the next two years. It will then be retailed by the makers but the costumes given on Emirates will continue to be exclusive to the airline.

The classic stories from Dr. Seuss will also feature onboard in paperback, the result of an exclusive deal between Emirates and the publishers. Emirates will rotate 10 of the classic children’s stories.

Along with the book, there’s a fun and colourful magazine –e-kids – produced exclusively for Emirates’ young fliers. Half of the activity book will be dedicated for readers under five and half for six to 12-year-olds. The pack includes games, colouring pencils and a cool child-size eye shade.

Terry Daly, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President Service Delivery, said: “We are constantly enhancing our onboard product. For our young passengers, we have created a completely new range of toys, games, puzzles and reading material and will rotate the items so that children enjoy much more variety on every flight.”

Everything has been designed in brand new colours. The new product gives children their own livery of purple, green and yellow which is applied to cutlery, tray mats, snack boxes, headset bags as well as the toy bags.

In addition to new toys, mealtime will be a special treat with a children’s menu specifically designed as part of the new product.

For babies and toddlers on all routes there’s a toiletry kit with wet wipes, cream, bib, teething ring and tissue pack. A more child-friendly liner for the bassinet has been designed. Baby food, formula, feeding bottles and diapers are always available, as before. For entertainment via the personal seatback television screens, children on Emirates still have their own CTV & Skysurfers channel with comedy and cartoons, movies and music; and an interactive channel offering 50 games.

Emirates’ A340-500s, all Boeing 777-300ERs and almost all Boeing 777-200s offer inflight entertainment on ‘ice’. In addition to the Skysurfers channel, this state-of-the-art entertainment and communications system features new release family movies, Disney Classics, child-size entertainment on the World Cinema, Arabic and Comedy channels, and musicals such as The Lion King and Rudyard Kipling stories on the audio channels. Ice-equipped aircraft also feature 41 games.

To complete their enjoyment, children can listen and watch with specially-designed kiddie-sized headsets available in bright colours.

Mother Baby and Child Show in Dubai

The other day I went to the Mother Baby and Child show in Dubai. I went with a mother with two children, and we went on Friday late afternoon. After going to the show last year, I was looking forward to the show this year. There is so much you can learn from the show, and you can find some of the latest products here in the UAE.

There were a couple of problems with this year visit. We went on a weekend, late afternoon, when every one else was trying to go. The reason for this is also that they had Barney there doing shows, and every child wanted to see Barney, including one of the kids with us. So looking back if you are going to add Barney or any other character then you need to add more space. At 17:30 I got in line to get our tickets, at 17:45 they said that they would not give out any more tickets until 18:30. The ticket center was just a few feet away from the door, and to say the least it was a mess. At 18:15 I went back to get in line for tickets, and at around 19:00 I finally got our tickets.

After getting the tickets I had to almost fight to not get knocked over and to get to the door (yes one door to enter the show), this was carrying one child while the mother pushed the baby in the stroller. After about 20 minutes of going nowhere, we decided that we should just leave and come back the next day.

While we were leaving I spoke to some one that was in charge of the planning the show, she said, “We never expected this big of a turn out.” That may have been the case, but it was dangerous for all the children, and a lot of stands that were near the stage, you could not even get close to those stands. After we spoke to the lady (sorry I did not get her name) we got in at a side door. If it had not been for that I would not have went in. Once we were in it was not too bad, unless you where near the stage. Of course the 4 year-old just had to see Barney, so we were at the stage for most of the time. All in all it took use four hours to get tickets, get in, see Barney, and then to see about four stands.

I have to say that I like the show, even though I did not get to see that much, and that I had my toes stepped on all night. The UAE needs more shows like this, but it needs to be arranged different. Keep children activities in one large area, and keep it moving. The stands that are for the parents and industry professionals should be in a different area, so that they can move around. Maybe have an area where children can play while parents are looking around. It is hard to try to get 30 strollers down one aisle and that does not include the other adults trying to get around. I will be at the next show just to see how much they have improve.

Just so you know they are planning the next show in Abu Dhabi May 30-June 2 2007. I will let you know the details as we get them. There is not much on the their website Mother Baby and Child.