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Here are some suggestions for exciting days out that don’t cost too much as well as some expert tips on introducing your kids to sound financial concepts early.
There are so many reasons you should consider bringing your little ones to a ninjitsu class. It builds self confidence, fitness and stamina levels and is heaps of fun. Lessons include simple throws, exercises and holds and use of pressure points, as well as giving the kids an introduction to the philosophy and goals of practicing ninjitsu. But that’s not the best bit – ninjitsu classes take place on a Friday morning, which means by 10.30am, the little critters are completely worn out, having sparred, wrestled and war whooped all their energy out in the past vigorous hour. You’ll have the rest of the weekend to relax and enjoy all the peace and quiet in the world. Surely such a service must cost a small fortune? Nope. It’s completely and utterly free.
Ninjitsu class; Fridays, 9.30am, free of charge. Muay Thai studio, International Cinema building, Tourist Club Area (050 445 7095).
Al Ain Zoo
This well-run and beautifully landscaped zoo and wildlife park offers families a huge array of activities – and is especially good value in the cooler months. The extensive grounds offer lots of scope for picnics, and children who need to stretch their legs after the car journey can burn off their energy on the various adventure playgrounds dotted about. Then you can explore the zoo, which includes a petting farm, a giraffe feeding station (yes – you can actually handfeed them) and more monkeys than you can throw peanuts at. It’s top value price-wise, too!
Dhs15 (adults) Dhs5 (children aged 3-12). Tots under three go free. 9am-8pm daily, www.awpr.ae (03 782 8188).
Go for a camp in the desert
As long as you’ve already got the equipment (second hand tents and the like can usually be picked up for a song on Dubizzle), this can be one of the best ways to spend an economical weekend with the kids. We recommend going with several other families including one experienced camper, they’ll know how to light the bonfire and to find a decent location.
For inspiration visit www.offroaduae.com.
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