Parties Action-packed parties Celebrity party provider Amanda Frolich is bringing her unique brand of kids’ entertainment to the UAE. She tells Time Out Kids what to expect
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What’s your philosophy for entertaining kids? Keep them moving! I don’t believe in clowns and magicians, as this type of entertainment is very static. At our parties, the children are interacting, dancing, playing with our unique and interesting props, singing on the microphone and generally having a fab time. We use our own funky nursery rhyme albums for the under fives and pop music for our six-year-olds Your daughter features on a lot of your CDs. How was she an inspiration? Our party business promotes health, fitness and fun. I believe my daughter is a healthy, athletic, happy child, so she was a great role model to promote my work. It will also be nice for her to look back on when she is an adult to say ‘that was me on your album!’ What’s the best bit about your job? I believe I have the best job in the world. Yes, it is exhausting, but the rewards make it all worth while. The best part about being an entertainer is to see children having fun through the concept I have created. Entertaining children is all about holding their attention! If an activity isn’t working, change it. Children are your best critics so there is no room for mistakes. You need to be animated, funny, relatively fit, lose all your inhibitions, but most important of all, make it fun. We also
educate the children during our parties by asking questions about shapes, colours, numbers and letters. And the worst bit? The worst part about my job is carrying the equipment! Our business is mobile, so we put all our toys in separate colourful sacks, up to 12 different bags. The entertaining is the easy part but the transporting of equipment is quite tough! Luckily, I enjoy weight training! You’re a big hit with the Beckhams and Katie Price. Why do celebs love you?
Children are harsh critics. There’s no room for mistakes I meet a lot of the celebrities either at my local classes that I teach during the week in London, or I meet them at other children’s birthday parties. Celebrities like entertainers that they can trust, and I see them as normal people.
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How do you think your entertainment will go down in the UAE? Wherever I go and whatever I do, people come up to me and say ‘Wow, I’ve never seen anyone like you before’. My entertainment is unique, but I think a big part of being a successful entertainer is passion, personality, drive, enthusiasm and a gift for making children happy. Why are you different to the other party providers out there? My motto is: we dance, we sing, we learn through the activities, but most important of all we have fun. My parties are a sensory extravaganza using great funky music. We like to get children physical so they let off steam and interact with each other, and their parents. They then work up an appetite and eat all their party food! Our parties are, dynamic, educational, participative, fun and energising. We have also produced two great music albums to accompany the party, with a third in production. The first album is really cool, the second is a work out album and the third will have a techno feel to it! To find out more about Amanda’s parties and events, check out www. amandasactionclub.co.uk
Desert Chill Ice Cream Van For a super-cool birthday, get the Desert Chill ice cream van to pay a visit. (050 612 2108; www.desertchill.ae). The LimeTree Café Birthday party classics, Lime Tree speciality platters and birthday cakes. Open 7.30am-6pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, near The One. (04 349 8498). Other locations: Ibn Battuta Mall, Al Quoz. Manuri Muhammed Whether your cake comes in the form of a Finding Nemo fish, a flashy F1 car, Manuri’s creative hands can deliver. (050 594 6708; firstname.lastname@example.org). Park ‘n Shop Great bakery, with an excellent selection of cakes for birthdays and other special occasions. Open daily 7am-10pm. Al Wasl Rd, Umm Suqeim. (04 394 5671). Shakespeare & Co Catering and birthday cakes from this popular café. Open daily Open daily 7am-1am. Safa Centre, Jumeirah (04 394 1121) Other locations: Al Attar Business Tower, Dubai Mall, Etihad Mall Emirates Hills, Jumeirah Village Mall, Souk al Bahar. Sherry’s Cakes Homemade themed cakes in the form of Dora, Winnie the Pooh, Nemo and more. (050 288 7804/04 431 4418). Simpleedelicious Scrummy homemade cakes in a variety of designs. (050 396 0023) Sugar Daddy’s Bakery Delectable homemade fondant fancies and custom orders for kids’ birthdays, baby showers and other occasions. Open daily Sat-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri 11am-10pm. Delivery available. Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim. (04 344 8204; www.sugardaddysbakery.com). Sweet Lane Specialising in custommade cakes, cupcakes and made-to-order cookies. Email for enquiries. www.sweetlanecakes.blogspot.com; sweet_l@ eim.ae. (04 395 5337). Tiffany Temple Cakes Experienced cake maker for all occasions, offering a variety of designs and fillings. email@example.com (050 714 7200).
Party organisers 3 flowers in a bucket From stylish invitations to gorgeous settings, creative party bags and fun activities, these mums will create a birthday party to remember. www.3flowersinabucket.com. (050 398 6612). Amanda’s Action Club UK celebrity entertainer Amanda Frolich (a favourite with Victoria Beckham’s and Katie Price’s kids) brings fun fitness activities and groovy tunes to your kids’ celebration. firstname.lastname@example.org. (055 843 6574). Animal Sanctuary & Petting Farm Donate Dhs500 to this wonderful animal sanctuary and you can have your party here, with petting and pony rides. They can also bring pets like hamsters, rabbits and ferrets to your home. (050 273 0973). Atlantis: The Ultimate Birthday Party Staff create the ultimate birthday celebration for kids of any age, including a
chauffeur-driven stretch limo to transport the lucky birthday boy or girl and guests to Atlantis. A truly A-list affair. www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 1241). Azur Spa Offers several pampering packages including the Little Princess Party. They can also bring the spa party to your home. Dubai Int’l City. (04 447 5284). Barton Portraits For an A-list experience, the ‘teenage rampage’ parties are hard to beat. Kids dress up and pose for their very own fashion shoot, with the pics to take home in the party bags. Cool! www.bartonportriats.com; email@example.com. Bead Palace & Accessories Bead Palace offers any type of craft activity (plus some you hadn’t even thought of) perfect for parties. Villa 3 Road 51, Jumeirah 1 (near Dubai Zoo) firstname.lastname@example.org (04 395 2771/349 7858). The Big Moo A singing telegram service with loads of characters, from Hello Kitty to Spiderman. (04 431 9935). Bowling City Kids will be bowled over with a bowling party which can also combine gaming zones and karaoke. Dubai Festival City. www.bowling-city.com (04 232 8600). Brush & Co A salon that provides mini-spa party services in your own home for groups of children, including mini-manis, pedis, henna tattoos and hair braiding. www.brushandco.net. (04 430 8465). California Pizza Kitchen An interactive pizza-making session perfect for kids aged 10-14 years. (04 339 9099). Café Céramique A range of packages include plates of party food and, of course, plenty of ceramic painting, either in-store or brought to your home. Town Centre Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road. (04 344 7331). Dubai Festival City (04 232 8616). www.cafe-ceramique.com) Captain Jack’s Cruising Parties Two- or three-hour pirate-themed cruises for up to 45 kids/adults with games and catering. Dubai Marina. (04 430 9941). Cheeky Monkey Parties Female entertainers provide as much excitement as you can handle with music, bubbles, balloons, dances, prizes and more. email@example.com; www.cheekymonkeyparties.com. (056 691 3552). Color Nail Pamper your girls with manipedis, hair braids, hair colour and washable tattoos. With High School Musical DVDs and options for cake and karaoke, it’s spa heaven for ages six to 13. Times Square Mall (04 341 8848). Oud
Metha (04 335 5909). Courtyard by Marriott Offering themed kids’ parties at Dhs2,400 for minimum 30 guests, including kids’ buffet, decoration and entertainer. Dubai Green Community, Dubai Investment Park. (04 885 2222). Crash-in-Castles Entertainment packages for kids’ parties including bouncy castles, clowns, bubbles and costume characters. www.crashincastles.ae (050 652 4769). Disco Dance Dubai Have a boppin’ good party learning routines to High School Musical, Hannah Montana and Mamma Mia! firstname.lastname@example.org. (050 289 6735). Dolphinarium Two-hour parties including games and a marine educator. Additional features include face painting and the dolphin show. Creek Park, Gate 1. www.dubaidolphinarium. ae. (04 336 9773). The Double-Decker Party Bus These big buses provide a great party venue; just tell them what you want and they’ll arrange the rest, from traditional parties to disco buses and private cinemas. (04 340 9401). E-Sports Dubai Make sure everyone has a ball by celebrating the big day with a football or cricket-themed party, complete with fun games, matches and prizes. (04 282 4540). Exotic Pet Parties Unleash furry animals on your little monkeys – under supervision and with a photographer to record the event. www.animalcarecentre.biz. (050 646 7792) Favourite Things Personalised parties with an amazing array of themes and options for kids 0-15 years, as well as birthdays to go, with à la carte options like magic shows, petting zoos and pony rides. Dubai Marina Mall. (04 434 1984). Flying Elephant For up to 25 kids; choose from the mini-package (Dhs1,500), with small bouncy castle and clown; the medium party (Dhs2,000), with an arts and crafts fair; or the big bash (Dhs2,500), with a large bouncy castle and magic or puppet show. (04 347 9170). Grand Hyatt Specialised kids’ parties for children aged up to 12. Grand Hyatt, near Wafi Mall. (04 317 2222). Hoofbeatz All parties are equine-related, with stable tours, pony petting, games, rides and even a mini-Al Saheel show. From Dhs125 per child. Dubai Polo Club. (04 330 6266). IFA The International Football Academy offers two football-coaching party packages and can also organise the venue.
Splash n Bounce Specialists in pool and garden parties offering inflatables, entertainment and party-planning advice. www.splashnbounce.com (050 282 5257). Soccer Circus Training Academy Exciting footie challenges and party food make up the packages here. Mirdif City Centre. (800-LEISURE (5347873). Stratezen Kids Party organisers who approach projects with corporate expertise. www.stratezen.ae (04 390 3978/79). Surf Shop Dubai Yo dude! Trained surf coaches keep growing water babies entertained with surfboards, paddleboards and kayaks. email@example.com; www.surfschooluae. com (04 399 0989). Tickles & Giggles A haven for kids with birthday parties, a kids’ salon and spa, party supplies and a parents’ lounge. www.ticklesandgiggles.com. (800 82634). Tumble Time It ain’t a proper party unless there’s a bouncy castle. Rent bouncers and pool slides for the afternoon or the day. Party packages with balloons, face-painting, games organisers, magicians and more. www.tumbletimedubai.com (050 352 1212/04 348 8542. UAE Party Box Let UAE Party Box bring the entire party to your home, with entertainment, decor, catering, party bags – and even photography and video filming. Entertainers speak several languages. www.uaepartybox.com (050 257 5010).
Party supplies Babybling Organising a baby shower or delivery party? Babybling has everything you need from balloons to gift hampers and will even decorate hospital rooms. The Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road. Open daily 10am–10pm. (04 344 1115). The Balloon Lady A good range of costumes, bouncy castles and balloons delivered to your door. Jumeirah Plaza, Beach Road. www.baloonladyuae.com. (04 344 1062). Mr Ben’s Costume Closet Full of fancy dress paraphernalia, including an enormous array of one-off outfits. Al Ghazal Mall, Satwa. Open Sat-Thu 10am-9pm; Fri 4pm-10pm. www.mrbendubai.com. (04 345 3577). Bubble-U Fun, whimsical birthday invitations and favour tags for kids. Pick a design, send in your personalised text and the cards will be ready within a week. firstname.lastname@example.org. Bibs n Burps An online service catering to all baby shower-related party items. www.bibsnburps.com. (050 495 6788). Harvest Home One-of-a-kind boutique filled to the rafters with beautiful giftware, household items and party accessories. Jumeirah Centre, Beach Road. (04 342 0225) Heidi & Luca Quirky and cute invitations to birthday parties, baby showers and birth celebrations. www.heidiandluca.com Party Centre A riot of helium balloons, streamers, paper plates and decorations, as well as costumes for even the most obscure themes. Open Sat-Thu 9am-9pm; Fri 3pm-9pm. Behind Chili’s in Garhoud. (04 283 1353). Party Stop Balloons galore, plus party favours, supplies, cards and costumes. Shop 3, Marina Sail Tower, next to Marina Yacht Club, Dubai Marina. Other location: Uptown Mirdif. (04 450 8500/050 242 4075). Party World Specialises in balloon arrangements, with distinctive themed designs for any occasion, including baby showers, birthdays, Halloween and more. Open Sat-Thu 9am-9pm; Fri 3pm-9pm. Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road. (04 345 9877). Other location: Motor City. Party Zone A one-stop shop specialising in costumes, tableware, decorations and balloons, as well as services, including clowns, character performers, bouncy castles and face painters. Beach Centre, Jumeirah, www.partyzonellc. com. (04 344 4158) Other location: Spinney’s Mirdif (04 288 8567). Tickles & Giggles Paper plates and balloons in every imaginable colour and party supplies galore. www.ticklesandgiggles.com. (800 82634).
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(04 337 1698). Ignite Birthday packages for junior bootcampers with fitness challenges, obstacle courses and more, tailored to all ages and abilities. Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah. www. ignite-wellness.com; email@example.com. (04 305 0844) The Jam Jar Paint and brushes plus pop tunes at the JamJar studio; or they can bring the set-up to you at home. Open Sat-Thu 10am-9pm; Fri 2pm-9pm. Umm Hurair Road, near Lamcy Plaza. www. thejamjar.com. (04 341 7303). Junior Gym Bus A service that literally pulls up to your house, gets all the kids on board for a great time, and then takes away all the mess afterwards. Brilliant! www.juniorgymbus.com. (04 337 7403). Kadomz Dance Studio Based at Favourite Things, with a professional dance instructor to teach the kids cool moves to their favourite pop songs, with tons of extras. Favourite Things, Marina Mall. (04 434 1984). Kidville Fancy a superhero birthday bash or a sizzling spectacular science party? Kidville takes away the hassle with all sorts of packages and a range of games, food and fun add-on options. Rimal 5, plaza level, Jumeirah Beach Residence. www.mykidville.ae. (04 440 1220). KidzArt Kids from two years can create artistic masterpieces at one of KidzArt’s themed parties. They bring experts and materials to your home and kids create projects from make-your-own bags to collages and acrylic painting. (055 222 0129). The Little Gym Rent out the entire faciltiy for great games, music and fun activitites, all organised by the energetic and friendly staff. A party room next door is perfect for the birthday tea and cake. www.thelittlegym.com (04 445 6850). Mad Science A mad scientist delivers a high-energy interactive science show with tons of hands-on experiments and themes range from Fizzy Physics to Wind & Bubbles. From Dhs1,000, with funky extras like science-themed party bags. (04 337 7403). me&riley Party service that comes to your home; includes catering advice, supplies and games. www.meandriley.com. (050 286 7896). My Gym Plenty of fun activities organised by experienced teachers and including exclusive use of the My Gym facility. Jumeirah Beach Rd. www.mygymuae.com. (04 394 3962). Party Beatz Dubai Drums will turn your kid’s party into an afternoon of rhythm, fun, music and laughter with Djembe drumming, musical games and African singing and dancing. Packages can include clowns, balloons, face painting and cake. firstname.lastname@example.org. (050 640 2058). Peekaboo! Bring the Peekaboo party to your home with a ‘shuttle’ package or hire a venue. Or have your party at their place with a range of packages including an eco-party. Village Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta. (04 344 7122). Planet Hollywood A brilliant birthday party venue for children. Full buffet menu, decorations, entertainer and various games, as well as cooking/baking parties. Party menu prices: Dhs50 for buffet; Fri Wild Brunch, Dhs85 (adults), Dhs40 (children). Wafi City Mall. (04 324 4777). Rainforest Cafe For a roaring birthday venue, kids will get the complete animal atmosphere plus food, drinks, traditional party games, face-painting and a video of the whole shebang. Dhs75 per child (Sun-Wed); Dhs90 per child (Thu-Sat), minimum 20 kids. The Dubai Mall (04 330 8515) Reibus Get the party rocking with face painters, magicians, bouncy castles and sliders, bungee and trampoline rides. email@example.com (04 367 0370/055 744 6220). Sana Bonta pizza and pasta parties An Italian cooking party where young guests make and bake pizzas and have a bash at some pasta-cutting. DIFC, www.sanabonta.com. (04 425 0326). SNAG Mini-golf parties with tournaments and prizes – great for competitive spirit. firstname.lastname@example.org; www.snaggolf.com. (050 650 7998/050 294 3490).