Cheeky Monkeys Playland

Last Friday we attended a “End of the Year” party at Cheeky Monkeys Playland , hosted by one of Adrian’s classmate, Zaidaan. Yes, you heard me right, it wasn’t his birthday but he wanted a party so his parents gave him one. NO judgement here, Hey! If I was rich too and only had one son, I’d give him a party every DAY!! If that’s what he wants.

Parties here are so different from what we are used to in the Philippines, in the Philippines, a party always has to be a fiesta where everyone from your child to your child’s grandparents are invited and welcome to come. Here in Dubai its quite different, when the children have a party, The children are the only ones expected to come especially if it is in one of those play areas. The parents just drop off the kids and pick them up after the party. The adults are welcome to stay but are not included in the head count. Since this was our first time I was watching all the other moms and taking a cue from them on what I was supposed to do. There is this one mom (who I think is really cool, she goes kite surfing before school pick up! How cool is that?) who I consider my mommy peg in school, and I was observing her at the party she dropped off her child at the party area, then had a quick chat with the other guests, went out to buy her own coffee and sat down to wait for her child finish the party. So cool and effortless like she’s been to these things a thousand times. Unlike me who looked like a fish out of water, smiling from ear to ear like a crazy person talking to anyone who was willing to ask me “Are you staying in for the summer?“. In fairness to our host, there were finger sandwiches for us adults that were served but because the dining area was full of other adults waiting for their own little ones to finish their play (I think there were 3 parties happening at the same time). It was hard to rally everyone up to eat but then again the adults were not expecting anything from the host so they just went to the café themselves and bought their water or coffee whatever they preferred.

This type of party was so foreign to me that I actually thought, it’s so practical and so easy to host a party like this. My brain was slowly moving on to planning a possible similar party for Adrian but I’m not so sure how it’s gonna go down to my Filipino guests. And if my personal accountant would approve the funds for this mythical party.

Cheeky Monkeys Playland is at the ground floor of Al Barsha Mall, Union CO-OP. I have to confess, I didn’t know that there was a mall here, I know there was a Union CO-OP in that area but I thought it was just the supermarket and nothing more. (I even said this thought out loud to another guest and felt rather stupid about it after seeing her reaction). I like how they set up the party where the kids can enter and start playing at the jungle gym and maybe after 45 mins(?), a party host would call ALL the guests for a certain party and they would follow her to a party room and they would dance and play games and eat there too! The cake was served to both the kids and adults but I was so amazed at how normal it seemed, I told you this type of behavior is unheard of in my culture. I can already imagine my family complaining, just imagine on one of our celebrations I heard some family members complain about the food, imagine if they only got cake!!! THE HORROR!!!


The Jungle Gym


Dining Area


Party host rounding up the kids to start the partéy!


The Hockey Pokey!


Chicken nuggets, French Fries and Juice, my son’s regular order!


You’ve been warned!

Cheeky Monkeys Playland

Al Barsha Mall, Union CO-OP, Ground Floor

Tel: 04-3850875

Fax: 04-385 0840



Summer is finally upon us fellow Dubaians and you know what that means? No more trips to the beach or picnics at the park. It’s time to run to the malls to get some relief from the heat.

For a mom of two boys this means kids don’t get to play outside anymore. This is where FUN CITY comes to the rescue! Fun City is an indoor play area that enables our kids here in Dubai to still enjoy their play time without burning themselves in the summer heat.

Last weekend I brought my small one to their branch in Ibn Battuta. Because he’s 11 months old we could go to their Fun n’ Learn. I like this area because everything is matted and the toys available are perfect for kids from 0-4 yrs old. It’s also nice to see that the attendant seems to be adamant at cleaning around to keep the place sanitized.

I let my littlest spidey free and I could tell he was enjoying every minute. Although I always say that Aden and I are inseparable during the week, we alwasy have something “important” to do – chores mostly and school run. So to spend this friday morning with only him felt like a special one on one time with mommy.

I’m anticipating more play areas in our future…especially when Adrian is off from school and rest assured I will be sharing them with you.





Favourite Things Mother & Child Dubai


@ Dubai Marina Mall

Favourite Things is a play area here in Dubai that offers more than just your usual play area. They have a salon for kids, a boutique that sells all the latest stuff for babies and toddlers  and of course a play area that enables you to either leave your child while you can sit at the cafe able to watch your child play through the glass windows (I guess this is for mommy’s with older kids 3-5? because with babies I don’t think you can just leave him there alone) or join your child play with their very extensive toy collection that incorporates any age from 0-5 yrs old. Aside from all these they also offer mommy and me classes. (I’ve inserted the link for more info)


the cafe


the boutique

Aden and I joined the Boogie Babies class it’s 30 mins. with lots of singing and dancing, the dancing part is mainly done by the mommy while she carries the baby. Aden seems to enjoy it very much. Aside from the class, you get to play free for 30 mins entrance at their play area which you can get before or after the class which in my book makes it money well spent. The area is very clean and nanny cams are placed everywhere so you are always secure that your child is safe. The staff are very nice and friendly, they even play with the kids (I guess you must be they type to like kids if you work in a place like this).


Aden sitting on the parachute during Boogie Babies


Aden playing with a friend during play time

When Adrian was younger, we used to join classes similar to this too. I wanted Aden to have the same opportunity that Adrian had. I love it that Aden and I can spend this time together. We actually do spend most of our days together most of it running errands at the grocery, driving Adrian to/from school, going through the carwash, and other errands we have to do for daddy or others. But once a week, Monday morning at 10:30 is exclusively for Aden and I love it that he seems happy when we are there.


morning school run

Favourite Things also offers dance classes, party venue services and many more please visit their website or call them for more info.

Contact Details

Phone +971 (0)4 434 1984
Post P.O.Box 212495
Dubai, UAE
Fax +971 (0)4 434 1983