There’s nothing worse than trying to shop with grumbling children in tow – especially when it comes to last minute Christmas shopping! Choosing pressies, and even Christmas wrapping paper (without being spotted) can prove tricky at the best of times, but Mattel Play! Town in City Walk have come up with a brand new service where, (as the name suggests), busy mums can have some much-needed ‘me-time’ by dropping our kids in to play.

It’s genius (and much needed in Dubai by us parents who don’t have much help with baby-sitting). Now, having lunch with the hubby, trying on clothes in a changing room ALL to yourself, and getting to scout around the shops in Dubai’s trendy City Walk has taken a whole new lease of life, and the best bit is; the kids will have an absolute blast!

If you haven’t discovered this magical Dubai attraction yet, you’ve been missing out on TONS of fun! Little ones get really excited when they come face to face with Barneyᵀᴹ, Angelina Ballerinaᵀᴹ, Britain’s best loved tank engine Thomas & Friendsᵀᴹ, our favourite Welsh superhero Fireman Samᵀᴹ, and they can even build their own dream home with Bob the Builderᵀᴹ!

It’s a really sweet, warm and friendly place to leave the kids and it’s fab to know that whilst you’re off having some precious time to yourself, you can TRULY be reassured knowing they’re in safe hands and having their own party (yes- even without you!)

It’s open to children aged from 3 years (who must be potty trained), right up to 10 years, and they’ll be split into groups under the careful watch of a supervisor whose task it is to give your children a super time. Your kids will be able to have a good look round this HUGE venue, exploring all the interactive activities it has to offer, and have a good run around let lying off some steam and join in the fun saying hi to their favourite characters.

It costs AED 175 per child for 2 hours of Drop N Go playtime and if you run over this, it’s charged at an extra AED 25 for every 30 minutes, so it’s not like a parking ticket where you need to rush back!

We think this is a brilliant way for Mums and Dads without the luxury of a Nanny or Babysitter to also grab some much needed time together – as Saturday to Wednesday the Drop N Go hours are from 9am to 8pm, and it opens at 10am on Friday’s and at the weekends they don’t close until 10pm meaning you could even sneak in a cheeky film!

If you need more info, the ladies at Mattel Play! Town are super-friendly and you can call them on 800-637227 or visit www.playtowndubai.com to find out about all the fun things they do with the children.