Sunday, September 24, 2017

Welcome to Earth with Orbi Dubai : fun educational adventure

This attraction is worth a visit! Open since Spring 2017, its a really lovely family experience. Orbi is an attraction like no other in Dubai. Fusing SEGA’s innovation in the world of entertainment with BBC Earth’s groundbreaking natural history content, Orbi will put you at the heart of nature.

Last weekend, I took the girls with some friends to Orbi, located in Magic Planet Midriff City Centre for an educational and fun play date. Total success, we all loved it! Could not take many photos and none of my shots would do justice to the great set up and exciting experience.

Orbi consists of twelve different nature zones designed to create experiences that would be impossible in the real world like being placed in the centre of an elephant migration. It's a great encounter with Nature's beauty and power. An educational adventure for children and the whole family, thanks to fantastic technology.

The centrepiece of the attraction is the Earth Theatre, a 40metre-wide screen with a powerful 3D sound system where the natural world comes to life through state of the art technologies including fog, vibratory sensations and fragrances. We watched the vast landscapes of Yellowstone National Park, 20 minutes documentary made by BBC Earth films. Total surreal beauty, we all enjoyed the experience.

Other attractions include "Mountain gorilla in 4D" , Merging 3D film with a special effect 4D experience, guests are transported to a BBC Earth location shoot with mountain gorillas helping you truly understand what it takes to film in the natural world. One of my favourite experience at Orbi. You get to understand the behind the scene and learn about gorilla behaviour. Super interesting. 

“African Elephants”, Encounter African elephants in their natural habitat. Migrate with them and experience how these huge mammals survive in the harsh nature of the African continent. Feel the vibration of their stamping feet as you are taken on a virtual African journey into the wilderness. Josefin being 3 years old was slightly frightened but also very excited and intrigued by the experience.

"Frozen Kenya" experience the chilling temperatures of Mount Kenya at -25°C! By combining a variety of modern technologies including thermal images, Orbi Dubai will take you on an unforgettable Kenyan experience. You will get to experience the exhilaration of a temperature change that is sure to exhilarate kids and adults alike. Again with strong and loud wind blowing, Josefin did not enjoy the experience... but only 10 seconds. Older kids were more impresses!

"Earth Palette" A near 360 visual treat. Stand in the middle of this spacious zone and engage with a wealth of natural images in a spectrum of colours projected around the surrounding screen. It's a lovely interactive experience, all the children enjoyed. Beautiful imagery to please everyone.

There is more to see and learn, we recommend paying a visit to Orbi. The current attractions are beautiful, powerful and will delight all nature lovers. The Orbi concept is coming from Japan with it's cutting edge technology. It's a game-changing entertainment experience that will plunge visitors into the heart of the natural world through a visceral, multi-sensory edutainment experience.“Orbi truly represents the next generation of edutainment,” says Damien Latham, Majid Al Futtaim Leisure and Entertainment chief executive officer.

Looking for something to do this weekend with the family? While its still hot outside, we suggest a fun and engaging visit to Orbi Dubai. Fantastic way to learn about animals and the environment.

Orbi Dubai is located inside Magic Planet, South Level 1 in Mirdif City Centre
Sun-Wed: 10:00 A.M. TO 10:00 P.M 
Thu-Sat 10:00 A.M. TO 12:00 midnight

Ticket price
- Below 3 years : free
- 3-10 years : AED 80
- 10 years old and above : AED 100 
- Family ticket, package of 4 family members: AED 320

Monday, September 18, 2017

Kids style and WIN with The Children's Place

One week into Back to School and we have settled into our routine! Part of being ready for the new year included getting some new clothes for the girls. After an exciting summer and lots of active fun they both have grown so much. They definitely need an wardrobe upgrade!

I was introduced to The Children's Place, "America's #1 Specialty Kids Fashion Store". There is a great selection of cool clothes, with all the must-have trends and classic school uniforms for toddlers, tweens and everyone in between. Great place to shop all the gotta-have-it looks this school year, including kids jackets, girls leggings, fun graphic tees and cool accessories.

Kids will love the cool on trend selection. For the boys, chinos, polos, graphics tees, vests, to mix and match. For the girls, stylish uniform tops, classic cardigans, hoodies, skirts, skorts, shorts, and pants she needs for every day. Lots of denim trends for girls and boys: different washes and cool styles that include bootcut, loose, straight and skinny styles. To finish their look, kids will love the fun accessories and functional back to school essentials they need for every day like backpacks, lunchboxes, hats, socks, belts and shoes.

Our first visit to The Children's Place was a success, lots of fun stuff specially graphics tees with cool quote like "GIRL STRONG" and " EVERY GIRLS IS SUPER HERO". Luella's favourite picks were a jeans skirt, hoodie with fun girly patches, glitter tees and a plush cap with furry pompons. Her wardrobe is sorted and she's  ready for the new season.

Competition via Instagram
Really happy to bring you the chance to win a shopping voucher worth AED300. I have teamed up with @childrensplacearabia on Instagram - share with us the cutest reason you have heard your kids use to skip school? The most creative answer will win! You must use the hashtag #MyPLACEaravia and #CutestExcuse. All the details on @Dubaioursandbox
Good luck and happy shopping!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Back to school shopping with Cath Kidston - cute stuff for kids

Back to School usually means shopping at the uniform shop on our return from summer holidays. Somehow the girls are excited to get their new kit for school and look forward to start school in the new set of clothes and shiny shoes. It’s also the time of the year, we pick up some more fun supplies. They love picking up some playful essentials like backpacks, drawstring bags for after school activities, pencil cases and stationery, lunch bags and drinks bottles.

This year we had a look at one of our favourite, Cath Kidston and their Back To School Collection. The girls like the cute brand for their happy and playful designs. I always appreciate their signature prints with a hint of vintage and the practicality of their products (remember the DisneyXCathKidston 101 Dalmatians collection?)

Here’s a peek of the large collection currently available at Cath Kidston in Mall of the Emirates, and some of our favourite items. Josefin spent some time trying out the mini backpacks with matching accessories. She was overwhelmed with the choice and we had trouble getting her to pick one only!

Cath Kidston, focus on comfort and practicality when designing. The prints are sweet and playful, some of my favourite graphics from the new collection were Pink Safari, Mythical Fairies and Fire-breathing Dragons. Josefin took the Lion backpack as a favourite but change her mind for classic floral at the last minute to match her cute little twirly skirt. The suede booties and high top trainers are adorable, could not resist the plush pink version of the boots for Josefin.

The new addition, target to age 6+, include stylish satchels and backpacks in metallic spots, stamped stars and ditsy florals in a punchy palette of bright blue, hot pink and cool aqua. Super cute, something you might like for yourself mama.

Check out Cath Kidston collection.
Happy Shopping and wishing you all a great start to the new school year.