Sunday, January 21, 2018

Maxi Micro scooter or a less expensive price tag option: introducing the Zycom Crusiser...


Here’s another post on scooters…. Yep! First time I actually brought up the subject because we have been fan and loyal customers to award winner, Swiss brand du jour, Micro, for years. Until this holiday season when our Little Jo needed a scooter replacement and I thought do I really want to spend AED775 on a scooter?! And I looked at cheaper alternative with all the safety and quality features I would expect from a Micro.

Good to know in choosing the right scooter…
- Make sure, the hight is appropriate for your child that’s why adjustable steering column is important. The handlebars should be at the same height as their waist.
- Sturdy frame
- Fast action brake
- Large standing board for comfort and easy specially younger children
- Foldable scooter are great option

Mini Micro and Maxi Micro
Luella is now now on her second generation of Micro and absolutely love it still today. When we purchased her Mini Micro, Micro was the most popular option and said to be the best. I never questioned buying it. Then the Micro Maxi was the perfect transition. I still today think it was one of the best buy we did. It’s highly durable and high in quality to ensure outstanding performance for year. Steering is made easy, it’s a lean to steer technology a bit like on a skate board, makes for a more fun and easy scooter ride. Children steer by using their body weight to lean right and left, intuitively learning to lean into a turn. Both of our girls picked up the technique quickly and learn stability, balance and coordination.Another great point about the Micro was the ability to be replaced parts. Making it an ever lasting scooter. We replaced the rubber handles once, but that was it. Most friends replaced their break pad once. The Micro scooters are relatively light, easy to carry! When you have kids and loads to carry around, you must take that in consideration. The Micro Mini Kickboard has been the highest rated scooter for years. It’s expensive but no doubt if used as much as my daughter did (even passed it on to her little sister) it’s a good value present.

Mini Micro about AED 471.45 Recommended Age: For 3+
Maxi Micro about AED 775.95 Recommended Age: For 5+ years and above

Zycom - Zinger 3 wheel Cruiser
That’s the newbie, the scooter we decided to get Josefin for Christmas. The Australian brand has developed a scooter we felt comfortable investing in after years of loyalty to Micro. It’s only been 3 weeks… so can’t really tell you about life time quality but I have high expectation. (Will update you in a few months).

The Zycom Zinger, is a 3 wheels cruiser with similar features as the Micro. We love the pivot steering, and self-righting technology that is patented providing good balance, enabling smooth turns and fun “surfing” aka riding. It has adjustable handle bar means you can adjust it as your child grows (3 positions). It’s also foldable thanks to an easy pull and twist folding mechanism. Great for easy storage and transport. It rolls well, good smooth wheels and has a quick break for efficient stoping. I truly happy with the scooter, it feels sturdy and of quality. A downside would be the weight, I find it a bit heavy not as light and manageable to carry as the Micro. Just a feeling. Now for the price, it’s better positioned then the Micro and would consider it a good value.

Zycom Zing 3 Wheel Scooter AED 313.95 Recommended Age: For 3+
Zycom - Zinger 3 Wheel Cruiser AED 418.95 Recommended Age: For 5+ years

So yes we have been total fan of Micro for years, we have three in France at the grandparents for the girls and the cousins to share, and two here in Dubai. I admit, it was firstly our choice because of it's popularity back in 2011. It was the hit scooter to get, then high quality and performance grabbed our attention and our loyalty. So why looking into another option? Because Micro Scooter are expensive, the price tag is going up and as a consumer I felt I needed to look around and see different options. The market is full of different scooters... The zycom is the new addition to our family of scooter, it's well priced and up to now, it has not disappointed! I would definitely recommend it. 

Both scooter brands are available at where you will find all the description, features and dimensions.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

A new favourite destination for Dubai kids : Aventura Park

This is a new favourite Dubai destination for adventurous kids with loads of fun guaranty! We had a great time at Aventura, 35 000 square meters Ghaf tree forest in Mushrif Park. Aventura is an adventure park in the heart of nature that teaches kids love and respect for nature, while engaging in fun exhilarating challenges. We spend one fantastic afternoon celebrating Luella’s 9th birthday!

Aventura offers different fun and challenging circuits with different level of activities depending on age and height of the participants. There is about 80 challenges within 5 different levels always off the ground and between trees. I loved seeing the children working different skills and building their confidence. It takes a little practice but the coaches around the circuits are great at directing and teaching the kids autonomy and problem solving.

The adventure park brings a unique experience that challenge physical abilities but also brings hours of fun and exhilaration. After about 20 minutes of technical briefing, the little adventurers are off to explore and conquer the longest series of thrilling tree-top zip-lines in the region. There is plenty to do like navigate through high rope obstacles, nets and wobbly bridges.

Little Ranger circuits (with 19 challenges) is designed for young children (115 cm and above) The Thriller circuit and Aventura circuit are design for adults and children 140 cm and above with lots of fun challenges and exhilarating zip-lines to surf through the tress. More details on age group and park circuits here.

All Aventura games and challenges are 100% safe. The entire park is developed and audited to meet special safety regulations, and is constantly monitored by professionally trained staff. When I met the man behind the project, I realized the passion and dedication behind the park. It’s a great combination of educational fun learning about the flora and fauna of the Emirates, practicing coordination, balance, independence, observational skills and just plain fun, all in the nature. Definitely what kids need!

Aventura was the perfect choice for Luella's surprise birthday party. Our group ranged from children 7 to 9 years old. (I would recommend the attractions for kids age 7 and above.) Everyone had fun and managed the Little Ranger circuit after a little practice run. Three of the children above 140cm tried out the Thriller circuit for extra challenge. After nearly two hours up in the trees on exploration mode, the children were ready for pizza and cake! Aventura can set up table, balloon decoration and provide pizza as part of the birthday package. There is an indoor café and large terrace for the convenience of the guests. It felt very easy and friendly.

It's definitely a fantastic destination for kids to play and have some exhilarating fun outdoor! They also have an education nature-based programs, that can be extended to the classroom, designed to enrich each student’s knowledge of flora/fauna, outdoor survival and cooperation through games.

Also team building & leadership development programs are available for secondary students, staff, faculty and administration, and are conducted on high-rope and low- rope installations in the midst of nature. Aventura has a lot to offer!

For me getting the kids active outside while the Dubai weather is gorgeous, seeing their confidence growing while having fun is key - best play date! This winter break get the kids to Mushrif park and give a try to Aventura. Have fun!

Details and pricing
General access is Dhs150.
Access for children under 1.4 metres is Dhs125.
Birthday package are about AED170 per child
Aventura, Mushrif Park, Mirdif, Dubai.
Sun to Thu, 9.30am to 50pm, Fri to Sat 9.30am to 6pm. 
Tel: (056) 8871687.