An Introduction to the Cold


The only time Adam has actually needed to wear a jacket was for a week in January 2014 when we visited the UK. Other than that, he has mostly been a short sleeves baby (even in Maltese winter, he was in cotton long-sleeved tops and a thick gilet-style jacket). But we are thinking about possibly going on holiday somewhere cold soon and wanted to see how it would go down with him before we booked anything.

We decided to treat the kids to the Ski Dubai Snowpark. We’d wanted to go for ages anyway, so it was the perfect excuse.

Entertainer voucher in hand, we marched in, and queued up for our snow gear. Then we found a free bench and a locker and sat down for the long process of getting everyone ready.

They were excited (and Adam quite a bit confused)

The Frozen theme (running until the end of February 2015) was an instant hit. There are craft workshops and sing-along sessions you can pay extra to join, but we didn’t feel the need for any of that. The scenery alone – and Olaf – was enough to make our two very happy.

And once Adam let me convince him to keep his mittens on and got over the shock of having a cold nose (“Nose! Cold!”), he had a blast.

They really, really loved it. Even considering the small fortune it cost, and even considering that we actually spent less than two hours in there, it was well worth it. We topped it off with lunch at the Cheesecake Factory in a booth overlooking Ski Dubai which they also loved.

Some tips if you are planning to go…

– Signage says that children need to be over 3 years of age to enter. This appears on some level to be untrue. When we got to Ski Dubai and asked staff about this, they were happy when we said Adam was 2 (okay, so he’s 2 months shy of 2, but he’s big enough to be 2 and a half, so who’s actually counting?), and let him in. So do ask.

– Take a small across-body bag. The snow suits do have a small zipped pocket on the sleeve for your phone, but they don’t all seem to be the same size. David’s iphone fit in his pocket, my iphone didn’t fit in mine. When I needed both hands, it had to go in my bra (!!) so a small handy bag would’ve been useful.

– Set out early. When we left for lunch around 12:30, the queues at the ticket booths were neverending (and getting your snow gear does take time).

– Gloves are included in the ticket price but they are very basic gloves and I wasn’t convinced they’d keep hands dry. Take your own thick gloves if you have them, and a hat for the adults. Children won’t need a hat, they’ll need a helmet provided by Ski Dubai and if that’s loose, pulling their hood up under the helmet works well.

Have fun!

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