With the kids off school there’s no better chance for quality family time than the month of August. Here are five experiences that both children and parents will enjoy…

Hospital If you haven’t already held this beautiful bird of prey, then you’re in luck. Abu Dhabi is home to one of the best and most reputable Falcon hospitals in the region. Get up close to these majestic creatures on a two-hour tour through the facility where you can hold the birds (with supervision, of course) for a photo opp and learn more about their importance in Emirati culture and heritage. Kids will love seeing the adorable baby falcons, whilst mum and dad can handle the larger animals – an interesting and fun experience to be shared!

Visit www.falconhospital. com or call (0) 2 575 5155 to book a tour.

Face it, there’s nothing like watching the latest blockbuster in a pimped out cinema, and this is something that all family members can enjoy! Vox Cinemas has state-of-the-art cinema screens for hire with things like a premium food menu, fully-reclining chairs (in some cases there are beds too) and exclusive private facilities for guests to enjoy. There’s everything from VOX Gold, VOX 3D, VOX 4DX, and more. Go on, throw the kids a ‘beat the heat’ summer party and let them enjoy their favourite flicks in luxury.

Email events@voxcinemas.com or call 600 599905 for venue details and hiring.

If there’s one thing you can count on for summer in Abu Dhabi, it’s Friday Brunch! There are so many great options to try, all offering variety of food and plenty of entertainment for families. One of our favourite indoor, family-friendly brunches is at Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi. As well as live entertainement, kids can keep occupied with activities like face painting, a bouncy castle, ice cream station and balloon sculptors. The food is a delicious mix of Arabic, Asian, Continental, German and Japanese – yummy! Friday Brunch at Beach Rotana runs from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

Call (0)2 697 9011 for more information.

Keep boredom at bay for the kids and treat them to an activity-filled season at one of Abu Dhabi’s numerous indoor summer camps. We’d recommend Al Forsan Kids Summer Camp with a fully indoor camp spread across the 3,200sqm air-conditioned sports dome for children aged four to 12. Kids can join in the unique sports and games, from martial arts, mini basketball, swimming, archery, gymnastics, football, arts and crafts, and so much more. Camp runs from Sunday to Thursday – administration and registration fee is AED150 per child, and prices start from AED650 per week (5 days).

Call (0)2 656 5656 or email sales@alforsan.com for more information.

Get the kids involved with cooking and what can double as a great foodie education with a trip down to the Ripe Food & Craft Market at The Collection, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Get little ones to make their own shopping list of healthy goodies and write down one benefit of each ingredient, then grab your basket and get stocking up on local organic fruit and veggies and a whole load of tasty store cupboard essentials like eggs, honey and other superfoods. There’s also talented artisans, crafters, jewelers and designers to browse as well. Ripe Market takes place every Saturday throughout summer from 10am to 2pm.

Visit www.ripeme.com for more information.