Free gift with your school shoes

Skechers back to school free gift

It’s always a challenge finding affordable, uniform-friendly shoes that are kind to little ones’ feet, but Skechers has a surprisingly varied array of all-black and all-white, well-ventilated sneakers that are easy for young children to put on themselves and work perfectly as comfy school shoes or PE trainers. Priced between Dh179 and Dh269, to sweeten the deal even more they’re also offering a special gift with every purchase of kids’ shoes — a four-piece school kit that includes a backpack, pencil box, lunch box and sipper. Plus, mums and dads get a look-in too - buy any two pairs of adult shoes for Dh499.

50% off nursery fees

50% off nursery fees

Has the cost of childcare got you all in a tizzy? Honey Bee Nursery in Citywalk is offering 50% off 2018/2019 fees to parents that attend the open day on 8 September. This means that full-time nursery tuition fees from 8am to 5pm, five days a week, will be halved from the usual cost of Dh49,500 per year to Dh24,750 per year. Other timing options will also have 50% off. The catch? You have to attend the open day between 11am and 2pm on Saturday 8 September and enroll for the whole academic year. Fees are payable in two cheques, for further details contact / 04 340 9994.

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Free coffee and treat with every kid’s meal

Eggspectation kids meals

Eggspectation has your back this September – head to either the Citywalk or the JBR branches and receive a free coffee and a little something sweet with every kid’s meal purchased between 3pm and 6pm on weekdays. Ideal as an after-school treat, the children’s meals include lasagna (Dh30), Mac’n’cheese (Dh28), Baked Bolognese (Dh29), Quesadillas (Dh28) and panko fish and chips (Dh32) and come accompanied by a glass of fresh juice, milk or water. Valid weekdays from 1-30 September.

Back-to-School bundles

Value bundles from Sprii (left, Dh305) and Kidore (right, Dh124)

Keep the shopping simple with a back-to-school bundle that’ll give you everything you need in one easy click. Value-led e-tailer has some particularly reasonably priced options, with bundles that include a trolley bag, lunch box, pencil case, lunch bag and water bottle in a variety of popular themes – from Micky Mouse to Trolls, Cars, Smurfs and Star Wars – all for just Dh124. Meanwhile is running a series of discounts across its Back to School brands, and also has some premium bundles on offer, including the popular Skip Hop series, which offers a back pack, food container, lunch box and water bottle for Dh305.

Happy hour pancakes

If the fluster of the new term has you feel a little jaded, this could be the perfect pick-me-up: Clinton St. Baking Company is introducing a 2 for 1 Happy Hour on their kids’ menu, so you can feed your little ones nutritious, great quality food without breaking the bank. The finger-friendly menu includes chicken bites and waffles (Dh25), cheese burgers (Dh35) and beef bacon sticks (Dh15), as well as Clinton St.’s delicious, organic fluffy mini pancakes (Dh20) – yum! The Kids Happy Hour is available every day from 3-6pm – 1st-30th September.

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Kids eat free with mum or dad

The Roost Rotisserie, a new family-friendly restaurant in Al Manara, are offering a free kids meal for every main meal purchased throughout the month of September. While adults can enjoy succulent grilled chicken dishes or delicious gourmet salads, children can eat free of charge from the kids’ menu, which includes a quarter-chicken, mini burgers, and veggie quesadilla, all of which come with your child’s choice of side dish. Valid 12pm to 7pm everyday throughout September.

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