As much as you adore spending time with your little ones, have you ever thought it might be nice to have a few hours to yourself at the weekend? Whether you're a stay-at-home parent or working mum, taking care of a pre-schooler is full-time work, and there never seems to be a moment to catch up on the chores, sleep deprivation and life admin that all mount up at an alarming rate.  

Dubai-based mum-of-two and founder of Special Occasions Party Planning and Events, Sophie Bogdis, identified with this need and has just launched Touring Tykes,  the Middle East’s only children's excursion company for three to five-year-olds, offering little ones a few hours of exciting stimulation and fun in Dubai's best children's venues, while allowing busy parents some time out for themselves.

 It's sort of like a mini travel agency for kids; visiting a different venue each week, Touring Tykes offers exclusive access and bespoke activities for children, ranging from cooking, sports, art, music, animals, exploring and everything in between.

Held every Saturday across a 12-week term, there are both morning and afternoon excursion options and tour sizes are limited to a maximum of 15 children. Every child signing up for a whole term will receive a t-shirt, reusable water bottle, bag, snack pack and a timetable of fun and exciting excursions. In September this will include pizza and manakeesh-making at Little Chefs; teddy-bear creation at Build-a-Bear workshop; spotting birds and critters at Green Planet; musical and dancing fun at Dubai Drums; science experiments with Smart Start and much, much more. All tours prioritise safety as well as fun, making use of the UAE's leading school transport provider, with a registered nurse present at all times.

Considering how knackered we feel some weekends, this sounds like it could be a way to ensure little one has a brilliant time (and a way to side-step the parental guilt of not providing an exciting enough weekend), while simultaneously getting a few hours' break.    

Touring Tykes Term 1 starts from 9th September 2017 and runs every Saturday for 12 weeks. Priced at Dh2,750 for 12 weeks or Dh300 per week. Bookings can be made through the online enquiry form at