Kids' events in Dubai
Bike rides. Pirate movies and Easter egg hunts from April 4-10
Easter dim sum treats at Ping Pong
Head to Ping Pong for an Eastern-style extravaganza of Easter fun. As well as the usual dim sum bites, every family dining at Ping Pong this week will have the opportunity to win a prize by choosing a hand-painted egg from the Easter basket. Kids will also be kept busy painting their own Easter eggs in the Ping Pong crèche or having their faces painted courtesy of the resident Easter Bunny, leaving mums and dads free to relax over a mocktail.
Prices vary. Open 11am-midnight. Until April 8. Ping Pong, The Dubai Mall, www.pingpongdimsum.ae (04 339 9088).
The Pirates! Band of Misfits opens today
If you’re a fan of movies made by animation group Aardman (the people behind Wallace & Gromit et al), the latest Plasticine/CGI offering is hitting cinema screens today. The Pirates! Band of Misfits tells the tale of high-seas adventure and some very disorganised pirates. The raggle-taggle heroes are desperately trying to win the Pirates of the Year Award, a competition that puts them head to head with a far meaner bunch of sea-farers.
At cinemas across Dubai.
Easter fun at the Radisson Blu Deira Creek
The Radisson’s legendary Good Friday brunch offers the usual choice of buffet stations from 11 different outlets, plus egg hunts, face painting, a kids’ buffet and a magic show. It’s the perfect opportunity to indulge, get together with friends, and let someone else take care of the kids for a while.
Dhs155 (adults), Dhs70 for kids more than 1.3m tall. 12.30pm-4pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Deira Creek (04 205 7333).
Easter at Arabian Ranches Golf Club Celebrate
Easter in style with all the family at the Ranches Restaurant and Terrace. Have a pop at balloon twisting, face painting and enjoy some bouncy-castle fun. There’s a kids’ buffet and prizes for all, plus a guest appearance from the Easter Bunny.
Dhs175 (members), Dhs199 (non-members), Dhs79 (kids aged six and over), free for kids under six. Noon-3pm. Ranches Restaurant, Arabian Ranches Golf Club (04 360 7935).
Hop to it for Easter at Kids Zone Nursery
This Dubailand venue is putting on a whole heap of fun and activities at its Great Easter Egg Hunt. Browse the stalls and let the kids loose on arts, crafts, face and egg painting, plus there are real live rabbits and cute chicks care of the nice folks at Posh Paws Animal Sanctuary.
Free. 10.30am onwards. Kids Zone Nursery, Dubailand (04 4526 474).
Easter golf tournament
Swing into the adult and child golf tournament, played on the Par 3 course at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. Each team comprises two players – one adult and one child aged 15 years and under. The competition is a greensomes format, whereby both players hit a tee shot and then choose the ball that’s in the best position. Alternate shots are then played until the hole is completed. Handicaps are not required and the winner will be the team with the best overall gross score.
Dhs295 per team of two. 3.30pm and 5pm (shotgun starts on the par 3 course); barbecue buffet from 5pm. Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, www.dubaigolf.com (04 295 6000).
Easter egg hunt at Little Explorers
Kids aged four to seven will enjoy this hour-long event: those who collect the most eggs will win a basket full of goodies and prizes from the Little Explorers toy shop. Dhs130 for a full day pass, Dhs90 for the afternoon workshop and egg hunt.
6pm-7pm. Little Explorers, Mirdif City Centre, www.littleexplorersme.com (800 534 7873).
Easter brunch at the JW Marriott
Spring into action for a seasonal brunch at Bamboo Lagoon, Hofbräuhaus and The Marketplace at JW Marriott in Deira. The kids can hunt for the Easter Bunny, while the big kids indulge in plenty of brunch fare. The dessert station will feature chocolate Easter eggs, white chocolate bunnies and multi-coloured boiled eggs.
From Dhs230 (adults), Dhs60 (kids). Noon-4pm. JW Marriott Dubai, Deira, www.marriottdiningatjw.ae (04 607 7977).
Go for a bike ride in Mushrif Park
Soon it’s going to start getting way too hot for outdoor bike rides, so why not burn off some of those excess calories consumed over the Easter weekend and pack up your bikes for an outing at Mushrif Park? This well-cared-for nature reserve and park has a 2.5km cycle track, with all sorts of interesting detours for little ones to explore and enough hills to leave you comfortably out of breath. Afterwards, the kids can play on the swings, explore the miniature village or have a dip in the municipality swimming pools.
Dhs10 per car, Dhs3 per person. Open daily 8am-10pm. Off Airport Road, Mirdif (04 288 3624).
Discount fun at Magic Planet
If your kids love fairground games and the latest video consoles, don’t miss Super Tuesdays at Magic Planet. You get a double-the-fun deal every Tuesday: swipe your Magic Planet card to get a 50 per cent discount for two hours on all rides and attractions.
Prices vary depending on attraction. Tue 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Various locations including Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Centre and Mirdif City Centre, www.magicplanetme.com (800 534 7873).
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