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The top 50 things to do with your family in Dubai

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1 Eat Dubai’s best burger: While listening to a juke box in a ’50s-style diner at Johnny Rockets, Marina Walk (04 368 2339); other branches throughout Dubai (www.johnnyrockets.com).

2 Bounce around: On Sezzam’s bouncy castle (preferably before eating from its international menu), at Mall of the Emirates (04 341 3600; www.sezzam.com).

3 Ride a mouse: A computer mouse that is, at Children’s City, Creekside Park (04 334 0808). There’s also a theatre for little stars and a planetarium for those who would rather stare up at them.

4 Have a history lesson: By checking out the historical exhibition at Dubai Heritage and Diving Village, Al Shindagha, Bur Dubai (04 393 7151).

5 Make a creative mess: In a four-hour DIY painting session at The Jamjar, Street 17a, Al Quoz, behind Dubai Garden Centre (04 341 7303; www.thejamjardubai.com), or with a course at Dubai International Art Centre, Villa 27, Street 75b (04 344 4398; www.artdubai.com).

6 Go to school: An Islamic school, on display at the Dubai Museum, Al Fahidi Fort, Bastakiya (04 353 1862; www.dubaitourism.co.ae).

7 Say cheese: With fantastic games and grub at Chuck E Cheese, Dubai Outlet Mall (04 425 3530).

8 Make a racket: At Jumeirah Music Centre, Jumeirah Plaza, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 396 3888; www.jumeirahmusic.com). Your whole family can take music classes together here.

9 Don a tutu: Or some white PJs (they also teach taekwondo) at The Ballet Centre, Near Jumeirah Mosque, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 344 977; www.theballetcentre.com).

10 Make a mug: Or a plate, or bowl, or whatever takes your fancy, really, at Café Ceramique, Town Centre Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 344 7331).

11 Go to Sharjah: To do all sorts of stuff! From Al Qasba (06 556 0777; www.alqasba.ae), with its Ferris wheel-style Eye of the Emirates, fairground rides and abras, to Sharjah Aquarium (06 528 5288), the Desert Park and Arabian Wildlife Centre (06 531 1999), and much more.

12 Learn to surf: On the flowrider (a fake wave to you and me) at Wild Wadi, next to the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 348 4444; www.wildwadi.com).

13 Gorge on carrot cake: And many other tasty treats at the Lime Tree Café, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 349 8498). Also at Ibn Battuta (www.thelimetreecafe.com).

14 Meet dolphins: And watch them play at the Dolphinarium, Creekside Park (04 336 9773; www.dolphinarium.ae) and Dolphin Bay at Atlantis, the Palm (04 426 1030; www.atlantisthepalm.com).

15 Take to the stage: With courses and performances organised by Kids Theatre Works! at Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4747; www.kidstheatreworks.com).

16 Have a family day: At Umm Suqeim Park. This small green oasis allows families only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

17 Race around: In a go-kart at Dubai Autodrome, Emirates Road (04 367 8700; www.dubaiautodrome.com). You can also play at being Bond in its laser dome.

18 Ride an abra: At Dubai Creek, Bur Dubai, for a mere Dhs1, or charter your own for Dhs50-100.

19 Chill out: At the Olympic-size ice rink at The Dubai Mall (04 437 3111; www.thedubaimall.com).

20 Ride a train: Around the surprisingly green spot straddling Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Safa Park (04 349 2111).

21 See the world: At Global Village, Dubailand (04 362 4114; www.globalvillage.ae), with its kitschy stage-set-like ‘countries’, stalls, shows and fairground rides.

22 Gawp at fish: At the Lost Chambers, Atlantis, the Palm (www.atlantisthepalm.com; 04 426 0000), and Dubai Aquarium at The Dubai Mall (04 437 3111; www.thedubaimall.com).

23 Get active: At Satwa park, behind Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 329 0989). You can choose between playing footie on its full-size grass pitch, shooting hoops on its basketball courts, swinging rackets on the tennis court, or going for a jog on its rubber running surface.

24 Go 4-D: At Magic Planet, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4444; www.malloftheemirates.com), with the XD simulator. You can also go crazy on the bumper cars, endless video games and bowling.

25 Take in a show: At The Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6546; www.madinattheatre.com), with its all-year-round, kid-friendly performance programme.

By Chris Anderson
Time Out Dubai,

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