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Fancy going to brunch but in need of a place keen to keep the kids occupied? We’ve got plenty of ideas. Here we list venues that go all out to entertain children for a few hours at the weekend with activities including face painting, games, magic shows, theatre and of course food for small hands. Meanwhile adults in the party get to enjoy fabulous food and drink without too much fuss from little ones.
If you're anything like us then your personal picnics are never as impressive as you imagine them. Do it the right way at this glam golf club brunch which will furnish guests with an overflowing hamper of smoked meat and fish as well as dozens of excellent al fresco bites.
Dhs274-575 (adults) Dhs135 (kids). Weekends, 11.30-3.30pm.
Putting the fun into a brunch is the mission statement here and, for kids, the method is with a full-on assault on the entertainment options. That means animal rides, bouncy castles, face painting, magicians, jugglers, volleyball, table tennis and croquet- making it more action-packed than entirè summer holidays we remember from our childhood. And there is steak as well, so we approve.
Dhs325-695 (adults) Dhs162 (kids).
A frankly gargantuan brunch that would slow down even the Incredible Hulk and will drop the jaw, plus slow down the complaints of even the fussiest eater. Areas such as a chocolate corner and waffle and ice cream stations are strategically placed near a children's entertainment zone and there are literally dozens of other set-ups including burgers, grills, carvery, eggs, Italian, Spanish, Thai and a handful of extra dessert stations for good measure.
Dhs495-795 (adults), Dhs250 (kids four-12). Friday, 12.30-4pm.
A good-old Sunday roast is a firm favourite with kids, even if you do it on a Friday. The Garden venue also has impressive youth entertainment options with kids invited into the kitchen to bake pizza and decorate cookies, or enjoy the al fresco bouncy castle, face painting and art hubs.
Dhs235-385 (adults) half price for kids aged six-11. Friday, 1-4.30pm.
A true family brunch which appeals to children and adults thanks to a relaxed beachside setting, Pan-Asian food and thoughtful entertainment. A separate kids' buffet table has snackier foods but don't be surprised if children opt for the Indonesian foods on offer and parents cast a few glances at the little ones' dessert table. All the while children’s entertainers pass through the tables and a large play room is well stocked with video games and colouring books.
Dhs325-575 (adults), Dhs149 (kids). Fri-Sat, 1-4pm.
Even though you're unlikely to see any racing during brunch, the racecourse views from Meydan's Farriers restaurant are simply exciting anyway. When the novelty of that has worn off there is a large children's area with a bouncy castle, cartoon screenings and magic shows. What's really going to get their attention, though, is the 'Dare Your Dad' challenges on the second Friday of every month, when fathers can compete in activity challenges to win goodies.
Dhs310-475 (adults) Dhs155 (kids). Fri 12.30-4pm.
Timing and pacing meals can be tricky with young families, but the early start and finish of this Palm Jumeirah offering just works. We've always been intrigued by the idea of a breakfast shawarma but it is the kids' corner and promise of 50% discount at the Fairmont Falcons Club that will appeal to many. The excellent provision means parents can enjoy some weekend 'adult time' safe in the knowledge that children, up to the age of 15, will be well catered for.
Dhs225-950 (adults), Dhs100 (kids six-12). Fri, 11.30am-3.30pm.
Brunch is just for kids at this stylish and imaginative Marina hangout. Parents can go à-la-carte but youngsters are allowed to graze on kid-friendly foods while playing in a gated section with toddlers' toys, snacky finger foods and some arty entertainment.
Dhs30 (kids). Fri, noon-4pm.
Childless friends might be next door at Saffron making the most of the over 21-years-old age policy, but the Atlantis still holds promise. The international buffet at Kaleidoscope is one of the largest we’ve seen and families lucky enough to get a table out on the slim terrace will be treated to an enormous variety of foods and the usually excellent Atlantis The Palm service.
Dhs200-300 (adults) kids eat for half price. Friday, noon-4pm.
More of an entire family fun day than a brunch as it includes pool and beach access in the prices, with full package operating hours between 11am-6pm to give you time to work up an appetite and hang around afterwards as well. Guest appearances from costumed versions of cartoon characters Masha and the Bear will appeal to little ones and older kids will want to try out soapy soccer, bouncy castle, face paints and craft sections on the hotel lawn.
Dhs375-545 (adults), Dhs188 (kids six-12). Fri, 1pm-4pm.
Be honest – have you ever been embarrassed to take your kid into a restaurant because they insisted on leaving the house in full Batman get up? The superhero brunch at Mazina is for you then. Superhero costumes are actively encouraged and scenes can resemble a mini comic fest with padded abs and capes darting among the bouncy castle, Wii stations, magic show and face painters.
Dhs315-595 (adults) half price (kids). Sat, 12.30pm-3.30pm.
The rulebook is thrown away at this diner-themed brunch, which puts burgers, waffles, mac and cheese, pancakes and comfort food at the centre of the agenda. A giant spin and win game could see you face a forfeit or win prizes with the Pullman Dubai Creek. Will be a big hit with kids and is a change from the standard formula. Dhs199-399 (adults), Dhs70 (kids). Noon-4pm.
The elements that make for a good brunch for adults are all present: live cooking stations, good music, pleasant al fresco terrace, excellent food. But it is the picnic area, face painting, bouncy castle and entertainment for young uns that made this our favourite family brunch of 2015.
Dhs220-295 (adults) Dhs95 (kids four-11). Fri, 12.30-4pm.
The Double Decker Friday Brunch in this same hotel still has the reputation of being one of the harder partying options on a Friday, but for families the more sedate Pergolas offering may be a better option. With a pretty terrace leading out of the back and a kids' corner with entertainment options, not to mention an extensive buffet and live cooking stations, it has everything you need for a family-orientated feast on a Friday. Dhs220-320 (adults), Dhs135 (kids), Fri, noon-4pm.
According to the Radisson Blu Deira Creek this is the biggest family brunch in town and kids will be treated like kings and queens. The royal treatment extends to food from around the world, balloon bending, clowns and a photo booth for takeaway souvenirs.
Dhs149 (adults), kids pay their height. Fri, 12.30pm-4pm.
We love the inventive promotions at this Lakes gem and the Great British Brunch is among the best. Guests will receive a ploughman's larder and a choice of classic British main courses. What is going to convince your kids, however, is the sweetshop dessert stand. It comes stacked with toffee pudding, strawberries and cream mess, chocolate crunchie bites and more sweetie interpretations.
Dhs260-405 (adults) Dhs55 (kids). Fri, noon-4pm.
The Four Seasons Resort is still new enough that it feels fresh and if you've been a regular at more celebrated brunches since, well, before you even had children then consider a new pretender to the family brunch throne. The market-style Souq is bright and something of a highlight this far down Jumeirah Beach Road. A children's play area is operated throughout brunch and the pool views could be enough to calm even the most tantrumous child.
Dhs350-690 (adults), Dhs175 (kids six-12). Fri, 1pm-4pm.
Don't be surprised to see the circus break out in front of you at one of the city's most famous and celebrated brunches. Mime artists, jugglers, acrobats and a variety of performers congregate between the three restaurants that share this brunch, but families tend to stray towards the more kid-friendly Blue Orange section. Dhs450-680 (adults), Dhs225 (six-12). Fri, noon-4pm.
Big, busy and bursting with everything from roast beef and Yorkshire pudding to a full English breakfast, families here in Dubai will tell you this is one of their favourite Friday brunches. Set at the Le Rivage restaurant on the ground floor of the Ocean View Hotel, right on The Walk at JBR, what this brunch lacks in the usual face painting and bouncy castle offerings it more than makes up for in atmosphere and sheer choice of food. Live singers bring the party vibe and the visual food displays in the live theatrical show kitchens keep the little people entertained while the parents browse seemingly limitless food options. The restaurant has a modern French Brassiere interior feel with a market
Dhs179–299 (adults), kids eat for half price. Friday 12.30pm-4pm.
Eating for free at Altantis, The Palm may sound like pure fantasy but on Saturdays at Ronda Locatelli, this dream really does come true. Well, for the kids anyway. Getting stuck in making their own pizzas, having a dabble in the art studio or learning a few tricks with the in-house magician, this Italian-classic themed brunch has it all covered. But it’s not all about the kids. Crafted by celebrity chef Giorgio Locatelli, the Brunch, All’Italiana promises a genuine Italian experience and the olive tree-lined gardens with the ocean-backdrop to soak it all up in is pretty impressive too.
Dhs195–295 (adults), kids under 11 eat for free. A minimum of two adult brunches must be purchased. Saturdays 12.30pm-3.30pm.
The lush greenery of the Raffles Garden is the venue for the new take on the beloved Raffles Roast; billed as an outdoor fair with live stations of international, Arabic and Asian cuisines for families and food enthusiasts looking for a relaxed outdoor afternoon. The chefs take charge of the kids for some creative baking in the kitchen or there are the inflatables and art stations for the younger ones with busy hands and some energy to burn off. If you’re not in the mood for a roast, there's always the dedicated pie corner and seafood stalls and freshly churned ice-cream that’s bound to have the kids begging for
a return visit.
Dhs235-385 (adults) kids eat for half price (age seven to 12). All Raffles Roast guests enjoy unlimited access to The Garden. Friday, 1-4.30pm.
With its newly launched outdoor terrace right on the Downtown Boulevard, talk about a brunch with a view. Loads of little people entertainment and a creative spin on some Middle East favourites are promised alongside the usual Friday brunch fayre. Kids with fussy, sorry ‘very specific’, food requests can tailor-make their meals from their own dedicated buffet and each brunch experience is inclusive of a wide-ranging choice of shisha flavours.
Dhs195-295 (adults), kids (six-12) Dhs95. Friday, 12.30pm-4pm.
Experience a sizzling barbecue with eight live cooking stations featuring gourmet creations from around the world and catch some cool polo action at the same time at the Friday Polo Brunch. These guys pride themselves on their vast buffet options – and the live entertainment with the polo match background helps to create an upbeat, family-friendly atmosphere with plenty of kids’ activities thrown in.
Dhs295-565 (adults), Dhs110 for kids (aged seven and over). Friday, 12.30pm-3.30pm.