Top ten family activities in March

Brunch with Mowgli, play with baby goats and go on an egg hunt before Easter

Top ten family activities in March

The Green Planet welcomed 1,000 piranhas
The Green Planet, Dubai’s first indoor eco-system, has just welcomed 1,000 of the big screen-popular piranhas to its aquatic collection. The red-bellied species are known to be capable of taking mouth-sized chunks of flesh out of other creatures. Experts will be on hand to educate the public daily at 4pm, where visitors can watch the fish feeding in the aquarium.
Dhs99 (adults), Dhs74 (kids aged three-11), free (kids under three). Al Safa Street, Dubai, thegreenplanetdubai.com (04 317 3999).

Jungle brunch
Fairmont The Palm is hosting a one-off Jungle Book-themed family brunch with special dishes, all in the company of Mowgli and his animal friends.
Dhs295 (per adult), half price (kids aged between six and 12), free (kids aged six and under). Mar 29, 12.30pm-3.30pm.
The Palm Jumierah, Dubai, palm.dining@fairmont.com (04 457 3388).


Check out Yas Mall’s The Art of DC exhbition

Comic-book based exhibition The Art of DC – The Dawn of Super Heroes has been extended. The one-of-a-kind showcase features rarely seen costumes and props from celebrated films and more.
Dhs50. Until Mar 10. Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, eventboxtickets.com.

Get free passes to VR Park and Dubai Aquarium
A dose of virtual reality or an aquarium and underwater zoo? Book a room at Address Downtown, Address Dubai Mall or Address Boulevard and get free access for two people.
Prices vary. Until Dec 31. Address Hotels, addresshotels.com.

Fitness Fest

The Yas Fitness & Wellbeing Festival is returning to Abu Dhabi for two days packed with free fitness classes, interactive workshops, relaxation zones, live cooking sessions and more. There will also be a kids’ zone to keep the sprogs occupied with arts and crafts, and junior fitness classes.
Free. Fri Mar 1-Sat Mar 2, 9am-7pm. Gateway Park South, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.fitfest.ae.

Play with animals at City Centre Me’aisem

The mall’s new “Outdoors” pop-up features a cuddly bunch as part of the petting zoo to help kiddies learn more about caring for others. They will also get the opportunity to take pony rides. This second edition has seen the area just outside of the mall transform into a vibrant space inspired by buzzing international food markets, where kiddies can stay entertained watching family animations and more.
Free. Until Mar 25, 4pm-12am (weekdays) noon-midnight (weekends). City Centre Me’aisem, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai (04 437 4999).

Free pool and play area access at Kenza’s brunch
At the new Swim & Dine brunch, you’ll find pasta, live cooking stations and more. Kids get a special menu as well as a cotton candy and popcorn station. They also get free access to the swimming pool from 10am until 8pm and the play area too.
Dhs149 (per person), half price (kids aged six to 12), free (kids aged five and under). Fri noon-4pm. Ramada by Wyndham Downtown Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 330 7 330).

Market egg hunt

Raffles Dubai’s family-friendly Market Brunch is back and it’s 1,500 square metres of outdoor cooking stations, music and kids’ entertainment on one Friday each month leading up to Easter.Exclusively taking place on Friday February 22, March 15 and April 19 with an Easter twist, the feast will feature international specialties while Bunny takes little ones on an egg hunt
and to join Easter-themed activities.
Dhs385 (house beverages), Dhs220 (soft beverages). Wafi City, Dubai (04 324 8888).

Unlimited blow dries at Tips & Toes this month

All those days out with the kids and not a hair in place? You can sign up for Tips & Toes’ unlimited blow dries package – goodbye frizz-related stress.
Dhs600. Various locations including Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi (02 681 8386),  The Greens, Dubai (04 554 8431).

The Emirates Festival of Literature is here

Writing a kids’ book is a delicate balance through which we can teach little ones many important life lessons. Taking place from Friday March 1 to Saturday March 9, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature brings the world’s top authors and illustrators to Dubai, where they interact with fans and tell the stories behind their books and inspiration.
From Dhs50. Mar 1-Mar 9. emirateslitfest.com.

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