Four new family-friendly experiences to try in Dubai

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Four new family-friendly experiences to try in Dubai

Willy Wonka-themed eatery opens in JBR
Have you got a golden ticket? No? Not to worry, you can still go to Oompa Loompa, Dubai’s first ever Willy Wonka-themed restaurant in JBR.

Fans of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will love this brand-new restaurant that serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.

The menu features a selection of international cuisine, but with a Russian twist.

Our advice is that it might be best to avoid any blueberries... We all know what happened to Violet Beauregarde.

Inspired by Willy Wonka’s crazy, colourful chocolate factory and the little round, orange people who run it, Oompa Loompa Restaurant has a vibrant, colourful play area and awesome soft play zone that will keep the little ones happy for hours.

But if they do manage to burn themselves out – and you aren’t ready to leave yet mums and dads – sit them down to watch a movie or do some colouring while you polish off your waffles and slurp down your piping hot latte.

However, it’s not all about just one children’s classic.

Eagle-eyed lovers of Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland will notice a nod to Alice’s whacky adventures with quirky hand-drawn pieces of art covering the walls throughout the eatery, which depict her journey and her chase to meet the White Rabbit.

And, because what child doesn’t want to have a go at making their own chocolate, you can sign them up to a cocoa-filled, 90-minute Willy Wonka-themed masterclass complete with edible paints.

It really is the stuff of pure imagination and, best of all, you don’t even need a golden ticket to go.
Daily from 8am-midnight. JBR, Dubai (04 578 6121).

All aboard!

Set sail down Dubai Canal on The Black Pearl. Little fans of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean will go ooh arr over this brand-new hour-long experience. Setting off from the Dubai Creek Harbour Residences, Captain Jack Sparrow’s trusty ship will take mini buccaneers along the treacherous waters to the Mangroves – shiver me timbers – before heading back to port.There’s plenty for little seadogs to see along the way, so batten down the hatches. Aye aye captain.
Free (kids under five), Dhs55 (children), Dhs65 (adults). Daily, 10am-10pm (various sailing times). (052 902 4506).

Jump around

There are more than ten activities to try at Street Maniax. The brand-new indoor jump park includes some new-to-Dubai experiences like hado and quick flight VR where a mix of reality and virtual reality promises a unique, fully-immersive experience. Adults and high energy kids over eight can learn parkour and hone their trampolining skills with the expert trainers, all with the end goal of increasing their fitness levels. If you need a caffeine fix or a sweet treat, the café is serving up all the usual lattes and pastries, plus kids can even celebrate their birthdays here, too. Everybody jump (for joy)!
From Dhs80 per hour. 19, Al Khail 1 Street, Al Quoz 3, Dubai (04 348 8981).

Eat and play

Weekend MEALs out with the kids are looking more appealing with the launch of Adventure Parx and Café in Al Safa.
The cool new eatery houses an expansive play area and offers various breakfast options such as croissants and muffins, as well as hot dishes like pasta, if you’re after a chilled-out family lunch.

The huge playground means that little ones can burn off energy by climbing, jumping and exploring, while mums and dads get their caffeine fix. Parents can pay by the hour for access to the playzone and any food and drinks come at an additional cost. Make ours a latte and we’ll see you there.
Dhs75 (children), Dhs55 (adults). Sat-Wed, 10am-8pm; Thu & Fri, 10am-10pm (play). Sat-Wed, 7am-8pm; Thu & Fri, 7am-10pm (cafe). Al Ferdous 3, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, (04 333 5657).

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