Family fun in Dubai

Desert camps, monster trucks, charity golf and more of the best family fun in Dubai this week

Thursday 25

Watini Desert Camp Al Warqa’a ( The DSF Family Camp is perfect for those who love the great outdoors. Visitors have the option of renting tents overnight or choosing from the endless number of daytime activities designed for adventure enthusiasts. Attractions include camel rides, quad biking and horse riding, as well as barbecue facilities and a food court that serves local cuisine. Those who like to indulge in shopping can browse the souk, which offers traditional clothes, handicrafts and other local products, while kids can burn off their energy on the rides or in the inflatable zone.

Friday 26

Monster Truck Show Dubai Festival City (04 217 9670; An experience that will wow thrill-seekers large and small, the Monster Truck Show at Dubai Festival City is a must-see, especially for little petrolheads. The 60-minute mayhem is on at 4pm, 7pm and 9pm (tickets from, and includes death-defying stunts using motocross bikes, quad bikes and, of course, those massive monster trucks. Start those engines…

Street Carnival Al Rigga Road (04 222 5222, Little ones can get into the party atmosphere on Al Rigga Road from 5pm onwards. The children’s carnival, which is part of the Dubai Shopping Festival, is sponsored by Al Ghurair City and includes puppet shows, art and craft lessons, storytellers, balloon stalls, musicians, clowns and lots more. With a great view of the festival fireworks and with activities open until midnight, this is an ideal weekend treat.

Saturday 27

Workshop for Bright and Talented Children (050 874 1269) Little clever clogs in your midst? Book them in for CSI Dubai, a challenging workshop for kids aged eight to 11 that aims to encourage creativity, critical thinking and scientific reasoning skills. The programme takes place at Kings’ School in Umm Suqeim from 10.30am-3.30pm, today and on March 6.

Family charity golf day (04 425 1010; Families are invited to take part in a charity golf day at Dubai Sports City to raise money for the Haiti Relief Programme. The event, which will see 144 amateur golfers compete for prizes, will also be attended by Andrew Flintoff, who’ll be headlining the tournament. The family fun begins at 4pm with a ‘twilight picnic’, bouncy castles, face painting, jugglers, acrobats and lots more. Adult tickets are Dhs100, while children under 12 cost Dhs50.

Sunday 28

Dubai Shopping Festival ends ( It’s your last chance to visit the Global Village and the Heritage Village to catch all their special Dubai Shopping Festival performances, along with the nightly fireworks on the creek at Al Seef Street. From the lights on Dhiyafa Street in Satwa to the shows on The Walk at JBR, if there’s a DSF event you really want to see, now’s your chance.

Monday 1

Bead Palace craft workshops (04 395 2771; Crafty kids will love taking part in these daily three-hour creative sessions at the Kempinski Hotel at Mall of the Emirates from 2pm to 5pm. For just Dhs140 per child, kids will be able to try all sorts of gift-making crafts, including cooking, pottery, T-shirt painting and jewellery design. Classes are suitable for those aged four and above.

Tuesday 2

Mums on the Go Lamcy Plaza (050 685 9157) This proactive group meets at Lou Lou Al Dugong’s edutainment centre at Lamcy Plaza. Sessions start from 10am and are open to all age groups, keeping kids occupied with sporty, crafty and cooking activities. Dhs25 per child.

Sharjah Aquarium (06 528 5288; Submerge yourselves in a colourful underwater world that is home to more than 250 species. Like its big brother at The Dubai Mall, the Sharjah Aquarium also has an impressive walk-through tunnel so visitors can get really close to the action. Take a journey underwater and discover everything from big ocean creatures to the smaller marine life that can be found in rock pools, coral reefs, lagoons and mangroves. Adults cost Dhs20, while families are a bargain Dhs50. Under fives get in free.

Wednesday 3

FREE! Mums and tots circle (050 654 8953;; This lively group meets on Wednesdays from 9.30am at Mirdif Park for play sessions and general mum support. The group also runs cooking classes for mums and a toddler gym for pre-schoolers. Alternative meetings are held on Sundays at 10am at Fun Corner at the Bin Sougat Centre, and at 3.30pm at Mushrif Park.

Thursday 4

Baby and Toddler Splash Dubai Ladies Club (04 349 9922; Get your wee water babies splashing about confidently at these hour-long sessions with swimming instructors at Dubai Ladies Club. Lessons take place in a shaded pool that’s heated to the perfect temperature. Classes run on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10am and cost Dhs440 for an eight-week course.

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It's free to take part and no experience is needed

There will be fireworks at La Mer, plus discounts across the city


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