Al Saheel horse show (050 181 0401; www.alsaheel.com) It’s back! And it’s apparently even bigger and better second time around with 25 acts, incorporating light shows, singing, spectacular costumes and traditional dancing. But it’s the four-legged fellas that steal the show, wowing the crowds with Spanish dressage, stunt riding, and a thrilling ‘horses with fire’ act. There are even talking ponies and – wait for it – a horse that skips. Lasting 90 minutes, this locally-produced show takes place in the specially-built HoofbeatZ™ Pavilion located at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club at Arabian Ranches. Running from 7.30pm every Thursday and Friday until May, the tickets cost Dhs225 for adults, Dhs100 for kids or there’s a Dhs325 hospitality ticket, which includes a behind the scenes tour of the stables to meet the equine stars.
Easter egg hunt golf challenge, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club (04 295 6000; www.dubaigolf.com) Join a whole crowd of parent and child teams as they tee-off and make their way around the special course in the hope of discovering their Easter egg on the way. Part of the club’s adult and child Easter Par 3 challenge, teams of two can enter for Dhs295, which includes a chocolate treat at the end of play and a barbecue for the famished duo. The fun kicks off at 3.30pm.
Magrudy’s Easter fun (04 344 4009) Pop into Magrudy’s for some creative fun over the Easter weekend. Activities include storytelling, egg hunts, arts and craft sessions and more. The events will be held in stores all over the emirate. Perfect for kids aged three and up.
Safa Park Flea Market (www.dubai-fleamarket.com) Get up early and head down to Safa Park for some wheeling and dealing in the early morning sunshine. Even if booking a table and flogging your wares doesn’t appeal, the vast range of craft stalls and activities will surely tempt you. Book the kids into the gigantic bouncing castle slides (Dhs20 for an unlimited time) and enjoy a good glean. The rumaging commences at 8am.
Aquarium and underwater zoo at Dubai Mall (www.thedubaimall.com) Don’t worry – all leaks have now been firmly plugged and the UAE’s most spectacular aquarium is back in business. For Dhs50 per ticket, you can wander through the spectacular acrylic tunnel to ogle the sharks, groupers and rays, and follow up your experience with a visit to the amazing underwater zoo. Personally, we think the zoo is well worth the money. The helpful staff are more than happy to make the experience more memorable by allowing little ones close encounters with their less predatory residents – we’re talking hermit crabs as opposed to crocodiles.
Swim with the dolphins, Dubai Dolphinarium (04 336 9773; www.dubaidolphinarium.com) For an unforgettable family experience, why not book a session at the habitat pool, where groups of up to six people can enjoy a 20 minute session of swimming with the dolphins? The four bottle-nosed dolphins, all of who are well used to their interactive sessions, will happily swim with families, be stroked and are even up for a gentle pull-along ride around the pool. A one-off treat and not for kids under the age of five, the mixed sessions cost Dhs400 per person, whilst a private session for no more than three people can be booked for Dhs1,600.
Storytelling at Kadomz Studio, Marina Mall (04 341 4777, ext 234/5) Tales are told with a difference in these Story Drama sessions where suspense and surprise as well as interaction bring the 30 minutes of fun to life. Perfect for tots aged two to three, this is the perfect afternoon fun slot for mums in the marina area. Make sure you’re sitting comfortably by 3pm.
Bead Palace workshops (04 395 2771; email@example.com) Crafty kids will love taking part in these daily three-hour creative sessions at Bead Palace’s new location on Jumeirah Beach Road near Dubai Zoo and the Green Art Gallery. Sessions run from 2pm to 5pm daily. Dhs140 per child will see them occupied in all sorts of gift-making crafts including cooking, pottery, T-shirt painting and jewellery making. Classes are suitable for those aged four and above.
Baby and Toddler Splash at Dubai Ladies Club (04 349 9922; www.dubailadiesclub.com) Get your wee water babies splashing about confidently with these hour-long sessions with swimming instructors at Dubai Ladies Club. Lessons take place in a shaded pool that is kept heated to the perfect temperature. Classes run on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 11am and cost Dhs440 for an eight-week course.