Family fun in Dubai

Mega musicals, magic dolphins, nappy chat and more Dubai fun

Thursday 15

Cine-Splash at Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club
Movie buffs should get their rears over to the polo club near Arabian Ranches for tonight’s movie in the pool (the easily watchable Super Babes), where you can tuck into pasta dishes, pizza and loads of popcorn. The movie starts at 7pm. Dhs30 per person.
(04 361 8111)

Fame: The Musical at the Madinat, Hairspray at Ductac

Why not start the weekend with a trip to the theatre? You’ll be spoilt for choice this week, so either shoop-shoop your way down to Ductac to see Tracy Turnblad live on stage in ’60s-themed musical Hairspray, or dust off your legwarmers because Fame is rocking the aisles at the Madinat Theatre. Both shows kick off at 7.30pm, and both run until July 17. Tickets for Fame cost Dhs130, while Hairspray will set you back from Dhs150 to Dhs1,000, depending on whether you want a single seat or a family box.

Friday 16

Brunch at The Fountain, Mövenpick Oud Metha
For a fab family brunch with plenty of entertainment laid on for the kids, head for The Fountain at the Mövenpick. There’s a large play room with PlayStations, toys, arts and crafts, a bouncy castle and a kids’ buffet – all fully supervised so parents can enjoy their international brunch in peace. From Dhs169 to Dhs229 per adult, depending on the drinks package you choose. Children aged six and under eat free, while kids aged seven to 12 are Dhs85.
(04 336 6000)

Water Magic Show at Dubai Dolphinarium
Described as a breathtaking performance where dolphins and seals show off their acrobatic and comedic skills, this show features professional acrobats performing amazing tricks both in and out of the water, plus pyrotechnics and lots of laughs and wow-moments. Running every day (except Sunday) at 3pm and 6pm, VIP tickets cost Dhs140 for adults and Dhs120 for kids, while regular tickets are Dhs100 for adults and Dhs70 for kids.
(04 336 9774;;

Saturday 17

Aquaplay at Mirdif City Centre
Open from 10am until 11pm daily, Aquaplay provides lots of fun water rides, including bumper boats (instead of cars), a mini log flume and a wet play area called Murial’s Aquatraptions. For a more exuberant session, you can book kids into the fishing village-themed jungle gym, or they can try their hands at the arcade-style water games and rides. It’s also not bad value, with activities starting at just Dhs5 each.

Nappy chat at Organic Foods and Café, The Dubai Mall
Meet washable nappy expert Sophia at her Nappy Chat sessions running from 10am until noon every third Saturday of the month. Anyone interested in eco-friendly diapers can have their questions answered, watch changing demonstrations and meet like-minded mums.
(055 514 7182)

Sunday 18

Hilton Junior Academy
If your kids are fascinated by hotels and their inner workings, sign them up to this one-day workshop, where they’ll check guests in, whip up a few cupcakes in the kitchen and learn some handy housekeeping tips. Costing Dhs175 per child for the day, mum and dad can relax on the beach or by the pool, enjoy lunch at the Oceana Restaurant and watch their brood hard at work for Dhs250 per person.
(04 318 2230)

Pizza-making at Carluccio’s
Chef Giulio is very kindly – and rather bravely, we feel – opening up his kitchen at Mirdif City Centre to little cooks for his Il Piccolo Cuoco pizza-making class. Book their spot, then take them along to spin some dough and round it off with a range of scrummy toppings. It costs Dhs70 per child, including the class and an apron to wear and take home, plus they get to munch their own creations. Meanwhile, parents can kick back with a delicious Italian coffee. Belissimo!
(04 284 3728)

Monday 19

Modhesh World at Airport Expo
The biggest indoor play area in Dubai, Modhesh World is, quite simply, stupendous. Not only can the little monkeys run off steam in the massive jungle gym and soft play area, but they can also burn rubber on the scooter track, watch a movie at the 4D cinema, take part in all sorts of arts and crafts activities, and even ride a pony or a camel and pet little furry critters at the indoor zoo. We’d recommend making a day of it – there’s a sanity-saving coffee shop for mum and dad. The venue is open from 10am-10pm Saturday to Wednesday, 10am to midnight on Thursdays, and 3pm to midnight on Fridays. Entry is Dhs10 for adults and Dhs15 for kids.

Tuesday 20

FREE! Kids’ food at Spur
Tuck into some seriously hearty grub at this South African family restaurant at Dubai Festival City, which serves burgers to die for and has its own kids’ entertainment area. Balloons, colouring sheets and crayons are doled out too, so mum and dad can relax and eat their dinner in peace.
(04 232 8866)

Boogie Babies at The Lakes Club
Try these jiggly-wiggly classes for little ones with way too much pent-up energy. Boogie Babies runs sessions for toddlers at 10am, and babies at 10.30am.

Wednesday 21

FREE! Dora the Explorer at Mirdif City Centre
It’s your last chance to see the adorable Dora – a Latino heroine who travels the world with her trusty companion, Boots the monkey. The gang are live on stage at Mirdif City Centre, wowing crowds with their usual catchy songs.

Movies and Munchies at Desert Palm
Lounge in the pool while you check out a movie, emerging only to stuff yourself with burgers from the barbecue or munch your way through a bucket of popcorn. This week’s pick at the outdoor cinema is Planet 51, the animated clasic full of small green aliens. The movie starts at 7pm. Dhs30 per person.
(03 323 8888)

Thursday 22

FREE! Kids’ food at Toscana
Take the family for an Italian treat at Toscana at the Madinat Jumeirah. This easy-going venue with an outdoor terrace is perfect for dining with the nippers – and cheap too, considering they eat for free.
(04 366 6730)

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