Family fun in Dubai

Painting, petting, optical illusions and more stuff for kids

Thursday 28

FREE! Enter a painting competition for Dubai International Film Festival
Calling all pint-sized painters (aged five to 12) – this is your chance to get creative and win one of 24 red-carpet family tickets to the children’s gala screening at DIFF in December. Draw or paint a picture following the theme ‘What cinema and DIFF mean to you’ using crayons, watercolours, acrylics or oils and submit your entry through your school before October 31.

Friday 29

FREE! Family Fun Day at Animal Sanctuary & Petting Zoo
Enjoy a fun-filled day out at this family farm, where you can feed the ducks, ride the horse and pet the rabbits. There’ll be games, refreshments, stalls, a bouncy castle and much more. Plus, you’ll be supporting this fantastic sanctuary that rescues pets and distressed animals.
Free. Open daily 10am-3pm. Animal Sanctuary & Petting Zoo, end of the Dubai Bypass Road on the Ajman/Sharjah border, (050 273 0973).

FREE! Fun Bazaar at Sheraton Deira Hotel
Join in the annual fun bazaar to support Children and Young Adults with Special Needs (SNF). They’ll be showcasing their talents and selling their handmade items. There will also be games, food, competitions, Harley Davidson bike rides and lots more.
Free. 10am-9pm. Al Masaah Ballroom, Sheraton Deira Hotel (04 268 8888).

Dubai baby and children’s market
Have a clearout and pick up some bargains at this market tailored to kids and parents. With loads of entertainment (Soccer Circus and Cité des Enfants will be there), it’s a great family outing, and the entrance fee will go towards child victims of the Pakistani floods.
Dhs3. 9am-noon. Uptown Primary School, Mirdif, (050 889 2781).

Saturday 30

Bake ghoulish goodies at Simpleedelicious
Join a baking and craft session for a menacing menu of freaky food and creepy crafts. In your creepiest costumes, you’ll be guided through four seriously spooky recipes (think spider cupcakes and eyeball jelly) and also create a creepy craft project.
Dhs85. 2pm-4pm. Near Garhoud; for more info call Samm (050 396 0023).

Sunday 31

FREE! See a spooky show
Blossom Village Children’s Nursery’s huge halloween bash includes drumming, dragon dancing, trick or treating, craft and play areas and some spooky shows. Parents and kids should dress up in their most ghoulish gear. Proceeds from purchases and activities go to charity.
Free. 3.30-5.30pm. Blossom Village, Umm Suqeim (04 394 8837).

Enjoy a spook-tacular party at Kidville
Join in the freaky fun at Kidville’s first Halloween bash. Come dressed up, then get your face painted and your photo taken by Pink Pepper Photography. There’ll be the chance to create ‘bootiful’ arts-and-crafts projects, decorate your own cookies, take part in active gym games, listen to the Little Maestros concert and get your very own Trickle Treat bags.
Dhs50 per child. 4pm-5.30pm. Kidville, The Walk at JBR, Rimal 5 Plaza Level (04 440 1220).

Monday 1

Mums-and-tots skating at Dubai Ice Rink
Share the thrill of the ice with your little one at The Dubai Mall ice rink, where you can both slip, slide, skate and practise your tricks.
Dhs50 per couple (mum and child). 10am-noon. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa (04 448 5111).

Tuesday 2

Optical illusions at Cité des Enfants
Imaginative imps will love this month’s Cité des Enfants educational workshop, Imagine That! Get your little geniuses bending their brains with the optical illusions activity, including 30 minutes of hands-on activities, plus 60 minutes of supervised exploration of the five zones.
Dhs100. Daily every hour until November 15. Cité des Enfants, Mirdif City Centre (800 534 7873).

Wednesday 3

Get an adrenaline rush at Ferrari World
Head to the world’s biggest indoor theme park, now open in Abu Dhabi, for a day of huge. motor-themed thrills. Adrenaline junkies can be shot out of an enormous exhaust pipe in a V-12 engine, take a boat ride on the rapids river, experience a Ferrari simulator and hop on one of the park’s three rollercoasters, including Freefall Tower, the world’s fastest. For little ones, there’s the charming carousel, mini Formula one cars for them to drive and loads more. There’s also a Ferrari museum and Italian fine-dining to keep mum and dad entertained during the day.
Dhs225 (for those taller than 1.5m), Dhs165 (below 1.5m). Open daily noon-midnight. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,

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