Family fun in Dubai

Puppet magic, football sevens, polo picnics and more stuff for kids

Thursday 17

FREE! Puppet magic at Organic Foods and Café
Keep the rugrats entertained with a free puppet show while you browse the extensive aisles of organic produce.
Free. 10am. Organic Foods & Café, The Dubai Mall,

FREE! Get on your bikes
Burn some calories and hit the track at Dubai Autodrome for a free family biking session. Bring your own bikes and helmets.
Free. 6pm-9pm. Dubai Autodrome, near Arabian Ranches (04 367 8700).

Friday 18

EDITOR’S PICK FREE! Dubai Football Sevens
Don’t miss out on the field action at this great soccer tournament. The event, which attracts more than 3,000 footie fans and players, includes some of the scene’s top celebrities. The turf-mad championship will see seven-a-side teams of youngsters battle it out on the pitch. But it’s not all about the football – there’s a family area filled with lots of fun activities, including face-painting and bouncy castles. Great for families with budding Beckhams.
Free. 9am-6pm. Continues until February 19. Jebel Ali Centre of Excellence,

Pony up to the polo
Pack up a picnic and potter on down to the polo field for some posh al-fresco family fun. Enjoy some sideline socialising while kids watch the on-field action, before tucking into the
club’s Deluxe Picnic Box. Take a football with you and enjoy a kick around on the pristine paddocks too.
Dhs135 per person for picnic box, Dhs50 per car for parking. From 10am. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches (04 361 8111).

Saturday 19

FREE! Mini youth rugby tournament
If funny-shaped balls are more up your street, make your way to The Sevens for a full day of rugger. Watch The Exiles sprogs get into a scrum and practice your sideline cheering. Free. 9am onwards. The Sevens, Al Ain Road,

EDITOR’S PICK Paediatric first-aid course
Learn how to do the Heimlich, tie a bandage and butter minor burns – the perfect session for parents with hyperactive tots.
Dhs250 per person. 9.30am-12.30pm. Synergy Integrated Medical Centre, Al Wasl Road (04 348 5452).

Sunday 20

FREE! DSF ends with a bang!
Today marks the end of this year’s Dubai Shopping Festival. If you haven’t already done so, check out and make the most of the last shows, events and sales, and don’t miss the fantastic final firework display at Dubai Creek.
Free. 8.30pm. Dubai Creek.

Hands-on play at Sharjah Discovery Centre
A great morning out for the whole family, the centre has seven themed interactive play areas that include water, travel, building, a children’s supermarket and even becoming a star on TV. Guided tours around the museum are also free of charge. Adults Dhs10, children Dhs5.
Open daily 8am to 2pm. Near Corniche Road, Al Gharb, Sharjah, (06 558 6577).

Monday 21

Anyone for tennis?
Treat your little smashers to a day watching the top players in the game as the Dubai Tennis Championships men’s competition begins. A hugely popular event in Dubai’s annual sports calendar, watch the biggest stars play their hearts out, including Australian Open finalists Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
Tickets from Dhs50. Daily until February 26. Aviation Club, Garhoud,

Tuesday 22

Cook up a storm
Favourite Things’ cooking class teaches tykes (aged four and above) the basics of baking and following recipes, before they conjure up a culinary creation to take home.
Dhs85 (members), Dhs120 (non members). 3.30pm-5.30pm. Dubai Marina Mall, (04 434 1984).

Big Bus adventures
Take your tots on a tour of the city aboard the London-style Big Bus. Hop off at the Creek Walk stop for a free Arabian dhow cruise. Dhs220 adults, Dhs100 kids aged five to 15. (04 340 7709).

Wednesday 23

EDITOR’S PICK Parenting classes
Learn how to deal with your kids’ whining and pick up a host of other advice at the weekly Parenting Place workshop.
Dhs60, 10am, KidsFIRST Medical Centre, Al Wasl Road (04 348 5437).

Make a mess
Join a hands-on art workshop for mums and tots aged one to three. Get stuck into painting, tearing, scrunching and more to create a masterpiece. Dhs90 plus Dhs20 for materials.
10am-11.30am, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).

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