Family fun in Dubai

Serenades at Safa Park, Mickey Mouse in Dubai and more

Thursday 24

Get to grips with whining
We don’t mean of the dining variety. Yes, if your kids are driving you totally doolally, and you find yourself giving in to it, why not try attending this Dealing With Whining workshop, run by parenting educator and former teacher Therese Sequeira?
Dhs60, 8.30am, KidsFIRST Medical Centre, Umm Suqeim 3, (04 348 5437).

Friday 25

EDITOR’S PICK FREE! Serenades at Safa Park
Dance your way down to Safa park, pick yourself a good spot and make sure you pack a picnic, because more than 100 musicians from the Centre for Musical Arts (CMA) will be showcasing their many talents, including a saxophone quintet, experts from Dubai Drums and the Dubai Classical Guitar Orchestra.
Free. 3pm onwards, Safa Park Amphitheatre, (04 349 2111).

FREE! Take a stroll around
Covent Garden Market We don’ mean the real one of course, but a very good alternative, especially if you live near JBR. A trendy flea market and arts and crafts fair, there are loads of cool jewellery stalls and nick-nacks to be found, and it’s the perfect place to find unusual gifts. Kids will love the boho atmosphere, and can cool off in the fountains if they get a bit hot. Afterwards, why not take a stroll across the sands, or visit one of the many street side cafés?
10am-9pm, The Walk, JBR. (050 425 0543).

Saturday 26

EDITOR’S PICK FREE! You’re taking the Mickey!
No we’re not. You can join Mickey Mouse and the gang at a free 30-minute show at Mall of the Emirates. Mickey’s Amazing Adventure runs daily until March 31 and features our little squeaky-voiced friend and all his cronies who go on a globetrotting voyage of discovery together. They visit far-away jungles, go under the sea, and investigate the African Savannah. Characters from The Jungle book, The Little Mermaid, Lilo and Stitch, and The Lion King will all be there for a fabulous on-stage sing-along.
Free. Fri Mar 25-Thu Mar 31, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm.

Sunday 27

On your bike in Mushrif Park
A great exercise activity for everyone, cycling blows away the cobwebs while you get back to nature in Dubai’s only combined park and nature reserve. You can also pack a picnic and enjoy Mushrif’s many wonderful facilities, including the public swimming pools, the well-maintained play areas and the miniature international village, which features a pagoda and a windmill, among others. Take advantage before it gets too hot! Dhs10 (per car). Off the Airport Road, (04 288 3624).

EDITOR’S PICK FREE! Last chance to bang a bongo along the promenade at Dubai Festival City
This is the last night for the Community Drumming sessions that have seen kids of all ages discover their primal side through taking their turn on the bongos.
Free. 4-6pm, Canal Walk, Dubai Festival City.

Monday 28

Ice skating fun at Dubai Mall
Share the thrill of the ice with your little one at Dubai Ice Rink’s mum and tots skating sessions. Get there for the first session of the day and the pair of you will pay a bargainous Dhs50. If you want to hone your skills, an instructor is on had to help you both through the wobbly stages – perfect for tots aged two to seven. Hot chocolates afterwards also go down a treat.
Dhs50. 10am-12pm. The Dubai Mall, (04 448 511).

Tuesday 29

Magic, acrobats and Flipper
Watch a breathtaking performance where dolphins and seals show off their acrobatic and comedic skills with aplomb. The Water Magic Show at Dubai Dolphinarium includes acrobats, who use a variety of amazing tricks both in and out of the water – and even some pyrotechnics.
Dhs100 (adults) Dhs70 (kids), Mon-Sat, 6pm. Fri 3pm and 6pm. (04 336 9773;

Feeding time fish style!
Pop along to Dubai Mall’s Underwater Zoo and witness all sorts of gourmet shenanigans as the slippery residents enjoy their meals. The feeding time presentations provide the perfect opportunity to teach little ones a bit of marine biology in a fun and interesting way. Watch in amazement as the piranhas devour their dinner and the otters play with their food.
Dhs50, 12pm-6.30pm, Dubai Mall,

Wednesday 30

Let it all hang out
If you and your little one are in need of an adrenalin boost you’ve got to try the latest attraction for thrill-seekers down at Playnation, Mirdif City Centre – Sky Trail. Suspended around 15 metres above Magic Planet, daredevil visitors get to zip, clamber and swing their way around the obstacle course.
From Dhs70,

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