Bake some Easter goodies at a cooking and crafts class
Try some seriously sticky, baking at the Easter Goodies workshop at Simpleedelicious. Kids aged five and up will get to create all kinds of yummy masterpieces, including eggy, nesty cupcakes, Easter bonnets, cards and lots of lovely chocolate things.
Dhs85. 9am-11am. Simpleedelicious, Garhoud (050 396 0023).
Get crafty with the Blessings Babies Easter workshop
Hop along to Al Areesh Club for games and activities at this Easter workshop. Kids aged three to 12 can get stuck into egg decorating, bag decorating, Easter goodie making, face painting, the nail station and lots more. Little ones under three are welcome too, with specially devised activities that involve lots of Play Doh.
Dhs100 per child (Dhs50 for under threes). 5pm-7pm. Al Areesh Club, Dubai Festival City (050 104 6611).
FREE! Take a stroll around Covent Garden Market
Not the real one, of course, but a very good alternative, especially if you live near Jumeirah Beach Residence. A trendy flea market and arts and crafts fair, there are loads of cool jewellery stalls, gifts and crafts to be found, and it’s the perfect place to source some unusual presents. Kids will love the boho atmosphere, and can always cool off in the fountains if they get a bit hot. Afterwards, why not stroll across the sands, or visit one of the many street-side cafés?
Free. 10am-9pm. The Walk, JBR, www.coventgardenmarket.ae (050 425 0543).
FREE! Try Asian grub at the Tiger Chilli Crab Festival
Celebrate Far Eastern style with lots of lovely Asian treats – the live cooking stations, kids’ activities and all sorts of entertainment will keep your little tykes happy throughout the afternoon. There’s even a ‘make your own crab burger’ challenge being supervised by Jumeirah’s chefs. The little tykes will be so stuffed to the gills, you won’t even have to give them dinner.
Free. From 2pm; continues on Saturday 16. Souk Madinat Jumeirah Amphitheatre (04 366 6730).
FREE! Check out the stalls at MotorCity Flea market
If you have a nose for a bargain, or you just want to get rid of some baggage, (it costs Dhs250 to book a stall), this is the place to browse to your heart’s content.
Free. 3pm-8pm. MotorCity Resident Gate, between Regent House 1 and 2, www.dubai-fleamarket.com.
Dig into a diner-style feast
Soda Box at the Pullman Hotel is staging an American Classics afternoon tea. Delicious mini burgers, French fries, onion rings and yummy shakes and ice creams will be on tap all afternoon – perfect for hungry families. Dhs45 per person, 2pm-6pm, Soda Box, Pullman Hotel, Mall of the Emirates (04 377 2000).
FREE! Go bonkers at the boot sale
This boot sale takes place at Dubai Autodrome, so it’s the perfect place for petrolheads to potter about – there’s always loads of high-combustion fun. Either hire a spot at Dhs150 per car and get there early (by 8am), or just turn up to browse other people’s wares. A great way to spend a sunny spring morning.
Free. 9am-12.30pm. Dubai Autodrome, near Arabian Ranches, www.carbootuae.com.
EDITOR’S PICK Let it all hang out on the Sky Trail
If you have a little monkey in your midst (or feel in need of an adrenaline boost yourself), try the latest attraction for thrill-seekers down at Playnation at Mirdif City Centre. The recently-opened Sky Trail takes the whole Playnation experience to new heights. Suspended about 15 metres above Magic Planet, daredevil visitors (aged seven and above) get to zip, clamber and swing their way around the obstacle course. Don’t worry, you’re perfectly safe – the ‘fun engineers’ will truss you up like a turkey in a secure harness before unceremoniously shoving you through a gate and across a zip line to start your scramble around the course. Dhs70 for assault course, Dhs100 for assault course and climbing wall. Open Sun-Wed 10am-9.30pm; Thu-Fri 10am-11.30pm; Sat 10am-10.30pm. Playnation, Mirdif City Centre, www.playnationme.com (0800 534 7873).
Sing about your favourite things at The Sound of Music
You won’t be able to stop yourselves from singing along with the Von Trapp Family Singers. Yes, the dunes are alive with the sound of music (well, the stage at the First Group Theatre at the Madinat). Top Broadway performers will tread the boards with the six Von Trapp kids for a musical extravaganza the whole family will enjoy. A romping good performance is guaranteed, so book your tickets now.
Dhs170. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; matinees Fri-Sat 2.30pm. Until April 23. First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, www.soundofmusicdubai.com; www.timeouttickets.com
EDITOR’S PICK Eat mezze among the fish at Atlantis
The Lost Chambers family night offers lots of traditional Arabic hospitality. Plus, you get the best seats in the house for checking out the famous aquariums. Dhs100 per adult, Dhs70 per child (Dhs75/Dhs50 for UAE residents).
From 6.30pm. The Lost Chambers, Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0100).
Crack the routine conundrum at a parenting workshop
This week, parenting whizz Therese Sequeira offers advice on ‘Routines that work for your family’. A former teacher and parent educator, Therese runs classes to help you turn your mob into a bunch of cooperative little angels.
Dhs60. 8.30am-10am. KidsFIRST Medical Centre, Umm Suqeim (04 348 5437).
Bend it like Beckham
If your lasses are a dab hand at dribbling (and we mean with a football), why not book them into the girls-only football class? The new six-week term starts today and is run by former Arsenal ladies head coach and reserve team manager Louis Lancaster. The classes cover all forms of ball and match skills, and will hone your young stars inthe technical, psychological, physical and social aspects of football.
Dhs630 for a six-week course; (all kit included, except boots). 4pm-5.15pm (ages eight to 10); 5.30pm-6.45pm (ages 11 to 16). Jebel Ali Centre of Excellence (04 883 0828).