Check out the Covent Garden Market at JBR
This eclectic and rather large flea market is the perfect place to browse for unusual gifts and knick-knacks. Stalls sell a variety of items including jewellery, pottery, artworks and crafts. Have a potter and then grab a twilight dinner in one of the promenade cafés.
Free. Wed-Thu 5pm-midnight; Fri-Sat 10am-9pm. Ongoing. Dubai Marina. www.coventgardenmarket.ae (050 425 0543).
See Dolphin Tale in 3D
A Hollywood blockbuster that will have you sobbing into your nachos, Dolphin Tale is the true story of Winter – a dolphin with an injured tail who is fitted with a prosthetic flipper. Starring Morgan Freeman, Nathan Gamble and Ashley Judd, it’s a story all animal-loving children will adore.
Timings vary. At cinemas across Dubai.
Visit Dubai Motor Show
Pack the kids into the car and head town to the Dubai Convention Centre over the next few days. There’s everything that boy (and girl!) racers could ever dream of, from new launches to the latest technology. Families are well-catered for too, thanks to the thrilling stunt shows and daily kid-friendly entertainment.
Dhs50 (kids under five go free, under-16s must be accompanied by an adult). November 11, 6pm-10pm; November 12-14, 11am-10pm. Until November 14. Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, www.dubaimotorshow.com.
Check out the latest arrival at Al Ain Zoo
The zoo’s keepers are celebrating following the birth of a very rare Mhorr gazelle. Sadly, the little creature’s mother passed away soon after its birth, so it is now being hand-reared by the skilled veterinary staff at the zoo. The baby Mhorr gazelle represents another example of Al Ain Zoo successfully raising a newborn animal (it’s also one of the few zoos in the world to successfully rear a giraffe calf that had been abandoned by its mother).
Dhs15 (adults), Dhs5 (kids aged three to 12), free for kids under three. Open daily, 9am-8pm. Al Ain, www.awpr.ae.
Discover the mysteries of the mangroves
The bilingual educational programme at Sharjah Aquarium is aimed at kids aged eight to 15, plus their parents or carers. With the programme taking place on Saturday mornings at 11am until the end of the month, kids will learn all about the mangrove’s natural environment, as well as how to create their own using various materials.
Free. Sat 11am. Until November 26. email@example.com, www.sharjahmuseums.ae.
Sing along to The Sound of Music
Today is the opening night of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s smash-hit musical The Sound of Music at the Madinat Theatre. With a mixed cast of UK West End stars and the cream of the UAE’s talent, it tells the tale of the Von Trapp family and their nanny Maria, as they struggle to keep their freedom when Austria comes under Nazi rule before World War II. It’s from the same people that brought Dubai Fame and Blood Brothers, and is guaranteed to be a sell-out, so get your tickets, fast!
Dhs175. 7.30pm; 3pm matinee on November 16, 2.30pm matinee on November 18). Until November 18. The First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com.
Take the family for an evening dim sum fest
Award-winning illusionist Gaston Quieto will be performing every Sunday at Ping Pong until December 4, and as you munch on their set menu of five dim sum baskets for Dhs130 (two baskets for Dhs60 for the little ones), he will wow you with his masterful illusions and sleight of hand.
Dhs135 (adults), Dhs60 (children). Until December 4. Ping Pong, The Dubai Mall, www.pingpongdimsum.ae.
Start feeling festive: buy your tickets for
The Nutcracker Tickets are now on sale for the festive performances of classic ballet The Nutcracker, performed by the Vienna Festival Ballet on December 15-17. Grab a copy of December’s issue of Time Out Kids to find out more.
Dhs150-190. December 15-17. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777), www.timeouttickets.com.
Children eat for free at Spur Save your dirhams, forgo the washing up and enjoy a great family meal out at Spur at Dubai Festival City. This family-friendly restaurant which serves South African cuisine (think juicy steaks, real onion rings and burgers) also has a small kids’ play area and more balloons, crayons and colouring pads than you could shake a pencil at. What’s more, kids eat for free. Spur,
Festival City, Skywalk level. 6pm-10pm. Every Tuesday. www.spur.ae (04 232 8866).
Pop out for Snog frozen yoghurt What better way to cool down than with a generous serving of frozen yogurt? Made with prebiotics, organic milk, natural sweeteners (Agave nectar), and served with all manner of healthy fresh berries, we’re firm fans. If your kids aren’t into fruit, they can always get a chocolate brownie topping instead.
From Dhs16, 10am-midnight daily, Mirdif City Centre, www.ifancyasnog.com.