Catch Barney live at the Mother, Baby & Child Show
The loveable dinosaur will be on stage every day, where he’ll be performing his song-and-dance routines – it’s an interactive show, so audience participation is a must. The event is a chance to meet local retailers and entertainers, as well as ask the experts, join seminars and test new products. It’s the largest family event of its kind in Dubai, with everything you need to know about bumps, babies and beyond.
Dhs25 (adults), Dhs10 (kids). Thu 2pm-10pm; Fri-Sat noon-9.30pm. Until December 10. Dubai International Exhibition Centre, www.motherbabyandchild.com.
Meet Santa Claus at the Souk Festive Market
The Madinat’s Christmas market has plenty of fun and festive activities for all of the family. As well as Santa, there’ll be a Christmas train station, a winter forest, snowball throwing, T-shirt painting, Christmas movies, a cookie slide and festive balloon bending. There will also be stalls selling traditional gifts, and an ample selection of food and beverage stands, from gingerbread houses and candied fruits, to mulled drinks for mum and dad.
Free. Open Sun-Thu 3pm-midnight; Fri-Sat 1pm-midnight. Until December 26. Madinat Jumeirah, www.jumeirah.com/dubaifestive.
Gorge on stollen at Mall of the Emirates
Throughout the day, the Kempinski will be holding its annual stollen charity cake sale, where the main attraction will be a giant 480-metre stollen (a traditional German cake). The fun starts at 10am, with bell ringing, face painting for the kids and an appearance by Santa and mall mascot Miss Frost.
Dhs5 per slice, Dhs100 for full loaf. From 10am. Kempinski, Mall of the Emirates, www.kempinski.com/dubai (04 341 0000).
Editor’s pick Make furry friends at the PoshPaws Animal Sanctuary Fun Day
Expect some good old-fashioned fun at this al-fresco fête. There will be games, refreshments, a tombola, cake stand and a treasure hunt, guess the weight of the donkey, plus the chance to meet PoshPaws residents at the petting farm. There will also be plenty of animals that are up for adoption. All proceeds go towards caring for the animals.
Dhs10 (adults), Dhs5 (kids). Stalls available for Dhs100 each. 10am-3pm. Today only. PoshPaws Animal Sanctuary, Zubair (25 minutes past Dragon Mart), www.poshpawsdubai.com/AnimalSanctuary.aspx (050 273 0973).
Editor’s Pick Bake up a storm at Hey Sugar
The bakery’s latest concept, Mix Batter and Bake, gives kids the chance to create their own festive treats. In the morning session, kids will don a chef’s hat to bake and decorate gingerbread cookies. In the afternoon, it’s all about decorating gingerbread houses – they’ll get a chefs hat, and as many sweets as they’ll need.
Dhs100 per child (morning), Dhs150 (afternoon). 10am-noon; 3pm-5pm. Hey Sugar, Park Island, Dubai Marina, www.facebook.com/HeySugarBakeshopME (04 344 8204).
Visit Dubai English Speaking School’s annual Christmas fayre
There will be plenty of fun for all, with festive games and plenty of prizes up for grabs. Plus, if you’re a crafter who wants to sell your festive wares, book a table at the event by contacting Kym on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free entry. 3pm-6pm. Dubai English Speaking School, Oud Metha, www.dessdubai.com (04 337 1457).
Get the Christmas shopping done at Oasis Centre
Throughout December, the mall will be offering special offers, family attractions and gift ideas for shoppers. Santa will be holding workshops where kids can watch festive movies and make their own Santa hats, stockings filled with goodies and home-made decorations.
Free. Open daily 10am-10pm. Until December 31. Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.oasiscentremall.com (04 515 4000).
Watch some madcap Muppet adventures
The latest movie, called The Muppets, is set in the present day: the Muppet theatre is threatened with demolition by baddy Tex Richman, who has discovered oil beneath it. Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, can save the day, but only with the help of some friends.
In cinemas across Dubai.
The perfect pressie: a Wild Wadi winter pass
Why not splash out (get it?) on a winter pass for Wild Wadi? You’ll get free access to the waterpark for six months, plus you can take four friends at a discounted rate.
Dhs600 (adults), Dhs400 (kids less than 1.1m tall). Available until December 31. Wild Wadi, Jumeirah, www.wildwadi.com (04 348 4444).
Join Super Dooper’s Christmas workshops
Get crafty creating Christmas stockings with Super Dooper’s in-house team. They have all the necessary gear on hand, from scrapbooking machines to all manner of sparkly accessories for embellishment, so you’ll be proud to display these on your Christmas tree.
Dhs150 per child. 4pm-6pm, Until December 14. Damac Waves building, Dubai Marina, www.superdooper.ae (04 454 8391).