Check out the night safari
The Underwater Zoo at Dubai Aquarium is holding ‘night safari’ tours of the atmospheric facility, which houses all manner of watery creatures, creepy crawlies, scaly things and even penguins. Guests don a miner’s style headlamp so they can peer into the tanks and enclosures to see how lots of the animals behave at night. Dhs50 (includes entrance to aquarium tunnel).
Daily 10am-midnight. Ongoing. The Dubai Aquarium, The Dubai Mall, www.dubaiaquarium.com (04 448 5200).
Head down to Meydan for the racing
The World Cup Carnival is running throughout racing season in the build-up to the annual Dubai World Cup on Saturday March 31. Activities include entertainment laid on for the kids, supper on the terrace, lots of space for kids to run around and, of course, all the racing, broadcast on big screens.
Free, 6.30pm onwards. Ongoing. Meydan, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubairacingclub.com (04 327 0077).
Browse Marina Market
Take a stroll through the market stalls along Marina Walk to snap up baby items, quirky arts and crafts and more. Once you’re done shopping, head into one to the street-side cafés for a meal.
Free. Wed-Sat 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Marina Walk, Dubai Marina, www.marinamarket.ae (04 325 5123)
Auditions for Oliver
If your kids are talented actors and singers, don’t let them miss out on the tryouts for this local musical production of Oliver. Running for 16 performances, it will offer young am-dram fans the chance to experience what it’s like to take part in a professional musical and work alongside well-known actors. Book your audition place via the website to avoid disappointment.
Free. 9am-6pm. Hayya! Club, The Meadows, Emirates Hills, www.oliverdubai.com/audition (no number).
Spend a day in Al Ain
Make the most of the current family deal, whereby you can visit Al Ain’s two biggest family attractions at a huge discount. Head to Al Ain Wildlife Park in the morning and check out the giraffes, monkeys and plethora of other scaly, furry and feathered residents. After a picnic lunch, decamp to Hili Fun City, where the fun starts at 4pm, and take turns on the impressive array of funfair rides.
Dhs70 (adults); Dhs40 (kids).Ongoing. Al Ain Zoo open daily 9am-8pm. www.awpr.ae (03 782 8188). Hili Fun City open Sun-Thu 4pm-10pm; Fri-Sat noon-10pm. www.hilifuncity.ae (03 784 5542).
See the Birds of Prey Show
Learn all about the art of falconry within Arabian culture. This interactive performance allows children to touch and stroke peregrine falcons, vultures, Jack the desert owl and more, while also demonstrating their hunting and fast flight ability. A great experience for all the family.
Dhs50 (adults), Dhs25 (children aged three to 12). 5pm. Until March 30. Near Mushrif Park, Mirdif, www.birdsofprey-show-dubai.jimdo.com (050 289 1863).
Get on your bike in Mushrif Park
A great 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 facilities, including the public swimming pool, the well-maintained play areas and the miniature international village, which features a pagoda and a windmill, among others.
Dhs10 per car, Dhs3 per person. Open daily 8am-10pm. Ongoing. Airport Road, Mirdif (04 288 3624).
Go ice skating at Arabian Centre
Take to the ice at Arabian Centre’s ‘iceless’ rink: it features synthetic ice that is apparently 10 per cent less slippery than real ice, so is perfect for beginners. It’s also not as cold as the real thing (perfect if you’re likely to spend a lot of time sitting on it).
Dhs25 per person per hour, including skate hire. Open daily 10am-10pm Ongoing. Arabian Center, Mirdif, www.arabiancenter.ae (04 284 5555).
Romeo and Juliet at Ductac
Shakespeare 4 Kidz is back in Dubai to stage epic Shakespeare tragedy Romeo and Juliet for the younger generation. They’ll be riveted to this child-friendly adaptation of what is surely the Bard’s most famous play. Suitable for children aged three and up.
Dhs150. Performances at 8.45am and 11.45am. Until March 23. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Get the kids into a decent bedtime routine
Are you at the end of your tether trying to get the kids to go to bed on time? Enrol in a weekly workshop and learn a range of sanity-saving tips from top parenting guru Therese Sequeira – this week’s class is entitled ‘Bedtime and sleep routines’. A former teacher and parent educator, Therese runs a range of classes to help parents develop positive strategies that really do work.
Dhs60. 8.30am-10am. KidsFIRST Medical Centre, Umm Suqeim (04 348 5437).