Check out the night safari
The Underwater Zoo at Dubai Aquarium in Dubai Mall is holding ‘night safari’ tours of the atmospheric facility, which houses all manner of watery creatures, along with an impressive array of creepy crawlies, scaly things and even two types of penguin. The kids get to don a miner’s-style headlamp so they can peer into all the tanks and enclosures, and get to see how the animals behave at night.
Dhs50 (includes entrance to the aquarium tunnel). Open daily 10am-midnight. Until February 29. Dubai Aquarium, The Dubai Mall, www.dubaiaquarium.com (04 448 5200).
Romeo & Juliet
Don’t miss this chance to introduce your brood to the Bard in the best way possible – through a kid-friendly performance by Shakespeare 4 Kidz. Possibly the best-known tragic love story in history is retold on stage in a format that allows children to really appreciate the universal appeal of Shakespeare – you can bet that at some point they’ll be studying it at school, so they might as well get familiar with the rather gruesome plot too!
Dhs150. 8.45am and 11.45am. Until February 23. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 3777).
Head down to Meydan for the racing
The World Cup Carnival is running all through horse-racing season in the build-up to the annual Dubai World Cup on Saturday March 31. The activities include entertainment laid on for the kids, the racing broadcast on huge screens, supper on the terrace and lots of space for the kids to run around and work off their energy.
Free. From 6.30pm. Until March 31. Meydan, Nad Al Sheba. www.dubairacingclub.com (04 327 0077).
JPS Spring Fair at Jumeirah Primary School
Lots of carnival fun will be had by all at this annual event. There will be plenty of activities outside to keep the kids happy, and stalls indoors for the adults to browse. You can also book a stall if you want to sell off some unwanted goods – call the number below.
Free entry. 11am-3pm. Today only. Jumeirah Primary School, near Safa Park, Jumeirah (04 394 3500).
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
This charming stage adaptation of the classic children’s book by Judith Kerr has been re-invented for stage by the acclaimed children’s theatre director David Wood. The story begins just before teatime, when there’s a knock at the door. Sophie, a little girl goes to open it, and finds a huge tiger on the doorstep. Not to be missed: perfect for kids aged three and above.
Dhs100-Dhs135. 3.30pm and 5.30pm. Until February 25. First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, www.madinattheatre.com.
See the Birds of Prey Show
Learn all about the art of falconry within Arabian culture. This interactive performance allows children to touch peregrine falcons, vultures, Jack the desert owl and the like, while also demonstrating the birds’ hunting and fast flight ability.
Dhs50 (adults), Dhs25 (children aged three to 12). 5pm. Until March 31. Near Mushrif Park, www.birdsofprey-show-dubai.jimdo.com (050 289 1863).
Browse the Marina Market
Take a gentle stroll through the market stalls along Marina Walk, stocking baby items, accessories and quirky arts and crafts. Once you’re done shopping, head to one of the street-side cafés for a bite to eat Free.
Wed-Sat 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Dubai Marina Walk, www.marinamarket.ae (04 325 5123).
Tame your toddler at Inifinity Health Clinic
Is your little tyke terrorising your household? Are his tantrums more traumatic than a tornado? If you dread saying the word ‘no’ because of all the anger it unleashes, you could probably do with a session on toddler taming. Learn how to handle your little firebrand by following the sage advice of a parent educator.
Dhs250 per person. Classes by appointment. Ongoing. Infinity Health Clinic, Al Wasl Road (04 394 8994).
Go ice skating at Arabian Center
Take to the ice at Arabian Centre’s ‘iceless’ rink, which features synthetic ice: apparently it’s 10 per cent less slippery than real ice, and isn’t as cold (ideal if you’re likely to spend a lot of time sitting on it).
Dhs25 per person. Open daily 10am-10pm daily. Ongoing. Arabian Center, Mirdif, www.arabiancenter.ae (04 284 5555).
Beauty and the Beast in 3D
Take the kids to see a cinematic classic, now re-released in 3D. This Disney musical follows a dreamy young girl called Belle, who loves books, and a spoiled prince who has a nasty curse put on him. The musical numbers are perfect for kids, and we’re anticipating plenty of fun from the added dimension (and 3D specs).
In cinemas across Dubai.
Kids eat for free at Spur
This family-friendly restaurant at Dubai Festival City serves traditional South African fare – namely top steaks, burgers and onion rings. Kids eat for free every Tuesday, so it’s also light on the pocket.
Prices vary. Tue from 6pm. Ongoing. Dubai Festival City, www.spur.ae (04 232 8866).