Kids' events this week

See fish by night at the Underwater Zoo

Wednesday 29

Last chance Go wild after dark at the Underwater Zoo
Visitors young and old can strap on a head torch to view the Underwater Zoo residents by dark, from giant water rats and snakes to silver scorpions and luminous jellyfish.
Dhs50 per person (including access to the aquarium tunnel). Headlamps Dhs10. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Until February 29. The Dubai Aquarium, The Dubai Mall, (04 448 5200).

Tour the stables at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
Join a two-hour guided tour to see behind the scenes at the polo club, including a close-up view of the horses training and insider info about how they’re looked after. Finish the morning with breakfast in Epona Lounge overlooking the riding arena.
Dhs195 (adults), Dhs100 (kids). 8am-10am. Ongoing. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, (04 361 8111).

Thursday 1

Hug a penguin at Ski Dubai
Meet 20 of these chilly creatures as part of Ski Dubai’s Peng-Friend encounter programme, where visitors can get up close and personal with the flightless birds. There’s also a daily March of the Penguins parade through the Snow Park.
Peng-Friend encounter Dhs175 per person (children aged three to 12 must be accompanied by an adult). Snow Park entry Dhs120 (adults), Dhs110 (kids). Open Sun-Thu 1pm-9pm, Fri-Sat noon-9pm. Ongoing. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, (04 409 4090).

Friday 2

Jebel Ali Primary School Spring Fair
This year’s fair features an Olympics theme, with plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy. We hear that as well as the village market, there’ll be a barbecue, pony rides, and a prize draw.
Free. 10am-2pm. Jebel Ali Primary School, Jebel Ali Village, (04 884 6485).

Get hands-on at Sharjah Discovery Centre
The kids will love this huge indoor play area, filled with seven different learning zones containing hands-on activities for all ages. Kids can explore the dynamics of water, the five senses, the art of travel and the mechanisms of building, become a star on TV, climb the wall and shop in the children’s supermarket. There’s also a café where parents can relax over a coffee.
Dhs10 (adults), Dhs5 (kids); free for kids under three. Open Sun-Thu 8am-2pm; Fri-Sat 4pm-8pm. Ongoing. Al Dhaid Road, Sharjah, (06 558 6577).

Saturday 3

Reaching U family fun day at Jumeirah Beach Park
This family event aims to raise awareness and encourage integration for children with special needs. There’ll be heaps to do in the afternoon sunshine, including bouncy castles, obstacle courses, a DJ, games, face and henna painting, arts and crafts and plenty more.
Free; park entrance Dhs5. 2pm-6pm. Jumeirah Beach Park, Beach Road, (04 344 9060).

Sunday 4

Need some shut-eye?
Book at place at the LifeWorks Practical Sleep School workshop for parents, which will offer advice to help your kids get a full night’s sleep.
Dhs200-300. 7.30-9.30pm. 996 Al Wasl Road, (04 394 2464).

Last chance See the world at Global Village
Today is the last chance to take the family to see the attractions at the Global Village theme park. Feel the thrill of the fairground rides, watch cultural shows from across the world and dine upon global treats from far afield.
Dhs10. Open daily 4pm-midnight. Until March 4. Dubailand, Emirates Road, (04 362 4114).

Monday 5

Pat a pet at Posh Paws Animal Sanctuary & Petting Farm
Nearly all the furry and feathered residents at this desert sanctuary are donated, unwanted or rescued. The non-profit organisation is run by Posh Paws Kennels and Cattery with the help of a team of volunteers – the centre relies on donations alone, so although there is no entry fee, a donation is always appreciated. Residents currently include a sloth, porcupines, cockatoos, ponies, deer, llamas, guinea pigs, rabbits, kinkajou, ferrets, goats, cows, flamingoes, baboons, ducks and many more.
Free (donations welcome). Open daily 9am-6pm. Ongoing. Al Zubair, 25 minutes from Dragon Mart, (050 273 0973).

Tuesday 6

New Bag a book at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
This year’s event boasts a great line-up of authors for both children and parents, from kids’ favourite Jacqueline Wilson to food guru Annabel Karmel, not to mention workshops and fun activities galore. Time Out Kids will be there in force (don’t miss a visit to the Kids Zone), with badge-making, storytelling, arts and crafts and the chance to get a hug from our furry mascot, Eliot the Bear. Ticket prices and times vary. Until March 10.
Al Mamzar & InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City, (04 353 4002).

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