Run riot at Fun City
Take the little monsters for a session at Lou Lou al Dugongs – a multi-faceted edutainment centre with water play, sand play, a jungle gym, soft play, a mini supermarket, kids’ library and free cooking classes laid on every hour. For one payment at the door and no additional costs, it’s brilliant value for parents who want their kids entertained all day. And there’s a sanity-saving café so you can sit down and relax too. Suitable for children aged two to 10.
Dhs25 (unlimited day rate for arrivals before noon); Dhs40 (after noon). Open daily 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha, www.funcity.ae (04 335 2700).
A bird’s eye view from the cable car
The 30-minute Creek Park cable car ride provides fantastic views of the manicured gardens of one of Dubai’s finest parks, while taking in the sights, sounds and smells of Dubai Creek. The trip also provides great photo opportunities. The ride takes you all the way from Garhoud Bridge, to the Floating Bridge, but make sure you pay a visit before summer – there’s no A/C in the carriages.
Dhs25 per person. Open daily 10am-11pm. Ongoing. Creek Park, near Garhoud Bridge (04 336 7633).
Don’t miss the Dubai Marina Mall Street Festival
Hold on to your hula hoops and unicycles as tight-rope walkers, fire breathers and bucket drummers abound in the Dubai Marina Street Festival’s 2012 programme. Marina residents and visitors will be treated to more than 400 shows, 200 musical performances, award-winning roaming artists and record-breaking spectaculars. We’re excited to see heavy-metal magician Nigel Blackstorm from the US, Australian daredevil stunt man Earnest the Magnifico, and master of facial contortion The Rubberband Boy from New Zealand, plus plenty more.
Free. Sun-Thu 6pm-late; Fri-Sat 3pm-late.Until March 31. Dubai Marina Promenade, www.dubaistreetfestival.com (no number).
Al Badia Picnic Brunch
Make the most of the cool-ish weather and head to the grassy knolls of Al Badia Golf Club on Saturday lunchtime for a picnic brunch on the lawns with the kids. As can be expected, the food is top notch, and if you don’t feel like getting grass stains on your posterior you can opt for a table rather than a traditional picnic blanket. The kids will have the chance to run about in the fresh
air while your picnic arrives via waiter service.
Dhs225 (adults) Dhs115 (children under 12). 12.30-4pm. Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City. www.albadiagolf.ae (04 701 1127).
Get fresh at RIPE Food Market
While the kids are kept engaged with heaps of crafty activities, parents can browse the stalls for a raft of home-grown organic vegetables and other produce. Then head home to cook up a healthy
storm that hopefully involves the kids actually eating their greens.
Free. Saturday 9am-1.30pm. Ongoing. Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.ripeme.com (no number).
Easter Dim Sum treats at Ping Pong
Head to Ping Pong for an Eastern-style feast of Easter fun. As well as the usual dim-sum bites, every family dining at Ping Pong during the first week of April will have the opportunity to win a prize by selecting a special hand-painted egg from the Easter basket. Kids will also be kept busy painting their own Easter eggs in the Ping Pong crèche or having their faces painted courtesy of the resident Easter bunny while parents relax Prices vary.
Open 10am-midnight. Until April 8. Ping Pong, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.pingpongdimsum.ae (04 339 9088).
Ceramic fun at Super Dooper
At a loose end and fancy hooking up with some other mums, but feel guilty about leaving your tot out of the fun? Thankfully, the organisers at Super Dooper have the answer. You can now bring your baby with you to the Dubai Marina centre, and they’ll be whisked into the toddler room for an hour while you can get creative and catch up with your mates over a welcome coffee.
Dhs79 (includes ceramic painting, coffee and an hour’s childcare). Mon and Wed 10am-1pm. Damac Waves building, Dubai Marina (04 454 8391).
Ice-skating fun at Dubai Mall
Share the thrill of the ice with your little one at Dubai Ice Rink’s mums-and-tots skating sessions. Get there for the first session of the day and the pair of you will pay Dhs50. If you want to hone your skills, an instructor is on hand to help you both through the wobbly stages – perfect for tots aged two to seven. Hot chocolate afterwards also goes down a treat.
Dhs50. Daily 10am-noon. Ongoing. The Dubai Mall, www.dubaiicerink.com (04 448 5111).