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).
Catch a family movie under the stars
There’s a huge floating screen at Dubai Festival City Promenade, showing family films every Thursday. Seating is provided, although the schedule isn’t decided in advance, so turn up to see which family-friendly films are showing.
Free. 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Dubai Festival City Marina Promenade, www.dubaifestivalcity.com (no number).
Sand adventures at Arabian Center
Do your kids love playing in sand? Drop by at the Arabian Center and book them into the Kidz Sandy Adventures play area. The weekend sessions are free and supervised, and kids get to excavate with diggers, discover dinosaur bones and take part in activities organised by the staff. Free.
Thu-Sat 2pm-10pm. Ongoing. Arabian Center, Airport Road, Mirdif (04 284 5555).
Book a beach chalet at Al Mamzar Park
Don’t sacrifice your time at the beach as the weather gets warmer. Book one of Al Mamzar’s air-conditioned chalets complete with outside barbecue facilities, shower room, seating area and a place where you can prepare your picnic. The park’s facilities include play areas, a municipality swimming pool and several beaches: you can arrive early, collect your chalet keys at 9am and party until late with a family barbecue.
Dhs160 per chalet per day. Open daily 9am-10pm. Ongoing. Al Mamzar Park (04 296 6201).
Get some organic grub at Ripe
Head to Dubai Garden Centre today to stock up on seasonal produce. The Ripe food and crafts market is a great place for parents to browse, while kids will be happily amused with the craft activities laid on.
Free. 9am-1.30pm. Ongoing. Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.ripeme.com (04 340 4440).
Today only Walk for autism at Jumeirah Beach Park
Get your trainers on, pack the kids in the buggy and join the crowds walking to raise awareness for children with autism. The 3km stroll is free to enter, and is all about families coming together to support a cause and show they care. Activities are also being laid on, including cake and refreshment stalls, bouncy castles, face-painting and rides.
Free. From 5pm. Jumeirah Beach Park (04 423 3667).
Go for a bike ride at Mushrif Park
Soon it’ll be far too sticky for bike rides in the fresh air, so why not burn off some excess calories on an outing at Mushrif Park? This well-cared-for nature reserve and park has a 2.5km cycle track, with interesting detours for little ones to explore and enough hills to leave you comfortably out of breath.
Dhs10 per car; Dhs3 per person. Open daily 8am-10pm. Off Airport Road, Mirdif (04 288 3624).
Oliver! at the Madinat
Brought to Dubai by the same people who had us singing in the aisles at The Sound of Music, the original West End score of Lionel Bart’s beloved show includes songs such as ‘Food Glorious Food’, ‘Consider Yourself’ and ‘I’d Do Anything’. The show ends its 11-night run tonight.
Dhs175. 7.30pm. Until April 23. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6546), www.timeouttickets.com.
Ice-skating fun at The Dubai Mall
Brave the ice with your little one at Dubai Ice Rink’s mums-and-tots skating sessions – arrive for the first session of the day and the pair of you will pay just Dhs50. An instructor is on hand to help hone your skills – perfect for tots aged two to seven.
Dhs50. Daily 10am-noon. Ongoing. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiicerink.com (04 448 5111).