Stake out some dinosaurs at Dino Live
Little paleontologists will love this animatronic exhibition of lifelike dinosaurs. Hear the T-Rex roar, and watch out for the swishing tail of the Diplodicus. There’s even a dinosaur ride to try.
Dhs50 per person; free for kids under three. Daily 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Dubai Festival City, www.dino-live.com (055 949 5787).
Head to Lamcy Plaza for some after-school play
Let the kids run off steam at Lamcy Plaza’s Fun City play centre, Lou Lou Al Dugongs. Facilities include a mini supermarket, a library, a dressing-up area with all manner of costumes, a sandy exploration zone, Lego play, a soft-play area for toddlers and a coffee shop for mums and dads.
Dhs25 per hour; Dhs40 for unlimited play. Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight. Ongoing. Fun City, Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha, www.funcity.ae (04 335 2700).
Roast brunch and pizza-making at Raffles
Relax and enjoy the roast lunch at Raffles’ Azur restaurant. There are plenty of tasty dishes on offer, all following the ‘traditional roast’ theme (including apple crumble and custard for pudding), as well as a raft of activities for kids, including pizza making, a PlayStation zone, fish-feeding area and a botanical garden.
Dhs200 (adults), Dhs100 (kids); free for kids under six. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Ongoing. Azur, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha, www.raffles.com/dubai (04 324 8888).
Tour the stalls at ARTE Market
Browse the colourful arts and crafts on display at this regular local market, where you can find all manner of interesting knick-knacks created by local artisans, from paintings to clothing and accessories. Little ones will have plenty of things to look at, while you can pick up a bargain in the process.
Free. Noon-7pm. Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.arte.ae (04 341 8020).
Enjoy the Green Community Family
Fun Day Head to the Green Community today for a raft of exciting activities at the Family Fun Day. Highlights include a farmers’ market, a flea market and a craft fair offering all sorts of cool buys. Kids can also get in on the act by setting up their own tables (kids’ tables are free), but the rule of thumb is that children can only trade with children. Time for a toy cupboard clear-out, maybe?
Free. 8am-5pm. The Green Community (050 948 3379/050 558 9863).
Head to the Ripe kids’ market
Stock up on a wide range of locally grown, organic fresh fruit and veggies at Dubai Garden Centre today, while the kids enjoy an arts-and-crafts session laid on for free by the Ripe organisers.
Free. Sat 9am-1pm. Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road. www.ripeme.com (04 340 4440).
World Book Day story sessions
Don’t miss the ‘Kids Read’ literary event at The Pavilion in celebration of World Book Day. Open to kids aged between six and ten, the storytelling afternoon, in association with the British Council in Dubai, aims to motivate kids to read for fun.
Free. 3pm-6pm. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, firstname.lastname@example.org (600 529 995).
It’s US Mother’s Day!
For the third and final time this year it’s a day of pampering for mums, so the usual rules apply: a home-made card, breakfast in bed or a spa voucher. We recommend booking the 60-minute Clarins Totally Gentle facial at Safar Spa at Ibn Battuta Gate, which includes a free 30-minute facial and a day pass for the health club and pool.
Dhs480. Open daily 11am-8pm. Until May 31. Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, www.movenpickhotels.com (04 444 0000)
Mums-and-tots ice skating
Enjoy the thrill of the ice at Dubai Ice Rink’s mums-and-tots skating: for the first session of the day, the pair of you will pay just Dhs50. An instructor is also on hand to help you both through the wobbly stages – perfect for tots aged two to seven.
Dhs50. Daily 10am-noon. Ongoing. The Dubai Mall, www.dubaiicerink.com (04 448 5111).
Cinema morning for mums
Treat yourself to a blockbuster movie while the kids are at school/nursery. For Dhs60, mums get a well-earned coffee and a muffin, plus at 20 percent discount voucher for either The Spa or Mazina at The Address Dubai Marina. It’s the perfect way to wind down after the weekend. Dhs60. 11am. Ongoing. Reel Cinemas, Dubai Marina Mall, www.reelcinemas.ae (04 449 1903).
Head to the newly opened Kidz Venture
Looking for the perfect place to leave the kids while you enjoy a hassle-free shopping session? Look no further than the new Kidz Venture centre at Ibn Batutta. Tots aged up to 18 months can be left with their nannies, while toddlers aged over 18 months can get stuck into the range of activities on offer, all under careful supervision.
Dhs60 for the first hour; Dhs30 for subsequent hours. Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Ongoing. Kidz Venture, Ibn Battuta, www.kidzventure.ae (04 368 4130).