Swan Lake at First Group Theatre
Little ballerinas will be enchanted by this classical ballet at the Madinat, which opens tonight. Enjoy the fairytale tragedy as 26 dancers take to the stage in this professional production, suitable for kids aged five and up.
Dhs280-375 per person. 7.30pm. Until June 9. First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, www.madinattheatre.com (04 366 6546).
Strike it lucky at Yalla!
Take the family for an afternoon of 10-pin bowling at Yalla! in Mirdif City Centre. This family-friendly bowling alley has lightweight balls for children, lane bumpers for beginners, and welcomes players as young as three – you can even pick up spare socks for Dhs5 per pair if you’ve forgotten to bring your own. Shoe hire is included in the price, and there’s a Johnny Rockets nearby for post-match burgers.
Dhs25 per person per game. Open Sun-Wed 10am-11pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Ongoing. Mirdif City Centre, www.theplaynation.com (800 836).
Cool off at Cine-Splash
Watch a movie under the stars and in the pool at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club’s Cine-Splash session. Tonight’s line-up is Hey Arnold! at 7pm, followed by slightly more grown-up family movie Carolina at 9pm. Food stations serving hot dogs, popcorn, nuggets and the like are also on hand to feed hungry film buffs.
Dhs25-40 per person. Thu-Fri 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, www.dubaipoloclub.com (04 361 8111).
Grub’s up at the Raffles Roast
This family-oriented brunch serves great food and provides top entertainment for the kids. Tuck into roast lamb, beef and turkey or salmon en croute with all the trimmings, followed by apple crumble and custard. Meanwhile, nippers get to make their own pizzas, play on PlayStations and take part in organised games.
Dhs100-200 per person; free for kids under six. 12.30am-4pm. Ongoing. Azur, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha, www.raffles.com/Dubai (04 324 8888).
Head to the ARTE Market at Times Square
Enjoy browsing the colourful stalls decked with all manner of unusual crafty items. ARTE offers crafty families the opportunity to explore the work of the region’s artisans.
Free. Noon-7pm. Today only. Times Square Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.arte.com (no number).
Chill out at KidZania
With lots of activities for the kids to enjoy, including learning how to fire-fight, becoming a member of the police, flying an Emirates plane and even becoming a journalist, this unique role-play haven not only teaches them about different careers, but pays them salaries in the local currency too – called KidZos.
Dhs95-130 per person; free for kids under two. Open Sun-Wed 9am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Ongoing. The Dubai Mall, www.kidzania.ae (04 448 5222)
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. Ongoing. Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.ripeme.com (04 340 4440).
Storytelling sessions at The Old Library
Enjoy a lively tale or two in these popular storytelling sessions, suitable for tots to six-year-olds, then browse the shelves and choose a few books to take home afterwards. Pre-registration is essential.
Free. Sun 10.30-11.15am. Ongoing. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates; www.theoldlibrary.ae (04 341 4777 ext 207).
See the sharks being fed at Dubai Aquarium
Pop along to The Dubai Mall’s Underwater Zoo as the slippery residents enjoy their meals. The feeding-time presentations happen every two hours from 10am to 10pm: the shark feeding time is a big favourite and happens every day at 4pm. You can also take a trip on the glass-bottomed boat and feed the fish yourself.
Dhs50-100 per person. Daily 10am-10pm. Ongoing. The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaiaquarium.com (04 448 5200).
Hands-on play at Sharjah Discovery Centre
A great morning out for the whole family, the centre has seven themed interactive play areas that include water, travel, building, a supermarket and even becoming a star on TV. There’s a coffee shop too, so flaked-out parents can enjoy a cup of coffee.
Dhs5-10. Open Sun-Thu 8am-2pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-8pm. Ongoing. Sharjah Discovery Centre, www.sharjahmuseums.ae (06 558 6577).
Enjoy a workshop or two at Little Explorers
Take the little tykes to Little Explorers for an educational and fun workshop. The 90-minute sessions are aimed at kids aged four to seven, including themes such as ‘body and senses’, ‘animals’ and ‘science and discoveries’.
Dhs90 per child, per workshop. Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. Ongoing. Mirdif City Centre, www.littleexplorersme.com (800 836).