Check out the Pirates at Dubai Dolphinarium
Get your dose of swashbuckling fun with a bunch of pirates and some breathtaking aqua-batics performed the slippery residents of Dubai Dolphinarium. The five bottle-nosed dolphins and their sea lion friends have joined forces with a crew of sea-faring reprobates for some splashing fun and games. The show includes professional acrobats performing a variety of amazing tricks both in and out of the water, pyrotechnics and lots of wow-moments.
Dhs99-120 (adults); Dhs49-70 (children). Mon-Sat from 6pm. Ongoing. Creek Park, www.dubaidolphinarium.ae (04 336 9774).
Head to the Radisson Blu for a slap-up
Thanksgiving meal Enjoy a slap-up lunch to celebrate the American holiday of Thanksgiving at Boulvar restaurant. The lunch menu features smoked salmon, prawns, oven-roasted turkey, chicken roulade with prune and apricot and many more, followed by a wide selection of desserts, including apple crumble cake with custard sauce, mango pancake, pecan tart and pumpkin pie. If you don’t fancy dining in and want to enjoy a more homely celebration without slaving over a hot stove, call in your order and collect your feast takeaway-style.
Dhs125 per person (dining in). Takeaway prices vary. Noon-4pm. Until November 24. Radisson Blu, Deira Creek. (04 205 7033)
Tee off at the DP World Golf Tournament
Golf fans can have a fun-filled day on the greens watching their favourite star players as well as enjoying the entertainment laid on for families. The nippers will love the kids’ area providing face painting and other activities, while mum and dad can kick back and enjoy the golf and live music.
Ticket prices vary. From 10am. Until November 25. Jumeirah Golf Estates, www.dpwtc.com.
Have a Bubbalicious brunch at the Westin
Take the family for a blow-out brunch this weekend and prepare to be amazed by the entertainment on offer for those of all ages. The Westin definitely does things a little differently when it comes to brunch: little ones will love the hands-on petting zoo, face-painting, PlayStations, balloon-bending and crafts on offer in the supervised kids’ area. There’s also a fantastic acrobatic show laid on for the adults to enjoy, and the food is pretty awesome too – we’ve never seen so much food in one place.
Dhs350-490 (adults); Dhs199 (kids aged six to 12); free for kids under six. Fri 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. The Westin Dubai, Al Sufouh Road (04 511 7136).
Head to Al Mamzar Beach Park for sandy outdoor fun
Situated on the outskirts of Dubai near the Sharjah border, Mamzar Park boasts some of the best public beaches in Dubai. With playgrounds galore and plenty of shower and toilet facilities, as well of shady palm trees on the beach, families with little ones or older kids will find plenty to entertain them for the entire day. We recommend beach four – the others aren’t quite as nice. And if you can’t be bothered to pack a picnic, there is always the trusty Malik Burger café. Kids’ meals are a snip at Dhs12 a pop (including a toy), while adults can fill their boots for around Dhs30 each.
Park entry Dhs5 per person, Dhs30 per car. Open daily 8am-11pm. Ongoing. Mamzar Beach Park, near Al Mullah Plaza (04 296 6201).
Storytelling sessions at The Old Library
Enjoy a lively tale or two at these popular storytelling sessions, suitable for kids aged six and under. Keep the kids enthralled for an hour, then you can browse the library and choose a few books to take home afterwards. Perfect for book-loving little ones. Pre-registration is essential, so call beforehand to avoid disappointment.
Free. Sun 10.30am. Ongoing. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.theoldlibrary.ae (04 341 4777 ext 207).
Head to Bowling City
Featuring 12 lanes, kids as young as four are welcome to play – practice lanes with buffers are available to help them boost their confidence and skill.
From Dhs10 per person per game. Open Sat-Thu 10am-midnight, Fri 10am-1am. Ongoing. Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City, www.dubaifestivalcity.com (04 232 8600).
Take your little tykes to Zumbatonic
Why not book the kids into an hour-long Little Stars Zumbatonic class at Dancefit? The sessions, which combine funky dance moves with cardio exercises, are designed for children aged four to seven. If you have a copy of Time Out Kids’ October issue, you can make use of the two for one voucher, valid until December 31.
Book ahead to avoid disappointment though. Dhs45 per child per class. Tue and Thu 5pm-6pm; Sat 4pm-5pm. Ongoing. Dancefit, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 388 4157).