Family fun in Dubai

Pony rides, a West End show, Mirdif Flea Market and more stuff for kids

Wednesday 6

Pony up for breakfast
Horsey families can spend the morning taking a two-hour guided tour around the stables at Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club. Meet plenty of furry long faces, learn all about polo ponies and looking after our hoofy friends, and afterwards, when your tummies are rumbling nicely, take yourselves off to Epona Café for a slap-up breakfast.
Dhs195 (adults), Dhs100 (kids aged four to 12). Sat-Thu 8am-10am. Ongoing. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, (04 361 8111).

Thursday 7

West End to Broadway: A Musical Extravaganza
For musical theatre buffs, this ‘one night only’ show brings seven West End stars to Ductac to perform a night of show-stopping tunes. Expect lyrical treats from Cats, The Sound of Music, Les Misérables, West Side Story, Wicked and many more.
Dhs160 (per person). 7.30pm. Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, (04 341 4777).

Friday 8

Flea Market at Uptown Mirdif
Head to the Promenade Courtyard any time between 3pm and 8pm to browse the stalls and exhibitors. This market is more sedate than the early-morning frenzy seen at Safa Park. Perhaps it’s the siesta-style timings? Either way, it’s a fun way to spend the afternoon with the family.
Free. 3pm-8pm. Promenade Courtyard, Uptown Mirdif, (055 452 6030).

ARTE Market at Times Square Centre
Looking for an unusual gift, or a talking point for that interior design project? Make your way to the ARTE craft market at Times Square. Rather like Aladdin’s cave, you never know what you might find: you can pick up anything from hand-made handbags to kitsch cushions, paintings, chunky jewellery and even cool kids’ clothes that can’t be bought anywhere else.
Free. Noon-7pm. Times Square Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, (no number).

Ripe Market at Le Gourmet
Make a beeline for Ripe Market’s new Friday venue at Le Gourmet, next to THE One and Lime Tree Café on Jumeirah Beach Road. You’ll find lots of fabulous fresh, organic and locally grown produce that you’ll feel virtuous about purchasing. And if you miss this slot, head to The Courtyard in Al Quoz on Saturdays, 9am until 1pm for the same fun and games. There are various activities laid on for kids too.
Free. Fri 9am-1pm. Ongoing. Le Gourmet, Jumeirah Beach Road, near THE One, (04 380 7602 ).

Saturday 9

Acting Showcase
Enjoy the best in amateur dramatics from Kids’ Theatre Works. Acting students will perform scenes from well-loved Shakespeare plays in the Kilachand Studio Theatre, a perfect performance space that will enable the audience to get up close with the action from Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet. It’s a great way to introduce your kids to the concept of Shakespeare.
Dhs50 per person. 11am and 2pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, (04 341 4771).

Sunday 10

Pre-school storytime at The Old Library
Book your tots into one of the free Sunday storytelling sessions at The Old Library at Ductac. The sessions run from 10am to 11.15am and are geared specifically towards pre-schoolers. Make sure you book ahead, as numbers are limited and places get booked up fast.
Free. Sun 10.30am-11.15am. Ongoing. The Old Library, Mall of the Emirates, (04 341 4777 ext 207).

Monday 11

Mini Monster mega Mondays
Take your little terrors to Mini Monsters play area on Sheikh Zayed Road and pay just Dhs50 per child. Enjoy a leisurely coffee while they explore the extensive jungle gym, play dress-up and expend all that boundless energy.
Dhs50 per child. Mon 9am-noon. Ongoing. Mini Monsters, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 341 4459).

Tuesday 12

Michael Jackson History Show
Featuring leading Michael Jackson impersonator Kenny Wizz, this tribute show – suitable for kids aged eight and up – presents the famous History II tour show, with a live band of musicians, choreographed dancers and authentic costumes. Fans of the late, great performer will be in for a treat.
Dhs250 per person. 7pm. Until February 20. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, (04 366 6546).

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