Family fun in Dubai

Top Cat in 3D, pirate, dinosaurs, Goldilocks and more

Wednesday February 27

Water and light show and community drumming at Festival City
Head to Festival City to catch the Water and Light Show– and try the free community drumming sessions too. The show combines laser displays, fountains and music. It runs from 6.30pm, with the 25-minute show repeated throughout the evening. The community drumming, organised by Dubai Drums, takes place on the Canal Walk, at 4pm, 5pm and 6pm.
Free. Until February 28. Dubai Festival City, (800 332 32).

Thursday 28

Watch Top Cat in 3D
A blast from the past for parents who remember the antics of New York alley cat TC, this digital take on the original Hanna-Barbera character is bound to be a hit with the kids. Stock up on popcorn and watch as Top Cat, his cronies and good old Officer Dibble attempt to claw back their roles as a robot police force takes over crime fighting in the city. A great weekend treat and one that little ones will enjoy as much as bigger kids.
At all major cinemas.

Friday March 1

Pirates of Dinosaur Island
Perfect for little ones with a prehistoric penchant, this colourful kids’ play tells the story of a mother and baby dinosaur who live peacefully on Dinosaur Island. When pirates discover the island, they also realise the mother is upset because her baby is lost. Cue lots of audience participation, singalong songs, and slapstick comedy – plus a valuable lesson about why little ones need to stay close to their parents.
Dhs150 per person. Daily 1pm and 4pm. Until March 2. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates. (04 341 4777)

Saturday 2

Reaching U Family Fun Day
Join the fun and games at Za’abeel Park as the sixth annual Reaching U Family Fun Day kicks off. Activities this year include bouncy castles, lots of organised games, face painters, performers, music, dance, refreshments and plenty of sociable interaction. The whole point behind the event is to promote awareness and integration for children with special needs in the community. No money is raised: it is simply about people getting together and having fun. Last year 4,500 people attended, so expect a good crowd.
Free. Noon-6pm, Za’abeel Park, (055 855 5765)

Enjoy brunch at Mazina
Try a family-friendly feast at The Address Dubai Marina. Serving international cuisine from sushi to the full roast, there’s something for the pickiest of eaters, while kids can enjoy the bouncy castle, face painting and Wii. Staff take care of the kids so parents can sit down and enjoy a peaceful lunch.
Dhs195 for adults, Dhs100 for kids aged six to 12, free for kids under six. Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Ongoing. The Address Dubai Marina, (04 436 7777).

Sunday 3

Meet Goldilocks and her furry friends
Little ones will love this enchanting stage version of the traditional fairy tale. Put together by Premier Stage Productions (the people who brought Noddy and Peter Rabbit to Dubai), expect this to be another visual treat, with imaginative sets, humorous characters and lots of audience participation.
Dhs95-140. 2pm-4pm. Until March 9. Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, (04 341 4777).

Monday 4

A day of fun at Fun City
Take the little monsters for a session at Lou Lou al Dugongs – an edutainment centre with water play, sand play, a jungle gym, soft play, a mini supermarket, kids’ library and free cooking classes laid on every hour.
It’s suitable for children aged two to 10 – and there’s a sanity-saving café where parents can relax.
Dhs40 (for unlimited play). Open daily 10am-10.30pm. Ongoing. Fun City, Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha, (04 335 2700).

Tuesday 5

Mini Monster mega Tuesdays
Take your little Tasmanian devils to Mini Monsters play area on Sheikh Zayed Road between 9am and noon for a free play session. Enjoy a leisurely coffee and lunch while they explore the extensive jungle gym, make new friends, play dress-up and expend all that energy.
Free. Tue and Sun 9am-noon. Ongoing. Mini Monsters, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 341 4459).

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