Family fun in Dubai

KidsFest, climbing wall, Bob The Builder and more stuff for kids

Wednesday 6

Unlimited play at Zebra Crossing
Take the little terrors to Zebra Crossing for a morning of unlimited play for just Dhs45 per child, and mums get a complimentary coffee and croissant. This edutainment centre has an extensive jungle gym and a games room for older kids, plus a multitude of classes that can be booked to keep them occupied. We like it because it’s well supervised and serves decent coffee.
Dhs45 per child. Sun-Wed 9am-2pm. Ongoing. Zebra Crossing, Sheikh Zayed Road, (050 559 4903).

Thursday 7

Head to the cinema to see Oz The Great and Powerful
This new movie revisits the land of Oz, made famous by Judy Garland in 1939. James Franco plays a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics who is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Oz. He thinks he’s hit the jackpot, with fame and fortune for the taking, until he meets witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. A good watch for adults who love the original movie, and a great tale for kids, although very young children may be scared by the nasty witch.
In cinemas across Dubai.

Friday 8

Jebel Ali Primary School spring fair
Enjoy a morning of family activities at this spring fair. The gates open at 10am, and parents and children can look forward to a raft of activities, including pony rides, Irish dancing displays, drumming sessions, a bouncy castle, magic shows and more. The village market will host more than 70 traders from the UAE selling handcrafted items, and the food court will have an international flavour with Thai, Pakistani, Asian and South African boerewors barbecue, as well as the PTA-sponsored hot dog stand. There will also be plenty for your sweet tooth, with a cake sale in the main hall. Skip the Friday brunch and bring your appetite.
Free. 10am-2pm. Jebel Ali Primary School, Jebel Ali Village, (04 884 6485).

Have fun at the KidsFest
Head to Dubai Festival City today for the second day of the annual KidsFest. The event, which caters for children of all ages, features live stage shows (think Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina and Pingu), plus loads of play and learning areas. Activities include an urban zone, an animal section, a craft area and a community zone.
Dhs50-250 per person. Daily noon-9pm. Until March 9. Dubai Festival City, (04 454 1387).

Saturday 9

Don’t miss Goldilocks
Kids 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. Imaginative sets, humorous characters and lots of audience participation will be the order of the day, and your little ones should be keen to eat their porridge afterwards.
Dhs95-140 per person, 2pm and 4pm. Until March 9. Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates. (04 341 4777).

Sunday 10

Learn to climb at Wafi Pyramids
Little thrill-seekers can get their kicks through learning to climb the professional indoor climbing wall at Wafi. The 13-metre-high wall has a number of different faces on which kids learn the basics of proper climbing, and with a maximum of six kids per hour-long class, everyone gets proper supervision and instruction. Book in advance to secure your space. Suitable for kids aged four and above.
Dhs40-45 for members and non-members. Daily 9am-noon. Ongoing. Pharaohs’ Club, Wafi, Oud Metha, (04 324 0000).

Monday 11

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, children’s library and free tot cooking classes laid on every hour. It’s great value for parents who want their kids entertained all afternoon, and is suitable for children aged two to 10. There’s also a café where parents can relax.
Dhs40 for unlimited play. Open daily 10am-10.30pm. Ongoing. Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha, (04 335 2700).

Tuesday 12

Teach the kids to ice-skate
Help them find their legs as soon as possible and they’ll be whizzing around the rink in no time at all. Dubai Ice Rink offers special sessions for tots under 100cm tall that includes ice time, skate hire and a protective crash helmet for Dhs55. That means your little munchkins will get two hours on the ice (enough to wear them out) and they’ll be able to keep the helmet, which is available in three colours, for their next trip to the rink. The helmets cost Dhs40 when purchased separately from the Skate Shop.
Dhs55 per child, including skate hire and helmet. Open daily 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Dubai Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall, (04 448 5111).

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