Family fun in Dubai

Bowling, penguins, Easter and cinema for mums

Wednesday March 27

Head to Bowling City at Dubai Festival City
Featuring 12 lanes, kids as young as four are welcome to play on the practice lanes, which feature buffers in the gutters to boost their confidence and skill.
From Dhs10 per person per game. Open Sat-Thu 10am-midnight, Fri 10am-1am. Ongoing. Dubai Festival City Mall, (04 232 8600).

Thursday 28

Pick up a penguin at Ski Dubai’s Snow Park
Ski Dubai is home to a merry band of king and gentoo penguins, enabling visitors to meet these happy little creatures and learn more about the species. All the penguins were bred in captivity, so are more than happy to be hugged by eager kids.
Dhs175 per person for penguin experience; plus snow park entry of Dhs120 (adults), Dhs110 (kids). Open daily Sun-Thu 1pm-9pm, Fri-Sat noon-9pm. Ongoing. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, (800 534 7873).

Friday 29

Good Friday at Ibn Battuta Gate
The Ibn Battuta Gate will host its regular Friday brunch in Al Bahou – with a twist. Guests can enjoy an egg hunt, a visit from the Easter bunny, loads of chocolate, a petting zoo and entertainment and activities for the little ones, included a safe play area with slides, swings and a huge bouncy castle.
Dhs295-495 (adults), Dhs150 (kids aged seven to 12), free for kids under seven. 12.30pm-4pm. Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate (04 444 5613).

Picnic at the polo
Head to Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club every Friday for some fresh air and exciting action on the polo field: the whole family can enjoy a picnic on the grass, and you can park your car next to the pitch for just Dhs100. It’s an inexpensive and fun way to enjoy the cool weather.
Dhs100 per car. Fri 3.30pm-sunset. Ongoing. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, (04 361 8111).

Saturday 30

Easter celebrations at the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa
Bounce the family down to poolside restaurant Luciano’s for a raft of egg-themed activities on Easter Saturday. The fun and games include plenty of food, pool fun, beach access and family games, from Easter egg hunts to bouncy castles and an Italian brunch at Luciano’s.
Dhs400 (adults), Dhs200 (kids aged seven to 12), free for kids under seven. 12.30pm-3-30pm. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai Marina, (04 408 4257).

Easter Saturday at Al Badia Golf Club
Take your little Easter bunnies for brunch at Blades, which is serving an Easter picnic brunch with egg hunting and face painting for every child, as well as lots of other activities – and, of course, a whole range of Easter-themed treats. Each child will also be given an easter Egg to take home.
Dhs265-525 (adults), Dhs132 (kids aged seven to 12), free for kids under seven. Noon-4pm. Al Badia Golf Club, Festival City, (04 701 1127).

Sunday 31

Easter lunch at Al Murooj Rotana
Take the family to Pergolas at the Al Murooj Rotana for an Easter Sunday feast. Brunch includes live cooking stations, Arabic dishes, Indian cuisine, Italian pasta stations, a barbecue and more. The kids will have heaps of fun in the organised play area which includes face painting, balloon bending and an Easter egg hunt.
Dhs249 (adults), Dhs125 (kids under 12). Noon-4pm. Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 321 1111).

Easter Sunday at Taj Palace Hotel
Make your way to the Taj Palace Hotel in Deira for a family-oriented Easter brunch at Al Waha that the whole family can enjoy. Parents can sit back and enjoy the international buffet and live cooking stations while the kids are taken off your hands to enjoy an Easter-themed party of their own, including a kids’ buffet, egg colouring and much more.
Dhs119 (adults) Dhs60 (kids aged seven to 12)., free for kids under seven. 12.30pm-4pm. Al Waha, Taj Palace Hotel, Deira, (800 035 702467).

Monday April 1

Cinema morning for mums
Treat yourself to a blockbuster movie while the kids are at school or nursery. For Dhs60, mums get a well-earned coffee and a muffin, plus a 20 percent discount voucher for either The Spa or Mazina at The Address Dubai Marina. It’s the perfect way to wind down after the weekend.
Dhs60. Mon from 11am. Ongoing. Reel Cinemas, Dubai Marina Mall, (04 449 1903).

Tuesday 2

Discounts at Magic Planet
If your kids love amusement arcades, fairground rides and console games, don’t miss Super Tuesdays at Magic Planet. Just swipe your Magic Planet card to get a 50 per cent discount for two hours on all rides and attractions at this popular amusement centre.
Prices vary. Tue 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Magic Planet, Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Centre and Mirdif City Centre, (800 534 7873).

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