Family fun in Dubai

Fancy dress contest, dance extravaganza and more kids entertainment in Dubai

Wednesday 24

Unlimited play at Zebra Crossing
Take the little terrors to Zebra Crossing for a morning of unlimited play between 9am and 2pm for Dhs45 per child – and mums get a free coffee and croissant. This kids’ edutainment centre has an extensive jungle gym and a games room for older kids, and also offers classes that can be booked in advance.
Dhs45 per child. Sun-Wed 9am-2pm. Zebra Crossing, Sheikh Zayed Road, (050 559 4903).

Thursday 25

Al Tamimi Stables
Families can enjoy a fur-tastic day out at this vast farm and stables. It’s home to more than 500 animals, including plenty of horses: little ones can acclimatise themselves with these large creatures in serene surroundings. Kids can enjoy a pony ride for Dhs20, which consists of four rounds of the paddock. The ponies are so gentle, mum and dad can lead if they like.
Dhs35 (adults); Dhs25 (kids aged six to 12); free for kids under five. Open Sat-Thu 9am-6pm. Al Tamimi Stables, on the E311 road just past Sharjah Airport, (06 743 1122).

Friday 26

Fun City fancy dress competition
Dive into your dressing-up box, put on your best costume and head to your nearest branch of Fun City for the annual fancy dress extravaganza. There are three categories (for kids aged three to five, six to nine and ten to 12). The judging will be based not only on the authenticity and creativity of the costume, but also for confidence too. Practising your winning walk is essential.
Dhs50 per child. From noon. Fun City, various locations including Arabian Centre, Ibn Battuta, Lamcy Plaza, Oasis Centre and Reef Mall, (04 339 7782).

Head to Bowling City at Dubai Festival 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.
Thu-Sat Dhs20 per person per game. Sun-Wed 10am-4pm Dhs10 per person per game; 4pm-midnight Dhs15 per person per game. Open Sat-Thu 10am-midnight, Fri 10am-1am. Festival City Mall, Dubai Festival City, (04 232 8600).

Turkish Children’s Day at AUD
This family-centric event is putting on a raft of entertainment for parents and kids alike, and is also raising money for various kids’ charities. Last year, more than 3,000 people attended to celebrate Turkish culture. Dhs30 per person. Doors open 1pm. American University in Dubai Auditorium, Media City, (04 399 9000).

Saturday 27

Today only Sharmila Dance Extravaganza
Make your way to the Centrepoint Theatre at Ductac, Mall of the Emirates for a performance by more than 200 artists and students of local dance school Sharmila Dance. Expect floor-rocking hip-hop, Bollywood routines, classical ballet, jazz and more. With performers aged seven and up, this is the perfect show for dance-mad kids.
Dhs110-165. 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, (04 341 4777).

Sunday 28

Evening family barbecue at Nomad
Head to Nomad and enjoy a family-style grill-it-yourself experience at one of the barbecue tables. Indulge in everything from vegetable skewers to tenderloin kebabs – kids will love the fact that they can cook their own grub from the à la carte menu.
Prices à la carte. Daily 6pm-11.30pm. Nomad, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud, (04 230 8571).

Pony up to the polo club for a guided tour
Horsey families can spend the morning taking a two-hour guided tour of the stables at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. The tour gives kids the chance to meet plenty of equine friends, as well as learning how they’re looked after. Afterwards, head 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).

Monday 29

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 suitable for children aged two to 10, and there’s a café where parents can relax.
Dhs40 for unlimited play. Open daily 10am-10.30pm. Ongoing. Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha, (04 335 2700).

Tuesday 30

START art workshops at The Pavilion
The Pavilion is hosting a series of free START workshops for special-needs children aged six and over every other Tuesday until May 21. Each workshop focuses on a specific craft – painting, sculpture, photography, paper-mache and more – and once a month the workshop will be conducted by a local artist.
Free. Tue 3.30pm-5pm. Until May 21. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai,, (04 368 9895).

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