Family fun in Dubai

Santa dolphin show, life and style show, Christmas market and more

Wednesday 4

Christmas Ornament Making Workshop at Caboodle
Every Wednesday from 3pm-7pm, the little nippers can get their hands dirty and spruce up a Christmas tree by creating and decorating a range of Christmas ornaments to take home using lots of fun materials.
Dhs90 including free play. Locations in The Dubai Mall and Jumeirah. (04 325 3367).

Thursday 5

The Life & Style Show
Pay a visit to the event this month, the largest ever consumer lifestyle show. There are six individual events, including home and living, gadgets and tech and toys, hobbies and games. Other highlights include the Nintendo gaming stage.
December 5-7. Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC). (04 445 3718).

Friday 6

Santa’s Grotto at Dubai Dolphinarium
Santa and his elves are making a special daily trip to Dubai Dolphinarium to meet kids and give them a special Christmas gift.
Dhs30 to see Santa, includes gift and framed photo. (04 336 9973).

Get 25 percent off at Le Petit Palais

The miniature French town built to little nipper scale inside Galleries Lafayette is offering a discount on entry to its play area for December. Drop the kids off and they can drive mini cars around the streets and even pay a visit to the beauty salon!
Dhs75 per child (usual price Dhs100). Second level, Galleries Layfayette, The Dubai Mall (04 382 7333).

Saturday 7

Have a birthday party at The Fridge
This large warehouse space can cater up to 100 kids and offers a wide range of live entertainment options from wonderful roaming characters to jugglers and magicians. And it also has an extensive music selection, from DJs to a karaoke band! (04 347 7793).

Gingerbread cooking class at The Oberoi
Kids can get their hands dirty with shape-making, icing and lots of other sweet treats, and they get to take their creation home.
Dhs80 per child. 3pm-5pm. The Oberoi, Business Bay. (04 444 1444).

Sunday 8

Slow Sundays at Play A Round
Bring the sprogs to Play A Round to avail of ‘Slow Sundays’. At a bargain price, kids can enjoy the neon mini-golf course and arts and crafts area, while mums take advantage of the free wi-fi while they get the time to browse.
Dhs30 per hour. Sun-Thurs 9.30am-2pm. Dubai Marina. (04 457 0455).

Monday 9

Visit Jumeirah Creekside Christmas Market
With Santa making a surprise appearance every evening, a range of cute traditional chalets will be set up with decorations, sweets, gingerbread cookies, gifts and stocking fillers.
Until December 14. Weekdays 4pm-11pm, weekends 12pm-11pm.

Tuesday 10

BOGOF hour of play at Kidz Venture
Indulge in some kid-free shopping time while the little ones enjoy lots of games and fun at Kidz Venture. For December they are running a great offer; buy one hour of play time and get one hour free.
Dhs60 per hour. No prior booking is required. Ibn Battuta Mall. (04 368 4130).

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