18 family events in Dubai

Get the kids out of the house over the school holidays

Wednesday 25

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 in the process by creating, decorating and embellishing a range of Christmas ornaments to take home using lots of fun materials, colours, fabric and shapes.
Dhs90, including free play afterwards. Locations in The Dubai Mall and Jumeirah, www.caboodle.ae (04 325 3367).

Thursday 26

Baby Beeps at Caboodle
A fun-filled adventure through Baby Land with wacky characters, lighting effects, cool props and parachutes that you won’t see elsewhere. The class is set to a funky soundtrack of original baby songs, nursery rhymes and lullabies.
Dhs75 per class. Caboodle The Dubai Mall. www.hartbeepsdubai.com (055 246 6040).

Friday 27

Visit the Disney pop-up boutique at Harvey Nichols
Housing an array of Disney products, the unique pop-up boutique has limited edition T-shirts for kids and adults, toys, books, collectables and dress-up pieces from iconic Disney Princesses plus lots of fun in-store events.
Level 3, Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 8888).

Legend of the Mermaid show
Bring the sprogs to Dubai Dolphinarium to experience its new show; a musical and illusion adaption of the classic fairytale.
From Dhs70 kids, Dhs120 adults. Mon-Sat 6pm-7pm. Creek Park, www.dubaidolphinarium.ae (04 336 9773).

Saturday 28

Family & Friends Music Play
Sing and sign with your little nipper at Family & Friends new Music Play sessions. Aimed at helping you understand your bundle of joy more in a fun, welcoming environment, this activity is a great bonding exercise too.
Dhs50 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased at reception. Family & Friends, Al Fattan Tower. www.dubaifamilyandfriends.com.

Explore The Cycle Hub
A one-stop-shop for cycling enthusiasts big and small, offering bikes, clothes, bike repair facilities, as well as an on-site cafe.
Sun-Tues 10am-8pm, Wed 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat 8am-6pm. Dubai Motor City. www.thecyclehub.com (050 552 8872).

Sunday 29

BOGOF hour of play at Kidz Venture
Enjoy kid-free shopping while the little ones enjoy lots of games at Kidz Venture. For December, buy one hour of play time and get one hour absolutely free. Dhs60 per hour. No booking required. Kids below three must be accompanied by an adult.
Ibn Battuta Mall. www.kidzventure.ae (04 368 4130).

Monday 30

Fun day Monday at Fun City
Every Monday, Fun City aims to attract adventurous tykes with its special offer on its Kiddie Ride, Big Ride and Video Game rides that cost just Dhs1 each; bargain!
Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-12pm. Seven locations across Dubai. www.funcity.ae

Tuesday 31

Fun at Falcons Juniors’ Kids Club
A one-stop-shop amusement venue boasting arts and crafts, climbing frame facilities and an outdoor area.
Dhs60 per hour, Dhs150 for three hours. Full-day packages from Dhs405. Five day packages from Dhs1,999 including lunch. Open daily. www.fairmont.com/palm (04 457 3331).

Wednesday 1

Happy House at The Change Initiative
This highly interactive class puts every child at the heart of the story, exploring the Happy House and beyond! Expect drama, creative play, dance and movement all set to a fantastic soundtrack of remixed nursery rhymes, funky, original songs and lullabies.
Dhs75 per class. The Change Initiative, Al Barsha. www.hartbeepsdubai.com (055 246 6040).

Thursday 2

Dhs50 playdate at Dubai Ice Rink
Children will be able to sharpen their skating skills here. Two kids below 100cm can enjoy two hours of skating for Dhs25 each.
Dhs55 per adult for skating. Dubai Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall. www.dubaiicerink.com (04 448 5111).

Friday 3

Free kids’ meals
Every day of the week, when you buy two main meals at Jones the Grocer, one kid under the age of 12 eats for free!
Sun-Thu 8am-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10.30pm. Sheikh Zayed Road (opposite Times Square Centre), www.jonesthegrocer.com (04 346 6886).

Try a family-friendly brunch
As well as indulging in a huge spread of food, kids can make the most of the face painting and arts and crafts area at Crave Family Brunch.
Every Friday, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Dhs90 (soft drinks), Dhs175 (house beverages), Dhs45 kids aged six-12. Free for kids under six. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Residences. www.facebook.com/HiltonDubai (04 374 8555).

Saturday 4

Free for infants at KidZania
The award-winning children’s ‘edutainment’ destination in The Dubai Mall provides a safe, unique and realistic environment that allows kids to do what comes naturally: role-playing by mimicking adult activities! Free for infants below two years old.
Dhs95 toddlers, Dhs40 under 17s. Dhs95 per accompanying adult. www.kidzania.ae (04 448 5222).

Join an Art Club
Enrol sprogs in the Paint Pots Art club at Creche Out, where they can hone their creative skills. Dhs75 for one hour session or Dhs250 for four weeks. Suitable for kids aged four to eight.
Every Saturday. Creche Out, Mirdif City Centre. www.crecheoutinternational.com (04 231 6262).

Sunday 5

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

Monday 6

Splash around at Aquaplay
Aquaplay is great if you’re looking for a water adventure in an air-conditioned setting.
From Dhs10 per ride. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat, 10am to midnight. Mirdif City Centre. www.theplaymania.com/aquaplay (04 231 6311).

Tuesday 7

Experience glow-in-the-dark golf
Bring the sprogs to Wafi Mall to play glow-in-the-dark mini golf.
Dhs150 for three people for one round (normal price Dhs225). Wafi Mall, www.teaandputt.com (04 357 3290).

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