Happy House at Change Initiative
This is a highly interactive class that 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 children’s songs and familiar lullabies.
Dhs75 per class. Change Initiative, Al Barsha. www.hartbeepsdubai.com (055 246 6040).
Go wild at Al Ain Zoo
Home to more than 4,000 animals, a trip to Al Ain Zoo provides the ultimate adventure. With giraffe- feeding, bird shows and a dedicated farm style petting area, it’s a great day trip the whole family can enjoy.
Dhs15 for adults, Dhs5 children aged three to 12, children under three free. Thu-Sat 4pm-10pm. Al Ain, www.alainzoo.ae (03 799 2000).
Legend of the Mermaid show
Take the sprogs to Dubai Dolphinarium to experience a new show; a musical and illusion adaption of the classic fairytale.
From Dhs70 kids, Dhs120 adults. Mon-Sat 6pm-7pm. Creek Park, Bur Dubai. www.dubaidolphinarium.ae (04 336 9773).
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! Little foodies will be pleased with choices such as pumpkin soup, fish and chips, chicken legs and more.
Sun-Thu 8am-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10.30pm. Sheikh Zayed Road (opposite Times Square Centre). www.jonesthegrocer.com (04 346 6886).
Splash around at Aquaplay
Offering a huge range of water-based games, Aquaplay is great if you’re looking for a water adventure.
From Dhs10 per ride. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat, 10am to midnight. Mirdif City Centre. www.theplaymania.com/aquaplay (04 231 6311).
Join an Art Club
Enrol sprogs in the Paint Pots Art club at Creche Out, where they can brush up on their creative skills.
Dhs75 for a 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).
Experience glow-in-the-dark golf
Take the kids to Tee and Putt at Wafi Mall to play a challenging round of glow-in-the-dark mini golf.
Dhs225 for three people for one round of mini golf. Wafi Mall, Oud Metha. www.teeandputt.com (04 357 3290).
Play Points at Magic Planet
Head to Magic Planet to become a member of its exclusive loyalty programme, which gives discounts on games, merchandise and other exciting rewards. To become a Play Points member, visit the registration kiosk at any Magic Planet outlet.
For more info visit www.theplaymania.com. Various locations including Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4444).
Make a play date at Favourite Things
Boasting a jungle gym, fancy dress room, and arts/cooking and science rooms, a trip to Favourite Things offers a fun play date. Eco-friendly wristbands are given to kids with their contact details so you can be immediately contacted. Dhs85 per hour for first-time visit. Sun-Sat 9am-9pm. The Dubai Mall. www.favouritethings.com (04 434 1984).