Cheap play dates
Parents with their eyes on a budget should visit Kiddie Ville at Al Barsha Mall, where one hour of soft play will set you back just Dhs25 per child. The venue is located in the Food Court, so there’s plenty of eating options nearby for parents looking for a quick escape.
Dhs25 per hour per child. 10am-10pm. KiddieVille, Al Barsha Mall, Al Barsha (800 8889).
Cooking for kids
Get your little monsters over to Maybury Grocery in Dubai Marina for cooking with Audrey. The store has a purpose-built space to conduct cooking classes. Today’s class focuses on how to make every kid’s favourite – pizza, of course!
Dhs89 per child. Suitable for kids aged seven and over. 4pm-5pm. Maybury Grocery, Ariyana Tower Building, Dubai Marina (04 423 8073).
Apple Seeds is now joining the Friday morning Ripe market at Safa Park, keeping the little ones amused with a variety of interactive classes covering art, science, music, cooking and lots more.
Dhs40 per child per class. 9am-2pm. Ripe Market, Safa Park, www.appleseedsdubai.com (04 380 6064).
For a truly family-friendly brunch, head over to the Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate. With free access to the Camel Kids’ Club, a children’s buffet and plenty of activities to keep the kids busy, you can’t go wrong.
From Dhs255 for adults, Dhs145 for teens aged up to 17, Dhs95 for children aged six-12. Kids below six eat for free. 12pm-4pm. Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, Jebel Ali. www.movenpick-hotels.com (04 444 5613).
Dubai Food Carnival
Join the first Dubai family-friendly food event where a dedicated kids’ zone will provide a wealth of activities including a drop-off crèche, bouncy castle, face painting and a whole lot more.
Dhs60 per person, kids under 12 enter free. 10am-11pm. Dubai Festival City, www.dubaifoodcarnival.com (04 308 6620).
JamJar pop-up studio
Join JamJar down at The Archive in Safa Park. Easels, canvases and paints will be set up for anyone who wants to explore their creative side.
Prices vary dependent on canvas size. 12pm-6pm. The Archive, Gate 5, Safa Park, www.thearchivedubai.tumblr.com (04 349 4033).
Free lunches for kids
Dine at Jamie’s Italian at Festival City or Jumeirah Beach Hotel where children get to eat free from Sunday to Thursday between 11am and 4pm.
Jamie’s Italian, www.jamieoliver.com/italian/dubai, Festival City (04 232 9969) and Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 8890).
Fun day Mondays
Every week Fun City offers all blue swiper games for just one dirham each all day.
Offer valid at all Fun City locations in Dubai on Mondays, including Ibn Battuta Mall. www.funcity.ae. (04 501 4699).
A day at the beach
Head to JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort and buy a day pass. It includes kids’ clubs and crèche facilities and even stables and an animal corner.
Dhs180 on weekdays for adults, Dhs90 on weekdays for kids under 12. JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Jebel Ali. www.jaresortshotels.com (04 814 5555).