Get along to Mina A’Salam hotel to watch the feeding at Dubai’s only turtle rehabilitation project, which aims to provide a safe home to nurse sick and injured turtles back to health before returning them to their natural habitat. It also seeks to raise awareness of issues facing the marine environment.
Free. Wed 11am, Fri 1pm. Ongoing. Al Muna enclosure, Mina A’Salam, www.jumeirah.com/turtles (04 301 7198).
Coffee deal at Kiddies Café
Enjoy a morning coffee while your little monster enjoys two hours in the play area.
Dhs55. Sun-Thu 10am-noon. Kiddies Café, Lake Shore Tower, Cluster Y, JLT, www.kiddiescafe.com (04 3608571)
JLT play park
There are lots of free community play areas in Dubai, but the park in JLT stands out. With two play areas catering to toddlers and older children, plenty of grass for kicking a ball around, a safe and secure position away from the road, and parking alongside, it serves as the perfect play date on cooler days.
JLT Park, next to Cluster P (behind Armada Tower 2), Jumeriah Lakes Towers.
Al Dhabi Family Farm
This family-friendly farm boasts more than 80 animals, so why not round up the kids and get them involved in milking the goats, herding the sheep, collecting the eggs and training the donkeys?
Emirates Road (E611), www.dubaicitystable.com, (04 450 8811)
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
The bright pink flamingos are the main event at this sanctuary located at the mouth of Dubai Creek, but there are 270 other species of bird at the nature reserve, too. Stand at the Flamingo Roost to watch the birds against a spectacular cityscape. Sat-Thu 9am-4pm. Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, off junction of Al Wasl and Oud Metha Roads, www.wildlife.ae (04 6066822).
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Today is your last chance to take the kids to see Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning original Broadway musical spectacular, at the du Forum on Yas Island.
From Dhs150 per person. 1pm. du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae.
Play time at Ikea
Nobody enjoys dragging the kids round the shops, especially when that shop is Ikea. The great news is that the Swedish home hypermarket, located in Dubai Festival City, offers a free supervised play area so you can drop the kids before you head inside.
Sun-Wed 10am-11pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Ikea, Dubai Festival City, www.ikea.com/ae (04 2037555).
Your planet needs you
Take a trip into the year 2050 and experience what life might be like in the future on earth with this new exhibition at Children’s City.
Dhs15 (adults), Dhs10 (kids aged two to 15), free (kids under two). Sat-Thu 9am-8pm, Fri 3pm-9pm. Until August 31. Children’s City, Creekside Park, Bur Dubai, www.childrencity.dm.gov.ae (800 900).
Take the little ones for a big splash with the return of Yas Waterworld’s offer of four tickets for the price of three when you book and pay in advance online.
Dhs720 (four general entry tickets for all guests above 1.1metre). 10am-8pm. Ongoing. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yaswaterworld.com (02 414 2000).