Family fun in Dubai

Global Village, trampoline fitness, Horrible Histories and more

Wednesday 12

Visit Global Village
The most diverse cultural festival in the region is back from today until April 2015. Bring the whole family along for great entertainment, shopping and grub.
Dhs15 (adults), free (kids under three), (04 362 4114).

Thursday 13

Pick up the Toys R Us
Festive Book Bursting with more than 130 pages of toys that are sure to thrill every little monster, make sure to pick up a copy of The Great Big Toys ‘R’ Us Festive Book – free in stores now.
Deira City Centre, Dubai Festival City and Times Square Center (04 341 8383).

Friday 14

Ripe Market
Friday mornings just aren’t complete without a trip to the Ripe Food & Craft Market. It’s a great meeting place for families and has lots of open space for the kids to run around in.
Zabeel Park. Fri 9am-2pm, (04 380 7602).

Kids eat free at Seafire
Take the brood to Seafire at Atlantis for a slap-up meal and only pay for yours. Weekdays only 5pm-7pm. Maximum of two kids when accompanied by one adult eating a main dish.
Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, (04 426 2626).

Saturday 15

Family Brunch at Mazina
Spend a memorable time with the brood at Mazina today and feast on the extensive grub options while the kids are entertained with a variety of activities including Nintendo Wii stations, face painting and a bouncy castle.
Dhs250 (soft beverages), Dhs370 (unlimited house beverages). Saturdays, 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Address Dubai Marina, (04 436 7777).

Koffeecake Kids Klub
For the pocket-friendly price of Dhs25, you can let the kids indulge in sweet treats from the menu. The kids can also let off steam in the dedicated play area or try their hand at cookie decorating.
Dhs25 per child (including one drink, one food item and a cookie decorating session). Daily, 8am-11pm (weekdays), 8am-midnight (weekends). Koffeecake Corner, Downtown (04 432 1835).

Sunday 16

Rachel Waddilove at Just Kidding
Mother, grandmother, maternity nurse, child-care expert and author Rachel Waddilove is holding a sleep solutions workshop for babies and toddlers at Just Kidding. Email to book your place or to co-ordinate a booking with Rachel regarding seminars or home visits.
Free. 10am-noon. Just Kidding, Al Safa Store, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 346 6050).

Monday 17

Bounce Flight Academy
Everyone’s favourite free-jumping venue has launched Flight Academy, a new initiative for beginner, intermediate or advanced bouncers who want to improve their skills under strict supervision. Classes are limited to a maximum of eight per session and are based on ability not age, so there’s an opportunity for families to learn together.
From Dhs120 per person per hour (group of eight), from Dhs500 per person per hour (one-on-one). Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu 10am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9am-midnight. Al Quoz, (04 321 1400).

Tuesday 18

Barmy Britain Horrible Histories
This fast-paced theatre journey is full of bonkers and battling stories from British history. With a raft of catchy songs and plenty of humour, it will have the kids rolling in the isles while learning wonderful facts.
From Dhs100. Suitable for kids aged three and above. November 18 to 22, 4pm. Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah.

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