Family fun in Dubai

Christmas festival, Time Out Kids story time and more family events in Dubai this week

Wednesday 10

Hershey’s Christmas treats
Hershey’s Christmas products are finally on the shelves. Take the kids to the store in The Dubai Mall to pick out their favourites – mini Christmas houses and more await.
Hershey’s, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 8113).

Thursday 11

Dubai Christmas Festival
Take the brood out for some festive fun, shopping and pantomime action at the Dubai Christmas Festival.
From Dhs55 (adults), from Dhs25 (kids). Thu 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 3pm-10pm. Until December 13. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City.

Friday 12

Festive family brunch at Café Italiano
Just in time for the festive season, Café Italiano is launching a new brunch for families today which will run every Friday until Christmas. The buffet will feature live cooking stations, an antipasto and salad bar, fresh pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, desserts and lots more. Kids can tuck into their own mini buffet that offers a variety of kiddie favourites.
Dhs130 (adults), Dhs60 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids aged five and under). Friday December 5, 12 and 19. 12pm-4pm. Arenco Tower, Dubai Media City, (055 763 3952).

Time Out Kids Christmas Story Time at Virgin Megastore
Join us for a morning of festive cheer, featuring readings from How The Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss and Clement C. Moore’s The Night Before Christmas. Hosted by Katie Fielder.
Free. 10am-noon. Virgin Megastore, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4353).

Saturday 13

Baby Bazaar Christmas Market
Head down to Times Square Center today to bag a pre-loved bargain and get involved in all the festivities.
9am-2pm, Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, (050 553 2048).

Visit Comicave
Little fans of comic books and collectibles will be super excited to hear that Comicave has now opened in Dubai Outlet Mall. Take the brood for a fun day out.
Dubai Outlet Mall, Dubai-Al Ain road, (04 423 7979).

Sunday 14

Pick up the Toys ‘R’ Us Festive Book
Pick up a copy of The Great Big Toys ‘R’ Us Festive Book, bursting with more than 130 pages of toys that are sure to thrill every little monster. It’s free and in stores now.
Toys ‘R’ Us, various locations including Deira City Centre (04 341 8383).

Monday 15

Try Careem Kids
Careem’s new service, Careem Kids, offers a dedicated fleet of specially trained drivers and larger cars that come with a universal child seat suitable for kids aged zero to 11. (no number).

Tuesday 16

Free Soft Play at Mini Monsters
Kids can let off steam while parents relax in the on-site coffee shop. Free (excluding public and school holidays).
Sundays and Tuesdays 9am-2pm. Ongoing. Mini Monsters, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 341 4459).

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