Family fun in Dubai

Shop at Ripe Market, visit a theatre workshop and more stuff for kids

Wednesday 21

Get involved with Dubai Shopping Festival
We’ve all been waiting for the biggest shopping event of the season to start. With deals and discounts aplenty at some of the best stores in Dubai, it’s time to get your shop on.
Until February 1.

Thursday 22

Have a Frozen experience at Ski Dubai
Disney has partnered with Ski Dubai to launch the Frozen-themed winter wonderland experience where kids can join sing along sessions, build their own snowman and get involved in Frozen-themed activities.
Dhs225 per person (Super Pass). Weekdays 5pm, weekends 1pm. Until February 5. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 4242).

Friday 23

Shop at Ripe Market
Round up the brood and take them down to Ripe Market for lots of fun and plenty of eating. And there’s ample space for the kids to run around in too.
Fridays 9am-2pm. Ongoing. Zabeel Park, Al Jafiliya, (04 380 7602).

Get your hands on The Happy Box
The Happy Box is a monthly themed activity box designed to be educational, fun and interactive. All products included in it are easy for little hands to use. They also come with step-by-step activity instructions.
Dhs250 per box, Dhs235 per box for three months. Ongoing.

Saturday 24

Enrol the kids into dance classes at Dance Studio Dubai
Sign the kids up for waltz, samba and more.
From Dhs700 (ten classes). Ongoing. Dance Studios Dubai, JLT, (04 457 9228).

Term starts at Hayley’s Comet Theatre Company
Little wannabes aged six to 18 can enjoy the very best in theatrical training by joining professionally led workshops, vocal training, acting lessons and dance classes all combined into specific age groups. Term has already started. Email to register your little nippers. Call for dates times and prices.
Hayley’s Comet Theatre Company, James & Alex Dance Studios, Concord Tower, Dubai Media City, (055 104 0538).

Sunday 25

Centre Stage Drama Classes at The Courtyard Theatre
From this month on, Centre Stage Arts is holding classes for youngsters covering everything from drama, poetry and prose to performance techniques, drama games and more. Suitable for kids aged five and up.
Sundays and Thursdays, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm. Ongoing. The Courtyard Theatre, Al Quoz, (050 565 1009).

Monday 26

Head to Adventure Zone
For some sporty action in air-conditioned environs get down to Adventure HQ in Times Square Center where kids can complete the cable climb high ropes course and have a go on the climbing wall. Kids must be a minimum of 140cm to take part in the cable climb and a minimum of 15kg to go on the climbing pinnacle.
From Dhs50. Ongoing. Adventure HQ, Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 346 6824).

Tuesday 27

Do the weekly shop online
Forget about dragging the kids to the supermarket to the dreaded weekly shop, as you can do it all online through the new grocery Le Bazar. It has more than 5,000 products to choose from online, including a dedicated baby section. Best of all, next-day delivery is absolutely free.

Blue and white walkways have been installed in more places

Prepare for a 5km and 13km course at Dubai’s Jebel Ali Racecourse next month

HiU messenger is available for download for Etisalat customers

Get deals at restaurants including Zheng He’s and Palace Downtown

You’ll also get discounts at spas, bars and restaurants

Whether you’re surfing, floating, or plummeting, here’s where to make a splash


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