Family fun in Dubai this week

Treat the kids to something new and exciting in Dubai this week

Wednesday 11

Teach your mini Mozart at art for all
Now’s the time to book tickets for this upcoming classical music concert by the Sydney Opera House. Featuring lots of interaction, the performance lasts 50 minutes and is suitable for ages two and over.
Price to be confirmed. March 20-22, Al Jalila Cultural Centre, Umm Suqeim 3, (050 880 5074).

Thursday 12

Let them hang around at Cheeky Monkeys
Take your tots down to one of the branches of this play paradise and tire them out before bed. Each branch has a timetable of daily activities, with boogie time, puppet shows, arts and crafts, and even time for cookies and milk. With a separate area for little ones and bigger kids, everyone can play safely and happily.
Call for prices. Ongoing. Al Barsha Mall, (04 385 0875). Other locations: Etihad Mall, Mirdif (04 252 4878); Trident Grand Residences, Dubai Marina (04 276 0011).

Friday 13

Shop at Ripe Market
Round up the brood and get down to Ripe Market for lots of fun and plenty of eating. There’s space for the kids to run around and lots of playgrounds dotted round the park. Need a gift? Jewellery, children’s clothes, specialist skin and hair products and much more are all there to browse through.
Fridays 9am-2pm. Ongoing. Zabeel Park, Al Jafiliya, (04 380 7602).

Head to Dubai Food Carnival
There’s a mouth-watering selection of food on offer here from all the top kid-friendly restaurants. With tasty treats from Giraffe, Camel Cookies, Jones the Grocer, Popcornopolis and more, you won’t leave hungry.
Dhs30, Dhs20 with an Emirates NBD card, free for kids under 12. February 12-14. Dubai International Marine Club, Dubai Marina,

Saturday 14

Get crafty at Craftland
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little ones by making cards using glitter and other supplies from Craftland.
Free to attend. 10am-10pm. Town Centre Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Road, (04 342 2237).

Watch the dolphins at Dubai Dolphinarium
The venue marked the start of 2015 by welcoming its two millionth visitor, which just shows how popular this dophin and seal show is. Your children will love watching the dolphins and seals performing amazing tricks – they can juggle, sing, play ball and even paint.
From Dhs40. Daily 11am, 3pm and 6pm. Gate 1, Creek Park, Oud Metha, (04 336 9773)

Sunday 15

Check out Amanda’s Action Club
Amanda Frolich is a larger than life character with a special talent for entertaining children. She will be holding her first class in Dubai and you are invited.
Dhs70 per child. 10am-1.45pm. Favourite Things, Dubai Marina Mall,

Monday 16

Head out for a French dinner at Café Rouge
The long-standing French bistro chain has opened in Dubai. This child-friendly venue will offer all the French favourites such as steak frites and tarte tatin. Yum.
Opens on Valentine’s Day, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, (04 554 6438).

Tuesday 17

Pitch and putt with the kids
If you have golf-mad kids, why not try out the brand-new Tee and Putt Funky Mini Golf? It’s an 18-hole course with obstacles including a loop-the-loop and high-speed jumps. Spread over 20,000 square feet, it should keep the tots (and mums and dads) amused for hours.
Dhs75 (individual), Dhs65 (groups of three or more), three month and annual passes available. Arabian Centre, near Mirdif,

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