Family fun in Dubai

Snowrobics, picnic brunch, night market, Baby Proms and more

Wednesday 18

Snowrobics for mummies
Feeling like your regular exercise class is getting boring? Head to Ski Dubai for the return of its ‘Sub-zero Circuit’, an intense 45-minute circuit workout held in the freezing cold.
Dhs70 per class or Dhs750 a month. Sun, Tue, Thu, 7am. Ongoing. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, (800 386).

Thursday 19

Head to Extreme Fun
Let the nippers loose in this veritable haven of fun. With separate areas for little ones and bigger tots, there’s a mini kitchen and workshop, ride-on animals and blocks to stack up, plus a big multi-level soft-play cage. The café serves good coffee, too.
Dhs45 (one hour), Dhs50 (two hours). 9am-8pm. Ongoing. Extreme Fun, Motor City, (04 452 5543).

Friday 20

Enjoy a Picnic Brunch at Al Badia Golf Club
So popular with parents, this family-friendly brunch now runs on Fridays as well as Saturdays. You’ll be seated on rugs and handed a picnic basket full of goodies. And there’s lots of space for the kids to run about. This week, the venue is supporting the Dubai Food Festival with a walk through a farmer’s market.
Dhs275 (soft beverages), Dhs375 (house beverages). Fri-Sat 11.30am-3.30pm. Ongoing. Blades restaurant, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).

Let the kids hang around at Cheeky Monkeys
Take your tots down to this play paradise and tire them out before bed. Each branch has daily activities, with 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 and times. Ongoing. Al Barsha Mall, (04 385 0875). Other locations: Etihad Mall, Mirdif (04 252 4878); Trident Grand Residences, Dubai Marina (04 276 0011).

Saturday 21

Ripe Night Market
Put the kids to bed, get in a babysitter in and mosey on down to Ripe’s newest offering – the same market, just held in the evening at Al Barsha Park. Enjoy an al fresco dinner and listen to the live music.
4pm-9pm. Ongoing. Al Barsha Park, (04 380 7602).

Design your Own Poster workshop
Help your kids express themselves better by signing up for this free workshop from the Sharjah Art Foundation. Using drawing, monoprint and collage, children will create their own poster on a topic. All materials are provided by the Sharjah Art Foundation.
Register by emailing Free. 12.30pm-2.30pm. SAF Art Space, Building P, Sharjah (06 568 5050).

Sunday 22

Head to the beach
The weather is still cool and the weekend crowds will have gone, so why not plan your play date at the beach. Kite Beach now has lots of new eateries for hungry tots, as well as showers and changing facilities.
Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim.

Monday 23

Take the kids to Baby
Proms, Meeting Mozart 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 22-23, Al Jalila Cultural Centre, Umm Suqeim, (050 880 5074).

Tuesday 24

Build-a-Bear Superheroes
Get down to your local Build-a-Bear workshop to create a teddy with superpowers. There are lots of ‘heroes’ to choose from including Batman, Iron Man, Spider-Man and more.
Various locations including The Dubai Mall, (04 325 3114).

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