Family fun in Dubai this week

Drumming workshops, football for toddlers and more

Wednesday 25

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).

Thursday 26

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.

Friday 27

Experience The Levant at Global Village
Now’s the time to visit this huge site before the summer heat. Head to the three pavilions of the Levant, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, where you can enjoy a wide range of traditional wares including soap, clothes and labneh. There’s also a huge funfair for the kids and lots of dinner options.
Daily 4pm-midnight (weekdays), 4pm-1am (weekends). Until April 11. Exit 37, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road.

Saturday 28

Drumming workshops for kids
Have you got a house full of noisy kids? Send that ‘noise’ out for the morning to a new community drum circle run by Dubai Drums. Held at its studio in Al Quoz, there are classes for two age groups that will teach children the universal language of rhythm. Dhs60 per child, Dhs25 per adult. Sat 10am-11am
(six years and under), 11.20am-12.20pm (seven to 11 years). Ongoing. Dubai Drums, Al Quoz, (04 347 4790/04 744 2129).

Ripe Night Market
Put the kids to bed, get in a babysitter in and get 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).

Sunday March 1

Football for toddlers
Are yours mini David Beckhams? Take them along to Mini Stars Soccer at Favourite Things. This fun, musical sports class focuses on physical, mental and social development. The class is suitable for toddlers from walking to age three.
To book email Dhs70 per class. Sun 9.30am-10.15am. Ongoing. Favourite Things, Dubai Marina Mall (04 434 1984).

Monday 2

Extreme 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. Light and airy, the café serves good coffee, too.
Dhs45 (one hour), Dhs50 (two hours). Daily 9am-8pm. Ongoing. Extreme Fun, Motor City, (04 452 5543).

Tuesday 3

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).

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