Family fun in Dubai

8 great things to do with families in Dubai this week

Wednesday 15

Playdate at Children’s City
This is the first area in Dubai created entirely with kids aged two to 15 in mind. It is designed to encourage kids to learn, play and explore. It includes exhibitions, a nature centre, theatre and themed galleries designed to teach children about technology, heritage and more. There’s also a great soft play area for toddlers and a café.
Dhs10 (kids), Dhs15 (adults). Daily, Sat-Thu 9am-8pm, Fri 3pm-9pm. Ongoing. Creek Park, Oud Metha, (04 334 0808).

Thursday 16

Just in time for summer, Dubai Marina Mall now has an extra 8,000sq ft of play space, managed by the same company that brought us KidZania and Sega Republic. At the all-new Njoi there’s glow-in-the dark mini-golf, a kids adventure play zone, trampolines, an indoor skate ramp and birthday party facilities.
Dhs45 per child per hour (adventure play area), Dhs20 per child per hour (trampoline), Dhs35 per child per hour (skate ramp), Dhs50 per person per round (golf). Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Ongoing. Third Floor, Dubai Marina Mall, (04 448 8488).

Friday 17

Annie the Musical
Based on Harold Gray’s comic strip Little Orphan Annie, the show is set in 1930s New York. The story takes audiences on a heartfelt journey through the boisterous 11-year-old’s world; from escaping the clutches of the scheming and irresponsible Miss Hannigan, the orphanage manager, and into the arms of the famous billionaire Oliver Warbucks.
Dhs200-250. Times vary. Until April 17. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, (04 366 6546)

Wadi Adventure in Al Ain
City Seasons Al Ain hotel has teamed up with Wadi Adventure to offer access to the park along with a family room (for two adults and two children) and breakfast for Dhs599. Adventurous kids will love to swim, raft, surf and more.
Dhs599. Until June 30. City Seasons Al Ain, (03 755 0220); Wadi Adventure, (03 781 8422).

Saturday 18

El Sur Spanish family lunch
Take the whole family here for a big paella, plus Mediterranean starters and desserts. Kids also get a free El Sur chef’s hat and apron to take part in the fun food activities.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), Dhs95 (set menu for kids aged six-12, free for kids under six. 12.30pm. Ongoing. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road (04 399 7700).

Sunday 19

Relax while they play at Kiddies Café
Kids can go mad climbing and sliding across three levels of fun at this indoor playground in JLT. And at the kiddies village, children aged 18 months to five years can indulge in role play.
Dhs45 per hour per child (non-members), Dhs30 per hour per child (members). Open daily 10am-7pm. Ongoing. Cluster Y, JLT, (04 360 8571).

Monday 20

Yogalates for mums Mummies, win back your core with Yogalates, practised outdoors, poolside. The class promises to gently strengthen the back and abdominal muscles, helping you maintain proper upright posture and movement.
Dhs70 per session, Dhs500 for ten sessions. Mon and Wed 7.15pm. Ongoing. Fraser Suites Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 440 1400).

Tuesday 21

Sing songs and listen to stories
These sessions at The Change Initiative are held weekly. The Dhs20 fee is redeemable against coffee and cake in the café.
Dhs20. Tue 10am-10.30am. Ongoing. The Change Initiative, Sheikh Zayed Road, (800 824).

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