Family fun in Dubai

9 activities and things to do for families in Dubai

Wednesday 20

Jumeirah Restaurant Week
If you think dining in smart restaurants is just for grown-ups, think again. Around 40 eateries – including Alfie’s in Jumeirah Emirates Towers and Dhow & Anchor at Jumeirah Beach Hotel – are offering set three-course menus at reasonable prices, with some great options for kids.
Dhs95-370. Until May 23. (no number).

Thursday 21

Baby Arabia French classes at Caboodle
Aimed at mothers and children aged between six months and three years, these award-winning classes teach French to those wishing to learn the language, through play in a familiar and enjoyable environment. It uses music, dance and motor skills.
Dhs750 for one term. Thu 10am. Ongoing. Citywalk, Al Wasl Road, (04 344 4570).

Friday 22

Dubai Butterfly Garden
A great indoor outing, the garden consists of nine domes filled with hundreds of butterflies, colourful plants and ponds filled with koi carp. There’s also a small café on-site, and a souvenir shop is set to open soon.
Dhs50. Daily 9am-5.30pm. Next to Dubai Miracle Garden, Al Barsha 3, (04 422 8902).

Book up for Disney on Ice
Tickets are selling fast for this year’s Frozen extravaganza so get yours today. Your tot will love seeing Anna, Elsa and more.
Dhs150-2,000. Times vary. June 10-13. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 435 9300)

Saturday 23

Aspire Gymnastics Dubai
Looking for a way for your kids to burn off some energy? Book them into the third term of gymnastics classes with Aspire, which are open to boys and girls aged three to 18 years from recreational to competitive level. Choose one to four sessions per week.
Dhs65 (trial class), Dhs720-5,040 (per term). Times vary. Until June 25. Dubai Modern Education School, Al Mizhar 1, near Mushrif Park, (050 114 6549).

Photography competition at Al Ain Zoo
Take part in Al Ain Zoo’s annual photography exhibition. There are six categories, including a ‘selfie’ one. Free to enter. Ongoing. Entries to be submitted by June 30, winners will be announced September 30.
For full details on how to enter visit (03 799 2000).

Sunday 24

Kids’ and teens’ drama classes
Five- to seven-year-olds, eight- to 11-year-olds and 12- to 16-year-olds can explore and communicate creative ideas, thoughts and feelings in a wide range of dramatic languages.
Dhs1,200 for six sessions including showcase. Sun and Thu 5pm. Ongoing. The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, (050 9861 761).

Monday 25

Mirdif Mums playgroup
Kids can join in with free play in the gym every Monday at Kidville. New mums are also welcome. Search Mirdif Mums on Facebook to join the group.
Dhs50 per child (aged six months to three years). Mon 9.15am-11.15am. Ongoing. Uptown Mirdif (04 236 3648).

Tuesday 26

Kids for a Greener World
KidZania’s new environmental initiative includes activities such as planting seeds and building a nesting box.
Dhs95-140 (depending on age). Sun-Wed 9am-10pm, Thu 9am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm. Until June 16. KidZania, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, (04 448 5222).

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