Eating out for under Dhs200
With kids meals at Carluccios costing just Dhs35 per child (inclusive of bread sticks, main meal, dessert, and a drink), the whole family can dine for under Dhs200. That’s not all, as the kids will be kept entertained by activity packs as you wait for your food to arrive and the staff are brilliantly family friendly. And the food? Delicious!
Details: Carluccios, locations across the UAE including; The Dubai Mall (04 434 1320) www.carluccios.com.
Jones the Grocer
Jones the Grocer truly is foodie heaven – and now there is even more incentive to treat the family to a meal, as the company offers ‘buy two main meals, get one kids meal free’ throughout the week.
Details: Jones the Grocer, locations across the UAE including; SZR, Dubai. www.jonesthegrocer.com.
The Cheesecake Factory
Kids meals are great value at The Cheesecake Factory, but we recommend choosing two adult meals and sharing amongst the whole family. The portions are vast, meaning there will be more than enough to go round – and leaving budget for a couple of slices of cheesecake to share!
Details: The Cheesecake Factory, locations across the UAE including The Dubai Mall, (04 419 0225).
Step inside Maria Bonita Taco Shop and Mexican Grill and you will feel like you have been transported to Mexico, with a colourful interior, menu bursting with traditional flavours, and real-life parrot squawking away in a cage. Refreshingly different to the mall experience, kids’ meals start at just Dhs28 inclusive of juice.
Details: Maria Bonita, Umm Suqeim and Green Community, Dubai (04 395 5576 / 04 885 3188)
Fortnum & Mason Dubai
It might not be a full meal, but the delight on your kids faces when you arrive at Fortnum and Mason Dubai’s Ice Cream Parlour with its pastel-pretty styling and menu of ice cream scoops, knickerbocker glories, and banana splits will be well worth it. Take your pick from flavours including Sticky Toffee Pudding, Salted Caramel, Apple Sorbet, and Raspberry Ripple – and with prices starting at Dhs37 for two scoops, the treat will come in well under budget!
Details: Fortnum & Mason, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 388 2627).
Splurge: Brunch at Mazina The Address Dubai Marina
Blow the budget at Mazina’s family-friendly Saturday brunch. You will enjoy a tempting spread of international cuisines, whilst little ones will enjoy their own buffet selection, along with entertainment, bouncy castle, Wii stations, face painting, and magic show.
Details: Dhs280 per person with soft drinks, Dhs415 with beverages. Dhs140 (kids 7-12 years old), Free (kids under 6).
Every Saturday 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Address, Dubai Marina (04 888 3444).
Family outings for less than Dhs200
Posh Paws Animal Sanctuary and Petting Farm
Head to Posh Paws for the day to meet ponies, deer, llamas, rabbits, goats, cows, baboon, ducks and lots more. Children can hold or touch the animals, whilst learning how to care for them correctly.
Details: Free, with donation requested. Every day 9am-6pm. Posh Paws, The Desert Equestrian Club, near Municipality Vet Clinic, Al Khawaneej www.poshpawsdubai.com (050 2730973)
The Dubai Mall
Start by swinging by Dubai Aquarium to view the fish from behind the barrier, before popping into Candylicious to treat the kids to a lollipop made fresh on site. Head around the corner to visit the bones of a real-life Diplodocus Dinosaur (estimated to be between 150 and 155 million years old), before making your way outside to take in the tallest fountains in the world and gaze up at Burj Khalifa.
Details: Free entry. Open 10am-11pm (Sun-Wed), 10am-12am (Thurs-Sat). Downtown Dubai www.thedubaimall.com (800 38224 6255).
Few green spaces in Dubai beat Creekside Park when the weather is mild, located in a picturesque position alongside Dubai Creek. Ride the cable car (Dhs10 for kids and Dhs25 for adults), hop aboard a miniature train, let of steam in the play areas, and borrow a barbecue area for the day to feed the family.
Details: Dhs5 per person to enter. Open Sun-Wed 8am-10pm, Thu-Sat 8am-11pm. Located in Bur Dubai (04 336 7633).
Take kids to this fun water play area to spray, splash, and dunk to their heart’s content. Located alongside The Hilton at THE BEACH, there are plenty of eateries to grab a gelato or juice after all that fun – or why not head straight down onto the beach to build sandcastles?
Details: Dhs60 for the first hour, Dhs20 for additional hours, Dhs100 for full day. Open daily, 9am to 8pm Splash Pad, The Beach at JBR, next to the Hilton Hotel. http://thebeach.ae
Emirates Park Zoo
Emirates Park Zoo is home to white tigers, lions, leopards, monkeys, giraffes, flamingos, cheetahs, elephants and much more.
Take a packed lunch and this day out will come in well under Dhs200.
Details: Dhs25 (for adults and kids aged six and over); Dhs10 (for kids three-five years), Free (kids under two). Open 9am-8pm (Sun-Wed); 9am-9pm (Sat and Public Holidays). Emirates Park Zoo, between Dubai and Abu Dhabi www.emiratesparkzoo.com (02 501 0000).
It’s an obvious one but as a Dubai resident, sometimes you just don’t get round to do the amazing things that draw in the tourists. Kidzania puts children at the heart of everything they do, and the
kids will come away having learnt a huge amount without even realizing it!
Details: Dhs95 (two to three years), Dhs140 (4-16 years), Kidzania, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, Downtown. Call (800 38224 6255) for more information.
Outfits for less than Dhs200
T-Shirt, Dhs29; Jeans, Dhs79; Trainers, Dhs69
H&M stores across the UAE, including The Dubai Mall (04 419 0346) www.hm.com/ae.
2 Zara Kids
Ballet flats, Dhs85; Printed Dress; Dhs95
Zara stores across the UAE, including Mall of the Emirates. www.zara.com/ae (04 341 3171).
Shorts; Dhs45; Shark T-Shirt, Dhs30, Star Shoes, Dhs71.
Next stores across the UAE, including Mall of the Emirates (04 340 3898) www.next.ae.
4 Alexa and Alexa
Lelli Kelly Sandalds, Dhs80
Petit Bateau Pink Polkadot Dress, Dhs120. www.alexandalexa.com.
5 Mango Kids
Pyjamas, from Dhs99 each.
Mango stores across the UAE, including The Dubai Mall.
Shop the virtual aisles of cool new online kids store brighteyez.ae, which is packed with stylish, fashionable brands that were previously unavailable in the UAE.
Dinosaur Hooodie, Dhs300; Long sleeve T-Shirt, Dhs150; Sweatpants, Dhs180 www.brighteyez.ae.
Toys for less than Dhs200
Ecoiffier Pro Cook Market Stall, Dhs179.
2 Early Learning Centre
Magnetic Play Centre, Dhs149
Early Learning Centre stores across the UAE, including The Dubai Mall (04 339 8199) www.elcme.com.
Wooden Le Toy Van Pirate Ship, Dhs190.
4 Db Babies
Moulin Roty Wooden Guitar, Dhs199.
Play tent, Dhs79
IKEA stores across the UAE, including Yas Island.
Splurge: The Toy Store
Get ready for the milder months by treating them to a Maxi Micro Scooter to whizz around on!
Dhs620. The Toy Store, The Dubai Mall. www.thetoystore.com