Hail the 7s!
The countdown is on to one of the biggest events in Dubai’s sporting calendar. Oh yes, it’s time for the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens! There’s a proper party atmosphere all weekend long and just as much action off the pitch as on, with a beefed-up Rugby Village playing host to the Sabaa 7s Club for kids, with remote-control car competitions, a huge bouncy castle, face painting and much more courtesy of Hallmark and The Toy Store. Keep refuelled with street food from around the world, pop-up outlets and all your favourite food trucks. And there’s a dedicated 2,000-seat family zone for watching the matches together.
From Dhs300 per person per day, general admission (kids under 12 go free). Nov 30- Dec 2. Dubai Rugby Sevens Stadium, www.dubairugby7s.com.
Going for golf
It’s that time of year again when the top 60 European Tour players take part in the final event of the Race to Dubai at the DP World World Tour Championship. But this event is never just about the golf – it’s four days of family fun hosted on the lush green lawns of the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates. You can rub shoulders with the golfing elite, watch the coolest of trick-shot shows and enjoy the food trucks and festivities on each of the four days. And best of all, entry is completely free!
Free. Nov 16-19, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (04 818 2000).
Set the table
Danish brand RICE is bringing everyday magic to mealtimes with its gorgeous range of kid-friendly tableware. These playful melamine plates, cups and cutlery come in vibrant colours with beautiful illustrations.
Prices vary. Available from various stores including John Lewis, Dubai Festival City Mall.
Get the glow!
If you’re looking for something totally different to do with the family this weekend, look no further than Dubai Garden Glow. This hugely popular experience is back, this time with the addition of an ice sculpture park created using 5,000 tons of ice alongside the dinosaur park and, of course, the huge glow-in-the-dark garden.
Dhs60. Zabeel Park Gates 6 & 7, www.dubaigardenglow.com.
This is a Time Out Kids tried-and-tested, top-class family day out and a Dubai institution of over 20 years standing. If you haven’t experienced the markets, the food, the shows, the rides (all for a mere Dhs15 per person) we have to ask, why? Take our word for it, it’s brilliant!
Dhs15, open daily from 4pm. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, exit 37, www.globalvillage.ae/en.
Take your pick
The start of winter means the markets are back and we love The Farmer’s Market at Bay Avenue. It’s an authentic set-up selling local, organic goodness from home-grown vegetables and fruits to stalls full of fresh baked goods and preserves. There will be cooking demonstrations and culinary shows from top Dubai chefs creating dishes made with the fresh produce from the market. Sounds wonderful!
Free. Every Friday and Saturday, 6am-1pm, Bay Avenue (next to the skate park), Business Bay.
Calling all campers!
Make your way to the mountains and enjoy a weekend of adventure sampling the great outdoors of the UAE for Challenging Adventure’s annual family mountain festival. With rock-climbing, wilderness survival and bungee-trampolining, it’s set to be a weekend to remember for the whole family. Camping beneath the stars makes it extra special (and you can hire their tents if you don’t have your own!).
From Dhs150 (adults), Dhs90 (children), Nov 10-11, Ras Al Khaimah, Wadi Khdaa, www.challengingadventure.com.
The most colourful run on the planet returns to Dubai on November 11. Where else can you grab your nearest and dearest for a crazy dash around the race track whilst bring sprayed with neon paint-guns as you go? Lively music, foam clouds and a positively carnival atmosphere make the Color Run one of our favourite family events of the season. Start clean and get messy!
Dhs160 per ticket, Nov 11. The Dubai Autodrome, Motor City. Register online at www.colorrun.ae.
Let the inner diamond in them sparkle with a jewellery-making class from master jewellers, Van Cleef & Arpels. The Paris School of Jewellery Arts is hosting a series of workshops in Dubai Design District where you’ll learn the science of gemology as well as the fascinating history of some of the most famous jewels of our time.
Free for 16s and under. Prices vary for adult classes. Nov 8-25. To register, visit www.me.lecolevancleefarpels.com.
Our friends at Flip Out Dubai have launched a brand-new series, the Ultimate Ninja programme, aimed at helping kids master the arts of trampolining and parkour. They’ll be back-flipping, front-twisting and free-running before you know it. Only true ninja warriors need apply!
Dhs850 for ten one-hour sessions, valid for ten weeks. Flip Out Dubai, Warehouse 5, Al Quoz. www.flipout.ae (600 567 568).