Are you ready for one big family barbecue? You, your babies, and your fur-babies can head to The Big BBQ Social’s second season on Friday April 27 as the sweet smoky smell of food grilling fills the air at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel’s Secret Garden. Everyone gets to fire up their own wood or charcoal barbecue at one of the communal stations set up on the grass. The community event will also feature live music, as well as family and pet-friendly activities. Tickets will be available on the door, or you can register to buy them online at www.platinumlist.net.
Dhs100 (adults over 21 years old), free (kids under six). Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud, Dubai (04 230 8555).
Italian “linner” at Cucina
Mix late lunch and dinner, and you have Cucina restaurant’s “linner”. It’s all about family fun. Little ones can enjoy the play area where aspiring young chefs can create their own pizzas for themselves and their families. There’s also a colouring corner with crayons and giant Jenga blocks, too. You can order all the dishes on the linner menu, or just favourites, and you can re-order as often as you like.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs305 (house beverages), Dhs355 (bubbly). Fri 3.30pm-7pm. Cucina, Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community(04 885 2222).
Tony & Natty’s Mr Ribbit
Online store Tony & Natty has a heart-warming concept behind it. Created by an Abu Dhabi mum, it stocks kids’ clothes and toys, all handmade by mothers from all over the world. Mr Ribbit, a big-eyed companion for road trips, was made by Andrea, a mum of two based in Budapest.
YAS Waterworld Ladies’ nights
Not a man in sight and no photography? Yes, it’s the Ladies’ Night at Yas Waterworld where you can enjoy more than 40 rides and slides.
Dhs255 (adults), Dhs205 (kids below 1.1 metres). Thu 6pm-11pm. Until Oct 2018. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yaswaterworld.com.
Voice-over artists at Comic Con
See Ray Chase, known for his Final Fantasy XV voice-over, Robbie Daymond, who voices the title character in Disney XD series Marvel’s Spider-Man, and Max Mittelman, Plagg in Miraculous Ladybug, live at Middle East Film & Comic Con.
From Dhs110. Apr 5-7. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.mefcc.com.
Grand Hyatt Dubai camp
Young adventurers aged five to 12 can head to Grand Hyatt Dubai for some spring fun before the break is over. The Kidz Club! will keep them entertained with activities including interactive games, arts and crafts, cooking, nature excursions, watersports and plenty of outdoor fun. And when they’re done with all of that, they can head indoors for the disco, which will see them dancing until bedtime.
Dhs350 (per child, per day). Apr 1-5, 9.30am-4pm. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai (04 317 2449).
Stranger Things Spring Camp
Kids and teens ages six to 14 can now attend a drama spring camp by Hayley’s Comet theatre school based on hit Netflix series Stranger Things’ enthralling story. From monsters and spaceships to pinball and bowling, they’ll be playing spooky drama games, learning routines and songs, and creating their own characters. Throw in some crazy 80s music too… Professional performers from the UK will lead the camp.
Dhs900 per week. April 1-5, 2pm, show on Thursdays 2pm. James & Alex Dance Studios, 813 & 814, Concord Tower, Dubai Media City, Dubai. (04 447 0773).
We still have a few days before spring break comes to an end, so we can squeeze in a bit more fun. Kids aged four to 14 can leave their screens at home and head to Sheraton Abu Dhabi to enjoy swimming, banana or dragon boating, kayaking, beach games, island picnics, football and tennis. They can show off their moves in Zumba classes and get creative for arts and crafts.
Dhs200 (daily), Dhs850 (five days). 9am-2pm. Apr 1-5. Palm Tree Resort and Health Club, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort (02 6970 272).
A Private Palace Picnic
Everyone loves a picnic, but who has time to pack one? Emirates Palace’s picnic takes place on Saturday April 7, but you can book a Continental breakfast or afternoon tea basket to enjoy on the lawn, anytime you like. The hotel needs just 48 hours’ advance notice to host your unforgettable day with the kids.
Dhs390 per person (breakfast), Dhs408 per person (afternoon tea). Throughout April. Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi (02 690 9000).
Brekkie for mum, fun for the kids
Well-earned “me time”? Head to Brothaus Bakery – Bistro for a morning feast filled with German breakfast favourites. From fluffy scrambled eggs to giant pretzels, you can dine while the tots “buzz” around The Beehive edutainment play area, enjoying creative, themed activities and exciting games.
Prices vary (adults), Dhs50 per child (up to three hours at The Beehive). Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, Dubai (04 369 0000).