1 By the beach
Where Beachcombers, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
When Fridays and Saturdays, 1pm-4pm
The low-down Nothing could be more relaxing than seeing kids run around and enjoy themselves at a family Friday brunch. The reason? It means that you have time to enjoy an international buffet-style breakfast with stunning views of the Arabian sea. A playroom and a special buffet corner made for kids means everyone’s happy. Plus it boasts very friendly staff and an awesome band to entertain diners. Sounds fun and it definitely is; happy kids equal happy mums!
Price From Dh325, Dh149 for children aged four to 12
Reserve your table at email@example.com or call 04 432 32 32, or 04 432 3232
2 Picnic perfect
Where Picnic Brunch, Al Badia Golf Club When Fridays, Saturdays, 11.30am–3.30pm
The low-down Rustic hampers filled with picnic goodies, chilled jugs brimming with fresh lemonade, gourmet barbecued meats, seafood and veggies, plus a bouncy castle, ball pit, crafting area and clown show, all on the stunning lawns of Al Badia Golf Club – it’s the recipe for the ultimate teddy bears’ picnic. Add to that a special buffet serving kids’ favourites (including candy floss and ice cream) and the little ones will never want to leave Al Badia’s newly relaunched al fresco brunch, while you’ll be enjoying the gorgeous food, views and chilled-out live music. The perfect family picnic.
Price Packages range from Dh275 to Dh475
To book, call 04 701 1127/28, or visit www.diningdfc.com
3 A family party
Where Friday Fork&Cork Brunch, Anantara The Palm
When Fridays, 1pm-4pm
The low-down A party brunch for families? Yes, this one’s the perfect combination; plenty of folks out for a good time but not an eyelid batted at a buggy or a wayward child. There’s a dedicated kids’ area with balloon bending and face paints, and even their own little buffet to enjoy while adults get to make the most of the fabulously extensive main eateries. Don’t miss the traditional Thai beef salad, the rich butter chicken and the candy stand. Who says it’s meant for the kids?
Price Dh325-Dh575, Dh195 for children aged six to 12
To book, call 04 567 8304
4 Refined fun
Where Waldorf Astoria, The Palm
When Fridays, 1pm-4pm
The low-down The smart sophistication of the Waldorf might not be where you first think of taking little ones on a Friday, but the crisp white tables and impeccable service melts into reassuring kiddie chaos once you find the children’s area. Tucked at one end of the restaurant, there’s a balloon bender, magician, arts and crafts area and cartoons on loop. No dedicated kids’ food area, but little ones will find something to love in the selection of New York-inspired dishes, including gourmet roasts, a ceviche bar, posh pizza and chips and signature red velvet cake.
Details Dh345–Dh600, kids under six eat free, six to 12-year-olds, half-price
To book, call 04 374 7888
5 Arabian style
Where Al Bahou, Movenpick Hotel, Ibn Battuta Gate
When Fridays, 12.30pm-4pm
The low-down You can’t get much better than this place for sheer kid-friendliness. A kids’ club, supervised bouncy castle, play area for tiny ones, face painting, mini movie theatre and quite possibly the most extensive kids’ buffet we’ve seen. And it wasn’t all junk; small-friendly sushi, fruit kebabs and meatballs... Even the burgers looked healthy. This was all rather handy as it meant we could sit back and make the most of the extensive, delicious adults’ buffet with food from all corners of the globe. We particularly liked the cheese and cold cuts room, and the dessert selection was to die for. If you like your brunches casual and want to relax knowing the kids are taken care of, this is a winner.
Price Packages vary; Dh199-Dh299
To book, call 04 444 5613