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10 things to do with the kids this weekend

We round up the top things in town to do with the little ones this weekend

By Tabitha Barda
16 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
  • Source:ANM Archive

Horse around at Tamimi Stables

Al Tamimi Stables has expanded its hugely popular Family Fun Day to two days on the 17th and 18th of October, from 9 am – 6 pm. Stretched across the impressive 30-acre family-friendly farm and children’s activity centre, expect pony rides, nature trails, face painting, bouncy castles, petting farm, live entertainment, pottery, arts and crafts workshops, a barbecue and food stalls and much, much more. Ticket prices are Dh250 per family (2 adults and 3 children between 3 and 15 years of age), Dh85 per adult and Dh45 per child (between 3 and 15 years of age). Children less than 3 years old are free of charge. Tickets can be purchased at the gate at Al Tamimi Stables, Al Zubair Sharjah. Call 0 + 971 6 743 1122.

Little ones learn to bake at Pascal Tepper

Children can get creative this Friday at Le Petite Pascal baking atelier class, which runs alongside the recently launched, French-inspired family-friendly brunch. Featuring all the favourites of this rustically delicious artisan bakery of Gallic eccentric Pascal Tepper, the brunch stays close to the original meaning of the word with a host of beautifully baked croissants, pastries and breads. Every Friday from 11am – 3pm, just Dh69 for kids and Dh99 for adults. Call 04 454 2408 for reservations. Pascal Tepper French Bakery is located in Dubai Media City.

Go to a haunted house at Wild Wadi

Starting tomorrow (October 17th), guests can experience `Haunted Heights', the UAE's first haunted house in a waterpark. It's a walk-through journey that tells a story of a revenge-seeking former resident, Djinn. Parents with little ones can also take part in some ‘Trick or Treating’ fun, with free sweets being given away every day. Guests can experience ‘Haunted Heights’ or Trick or Treating every day from 1pm - 6pm from 17 October – 8 November at Wild Wadi. For General Admission over 1.1m, the cost is Dh295 and guests under 1.1m the cost Dh235 which includes single admission to ‘Haunted Heights’ or the Trick or Treat. Call 04 348 4444.

Snoop around the stalls at Ripe

For everything from organic burgers to Japanese ice cream, sizzling shwarmas and gourmet cupcakes, as well as a petting zoo, pony rides, sand art, yoga and live music, The Ripe Food & Craft Market is a great spot for some al fresco foodie fun. Having moved from its previous Safa park location, it’s now set up in Zabeel Park for the new season, every Friday 9am to 2pm. Call 04 380 7602.

Go VIP at Dubai Aquarium

Skip the queues at one of Dubai’s most popular visitor attractions with Dubai Aquarium’s newly introduced VIP packages. For Dh250 you get ‘fast-lane access’, starting with a guided tour of Dubai Aquarium's incredible 270-degree glass walkthrough tunnel for face-to-face encounters with the marvels of the aquatic world. This will be followed by a Glass-Bottom Boat Ride over the fish-filled10 million litres of water, then a behind-the-scenes tour of the Underwater Zoo, and you can also take part in fish feeding sessions. For an additional Dh150, VIP guests can make their way to the inner sanctuary of the newest exhibit, featuring one of the world’s largest reptiles, King Croc. They will be accompanied by authorised personnel and wear a security harness before entering King Croc’s domain, where they will feed Rainbow Lorikee birds and watch King Croc from as close as they can get.  Limited tours are available daily for King Croc, so booking is recommended. The VIP packages are available now, call 04 448 5200.

Get crafty at Arte

Peruse the best in local arts and crafts, jewellery and handmade products at this weekend’s Arte market at Arabian Center Dubai, on Saturday October 18 from 12pm to 10pm. With everything from knitted booties to homemade brownies, handstitched bunting to stunning art, you’re sure to come across something to inspire you or pique your interest. Contact

Catch some culture at Ductac

Give the kids a dose of theatre at this weekend’s afternoon performances of the classic story of Cyrano De Bergerac – the lovelorn poet and swordsman whose bad luck in love is as plain as the nose on his face. This is a witty rendition of the well-loved tale – catch the matinees on this Friday 17 October and Saturday 18 October at 2.30pm, Dh120. There are evening performances too. Email

Kids eat for free at Positano

Have a traditional Italian meal with all the classic family values at Positano in the JW Marriott Marquis. An Italian feast is served to your table with antipasti, pasta, handmade pizza and a family roast or fish, perfect to share with the whole family, followed by rich and indulgent desserts. Positano’s Family Lunch is Dh160 per person, kids under 12 eat free. Call 04 414 3000.

Enjoy a taste of Russia at Wafi Mall

This weekend kicks off a host of family fun happening at the first ever Russian Matreshka Festival, being held at Wafi Mall from October 16 to November 19. With everything from fashion to music and art to ballet, the festival will feature workshops for little ones, live performances and Matreshka dolls hand carved and painted for this special occasion.  Check it out on the ground floor, main atrium at Wafi Mall.

Go on a cryptic clue chase at Hint Hunt

We’re super intrigued by the opening of fun live escape game, Hint Hunt, in Times Square Centre in Dubai. Designed for groups of 3 to 5 people, you get 60 minutes to climb a mountain of puzzles and mysteries in a tiny room. For those of us who remember it, it sounds a bit like The Crystal Maze. Suitable for children from 9 years old, call 04 3212242.

By Tabitha Barda

By Tabitha Barda

Deputy Editor