Easter weekend at Madinat Jumeirah
There’s a whole host of events happening at Madinat Jumeirah over the weekend. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam is hosting a family friendly brunch in Hanaaya and Tortuga on 25 March as well as lunch in Hanaaya on 26 March, with special activities including a bunny who will arrive by Abra.
Lindt Master Swiss Chocolatier, Chef Matthew Muller, will also be on hand to create a show stopping chocolate centrepiece and, on 26 March, will be hosting mini demonstrations for children to make straw bunny baskets entirely from chocolate. Yum!
Don’t miss the egg hunt on the beach. Taking place on 26 and 27, more than 150 eggs will be hidden away in the sand. Kids who find them will be able to exchange them for chocolate and be in with the chance of winning a 1kg Lindt Golden Bunny!
Lastly, on Easter Sunday itself, Khaymat Al Bahar is hosting a lunch and fun beach day with activities for children including a bouncy castle, bungee runner, human space ball and dunk tank.
When: Various activities taking place from 25 to 27 March.
Where: Madinat Jumeirah
How much: The Jumeirah Mina A’Salam brunch in Hanaaya and Tortuga costs Dh500 with house beverages and Dh450 for the soft beverage package; Saturday lunch in Hanaaya costs Dh150 per person; and the Khaymat Al Bahar Easter lunch costs Dh295. Those aged 12 and under dine for free.
How to book: Visit jumeirah.com
Steigenberger’s Easter Bunny Brunch
Let the kids loose on a traditional Easter egg hunt throughout this brand new hotel before tucking into a delicious brunch featuring everything from sushi and pasta to steak, washed down with seasonal drinks such as fresh milky Cacolac. You can also try a selection of Braai barbeque dishes served on the outdoor terrace. There’ll be fun entertainment, including boiled egg painting and life-sized bunnies on hand to teach you how to do the bunny hop. Don’t leave without visiting the chocolate village, complete with chocolate bunny homes and edible decorations.
When: 27 March, from 12:30pm to 4pm.
Where: Bayside Restaurant 7 Terrace, Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay Dubai.
How much: Dh235 including soft beverages, Dh385 with house beverages, or Dh485 with bubbly. Dh140 for children aged five to 12 years while those under four go free.
How to book: Call 04 3690000.
Record breaking egg hunt, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai is hosting a record breaking egg hunt - with a bit of a twist. A whopping 50,000 foam eggs will be released into the rapids at Aquaventure waterpark, which can be hunted and swapped in exchange for real sweets. Those aged six to 12 can enjoy exclusive early morning access to the waterpark to take part in the hunt and those who find the ‘special eggs’ can win fab prizes. Tots up to five years old can enjoy a special egg hunt in the Splashers Lagoons and Splashers Playground.
When: 27 March, from 8am.
Where: Aquaventure Waterpark, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.
How much: Dh305 per adult and Dh360 per child in advance or Dh365 per adult and Dh320 per child at the ticketing plaza on the morning of the event.
How to book: Visit atlantisthepalm.com/92easter.
Festive arts and crafts and Build Your Own Sundae at Fortnum & Mason Dubai
Inspire their creativity while you relax in a refined environment thanks to free Easter themed arts and crafts for kids at Fortnum & Mason Dubai. Plus, those with a sweet tooth can also take part in the Build Your Own Sundae activity at The Parlour, where you can pick from an array of ice creams and sorbets sprinkled with six different toppings - all served in a special egg box. One lucky sundae-devourer will uncover a one-of-a-kind Fortnum & Mason Golden Egg and be crowned the official ‘Ice Cream Sundae Taster’ for the year. The little winner will then be called upon to trial and test Fortnum’s new handmade ice creams, all before they hit the shop floor. Best job in the world!
Where: Fortnum & Mason Dubai, Downtown Dubai.
When: From 24 to 27 March
How much: The arts and crafts are free for patrons while the Build Your Own Sundae activity costs from Dh80.
Book it: Call 04 3882627.
Easter Brunch, Shores Restaurant, Ramada Plaza JBR
Kids can keep busy with fun activities including face painting, egg colouring and egg hunting at this lively family brunch which will be decked out with festive décor.
When: 27 March, from 12:30pm to 3pm
Where: Shores Restaurant, Ramada Plaza JBR
How much: Dh170 per person with soft drinks and water; Dh220 per person with unlimited selected house beverages.
How to book: Call 04 4398888 or email email@example.com.
Springfest Easter Fun Day, Reform Social & Grill
Kick back and relax at this favourite family hotspot in Dubai and tuck into a traditional roast dinner while little ones hunt for eggs, have their faces painted and hop around on the bouncy castle.
When: 25 March.
Where: Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Dubai, from noon to 6pm.
How much: Dh115 for the roast and Dh55 for the kids’ menu, which includes a soft drink and ice-cream.
How to book: Call 04 4542638 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bunny Affair at Caboodle Pamper & Play
Little ones can enjoy face painting and try their hand at themed crafts including decorating a festive basket, which they can use to stash yummy treats found on the Caboodle treasure hunt. Both activities are available throughout the day.
When: 25 and 26 March.
Where: Caboodle Pamper & Play at The Galleria, Abu Dhabi and The Dubai Mall.
How much: Dh99 for two hours with access to the Easter egg hunt and activities, as well as the play area.
How to book: There’s no need to book in advance. Branches at The Dubai Mall (04 3253367) and The Galleria, Abu Dhabi (02 6166974) are open from 10am to 10pm.
Chocolate egg making at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
Create the chocolate egg of your dreams under the guidance of Chef Chinthaka Wekadapola. Simply melt, mold and decorate to your heart’s content. We dare you to see how long you can leave it before taking a bite.
When: Classes run until 24 March, from 10.30am to noon.
Where: The activity is taking place in the private dining room, located between Angar restaurant and Amici restaurant, on the ground floor of the main building. Pass by The Lounge afterwards, where there will be special cakes and Easter hampers on display for a special price.
How much: Dh150 per adult and Dh100 per child (subject to 10% service charge and 6% tourism fee). Classes booked upon request – minimum of six people required.
How to book: Call +971 2 6560600 or email email@example.com.
Easter in the desert at Arabian Nights Village
Enjoy an egg hunt with local flavour amid the towering dunes of Al Khatim. Afterwards, guests can decorate their own Easter eggs and take a ride on a camel. Those aged seven and over can enjoy the thrill of dune bashing in a 4x4 with a highly experienced driver and get up close and personal with the village’s own herd of Arabian oryx and sand gazelles. There’s also a bouncy castle, soft play area and the desert oasis swimming pool to make the most of.
Grown-ups can have a go at sand surfing, with a sit-on board for rookie surfers, as well as traditional entertainment. A gourmet dinner buffet will be served.
When: 27 March
Where: Arabian Nights Village heritage resort - half way between Al Ain and Abu Dhabi.
How much: Dh300 for an adult, Dh200 for kids and free for kids under six. Included in the price is a 1pm luxury coach pick up from Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Park. You’ll be dropped back off at 9pm.
How to book: Call 02 6769990 or visit arabiannightsvillage.ae.