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Spend time with children

Here are seven things to do with your child today

By Catherine Harper
1 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
  • The Westin’s fab new Saturday Piknik.

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  • Le Petit Palais.

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  • Kids who are interested in art can join the Art Around The World camp.

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  • Kids can join Active Sports Academy for some sports time.

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  • Paper Planes.

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Family day

Those who want to enjoy the outdoors will love The Westin’s fab new Saturday Piknik. From 11.30am-4pm, Dh390 will get you a rustic picnic basket for two adults and two children (drinks extra) full of traditional goodies such as sandwiches, salads, dips and pastries, as well as a host of fun entertainment for the little ones. 04 511 7136

Water safety

If you’re a family that loves spending time in or around the waves, the new Nippers programme at Ritz Kids could appeal. Aimed at teaching little ones beach, pool and sun safety through a series of 20- to 45-minute modules, Nippers – the only programme in Abu Dhabi to be certified by the renowned Australian Surf Life Saving Club – is held every Friday morning from 9am-10am at The Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi. 02 818 8888


Budding Montgomeries or McIlroys will love the new Tee&Putt golf facility at Arabian Centre. Open from 10am, little golfers will be able to pitch 
and putt their way around a course of 18 holes complete with tunnels, mounds and hills perfect for challenging small hands. There are even spot prizes for various achievements around the course, and plenty of friendly staff on hand to keep things safe. 04 239 3636

Spring fun

Le Petit Palais at Galeries Lafayette is running its spring camp daily from 10am-3pm until April 9. As well as access to the extensive soft play area, children can take part in singing, arts and crafts, groove time, mad science, games, story time and more. Prices from Dh130 per day, lunch and juice included. 04 382 7333

Kidz art If you have a six- to 12-year-old who’s particularly interested in art, try the Art Around The World camp. Young artists will not only get an appreciation of world arts – from African to Zulu and everything in between – they’ll also develop vital skills such as how to focus attention and overcome obstacles. Dh800, April 5-9. Ductac 10am-1pm and JBR 9.30am-12.30pm. 055 222 0129

Active Sports Academy Budding sports stars aged four to 14 will love the activities on offer at Regent International School in The Greens and Ontario International Canadian School, Mirdif from April 5 to 9. There’ll be sports galore including traditional options such as football, tennis, swimming and rounders as well as more off-the-wall games and relays, and arts and crafts for when a break is needed.

Mini movies

Paper Planes, out April 2

This tale follows young Australian flying enthusiast Dylan as he attempts to follow his dream of competing in the World Paper Plane Championship in Japan. Will he be able to overcome obstacles in his way – including rivals, bullies and grief – and make it? 

By Catherine Harper

By Catherine Harper