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6 fantastic family-friendly things to do in Dubai this weekend

6 fantastic family-friendly things to do in Dubai this weekend

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Enter a colouring competition at Fazie cafe

Kids good at keeping it in the lines? Indian bistro, Farzi Café at Mall of the Emirates, is inviting kiddos to showcase their colouring skills in a cool competition. The best creation will be announced on October 15 and will win an organic bamboo tableware set that includes a plate, spoon and sippy cup. But that’s not all. To get those creative juices flowing, little ones under six can tuck into a hearty breakfast absolutely free when mums and dads order their brekkie. The dedicated kids breakfast menu houses kid-friendly dishes such as milkshakes, berry bowls and smiley fries plus kiddos can also make their own pancake crabs or bunnies.
Until Oct 14. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai, (050 407 5590).

VR is all the rage among the cool kids so why not get on the good side of your tween or teen and suggest a day out at Dreamscape? You can choose from three epic fully-immersive adventures including Alien Zoo, Curse of the Lost Pearl: A Magic Projector Adventure and The Blu: Deep Rescue. Dreamscape uses the very latest free- roaming virtual reality, which means you can move around a magical world that lets you fly alongside a dragon, explore alien zoos or soar through breathtaking landscapes filled with fantastic beasts just by slipping on some VR goggles. How cool?
Dhs78.75. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai, 

Have an icy family daycation at Mall of the Emirates

It’s scorchio out there, but you can go from one extreme to another when you book a daycation at Ski Dubai. Costing Dhs285 per person, you can enjoy full day access to all Snow Park rides (tubing run, snow bumpers, snow plough, playground and mountain thriller), one ride on the chairlift and a choice of two hours on the slope, a 60-minute discovery lesson in skiing or snowboarding, two rides on the Snow Bullet zipline or a 40-minute penguin encounter. Cool customers will also be able to warm up with a free hot chocolate, get a standard locker and a pair of fleece gloves.
Dhs285. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai

Al Habtoor Riding School

Pony-obsessed kids in the family? Al Habtoor Riding School is hosting an open day on Friday September 17. Kids aged five and over are being invited along between 5pm and 7pm to have a riding assessment, get a tour of the stables and to enjoy some fun activities at the Pony Club booth.
Fri Sep 17 5pm-7pm. Al Habtoor Riding School, Dubai,  (04 436 2222).

Try the new brunch at at Studio One Hotel

What’s a Friday in Dubai if it doesn’t include brunch? There’s a new family-friendly one launching this weekend at Studio One Hotel. Kicking off on Friday September 17, the Family Fiesta Brunch is an Italian feast for the whole gang. There’s live pizza and pasta stations, free-flowing drinks and plenty of entertainment for mums, dads and kids including a mime artist, singer and giant characters. Tweens and teens can have some fun in the games room playing foosball, boardgames and more, while pool access is also included. Kids can also make use of the private screening room, where family movies will be played throughout the day.
Dhs175 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (house beverages), Dhs75 (kids under 12), Dhs699 (family ticket for two adults and two children). Fri 1pm-4pm. LARTE, Studio One Hotel, Studio City, Dubai, (800 788 346).

Watch a movie in the snow at Ski Dubai

Get ready to snuggle down with hot chocolate and loads of popcorn to watch a family-friendly movie in temperatures of -2 degrees Celsius!  You can kick back and relax on lounge-style seating with the little ones all wrapped up in winter gear and blankets to watch various blockbusters such as Space Jam: A New Legacy, Jungle Cruise and Spirit Untamed. Ticket prices for Snow Cinema start at Dhs100 per person.
Dhs100. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai,