We’ve recently found a great way to do the weekly shop minus the weekly tantrum, by combining the chore of grocery shopping with family-friendly entertainment at the Waterfront Market in Deira, Dubai. With pony rides and ball pits next to a huge indoor market - the region's largest - of fresh fish, meat and locally grown produce, a morning out food shopping will be fun for all.
Here’s our roundup of the best activities that parents and children alike can enjoy:
Climb and Slide Offering a safe, indoor area for little ones to play, the popular climb and slide area offers a soft play area with multiple slides, a ball pit and a mini trampoline where little ones can play and make friends. Prices start from Dh20 for 30 minutes.
Animal Rides Giving children the chance to roam around the market, static soft animals are available in all colours, shapes and sizes. These rides can also carry adults so you can unleash your inner child! A single ride is five minutes. Prices start from Dh10.
Fun Ball Perfect for little dare-devils, children can climb inside the Fun Ball - a transparent inflatable ball – and roll over water. With a soft exterior, this is a safe and effective way to entertain children, leaving parents hands-free. A single ride is 10 minutes. Prices start from Dh20.
Arcade Games A fun, interactive games centre, here both kids and parents can have fun together playing a variety of games, from car and motorbike rides to video games and slot machines. From just Dh2.
Pony Riding The jewel of the Waterfront Market - the promenade - stretches the length of the property along the bustling Deira Corniche waterway. On the promenade, as well as savouring a variety of dishes from different cuisines, families can enjoy hand-led horseback rides on the market’s petite ponies. Dh10 per ride.