2-4 Nov, The Food Fest by Galleries Lafayette, City Walk
This fun, foodie festival has all the hallmarks of the perfect place for a family day out: it’s at Citywalk (so plenty of parking); it’s got a dedicated kids zone with child-friendly karaoke, theatre and craft activities (“run off and play now!”); and there’s a whole lot of diverse street food to try, from dim sum and ramen to juicy burgers and hot dogs. Plus, live music and boutique market stalls to browse while the kids run havoc in the play area; if they get too excited, you can always pop over the road to Al Khazzan park for a kick about.
- November 2nd from 4pm-11pm
- November 3rd from 2pm-11pm
- November 4th from 2pm-8pm
3 November, Mums and Strollers Walkathon, Mamzar Park
We’re a bit shocked that we’ve never yet heard of, let alone been to, Al Mamzar park, because it sounds great – not least because it has its own scenic train, which our little ones are sure to lose their minds over. This mum and baby Walkathon is part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge – you’ll need to arrive by 9am to start the walk, which will run from 9.30am to 11.30am, and make sure you track your 3km walk around the outer circle of the park to get your daily 30X30. Even if you don’t think you’ll do the whole walk, it’s a good opportunity to see this park, situated on the border between Dubai and Sharjah, which has three beaches (beach cabins available for rent), as well as large stretches of lawn, picnic tables and bbq areas. Parking is available at a charge, or you can take a Careem Kids with a 15% discount.
3 November, Superheroes Walkathon, Skydive Dubai
If you are closer to the Marina end of town then your preferred Dubai fitness event might be this one at Skydive Dubai: bring little ones (and yourself!) dressed up as their favourite superhero and join the 3km walk. Registration starts at 3pm, with the walk itself kicking off at 4pm and wending its way down Marina promenade. Please note – the whole family has to be dressed up in order to participate!
4 November, Abu Dhabi Baby & Kids Flea Market, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
We all know how eye-wateringly expensive children’s clothes and toys are, and how quickly they grow out (or bored) of them. This brand-new family event is a platform for parents in the capital to sell and buy pre-loved kids and baby goods, meet other parents and keep the kids entertained with free activities. Taking place from 9am to 3pm, at the ballroom of the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort at the Corniche. Entry for visitors is free, valet parking is available and stalls can be booked in advance at Dh220. Tables can be booked via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 050 431 0254 or sending a message on facebook.com/auhbabykidsmarket
7 Nov, Mamas To Be Morning with Malaak in association with Baby & Child, More cafe
Join us at another lovely morning for pregnant women, from 9am to 11am at More Café Al Murooj (opposite Dubai Mall) – you can expect insights on birth and infant care from the wonderful experts at Malaak, as well as some fab goodie bags. Spaces are free but limited – email email@example.com to confirm your spot
8 November, Baby & Child Playdate at Oli Oli
We’re so excited to be hosting another one of our brilliant playdates for mums and their little ones, especially because this one is at fantastic new children’s venue Oli Oli! It’s an amazing museum/ play space, with lots of galleries dedicated to stretching little ones’ imaginations and encouraging creative play. Attendance is free, with F&B included, but we have extremely limited spaces left – email firstname.lastname@example.org to try to get on the list, and to be added for exclusive invites to our amazing future events.
9 November, George’s Marvellous Medicine, National Theatre, Abu Dhabi
We are big fans of Roald Dahl’s wickedly witty rhymes and his charismatic grotesques, and this super-fun stage show based on one of our favourite Roald Dahl books is bound to be a hit with little ones – expect some interactive fun and lots of songs and rhymes. Best for children aged three and up, show time at 7pm.
10-11 Nov, The Gruffalo Live, Madinat Theatre
Show us the child who doesn’t love the Gruffalo and we’ll eat owl ice cream for tea. This classic children’s book has been adapted for the stage in a live production featuring a combination of songs, laughter, physical theatre, and just a scattering of scary fun. Multiple show times, Dh135-Dh180, suitable for ages three and upwards.
11 Nov, Party Monsters’ Family Friendly Rave, The Backyard, Steigenberger hotel
While your raving memories (or lack thereof) may not be of the child-friendly variety, these events are geared up to give you a blast from the past while your little ones also have a ball, with soft play and baby sensory areas set up alongside top DJs pounding out club classics (at a reduced sound level for sensitive ears, naturally).
11 Nov, Family Fun Day, Reform Social & Grill
If you’re close to the Lakes/ Emirates Hills/ Greens area then you might want to check out this Brit-themed family fun day, featuring the ever-popular petting zoo, sand art and face painting, with food available for sale from the Great British BBQ. Running from 12pm to 6pm, get there early to bag a parking space – otherwise we find getting a Careem Kids taxi the less stressful option. Free entry.
16-18 Nov, Riverland Dubai: Circus on the River, Riverland
People have been raving about this beautifully themed dining and retail destination that functions as the entryway to the Dubai Parks and Recreation theme parks. If you’ve not checked it out yet then this would be a good reason to go – it’s free entry, and as well as an glittery on-river spectacle of acrobats, clowns and magicians, there will be juggling and stilt-walking workshops to try out, with lots to entertain little ones. Legoland, Motiongate and Bollywood land are also right on its doorstep. 2pm to 11pm
16-18 Nov Magic Phil and the Enchanted Forest, Ductac
Celebrity children’s magician and self-appointed’ ‘Superstar of silliness’ brings a pantomime adaptation of Robin Hood to Ductac this Autumn. It stars Magic Phil as the hero of NottingTurkeyHam Forest and, if his previous shows are anything to go by, there are bound to be laughs in there for adults as well as children. Suitable for ages three and upwards, multiple show times available, Dh160 each.
17 November George’s Marvelous Medicine, Ductac
Catch this popular stage adaptation of our fave Roald Dahl book when it comes to Dubai. It’s suitable for ages three and upwards and you can expect amazing sets, an incredible growing grandmother, gigantic farm animals and lots of songs and rhymes. Show times at 11am and 3pm, suitable for ages three and upwards, Dh175-Dh200 per ticket.
24-25 Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Madinat Theatre with Baby & Child
Join us! At this fantastic children’s ballet of the classic fairy tale, being held at multiple child-friendly times across the weekend. We will be outside in the foyer arranging free kids’ activities – come and say hi and then watch this beautiful production, which is sure to delight little ones and is the perfect way to introduce babies and toddlers to the world of ballet and culture. Best for ages two and up, tickets are Dh125 to Dh170 each. We would love to see you there!
30 Nov-1 Dec The Smurfs Live on Stage, Du forum, Abu Dhabi
This vibrant 90-minute production based on the much-loved tiny blue cartoon characters looks like it would be one of those things that the kids will adore – but you might need a bit of a lie down afterwards. Loud, bright and full of lots of merry singing and dancing, tickets range from Dh95 to Dh495.
12 December, Baby & Child Mummy Morning at The Farm, Al Barari, 9.30am to 11.30am
Pssst! If you've made it down to here then you deserve to get in early for another one of our wonderful Mummy Mornings at The Farm in Al Barari – pregnant women and mothers of children aged 0 to 4 are all welcome. Please email us at Babyandchild@gulfnews.com letting us know your due date or the age of your child and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Breakfast will be provided, and experts will be in attendance. Attendance is free but spaces are limited.