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9 Really Fun Things To Do with Kids Before the Year Ends

The new year is just around the corner, so it’s essential that we leave 2017 behind with a bang! From FREE New Year’s Eve parties to live children’s shows, here are 9 super fun things to do with kids over the next few days!

1. Fireworks on the beach

Round up the family and head to La Mer this Thursday to light up your weekend with a spectacular firework show, to celebrate Dubai Shopping Festival!

Price: FREE
Thursday 28th and Friday 29th December, at 9pm sharp
Where: La Mer

2. Cheeky Monkeys NYE

Get your little ones to Cheeky Monkeys this weekend for a kid-friendly New Year’s Party. There will be games, prizes, dancing, face painting and more!

Price: AED 125 per child
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th December. From 4pm to 6pm
Where: Cheeky Monkeys, JBR

3. Candyland Workshop

From decorating gingerbread cookies to creating personalised New Year’s wish cards, your little ones will love all the arts and crafts activities at Al Ghurair Centre! You can also get your gifts wrapped for free at the Customer Desk.

Price: FREE
When: Daily until 6th January, from 4pm to 9pm
Where: Al Ghurair Centre, Al Rigga Street

4. NYE at Festival Bay

If you’re looking for a fun way to bring in the new year with the kids, Dubai Festival City Mall is the place to be. From a jaw-droppingly good fire, water, and light show to FOUR fireworks shows, what better way to kick off the new year.

Price: FREE
When: Sunday 31st December, from 7pm onwards
Where: Festival Bay, at Dubai Festival City Mall

5. Last Exit Live

Because Friday is Family Day! Get the whole family down to Last Exit every Friday for a whole lot of tasty food from Dubai’s food trucks, live music from our city’s talented musicians and good vibes.

Price: FREE
Every Friday, from 7pm to 11pm
Where: Last Exit E11

6. Christmas Fiesta

Just because Christmas is over, doesn’t mean we should stop celebrating… (ever) Make your way to Meydan’s Family Fiesta this holiday to enjoy fun games, great food, festive karaoke and a snow globe!

Price: AED 119 on Thursday & Sunday. FREE entry on other days
 Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st December, from 3pm onwards
Where: Meydan Hotel

7. Rise at DCH

Don’t miss out on all the fun at Dubai Creek Harbour this weekend. There will be film screenings (Frozen is playing on Friday!), live music, a playground for the kids, illusionists, workshops, games and of course, food!

Price: FREE
 Friday 29th & Saturday 30th December, from 12pm to 12am
Where: Dubai Creek Harbour, Ras Al Khor

8. Nutcracker Live

Bring your little ones to the mall this weekend to witness live ballet mini-performances of The Nutcracker! The shows will take place outside Galeries Lafayette.

Price: FREE
 Friday 29th & Saturday 30th December, at 5pm, 6pm and 7.30pm
Where: Galeries Lafayette, at the Dubai Mall

9. Dubai Snowfest

Also at Dubai Mall this festive season, is the Snowfest at the Dubai Ice Rink! On top of all the ice skating, you’ll be able to shop from the festive market, trunk out some creative desserts, have snow fights in the snow zone, slide down the snow slope, and sooooo much more!

Price: FREE entry to the market
When: Daily until Saturday 5th January, from 10am onwards
Where: Dubai Ice Rink, Dubai Mall

Still want more? Here are 5 fun things to do with the family on Fridays, or check out these awesome nighttime experiences that kids will love!