11 Family-Friendly Things To Do in Dubai This Weekend

Looking for fun ways to spend time with the little ones this weekend? We’ve got you covered! From dog walks and beach clean-ups to Friday markets and family barbecues, here are 11 things to do with kids in Dubai this weekend…


1. Diwali celebrations

It’s Diwali this Thursday, and celebrations are in full swing at The Dubai Mall! From Bollywood dance shows and saree-tying tutorials to henna artists and Indian carts selling bangles and bindis, there’ll be fun for all ages.

When: All day

Price: Free

Location: The Dubai Mall

2. Petting Farm

Love animals? Head to Dubai Garden Glow on Thursday, where kids will be able to meet, pet and feed the farm animals from Al Tamimi Stables. Better yet, they can also enjoy a ride on Blondie the pony!

When: 4pm to 1am

Price: AED 25 (one child + one adult)

Location: Dubai Garden Glow, Zaabeel Park Gate 6 (opposite the kids’ play area, past Dinosaur Park)


3. Beach Clean-up

Our beaches need cleaning up, and here’s how you can help. Join a group of volunteers as they take on Kite Beach to raise awareness by collecting discarded cigarette butts, plastic bags and empty water bottles.

When: 6.45am to 9am

Price: Free

Location: Kite Beach, next to the volleyball courts and kids’ play area (opposite the skatepark)

4. Arte Market

In need of some retail therapy? Head down to Mercato Mall this Friday to check out the largest urban arts and crafts market in town. From jewellery and home décor to handmade toys and clothes, they’ve got it all.

When: 10am to 10pm

Price: Free

Location: Mercato Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road

5. Backyard Barbecue

Dubai is getting cooler which means.. barbecue season is back! Gather the family and head to Links on Friday for some fun in the sun and a barbecue picnic. Kids will be kept busy with free pony rides, a bouncy castle, golf activities and more.

When: 12pm to 7pm

Price: À la carte menu so prices will vary

Location: Links, The Address Montgomerie, Emirates Hills

6. Kids’ Storytime – improvised

Warning: your little one’s storytime will never be the same again. Join the mad scientist Dr. Rubbish and his silly assistant as they travel through different dimensions. This show will be improvised based on kids’ suggestions and stories.

When: 10am to 10pm

Price: First timers – AED 150 for two family members

Location: The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz

7. Countdown to Expo 2020

This Friday marks 3 years until Expo 2020, and The Beach JBR is hosting a huge family-friendly party by the beach to celebrate! There will be live music, Expo-themed activities, a 6-metre high zip line and soooo much more!

When: From 4.30pm onwards

Price: Free

Location: The Beach, JBR

8. Family Street Market

The Dubai Marina Friday street markets are finally back, with live musicians, jugglers, mascots, clowns, and vendors showcasing their products. Come on down for a fun family day out!

When: 6pm to 11pm

Price: Free

Location: Dubai Marina Promenade, Dubai Marina


9. Volunteer with dogs

Calling all dog lovers! The Stray Dogs Centre in Umm Al Quwain is looking for volunteers to walk, run and play with the dogs this weekend. So if you’re free, come on down and help out.

When: 3pm to 7pm

Price: Free

Location: Meeting point in Dubai – Barsha Heights & Mirdif. Call Abhilash on 050 356 0552 for details.

10. Halloween Workshop

Still stressing over Halloween costumes for the kids? Don’t sweat it – just sign them up for this fun and creative workshop. Both parents and kids will be able to decorate their own costumes, adding their own personal touch.

When: 11am to 1pm

Price: AED 150

Location: Crafty Station, Apricot Tower, Silicon Oasis. Call 050 147 0748 for more info

11. Family Fun at The Farm

If you haven’t been to The Farm yet, you are missing out! This Saturday, families are invited to enjoy a hearty lunch at the restaurant. On top of that, kids can also enjoy face painting, games, plus other activities.

When: 12pm to 4pm

Price: A la carte so prices will vary

Location: The Farm, Al Barari