10 Family Activities in Dubai Happening This Weekend

Looking to spend some quality time with the family this weekend? Luckily for you, there are soooo many fun family activities in Dubai! From circus school to movie nights to early Xmas celebrations, here are all the best family activities happening this weekend…

1. Circus on the river

Out of all the fun things to do in Dubai, you won’t want to miss this. Acrobats, rope walkers and a ringmaster – you guessed it, the circus has arrived! While you’re there, don’t miss the insane magic tricks, contortionist acts and a stilt-walking workshop, which is open to all.

When: Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th November, all day

Price: Free

Location: Riverland, Dubai Parks & Resorts

2. Movie under the stars

This Thursday, West 14 Steakhouse will be screening the classic kids film Toy Story 3! Head to the Palm with your little ones and watch as Woody and Buzz try to save the beloved toys from being thrown out in to the real world for good.

When: Thursday 16th November, 6.30pm

Price: Free

Location: West 14 Steakhouse, Oceana Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah

3. The Backyard

A lesser known mall, another whole lot of fun family activities! Come on down to City Centre Me’aisem for a super fun family day out. This Thursday it’s Theatrical Thursday, so the little ones can watch the best animated films at the movie corner or catch a puppet and marionette show.

When: Thursday 16th November, 1pm to 9pm

Cost: Free

Where: City Centre Me’aisem

4. Fun & Food Fiesta

Are you ready for a fun-packed Friday, filled with, live music, drinks and delicious food? Better yet, there will be loads of entertainment for the little ones, including mascots, balloon benders, bouncy castles, a play area for toddlers, face painting, arts & crafts area, and more!

When: Friday 17th November, 12pm to 10pm

Cost: Free

Where: Address Montgomerie, Emirates Hills

5. X-mas tree lighting

With only a month left to Christmas, ACE welcomes everyone this Friday for some festive family fun. From raffle prizes to the tree lighting ceremony to a pop-up cinema, there’s something for everyone.

When: Friday 17th November, 4pm to 8pm

Cost: Free

Where: Al-Futtaim Ace, Dubai Festival City

6. My kid’s a superhero

In this 45-minute interactive play, the kids in the audience will be able to suggest fictional superhero characters based on their favourite animals, who will then go on to save the world! Open to kids 4 and above.

When: Friday 17th November, 11.30am

Cost: Free

Where:  The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz

 7. Fitness Finale

To end the 30-day Dubai Fitness Challenge, Dubai Festival City is hosting a huge Closing Ceremony this weekend. Don’t miss out, there will be activities and classes for all ages, competitions, a prize ceremony and a massive fireworks display. Read all about it here.

When: Friday 17th & Saturday 18th November, 1pm to 9pm

Cost: Free

Where: Festival Bay, Dubai Festival City

8. Sunrise Market

Baked treats, freshly ground coffee, arts & crafts vendors, early morning fitness classes and more! You will want to get out of bed early every Saturday morning for the Winter Sunrise Market at The Sum Of Us!

When: Saturday 18th November, 8am to 11am (fitness class at 7am)

Cost: Free

Where: The Sum of Us, Burj Al Salam Tower, SZR

9. Kids’ Fun Fair

Your little ones are going to LOVE this one! Head to Dragon Mart 2 this weekend as they kick off their 10-day fun fair! There will be loads of games (Basketball Hoop Shot, Ring Toss, etc.), a Circus school for both kids and adults, hula hooping, juggling and more!

When: Thursday 16th November to Saturday 25th November, 2pm to 10pm,

Cost: Free

Where: Ground floor, Dragon Mart 2

10. Global Grad Show

Dubai Design Week is finally back, yayyy! Get your kids along, and head to the Global Grad Show – a talent showcase of design students from all over the world! Don’t miss the pop-up Ripe Market while you’re there, and loads of other cool installations. Details here.

When: All day, daily until Saturday 18th November

Cost: Free

Where: Multiple locations, including Alserkal Avenue and Dubai Design District

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