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9 Fun Family Activities in Dubai Happening this Weekend

Looking for fun activities for kids in Dubai this weekend? There’s always so much going on in our city, and we’re here to help you plan out your weekend. From festive Christmas markets to family camping trips, here are the top family activities in Dubai…

1. Food Truck Jam

Foodies of all ages, Truckers UAE is finally back this weekend! Make your way to Emirates Golf Club with the fam this Saturday to enjoy chill vibes, live music, and awesome food from local food trucks! There will also be a craft market, and lots of kids activities.

When: Saturday 23rd December, from 5pm to 11pm

Price: Free

Where: Emirates Golf Club, for contact details click here

2.  Santa’s Grotto

It’s almost Christmas, and Santa Claus is inviting everyone to come visit him at his Grotto this weekend! He’ll be at the Golden Mile Galleria, giving out Christmas presents to all the little kids who have been good this year.

When: Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th December. From 4pm to 8pm

Price: Free

Where: Golden Mile Galleria, for contact details click here

3. Kids’ Storytime

The Improvised Kids’ Storytime returns with a new Christmas-themed show this weekend! ‘A Christmas Super Story’ is an interactive show, where the kids tell the adults what to do. Your little ones will be bossing the grown-ups around to create a fun and imaginative story.

When: Friday 22nd December, from 11.30am to 12.15pm

Price: Membership options available, from AED 75

Where: The Courtyard Playhouse, for contact details click here

4. Snowball Fight

This Thursday, Flip Out Dubai will transform in to a winter wonderland! Perfect or both kids and adults, the trampoline park will be filled with festive tunes, club lights and lots and lots of snow!

When: Thursday 21st December, from 4pm to 10pm

Price: AED 80 per person

Where: Flip Out Dubai, for contact details click here

5. Festive on the River

Riverland Dubai has an amazing line-up of festive events this weekend, including a a market, carols, gingerbread houses, an ice rink and a world record-breaking colouring book! Head there with the family for a full day of fun.

When: Daily, from Thursday 21st December. 4pm to 10pm

Price: Free

Where: Riverland, Dubai Parks and Resorts

6. Camping Trip

Fancy going on a camping trip to the desert, with horse riding, yoga, barbecue and singing? Tattva Yoga and Taijitu House of Om are organising a family-friendly camping trip for all of Dubai’s nature lovers.

When: Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd December, from 3pm to 8am

Price: AED 275, but advance booking is required. Contact details on Facebook page.

Where: Al Jiyad Stables, Al Qudra Road

7. Family Christmas Party

Don’t miss Babilou’s Family Christmas Party this Thursday. The kids will have fun creating their own Christmas decorations, having their faces painted, and meeting Santa! There will also be a concert, a dance performance, a puppet show and prizes for the best festive outfit.

When: Thursday 21st December, from 5pm to 7pm

Price: Free

Where: Babilou, Palm Jumeirah. For contact details, click here

8. Santa Claus Run

Fancy taking part in a 5k Santa run? Yes, you do have to come dressed up as Santa! Put on your favourite Santa hats and head to Dubai Marina on Saturday morning for a fun run (or walk), dedicated to kids around the world.

When: Saturday 23rd December, from 10am to 11.30am

Price: Free

Where: Dubai Marina Walk, under the bridge near Skydive Dubai

9. Christmas Cookies

Get the family together for a fun Christmas cookies workshop! With the help of Chef Sula Khodairi, you will be making sugar cookies and decorating them for the festive season.

When: Saturday 23rd December, from 2.30pm to 5pm

Price: Free for 1 adult and 1 child. RSVP at

Where: The Workshop, Al Wasl Road

Got friends and family in town? Here are the best Christmas markets in Dubai right now, or if you’re looking for fun ways to explore our city, head to our Explore section for inspo!