Round-up of what to do with the kids in Dubai this month

March in Dubai is my favourite month of the year. Not just because of the glorious weather but also because it is jam-packed with events across the city, from sports to art, to entertainment and … FOOD (!!!). So talking to a mum at school pick-up a couple of days ago, she mentioned how she is having difficulty keeping track of all that is happening around town. And to be quite frank, so was I! So I had put together a list of ‘must do’s’ for the kids and I this month (even daddy might be allowed to join in a few too) that I was happy to share with her, and thought I would share on here as well. Probably too many to tick them all off the list, but we can only try.

 

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (only a couple more days left!!!)

  • When: 1 to 4 March
  • Where: Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah

Nothing like taking the kids to a children’s theatre play, to have to read to them the same book on repeat mode for about 1,000 times before finally being able to switch off their bedroom lights. Enjoy! ;)

Dubai International Boat Show

  • When: 1 to 5 March
  • Where: Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC)

Apart from mummy and daddy drooling at the boats and for the umpteenth time discussing a savings plan to buy our own boat, there are tons of family fun to be had including taster sessions of a few water sports. Also, for the first time, the first F1 H2O Grand Prix of Dubai from 2 to 4 March!

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

  • When: 1 to 12 March
  • Where: Dubai Festival City

Take your kids to meet the designer of Bob the Builder - Curtis Jobbing - or the creator of Charlie and Lola - Lauren Child -, and afterwards have a story read out to them at the Time Out Story Corner.

Dubai Canvas

  • When: 1 to 14 March (from 4pm onwards)
  • Where: The Walk JBR, Dubai Marina

Open-air museum exhibiting over 60 pieces of spectacular 3D art in the making, by more than 30 artists. Kids corner by JamJar for the little artists to unleash their creativity between 5pm and 8pm.

Afterschool.ae Mini Golf Afternoon

  • When: 3 March (12pm to 5pm)
  • Where: Beach Canteen at Kite Beach, Jumeirah

Little sessions of mini golf and fun with Tee + Putt Mini Golf.

The Great British Garden Party

  • When: 5 March (12pm to 7pm)
  • Where: Reform Social & Grill

Indulge in BBQ, scones and jam, cold deli, sweet corner and picnic hampers while the littlies are kept busy with face painting, a bouncy castle and ballpit.

Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro, Passion and Poetry exhibition

  • When: 7 to 17 March (weekdays 12pm to 10pm, weekends 12pm to 11pm)
  • Where: The Annex, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai

Never too early to expose children to art!

Dubai International Kite Fest

  • When: 17 to 19 March
  • Where: Jumeirah Beach, by Sunset Mall

Another great excuse to spend the day at the beach but most importantly, serious fun for the kids as they are allowed to fly their own kites and can also watch the many shows.

Easter Treat with The Corner Shop

  • When: 19 March (12pm to 6pm)
  • Where: Reform Social & Grill

Yes, my son has been asking how many days until Easter. Because he knows what that means: Easter egg hunts and chocolate! Topped up by a performance by Magic Phil at 4:30pm and face painting. All this while mum … well … shops!

Emirates Classic Car Festival

  • When: 24 to 27 March (3pm to 10pm)
  • Where: Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai

Hubby and the minis will love watching the more than 320 super cool vintage cars, motorcycles and trucks lined up on display. Bring the batteries in the camera charged!

Dubai World Cup

  • When: 26 March
  • Where: Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba

Not a children’s event in the strict sense of the word but one that is attended by many kids and it is a great opportunity for them to see horses doing what they love best: racing.

 

And finally, ‘THE ONE AND ONLY’ Dubai Food Festival

Nobody does it like Dubai. THE extravaganza of the year.

There are so many events planned and taking place that just reading the booklet has made me dizzy. But for foodies like me, this is a must-must-must go. Like most of you know by now, it started last weekend but there are still ten more days to go. Our kids loved the Eat The World with food trucks galore at Burj Park on Saturday, and even managed to have them sitting through an entire session of Rosemary Shrager making a scrumptious chocolate cake (!).

After having missed (only maybe possibly on purpose) the Dubai Marina Mall Chocolate Fiesta, there are still quite a few foodie (aka Little Gourmet) events to take them to:

Cupcake Decorating Workshop

  • When: 1, 2, 4 March
  • Where: Mercato Mall

Mom and Me Baking Class

  • When: 3 March (4pm to 7pm)
  • Where: Millenium Plaza Hotel Dubai

A chance to bake together out of your kitchen, so someone else cleans up the mess! Note: event for children aged 7 and above

The Big Grill

  • When: 4 & 5 March (11am to 11pm)
  • Where: Emirates Golf Club

Who doesn’t love a BBQ and music? Our half-Australian children certainly do! But if you prefer to stay true to Dubai, there is also a Brunch from 12pm to 3pm.

Cinnabon Roll Making

  • When: 7, 8, 9, 11 March
  • Where: Mercato Mall

Gumball Park

  • When: up to 12 March (3pm to 11pm)
  • Where: BOXPARK, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah

Food carts include the Popcorn Cart, Cotton Candy Cart, Pun Candy Cart and Pick n Nick Candy Carts - not necessarily a good thing in the parents’ minds but a fabulous thing in the children’s minds!

City Picnics

  • When: up to 12 March
  • Where: City Walk (weekdays 10am to 10pm, weekends 10am to midnight)

Besides a dedicated area for picnic-ing, games such as Snakes & Ladders, mini puzzles, chess board, checker board and Giant Jenga are available for a bit of outdoor fun

Live cooking demonstration

  • When: up to 12 March (a late one: 5pm to 10pm)
  • Where: Ibn Batuta Mall

Baking activities and workshops for our little people, as well a live demonstration by celebrity chefs.

Food for Thought (CSR)

  • When: up to 12 March
  • Where: City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Me’aisem

Children can draw on white ceramic plates their favourite food that they would like to share with less fortunate children, in order to contribute. Fabulous opportunity for our fortunate expat children to get exposure to the ‘real world out there’ while they do their bit.

Etisalat Beach Canteen

  • When: up to 12 March
  • Where: Kite Beach

The Hub for the Food Festival offers pretty much everything for pretty much everybody. Our faves are:

  • Daily fitness classes including morning, sunset and full moon beach yoga, and beach pilates
  • Story-telling by the Sea every Thursday and Sunday, by BookMunch Café, with food inspired books
  • Best of the Farmers Markets

Taste of Dubai

  • When: 10 to 12 March
  • Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre

The closing event to Dubai’s biggest two weeks of food celebration, and an opportunity to indulge in yet more deliciousness, music and cooking workshops.

 

Have a super fun month. Eat, Love and Be Merry!

 

M xx

Image sources: Dubai Calendar, Guide 2 Dubai