The Weekend Guide: 5 Family-Friendly Activities for the Big Ones and Not-So-Big Ones

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Dubai this weekend family friendly
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Dubai is like Disneyland for adults (and kids too). But it can be overwhelming and time-consuming filtering through everything our gorgeous city has to offer to find something to do in Dubai this weekend. And let’s be honest, after you’ve worked hard for the money all week long, the last thing you want to do is waste your precious R&R time sifting through offers and websites. Sometimes, you miss the best events merely because it takes too long to find them.

Well, Savoir Flair is here to help start your weekend off on the right note. We are giving you our favorite picks for what you should be doing this weekend in Dubai. So whether it’s a much-needed day at the beach, a well-deserved spa treatment, or a day of adventure, you have never felt more on holiday than you will in Dubai this weekend.

1

Camp Out In a Rainforest

Guys. The Green Planet doesn’t just have day passes anymore. Now, along with being able to snorkel with piranhas (nope), they’ve added a full-on camping experience in their tropical rainforest dome with over 3,000 plants and animals in the heart of Dubai. The kids are gonna go crazy. Heck, we’re going crazy getting excited for this idea! Imagine being surrounded by the sounds of waterfalls, chirping birds, and slithering snakes as you sleep… okay, maybe not the slithering snakes.

The deal includes dinner and breakfast at The Green Planet Cafe, games like Rainforest Scavenger Hunt and Animal Bingo, a rainforest tour at night to see all the nocturnal animals, behind-the-scenes tours and feeding the animals breakfast, a nature-themed movie or story time for the kids inside the bio-dome, and coffee, tea, hammocks, lounge chairs, and books for the adults. (And just in case you’re wondering, there are showers and restroom facilities).

The price is AED700 for a two-person tent, and AED1,400 for a four-person tent. But, understandably, tickets are booking fast, so nab them now while you can here.

Dubai this weekend family friendly
Photo: Courtesy of The Green Planet
2

Save a Cowboy, Ride a Horse

Maybe you can’t remember the exact moment you rode a horse for the first time, but you will never forget the look on your daughter’s face when she does. And why be sexist? Boys love to ride horses too. At Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club next to Studio City, kids and parents alike have an opportunity to experience “all things equestrian and leisure in Dubai.” Meet some beautiful horses, watch them train or play polo, enjoy a large playground, take a pony ride, enjoy the pool, jacuzzi, and sauna, and eat at one of the à la carte restaurants. You can easily spend a whole day there with the family and go home feeling fresh, happy, and in love with horses. Just be prepared to start paying for riding lessons afterwards — although, as there is a spa on site, there are worse ways to spend your time waiting for your kids to finish their after school activities. Just saying.

Weekend Day Passes are AED135 for adults and AED80 for children, but kids under five go free. And don’t forget to look into getting a Stable 12 tour which includes breakfast at only AED20 for anyone over the age of five.

Dubai this weekend Family Friendly
Photo: Courtesy of @poloclubdubai
3

Take the Kids for a Bike Ride Down the Beach

If you’ve ever been to the Netherlands, then you know they bike everywhere. Literally. Come rain or shine (and there is a lot more rain than shine), they are getting out and about and going to and fro on their bikes. So what if they have kids? Well, they either strap them to their chest in an ergo (we do not advise this), add baby seats (even as many as three or four), or they buy a bakfiets. Which are the best bikes ever. A bakfiets is an elongated bike with a cargo box in the front for, well, cargo, and yes… kids.

If you’re after the Rolls Royce of bakfiets, look no further than Urban ArrowFun Green Ride in JBR offers electric bikes and Urban Arrows to rent, so that you and your kids can cruise down the beach, explore the shops, head to the Marina, or have a beach day all while patting yourself on the back at how green you’re being. It’s also just really fun. Just strap the kids into the seats in the box, toss the beach bag in with them, and off you go.

Dubai this weekend family friendly
Photo: Courtesy of @urbanarrow
4

A PINKtober Brunch for the Family

Get the fam to dress up all in pink (yup, you too, hubby), and head over to Grosvenor House Dubai for its Pink Brunch at Sloane’s this Friday, October 9th from 1pm to 4pm. Everybody will get a chance to savor the signature menu items with international dishes from around the world. And the best part is, while you enjoy an afternoon of fun and food with your family, AED50 per paying adult will be donated to Al Jalila‘s ‘Brest Friends’ Program in support of PINKtober and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Also, this is your friendly neighborhood reminder to please get regularly checked. Early detection saves lives, including the lives of women we personally know.)

AED350 including soft beverages, AED 450 including a selection of house beverages. 

5

Flamin-GO!

Okay, this is one of our top family activities to do in Dubai and guess what? It’s 100% free. Go to the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, a wetlands reserve just outside Dubai’s city center that attracts a large number of migratory birds. There are binoculars at special viewing points where your kids can spot up close the beautiful, pink flamingos. Best time to go? Sunset. Definitely. Also, the Dubai skyline from the road just outside the sanctuary is one of the most Instagrammable places to get that iconic Dubai Skyline shot. Yeah, this is definitely a day your kids will never forget.

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