Haute Spots For A Family Day in the UAE

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Spending quality time with your children in Dubai and the UAE has never been easier.

These five locations and events offer up the opportunities to create fantastic memories, as well as add culture and knowledge to the lives of your loved ones.

1 Sharjah Aquarium Carnival: Feb 25-28th

Running February 25-28, the Sharjah Aquarium Carnival will feature four days of aquatic-themed entertainment and educational attractions. This is the very first marine-inspired community carnival hosted by Sharjah Aquarium. The outdoor event will see the area around the aquarium become a virtual ocean with a host of marine-inspired theatrical performances, visual displays and learning-focused workshops. Life-size models of everything from sharks to seahorses will recreate the mysterious world of the deep sea, with bubble machines and aquatic sounds adding to the watery experience. Running daily from 5pm to 11pm, the free-to-enter event is a great chance for children and families to learn about the UAE’s incredible marine life and the importance of protecting it.
Sharjah Aquarium, Al Khan Road

2 Global Village First Ever Kid's Fest Feb. 1-22

Global Village is putting the focus firmly on children in February with the launch of ‘Kids Fest’ - its first ever entertainment festival exclusively targeting children. All of the events are free of charge and are included in the price of admission to Global Village. With a plethora of events, activities and special performances, you don't want to miss out on this festival!

3 Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Kite Festival: Feb. 19

Anantara Hotels & Resorts on Sir Bani Yas Island is hosting the Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Annual Kite Fest, with the first event slated for Friday 19 February, 2016. The day commences at 10: 30 am and is focused on families making their own kites, then flying them from the beaches of the island. The event includes complimentary sausage sizzle, music and fun for all ages afterwards until 4pm. Complimentary return water taxi transfers are provided for all participants from the mainland to Sir Bani Yas Island.

4 Pantry Café Encourages Healthy Eating

Flying in the face of over-exposure to processed and unhealthy foods, Pantry Café launched a campaign to encourage youngsters in Dubai to take more of an interest in fresh, natural food. The homegrown café concept, which has outlets in Business Bay and Al Wasl Square, places an emphasis on fresh and natural ingredients and has asked children to start planting seedlings as part of a wider initiative to encourage them to eat healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables. Children who dined in Pantry Café during the month of January were given a Pantry Café #homegrown kit with everything they needed to start their own small garden pot. Children that are interested are encouraged to start their own as well, and kids are encouraged to come and share their successes with Party Café.

5 Wild Wadi Waterpark Offers Family Fun

Located in Dubai and situated in front of the stunning Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi offers 30 rides and attractions for all the family. Wild Wadi is themed around the tale of Juha, a character from the Arabian folklore. Featuring seas of rides, virtual experiences, relaxing cabanas, delicious food and plenty of shopping, Wild Wadi is fun for all ages.
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