Easter weekend is upon us – rejoice – we have a completely valid reason to stuff ourselves with chocolate! And luckily the UAE has us covered! From tasty Easter brunches, to fun filled pool parties, Easter egg hunts with a twist, to professional “egg smash” photo sessions, there is something fun for all ages to enjoy over the Easter weekend. Here is my round-up of some of the best…
Enjoy A “Smashing” Easter Weekend With Picture People!
Love kiddie cake-smash photos? Why not try an “Egg Smash” shoot at the brilliant Picture People studios! Your kid can smash, shatter, break and eat a yummy chocolate egg filled with colourful smarties while the talented photographers at Picture People capture the fun-filled action.
Price: Dhs495 for a 4×6 portrait with one ‘view & share’ image.
Location: Wasl Vita Mall, Jumeirah 1
Booking: Visit picturepeople.ae
ACE Easter Egg Hunt
Kids can put their detective skills to the test in search of the coveted eggs at ACE this Easter weekend. With plenty of activities for the little ones to enjoy including prizes, face painting, balloon giveaways, meet and greets with the Easter bunny, and arts and crafts, there’s plenty to keep them entertained. And for the grown-ups? They can kick back and sample some treats off the fired-up Weber barbeques, while also enjoying discounts on coffee at the B café in store.
Location: ACE store at Dubai Festival City
Date: Saturday, March 26
Time: From 1pm to 4pm (Easter Egg Kids hunt) and Weber BBQ demo from 2pm to 4pm
Booking: Visit ACE Facebook for more details
Yas Marina Springtime Festival
Enjoy Yas Marina’s Springtime themed stalls and games, along with the chance to win chocolate prizes! As part of the Festival, families can hop on board an eco-conscious boat tour with Captain Tony who will be running Mangrove Cruises. For the thrill-seekers, ADCB will host a #bikethere ‘Ride & Seek’ photo scavenger hunt. The hunt will see teams set off from Yas Marina on their bikes with maps and a list of clues in order to forage around Yas Island! Other attractions will include live acoustic music, a bouncy castle, crepe & ice cream kiosks and an outdoor movie at dusk on Friday.
On Saturday, visitors can also browse through Yas Marina’s Saturday Market which will feature new & pre loved items, plus organic produce. Children of all ages can start the day off with CrossFit Tots, Kids, Tweens, Teens and MetCon classes at Vogue Fitness while parents stroll the promenade or tuck into a buffet breakfast at Café D’Alsace. Sounds like a perfect weekend to me!
Date: 25 – 26 March
Location: Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi
Price: AED 30 for entry. Various costs for additional activities
More information available here
The Best Bunny Brunch In Town At The Steigenberger Hotel
The Easter bunny will be making a special appearance at the Bayside Restaurant & Terrace Easter Brunch at the stylish cosmopolitan hotel with a German touch, Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay Dubai this Easter Sunday! Hosting a one-off Sunday brunch especially for the little ones, prepare for a chocolate village, complete with chocolate bunny homes and edible decorations! The afternoon will be filled with fun entertainment for all, including boiled egg painting, a mobile Cacolac mixologist and bunnies teaching brunch goers how to do the bunny hop. There’s also an Easter egg hunt with a twist…just who will win the prized golden egg?
Location: Business Bay
Date: Sunday, 27 March
Time: 12:30pm – 4pm
Price: AED 485 with bubbly / AED 385 with house beverages / AED 235 with soft beverages / AED 140 for children aged 5 – 12 years. Children aged 4 years and under are free.
More information here
A Wet And Wild Egg Hung At Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana
Join Al Ghurair Rayhaan for an Easter egg hunt with a twist at the hotel’s Bodylines Pool Area! This fun filled afternoon promises to be full of excitement for not only for the little one, but the young at heart too. Activities include an Easter egg and treasure hunt, face and shirt painting, arts and craft activities, and swimming and dancing. Just don’t forget the swimming costume! Adults can also enjoy 50% off any treatment at Zen the spa.
Location: Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana
Price: Dhs 75 per child
Date: Sunday, March 27
Time: 3:00 – 5:00pm
Booking: email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information here
Easter Egg-Stravaganza Party At Cheeky Monkeys!
Join Cheeky Monkeys at its various locations for the annual Easter kids’ party. Packed with exciting activities, kids can enjoy a series of “eggciting” games, an Easter egg hunt, egg colouring, movie time, and some very special “eggstra” surprises! P.S if you’ve never been to Cheeky Monkeys – it’s awesome – take a look at my review here.
Locations / Times: Barsha (5:00pm – 8:00pm) / Mirdif (6:00pm – 9:00pm) / JBR (4:00 – 7:00pm) / Umm Seqeim (4:00 – 7:00) / Ras Al Kaimah (5:00pm – 8:00pm)
Price: Dhs 125 per child including kids meal and party bags.
Have a “cracking” Easter weekend!
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