Baby-friendly activities in Dubai : The not too expensive ones

You no longer have an income. You want to get out of the house because, as cute as your three-month old is – it’s nice to socialise with some adult people once in awhile. Then you start researching what you can do whilst bringing your little one and you find that a lot of the things out there are not cheap. And you’re thinking – o dear, I need to use my husband’s money for this? Hmm.

Don’t worry, it’s not all that bad. There are a lot of things in Dubai that you can do with your baby, that isn’t too expensive / free. Here’s a few that I have been, with my thoughts on them :

1. Expatwoman’s Bumps and Babes Coffee Mornings

  • Cost : 25 AED per person
  • What you get : A choice of cake / croissant / muffin and a hot drink, and a few hours of good talk with mums
  • What your baby gets : Lots of socialising with other babies.

Dubai Marina Costa Coffee – Every Thursday mornings 

  • What I like about it : You get nametags. That you get to talk to every other mum here, due to the setup – a long table, and mum all sit-together, prams are at the side. Mums move around as well, and there’s a playmat at the side for babies who want to crawl around.
  • What I don’t like about it : Yes there is AC but it gets a bit hot. And oh yeah, the walk from our tower there (over summer).

Dubai Mall Costa Coffee – Every Monday mornings

  • What I like about it : No issues with the AC in Dubai Mall for sure. Bring a cardigan I’ll say! Bigger playmat area for your baby as well.
  • What I don’t like about it : The drive to Dubai Mall from the marina in the mornings, hehe.

2. Citispi’s Bump and Beyond Breakfast Mornings 

  • When/Where : Tuesday mornings/Gourmet by KCal at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi (varies)
  • Cost : Their breakfast meals range from 30AED-80AED
  • What you get : With an order from the breakfast menu, you get a free hot drink – and a few good hours of good talk with mums. Sometimes Citispi gets midwifes to come in which is great!
  • What your baby gets : Lots of socialising with other babies at your table.
  • What I like about it : Gourmet by KCal is a really nice cafe! You get to order from their breakfast menu – gluten-free / organic / all-the-good-healthy-stuff.
  • What I don’t like about it : Tables are as they normally are in a restaurant , so you sit in groups rather than in a long table (personal preference!). There are some people who are not expecting or have a baby who comes as well so it does get a bit awkward when you end up sitting with them (when you really want to meet another mum-to-be’s/mums).

Regardless – still another lovely option to meet other mums 🙂

3. Baby Senses 

  • When : Tuesday mornings
  • Cost : Free
  • What you get : Cecile – the midwife who runs the place is amazing. You can ask her if you have any questions, and most weeks she gets a speaker to come in to give a presentation – things like first-aid, how to get back to shape after having your little one, breastfeeding, etc. Also free tea/coffee and biscuits, and most mums stay back after to socialise.
  • What your baby gets : Lots of socialising with other babies as well – on the couch, or on the playmats
  • What I like about it : I learned a lot from these sessions. It’s a laid-back setup – couches all around (great for when you need to breastfeed), and playmat in the front as well.
  • What I don’t like about it : That my car gets cooked in the sun in the parking lot, and so does the car-seat, and my poor little one afterwards! Free heated car-seat, he he. Tip : Get there early so you can park at the parking next to the building which gets more shade 😉

Now if you go to all 3, that’s your Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings sorted. There are a lot of other baby-friendly activities around, but as yet I haven’t found another that didn’t involve me paying a lot of money. Let me know if you know any and I will update this post!

In the meantime, start with this, make some friends, and then the next cheap thing is – home catch-ups and playdates 🙂



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Dubai resident. Stays most of the time in the marina as she can't be bothered going anywhere else after work and in the weekends. Originally from the land of the orang utans, spent the latter half of her life in the land down under. Always on the look out for deals, loves organising get-togethers, and occasionally steals some time for a sip of wine or four at ladies nights.

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