October Mid-Term Break in Dubai : Activities, Events and more

Mid-term break in Dubai starts on the 16th of October for some, and 23rd of October for others. Some of you might have kids in different schools and end up having to keep them entertained for two weeks! With the weather “sort-of” cooling down, here are a few things that you can do with the little ones (or without!). Some are cheap and cheerful, and some are… well, Dubai-priced. Hope this little guide will be helpful for you and the family.

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Enjoy the October mid-term break with the family!

Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice is back in Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, until Sunday 15th of October. We absolutely loved the show – the music, the dancing, the entire performance was magical. See our review below.

Book your tickets on Platinumlist.

Kids Crafting Workshop

Stress Busters DXB is organising a kids crafting workshop in Sanderson’s, Sustainable City on Monday 16th October.

Book your spot now here.

Family Staycation

Why not book a staycation with the family during ths break? There are many offers around Dubai as well as in the other Emirates. One we recommend, and have partnered up with is Waldorf Astoria in Palm Jumeirah.

Book one of Waldorf’s spacious family rooms or suites to enjoy the ‘Family Escape’ package. This includes lavish daily buffet breakfast and a 2pm late checkout. Waldorf also has the following amenities :

  • Temperature controlled family pool with shallow areas on the side for younger ones ;
  • Shaded toddler pool and shaded outdoor playground;
  • Adults-only pool for quiet time ;
  • Pristine private beach, and a pier the kids can dive off from ;
  • Lovely, spacious kid’s club which allows drop offs from age 4 onwards, and parents are allowed to stay in there with the younger ones.

Read up about how Waldorf is like, with kids.

Whatsapp Waldorf on 056 683 2633, and quote “DFLG” for a special rate*.

Note* :

  1. Offer is valid until end of October 2023
  2. Waldorf is offering each booking, a room upgrade to the next category.

Family Pool Days

October is perfect for a pool and beach day. With so many family-friendly pools in Dubai, we have rounded up a handful that you can look into, in our Best Family Pool Day Listing.

Maybe it’s a good time to join Privilee as well? 🙂

For all the rates of the resorts down the Dubai Marina & Palm end of town – have a look at our Dubai Pool & Beach Day Pass Listing.

Spa Day, followed by a Family Pool Day

Why not book a spa treatment, and meet up with the rest of the family after.

Check out the Spa-cation offer at the Ritz Carlton Dubai in Jumeirah Beach. 60-minutes massage, followed by an afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge. Join the husband and kids at the pool after the much deserved R&R. They can pay for a pool and beach day pass, whereas your spa-cation offer includes all that already! Perfect day with the family, plus it’s cheaper on weekdays as well 😉

Spa-cation at Ritz Carlton is 650 AED weekdays, 750 AED weekends.

Pool & Beach Access at Ritz Carlton :

  • 295 AED (Mon-Thurs, 175 AED redeemable)
  • 395 AED (Fri-Sun, 225 AED redeemable)
  • Kids (4-11) – 100 AED (Mon-Thurs), 150 AED (Fri-Sun)

Have a look at our Best Spa Deals in Dubai 2023 listing for more inspo!

JBR Winter Nights

JBR Winter Nights is making its way back to the waterfront promenade every weekend from 13th October to 31st December, complete with a thrilling calendar of live performances, outdoor movie nights, immersive workshops, family entertainment, and a world of dining and shopping experiences. More details on JBR.ae

See schedule for the mid-term break!

Use CODE : AFG46 for EXTRA 10% off at FIRSTCRY.AE

Sunday Family Oktoberfest Brunch

Did you know that you can still go to an Oktoberfest Brunch, with kids ?

Grand Hyatt Dubai is doing a Sunday Family Bavarian Brunch right in the middle of the school holidays. There’s a kids corner, and a TV area with beanbags for those who want to chill. It’s great for older kids as well, as they have organised games – tug of war, dancing and lots more! Get dressed up if you wish and take them on for a proper bavarian party!

  • Dates : Sunday – 15th, 22nd, 29th October 2023
  • Time : 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Price : 249 AED Soft | 349 AED House | 125 AED (Kids 5-12)

More details on Grand Hyatt’s website.

International Pasta Day with Magic Phil at Luigia Dubai

Luigia will be hosting an exciting afternoon in celebration of International Pasta Day featuring Magic Phil that we all know and love.

  • Dates : Wednesday, October 25th  2023
  • Time : 4-6pm 
  • Price : 75 AED inclusive of one pasta dish and one beverage
  • Call Luigia here.

Here are 5 reasons why you should bring your family to Luigia.

Family Halloween Brunch

With Halloween falling on Tuesday 31st October when school starts, most restaurants will be doing their Halloween Brunches the weekend prior – on Saturday 28th October, or otherwise Sunday 29th October.

Have a look at our Family Halloween Brunches in Dubai 2023 listing to book!

Halloween Activities in Theme Parks, Play Areas and more!

There are a lot of Halloween-themed festivities going on in the following theme parks and play areas.

  • Dubai Parks and Resorts
  • IMG World
  • Green Planet
  • Carluccio’s
  • Kids HQ
  • Daley Bounce
  • And more!

Details, and more in our Halloween with Kids in Dubai 2023 Listing!

Pizza Making with Kids

If you want to stay indoors, why not take the kids for some pizza-making? We have rounded up 11 spots for Pizza-making and other cooking activities in Dubai.

Indoor Play Areas with Offers

Thankfully it’s not a public holiday during the mid-term break which means you can still use the Entertainer! Have a look at our roundup of all the indoor soft play and trampoline parks that has a 2 for 1, or offer – so you can save a little when you take the kids. It’s super handy if you are doing playdates as well.

See Dubai Indoor Soft Play for Kids.

Here are some good deals in play areas over the mid-term break :

Kids HQ

  • Offer : 65 AED for 2 hours for 2 kids (with Platinumlist)
  • Validity : Every Wednesday, throughout October 2023.

Get Kids HQ Tickets

Cheeky Monkeys

  • Offer : 49 AED + VAT for 2 hours
  • Validity : Every Monday & Tuesday until 24th October 2023.


  • Offer : 99 AED for 2 Hours plus 1 pizza slice & juice
  • Validity : Mon-Thurs until Thursday 26th October 2023.


Skyzone has updated their weekday pricing, and introduced reduced pricing for weekends, morning time as well.

  • Offer : Weekdays | 12-4pm
    • Premium 2 hours 69 AED
    • Standard 2 hours 59 AED
    • Sky Beez 2 hours 29 AED
    • Slide through the post below to see different prices for other timings/weekends
  • Validity : Ongoing

More to be added… watch this space!

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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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