6 great things to do in Abu Dhabi this week: March 28 to 31

A fun list of things to do to add to your schedule…

Planning out your week? Make sure you add these great things to do in Abu Dhabi to your diary. It includes trying out a new cafe and restaurant, getting artsy and since it’s spring break, there’s something for the little ones, too…

Here are six great things to do in the capital to add to your diary.

Monday, March 28

Sign up the tiny tots for spring camp


Have little ones aged three to five? They are probably on spring break which means it’s up to you to keep them entertained. Why not make it educational as well and sign them up for spring camp at Droplets by Caboodle. The learning-based camp has activities from science to music and movement, storytelling, obstacle courses and more. It runs daily from 9.30am to 12.30pm until April 15 and costs Dhs130 per day per child. Sign up on droplets@caboodle.ae

Droplets by Caboodle Spring Camp, The Galleria Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 9.30am to 12.30pm from March 27 to April 15, Tel: (0)2 679 8019. caboodle.ae

Learn to paint at the stunning Qasr Al Watan

Qasr Al Watan is one of the only working palaces of its kind in the world and it is opening its doors for artists (even if you’re just starting out) to paint. It takes place at the Palace of the Nation under the guidance of La Parole Art Gallery. Participants will be able to unleash their creativity on their canvas based on the architectural marvel. The cost includes the entrance fee, a two-hour painting workshop, souvenirs plus access to the light and sound show at the Palace. Confirm your spot on 052 156 5954. 

Qasr Al Watan, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, 4pm to 6pm on March 28  Tel: (0)52 156 5954, qasralwatan.ae

Tuesday, March 29

Bake with the whole family at Al Qattara Arts Centre


Want to try your hand at baking? Take this workshop at Al Qattara Arts Centre. On March 29 from 5pm, the whole family – kids included – can learn to make almond crescent cookies. You will be guided by Emirati chef Abeer Al Louz and the sweet news is that it’s free of charge. It lasts for two hours. Book on qac@dctabudhabi.ae

Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Qattara, Al Ain, 5pm to 7pm on March 29, free, Tel: (0)3 711 8225. @alqattaraarts

Wednesday, March 30

Take the whole family down to see Youtube sensation CoComelon

Join JJ and his fun band for a range of entertaining edutainment activities. There are two attractions: the Melon Patch Academy and the Melon Patch Playground where there’s doh-sand, DIY cards, arts and crafts and more. The characters will also be around for photo opportunities. To enter you will need to show proof of a Dhs100 spend anywhere in the mall and it includes entry for two children. It takes place at Level 3 at The Galleria’s CoComelon Zone. Read more here.

The Galleria Al Maryah Island, free entry with Dhs100 spend (valid for two kids) anywhere in The Galleria. @thegalleriauae

Dine at newly opened M1 Cafe and Lounge

M1 Cafe and Lounge, Abu Dhabi

If you want to try a new dining spot, head to Al Bateen. M1 Cafe and Lounge has opened its doors in one of the luxury villas and has flexible dining experiences that range from casual to VIP. There are three levels each with its own dedicated theme and menu. The all-day cafe is on the ground floor with light bites and gourmet coffee, the main dining lounge is on the second floor and the third floor is the private members’ social club. Read more here

M1 Cafe and Lounge, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, weekdays 8am to 11pm, Sat to Sun 8am to 1am. Tel: (02) 5833342, @m1cafelounge

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Thursday, March 31

Indulge in a purple afternoon tea at Osmo Lounge & Bar

Hilton yas purple afternoon tea

Have a special woman in your life you want to spoil? March 31 is the last day to treat her to a purple afternoon tea at Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island. There are classic scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, pastries and more sweet and savoury treats plus coffee, tea or juice. Ladies will be welcomed with a mocktail or cocktail. It runs daily from 2pm to 6pm but remember, only until March 31. It will cost you Dhs250 for two. Book on 02 208 6900.

Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Yas Bay. Tel: (02) 208 6900, yasisland.ae

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