11 awesome ways to make the most of the weekend

Already making plans for the weekend?

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Wait! From a family games night to a kids’ cooking class, we’ve rounded up 11 reasons to not spend your weekend cooped up indoors lost in the world of social media…

Thursday 10th August

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Today’s the last day of the Art and Design Exhibition at The Residence where you can see a unique display of rugs from award-winning designer Michelle Evans and beautiful photography from Anthony Lamb. There’s even a canvas where guests can unleash their inner graffiti artist. Free entry. Park Hyatt Hotel and Villas, Saadiyat Island. Until 6pm. Contact: 02 407 1234, abudhabi.park.hyatt.com

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Grab the girls
Every Thursday Yas Waterworld opens the park for ladies only. It’s the perfect opportunity to grab your gals and have a fantastic time with the live music, Aqua Zumba and other amazing events and activities. Online ticket holders get discounts. Yas Waterworld, Yas Island. 6pm until 11pm. Contact: 02 414 2000, yaswaterworld.com

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Roll the dice
Take a break from your phone screens and show off your tactics at this game night. Aimed at teenagers aged 16 and above and with a range of different board games, you can try something new or take another shot at some of your old favourites. Free entry. Warehouse 421, Mina Zayed. 7pm-10pm. Contact: 02 676 8803, warehouse421.ae

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Discover evening brunch
Grab your foodie friends and head to Market Kitchen this evening where the concept of brunch extends into the night. Tuck into a tapas style sharing menu with free-flowing beverages. AED 200+++ with soft drinks, AED 295+++ with house beverages. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Fatima Bint Mubarak Street. 8.30pm-11pm. Contact: 800 101 101, marketkitchenabudhabi.com

Friday 11th August

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Dine with a view
Looking for a brunch spot that’s coupled with good views? Then head to Barfly by Buddha Bar where the Fridazed brunch offers a four-hour feast of pan-Asian specialities paired with mixed beverages and beats by guest DJs. From AED 225++. Venetian Village, Khor Al Maqtaa. 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 056 177 7557, barfly.ae

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Make a perfect pizza
Have you run out of activities for the kids as the summer winds up? Jones the Grocer has you covered with its masterclasses to teach children new cooking skills. Soon they’ll be able to conjure up delicious pizzas for the whole family. 125 AED, booking required. Jones the Grocer, Pearl Plaza Tower, Al Khalidiya. 4pm to 6pm. Contact: 02 639 5883, khalidiya@jonesthegrocer.com, facebook.com/events

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Power up
Are your kids Power Rangers fanatics? If so, this event is a must: The Meet and Greet with the famous characters will also feature mime artists, a raffle and shows for a fun family day out. Free. Dalma Mall, Mussafah. 5.15pm-10pm. Contact: 02 550 6111, dalmamall.ae

Saturday 12th August

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Fall down the rabbit hole
Sit back, relax and enjoy a screening of cinematic classic Alice in Wonderland. Catering to film lovers in Abu Dhabi, Cinema Space invites you to bring your friends, family or even come by yourself for a casual – and free! – film screening. RSVP required. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island. 4pm-6pm. Register at: cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com

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Have a lazy Saturday
If you love Chinese cuisine, the Saturday Yum Cha Brunch at Dai Pai Dong is a relaxing way to get your fill of it. Smiling staff float around the restaurant with a trolley of delicious small plates of dumplings, roast meat and dessert. From AED 158 with free flow of tea. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island. Noon-4pm. Contact: 02 813 5550, rosewoodhotels.com

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Put paintbrush to paper
Make every day count. If you have a mantra or favourite quote or phrase, why not use it as inspiration for a piece of art? The Watercolour Lettering and Painting pop-up workshop will teach you the basics of watercolour painting, with added texture and techniques to create a beautiful piece. AED 300 including materials. Contact: 02 679 6795, facebook.com

The Rooftop

Just keep swimming
Eat, sip, swim, repeat. That’s the mantra at Aloft Al Ain where every Saturday it’s splash day with pool access, an unlimited barbecue and two house beverages for AED 125+++. Beat the heat and take a dip in the hotel’s rooftop pool while enjoying the end of the weekend. Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Development, Al Towayya. 5pm-9pm. Contact: 03 713 8888, aloftalain.com

Looking for other ways to keep busy? Find more events in our online diary at adwonline.ae

And don’t forget to tag us in your photos at @adwuae on Twitter and Instagram and @abudhabiworld on Facebook – who knows, you might even be featured in the magazine!

 

 

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