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Tourism & Hospitality | Thursday 24 December, 2020 11:59 am |



From outdoor parks and indoor playgrounds to entertainment, festive activities and scrumptious dining, there’s plenty of fun for the whole family

 The big day is almost here. Parents looking for something to keep the little ones entertained during the break need look no further than The Galleria Al Maryah Island.  

From outdoor and indoor playgrounds to entertainment, festive activities and dining for all tastes and budgets, there’s plenty of fun to keep the whole family (yes you read that right, EVERYONE) entertained. 

Let’s start off with the little ones….

For the tiny tots

Literally, the “baby” of the Caboodle brand, Droplets by Caboodle is a ‘water inspired’ play space dedicated to younger toddlers and children designed to encourage creativity, interaction and imagination – all while having fun.

Parents can watch their babies get inspired, curious and live out their imaginations as they play alongside them or relax over a  coffee whilst being only a “hug away” from their little ones.

Child-friendly play zone 

Caboodle is an exciting indoor play world for young children, focusing on education and entertainment through activities and creative play. 

Ideal for children aged 6 months to 12 years of age, Caboodle’s facilities include soft play, mini city, climbing pit, jungle gym, arts & crafts, and more. They can also look their best with Caboodle’s expert stylists in the destination’s dedicated children’s salon.

Alfresco play at The Galleria’s Family Park

Why not make the most of this month’s incredible weather by spending time at The Galleria’s rooftop Family Park. Kids can get creative, learn and play in a fun and safe environment.

Shaded seating areas and tables are the perfect place for parents to enjoy an al fresco iced coffee while they watch their young ones play and create memorable moments. The Family Park is located close to the food court on level 2 and can be directly accessed through the South Car Park elevators. 

Teen entertainment destination

Xtreme Zone offers a host of interactive activities including the bouncy and fun Trampoline Park; the Challenging Climbing Walls for enthusiastic children; Arcade Games, bowling, billiards and a host of fun games for everyone. 

Catch a movie with the family

Calling all movie buffs, adventure and plenty of family friendly movies will be screening at VOX Cinemas this December such as Wonder Woman 1984, Two Tails, The Croods: A New Age, and Cats and Dogs: Paws Unite.

The Galleria’s VOX Cinemas is home to the only immersive laser IMAX in the city along with an elevated Theatre by Rhodes experience and spacious, colourful and exciting KIDS experiences. 

Moviegoers will be spoilt for choice with the countless delicious options from Pizza Al Taglio, The Nutella Bar and VOX Cinemas’ home-grown café concept – Kitchen 35. 


The festive season is also here and a perfect way to spread some cheer…..

BIG WISHES this year? 

Children of all ages stand a chance to have their holiday wishes come true by sending Santa a letter with a wish list of their most-coveted gifts from their favourite stores at The Galleria; Kiddos will definitely get creative in listing the many ways they’ve been good this year.

Head to the Winter Village on Ground Level or Central Kitchens on Level 3 to take part in the ‘Letters to Santa’; 10 lucky children will have a wish come true on a weekly basis at The Galleria. 


NEW this year: the festive themed sensory rooms

Think of your favourite holiday smell, candy canes, gingerbread or even cinnamon – it’s there! 


Located on the Link Bridge, Level 2 by the food court, guests can look forward to visiting the joyful festive sensory rooms, embellished with candy canes, gingerbread, and cinnamon sticks. Bringing to Abu Dhabi the true essence of the winter season, family and friends can immerse themselves in delightful aromas bound to put anyone in the festive mood. 


Look out for the friendly polar bears and snowmen, who provide a perfect backdrop to those festive selfies to send family around the world. 


A Winter Wonderland EXTRAVAGANZA

Bringing a touch of magical seasonal fun to the heart of the city, families will be blown away with extraordinary seasonal décor. Santa and his reindeer soar above the Central Atrium, glimmering prancing reindeer and wreath chandeliers create magical surroundings in The Galleria’s Luxury Collection, and a 4 metre stag and giant red baubles adorn the main entrances. 

Guests can even look forward to posing with roaming gift boxes and gingerbread men, an extravagant nine-metre tree and activities little ones will love, like Letters to Santa and the Festive Sensory Rooms.

All that fun will surely have kids working up an appetite! 

For the hungry little ones

Little ones are in for a treat with the Kids Eat Free promotion at The Galleria Al Maryah Island. Experience some quality family time and indulge in a wide range of dining outlets running from Sunday to Thursday until 30 December 2020

With promotions at over 20 family restaurants, casual dining outlets and ice creameries, kids are guaranteed a delightful culinary experience with a variety of scrumptious dining outlets offering a FREE kid’s meal alongside any adult meal purchased.  Families can choose from participating outlets including P.F. Chang’s, La Brioche, Taqado, Nolu’s, Eat Greek, Bombay Canteen, Royal Orchid, Bn Café, Sushi Art, Tortilla, Biryani Pot, LPM Restaurant & Bar, and Charley’s Philly Steaks.

That’s not all. Diners of all ages (looking at you parents) will be able to get their FREE desserts when a menu item is purchased at Wonderbee, Joga, Loca, Coffee Hat and Maison Samira Maatouk. 

Have loads of fun, and let us know when you’ve visited by tagging us on Instagram TheGalleriaUAE

With a full calendar of seasonal celebrations, weekly activities and special events for the whole family, there's always something to see and do #AtTheGalleria. Visitors of The Galleria are advised to play their part by wearing face masks, observing social distancing markers, sanitizing hands at all times and opting for contactless payments at all outlets and customer capacity limits. 

Open on Saturday – Wednesday from 10 am to 10 pm and Thursday – Friday from 10 am to 12 am, The Galleria is located on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi. For more information and updates on upcoming events, visit thegalleria and follow The Galleria on Instagram and Facebook



About The Galleria Al Maryah Island

The Galleria Al Maryah Island is Abu Dhabi’s super-regional mall at the heart of the city. With over 400 stores including 100 food and beverage outlets and a world-class family entertainment offer, The Galleria is the premier destination for shopping, dining and leisure in the capital. 

First opened in 2013, The Luxury Collection is the emirate’s premier luxury and fine-dining destination with admirable brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Zuma and LPM. In September 2019, the mall expanded to include 270 additional shopping options such as Zara, H&M and Debenhams, including over 70 dining favourites such as The Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang’s and Paul Café. 

The Galleria offers an unrivalled leisure and entertainment offer for the Abu Dhabi community, with the emirate’s largest cinema and only IMAX experience with a 21-screen VOX Cinemas, a flagship Xtreme Zone family entertainment centre and three rooftop parks catering to family activities. This incredible offering sets The Galleria apart as the most exciting retail, culinary, entertainment and lifestyle hub in Abu Dhabi. 

For more information about The Galleria Al Maryah Island, please visit thegalleria or join us on social media TheGalleriaUAE, #AtTheGalleria

About Al Maryah Island

Al Maryah Island is Abu Dhabi’s business and lifestyle destination. It is designated as Abu Dhabi’s International Finance Center and is an international financial free zone that offers businesses the ideal landscape to invest, grow and thrive.

This unique 114-hectare cosmopolitan is home to Abu Dhabi Global Market, the award-winning IFC and governing authority of Al Maryah Island. Features include retail and dining offerings, premium hospitality and world-class healthcare with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Al Maryah Island is surrounded by a striking waterfront promenade, which hosts some of Abu Dhabi’s most exciting events.

The combination of offerings sets this destination as a business-friendly place with a progressive ecosystem that fosters innovative thinking and collaboration. Whether a UAE resident, a visitor from the GCC or abroad, an investor or business partner, Al Maryah is a place to experience the city at its most dynamic, offering a truly exceptional experience


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