6 family-friendly things to do in Riyadh this weekend: May 6 to 8

Your handy-dandy weekend list…

Looking for activities to do with your family this weekend? Gear up and grab your crew for an afternoon of fun adventure and activities in Riyadh.

Thursday May 6

See Riyadh from up and above


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Suspended 300 meters above the city, the Kingdom Tower’s curved Sky Bridge offers spectacular views across the Riyadh skyline and beyond. The entrance to the Sky Bridge and the ticket desk are tucked away between Mont Blanc and Carolina Herrera stores. You’ll then be whizzed in an elevator to the 77th floor – home to the King Abdullah Mosque, the highest mosque in the world – before transferring to a second lift serving the Sky Bridge on the 99th floor. So, get your camera ready for that perfect Instagram-worthy photo opportunity.

Sky Bridge, Kingdom Tower, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12214, Sat to Thurs noon to 11pm & Fri 4pm to 11pm (hours might differ after Ramadan and Eid). SAR69 for adults, SAR23 for children under 10 years. Tel: 011 211 2222.

Get ready to be bowled over


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Bowl, dine and unwind at Bob’s newest outlet at UWalk. With an eight-lane bowling alley equipped with a variety of lighting effects and concert-volume sound, Bob’s appeals to both kids and adults. A family-friendly menu features everything from nachos and chicken quesadilla to burgers and steaks.

Bob’s, UWalk, An Nakheel, Riyadh 11942, Ramadan hours: daily 5pm to 3am. Tel: 054 906 1989. @bobs.sa

Friday May 7

Get creative and paint your own pottery

It’s time to get crafty and show off your artistic skills at Café Ceramique. All you have to do is pick your ready-to-paint ceramic piece, get the paintbrushes ready and channel your inner Picasso. Once you finish your artwork, the pottery will be glazed and fired in a kiln, and it will be ready for pick-up in about a week. Prices for ceramics start from SAR35, depending on the size, and include paints, sponges, brushes, puffy paint, and other materials. Oh, and whilst you’re there, why not relax with a cup of coffee, tea, or an entire meal?

Café Ceramique, Al Makan Mall, Al Malqa, Riyadh 11564, Ramadan hours: 4.30pm to midnight. Tel: 055 623 2092. @cafeceramiquesa

Get revved up at an indoor go-kart track


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Buckle up for a white-knuckled race to the finish line against your family and friends. Doos Karting boasts a full-service, 350-metre state-of-the-art indoor racetrack with multi-level spiral ramps. When you need to take a break from the excitement, enjoy a meal trackside. It serves delicious choices of snacks and drinks that’ll refuel you and the family for the next adventure. Only children aged eight years and above are allowed.

Doos Karting, 8521 Prince Mohammed Ibn Salman Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, Hittin, Riyadh 13513, Ramadan hours: daily 8.30pm to 2.30am. Prices vary from SAR129 to SAR195. Tel: 9200 08311. @dooskarting

Saturday May 8

A family day out at the zoo


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Get outside and enjoy the natural surroundings of the Riyadh Zoo. Covering an area of approximately 55 acres, the zoo is home to over 190 species. It features an open concept layout that maximises the ability for animals to roam around and co-mingle like they would in nature. Wander the well-maintained facility to discover elephants, crocodiles, zebras, kangaroos, camels and more. A great way to spend a lovely day at the zoo before the temperatures soar.

Riyadh Zoo, Mosab Ibn Umair St, Al Malaz, Riyadh, Fri 1pm to 5pm, Mon to Thurs & Sat 11am to 5pm (hours might differ after Ramadan and Eid). SAR11.50 per person. Tel: 011 477 9523. @riyadh_zoo

Experience the exhilaration of a paintball battle


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​​This recreational centre is about the size of three-and-a-half football fields. It is an enclave of facilities and activities, including paintball fields, a shooting range, and an indoor football pitch to improve your kicking skills. Paintball is, by far, its most popular activity. A Camo suit, goggles, and a paintball marker will be provided. If you’re planning to have a battle with your girl crew, a dedicated ladies’ paintball session is held every Saturday.

Firstaiment Paintball Centre, 7315 Najah Street, Ar Rimal, Riyadh 13256, Coordinates: RQXJ+GH, daily 9pm to 3am (hours might differ after Ramadan and Eid). Prices for paintball battles start from SAR110. Tel: 9200 03318. @firstaiment

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