8 family-friendly things to do in Riyadh this week: October 23 to 26

What’s on this week…

It’s the mid-term break for the kids. So, this week, we’ve rounded up eight family-friendly things to do in Riyadh. From a new breakfast spot and adventure films to catch in the cinemas to circus shows and thrills and excitement at amusement parks, there are enough fun things to do to keep the whole family entertained.

Sunday October 23

1. Check out this new breakfast spot for a morning boost


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Live for breakfast? Pop in at any time of the day to get a taste of Resol’s awesome selection of breakfast items. We recommend the French toast, but if you’re looking for something more on the savoury side, the egg benedict bacon will fill you up: two poached eggs with hollandaise sauce served on homemade English muffins and topped with micro herbs salad. Of course, you can’t leave without trying the double espresso, which is sure to wake you up.

Resol, 2831 Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz St, Al Woroud, Riyadh 12251, Sat to Thurs 8am to 3.30pm. @resolofficial.sa

The era of DC Universe begins

Dwayne Johnson stars in the action-adventure Black Adam, the first-ever feature film to explore the story of the DC Super Hero. In ancient Kahndaq, Teth Adam was bestowed the almighty powers of the gods. However, after using these powers for vengeance, he was imprisoned, becoming Black Adam. Nearly 5,000 years have passed, and Black Adam has gone from man to myth and to legend. Now released, his unique form of justice, born out of rage, is challenged by modern-day heroes who form the Justice Society: Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Dr. Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), and Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell).

Black Adam, SciFi / Fantasy / Action, Rating PG12, 2h 05min. Book your tickets here.

Monday October 24

3. Enjoy endless activities at Ebda Adventure Park

Ebda Adventure Park offers fun-filled activities for kids of all ages. There is rock climbing, an indoor rope climbing panel, and a fantastic XXL play cage. So, whip out your cameras and snap away as your brave kids tackle balancing beams and zip lines. Trainers are also on hand to help supervise the children.

Ebda Adventure Park, Boulevard Riyadh City, daily 4pm to 1am. @ebdaadventureparks

4. Marvel at the acrobatic wonders at Cirque du Soleil OVO

Cirque du Soleil OVO

Get your tickets for this high-energy and high-acrobatic production OVO. This exciting experience is a colourful intrusion into a new day in the life of insects. Through show-stopping acrobatics highlighting selected insect species’ unique personalities and abilities, OVO explores the beauty of biodiversity in all its contrasts and vibrancy. From mighty crickets bouncing off trampolines to a hypnotic spider contorting inside her web, OVO exudes extraordinary showmanship to tickle the imagination.

Cirque du Soleil – OVO, until Dec 3, 4pm & 8pm, Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University. The ticket price starts from SAR50. Book your tickets here.

Tuesday October 25

5. Celebrate Pink October with Yauatcha


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In support of the breast cancer awareness campaign, Yauatcha has created special pink desserts and drinks. So, tuck into sweet treats such as the divine rose macaron, pink chocolate bonbons and the rose-shaped Raspberry Delice (a raspberry dark chocolate mousse with a lychee panna cotta centre). Oh, and be sure to order the Lady in Pink mocktail to wash it all down – it is for a good cause, after all. What’s more, Yauatcha’s nightly Ladies’ Yin Night (held only throughout October) also shows support for the cause, with a complimentary drink and macaron offered to the ladies from 6pm onwards. So, come and indulge in all Pinktober at Yauatcha.

Yauatcha, Mode Mall, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12212, daily noon to midnight. @yauatchariyadh

6. Enjoy thrills and excitement at the Winter Wonderland

Embrace the festive spirit with Winter Wonderland as it returns to Riyadh Season. This fun family event is one of the best things to do in the capital. Featuring the largest skating rink in the region and a huge selection of entertainment and activities, from haunted carnivals and magic shows to a Real Madrid exhibition, LEGO display and live performances, there are enough fun things to do to fill a whole day and evening.

Riyadh Season Winter Wonderland, until Dec 22, weekdays 4pm to 1am, weekends 4pm to 2am. Book your tickets here. The entry ticket is priced at SAR55 for weekdays and SAR110 for weekends. @riyadhseason

Wednesday October 26

7. Discover the story of Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

Enjoy the mid-term break by heading to the cinemas to watch Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile take over the theatres in a delightful live-action musical comedy film starring Academy Award-winner Javier Bardem, Constance Wu, and everyone’s favourite the ‘mercy’ singer Shawn Mendes as Lyle. When the Primm family moves to New York City, their young son Josh struggles to adapt to his new school and new friends. However, all that changes when he discovers Lyle – a singing crocodile who loves baths, caviar and great music – living in the attic of his new home. The two become fast friends, but when Lyle’s existence is threatened by their evil neighbour Mr. Grumps, the Primms must band together with Lyle’s charismatic owner, Hector P. Valenti, to show the world that family can come from the most unexpected places and there’s nothing wrong with a big singing crocodile with an even bigger personality.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, Adventure / Animation / Comedy, Rating G, 1h 46min. Book your tickets here.

8. See urban art in action

The first edition of Shift22, an annual street art festival, unites the local community and international artists to celebrate the Kingdom’s creative excellence in street art, focusing on geometric patterns. Check out artists decorating the uninhibited Irqah Hospital with impressive and vibrant works – from murals and sculptures made from recycled materials to sound and video installations, transforming the compound into a unique night museum. There will also be seminars and workshops, live music, creative activities, and pop-up street food stands. So, if you want to go to a festival which will brighten your evening, Shift22 is the one for you.

Shift22 Street Art Festival, until Oct 30, Sat to Wed 6pm to 11pm, Thurs & Fri 6pm to midnight, Irqah Hospital, 6520 Jubbah, Riyadh 12586 (Coordinates: MHVP+553). Free entry, but you’re required to register here. @visualarts_moc

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