We opted for a "staycation" this year for Spring Break due to Oliver needing to have his tonsils and adenoids removed. The doctor told us is would take Ollie 10-14 days to recover, so we didn't book any trips. It didn't take that long. In fact, Oliver was back to pretty much his normal, jolly self within 24 hours. So, we set about finding fun activities to do in the area with our two weeks of vacation.
The day after Ollie's surgery, we loaded him into a stroller and walked down to the beach to the Mother of the Nation Festival. It had loads of activities for kids, and the boys had fun coloring giant mandalas and exploring the displays. There was an optical illusion room with a slanted floor that made Oliver appear bigger than Owen. One kid thought that was great, the other? Not so much.
On Saturday, we took the boys to an indoor playground at Abu Dhabi Mall. It was busy, but there were coupons in the Entertainer. They had fun for a few hour just in the play structure, but I doubt we will go back any time soon simply because it was so crowded. Owen said it reminded him of Joymax in HCMC, only bigger and louder.
On Sunday, the boys got some Legos from the Easter Bunny (since Oliver wasn't allowed to eat candy yet) and we went to an Easter market that happened to have a cool playground. Despite the fact the Oliver was still "recovering" from surgery, he managed to climb to the tippy top of the structure.
Monday meant Ferrari World. Derek and Owen went on the world's fastest roller coaster, and Oliver learned how to drive a mini-Ferrari. It was very busy, but great fun!
We spend the night in Dubai on Wednesday night and braved the city driving in Dubai. Derek did wonderfully, and we only got turned around a couple of times. :)
On Thursday, we hung out at Dubai Mall and met up with a colleague of mine from Manitou Springs for lunch. It really is a small world.
After lunch, we took the boys up Burj Kalifa, the tallest building in the world. The elevator ride took exactly 60 seconds to go 124 floors. Even though it was a bit hazy outside, the view from the 124th floor was stunning. The buildings below seemed to be only a model of the city. Truly breathtaking.
We finished our trip to Dubai with a trip to a book store and then headed back to Abu Dhabi just ahead of rush hour traffic.
We have one more week of break, and I am excited to see what we get up to!
Oliver has been super into cars lately, and the UAE has a national car museum that has been on our list for quite some time now. Well, we finally had a free Saturday, so we decided to check it out.
We were all impressed with the super-sized cars and trucks, but I had hoped there was a bit more for the kids to do other than just look at the cars. I guess I was thinking it would be more like "Touch-a-Truck" back in the States. Derek and I were impressed by the collection getting an especially big kick out of the entire section of Mini-Coopers--including one that was just like the model Derek used to have.