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The top shows to try with the children in January...

Dance yourself dizzy

Given our renewed enthusiasm for getting kids fit, we’re delighted to see the opening of a new dance school. Lots of fun, Core Dance Academy has classes for kids aged from one to 18 years, with mums ’n’ tots, ballet, musical theatre, contemporary and freestyle. There’s even a hip-hop class for street-wise little dudes who want to learn a few cool moves. Run by UK-trained dancer and choreographer Michelle Edwards, classes start on January 10 at the Core Studio, at The Waves Tower, Dubai Marina.
04 362 6385; www.coredirection.com; info@coredirection.com.

Tickle your fancy

Want to take off with an aeroplane-themed party? Is your pint-sized princess craving pastel perfection? Check out Tickles and Giggles down at JBR. In their spanking new party room, they’ll create the perfect stylish bash, complete with catering, matching paperware, activities, games, facepainting and visits from life-size characters – the perfect anecdote to plain-old play centre dos. In a welcome move away from tacky, over-used themes, Tickles and Giggles stocks all manner of paper cups and plates in subtle shades and styles, and you’ll have a whopping (or should that be popping?) 78 different colours of balloons to choose from. Preen and pamper your kids in the hair salon and spa studio, and keep an eye on the website for a host of kiddie activity sessions including yoga, arts and crafts, etiquette, story-telling and more.
JBR, Sadaf 1, Plaza Level; 800-TandG; www.ticklesandgiggles.com.

What a drama

Get your budding Kate Winslets and little Brad Pitts down to Kids’ Theatre Works for the start of the new term on January 3. The classes, held at Ductac, Exhale Studio JBR, Jebel Ali Primary School, Uptown Primary in Mirdif, Bradenton Prep in Sports City, Dubai English Speaking School and Sharjah cover a wide choice of theatrical disciplines, so your protégés can learn anything from improvisation and comedy, to musical theatre and creative drama. Suitable for ages four and above.
Hotline 050 158 5653; 04 341 4777 ext 234/235; emily@kidstheatreworks.com.

Barking mad

Enjoy a fab day filled with wagging tails, furry coats and loads of kid-friendly activities at the annual Dubai Pet Show. The show includes the usual round of competitions, along with a dedicated veterinary tent to provide animal lovers with all the advice they need to keep their furry friends in good nick. A kids’ entertainment zone, with face painting, bouncy castles and games, makes this a great event for the whole family, four-legged members included.
Kids go free, adults pay Dhs10. Friday January 29, 8am-6pm at Dubai Festival City. See www.dubaipetshow.com for more info.

Bolly good show

With all the ingredients of a rollicking good musical, The Merchants of Bollywood is performing live at the Palladium, Dubai Media City from January 21 to 23. The twice-daily show, which has enjoyed a sellout
European tour, tells the story of a humble choreographer from Rajesthan who runs away to Mumbai to realise her dreams of stardom. A treat for the whole family, this is a dazzlingly colourful extravaganza, with a cast of 40 and more than 1,600 costume changes.
Tickets cost Dhs150-Dhs450; www.timeouttickets.com; www.palladiumdubai.com; 04 391 4994.

Kings’ parade

Take the kids down to Souk Madinat Jumeirah on January 5 to witness the three kings as they return to the Middle East. Decked in fabulous costumes and accompanied by drummers, volunteers wind their way through the alleyways before a music and entertainment show in the amphitheatre, after which kids get to meet the kings and receive a free gift. The event is run by Espanarab, a UAE organisation that provides medical equipment to children’s hospitals in Africa and Asia.

Time Out Dubai,

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