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Taste of Dubai, the Comfees, How Much I love you and more

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Thursday 3

Line up for top nosh at Taste of Dubai
The city’s annual tucker fest starts today at Media City, with restaurants across the city cooking up a storm so you can sample their delights. Participants include The Rivington Grill, Mango Tree, The Gramercy (Dubai’s first gastropub) and many, many more. This three-day family-centric event includes a Playnation Kids’ Zone, and kids under 12 eat for free. Continues until March 5.
Advance adult ticket Dhs60 per day; Dhs75 on the door. Noon-midnight. Dubai Media City, www.tasteofdubaifestival.com.

Friday 4

EDITOR’S PICK FREE! Meet the Comfees family at Deira City Centre
The well-known fabric softener characters will be performing on the central podium and holding 45-minute dance sessions for little ones. Expect lots of loud, energetic fun, with routines including The Twist, The Chicken Dance, YMCA and the Comfees’ own Do The Moves.
Free, 2pm, 5pm, 8.30pm. Deira City Centre, www.deiracitycentre.com.

Picnic at the polo
Join the horsey set for an afternoon of cucumber sarnies and polo ponies at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club. Pack your own hamper of delights or order one 48 hours in advance from the clubhouse (Dhs90-135 per person). Don’t forget to take a football along – there’s plenty of free grassy space to work up an enthusiastic sweat. If it’s a breezy day, it’s a great venue for kite flying too.
Dhs50 per car. 2pm ’til dusk. Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, near Arabian Ranches, www.dubaipoloclub.com.

Saturday 5

EDITOR’S PICK Last chance to see Guess How Much I Love You
Mad March hares and other animals promise to wow you with their woodland songs and dances at this stage extravaganza at the Madinat Jumeirah. Join Little Nut Brown Hare and Big Nut Brown Hare as they go on a magical journey through the seasons and make plenty of friends in the process. Adapted from the books by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram, it’s a not-to-be-missed experience.
Dhs95-120. 11am and 3.30pm First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, www.madinattheatre.com.

FREE! Snap up a bargain at Safa Park Flea Market
There are lots of wonderful stalls to investigate while the kids enjoy a day at the park.
Free. 8am-3pm. Safa Park, gate 5, Jumeirah, www.dubai-fleamarket.com.

EDITOR’S PICK Cooking class
With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, there’s never been a better time to teach your kids how to cook. Book them into this Simpleedelicious kiddie baking class to point them in the right direction.
Dhs85 per child. 10am-5pm. Garhoud (050 396 0023).

Sunday 6

FREE! Storytelling sessions at The Old Library
Enjoy a lively tale or two in these popular story sessions suitable for tots – they’re perfect for book-loving kids Pre-registration is essential, so call beforehand to avoid disappointment.
Free. 10.30am. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.theoldlibrary.ae (04 341 4777 ext 207).

Monday 7

Drama under the sea
Pop along to The Dubai Mall’s Underwater Zoo and witness all sorts of gourmet shenanigans as the aquarium’s slippery residents enjoy their meals. The venue’s popular feeding time presentations provide the perfect opportunity to teach kids a bit of marine biology. Watch as the piranhas devour their dinner and the otters play with their food.
Dhs50. Noon-6.30pm, The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaiaquarium.com.

Tuesday 8

Nighty night, sleep tight
Or that’s the plan, anyway. Teach your little terrors a thing or two about going to bed in decent time (and giving mum and dad a good night’s sleep) at the Bedtime & Sleep Routines weekly workshop, run by Therese Sequeira.
Dhs60. 10am. KidsFIRST Medical Centre, Umm Suqeim 3, www.parentingdubai.com (04 348 5437).

Wednesday 9

Cité des Enfants at Mirdif City Centre
Pure edutainment for tots aged two to seven, Cité des Enfants is a five-zoned, fun-filled play centre for children. Kids can don construction gear and build a house of foam bricks, discover the movements of joints in their skeleton, encounter the elements of water, air and light in the experiment zone and take part in organised workshop activities.
Dhs245 for families, Dhs190 for one adult and two children, Dhs50 for each additional child. Sat-Wed 10am-11pm, Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Mirdif City Centre, www.playnationme.com (800 543 7873).

By Joanna England
Time Out Dubai,

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