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Movie premiere, beach bums, family roast and more stuff to do

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Thursday 7

EDITOR’S PICK Munch treats and popcorn at the Rio premiere
The perfect Thursday night treat for the terrors, Rio is a delightful CGI film about a domesticated rare Sphinx macaw called Blu. The feathery tale begins in a bookshop in small-town Minnesota, where Blu lives with his best friend Linda. His life is turned upside down when scientists discover his female counterpart, another Sphinx macaw called Jewel, in South America. Hoping to save the species, they take Blu to meet her, and a remarkable journey begins. With lots of laughs and heart-warming moments, it’s bound to be a winner.

Go potty at Safa Park
Blessings Babies is running a kids’ workshop for green-fingered tots who love to get their hands dirty. Little ones will get to decorate their own pot and fill it with compost and a plant. Perfect for mini eco warriors.
Dhs70 (tots under three Dhs35). 5pm-7pm, Safa Park, Jumeirah (050 104 6611).

Friday 8

South African fun day
Get to grips with a serious South African barbecue and loads of entertainment for the little ones as part of the South Africa Freedom Day and Rugby Legends weekend at Jebel Ali Shooting Club and Centre of Excellence. The line-up includes food, drink, games and activities as well as a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon modelling and more.
Dhs100 for adults; kids under 12 go free. Noon-11pm. Jebel Ali Shooting Club, info@saweekend.com, www.saweekend.com.

EDITOR’S PICK Be a beach bum and book a day chalet at Al Mamzar Park
These air-conditioned facilities, which have their own shower, space to prepare food and a furnished lounge area, are perfect for families with small children who need a nap and shade at midday. Hit the beach in the morning then have a shower in the chalet, followed by a chilled-out afternoon in the park, or even have a splash in the municipality swimming pool. Each chalet also has its own barbecue area. Book in advance to
avoid disappointment.
Dhs140-240 for a double chalet. Open 9am-10pm. Al Mamzar Beach Park (04 296 6201).

Saturday 9

Enjoy a roast at Nineteen at The Address Montgomerie
Dubai Offering one of the most sumptuous roast repertoires in town, your brood will be stuffed to the gills with deliciously prepared veggies and lots of beautifully roasted meat. Once they’ve done the savoury dishes proud, they can move onto the extensive dessert trolley. Best of all, kids under 12 eat for free.
Dhs235 (including soft drinks), Dhs325 (including selected house beverages). Noon-3.30pm. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).

Sunday 10

Get stuck into Funday at Ping Pong
Chomp your gnashers round some seriously delicious dim sum while the sprogs entertain themselves with a range of fun activities. Ping Pong at The Dubai Mall has teamed up with legendary toy store Hamleys to provide a weekly evening of fun-filled board games for Ping Pong diners. The games include the classic Monopoly, Cluedo and Scrabble as well as the more modern Pictureka. Mum and dad can get to grips with a game of chess and dominoes while enjoying Ping Pong’s speciality Chinese-with-a-twist delights, including salads, desserts and a choice of mocktails and teas. Available 6pm-midnight.
The Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa (800 7464 1664).

Monday 11

EDITOR’S PICK Sing along to The Sound of Music
Dig out the DVD and practise your harmonies because you won’t be able to stop yourselves from joining in with the Von Trapp Family Singers. The First Group Theatre is alive with the sound of music this week, and the show opens today. Top broadway performers tread the boards with the six Von Trapp sprogs for a musical extravaganza the whole family will enjoy. A great performance is guaranteed, so book your tickets now. Dhs170. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; matinees Fri-Sat 2.30pm. Until April 23. First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, www.soundofmusicdubai.com; www.timeouttickets.com

Tuesday 12

Give your baby some positive parenting
Turn your terrors into angelic go-getters with a little help from positive parenting whizz Therese Sequeira. A former teacher and parent educator, Therese runs regular classes to help you guide your young ones in the right direction. We recommend the Building Self Esteem in Kids workshop for any children who struggle with self-image.
Dhs200/300. 8.30am-10am. KidsFIRST Medical Centre, Umm Suqeim (04 348 5437).

Wednesday 13

Bake Easter goodies at a cooking and crafts class
Get stuck into some seriously sticky baking at the Easter Goodies kids’ baking workshop at Simpleedelicious. Children aged five and above will get to create all kinds of yummy seasonal masterpieces, including cupcakes, Easter bonnets, cards and lots of lovely chocolate treats to take home with them.
Dhs85. 9am-11am, (also running Thursday 14). Simpleedelicious, Garhoud (050 396 0023).

By Joanna England
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