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Bang a bongo, watch a von Trapp, hunt eggs and more

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Thursday 21

EDITOR’S PICK Cine-Splash at the Polo Club is back!
Take in a movie under the stars while you splash away in the pool. Yes, the balmy nights are here again, and with popcorn and refreshments on tap, what better way to start the weekend than with a communal family movie?. Tonight’s line-up is, James and the Giant Peach at 7pm, followed by the slightly more grown up Monsters vs Aliens at 9pm.
Dhs35 for adults, Dhs20 for kids aged four to 12. From 7pm. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches (04 361 8111).

Get crafty with the Blessings Babies workshop
Pop along to Al Barsha park for games and activities at Blessings Babies’ art and crafts workshop. Girls aged three to 12 can get stuck into bag decorating, while boys can try their hand at woodwork and sign making. And there are the usual fun activities too, including face painting, balloon bending, plasticine and colouring for tots, as well as yummy food and drinks provided too.
Dhs70 per child aged three to 12, Dhs50 for under threes. 5pm-7pm. Al Barsha Park (050 104 6611).

Friday 22

EDITOR’S PICK FREE! Explore the Easter bazaar at Arabian Ranches
Golf Club A much-anticipated annual ‘Ranches’ event, the bazaar will include stalls selling Easter treats, gifts and novelty items, toys, fashion accessories, clothes, health, beauty and lifestyle products, and loads of other interesting finds. It’s a fun community affair that the whole family will enjoy.
Free. 10am-7pm. Arabian Ranches Golf Club (04 366 3000).

Saturday 23

EDITOR’S PICK Join Benjamin Bunny at The Palace Old Town
Prepare for an afternoon of chocolatey, eggy fun. Get stuck into egg decorating, pancake making, treasure hunts, storytelling, games, and lots more. Even better, mum and dad can tuck into a delicious afternoon tea while the tots’ entertainment is fully taken care of. Perfect!
Dhs140 per adult, free for under 10s. 3pm-6pm. The Palace, The Old Town (04 428 7826).

EDITOR’S PICK Last chance to see The Sound of Music
Yes, today is the final performance of the much-acclaimed stage show featuring those melodic, Alpine family singers. Top Broadway performers tread the boards with the six Von Trapp kids for a musical extravaganza the whole family will enjoy. A romping good performance is guaranteed, so book your tickets now.
Dhs170. 2.30pm and 7.30pm. First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, www.soundofmusicdubai.com, www.timeouttickets.com

Sunday 24

Enjoy Easter brunch at Choices at the Al Bustan Rotana
With a huge array of live cooking stations, an international buffet and an Easter party for the kids, plus loads of games and activities, parents can relax and enjoy the atmosphere while the little ones are kept busy with egg hunts, face-painters, and all sorts of other eggy shenanigans.
Dhs260 (with selected beverages), Dhs130 for kids aged six to 12, free for under fives. Noon-3.30pm. Al Bustan Rotana, Garhoud (04 705 4818).

Monday 25

FREE! Let the kids get eggy at Ping Pong
Chomp your gnashers round some seriously delicious dim sum while the kids enjoy the egg-painting creche. Once they’ve finished decorating their masterpieces, they get to take them home in a handy steaming basket (instead of a traditional Easter basket). Mum and dad can enjoy Ping Pong’s speciality Chinese-with-a-twist delights, including the legendary spring rolls, the enormous array of dim sum, the salads, desserts and a choice of mocktails and teas. Bliss! Prices vary.
Open Sun-Wed 11.30am-11:30pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Ping Pong, The Dubai Mall (04 339 9088).

Tuesday 26

Feeding time, fishy style
Pop along to The Dubai Mall’s Underwater Zoo and witness all sorts of gourmet shenanigans as the slippery residents enjoy their meals. The feeding time presentations provide the perfect opportunity to teach the kids a bit of marine biology in a fun and interesting way. Watch in amazement as the piranhas devour their dinner and the otters play with their food.
Dhs50. Noon-6.30pm. The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaiaquarium.com.

Get a helping hand with homework
Stop having week-night struggles with the three Rs after taking tips from parenting whizz Therese Sequeira. This week, the sage advice is on helping with homework. A former teacher and parent educator, Therese runs a range of classes to help you turn your mob into cooperative little angels.
Dhs200. 8.30am-10am. KidsFIRST Medical Centre, Umm Suqeim (04 348 5437).

Wednesday 27

Water Magic Show at Dubai Dolphinarium
Described as a breathtaking performance where dolphins and seals show off their acrobatic and comedic skills, this show includes professional acrobats performing tricks both in and out of the water, plus pyrotechnics and lots of laughs.
Dhs100 for adults, Dhs70 for kids. Mon-Sat 6pm. Dubai Dolphinarium, Creek Park, near Garhoud Bridge, www.dubaidolphinarium.ae (04 336 9774), www.timeouttickets.com

By Joanna England
Time Out Dubai,

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