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Kids' calendar July 14-20

Fish Tales and a merry time at Modesh World

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Thursday 14

Kids’ Sports Championships at Dubai Festival City
With energy to burn and prizes to be won, the Kids’ Sports Championships is a fun-filled series of sports activities for the sprogs to keep them entertained all summer. Competitive yet friendly, the event accommodates children of all ages – from baby crawling races to dance-offs, three-legged races and many more surprises in store, kids can find their own sporting niche – or at least wear themselves out.
Free. Daily 5pm-10pm. Dubai Festival City. www.dubaievents.ae.

Cool off in the pool with movies in the moonlight
What better way to start the weekend than with a communal family movie at Dubai Polo Club? You can enjoy the film while relaxing in the pool. Tonight’s line-up is Enchanted, screening at 7pm, followed by Racing Stripes at 9pm.
Dhs35 (adults); Dhs20 (kids aged four to 12). From 7pm. Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches (04 361 8111).

Friday 15

EDITOR’S PICK Fishy tales at Sharjah Aquarium
If you’re a Dubai dweller who rarely ventures beyond the emirate’s borders, this is one of the most underrated mornings out. The Sharjah Aquarium is a fantastic complex of tanks and displays, with a huge central aquarium to ogle, and it’s all supported by computerised displays so you can identify the fishy residents within. We particularly love the Water Walk, a glass-bottomed walkway that gives a brilliant view of the aquarium from above. The centre boasts lots of learning opportunities for little ones, as well as a good-value entry fee (kids go free).
Dhs20 (adults); free for kids. Open Mon-Thu 8am-8pm, Fri 4pm-8pm, Sat 8am-9pm. Sharjah Aquarium, Al Khan area, Sharjah, www.sharjahaquarium.ae (06 528 5288).

Saturday 16

FREE! Last chance to see the Fantasia show at Mercato
If your little tykes are into all things magical and mysterious, don’t let them miss the Fantasia stage show at Mercato. The performance, which tells the traditional tale of a wicked sorcerer who steals from a nearby village, but is then defeated by a quick-witted boy, promises to be a big hit with viewers large and small. There are also lots of other fun events and promotions on at Mercato, including street performers and workshops for children.
Free. From 4pm. Mercato Mall, Jumeirah, www.mercatoshoppingmall.com (04 344 4161).

FREE! Bag a bargain at the flea market
Get ready to rummage and snap up some fab bargains in preparation for your hols. The extremely popular Dubai flea market has moved indoors for summer, and this week it will be at Stargate in Za’abeel Park. While the event can be a bit of a bun fight, it’s also tremendous fun if you’re a confirmed bargain hunter. Why not book the kids into Stargate’s huge soft play area so you can shop to your heart’s content?
Free. 10am-3pm. Stargate, Za’abeel Park gate four, www.dubai-fleamarket.com.

Sunday 17

FREE! Last chance to see the Powerpuff Girls
Head to Al Ghurair City for some serious girl power as the Powerpuff trio take to the stage. It’s a beautiful day in Townsville, until the recycling plant machine breaks down. The pint-sized heroes, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, arrive in the nick of time to find that a non-recyclable item has got caught in the machine, and they save the day.
Free. Al Ghurair City, Deira, www.dubaievents.ae.

Monday 18

FREE! EDITOR’S PICK Make your own hovercraft at Arabian Centre
Those nutty professors are out in force with all sorts of crazy experiments that will surprise, shock and might even give you Einstein hair. The stage shows, which are run by Mad Science, make physics and chemistry fun for everyone, and are a not-to-be-missed event for kids who enjoy making bombs in the garden shed. Think foam factories, genies in bottles and something called The Windbag Challenge.
Free. Daily 11am-2pm, until July 20. Arabian Centre, Mirdif, www.arabiancenter.ae (04 284 5555).

Kids eat for free at The Westin
Head to Blue Orange, Hunters, Spice Emporium, Waves and Barasti to enjoy a huge array of cuisines. Children eat for free, and it means no cooking – and no washing up. Continues until September 30. Prices vary. The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Al Sufouh Road (04 366 7630).

Tuesday 19

EDITOR’S PICK FREE! See Bob the Builder on stage
Can he fix it? You bet he can! Bob the Builder and his handy construction buddies are in Dubai this summer with a 25-minute musical titled Birthday Surprise. It’s Wendy’s birthday and Bob wants to arrange a surprise party to celebrate, but will Spud be able to keep it a secret? Kids can also meet Bob, Wendy, and Spud after the show.
Free. Sun-Thu 4.30pm and 6pm; Fri-Sat 4.30pm, 6pm and 8pm. Until July 27. Mall of the Emirates, Barsha, www.dubaievents.ae.

Wednesday 20

EDITOR’S PICK Have a merry time at Modhesh World
We admit we have a soft spot for Modhesh World, mostly because it’s big and air conditioned and the little monsters can run wild, thus burning up loads of energy, instead of tearing the living room apart. Over the years it has expanded (and become pricier), but it’s a small price to pay to keep the kids entertained. This year, the themed zones are back, and include Modhesh Souq, arts and crafts, Lego, a book bazaar, an ice rink, a skate park, a funfair and numerous other games and rides. There are lots of inflatable bouncy things too – perfect for sorting out all the cabin-fever-induced silliness. Dhs15 per person; free for children under three.
Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu 10am-midnight; Fri 3pm-midnight. Modhesh World, Dubai Airport Expo, www.dubaievents.ae

By Joanna England
Time Out Dubai,

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