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Catch the Cat In Boots premiere or join a new playdate

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Thursday 24

Stock up on popcorn for the Cat in Boots premiere
If your kids are fans of the Shrek franchise, they’ll love the heroic escapades of the furry caped crusader (who’s been renamed for local audiences), played by Antonio Banderas. Now on a solo mission, he’s joined by
Kitty Softpaws (voiced by Salma Hayek), and an all-star cast that includes Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Dumpty, and Billy Bob Thornton as Jack.
In cinemas across Dubai.

Friday 25

Buy your tickets for The Nutcracker
It’s exactly a month until Christmas Day – get in the festive spirit by buying your tickets for seasonal ballet The Nutcracker, which will be at the First Group Theatre from December 15 to 17. The performance by the prestigious Vienna Festival Ballet Company tells the tale of Clara, whose nutcracker toy magically transforms into a soldier that whisks her away to an enchanted land.
Dhs165 (balcony), Dhs185 (stalls). December 15-17. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com.

Take to the water in a home-made boat
The fourth annual ‘Whatever Floats Your Boat’ competition takes place today. Organised in conjunction with the Emirates Wildlife Society, resourceful local schools and businesses will be competing to race their home-made rafts to promote environmental awareness and the benefits of recycling.
Free entry for schools; free for spectators. Noon-6pm. Today only. Dubai Festival City Marina, Hayley.Sturgess@ichdfc.ae, Diala.Ballout@afgre.com (04 701 1060).

Saturday 26

See Little Red Riding Hood
This show, based on the popular fairy tale, has been touring the UAE’s schools, and has been delighting kids (and grown ups!) of all ages. Don’t miss our interview with the cast in November’s issue of Time Out Kids, on sale now.
Dhs65 (balcony), Dhs85 (stalls). Until November 26. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com.

Sunday 27

Get some parenting tips Local parenting expert
Therese Sequeira hosts another of her popular Triple P seminars today. The morning session is all about ‘Raising Resilient Children’, while the evening session concentrates on ‘Raising Confident, Competent Children’.
Dhs250 per parent, Dhs350 per couple. 8.30am-10am, 6.30pm-8.30pm. KidsFIRST Medical Centre, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim, www.kidsfirst.ae (04 348 5437).

Be amazed by an award-winning illusionist
Argentinian magician Gaston Quieto is performing every Sunday at Ping Pong at The Dubai Mall until December 4. As you munch on the set menu of five dim sum baskets for Dhs130 (or two baskets for Dhs60 for the little ones), Gaston will wow you with his masterful illusions and sleight of hand.
Dhs130 (adults), Dhs60 (kids). Sun 7.30pm-9.30pm until December 4. Ping Pong, The Dubai Mall, www.pingpongdimsum.ae (04 339 9088).

Monday 28

Run off some energy at Children’s City This huge centre on Dubai’s creekside is cheap, cheerful and lots of fun for tots with vast amounts of energy to run off. It boasts education zones that will entertain kids from tots to teens, including a discovery section, a physical science zone, a computer and communication gallery and a historical and nature area to keep the inquisitive ones occupied.
Dhs15 (adults), Dhs10 (children). Open Sun-Thu 9am-8pm, Fri 3pm-7.30pm. Ongoing. Dubai Creek Park, near Garhoud Bridge, www.childrencity.ae (04 334 0808).

Tuesday 29

Buy your tickets for Barney
He’s back! Kids across the planet love Barney the Dinosaur, so don’t miss the opportunity to see him for real at this years’ Mother, Baby & Child Show. Barney will be on stage every day at the show, which runs from December 8-10, where he’ll be performing his famous song-and-dance routines for the audience. It’s an interactive show, so audience participation is a must!
Dhs25 (adults), Dhs10 (children). December 8-10. Dubai International Convention Centre, www.motherbabyandchild.com.

Wednesday 30

Join a new mums-and-tots playdate
Want to meet fellow mums and let the kids enjoy a free play session, all for a good cause? Don’t miss the new ParTEA charity playdate, courtesy of SolidariTea and those lovely ladies at Mamavents. The event will be raising money for the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund to furnish a brand new paediatric cancer hospital in Gaza.
Free. 9.30am-11am; 11.30am-1pm; 1.30pm-3pm. Today only. Mini Monsters, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.mamaknowsdubai.com, www.facebook.com/mamaventsdubai.

Say hello to the turtles at Mina A’ Salam
Visit the pools near Al Muna and The Wharf restaurants to see the loveable sea dwellers that are being looked after at Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. On Fridays and Wednesdays, the centre runs hour-long sessions that are open to the public, where you can find out more about one of Dubai’s best-loved indigenous species, as well as getting involved with feeding time.
Free. Wed 11.30am; Fri 1.30pm. Ongoing. Mina A’ Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, www.facebook.com/turtle.rehabilitation.

By Claire Glasby
Time Out Dubai,

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