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Top kids events in Dubai this week

Fun for all the family with our essential events guide

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Wednesday 19

Art Dubai
Don’t miss out on the Sheikha Manal Little Artists Programme for kids aged three to 14 during Art Dubai. The programme includes workshops, discovery tours of galleries and activities led by
UAE artists. Registration is a must.
Free. Timings vary. March 19-22, Madinat Jumeirah, www.artdubai.ae (04 358 7121).

Thursday 20

The Gruffalo’s Child
The best selling picture book by Julia Donaldson is back in Dubai in a magical, musical adaptation which aims to be interactive with kids.
Dhs140. Timings vary. March 18-22. Madinat Jumeirah Theatre, www.timeouttickets.com (04 366 6546).

Friday 21

Free Story Time
Head over to Little Explorers for free story time under the Banyan Tree for all kids aged five and above until March 29. Reading popular fairytales and children’s best selling stories, the 20-30 minute sessions will take place on a first-come, first-served basis.
Free. 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Little Explorers, Mirdif City Centre, Mirdif, www.theplaymania.com/little-explorers (800 386).

Mother’s Day Workshop
Let your kids get crafty at Caboodle with a special workshop where they can make their own original Mother’s Day gift from cards, origami flowers, paper mobiles and more.
Dhs90 for two hours of crafts and free play. 3pm-9pm. Caboodle, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai www.caboodle.ae (04 325 3367).

Saturday 22

Painting with Mum
Celebrate Mother’s Day with thejamjar pop-up studio and take part in its special mother and child painting day. You will receive one 30x30cm canvas and one 20x20cm canvas to paint as you please. Dhs80. 2pm to 6pm.
The Archive, Gate 5, Safa Park, www.jamjardubai.com (04 341 7303).

Farmers’ Market
Shop for freshly baked breads and pastries, fresh fruit, veggies and more while the kids run wild on the bouncy castle leaving you to peruse in peace.
Free. 9am-1pm. Dubai Garden Centre, Exit 42 Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dubaigardencentre.ae (04 340 0006).

Sunday 23

Gulf Star
If the kids are keen to try out a new hobby but aren’t sure where to start, take a look at Gulf Star Sports which runs classes all over Dubai including gymnastics, football, dance, martial arts, swimming and more.
Prices vary. Timings vary. Various locations across Dubai including Repton School, Nad Al Sheba, www.gulfstarsports.com (050 429 4860).

Monday 24

Arts and Crafts workshop
Head over to the Al Maraya Art Centre for a free arts and craft workshop for kids aged six to 10 years old. This week will focus on sculpture using recycled materials and cardboard while also teaching the importance of recycling and conserving the environment.
Free. 4.30pm-6pm. Al Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Sharjah, www.maraya.ae (06 556 6555).

Tuesday 25

Abu Dhabi Festival
Head out of Dubai for the day to visit Abu Dhabi Festival event The Story Mile featuring illustrations of age old story characters, magical and mythical, whose stories deliver messages about morality and safety. Dhs10 per person entry to Khalifa Park.
4pm-11pm weekdays. UAE booth, Six Continents, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, www.sixcontinents.ae (800 22220).

By Simone Gannon
Time Out Dubai,

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