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OliOli review

OliOli, a play museum where children are encouraged to find their happy place, is about to explode onto the edutainment canvas of Dubai. We went along to find out all about it

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Can you imagine a hand-knit macramé play park for children to climb and wriggle across, weighing over 800kg with the strength to hold 29 baby elephants? This is just one of the exciting installations which OliOli has to brag about and we can’t wait to try it out. Because Dubai’s latest child-centred space has gathered up the best of the brightest in museums, science centres and art studios across the globe and brought them to Dubai to create “Tomorrow’s Playgound”.

So as children tramp through the massive repurposed warehouse in Al Quoz, where OliOli has built its home, what can they expect to find? According to its creators, they will be kept very busy exploring eight uniquely themed galleries containing more than 40 hands-on activities, all of which are designed to nurture their sense of curiosity and exploration.

One of the most exciting aspects of the space is certain to be Toshi’s net, conceived by Japanese textile artist, Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam. It is a hand-knit playground designed to give little ones a challenging play environment where they can practise assessing risk.

Its creator tells us: “Our structures encourage children to challenge themselves but with many routes and options.

“There is no programme of play. Some of their manoeuvres are heart-stopping to a bystander – but they know what they are doing.”

And once they have climbed their way through the net, there is still so much more to explore. Little scientists will love making and launching their own rockets as they move air in the air gallery. And can you imagine the splash to be made, launching some cannon balls in the water gallery?

The whole family can get busy in the creative lab, as they tinker and toil together to build something amazing, or watch their creations come to life in future park, where they can create some 3D models. With forts to build, cars to race and a special area just for toddlers, this is a play experience we will be keeping an eye on.
OliOli, 62 4th Street, Al Quoz, Dubai.Doors open to the public October 15. Visit www.olioli.ae for more information.

The bottom line

One to watch on Dubai’s ever-expanding play centre scene.


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