Kids calendar

The best fun for all the family in Dubai this week

Thursday 11

Global Village (04 362 4115; With more than 6,000 performances taking place in the 30-plus pavilions alongside all the fun of the fair, it’s time to get your walking shoes on and explore the Global Village. A venue that comes alive during the Shopping Festival, there are loads of fun activities to look forward to. Check out the Chinese Flying Poles show, or Bounce, the intriguing, ‘never-seen-before-here’ stunt show. There are loads of different snack stall treats to test too, so make sure you go with empty stomachs.

Friday 12

Autodrome car boot sale ( Clear out those cupboards, sort through those bookcases and reserve a spot at the Dubai Autodrome car boot sale. Sellers pay Dhs100, browsers go free – and you get a great view of the racing action. A fantastic family treat for those with combustion-mad kids.

The Little Big Club Show at Airport Expo (04 332 1000; This is the last chance to see The Little Big Club Show. Crowd-pullers at this all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza include Bob the Builder, Barney, Angelina Ballerina, Pingu, Postman Pat and Fireman Sam. Performances are at 4pm and 8pm. Call for ticket info, or see

Saturday 13

FREE! Inspire Garden Party (04 395 5473/ An open house at this new nursery near Spinneys on Al Wasl Road, with loads of fun activities for kids aged three months to four years, and their parents too. 10am-4pm.

FREE! Jumeirah Music Centre concert (04 349 2662; Join 30 children from the Jumeirah Music Centre as they perform their charity concert Thank You for the Music, Part 2 at the Mövenpick Hotel. Entry is free, but donations are welcome and go to a charity which helps abandoned and abused children in the Philippines. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.30pm.

Bead Palace Valentine’s workshop (04 395 2771; Get your little love bugs into the spirit by booking them into this crafty Valentine’s workshop. Dhs140 per child will keep them occupied with all sorts of gift-making crafts, including cooking, pottery, T-shirt painting and jewellery design. Classes take place at the Kempinski Hotel at Mall of the Emirates from 2pm to 5pm and are suitable for those aged four and above.

Sunday 14

Dubai Tennis Championships ( Have you got your tickets yet? Watch some of the world’s top tennis stars play their hearts out, or just head along to the Irish Village and soak up the atmosphere.

Monday 15

Monster Truck Show Dubai Festival City (04 217 9670; An adrenaline-packed experience to wow thrill-seekers large and small, this is a must-see this month. The 60-minute performances start at 4pm and 7pm and promise an hour of motor-fuelled mayhem, including daring stunts using motocross bikes, quad bikes and, of course, those massive monster trucks. Start those engines…

Tuesday 16

FREE! Dubai Fringe Festival (800 33232; Get a taste of the fantastic Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Dubai Festival City this month. With acrobats, magicians, jugglers, street artists, comedians and more as part of the line-up, this is one event you really should pop along and see. The artists are dotted around the mall and more information on their acts can be found on the website (or pick up a booklet in the mall for timings). Lots of fun for everyone – and it’s free!

Wednesday 17

Chinese Circus (04 336 9773; A great treat for little ones who are yet to witness the delights of an oriental circus, this show is not to be missed. The performances take place at the Dolphinarium at Creek Park at 6pm, Monday to Saturday (no show on Sundays, but there’s an additional show on Fridays at 3pm). There’ll be lots of amazing acrobats and Eastern illusion to look forward to. Tickets cost Dhs120 for adults and Dhs70 for children.

Thursday 18

FREE! Heritage Village (04 393 7151) The Dubai Heritage Village is not only an ideal spot from which to view the fabulous Dubai Shopping Festival fireworks (which kick off at 8.30pm every evening), it’s also the perfect place to explore the history of the Gulf. Traditional handicrafts, restored houses, Bedouin snacks, birds of prey displays, camel rides, horse demonstrations, cultural dances and a generally festive atmosphere make it one of the most enjoyable venues Dubai has to offer of an evening. You can also stroll along the creekside promenade and watch the boats go by, or settle down for supper under the stars at one of the many waterfront restaurants. Heritage Village is open Saturday to Thursday 8am-10pm; and Friday 8am-11pm and 4pm-10pm.

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