Kids' events in Dubai

Dance along with Sharmila Dance Gala at Ductac

Thursday 5

Feel the rhythm at the Sharmila Dance Gala
Today is the second and final day of Sharmila Dance’s first ever dance gala at Ductac in Mall of the Emirates. Hosted by Sharmila Kamte, founder, choreographer and creative director of the dance academy, it will showcase the best of ballet, contemporary, jazz, salsa, tango and hip hop. There’ll be performances by the stars of Sharmila Dance, plus international acts courtesy of the Stuttgart Ballet Company, The Estonian Ballet Company and The BNF Dance Company.
Dhs185 (stalls), Dhs145 (circle). 6pm and 8.30pm. Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, (04 341 4777).

Get spending at Dubai Shoppng Festival
If you have money to burn after Christmas, don’t miss the Dubai Shopping Festival, which starts today. As well as the usual bargains and special offers in stores across town, there’ll be tons of things to do for the whole family, from cultural shows to competitions and fireworks displays. See the website for a full schedule. Various locations across Dubai.
Until February 5. (600 54 5555).

Join the Three Kings Parade
The Three Kings Parade is a huge event in Spain, celebrating the journey of the Three Wise Men as they travelled across the desert. But it has also made its way here to the UAE thanks to Espanarab, which will be holding a magical procession to the Madinat Jumeirah Amphitheatre today. Join the city’s Spanish residents to celebrate into the night – kids under the age of 12 will receive a free gift from the kings.
Free. From 7pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, (no number).

Friday 6

Check out the handicrafts at the ARTE Market
This is a great place to pick up interesting books, arts and crafts and more You can also check out the wares on the ARTE online store, at
Free entry. Noon-7pm. Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City, (no number).

Saturday 7

Become a mini film critic
We’re huge fans of Magic Lantern, the film club for children that holds informative sessions at venues across the UAE. Today the club is screening a classic kids’ movie at Mall of the Emirates, with a stage presentation first to help the kids understand cinema and its beauty. Suitable for kids aged six to 11, you’ll need to sign up to the film club to attend, and members will receive a mini magazine before each film for background reading.
Membership Dhs160 (first child in family), Dhs130 (additional family members). 4pm. Mall of the Emirates, Barsha, (no number).

Sunday 8

Hop along to Kidville
Today is the start of the brand new 2012 winter semester, and true to form Kidville will be holding all manner of kids’ classes, camps and workshops in art, music, dance, cooking and enrichment for children of all ages.
Prices and timings vary. Ongoing. The Walk, JBR (04 440 1220), Uptown Mirdif (04 236 3648), and Motor City (04 454 2760),

Tread the boards at Drama Scene
It’s the first day of term for Drama Scene at Ductac. With classes for students of all ages in acting, musical theatre, storytelling and more, the group is also offering optional LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) accreditation for pupils over the age of five. Prices vary according to course.
Ongoing. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates. (055 310 0984).

Monday 9

See the Volvo Ocean Race in Abu Dhabi
Running until January 14, this world-leading yacht race features lots of cool free activities for the kids to get involved in, from free paddleboarding sessions to simulators where you can be live on the seas during the race. Prices vary.
Until January 14. Destination Village, Abu Dhabi Corniche, (no number)

Tuesday 10

Ice skating at Arabian Centre
Glide into 2012 with a few turns on the ice. As one of the newest rinks in town, this well-maintained facility costs just Dhs25 per person for a two-and-a-half-hour session, including skate hire. It’s also made of synthetic ice, which is 10 per cent less slippery than the genuine stuff, and a lot less cold, making it perfect for beginners. Dhs25 per person. Open daily, 9am-10pm.
Ongoing. Arabian Centre, Khawaneej Road, Mirdif (04 284 5555).

Wednesday 11

Rock out to Rocking All Over the World
It’s the opening night of the latest musical extravaganza at the First Group Theatre. Suitable for everyone over the age of five, Rocking All Over the World will take audiences on an auditory journey through the history of pop music, with tributes to a huge range of international acts including ABBA, U2, Madonna and Michael Jackson.
Dhs185 (Dhs175 special opening night discount, today only). 8pm. Until January 14. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6546),

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