Kids’ events in April

Our hot picks from the month’s family activities


Get Glee-full
Don’t miss the chance to rock your socks off at the fantastic Tribute to Glee and other Gleeful Tunes musical medley show at the First Group Theatre. The special live dedication to the television series GLEE stars ten of the original cast members from the UK West End production. Not only that, but there are also a number of hand-picked local stars who auditioned for their roles back in February. A five-piece-band are accompanying the talented cast, who will be performing hits like Don’t Stop Believing, Somebody to love and Gold Digger.
Dhs195 (per ticket), performances at 7.30pm, April 26-29, First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat.

Don’t miss oliver!
We’re delighted that it will be hitting the stage at the First Group Theatre at the Souk Madiant this month. The production, which features a cast of over 100, also includes title roles that are played by professional West End actors.
Dhs175 (per ticket), from April 12–23, timings vary.

Walking for autism
Organised by the Child Early Intervention Medical Centre, to raise more awareness about autism, the walkathon takes place on April 21, from 5pm to 9pm. There will be heaps of entertainment and activities to keep walkers’ spirits up, including Dubai Drums and bake sales to restore those energy levels. There’s more fun in store once the walk is over too, including a bazaar, bouncy castles and face painters laid on for evening fun. Just turn up, do the walk and enjoy the event.

Bilingual bubs
Following the same educational philosophy as the two existing Children’s Garden nurseries in Jumeirah and the Greens Community, a third Children’s Garden is due to open in September 2012. Admissions are currently open for the pre-school, which will be offering the International Curriculum for Languages and Creative Arts (ICLCA), with a bilingual curriculum for English/French or English/Arabic.
Visit, or contact or 04 349 2985 for admissions.

Uptown girls and boys
The Uptown School K-12 project in Mirdif will be opening the doors of its early childhood centre this September. Initially offering Pre-K to KG 2 (that’s for kids aged three to five years old), by the time the campus is fully built over the next few years, there will be a huge 300,000sq ft of space for pupils. When the multi-phase development is completed, it will feature two sports halls, a 400-metre Olympic standard running track, two swimming pools, indoor and outdoor play areas for KG, libraries, media cetnres, auditoriums and much much more!
For more information and admissions, go to

Future leaders
Last month, Dubai International Academy opened its doors to the world’s future leaders for a model United Nations conference. Between March 21 and 24, young representatives from over 40 schools in 15 countries, joined together to debate current key world issues, and learn about diplomacy, public speaking, conflict resolution and collective writing.
An annual event on the DIA calendar, find out more at

New nursery
With so many families living in the Marina, it’s always great when another nursery opens. This month sees the opening of Toddler Town British Nursery in JBR. Following the EYFS curriculum, they’re accepting kids from six months to five years, and have 5,000 square feet of outdoor space for little learners.
Visit for more information.

Tuneful tots
‘Children should be involved in music at a very young age as this helps their development and improves their abilities,’ says Natalie Sengezer, director of Golden Beach Nursery, where kids have music classes everyday. By encouraging children’s creativity through music, singing, dancing and playing instruments, the nursery’s philosophy aims to encourage self-confidence and self-control in a secure environment.
For more info, visit

Healthy pizza?
You can’t beat a good slice (or four) of pizza once in a while, but thanks to the gooey cheese and heavy dough, it’s generally not the healthiest of family treats. Luckily, Pizza Express has come to the rescue, with their brand new Leggera pizza (it means light in Italian). All of the pizzas on the Leggera menu contain less than 500 calories, and thanks to a hole in the centre of the dough (based on Neopolitan fresella bread), they are filled with a tasty rocket and ricotta salad too.
Available in all Pizza Express restaurants in Dubai from April 4.

Fresh fare
Check out the Baker & Spice farmers market on the Terrace at Dubai Marina Promenade. It takes place every Saturday between 9am and 3pm.

Babies “R” trendy
We’re loving the brand new Babies “R” Us apparel collection that’s hit the all the stores across the UAE. Seriously cute and trendy, as well as practical and extremely reasonably priced, it’s now possible to dress your tots in the best for less. Prices for newborns to five-year-olds start for as little as Dh10, allowing parents to save a bundle on their little bundle. The collection is made up of labels ranging from Koala Organic, Koala Kids and Ladybird, ensuring quality too. Check out the delightful items for the traditional layette for newborns to 12 months, which include body suits, baby gros, little tops and bottoms as well as dresses for baby girls.
Adorable! Toys “R” Us, Dubai Festival City (04 206 6552), Deira City Centre (04 236 4166), and Times Square Centre (04 341 8383).

Safety first
Following the UAE government’s latest regulations for keeping kids safely buckled up in the car, Babies R Us is offering parents useful guidelines for finding the perfect car seat. Taking into account the size of the child, and the type of car you drive, their experts can advise you on the right seat for your child’s needs, and will also fit it into your car at no extra cost.
For more info, contact Toys R Us in Festival City (04 206 6552), Times Square Centre (04 341 8383) or Deira City Centre (04 236 4166).

Love, love, love!
If you haven’t visited the kids’ department at Debenhams yet, you’re missing out. As well as their own cute and well-priced Blue Zoo line, we can’t get enough of the designer collaborations with the likes of John Rocha, Jasper Conran, Ted Baker, Julien Macdonald and Matthew Williamson.
Mall of the Emirates (04 340 7575).

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