Must-do family events this week

Super Granny and a Young Writer's Competition

Wednesday 12

Head to Dubai’s only turtle rehabilitation project, aiming to provide a safe home to nurse sick and injured turtles back to health before returning them to their natural habitat. Turn up mid-morning and you’ll get to see them fed, too!
Free. 11am. Al Muna enclosure, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, (04 301 7198).

Thursday 13

Offering highly interactive classes focusing on early language acquisition, drama, creative play, dance and movement. Different classes are available for various age groups. Includes Baby beeps, suitable from birth upwards.
Dhs75 per class. 11am. Caboodle, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, (055 246 6040).

Friday 14

Rang De 2014
The much-loved family event, which celebrates the Indian festival Holi at Wonderland, is back.
Dhs95 per person, Dhs295 for group of four. 10am-6pm. Wonderland, Oud Metha (050 600 0836).

Gold’s Gym
Held every Friday and Saturday at all Gold’s Gym clubs in Dubai, these kids’ fitness classes focus on endurance, core strength and balance as well as nutrition and relaxation techniques. Choices include Zumba, martial arts, hip-hop and more.
Prices on request. Various timings. Locations including Al Barsha Mall, Al Barsha, (800 46537).

Saturday 15

Acrylic art workshop for children
Suitable for kids aged five-12, this workshop offers your Picassos the chance to unleash their flair with artist Sana Merchant.
Dhs50 per person including materials. 2-3pm. Al Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Sharjah, (06 556 6555).

Young writers’ competition
Today is your last chance to enter the Jacqueline Wilson young writers’ competition. Kids aged seven-12 are asked to write a short story adventure inspired by children’s book Hetty Feather no longer than 1,000 words. The finalist will win two tickets to London to see a West End show.
To enter, email, (04 304 2340).

Sunday 16

Take a break with a book
Why not curl up today with A Desert Tale, an exciting story set in Dubai. It follows Thomas and Sarah who live in Jumeirah and learn about the adventures of pearl diving, wind towers, Bedouins and more.
Dhs35 from all major bookshops across Dubai.

Monday 17

Arabian Ranches Education Fair
For everything you need to know about education and after-school activities in the Dubailand area, be sure to visit the first education fair in the area, held at Arabian Ranches Golf Club.
Free. 9am-1pm. Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Arabian Ranches, (055 679 1349).

Tuesday 18

Super Granny
The author, international parenting coach and founder of Monsters to Munchkins, Andalene Salvesen, is back in Dubai. She’ll be sharing her thoughts and advice on healthy boundary-setting at Cocoon Nursery. Dhs100 per person. 8.30am-10.30am. Cocoon Nursery, Jumeirah 3, (04 394 9394).

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