Dubai’s first ever Big Bubble Run is sure to be super soapy fun for all the family. Grab the kids and a towel and head on down to the Autodrome to soak up the foam. Walk, jog or run through a 5K river of bubbles. It’s pushchair friendly too so even the tiniest tots can join in the fun. With a DJ on board to help you bop through the bubbles and a medley of family entertainment including face painting, bubble shows and more, it’s sure to be a unique day out.
Tickets from Dhs165, under 6’s free, www.bigbubblerun.com.
Dubai’s Comic Con
Zap. Pow. Bam. Channel your inner superhero and jump on The Tumbler straight out of the movie Batman Begins. The Middle East Film and Comic Con at Dubai World Centre is promising all sorts of hijinks for fans and pop culture lovers. Travel back to the Future with stars like Christopher Lloyd, the famous Doc Brown, and listen to the antics of Stan Lee, the man behind Spiderman and The Incredible Hulk.
Book your tickets now and take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity. Kids under five are free, April 7-9, www.mefcc.com.
Soak Up Art
You are never too small to learn about art or to be inspired to become the next Paul Klee. Dubai has a real treat up its sleeve for anyone who loves colour and beauty with public art fair Dubai World Art taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre. With street art and graffiti to inspire, as well as live music and tasty street food, it’s sure to be an extravaganza. Enjoy local, regional and international artists and the best from nearby galleries.
Runs throughout April. Dubai World Trade Centre. www.dubaiculture.gov.ae.
Disney Live! - Join Mickey Mouse for his stage show
After talking exclusively to Mickey and Minnie Mouse last month, we can’t wait to see their incredible stage show. Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival will take to the Dubai World Trade Centre stage this weekend. From hip-hop beats and toe-tapping numbers, families will find it hard to sit still. Don’t miss it.
Runs April 6-9, www.platinumlist.net.
Fun at the shops -A play area for kids
Citywalk is boasting a super-new shopping experience called Level Kids which is taking families on a whimsical storytelling journey filled with adventure. Spanning over three floors and with over 200 brands, Level Kids is the first concept store devoted entirely to tots from newborn to 12 years. It offers a breathtaking selection of children’s wear, shoes, accessories, toys and specialised services under one roof. Play areas, child orientated spas and kiddie-friendly dining are sure to keep your little poppet entranced as you enjoy a spot of shopping.
Citywalk, Dubai. Slam Dunk
Wrestling fans, young and old, will be delighted to know the famous WWE Live Dune Bash is returning to Dubai. Fans will be able to see their favourite WWE superstars including Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose, United States Champion Kalisto, Tag Team Champions, The New Day, Big Show, Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler and Sami Zayn in action.
April 14, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium. www.wwe.com/worldwide. Tantalising Tea Party- A popular tale
An ordinary morning for Sophie and her mummy turns into a fun-filled adventure when a tea-guzzling tiger decides to call and gobbles down all the food in their house. One of the best-selling children’s books of all time bursts onto the stage again next month as The Tiger Who Came To Tea returns to Dubai for what’s expected to be another sell out tour.
Lots of audience participation, sing-along moments and several unexpected surprises make this show an enduring success and an unforgettable experience. Buy your tickets now.
Madinat Theatre, www.ticketline.ae (04 341 4777). The hillsare alive
Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-daaaaah! It’s here. The Sound Of Music, the smash-hit musical with one of the most famous families on stage has arrived in Dubai. Prepare to sing your hearts out to some of the best-known theatre songs in history, as Maria and the Von Trapp children tell their spirited story of love and freedom, set in beautiful Austria, just before the Second World War. This story has been the winner of five Oscars and its soundtrack stands in history as the best-selling musical of all time. It’s a lavish production, featuring a stellar cast and orchestra from London’s West End, alongside talented UAE performers. It is only here until the April 16, so don’t miss this chance to take the family on a trip down memory lane.
Tickets start at Dhs200. Shows running until April 16, Madinat Jumeirah Theatre. www.soundofmusicdubai.com.
Explosive educational fun is coming to Dubai with the Ministry of Science Live show. Scientists will bring the messiest, loudest, craziest experiments to life live on stage as they take you on a journey of the incredible inventors and engineers who have shaped and inspired the modern world we live in.
April 20-21, Ductac Theatre, Mall of Emirates, Dubai. www.artforall.ae (050 880 5074).
Settle into a story
We all love a good story and who better to regale us with a tale full of adventure than firm favourite children’s author Julia Johnson.
She’s enchanted us with the Humpy Grumpy Camel series and now she’s back again to celebrate her latest read Ubuntu, Summer of the Rhino. Take the family along and settle down to hear some very special stories that will capture all imaginations.
April 22, 4pm, Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah. Email email@example.com. Mummy Mondays at Jones
One for mums and tots. If you’re looking to try something new this month, why not visit jones the grocer for its Mummy Mondays. Each week until 11.30am, mums can enjoy a mini Danish, small fruit cup, yoghurt with jam and granola, plus tea or coffee for Dhs28. Sounds like the perfect Monday morning to us.
Mondays at selected stores only. Visit www.jonesthegrocer.com.
The ever-popular Reform Social & Grill hosts its last spring family fun day this month, jam-packed with bouncy castles and face painting to enjoy alongside delicious grilled burgers, wraps and hotdogs from The Orchard barbecue. Anyone else hungry?
April 23, noon–7pm. www.reformsocialgrill.ae (04 454 2638).
Family Fun Run
Lace up your trainers and hit the track with your kids for the Asics Run Series Race 4, held out at Meydan. Courses from 4km to suit all age-ranges and abilities. Better still, parents running with their children (12 and under) race for free.
Juniors (18 and under) Dhs100, adults Dhs150, April 23, 6am for registration and warm-up.
The Track, Golf Clubhouse, Meydan. www.supersportsdubai.com.
New Playground Fun
Three exciting new playgrounds have just been unveiled at the recently-opened Canal Residences retail promenade in Sports City. Parents can now enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of the gorgeous cafés on the strip, whilst the kids climb, swing and clamber their way around the specially-designed play equipment. Will be all-the-more attractive once the canals are filled and the waterside walkways are completed. One to watch.
Young filmmakers can try their hand in the professional world at this year’s Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival. This is the first children film festival in the UAE, organised by (FUNN) Sharjah Media Arts for Youth and Children and established under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi (wife of His Highness, the Ruler of Sharjah). Mini filmmakers across the UAE are welcome to submit their short films now.
The festival takes place October 18-23. www.sicff.ae.
Find the perfect nursery - Mark this in your diaries
Take a trip along to the Dubai Nursery Show and find the perfect nursery for your tot, while at the same time shop for quality pre-loved baby clothes, items, toys books and much more. In conjunction with the popular Baby Bazaar, the Dubai Nursery Show will let you put nurseries under the microscope and ask any
burning questions you may have to help settle those pre-school nerves.
Free, April 29-30, Dubai International Marine Club. For more information visit www.dubainurseryshow.com.
Treat your brood to a breakfast out this month and head to Eggspectation. Not only does the restaurant have a new spring menu, there is plenty to keep kids entertained with delicious dessert options and the city’s Splash Pad located right outside. The ultimate must-try dessert that caught our little eyes is the Choco Banana Crepe. This soft crepe is filled with sliced bananas and has enough chocolate drizzled over it to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Open daily, 7am-midnight, Eggspectation, The Beach, JBR (04 430 7252).