Avid readers are in for a treat as some of the world’s best-known authors converge on the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Readings, performance poetry and workshops will take centre stage over the space of nine days as ideas are shared and new friends are made. Prolific children’s writers Francesca Simon, Richard Byrne and Jon Klassen are all part of the stellar line-up. The more mature reader will enjoy Alan Titchmarsh, Jeffrey Archer and Sue Moorcraft. If you love a good story, then this event is for you.
Tickets from Dhs45, March 3-11, timings vary. InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City, www.emirateslitfest.com.
Fairytales on the river
Experience an exciting weekend at the enchanted Riverland Dubai where scenes from fairytales come to life. See retellings of classic tales, including Snow White and The Frog Prince.
Free. March 2, 3pm-8pm, March 3-4, 11am-7pm. Dubai Parks and Resorts, Jebel Ali, www.dubaiparksandresorts.com.
Wafi Mall’s got talent
Children aged four to 16 with stars in their eyes can showcase their talents at Wafi Mall, with the best and brightest auditioning for a place in the final of Wafi Superstars 2017.
March 3-17, timings vary. Wafi Mall Atrium, www.wafi.com.
Flip the lights
Bigger kids can burn off energy while showing off their moves at Dubai’s biggest trampoline park, Flip Out Dubai. There will be R&B and hip-hop mixes spun by DJ Jen, the ‘Flip The Lights SURGE Party’, tutorials in parkour, 3D wall running and flips.
Dhs80 (per hour), Dhs180 (whole night). March 2. Al Quoz 3, www.dubai.platinumlist.net.
Celebrate the festival of colours at Splash ‘n’ Party
Bollywood dancers, jugglers, and a DJ on the decks – Splash ‘n’ Party is set to mark the Indian festival of Holi with a fun festival. After an afternoon spent dancing, grooving and swimming with Ursula, the resident mermaid, little ones can enjoy a colourful Holi festival feast of delicious snacks and treats. Waterguns and water balloons will add a playful splash to the party theme.
Dhs 100 per child . March 11, 3pm-6pm, Villa 1, Street 8A, Al Safa 2, Jumeirah, (04 388 3008).
Junior golfers can enjoy special training and development with a programme just for them. The classes cover all physical aspects essential for good golf performance, including speed, strength, power, endurance, skill, mobility, stability, coordination and more.
Dhs800 (eight-week course). Starts March 14. The Address Montgomerie Dubai (04 363 1241).
Time Out Kids hop
Time Out Kids has partnered with the team at BOUNCE Dubai and BOUNCE Abu Dhabi to host two super-fun, super-exclusive parties on March 7 and 8. We’ll have a dedicated party host and supervisor, plus tasty, kid-friendly food options, a bunch of tailored activities and official bounce grip socks for everyone!
Free. BOUNCE Dubai, Al Quoz 1: March 7, 4pm-6pm; BOUNCE Abu Dhabi, Marina Mall: March 8, 4pm-6pm. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grab your picnic basket
Everybody loves a good picnic and the Saturday Pik-Nik at the Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina is sure to get you smiling as you enjoy your lunch outdoors. Enjoy a family basket of treats including salads, cold-cuts, and pastries. Or, for something different, pick up a snack from one of the many food trucks stocked with pizza, freshly-grilled burgers and more.
Dhs250 (per family). Sat 11am-6pm. Dubai Marina (04 511 7373).
Swot up on UK education
Parents and students of the Dubai educational community are invited to attend an info day at the British Boarding School Show to meet with prominent names in British education and find out more about boarding school opportunities for UAE families, in the UK. The show provides families from the GCC region direct and privileged access to the heads of some of the UK’s most prestigious school.
Free. March 17-18, noon-5pm. Sheraton Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, www.dubai.schoolsshow.co.uk.
Busy little bees
Hold onto your hats, there’s a brand-new play area in town that will keep your little ones entertained with all sorts of hands-on activities. From arts and crafts, to science and music, BEEhive enables children to explore, learn, break out of their social shells and uncover their hidden talents while acquiring new skills. It’s perfect for kids from ages one to 12 who love exploratory play.
Dhs95 (full-day pass) or Dhs45 (per hour). Ground floor, Blue Bay Tower Hotel, Business Bay, (04 431 0347).
March 20 - 25
Build a Bear
New at Build-A-Bear Workshop are the Beauty & The Beast bears, inspired by their live-action counterparts of the classic Disney movie from the big screen version coming this month to UAE theatres. Choose from the slightly sinister Beast or the beautiful Belle.
Dhs130. Various locations, including The Dubai Mall (04 325 3114).
Mother’s Day treat
Clinton St Baking Company & Restaurant are showing their love for all the super-mums out there on Mother’s Day by offering delicious and complimentary raspberry pancakes when you dine at Clinton St City Walk or Downtown Dubai.
Free. March 21, 8am-11pm. City Walk, Al Mustaqbal Street, Building 10 (04 344 0705); Burj Views, Downtown Dubai (04 428 1331).
Magic on stage
For every little sleepy head who is nervous of monsters under the bed, check out the on-stage performance of Emily Brown and the Thing. The show will capture the imaginations of little ones (and grown-ups).
From Dhs140. March 21-25, timings vary. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6546).
Play at the Palace
Spring has certainly sprung at the play centre designed to resemble a miniature French town. Take them along to enjoy a week of story telling, painting, yoga, Mad Science and games at Le Petit Palais. There’s also a life-size playhouse, a softplay jungle gym, an arts and crafts station and a karaoke room!
Dhs650 (per week), Dhs140 (per day). March 26-20, Sun-Thu 10am-3pm. Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall (04 382 7333 Ext. 2754).
Book in a camp
Check out the bright and busy camp at Cloud 7 this spring where creative kids aged three to ten can enjoy a host of interactive activities including yoga, art and crafts and science. Where do we sign up?
Dhs140 (per day, per child), Dhs650 (per week). Lunch included. March 26-April 6, 10am-3pm. Level Kids, City Walk, email@example.com.
New Dubai store opens
Check out the chic new corner in Dubai that specialises in accessories for the home. Offering a carefully curated assortment of Scandinavian-inspired, minimalistic décor, Nook is a treasure trove of unique pieces at surprisingly affordable prices.
Open Sun-Sat, 11am-9pm. Shop 12C, Beach Centre (04 265 4666).
Your littlest fashionistas will love the new Chloé Children collection, starring frames including the lively Daisy style. The miniaturised version of Chloé’s most iconic looks, the frames feature a trendy round shape and subtle metal detail for a retro vibe.
Grand Optics, various locations, including JBR (04 423 3809).