Check out the local talent starring in Dubai’s very own version of the Broadway hit musical Annie. The story of little orphan Annie, a boisterous but sad 10-year-old girl who dreams of having real parents one day, Annie’s dreams are answered when the billionaire Oliver Warbucks decided to adopt her, much to the shock of the scheming orphanage ruler Ms Hannigan and Rooster, her devious brother.
Performances run every day until April 18 except April 12 at various times, tickets cost Dhs189
Al Saheel: The Voice of the Horse
This equine-themed extravaganza features specially-trained performing horses, riders, and entertainment acts, and traces the history and influence of the Arabian horse around the world. Acts include traditional Spanish dressage, stunt riding, tricks, and liberty acts that showcase the traditional Arab Bedouin skills of equine communication. Limited Hoofbeatz hospitality tickets at Dhs350 for all ages include a ‘Behind the Scenes’ stable tour prior to show time, priority seating, a welcome drink, and Arabic mezze served during the show.
Regular ticket prices Dhs110-Dhs190 for adults, Dhs50-Dhs85 for children aged six to 12 years. No children aged six and under will be admitted. Shows will run throughout the year on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7.30pm
Ski Dubai Easter Egg Hunt
04 409 4000; firstname.lastname@example.org
The search for buried chocolate begins! On April 10, 11 and 12 kids aged three to six years can join the hunt at 10am. Older kids can take part in an Egg Hunt Race where they’ll be given a map to help them complete the park’s activities. The fastest around the circuit will win a special Easter hamper. The children will be ably assisted by Frost Bite, the Ski Dubai polar bear mascot, as well as clowns and face painters.
Radisson SAS Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek (04 205 7333) The Friday Fun Food festival includes Easter brunch and a children’s egg hunt from 2.30pm at the hotel’s Pool Deck Garden. Kids can also enjoy egg painting, games and gift surprises.
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Plans a jam-packed afternoon for kids in its Town Centre Jumeirah branch. Including a traditional egg hunt, there’ll be games, a Cheeky Chick Dance and, of course, the chance to create beautiful works of art.
From 11am-2pm, Dhs90 per child.
Bead palace Easter party
04 395 2771; firstname.lastname@example.org
Pop along and try your hand at making Easter bonnets, bunny masks and baskets, as well as painted eggs. You’ll also find a family of live rabbits for petting, a bouncy castle, a chocolate fountain and an Easter Egg Hunt.
The party runs from 2pm- 5pm and costs Dhs135
Offers kids a choice of five activities from a long, long list that also includes computing, climbing, gymnastics and dance. Held at Jumeirah Primary School and Royal Dubai School, the camps are geared for kids aged five to 14 years.
Half day (8.15am-1.45pm, Dhs950) and full-day (until 5pm, Dhs1,100) options are available
Favourite Things, Marina Mall
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Perfect for little groovers, the newly opened branch of this popular play spot is showing off its Kadomz Dance Studio with a spring dance camp. Eight to 15-year-olds will learn hip hop, funk and Old Skool, contemporary, Nike Rockstar, musicals, scene work, duets/partner work (we’re hoping all you boppy types out there will know what we’re talking about).
Classes run from 11am-2.30pm and cost Dhs600
Ski Dubai Snow camp
04 409 4000; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cool off with a five-day ski for little snow bunnies aged three to 13 years and snowboarders aged eight to 13 years. Classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced.
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
Running at the National Theatre, Abu Dhabi from April 12 to 16, this huge comedy theatrical production, is in French with English and Arabic translation. Comedy clowns will warm up the audience prior to the performance and afterwards kids can get their photograph taken with Aladdin and Princess Scheherazade.
Tickets cost Dhs50-Dhs495 from Virgin Megastore, with a portion of the proceeds going to the children of Emirates Autism Centre.
Sewing and crafts
(04 341 4777
Make or decorate your own fashion accessories, dolly bags, T-shirts, jeans, jewellery and more. All materials supplied, for kids aged seven to 10 years at Ductac, 4pm-6pm.
04 341 4777
Six-week sessions get kids making useful and ornamental art using stoneware clay. Students will be taught pinch pot, coiling and slab work and will be encouraged to combine them to make different items before decorating them using glaze or paints. For little ’uns aged six to 10 years, the course aims to inspire, enhance artistic ability and be fun.
Sale on! Trendy baby boutiques
Coochy Coo and Half Pint and are having a sale at Dubai Ladies Club on April 16, 9am-1pm. Join them for a browse, with coffee, cupcakes and T-shirt.