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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

The best activities for kids inspired by Emirati Children’s Day

In celebration of Emirates Children's Day on March 15, we have compiled a list of fun events and activities taking place now or coming up soon, for children and their families to enjoy, including arts, theatre, sports, history and street performance

'A tree and a Boy' Courtesy Louvre Abu Dhabi
'A tree and a Boy' Courtesy Louvre Abu Dhabi

In celebration of Emirati Children’s Day today, here are some events and activities taking place this month for families to enjoy.

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Dubai Marina Street Festival hosts more than 40 performance acts from around the world, including magicians, jugglers, comedians and acrobats. The family festival also features food trucks and activities.

Thursday until March 24, 4.45pm to 10.30pm on Thursdays; 4pm to 10.30pm on Fridays; 3pm to 9.45pm on Saturdays; 5.50pm to 9pm, Sundays to Wednesdays, free, Dubai Marina Mall and promenade, Dubai, 04 436 1020, www.dmstreetfest.com

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Louvre Abu Dhabi’s programme features a Korean children’s puppet show, A Tree and a Boy, which tells the story of a boy and the growth of a tree, showing the beauty of life. The Befu Theatre Company will perform it in English, for children ages 6 and older.

Friday and Saturday, 5pm, from Dh50, auditorium, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.louvreabudhabi.ae

Courtesy Manarat Al Saadiyat
Courtesy Manarat Al Saadiyat

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Kids’ Theatre Works presents The Works! 2018, the acting and musical theatre showcase featuring performances by youth drama students who present stories inspired by their own journeys and adventures.

Friday and Saturday, 5.30pm, ages 3 and over, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, www.ductac.org

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Al Ain National Museum hosts a workshop programme for children ages 10 and older, dedicated to the archaeology of Qattara, as part of the Al Ain Cultural Programme. Star Object of the Month features artefacts from regional excavations, including a Bronze-Age-era electrum (gold and silver) pendant found in the 1970s.

March 20 and 27, 10am, Al Ain National Museum, Al Ain, register at aanm@dctabudhabi.ae

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Mother of the Nation Festival lights up the Abu Dhabi Corniche with a community celebration in honour of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak. Enjoy activity zones, roaming entertainment, live music performances, talks, workshops, fitness, a souq and dining.

March 22 to 31, from 4pm to midnight, Sunday to Thursday; 2pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday, from Dh20 per adult; free for children ages 5 and younger, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.motn.ae

Courtesy Mother of the Nation Festival
Courtesy Mother of the Nation Festival

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Soul Art Centre is hosting a Draw Your Movements workshop for children ages 6 and older to increase body awareness via symmetrical drawing and movements.

March 22, 5pm to 6pm, from Dh89 booked 24 hours in advance; then from Dh107, Soul Art Centre, The Residences 1, Downtown Dubai, book at 04 551 7440, info@soulcenter.com

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Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup returns to the capital with 96 international youth teams competing to visit the Etihad Campus in Manchester, and the chance to train and play at the City Football Academy. There are Under 8, Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14 age categories and there will also be a City Village with entertainment, food and drinks.

Courtesy Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup
Courtesy Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup

March 23 to 24, 9am to 6pm, free entry, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, www.citycupabudhabi.com

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H2 Productions presents Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale, featuring a professional cast, UAE-based performers and a youth chorus. The fairy tale will be told in British musical-theatre style with extravagant sets, colourful costumes, magic and comedy.

March 28 to April 6, from 7pm on March 28; 11am on March 29; 10.30am and 3pm on March 30 and April 6; 11am and 3pm on March 31; April 1, 3, and 4 (no show on Monday, April 2), from Dh100 on March 28; from Dh120 all other nights, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, www.dubairapunzel.com

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Read more:

Your definitive list of things to do in Dubai

Your essential guide to things to do in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain

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