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Top 10: Families will enjoy movie mornings at Dubai Marina Mall, Living Shrines exhibition continues at Gulf Photo Plus
Reel Cinemas in Dubai Marina Mall presents Movie Mornings, where families can enjoy blockbuster films such as Kung Fu Panda, Trolls, The Smurfs and Angry Birds. Tickets include popcorn and juice and are the same price for adults and children.
Sundays to Wednesdays until August 23, 10am to 3pm on select screens, Dh30 when booked online and includes a small salted popcorn and small juice, Reel Cinemas, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai, www.reelcinemas.ae
Catch a screening of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly at Cinema Space. The 2007 French film directed by Julian Schnabel tells the true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), editor-in-chief of French fashion magazine Elle, who suffered a stroke at the age of 43 that left him with ‘locked-in syndrome’. He was paralysed and could only blink his left eyelid, which he used to communicate the memoir of the film’s title, with the assistance of a transcriber who used a frequency-ordered alphabet.
Tonight, 7.30pm, free with registration, Cinema Space, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Kids will enjoy the fun at Orange Spin in Al Wahda Mall Extension this summer with activities including laser tag, classic arcade games, F1 car simulators, mini-bowling alleys and more. The family amusement centre is offering winners a Golden Ticket, while regular visitors will be rewarded for their loyalty through extra credit on spending Dh45 when they check in at Orange Spin on Facebook.
Daily, 10am to 10pm, Al Wahda Mall Extension, Abu Dhabi, 02 667 4411, www.orange-spin.com
Register your children ages 5 and older for the final week of the ZSC Academy Ice Skating Camp, where they can take part in sessions with Ice Skating Institute of Asia (ISIA) coaches, free skate and off-ice games that will develop endurance, balance, coordination and flexibility.
Runs until August 24, 9am to 1pm, Dh750 per week, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, register at 02 403 4333, firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep fit this summer at the Abu Dhabi Sports Festival at Adnec with basketball, football, volleyball, badminton, cricket, fitness, a running track, CrossFit, yoga and more. Children can take part in football, cricket, zip-lining, battle park, gyroscope and bungee trampoline.
Daily until August 31, 10am to 11pm, free entry, pay per sport, running track and table tennis are free of charge, all ages, Halls 7-9, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi, www.adsf2017.ae
Train to become a yoga or meditation teacher at Bodytree Studio. The 250-hour yoga teacher training is led by Jacquelene Sadek and is held over six weekends from September to December. It aims to enable participants to inspire students into a lifelong exploration of mind, body and spirit. The Dhyaan 50-hour meditation teacher training takes place in September and focuses on meditation practices led by three trainers.
September 7 to 9 and September 14 to 16 for meditation teacher training, from Dh3,200; September 21 to December 9 for yoga teacher training, from Dh11,250, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, email@example.com
Get tickets to see Gems Trilogy, a contemporary dance show performed by the LA Dance Project, featuring works by top choreographers, including Murder Ballades by Justin Peck, Hearts & Arrows and On the Other Side by Benjamin Millepied. The performances combine ballet and modern dance in a visual spectacle, to music by composer Philip Glass.
September 28 to 29, 8pm, tickets from Dh150, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Catch screenings of Kedi and Paris Can Wait as part of the Now Playing series of independent films presented by Cinema Akil and Alserkal Avenue. Kedi, directed by Ceyda Torun, is a documentary about the cats of Istanbul, who have roamed the city’s streets freely for thousands of years. Paris Can Wait is written and directed by Eleanor Coppola and stars Diane Lane as a Hollywood producer’s wife who travels though France, awakening her sense of self through new sights and flavours.
Tonight, 7.30pm for Kedi; 9.30pm for Paris Can Wait, Dh35 each, Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.cinemaakil.com
Children ages 1-5 will enjoy experiencing the world of book creator Eric Carle at the British Orchard Nursery Summer Camp. The fun and educational weekly summer camp introduces children to concepts, values and skills through Carle’s popular stories such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Runs until September 7, 9am to 2pm or 7.30am to 5.30pm, prices vary per branch, British Orchard Nursery, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, 800 773 724665, www.britishorchardnursery.com
The exhibition Living Shrines by Lisa Ross features photographs of the Xinjiang region of China, where she spent more than a decade documenting Islamic holy shrines of the Uyghur community.
Daily until September 2, 10am to 7pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 10am to 6pm Saturdays (closed Fridays), Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 380 8545, www.gulfphotoplus.com