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Top 10: Kids will enjoy the winter camp at Flip Out Dubai, StartYas is back at Yas Marina Circuit, register for a craft workshop with Pretty Paper Studio, and more
Flip Out Dubai introduces its winter camp for children that features trampolining, parkour and 3-D wall-running as well as activities such as bubble-soccer, archery tag, dodgeball, volleyball, football and basketball. Children age 5 to teenagers will enjoy the energising experience in a fully supervised environment where they can make friends, develop fitness and learn some stunts and tricks.
Starts Sunday, then runs until January 4, 9.30am to 2pm, Sundays to Thursdays (except January 1), from Dh140 per four-hour session, packages available, snacks included, Flip Out, Al Quoz, Dubai, 600 567 568, www.flipout.ae
Book tickets now to see The Harlem Globetrotters, the popular basketball team that travels the world showing their skills and tricks, as they take on their perennial rivals the Washington Generals in this high-energy and family-friendly event.
March 30 and 31, 7pm on March 30; 4pm on March 31, from Dh75, du Forum, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
See The Trucial Scouts: Life and Times, an exhibition presented by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi that celebrates the brigades’ humanitarian work and its active social role, which played a major part in the UAE’s history and heritage. See artefacts from the 1950s to the 1970s that are on loan from the Armed Forces Museum & Military History Centre, including weapons, uniforms and utensils. Pictured: binoculars from 1951-1971
Daily until April 28, 9am to 5pm, Tuesdays to Thursdays and Saturdays and Sundays; 3pm to 5pm on Fridays, Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain, www.visitalain.ae
Start your week with a walk, jog, run or bike around the 5.55 km Yas Marina Circuit at StartYas, a community health initiative presented by Daman ActiveLife. Families and friends can enjoy the cooler evening weather and stay fit or get fit this summer. Rent bikes and helmets from Fun Ride Sports or take advantage of the 400 bikes made available to borrow from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
Sundays, 6pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Zayed Sports City Family Festival includes more than 15 hands-on activities for families to enjoy, as well as stage and street performances all day. Find fun among several zones from Discovery Adventures, Lego City, ZSC Academy, heritage village, arts and crafts, fitness, and adrenaline activities. There will be food trucks, face-painting, an Aladdin stage show and more.
December 24 to 27, 3pm to 10pm, free with registration, between the tennis and football stadiums, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, registration required at www.zscfamilyfest.ae
Dubai Jazz Festival returns with headliners Duran Duran (Rio, Hungry Like the Wolf) playing the first night, John Legend (All of Me) on the second night, and Ricky Martin (Livin’ La Vida Loca) on the final night. Additional acts will be announced. The event features top international musicians in jazz, blues and pop genres.
February 21 to 23, from 6pm, from Dh300, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai, www.ticketmaster.ae
On your way to Dubai, visit Truckers Exit, which is on as part of Abu Dhabi Food Festival. Set up at a roadside spot perfect for grabbing a quick meal on the go. There will be a weekly rotation of some of the best food trucks in the UAE serving a selection of street food specialities.
Daily until Wednesday, 1pm to 11pm, free entry, E11 motorway on the way to Dubai, www.truckers.ae
Alliance Française Dubai is hosting a winter camp for little ones between the ages of 5 and 9 years that mixes French-language learners with native-French speakers in a fun environment. Following a French language class in the morning, students join Francophone children for a variet of activities and games including painting, art, cooking and sports. An assessment test is available prior to enrolment in the camp.
Daily until Thursday, 9am to 3pm, from Dh175 per day; Dh750 per week, lunch is included, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org
Pretty Paper Studio presents a floral wreath class for children ages 7 to 15 and their mothers. Register to learn how to create a holiday wreath of paper flowers using two methods: punch-craft and die-cutting. Learn various techniques for creating the flowers by cutting, colouring, embossing and gluing in this creative class led by paper crafter Manisha Khandelwal.
Wednesday, 11am to 1.30pm, from Dh200 per pair includes supplies, Pretty Paper Studio, The Box Self Storage, behind Times Square, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 055 393 6262, pps.uae
Catch the final week of Opposite Attracts, an exhibition of works by artists Alfred Haberpointner and Pascal Haudressy that showcases more than 25 artworks created through two very different media: one through modern technology and one by using wood. Pictured: W-NRPE by Alfred Haberpointner
Daily until Thursday, 10am to 10pm, Opera Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC, Dubai, 04 323 0909, www.operagallery.com