x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

It's a great time to be a kid

Parenting With Eid upon us again, there are plenty of activities for children coming up over the next week.

There's plenty for children to see and do during the National Day activities.
There's plenty for children to see and do during the National Day activities.

With National Day today and Eid beginning soon, there are plenty of activities for children coming up over the next week. here's our rundown of events in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al Ain.

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Mums is hosting a Children's Christmas Party on Friday for kids under six, morning and afternoon at the Crowne Plaza. Email ad_mums@emirates.net.ae for more details. Dubai: Visit Ski Dubai and see their mascot, Frostbite the polar bear, who will be entertaining kids with music, fun and games every Saturday from now until the end of December. Shows last for 20 minutes and take place at noon, 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm. The show is included in the Dh80 Snow Park entry fee. Al Ain: Soccer lessons are available for children aged four years and older, training Sunday and Tuesday at 6.00pm at the Al Ain Rugby Club. Games are held Thursday at 6.00pm. Come along to find out more information or call 050 331 0716.

Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage are organising a programme of National Day events. On the Corniche in Abu Dhabi this afternoon, tomorrow and Thursday, there will be local bands, a carnival show, and a microlite plane show. From 4.00pm. www.37uaecelebration.com. Dubai: Join the Eid sport camp from today until Dec 11. Activities include tennis, martial arts, gymnastics, dancing, football, basketball, swimming and arts and crafts. Camp runs from 8.30am until 2.30pm each day and snacks and drinks are provided. Suitable for children age five and older. Call Joel on 050 115 2308 for more information and to reserve a place. As part of the National Day celebrations, Mall of the Emirates in Dubai will feature music, a clown carnival and henna tattooing. More than 200,000 UAE flags will be distributed, and visitors will be able to see a falcon. Today and tomorrow, www.mallofthe emirates.com. Al Ain: There will be a cookie bake at the Al Ain Hilton on Saturday. Let your kids experience the fun of baking on the Hiltonia terrace from 2.00pm. Dh10 per child. Children six years and older can join.

Abu Dhabi: The Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Beach Rotana will take place tomorrow at 6.00pm. Enjoy a mince pie or some stollen and a visit from Santa. Fireworks displays to celebrate National Day will take place on the Corniche today, tomorrow and Thursday. The displays will be between 8.30pm and 9.15pm tonight and 9.00pm and 9.20pm tomorrow and on Thursday. Dubai: Active Sports Academy is running holiday camps at Wafi and Regent International School. The camps cost Dh500 per week or Dh150 per day. From tomorrow until Dec 9 excluding Friday and Saturday and from Dec 20 to Dec 31. www.activeuae.com/camps. Al Ain: Fireworks displays will take place tonight, tomorrow night and Thursday at Bida Bint Saoud, between 9.45pm and 10.00pm. It will be followed by a concert on both evenings.

Dubai: Join the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre for courses starting on Sunday about basic acrylic painting techniques. All abilities are welcome to join these friendly workshops with the tutor Maria Peat. Choose from three, five- and eight-day workshops. Ninety-minute sessions for ages eight to 10 start at 9.30am. Ages 11 to 15 start at 11.30am. Book in advance and as early as possible. Three days, Dh375, five days Dh625, eight days, Dh920 Register at 04 341 4777 or email artsreception@ductac.org.