1. Paw Patrol Live

Catch children’s show Paw Patrol Live on April 13 and 14 at the du Forum, Yas Island, for a fun day out with the family. The Canadian TV show’s stage version will bring its popular pups to life through giant puppets who will help Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger finish the great race. The animated, multi-media backdrops will set kids’ imaginations alight. From Dh100 at ticketmaster.ae.

2. The Block


There’s a new kid on the d3 block: The Block is an open-air recreational facility by the canal with a basketball and volleyball court, a skate park, BMX ramps, an outdoor gym, climbing wall and the Dubai’s first ‘urban beach’. The eco-friendly venue was constructed out of 27 tonnes of concrete recycled from the canal area’s construction. The Miami Vibes Food Festival is on until April 14 – try cuisines from street food vendors and check out performances and art installations. Free; visit dubaidesigndistrict.com.

3. Spring Fete


Dubai Sports City’s Spring Fete is happening on April 14. Participate in raffle draws while kids play around on bouncy castles and enjoy face painting, storytelling and quizzes. From 4-8pm; entrance is free. Call 04 425 1111.

4. DP World Tour Championship

On April 14, swap birdies for bhujangasanas at the spot that saw Tommy Fleetwood and Jon Rahm lift trophies at last year’s DP World Tour Championship.

5. Yoga on the Fairway

Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Yoga on the Fairway is a free event on the Earth course’s 18th hole, from 6pm on April 14. Bring your own yoga mat. There will be healthy snacks in the Club House after the yoga session; call 04 818 2000.

6. Aqua Bounce Ajman

It’s going to be water, water everywhere at the Fairmont Ajman’s new floating water-park called Aqua Bounce Ajman. Anchored off the resort’s private beach, the bouncy castle out at sea has an obstacle course and slides you can slip and splash around on from 10am-5pm. From Dh150 for children including access to the resort’s beach and pool facilities; family package costs Dh900 and includes Dh500 dining credit. Call 06 701 5757.

7. Start a new hobby

Pick up a new hobby or skill this month at Manarat Al Saadiyat – the art and cultural hub in Abu Dhabi is hosting a performing arts programme that covers, dance, drama and storytelling. Every Wednesday at 8pm, Argentinean tango de salon workshops will be hosted by The Tango Journey; the workshops will teach technique and steps of the tango as well highlight the history and origins of the Unesco-preserved performing art.


Emirati-Japanese drumming group Kharsha will conduct taigo Japanese drum workshops for kids every Saturday at 2pm, while performing arts company Sima will hold modern performance workshops for all ages every other Saturday at 4pm, focusing on music rhythm, drama, vocals and body language. For prices, visit manaratalsaadiyat.ae or call 02 6575800.

8. Art made easy


Affordable art is anything but an oxymoron at World Art Dubai, which kicks off on April 18 at Dubai World Trade Centre. The art fair, which runs until April 21, includes photography and digital art, as well as dedicated spaces for galleries, solo artists and groups, representing a display of art and culture from all over the world. Prints, sculptures and mixed-media art starts from as little as Dh400 and there are workshops and talks to attend. From 2-9pm; entry is Dh25 per person.

9. Biffy Clyro performing at the Hard Rock Café

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Alt-rock Scottish band Biffy Clyro is performing at the Hard Rock Café on April 18; the band has been around since the 1990s belting out hits such as Bubbles and The Captain. Tickets from Dh300 at 117live.com.

10. Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival


Introduce your kids to the joys of reading at the tenth Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival at Expo Centre Sharjah from April 18-28, under theme Is Your Future… Just a Book Away. Cultural and literary events will enlighten young minds throughout the 11-day festival, with 286 authors and poets from 121 countries, exhibitions, theatrical performances, workshops and talks to choose from.

The Future Machine exhibition will offer insights into artificial intelligence and the principles of how robots function; there’s a 3D book exhibition and talks by British children’s author, Sibéal Pounder, American poet and author Mark Gonzalez and award-winning children’s authors Natasha Sharma and Miranda Paul amongst others.

11. Marti Pellow at The Irish Village

Scottish music takes the stage this coming week with singer Marti Pellow performing at The Irish Village on April 19. The former frontman of the pop band Wet Wet Wet will be singing all their hits such as Goodnight Girl and Love is All Around as well as tracks from his 2017 album Mysterious at his concert at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis stadium. Tickets from Dh199 at theirishvillage.com; show starts at 9pm.