Show up at Sharjah

Instead of quietening down for the summer, Sharjah is picking up steam with exciting activities for kids and families.

The Night at the Museum movie franchise taught us that fossils can be a whole lot of fun; now the Sharjah Museums Department is taking a leaf out of that book and adding amusement to history with their Happy Holiday Summer Camps. The camp will include workshops, games, arts and crafts and other activities that educate kids about Sharjah’s culture and history and also sees them visit historic sites.

Sharjah City Centre is going for gold with a virtual reality game called Gold Vault that lets winners take home gold and instant prizes. The mall’s virtual gold-hunt game requires participants to wear virtual reality glasses and enter a vault where they have to collect money bags and find the vault’s key.

It’s a rap

Cinema Akil is screening All Eyez On Me, a biographical film tracing the life, success, downfall and eventual death of Tupac Shakur – the enigmatic rapper who defined ’90s hip-hop music. Directed by Benny Boon, the film marks the 20th anniversary of Tupac’s death. Until July 27 at Warehouse 68 in Alserkal Avenue. Entry is free but Cinema Akil accepts contributions at the gate. Show starts at 9.30pm daily; visit

Yoga in the great indoors

Taking serenity to a new level is the free Lululemon meditation event on July 29 at Orbi Dubai – the new indoor nature museum using Sega technology (expect fog, vibratory sensations and fragrances) and BBC Earth’s natural history content. In the 60-minute workshop you will attain zen in a simulated outdoor environment at the Earth Theatre, a 35m-wide screen. From 8.30-9.30am at City Centre Mirdif.

Mind games

Saudi illusionist Ahmad Al Bayed is bringing his Take Off world tour to Dubai from July 27-28. The magician garnered fame through daring stunts and will recreate them in his shows at Ductac at 5.30pm and 8.30pm on both days. From Dh300 at

Take to the stage

Don’t fret if you don’t have the pipes needed to get the crowd singing along with you – at the Lip Sync Battle event in Marriott Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi, all you need is stage presence and a memory for lyrics. Simply mouth the lyrics to the song that’s playing in the background and battle it out to the finals. Every Thursday at Appaloosa; from 10pm-2am. Free entry for ladies and couples. Call 02 201 4131.

So you think you can dance, sing and act? You can put your triple-threat talents to the test at the auditions for Amazing Dubai – a new musical that’s opening at the Madinat Theatre in September. The open-call auditions are being held today at Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, from 10am-2pm and are open all. Written and directed by Sanjeev Dixit, rehearsals for the play will kick off mid-August. Call 052 837 0405.

If you think you’re still a little green behind the years to pursue your stage dreams professionally give the Summer Acting Programme for Adults at Ductac a go. The course runs from July 24-August 4 and covers improvisation, voice and movement, Shakespeare for beginners, character development, scene study and presentation style. Classes run every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 7.30pm-9.30pm and cost Dh1,200 per person. Register at

Prefer to just sit back and enjoy others’ talent? Then head to Yas Mall and catch the first edition of Abu Dhabi Unplugged – a series of live performances by local talents. July 21 from 5-10pm you can enjoy screenings of animated films by Emirati director Mohammad Ahmad Fikree and a stand-up comedy show by Dubomedy’s Improv Troupe performances. Free.

Bear necessities

Russian animated series Masha and the Bear is making its way from television screens to Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City ice rink on July 28 and 29. The ice-show adaptation of is part of the Abu Dhabi Summer Season and will feature 30 ice skaters, dancers and acrobats. Originally inspired by a Russian fairy tale, the story of three-year old Masha and friendly bear will entertain kids while teaching them about loyalty, friendship and creativity. Tickets from Dh95 at

Get crafty

TCA Abu Dhabi is conducting a series of free weekly workshops on traditional Emirati handicrafts at Al Ain Palace Museum. The classes, which run until October, will teach participants crafts that are integral to Emirati heritage such as talli embroidery, khoos (palm leaf weaving, pictured) and sadu – a weaving style used in Bedouin culture to make shelters and tents with materials available in the local environment such as camel skin, goat hair and dyed with desert plants and herbs. Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am-12pm.

Up to dates

The 13th Liwa Dates Festival is underway at Liwa City, Al Gharbia. Plan a road trip into the Empty Quarter’s Liwa Oasis to witness the fruit of the desert in all its glory and varieties – farmers from across the country will display their produce and visitors can learn all about the nutritional benefits and the cultural importance dates hold in the UAE. There’s much to do here apart from shopping for dates in air conditioned tents; the festival also hosts competitions for the best dates and best farms, educational lectures about the importance of the palm tree, poetry evenings and games for children. From 4-10pm until July 29; visit

Better late

On Fridays, feel free to arrive fashionably late to Wild Wadi – the waterpark will stay open until 10pm every Friday this summer so you can cool off with a splash on the rides once the temperatures have dropped. Until September; call 04 348 4444. UAE resident tickets are priced at Dhs195.