LEISURE CHARTS

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What to eat, play and love.

All through March, along with LED in­stal­la­tions, glow­ing coals from bar­be­cue grills will also be light­ing up Dubai Gar­den Glow, thanks to the free bar­be­cue fa­cil­i­ties the theme park is of­fer­ing guests. You will need to carry noth­ing with you – chicken meat and other nec­es­sary bar­be­cu­ing ma­te­ri­als can be pur­chased at the park. While you’re busy grilling, kids can en­joy the park’s thrilling an­i­ma­tronic di­nosaurs, a dino lab, mu­seum, zoo as well as live acts and mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment cel­e­brat­ing na­ture and the en­vi­ron­ment. The park is open from 4pm12am Satur­days to Wed­nes­days, and 4pm-1am on Thurs­days, Fri­days and pub­lic hol­i­days. En­try to Gar­den Glow is through gate 6 of Zabeel Park, and is Dh60 per per­son. Chil­dren be­low three years can en­ter for free. Visit dubaigar­den­glow.com.

Why watch one award-win­ning mu­si­cal when you can watch them all at once?

Be­yond the Bar­ri­cade, a sell-out tour­ing con­cert fea­tur­ing prin­ci­pal per­form­ers from the hit mu­si­cal Les Misérables, is on at the Mad­i­nat The­atre un­til tomorrow. The stage shows take you on a whirl­wind tour of some iconic mu­si­cals such as Phan­tom of the Opera, West Side Story and The Lion King through songs, complete or­ches­tra­tions and mu­sic from the orig­i­nal mu­si­cals. Shows to­day at 6pm and 9pm and tomorrow at 8pm. Tick­ets from Dh200 at mad­i­natjumeirah.etix­dubai.com.

Ev­ery Satur­day you can drag lit­tle ones away from their car­toon shows on TV and in­tro­duce them to their favourite char­ac­ters in real life at Mat­tel Play Town, City Walk. The themed in­door edu-play cen­tre will be serv­ing healthy break­fast (eggs, chicken sausages, pan­cakes) that kids can tuck into with Bar­ney and friends, An­gelina Bal­le­rina, Bob the Builder, Pingu and Mike the Knight, fol­lowed by face paint­ing and other live en­ter­tain­ment. Dh120 for kids, Dh129 for par­ents. Ev­ery Satur­day from 8.45am-10am.

The Sher­a­ton Abu Dhabi Ho­tel & Re­sort will keep kids out of trou­ble dur­ing spring break with a chil­dren’s camp from March 22 to April 1. Chil­dren aged four to 14 can learn swim­ming, wa­ter­sports and arts and crafts, join fit­ness classes and set out on guided boat ex­cur­sions. The camp runs daily from 9am-2pm and the daily rate of Dh180 in­cludes lunch. A five-day pro­gramme costs Dh800 per child and the full 11-day camp costs Dh1,400 per child. Call 02 697 0272.

The cir­cus is in town, well the Monte Carlo Cir­cus at Shar­jah to be pre­cise. Catch them in ac­tion at Al Qasba be­fore they fold up their tent for the sea­son tomorrow, March 18. You’ll wit­ness breath­tak­ing magic tricks such as Blade Box, Quick Change – where an ac­ro­bat changes from one elab­o­rate cos­tume to an­other in sec­onds – and the Globe of Death, where a team of trained motorcyclists ride in­side a mesh sphere ball. The cir­cus staples – clowns – will also be per­form­ing com­edy shows. Two per­for­mances are held daily at 6.30pm and 9.30pm. Tick­ets are from Dh75 at alqasba.ae.

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