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Mat­tel Play Town is cel­e­brat­ing its first birthday this month with an ar­ray of ac­tiv­i­ties for kids through­out April. Tomorrow, the Kids HQ Su­per Stars Tal­ent Show Grand Fi­nale, will take place with the win­ner from the 10 fi­nal­ists be­ing de­clared. The awards cer­e­mony will fea­ture a per­for­mance by teen singer-song­writer Es­ther Eden, and an in­ter­ac­tive show by chil­dren’s ma­gi­cian Magic Phil.

Dubai Gar­den Glow is host­ing chil­dren’s mu­si­cal evenings every Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day this month from 6pm. Chil­dren aged six to 15 years from the Sing and Swing Train­ing Cen­tre will play in­stru­ments like the pi­ano and drums, and sing. The fest will be held at the stage arena and mu­si­cally-in­clined tots can sign up to take part on the spot. En­try is Dh60 per per­son.

Time to talk sci­ence – the Think Sci­ence Fair gets ex­per­i­ment­ing at the Dubai World Trade Cen­tre from April 18-20. There’ll be mo­ti­va­tional ses­sions, dis­cus­sion pan­els, ac­tiv­i­ties and entertainment that will in­spire bud­ding Ein­steins to take an ac­tive in­ter­est in STEM sub­jects such as physics, chem­istry and tech­nol­ogy. The fair also has a Think Sci­ence Con­nect ex­hi­bi­tion that will con­nect young sci­en­tists with com­pa­nies, and will an­nounce the win­ners of this year’s Think Sci­ence com­pe­ti­tion, which show­cases in­ven­tions from school kids and univer­sity stu­dents aged 15-24. From 9.30am; visit

The Shar­jah Chil­dren’s Read­ing Fes­ti­val be­gins its ninth chap­ter on April 19 at the Expo Cen­tre, Shar­jah. The fes­ti­val will host over 109 ex­hibitors of chil­dren’s literature and con­duct a whop­ping 2,000 ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, such as make your own books, art work­shops, book sign­ing by fa­mous chil­dren’s authors and sem­i­nars on il­lus­trated sto­ries, dis­cus­sions be­tween stu­dents and authors and com­pe­ti­tions on story de­vel­op­ment and writ­ing. Free en­try; visit


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